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J. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture Series

J. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture Series

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 The College of Science

premiere lecture series

Upcoming Lecture

Professor
S. James Gates, Jr.

Brown University

 

From SyFy and Marvel Comics to Superstring Theory, Evolution, and the CMB

 

Hosted on March 28, 2022

7:30 pm ET via Zoom

 

Register:

aimsbbis.vt.edu/Sowers_Gates

 

James Gates poses, smiling just off camera, while wearing a dark suit and bright red tie.

James Gates poses, smiling just off camera, while wearing a dark suit and bright red tie.
Photo courtesy of Brown University.
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From SyFy and Marvel Comics to Superstring Theory, Evolution, and the CMB

The College of Science at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce that Prof. S. James Gates, Jr. will deliver next J. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture.

The title of his talk is “From SyFy and Marvel Comics to Superstring Theory, Evolution, and the CMB.” 

“Einstein once said, 'Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.' This talk aims to illuminate this quote in the life of one scientist,” Gates said.

 

Professor Gates is a theoretical physicist internationally renowned for his work in supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. He is currently the director of the Brown Theoretical Physics Center and the Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University. His many honors include membership in the National Academy of Sciences and receipt of a National Medal of Science. He is also active in the public policy arena, including past service on both the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Maryland State Board of Education.

Past Lectures

02/08/22

Discovery of Pulsars: A Graduate Student’s Story

About the series

The J. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture Series in the College of Science at Virginia Tech is a forum for the exchange of new and innovative ideas in scientific fields. The series has attracted national and world-renowned scholars, including a laser physicist, a nanoscientist, an astrophysicist (and also Nobel Laureate), an applied mathematician, the director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and a statistician who specializes in machine-learning. Discussions have delved into brain sciences, speech and hearing development, black holes, and more.

Generously supported by Mark and Debi Sowers, this series provides opportunities for the university community and general public to interact with and learn from eminent scholars and industry experts. Sowers is a Richmond, Virginia-based businessman and developer and longtime supporter of the College of Science. He sponsors the series to share with others his fascination with the sciences, in particular, physical science.

All talks are free and open to the public.

For more information:

Contact Jenny Orzolek, Senior Director of Major Gifts for Advancement
sciencersvp@vt.edu | 540-231-5643