College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Public Lecture

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Lipscomb University's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences welcomes Dr. Sylvester James Gates Jr. who will host a talk titled "The 1,358,954,496 Matrix Elements to get from Susy Diff Eq’s to Pictures, Codes, Card Games, Music, Computers and Back Again" on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) in Stowe Hall, located in the Swang Business Center. 

Sylvester James Gates Jr. is an American theoretical physicist known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity and superstring theory. He is currently a university system regents professor and the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also the director of the String and Particle Theory Center; affiliate professor of mathematics; and serves on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, on the National Commission on Forensic Science, and on the Maryland State Board of Education. 

In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history. That same year, Gates was awarded the Mendel Medal by Villanova University in recognition of his influential work and the National Medal of Science, the highest award given to scientists in the U.S. During 2014, he was named the Harvard Foundation’s ‘‘Scientist of the Year.’’ 

Most recently, he became a member of the board of directors of the Achieve, Inc. and the board of councillors for the Boy Scout of America’s STEM National Council. He currently continues his research in supersymmetry in systems of particles, fields and strings. 

This public lecture is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Lori Martin at