On the Surprises at the Origins of SUSY
S. James Gates, Jr., is University System Regents Professor, John S. Toll Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for String & Particle Theory at the University of Maryland, College Park. He serves on the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and on the Maryland State Board of Education. Gates is known for his work on supersymmetry (SUSY), supergravity, and superstring theory. In 1984, working with M.T. Grisaru, M. Rocek, W. Siegel, Gates co-authorized Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry. He is a member of the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public and the Board of Directors for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. 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. In 2006, he completed the DVD series Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality for the Teaching Company composed of 24 half-hour lectures to make the complexities of unification theory comprehensible to non-physicists. He is past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, and a NSBP Fellow, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Physics in the UK. He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Gates was presented the National Medal of Science, the highest award given to scientists in the US, by President Obama at a White House ceremony in 2013 and elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history.
Abstract: Gates will discuss the new surprising results that indicate the relation of off-shell supersymmetrical representation theory to Coxeter algebras and marked curves on Riemann surfaces with the latter occurring without reference to Superstring/M-Theory.
Thursday, December 5, 4:00 pm, Wang Center Theater
Translating Basic Science into Products and the Role of
Diversity in Making That Happen
Joseph DeSimone is the Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and of Chemistry at UNC. In 2012, he was named director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC. DeSimone is also an adjunct member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has published more than 290 scientific articles and has 140 issued patents in his name with over 80 patents pending. DeSimone is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences (2012) and the National Academy of Engineering (2005). He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005) and has received more than 50 major awards and recognitions, including the 2012 Walston Chubb Award for Innovation by Sigma Xi; the 2010 AAS Mentor Award in recognition of his efforts to advance diversity in the chemistry PhD workforce; the 2009 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award; the 2009 North Carolina Award; the 2008 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation; the 2007 Collaboration Success Award from the Council for Chemical Research; the 2005 ACS Award for Creative Invention; the 2002 John Scott Award presented by the City Trusts, Philadelphia, given to "the most deserving" men and women whose inventions have contributed in some outstanding way to the "comfort, welfare and happiness" of mankind; the 2002 Engineering Excellence Award by DuPont; and the 2002 Wallace H. Carothers Award from the Delaware Section of the ACS. DeSimone, an innovative polymer chemist, has made breakthrough contributions in green chemistry, fluoropolymer synthesis, colloid science, and nano-biomaterials. He pioneered supercritical CO2-based polymerization reactions and the self-assembly of molecules in compressible media. He has shown the benefit of novel fluoro-elastomers for soft lithographic applications, including the synthesis of shape-controlled nano-biomaterials.
Abstract: In 1965, Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, described the trend that the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year since 1958. This trend has continued to today, enabled by advances in photolithography which has taken the minimum feature size of transistors down from about 10 microns in 1970 to 0.045 microns (45 nm) today. In biological terms, this corresponds to going from the size of a red blood cell to the size of a single virus particle! As such, this top-down nano-fabrication technology from the semiconductor industry is, for the first time, in the size range to be relevant for the design of medicines, vaccines and interfacially active Janus particles. This lecture will describe the insights, the team and the strategies behind translating the basic science and engineering from one industry (microelectronics) into products useful in other fields (medicine and vaccines) to improve the health and well-being of society.
Friday, November 15, 4:00 pm, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Room 103