Dr. Bill Murphy Receives Presidential Impact Fellows Award
Posted April 04, 2017
Dr. Bill Murphy, professor in the department of Veterinary
Integrative Biomedical Sciences at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has been
recognized as one of the university’s rising stars as a member of
the first faculty class of Presidential Impact Fellows Award
The inaugural award was announced this year by Texas A&M
President Michael K. Young and Provost Karan L. Watson as one of
the most prestigious awards given to Texas A&M faculty.
The 2017 award was presented to 24 faculty members from the
university’s 16 college and schools, two branch campuses, and
comprehensive University Libraries.
"As a mid-career scientist, Dr. Murphy is contributing in an
extraordinary capacity to mammalian comparative and biomedical
genomics, phylogenetics, and evolution," said Dr. Evelyn
Castiglioni, CVM associate dean for undergraduate education and
head of the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences. "He
is highly deserving of recognition by the university as a rising
star Presidential Impact Fellow.
"He is, in addition, a kind and generous colleague and a fine
teacher and mentor for students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior
faculty members," she said.
Each recipient, identified by their dean and confirmed by
academic leadership, is considered a candidate for continued or new
national and international acclaim.
“I am grateful for this award and the college and university
administration’s acknowledgement of my research impact,” Murphy
Murphy will utilize the award to advance his scholarship and
seek new research partnerships. His research focuses on structural
and functional aspects of mammalian genome evolution, mammalian
phylogenetics and evolutionary genomics using cats as genetic
models in both biomedical and evolutionary contexts.
“The award will certainly offer flexibility to expand my
research and speaking opportunities both nationally and
internationally,” he said.
In addition to his outstanding research, Murphy also has made an
impact on his students. He noted that the new Veterinary &
Biomedical Education Complex has given his students better
opportunities for interaction, education and collegiality.
“As I pass through the new building, it is clear the students
are enjoying their new academic home and the excellent learning
environment that it offers,” Murphy said.
As part of the inaugural class of Presidential Impact Fellows,
Murphy will receive a stipend of $25,000 for the next three fiscal
years to accelerate his teaching, research and service efforts. He
will also be given the title of Presidential Impact Fellow for
In addition, each recipient will receive a glass art memento
reflecting the synergy of transformational learning, discovery, and
impact achieved through Texas A&M’s commitment to creating a
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