Bethany’s Pearson Professor to teach about genetics

Peter Savolainen, an international expert in genetics and the evolution of the domestic dog, will serve as Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies at Bethany College this fall.

The Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies is endowed by a generous gift from the late Gerald “Bud” Pearson. It was created so that students, faculty, staff and community members can explore and understand ways in which modern Swedish culture and experience can be learned and incorporated into their own lives.

Savolainen is an assistant professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He specializes in forensic and genetic studies, particularly the study of dogs. In addition to teaching, he serves as a forensic expert for the Swedish police.

This fall Savolainen will partake in a number of activities, including public addresses on September 29 and November 10 and chapel services on September 25 and November 18. During his residency, he will teach and participate in the cultural life of Bethany and the Lindsborg community. To prepare for his arrival, Bethany will host a public screening on the PBS Nature film featuring Savolainen on September 10 at 8:00 p.m.