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Stan Faeth awarded Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professorship in the Sciences

Photo of Stan Faeth holding plants

Provost Dana Dunn and Dean Timothy Johnston have this message for the campus community:    

We are pleased to announce that Professor Stanley Faeth, Head of the Department of Biology, has been awarded the Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professorship in the Sciences.

Dr. Stan Faeth joined the UNCG faculty in Fall 2008 as Professor and Head of the Department of Biology, having previously held faculty positions at Arizona State University, where he also served as Department Chair. As Head of UNCG’s Biology Department, he has overseen the establishment and growth of the new PhD program in Environmental Health Science. Dr. Faeth has a long-standing and very productive record of research on plant-microbe-herbivore interactions in grassland communities and on urban ecology. In his recent work, he has been collaborating with colleagues in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UNCG on investigations of natural compounds isolated from plants, including some that have pharmaceutical properties. He has published almost 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and his research has been continuously supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and other funding agencies. In 2010 he received the Lord Robert May Prize for the best paper in the Journal of Biological Dynamics.

From 2010-16 Dr. Faeth has been the lead PI on a $3 million GK12 Graduate Training Grant from NSF, “Transforming Minds in a Transitioning Community,” which enables UNCG graduate students in Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Geography to work with students and teachers in the Guilford County Schools. This project pairs graduate students with teachers to develop inquiry-based lesson plans and to bring active scientific researchers into the public school classroom. Dr. Faeth’s research with his colleagues in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is supported by a multi-year award from the National Institutes of Health to examine the pharmaceutical properties of the medicinal herb Echinacea. That research has also been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. In 2014 his research contributions were recognized by UNCG’s Senior Research Excellence Award.

As his work with local schools suggests, Dr. Faeth is strongly committed to bringing scientific insight and understanding to the broader community. Since 2012 he has been a regular contributor of columns on scientific topics for the Greensboro News & Record. In addition to his work as Department Head since 2008, Dr. Faeth’s service to the community and to UNCG includes membership on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research, on the Forsyth Technical Community College Advisory Board, the State Advisory Council for Cooperative Extension, the Board of Directors of the Highlands Biological Station, and the Advisory Board of UNCG’s RISE (Research and Instruction in Science Education) Network. He co-chaired the search committee for Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor in 2013-14.