HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It's not everyday that you get to have pizza with a world-famous scientist. However, some lucky Southern Miss students got that opportunity Friday.
About two dozen physics students shared an informal lunch at Chain Technology Center with internationally-renowned physicist S. James Gates, Jr., Ph.D.
He spoke about current trends in science and the job market for students.
Thursday night, Gates spoke at the first Grayson H. and Jane Dishong Rayborn Lecture in Physics and Astronomy at Bennett Auditorium.
"Jobs are changing for the future and if you want to have a good job, even if it's not as a scientist or an engineer or a mathematician, your education is becoming more important," said Gates. "Tech and science and all that math stuff that used to be optional, it's not optional anymore."
Gates is the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park.