LANL post-docs, staff members honored

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Three postdocs and six staff members will receive Postdoc Distinguished Performance and Postdoc Distinguished Mentor awards respectively at an invitation-only event April 25.
Tanmoy Das, Nan Li and Nikolai Yampolsky are recipients of Postdoctoral Distinguished Performance awards, which recognize individual postdoctoral researchers or teams of no more than three postdoctoral researchers who have made an outstanding and unique contribution resulting in a positive, significant impact on the lab’s programmatic or organizational efforts, or status in the scientific community during the 2011 fiscal year.
Das of the lab’s Physics of Condensed Matter and Complex Systems group, is recognized for his contributions to the theory of spin-excitations in recently discovered iron-based superconductors and to the theory of 5f-electrons in plutonium-based materials. His mentor, Mathias Graf, nominated Das.
Li of LANL’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies group, was recognized for his contribution in the areas of physical vapor deposition synthesis of nanometal, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), radiation damage and nano-mechanics. His mentor, Amit Misra, nominated Li.
Yampolsky of the lab’s High Power Electrodynamics, is recognized for his seminal contributions in the fields of ultra-bright electron beam dynamics and enhancing the radiation output of X-ray free-electron lasers. His mentor, Bruce Carlsten, nomintated Yampolsky.
Distinguished mentors
Postdoctoral Distinguished Mentors are recognized for the impact and contributions they make during a postdoc’s appointment. The following are this year’s recipients:
• Christine Anderson-Cook of Statistical Science
• Andrew Dattelbaum of Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies
• Rico Del Sesto of Materials Chemistry
• Jen Martinez of Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies
•David Moulton of Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics
• Tom Picraux of Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.
LANL has more than 400 postdocs, the largest number in the DOE complex.