Summer Sundays Go Virtual

Brookhaven Lab will host a series of live online events in place of its in-person tour program for Summer Sundays 2020

Summer Sundays 2020 banner

Every year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory opens its gates to thousands of community members for open house events called Summer Sundays. Visitors get to meet the Lab’s scientists and tour a different world-class science facility each week, including the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)—all DOE Office of Science User Facilities.

To continue this tradition while limiting the spread of COVID-19, Brookhaven Lab is moving its Summer Sunday program to an online format for 2020. Over three Sundays this summer, the Lab will host a series of live, virtual events for everyone to interact with the Lab in a new way. Each event will feature a guided tour of a Brookhaven Lab facility followed by a live Q&A with a panel comprised of the facility’s scientists.

Brookhaven Lab plans to return to an in-person public tour format for Summer Sundays 2021, as conditions permit.

Schedule of events

NSLS-II: Sunday, August 16 at 3:30 p.m. EDT

Tune in to get an up-close look at the “beamlines” where scientists use ultrabright x-ray light to see the atomic structure of batteries, proteins, and more. Then, viewers will have the opportunity to pose questions to a panel of scientists:

  • John Hill, NSLS-II Director
  • Tiffany Victor, NSLS-II scientist with expertise in imaging and microscopy techniques, biological systems
  • Sean McSweeney, NSLS-II Structural Biology Program Manager and Director of the Laboratory for BioMolecular Structure
  • Andi Barbour, CSX beamline associate scientist with expertise in quantum materials
  • Dan Olds, PDF beamline scientist with expertise in x-ray powder diffraction
Photo of Sean McSweeney, John Hill, Tiffany Victor, •	Dan Olds, and Andi Barbour

(from left) Sean McSweeney, John Hill, Tiffany Victor, Dan Olds, and Andi Barbour

CFN: Sunday, August 23 at 3:30 p.m. EDT

  • Sooyeon Hwang: Materials scientist in the CFN Electron Microscopy Group
    Expertise: Transmission electron microscopy, battery materials  
  • Ashley Head: Chemist in the CFN Interface Science and Catalysis Group
    Expertise: Surface chemistry, catalysis
  • Aaron Stein: Physicist in the CFN Electronic Nanomaterials Group
    Expertise: Nanofabrication  
  • Christine Wang: Materials scientist in the CFN Soft and Bio Nanomaterials Group
    Expertise: DNA nanomedicine
Photo of Sooyeon Hwang, Ashley Head, Aaron Stein, and Christine Wang

(from left) Sooyeon Hwang, Ashley Head, Aaron Stein, and Christine Wang

RHIC: Sunday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. EDT

  • Michiko Minty, Deputy Division Head, Accelerator Division, Collider-Accelerator Department operations
  • Prithwish Tribedy, Assistant Physicist, STAR experiment
  • Christine Natrass, Professor, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, sPHENIX experiment
  • Alex Jentsch, Research Associate, Electron-Ion Collider
  • Angelika Drees, Collider Group Leader, Accelerator physics
Photo of Michiko Minty, Prithwish Tribedy, Christine Natrass, Alex Jentsch, and Angelika Drees

(from left) Michiko Minty, Prithwish Tribedy, Christine Natrass, Alex Jentsch, and Angelika Drees

For the most up-to-date information, follow Brookhaven Lab on Facebook or visit the Summer Sundays website.

How to watch and ask questions

Each of the Lab’s live Summer Sundays events will be streamed to Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. At the time of the event, the live stream will be pinned to the top of Brookhaven’s profile on each platform. You do not need to have a Twitter, Facebook, or Google account to watch the stream.

Viewers are encouraged to submit their questions for the Q&A segment in advance through the Lab’s social media accounts or by sending an email to Live questions will also be accepted during the Q&A through the chat functions on all streaming platforms mentioned above.

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