UPDATE: Astronaut to Be Inducted Into Da Vinci Society for Thinking

TEMPE, AZ--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth astronaut to ever walk on the moon, has been announced as the 2011 Leonardo da Vinci Society inductee. He will be inducted into the Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study for Thinking, on June 3, 2011, at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) in Tempe, AZ.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, with a doctoral degree from MIT, Dr. Mitchell was recruited to NASA after his time in the US Navy. Mitchell served as the lunar module pilot to the moon on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. After his touchdown on the moon, Mitchell went on to research a deeper understanding of human consciousness and psyche and later became the founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Jason Pistillo, President of the University of Advancing Technology, has said, "At UAT we are devoted to providing an enriched thinking environment, as well as continuing to explore innovations and manners of thinking. We are privileged to present such an eminent thinker as Dr. Mitchell with the Da Vinci Medallion."

Dr. Mitchell is a scientist, naval officer, test pilot, author and astronaut. He has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the USN Distinguished Medal and was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1998. Dr. Mitchell was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in 2005 and authored two books: "The Way of the Explorer" and "Psychic Exploration." Dr. Mitchell is a pristine example of an evolutionary thinker and has contributed tremendously to the fields of psychology and human cognizance.

UAT is pleased to welcome Dr. Edgar Mitchell into the distinguished society on June 3, 2011. The Da Vinci Society was created by UAT in 2005, to honor the world's leading thinkers. The medal has been awarded to six other recipients including renowned physicist Michio Kaku, revolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis, and Professor Edward de Bono, regarded by many as the leading authority in the field of creative thinking.

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.

Contact Information:

Jennifer Wagner
UAT/Media Relations

Dr. Mitchell was the sixth man to walk on the moon, and will be inducted into the Leonardo da Vinci Society in June 2011. The Leonardo da Vinci Society promotes excellence in thinking through its honor society for the world's greatest thinkers.