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Prof. Paul Gueye receives 2022 Edward A. Bouchet Award from the APS

Congratulations to Professor Paul Guèye for being selected as the 2022 Edward A. Bouchet Award winner by the American Physical Society in recognition of his “many seminal experimental contributions to understanding the structure of nuclear particles and decades of service to physics outreach, diversity and inclusion”. Paul Guèye holds appointments at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and the Department of Physics & Astronomy The award is named after Edward Alexander Bouchet who, in 1876, was the first African American to earn a doctorate in physics, and only the sixth person to obtain a Ph.D. from an American university (Yale). Dr. Bouchet educated and inspired many others as a science teacher, focusing not only on physics and chemistry, but also astronomy, physical geography, and physiology.

Prof. Guèye has a distinguished career in forefront research and research leadership. He is a very versatile scientist with a research portfolio that involves (low-energy and medium-energy) nuclear physics at two US flagship facilities (Jefferson Laboratory (JLAB) and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)) and spans accelerator physics, medical physics, radiation biology, and plasma physics. At FRIB, he is presently the PI on a National Science Foundation group grant focused on isotope discovery science, and works with the members of multi-institutional MOdular Neutron Array (MoNA) collaboration on studies of isotopes far from stability.

Prof. Guèye invests himself deeply in supporting students and cares greatly for their success. He is an incredibly creative person and always considering new ways to create opportunities to help junior researchers, often from underrepresented groups. This creativity benefits individual students, for example through mentorship provided by Paul, or many students through formal structures he creates. The most recent accomplishment is a new Department of Energy funded institute called INSIGHT (Institute for Nuclear Science to Inspire the Next Generation of a Highly Trained Workforce), for which Paul serves as the PI, and which serves to coordinate nationwide training for undergraduates in nuclear science, with a special focus on close collaborations with minority serving institutions.