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Release Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 4:10 PM
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Physics Colloquium Presents Noted Theorist Sylvester James Gates
Sylvester James Gates, Jr.

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2013) –The Howard University Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a presentation by noted theoretical physicist and National of Medal of Science recipient Sylvester James Gates, Jr., who will speak about the concept of symmetry in physics. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, in the Thirkield Hall Auditorium, room 300. It is co-sponsored by the Howard University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.

Gates is the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also a former chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Howard University. Gates is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. His presentation is titled, “Symmetry and the Quincunx Nexus.”

Professor Gates serves on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and on the Maryland State Board of Education. He has been featured extensively on many NOVA PBS programs on physics, notably “The Elegant Universe” in 2003 and ‘‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’’ in 2011. He was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama at a White House ceremony on February 1, 2013; the honor is the highest award given to scientists in the United States.

For more information, please contact Professor Prabhakar Misra, interim chair of the Howard University Department of Physics & Astronomy, at or 202-806-6245.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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