The University of Advancing Technology (UAT), a leading innovator in education focused on new and emerging technologies, has named Dr.
Lynn Margulis, renowned theoretical biologist, author and distinguished university professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
as the 2010 inductee into the Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking.
Dr. Margulis’ revolutionary work in biology earned her prestige in the field with her theory on the origin of eukaryotic organelles, and
her contributions to the endosymbiotic theory. Heralded as a modern Charles Darwin, she has authored more thean 130 scientific articles
and 10 books. She is a leading proponent of Gaia Theory, which states that all life, as well as the oceans, the atmosphere, and the earth
itself are parts of a single, all-encompassing symbiosis and may fruitfully be considered as elements of a single organism.
A series of events leading to the presentation of the Da Vinci Medallion will include a keynote address from Dr. Margulis at an invitational
luncheon, Friday, June 18, 2010 with Arizona’s key community leaders in the fields of education, government and business.
Dominic Pistillo, founder of the University of Advancing Technology has said, “At UAT we strive not only to provide an enriching educational
environment, but to raise the bar with innovation, systems thinking and programming that will carry us through the 21st century. In that
regard, we are honored to be able to present such a distinguished thinker as Dr. Lynn Margulis with the Da Vinci Medallion.”
Dr. Margulis was elected to the national Academy of Sciences in 1983. The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., announced in 1998 that it
will permanently archive her papers. She received the Presidential Medal of Science in 1999.
Her publications, spanning a wide range of scientific topics, include original contributions to cell biology and microbial evolution. The
most of which recent include “Symbiotic Planet: A new look at evolution” and “Acquiring Genomes: A theory of the origins of species”, co-written
with Dorion Sagan. Dr. Margulis is also acknowledged for her contribution to James E. Lovelock’s Gaia theory that the earth’s surface interactions
among living beings, soil, air and water have created a vast self-regulating system.
UAT created the Da Vinci Society to honor the world’s leading thinkers. In 2005, the inaugural chair was awarded to Professor Edward di Bono,
regarded by many as the leading authority in the world in the field of creative thinking and in the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. Dr.
Michio Kaku, renowned physicist, accepted this distinguished honor in 2008. As did Ray Kurzweil, leading technologist, inventor and author, in 2009.
About UAT: The University of Advancing Technology is a unique, private college that serves its student body by fostering
knowledge creation and academic excellence in an environment that embraces the young technophiles of the world. With three
centers of research and a suite of technology-centered undergraduate and graduate degrees, the University is a recognized
leader in technology education.
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