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When California Polytechnical State University sponsored a talk by
Dr. Dennis Fantin
on January 17, 2008, it posted the following resume which speaks to what a talented and motivated blind scholar can accomplish.

Dennis Fantin, a blind chemistry and physics instructor in Cal Poly's College of Science and Mathematics, teaches introductory and survey courses in chemistry and physics, as well as a course he designed called Nuclear Science and Society.

Since earning his doctorate in biophysics from UC Berkeley in 1991, Fantin has received several federal research and program implementation grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of State.

He developed and led Cal Poly’s first laboratory chemistry workshop for visually impaired high school students from around the country.

Additionally, Fantin worked extensively in Russia, co-founding the country’s first university-based disability resource center and its first university-based orientation and mobility teacher training program.

As an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley in the early 1970s, Fantin participated in the early stages of the United States disability rights movement.

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