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Hampton University professor to become group leader at Jefferson Lab

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Cynthia Keppel, a Hampton University experimental physicist and winner of the 2011 Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award, has been named group leader of Experimental Hall A at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News.

Hall A is one of four experimental halls at Jefferson Lab, a nuclear physics research facility.  As group leader, Keppel will oversee the physics research program in Hall A, this includes managing a research program, preparing budgets, staging and running experiments, and overseeing a staff of scientists, engineers, technical staff, students and visiting scientists. Keppel will begin her duties on July 1.

Keppel has been a professor at Hampton University since 1995 while also holding a joint appointment as a staff scientist at Jefferson Lab. Her research interests include experimental nuclear physics, nucleon structure, medical instrumentation, proton radiotherapy and medical physics.

At Jefferson Lab, Keppel and the HU experimental nuclear physics group have done electron scattering experiments to study the fundamental structure of protons and neutrons.

She has been the spokesperson for more than a dozen experiments and co-authored 190 peer-reviewed publications.

She is also an active member of the Coordinated Theoretical-Experimental Project on Quantum Chromodynamics (CTEQ).

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