The Portrait Conversation 11
Dr. Jennifer Pore, Nuclear Physicist
Discovering the Building Blocks of the Universe:
The Search for New Super Heavy Elements

Part 1 (December 5th, 2020) – 1 hour, 33 minutes

Part 2A (December 12th, 2020) – 1 hour, 6 minutes

Part 2B (December 12th, 2020) – 52 minutes

Please enjoy these recordings of The Portrait Conversation, a portrait in words and paint, with special guest nuclear physicist Dr. Jennifer Pore, Project Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Jennifer will share insights into the magical and fascinating world of experimental nuclear physics, with a focus on the boundaries of the Periodic Table. Here are some links to some press releases on recent work of the team she works in at the Berkeley Lab:
Introducing a New Isotope: Mendelevium-244 (June, 2020)
FIONA Measures the Mass Number of 2 Superheavy Elements: Moscovium and Nihonium (November, 2018)

Jennifer Pore was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Her initial interest in science was sparked by her amazing science teachers at Gateway High School. She then attended Mills College in Oakland, CA, an all-women’s college, where she got a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Chemistry. Jennifer then went to complete her Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She then did a PostDoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory focusing on Heavy Element research, where she is now working as a project scientist.

Click here for a video, “Fat Atoms” (3m 35s), in which Jennifer talks about atoms and her research.

Click here for a video, “This Superheavy Atom Factory Is Pushing the Limits of the Periodic Table” (9m 50s), in which Nuclear Chemist, Dr. Dawn Shaughnessy, explains the search for super heavy elements at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

This topic has a personal connect for me since my former life, prior to becoming a professional artist, was as a physicist selling superconducting magnets and cryogenic systems to experimental physicists (including at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab!) I’ll be revisiting my old physics notes in preparation for this one:-)

Here are the two portraits I created during the two parts of the conversation:


Please click on this link:, or on the dance shoe “Click to Tip!” image immediately above, to support the production and creation of The Portrait Conversation series. The shoes shown in this photo were amongst my first dance shoes when I started Lindy Hop swing dancing and were signed by two of my dance inspirational heroes: Frankie Manning and Norma Miller.

Jeremy Sutton

Originally from London, I studied drawing, sculpture and print-making at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University (while earning a degree in Physics), and subsequently studied at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, The Netherlands. I\'ve been using digital paint since 1991, including every version of Painter. I love teaching and have taught workshops and given presentations all over the world for the last twenty years. I create commissioned fine art paintings and perform live action painting and digital portraiture. I founded PaintboxTV in February 2009. Thank you for being part of this creative community!

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