Top physicist Gates to keynote SUNY Research Day

Theoretically: National Science Award winner and top theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates Jr. is expected to keynote SUNY-Old Westbury's 2018 Student Research Day on April 17.

A noted theoretical physicist and strong proponent of diversity in the laboratory will keynote SUNY-Old Westbury’s annual Student Research Day.

Sylvester James Gates Jr., the Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University, is slated to deliver the opening remarks when the Old Westbury college hosts “2018 Student Research Day: Movement & Motion” on April 17.

Gates retired in 2017 after teaching and conducting research for 33 years at the University of Maryland, where he rose to the rank of University System Regents Professor – the highest teaching honor bestowed by the school.

An active proponent of education, diversity and communication, the professor is known widely for his research in theoretical physics and for his commitment to increasing diversity in his field.

A National Medal of Science winner who was appointed in 2013 to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology by President Barack Obama, Gates holds degrees in physics and mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also earned his PhD in physics.

“2018 Student Research Day: Movement & Motion” will cover everything from the interaction of atoms to historical changes in immigrant behaviors to the great social movements of 20th century Israel and Egypt – basically, just about anything that has something to do with movement.

Roughly 150 SUNY-Old Westbury students are expected to showcase their work during the daylong event in oral presentations, exhibitions and artistic displays.

The annual Student Research Day “is always an exciting event,” noted SUNY-Old Westbury College President Calvin Butts, who welcomes any opportunity to “showcase the curiosity, intellect and drive of our students.”

“Through their work, they provide the real evidence of how our small college, committed to offering a strong liberal arts foundation, prepares students to succeed, whether their field of interest is in the sciences, public policy, business, education or beyond,” Butts said in a statement.

“2018 Student Research Day: Movement & Motion” is scheduled to run from 11:20 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 17 in the Multipurpose Rooms of the Old Westbury campus’ Student Union building. More information is available here.

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