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6. Recent HRIBF News - Dan Bardayan Received PECASE Award

The Physics Division's Daniel Bardayan received a Department of Energy Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in White House ceremony last Wednesday. Dan, who studies nuclear astrophysics in ORNL's Physics Division, was cited for his pioneering work at ORNL's Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility toward understanding stellar explosions.

Dan is the Division's 6th recipient of the PECASE, established in 1996 to encourage and recognize the work of the nation's young scientists and engineers.

Dan's research at HRIBF explores the nuclear processes and extreme environments in supernovae that create many of the elements responsible for life on Earth. He developed and is improving a device called the silicon detector array, or SIDAR, that detects alpha particles and other light ions emitted when radioactive ion beams collide with targets at the Holifield Facility.

A Nashville native, Dan did his undergraduate work at Tennessee Tech. He held a postdoctoral appointment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a two-year Eugene P. Wigner postdoctoral research fellowship at ORNL beginning in 2001 before joining the Lab research staff in 2003. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from Yale University .

Dan Bardayan receives his award from Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman (left) and Under Secretary for Science Raymond Orbach.

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