A Fairfield University professor will be installed as the first holder of the school's recently-established Donald J. Ross Sr. Chair in Biology and Biochemistry on Monday, Sept. 26.

Glenn Sauer, associate professor and past chair of the school's biology department, will assume the chair during a ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. in the MacDonnell Atrium of the university's Rudolph F. Bannow Science Center.

The chair was established in honor of the late Ross, a biology and biochemistry professor at the university from 1950 to 2008. Recognized as one of the Outstanding Educators in America, Ross was honored with the Fairfield University Silver Jubilee Faculty Award in 1975, the Fairfield University Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 1978 and the Fairfield University Teacher of the Year Award in 1988.

Sauer, who earned a Ph.D. in marine science from the University of South Carolina, has taught biochemistry, endocrinology, and general biology at the school since 2000. He also teaches "God & Modern Biology," a course that examines various topics in science and religion. His research interests include the cell and developmental biology of bones and cartilage as well as the biochemistry of zinc and other trace metals.

In addition to the chair's installation, a biology seminar series in Ross' memory will be held on the last Wednesday of each month from September to April from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room. Leading off the series on Sept. 28 is Fairfield Alumna Carolyn Stankiewicz Scholber, a post- doctoral fellow in the pathology department at Yale University's School of Medicine.