Distinguished Professor of Physics Sylvester James Gates, Jr. to Speak at NJIT on March 29

Written by: Dean Maskevich,

On Wednesday, March 29, the NJIT community is invited to attend two presentations by Distinguished Professor of Physics Sylvester James Gates, Jr., who is visiting from the University of Maryland.

Gates will first speak from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room G-8 of the Central King Building. His topic will be “The 1,358,954,496 Matrix Elements to Get From SUSY Diff EQ’s to Pictures, Codes, Card Games, Music, Computers, and Back Again,” a discussion of a “recent derivation of a supersymmetrical QM representation spectrum that took some surprising twists and turns along the way.”

Gates’ morning colloquium is hosted by NJIT’s Department of Physics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, and the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics of the College of Science and Liberal Arts.

From 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., in the Campus Center Atrium, Gates will share his thoughts as the spring 2017 College of Science and Liberal Arts Distinguished Speaker on “Equity vs. Excellence: A False Dichotomy in Science and Society.” He will explore how the issue of diversity and its impact can be studied from an evidence-based, scientifically-enabled viewpoint. This discussion will highlight one scientist's thinking about diversity and opportunities in education within the context of our nation's historical and cultural trajectory.

NJIT co-sponsors for Gates’ afternoon lecture are Albert Dorman Honors College, the Murray Center for Women in Technology and the Technology and Society Forum.

Gates is a Distinguished University Professor, University System of Maryland, and Regents Professor and John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland. Also an affiliate mathematics professor, he is known for his pioneering work in supersymmetry and supergravity, areas closely related to string theory.

Gates earned two bachelor of science degrees in physics and mathematics and his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1984, he co-authored Superspace, or One thousand and One Lessons in Supersymmetry, the first comprehensive book on supersymmetry, and joined the faculty at Maryland as an associate professor. Four years later, he became the first African American to hold an endowed chair in physics at a major U.S. research university.

The author of more than 200 research papers and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Gates has been featured in dozens of video documentaries. For his contributions to science and research, he received the National Medal of Science from President Obama in 2013. A strong advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, he currently serves on the National Commission on Forensic Science.