UPDATE: In December 2016, Professor Gates was elected to Reasoning Mind’s Board of Trustees.
Reasoning Mind is excited to welcome two new members to its Board of Advisors—theoretical physicist Dr. Sylvester James “Jim” Gates, Jr., and former president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, Gayle Fallon. As advisors, Gates and Fallon will lend their expertise in the area of STEM education, and use their extensive networks to help broaden awareness of Reasoning Mind across the country.
Dr. Gates is currently the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he researches supersymmetry in systems of particles, fields, and strings. In addition to his research and academic appointments, Gates serves on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Maryland State Board of Education. In 2013, Gates was awarded the National Medal of Science—the highest award given to scientists in the U.S.—and became the first African-American physicist to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Gates is well known for his public advocacy of science, and has been featured extensively on television programs including NOVA PBS, most notably “The Elegant Universe” in 2003 and “The Fabric of the Cosmos” in 2011. Last year, Gates was the keynote speaker at Reasoning Mind’s GenieCon event in Dallas.
After twelve years in the classroom, Gayle Fallon became President of the Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT) from 1983 until her retirement in 2015. During her tenure with the HFT, Fallon served on the Texas American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Executive Council, the Harris County Central Labor Council Executive Board, and the Texas AFL-CIO Executive Board. She was appointed by Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling to serve on a board evaluating No Child Left Behind. In 2008, Fallon was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Governor’s Competitiveness Council. Fallon is currently a member of both Leadership Houston and the American Leadership Forum. Additionally, she serves on the board of ROADwomen and is the Vice- President of the Houston Folklore and Music Society.
Reasoning Mind is honored to have such distinguished individuals added to its Board of Advisors, and looks forward to getting their guidance on how best to help students succeed in mathematics.