Dr. Bill Murphy Receives Presidential Impact Fellows Award

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 recipients.

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

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 ceremony 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 said.

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 life.

In addition, each Presidential Impact Fellows Award 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 better world.

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