National Lab Day Webinar Series

UNH logo next to image of New England and text that says New England National Lab Day Webinar Series


Hosted by the University of New Hampshire in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories

At four virtual workshops in fall 2020 and winter 2021, representatives from multiple U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, along with researchers, officials and industry leaders from around the region, will share insights for accessing DOE’s world-class scientific facilities and partnering to address society’s most pressing energy, environmental and national security challenges.

Please register for each webinar separately. All webinars will be recorded.


Thursday, October 15, 2020

3 – 5 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

Recording of webinar is available here.

Webinar slides are here.

This virtual workshop will highlight mechanisms and opportunities for university and DOE national laboratory researchers to collaborate on state-of-the-art topics to accelerate innovation in transformative manufacturing.


3:00-3:10pm      UNH welcome, DOE Lab Day context, UNH context

Marian McCord, Senior Vice Provost for Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach, University of New Hampshire

3:10-3:20pm      DOE Lab welcome

Paul Kearns, Director, Argonne National Laboratory

3:20-3:35pm      Basic Research Perspective - Transformative Manufacturing Overview

Cynthia Jenks, Director of Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory

3:35-3:50pm      Applied Research Perspective – Advanced Manufacturing Overview

Valri Lightner, Deputy Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

3:50-4:05pm      New Hampshire Industry Perspective

James Nash, Engineering Director, Brayton Energy

4:05-4:45pm      Manufacturing Basic Science and Applied Research Capabilities

Ames Laboratory          

Emma White, Laboratory Scientist II                            

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Ellen Cerreta, Division Lead, Materials Science and Technology, and

Melissa Fox, Program Director, Applied Energy Program

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory          

Eric Duoss, Group Leader and Research Engineer

Savannah River National Laboratory      

Scott McWhorter, Director, Integrated Energy Systems

Idaho National Laboratory        

Robert O’Brien, Director of Advanced Manufacturing

National Energy Technology Laboratory

Christopher Matranga, Research Scientist

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tom Kurfess, Chief Manufacturing Officer

Argonne National Laboratory    

Cynthia Jenks, Director, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division

4:45 – 5:00pm  Wrap-up Questions and next steps

Brad Kinsey, Facilitator; Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the John Olson Manufacturing Center, University of New Hampshire

Thursday, November 19, 2020

3 – 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

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Webinar slides are here.

Webinar recording is here.

This session, targeted to students (undergraduate and graduate) as well as postdoctoral and early-career researchers, will highlight the myriad career-launching programs at DOE National Labs. The National Laboratories support a wide range of research, including artificial intelligence, advanced computing, biosciences, chemical sciences, geosciences, environmental sciences, manufacturing, materials science and engineering, fusion, high energy or nuclear physics and more. Specific opportunities include Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI), Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program, postdoctoral fellowships, visiting faculty program and EPSCoR-State/DOE-National Laboratory Partnerships.

A keynote speaker will give an overview of the STEM education and workforce development opportunities at National Labs. Current and former students and postdocs from across New England universities will deliver a series of “lightning talks,” discussing their specific research in an energy field, research experience working with the labs and results. Speakers will also include leadership from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jefferson Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Los Alamos National Lab and Brookhaven National Lab.


3:00 – 3:05        Webinar Introduction by facilitator
Mark Milutinovich, University of New Hampshire

3:05 – 3:10        UNH Welcome
Wayne Jones, Jr, UNH Provost

3:10 – 3:20        National Labs Welcome
Thomas Zacharia, Oak Ridge National Lab

3:20 – 3:40       DOE Welcome and Overview of DOE STEM and Workforce Development Programs
Conner Prochaska, DOE Office of Technology Transitions

3:40 – 3:50       DOE STEM Rising
AnneMarie Horowitz, DOE Headquarters

3:50 – 4:10        STEM Programs at the Lab level
Andrew Zwicker, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

4:10 – 4:40        Flash talks by Students/Alumni

Talk 1: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

Catherine Trewhella, Brookhaven National Laboratory / UMass-Amherst

Talk 2: Graduate Research Assistant

Joshua Suetterlein, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory / Univ. of Delaware

Talk 3: Early Career

Amanda Madden, Los Alamos National Lab / UNH alumnus                   

Talk 4: Postdoctoral

Ellie Long, University of New Hampshire / Jefferson Lab

4:40 – 5:00        Facilitated Question & Answer


Thursday, January 21, 2021

3 – 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Webinar video is here.

