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Research Day to Bring Noted Physicist to Campus, Celebrate Campus Research/Scholarly Activity

S. James Gates Jr, Ph.D.
S. James Gates Jr, Ph.D.


April 1, 2011

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The annual IUPUI Research Day will take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., April 8, 2011, in Rooms 450A/B/C of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is hosting the event as a celebration of IUPUI’s multifaceted and vanguard research and scholarly activities portfolio.

Research Day events will begin with undergraduate, graduate and professional student research poster presentations at 9 a.m. The Center for Research and Learning will coordinate the student presentations.

The afternoon activities will include the keynote address by noted physicist and Obama scientific advisor S. James Gates Jr., Ph.D.; presentation of the Research Frontiers Trailblazer Awards; faculty research poster presentations highlighting the groundbreaking research conducted at IUPUI; and a community showcase coordinated by the IUPUI Solution Center and the IUPUI Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) initiative.

Gates, a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, will present the Research Frontiers Distinguished Lecture from 1 to 2 p.m. Gates is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the team of leading scientists and engineers who advise President Obama directly to help formulate policy on science, technology, and innovation.

The keynote speaker has appeared in four PBS scientific documentaries, Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Science in America; A Science Odyssey; The Elegant Universe; and E = mc²: The Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation. In his Research Day talk, Gates will describe how his endeavor to solve a decades-old theoretical physics problem led him to a point of an overlap of the fields of art, mathematics, music, science, and perhaps theology. Gates will also discuss his work with PCAST, including the council’s recent report to President Obama, “Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America’s Future”.

Immediately following Gates’ talk, a networking reception and faculty research poster presentations will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Research Day provides an opportunity for IUPUI faculty, staff and students, and their academic, industrial and governmental partners, along with the broader community, to learn how IUPUI impacts lives through innovation and creativity, to explore new research collaborations, and to lay the foundation for new partnerships.

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