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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A theoretical biologist, Dr. Lynn Margulis is known for her revolutionary work in theoretical biology. Dr. Margulis has earned her prestige in the field with her theory on the origin of eukaryotic organelles and her contributions to the endosymbiosis theory. Heralded as one of the most original scientific thinkers of our era, Professor Margulis has authored more than 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.

Professor Margulis, who participates in hands-on teaching activities at levels from middle to graduate school, is the author of many articles and books. The most recent include Symbiotic Planet: A new look at evolution (1998) and Acquiring Genomes: A theory of the origins of species (2002), co-written with Dorion Sagan, Indeed, over the past decade and a half, Professor Margulis has co-written a number of books with Sagan, among them What is Sex? (1997), What is Life? (1995), Mystery Dance: On the evolution of human sexuality (1991). Microcosmos: Four billion years of evolution from our microbial ancestors (1986), and Origins of Sex: Three billion years of genetic recombination (1986). Her work with K. V. Schwartz provides a consistent formal classification of all life on Earth and has lead to the third edition of Five Kingdoms: An illustrated guide to the phyla of life on Earth (1998). Their evolutionary classification scheme was generated from scientific results of numerous colleagues. The logical basis for it is summarized in her single-authored book Symbiosis in Cell Evolution: Microbial communities in the Archean and Proterozoic eons (second edition, 1993). The bacterial origins of both chloroplasts and mitochondria are established. At present she works on the possible origin of cilia from spirochetes.

Margulis, Lynn: Origins of Sex – Three Billion Years of Genetic Recombination. New Haven, CT Yale University Press, 1986

Margulis, Lynn and Sagan, Dorion:
Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors: New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1997

Margulis, Lynn: Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution. Jackson, TN: Basic Books, 1998

Margulis, Lynn and Sagan, Dorion: What is Life? Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000

Margulis, Lynn: Environmental Evolution: Effects of the Origin and Evolution of Life on Planet Earth. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2000

Margulis, Lynn: Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species. Jackson, TN: Basic Books, 2002

Margulis, Lynn: Early Life: Evolution on the Precambrian Earth, Boston, MA: Jones and Barlett, 2002

Margulis, Lynn: Luminous Fish: Tales fo Science and Love, White River Jct., BT Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007

Margulis, Lynn and Sagan, Dorion: Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature. White River Jct., VT Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007

Margulis, Lynn: Mind, Life, and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time. White River Jct., VT Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007

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