UNH Assistant Professor of Physics, Dr. Elena Long. Photo credit: Kandice Carter, JLab.
Dr. Elena Long will join the Physics Department and the Nuclear and Particle Physics Group at UNH this Fall. She has an active and growing research program at Jefferson Lab, which centers on a novel tensor-polarized deuterium target, which will be used in a number of experiments that seek to attain a deeper understanding of the structure of deuterium. Her work has been recognized with a JSA Post Doctoral Fellow Research Award and the JSA Promising Young Scientist Award, and was highlighted in the Department of Energy’s 2015 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science.
In her current post-doc position at UNH, she has already worked on the construction of the polarized target lab in DeMeritt Hall, and has mentored multiple graduate and undergraduate students. She has actively worked to improve the inclusion of under-served and under-represented students in the STEM fields. She served as the VP of Diversity and Inclusion with oSTEM, founded the LGBT+Physicists organization, served as a member of the APS Committee on LGBT Issues, and is the Deputy Chair in a developing APS Forum on Diversity and Inclusion. This work has been featured in Nature, Scientific American, Inside Higher Ed, and elsewhere, for which she is the most recent recipient of the 2017 UNH Kidder Fund Award.