Slides are here.

This webinar will highlight the critical role of partnerships in support of nuclear physics research. Representatives from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science for Nuclear Physics, Jefferson Lab and Brookhaven National Laboratory will describe the range of world-class expertise, facilities and resources available throughout the DOE National Laboratory Network, as well how advances in nuclear physics affect science and society. Looking to the future, we will also discuss the rich scientific program planned for the newly approved Electron Ion Collider (EIC) and hear from academic researchers advancing science through partnerships with Argonne National Laboratory, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, Jefferson Lab and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


3:00 – 3:05     Webinar Introduction

Karl Slifer, University of New Hampshire, facilitator

3:05 – 3:10     UNH Welcome

Marian McCord, UNH Senior Vice Provost for Research, Economic Engagement, and Outreach

3:10 – 3:25      DOE Welcome and Overview of DOE Facilities

Timothy Hallman, DOE Associate Director of Science for Nuclear Physics

3:25 – 3:35      DOE National Labs Welcome

Stuart Henderson, Jefferson Laboratory Director

Doon Gibbs, Brookhaven National Laboratory Director

3:35 – 4:00      Technology Applications of Nuclear Physics Research

Cynthia Keppel, Jefferson Lab

4:00 – 4:20      Electron-Ion Collider

Abhay Deshpande, Brookhaven National Laboratory/Stony Brook University

Bob McKeown, Jefferson Lab

4:20 - 5:00      Panel discussion (five-minute talks followed by facilitated panel Q&A)

Karl Slifer, UNH (facilitator)

Nathaly Santiesteban, MIT/Jefferson Laboratory

Jaideep Singh, Michigan State University/Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

Zein-Eddine Meziani, Argonne National Laboratory

Andre Walker-Loud, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Thursday, February 18, 2021

3 – 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Webinar video is here.

Slides are here.

This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about how the Department of Energy and its National Laboratories are advancing understanding of the processes, forms  and functions at work at the terrestrial-aquatic and marine interfaces, which are crucial to understanding the Earth system and our changing climate. Speakers from the National Laboratories and UNH will discuss how they are working in complementary and connected ways to advance the state of the science across three main themes: modeling, measurements and observations, and the microbiome. Join us to learn more about the exciting work going on in this area and opportunities to work with DOE facilities, strengthen research partnerships, and even potentially join one of the National Laboratories advancing this important mission space.


3:00 – 3:05     UNH Welcome

                        Serita Frey, UNH

3:05 – 3:15      The Great Bay — A Grand Experiment

                  Ted Diers, New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services

3:15 – 3:25      DOE National Labs Welcome and Overview

Steven Ashby, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Director

3:25 – 3:40     DOE Welcome and Overview

Sharlene Weatherwax, Department of Energy

Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research

3:40 – 4:00      Modeling (2 x 5 minute talks by co-chairs, w/Q&A)

Co-chairs: Peter Thornton, ORNL; Tom Lippmann, UNH

4:00 – 4:20      Measurements and Observations (2 x 5 minute talks by co-chairs, w/Q&A)

Co-chairs: Vanessa Bailey, PNNL; Bill McDowell, UNH

4:20 – 4:40      Microbiome (2 x 5 minute talks by co-chairs, w/Q&A)

Co-chairs: Emiley Eloe-Fadrosh, Lead, National Microbiome Data Collaborative, LBNL; Paula Mouser, UNH          

4:40 – 5:00      Discussion – Synergies and future funding opportunities

Coming in April and May: Webinars on Powering the Blue Economy and Offshore Wind.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the in-person New England National Lab Day has been postponed until 2021. Contact us to receive updates.