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Dr. Grace Farber honored with The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

By Jenna Pizzi

Grace FarberUniversity of the Sciences presented the 2016 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching to Grace Farber, PhD, assistant professor of biological sciences. Dr. Farber received the honor at the May 25, 2016, commencement ceremony.

The Lindback Award, which is funded through a gift from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, is given annually to a faculty member recognized by the students as the most outstanding instructor at the University. Nomination for this award by students is a tribute to the professionalism, knowledge, enthusiasm and teaching skills of the faculty nominees as well as to the mutual respect that exists between the students and the faculty.

Interim Provost Dr. Peter Miller, who presented Dr. Farber with the award, said she is well deserving of the honor because her enthusiasm and fun nature are contagious to her colleagues and students.

“Her students appreciate both her passion for the course content and her challenging expectations,” said Dr. Miller. “In addition, as one student put it, ‘I have never seen someone who legitimately cares about the students as much as she does.’”

Dr. Farber, who also serves as director of general education, said she was honored to be chosen and acknowledged by her students.

Dr. Farber received her PhD in molecular and cellular biology from University of Pittsburgh and has been an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences since 2012. In addition to her biology teaching responsibilities, she developed and directs USciences’ neuroscience minor program, and is involved in multiple academic and service initiatives across the campus, including as USciences’ co-organizer for the Philadelphia Science Festival.

Originally from Whitehouse Station, N.J., Dr. Farber currently resides in Media, Pa., with her husband Dr. Matthew Farber who also works in USciences' Department of Biological Sciences.

To learn more about the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and its award visit

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