Dr. Bill Murphy Receives Presidential Impact Fellows Award
Posted April 05, 2017
From Left: Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young,
Dr. Bill Murphy, and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Provost Dr. Karan L. Watson
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
University President Michael K. Young and Executive Vice President
for Academic Affairs and Provost Karan L. Watson as one of the most
prestigious awards given to Texas A&M faculty.
The 2017 award was presented at a cermony held on March 21 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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