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Dr. S. James Gates, Jr.

Jim Gates at Duquesne!

September 20 - 24, 2019

Dr. S. James Gates, Jr.
Ford Foundation Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Brown University

9/20 String Theory for Undergrads
Introduction to SUSY and Supergravity

324 Fisher Hall
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pizza and cookies will be served.

9/23 "The Final Frontier: Is Physics Getting There?"

119 Student Union
Talk: 11 am - 12 pm
Book Signing: 12 pm - 1 pm

A public conversation about the status of our understanding of the nature of matter between two physicists: Dr. S. James Gates, Jr., Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University and Duquesne's resident theorist of high energy physics, Dr. Patrick Cooper.

Dr. Gates is well known for his pioneering work in supersymmetry and supergravity, and a co-author of Superspace, or One thousand and one lessons in supersymmetry, which is widely considered the first comprehensive book on the subject. Read more about Dr Gates.

This event is aimed at the general public. Anyone with a curiosity for how physics is addressing the edge of our knowledge of nature is welcome to participate with their own personal questions! Dr Gates is well known for his ability to speak at an accessible level.

The moderated Q/A for this event is now reviewing questions from the public: Please submit your question to Dr Simonetta Frittelli by email to frittelli@duq.edu with the subject tag GATES Q/A.

Questions at all levels are welcome: general questions about the "physics of it all", questions about Dr Gates' experiences as a physicist or in public policy, questions about Dr Gates' projections for the future of knowledge... you get the idea!

Questions will be queued and the question's owner will be invited to ask in person during the event. Don't miss your chance to participate!

Please RSVP by September 20th as space is limited.
Lunch buffet will be served.

9/23 Seminar

Dr. Gates' paper: "Higher Spin Supersymmetry at the Cosmological Collider: Sculpting SUSY Rilles in the CMB"

CMU Campus
2:30pm - 3:30pm

9/24 Does Diversity Matter in Science?

A personal view lecture by Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University Dr. S. James Gates, Jr. followed by a moderated Q/A from the audience.

Union Ballroom
11:00am - 1:00pm

Please RSVP by September 20th as space is limited.

Ted Corcovilos Lecture 9-20-19

Ted Corcovilos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics, Duquesne University, Department of Physics

"Building Matter from Light and Other Tales"

Maurice Falk Lecture Hall - Mellon Hall
Friday, September 20, 2019
3:00 p.m.

2019 Fall Open House

Fall Open House

Sunday, September 15, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
Abigail Ferris with Gabriela Gonzalez Spokesperson for LIGO Scientific Collaboration

Physics major takes selfie with famous LIGO scientist... in Spain!
Sophomore (Abigail) Louise Ferris is doing a study abroad in Spain this summer and was lucky to catch a conference in gravitational waves... in Spanish! Ondas gravitationales, as we say in Spain. Best of two worlds! Here she is in a selfie with Gabriela Gonzalez, spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and TED speaker. Looking good, Louise! Have fun in Spain!

DU Experimental Nuclear Physics Group

Duquesne joins particle physics collaboration as a member institution
Duquesne is now a member institution of the CLAS collaboration at Jefferson Lab, in recognition of its contributions to the experiments using the CLAS12 spectrometer in Hall B. Assistant Professor Fatiha Benmokhtar presented the membership application at last week's collaboration meeting, highlighting student contributions of the last five years: Andrew Witchger (BS 2014), Andrew Lendacky (BA 2017), Josh and Justin Goodwill (BA 2018), Morgen Benninghoff, Elise Aaron, Collin McCauley, Nick and Rich Trotta (BS 2016), Connor Pecar and Robert Behary. Congratulations to the members of our experimental nuclear physics group, past and present!

Madeline Galbraith

Physics major wins prestigious NSF graduate fellowship
Senior Madeline Galbraith is one of this years' awardees of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program of the National Science Foundation. Fellows receive a three year stipend while they work towards the completion of their PhD. The GRFP this year had an acceptance rate of less than 17%.

Madeline is the second student from the Duquesne undergraduate physics program to win this prestigious graduate award, after Courtney Au-Yeung (BS 2015) who received it in 2017 while attending the PhD program in materials research at Lehigh University.

After graduating this May, Madeline plans to attend the PhD program in the department of physics and astronomy at Rice University.

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