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ODU Presents

ODU Presents

About the Lecture

ODU Presents is a lecture series focusing on the university's research initiatives and outreach efforts and featuring engaging speakers from a variety of disciplines.

These lectures are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Lecture


Timothy J. Gay

Author and Professor of Physics

"The Physics of Football"

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

North Cafeteria - Webb University Center
Lecture and Demonstrations for All Ages
Book Signing Immediately Following

From 1999 to 2004, Tim Gay, a physics professor at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, taught the largest physics class in the world - the 78,000 fans that attend the Nebraska Cornhuskers home football games. During breaks in the action, Gay's lessons were shown on the giant screens at either end of the field. They covered such topics as Newton's laws of motion, projectile motion, kinematics and the ideal gas law.

NFL Films hired Gay in 2001 to write and appear in a series of five-minute television segments for the show "NFL Blast!" The program was broadcast in 190 foreign countries to familiarize international audiences with the game of American football. Gay's "Football Physics" segments aired from 2002-04. Gay's work has been featured on "ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" and ESPN's "Cold Pizza," and in stories appearing in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, People magazine and ESPN The Magazine.

Gay is a 1975 graduate of Caltech where he played tackle for the Beavers. He also earned a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics from the University of Chicago in 1980. His research interests center on the scattering of electrons by atomic and molecular targets and elementary particle physics. His research group is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Gay is the author of "The Physics of Football," published by Harper-Collins Paperbacks, which targets an audience of high school students and football fans of all ages.