UNC-Pembroke’s Bahr named 2017 O. Max Gardner award winner


CHAPEL HILL, NC – The University of North Carolina announced that Ben Bahr, the William C. Friday Chair and Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, is the recipient of the 2017 Oliver Max Gardner Award.

The award, established by the will of former North Carolina Governor O. Max Gardner, recognizes faculty who have “made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.” The winner, who is selected by the UNC Board of Governors, also receives a $20,000 stipend. The Gardner award is the highest honor the system confers on faculty and is the only award for which all faculty members across the 17 campuses are eligible. Bahr is the first faculty member from UNCP to receive the award.

“Dr. Bahr’s world-class Alzheimer’s research has advanced our understanding of the human mind and helped move us closer to a cure,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings. “Dementia and other related memory disorders impact millions of people, and Dr. Bahr’s work has given new hope for patients and families across the world.”

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