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December 5 Lecture Features PBS NOVA Correspondent James Gates


The University Distinguished Lectures in Science and Engineering presents S. James Gates Jr., 2013 National Medal of Science Winner and popular PBS NOVA correspondent. He will discuss “On the Surprises at the Origins of SUSY” on Thursday, December 5, at 4 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater.

Gates is the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the first African American to hold an endowed chair in physics at a major American research university, and also co-authored the first comprehensive book on supersymmetry, entitled Superspace. Gates has been featured extensively in NOVA PBS specials, including “The Elegant Universe” and “The Fabric of Cosmos.” He was named a University System of Maryland Regents Professor in January 2013. The following month, President Obama presented Gates with the highest award given to scientists, the 2013 National Medal of Science, in a White House ceremony. In May Gates became the first African American physicist to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Gates received his two BSc degrees in mathematics and physics, as well as his PhD in physics, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include the physics of quarks, leptons, gravity, super and heterotic strings, and unified field theories.

This lecture is free and open to all. There will be a reception immediately following Gate’s presentation in the Wang Center lobby.

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