The University honored its faculty working on the front lines of their fields Thursday night, celebrating their achievements in the context of UNC’s recent focus on innovation.
The Carolina Innovations Seminar honored faculty who have been issued patents and developed technologies in the past year.
Bruce Carney, executive vice chancellor and provost, was one of the first speakers to recognize the efforts of the inventors and stressed the importance of innovation at the University.
“It’s spring, pollen is falling, and awards are starting to fall into people’s hands,” he said.
“Inventorship is something I like to see, and our administration tries to work closely with inventors.”
The career of Darrel Stafford, a biology professor, was in the spotlight for winning “Inventor of the Year” from the Office of Technology Development.
“This is our inaugural award of ‘Inventor of the Year,’ and we really wanted to do something special for someone who’s been a great asset to innovation at UNC,” said Ann Byassee, business manager of the office.
Stafford achieved three separate patents this year alone.
His list of accolades is lengthy, as he has worked in labs across the world and has made major strides in molecular biology through his discoveries.