Daniel Fairbanks

Daniel Fairbanks

University Research Officer, Professor of Biology

Phone: 801-863-6440

Mailstop: 224

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Dr. Daniel J. Fairbanks is Professor of Biology and University Research Officer at Utah Valley University. He previously was Dean of the College of Science and Interim Dean of the College of Technology and Computing at UVU. Prior to joining UVU, he was at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he was Professor and Head of the Department of Plant Soil and Insect Sciences. Prior to that time he was at Brigham Young University where he was Dean of Undergraduate Education, Associate Dean of Biology and Agriculture, Director of the Honors Program, and Professor of Plant and Wildlife Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from the University Arizona, M.S. from the University of Minnesota, and B.S. from Brigham Young University. He is a geneticist specializing in evolutionary genetics, the history of genetics, plant genetics and breeding, and international scientific development. He is author or co-author of five scholarly books and fifty-seven scientific journal articles on genetics, human evolutionary genetics, the history of genetics, plant genetics and breeding, and science education. Dr. Fairbanks is an accomplished artist, with sculpture, paintings, and drawings in museum, public, and private collections in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He has received numerous awards, among them the Mendel Memorial Medal in recognition of his scholarly and artistic contributions highlighting Gregor Mendel, the Trustees Award of Excellence at UVU, the Karl G. Maeser Professorship of General Education, the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Alcuin Award for General Education Teaching at BYU.

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