Gregg Howe earns University Distinguished Professor title
Gregg Howe has been named University Distinguished Professor. He is among ten MSU faculty members who have earned the distinction.
The title of University Distinguished Professor is among the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member by the university. Those selected for the title have been recognized nationally and internationally for the importance of their teaching, research and outreach achievements.
Gregg is an internationally recognized leader in research on plant hormone biology and plant-insect interactions. Howe uses a combination of genetic, cell biological, molecular, and biochemical analyses to study how plants use defensive compounds to thwart insect attack. He was also recently named an MSU Foundation Professor.
The MSU Board of Trustees voted on and approved their ten recommendations on June 21. Those holding the professorship will receive, in addition to their salary, a stipend of $5,000 per year for five years to support professional activities.
A reception to honor the newly designated University Distinguished Professors will be held in November.
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