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UVU Dean to Present at Gregor Mendel Anniversary in Czech Republic

2 March 2015 No Comment

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University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807 | melindac@uvu.edu

Daniel Fairbanks, dean of the College of Science & Health and professor of biology at Utah Valley University, has been invited to present at the historic Mendel Forum 2015 on March 7 in Brno, Czech Republic. Fairbanks is one of an elite group of scholars who will give presentations in the same place where Gregor Mendel gave his presentations 150 years ago outlining the classic experiments that founded the science of genetics.

Fairbanks, who has published five articles and a book on Mendel, will present “Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy,” which is the title of a book he co-authored with Allan Franklin, University of Colorado; A.W.F. Edwards, Cambridge University; Daniel Hartl, Harvard University; and Teddy Seidenfeld, Carnegie Mellon University.

In addition, Fairbanks has been asked to participate in a roundtable discussion on Mendel on March 6. “Since my first genetics course 36 years ago, I have admired Gregor Mendel and his genius, and I have researched his history firsthand for the past 22 years,” said Fairbanks. “I consider it a once-in-a-lifetime honor to give a presentation in this historic forum in the same venue where he presented his research 150 years ago.”

Fairbanks is authoring a new book about Mendel with a new translation of Mendel’s paper by Scott Abbot, UVU professor of integrated studies, philosophy and humanities. The book should be complete later this summer.

An accomplished scientist, artist, author and teacher, Fairbanks plans to do some original drawings on-site in Brno where Mendel lived and worked. Fairbanks is a geneticist with a wide breadth of expertise in evolutionary genetics, international scientific development, science education and the history of genetics.

His research articles have appeared in a wide variety of journals, among them Genetics, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Genome, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Evolution: Education and Outreach, and Science Education. He is among the leading authorities on the history of genetics, specializing on the legacies connecting Mendel, Charles Darwin and Ronald Fisher.

Fairbanks uses his skills as an artist to promote scientific awareness and education through sculpture demonstration lectures highlighting science at universities, museums and other public venues. One of the most popular of these lectures is titled “Demystifying the Mythical Mendel,” during which Fairbanks sculpts a portrait of Mendel while speaking about his history.

He has a bachelor’s degree from BYU, a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a doctoral degree from the University of Arizona. He was a Fulbright professor at the Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Brazil.

For more information visit danielfairbanks.net

Daniel Fairbanks, dean of UVU College of Science & Health

Daniel Fairbanks, dean of UVU College of Science & Health














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