Dr. Michael J. Murphy, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Dr. Thomas Cronin, Associate Professor, both of SUNY Cobleskill, attended the Northeastern Regional Meeting (NERM) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) at Ithaca College on Friday, June 12, 2015. Invited as panelists of a workshop entitled “Fulbright Scholarship in STEM Fields,” Dr. Murphy and Dr. Cronin joined six other panelists in sharing their insights and advice regarding the Fulbright application process and overseas experience to an audience of chemistry professors and students who are considering applying for a Fulbright scholarship.

DSC_0053Dr. Murphy was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Residence at the Czech Academy of Sciences from 1997-1998-studying fetal kidney development and polycystic kidney disease. He has recently been selected by the China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs as a High-End Foreign Expert. He will teach, advise and mentor students, faculty and business collaborators at the Zhejiang University School of Technology in Hangzhou, China.

Dr. Cronin was a Senior Fulbright Teaching Fellow at Ataturk University (2008-2009) where he taught college physics classes to electrical engineering students and future high school physics teachers using peer instruction techniques.

Dr. Cronin remarked, “It was a pleasure and a privilege to be invited to the NERM GetFileAttachmentconference as a panelist. We met many talented and dedicated educators committed not only to excellence in their respective scientific disciplines but also committed to the Fulbright vision of citizen diplomacy and mutual understanding through the international exchange of scholars and students.”

“What an amazing array of talent we met at NERM! The combination of foreign travel and cultural interchange with science educators, students, and researchers via the Fulbright Program provides some of the best citizen diplomacy that the US has to offer,” said Dr. Murphy.