Renowned University of Maryland theoretical physicist Sylvester James "Jim" Gates, Jr., Ph.D., has been awarded the 2013 Mendel Medal by Villanova University in recognition of his influential work in supersymmetry, supergravity and string theory, as well as his advocacy for science and science education in the United States and abroad. The Mendel Medal, established in 1928 by the Board of Trustees of Villanova University, honors pioneering scientists who have demonstrated, by their lives and their standing before the world as scientists, that there is no intrinsic conflict between science and religion.

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