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Former PSU Physics major honored with Alumni Achievement Award

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Danielle S. Bassett ’04 is a Sage Junior Research Fellow in the University of California, Santa Barbara’s departments of physics and psychological and brain sciences.

Bassett’s research places her at the forefront of the field of network science, where she is currently concentrating on neuroscience and social and information systems to help better understand human behavior. Named a Sage Junior Research Fellow in the fall of 2011 and a noted researcher, Bassett has authored 31 publications and is a sought-after lecturer. While an undergraduate and a Schreyer Honors Scholar at Penn State, Bassett received many accolades, including the Paul Axt Prize in the Schreyer Honors College. Danielle returned to campus to give a seminar on her research in the Physics Department. She was accompanied by her husband, Lee Bassett (also PSU/Physics, class of 2004) who gave a talk on his research related to experimental realizations of quantum computation.