Dr. Michael J. Murphy, SUNY Cobleskill Professor Emeritus, Honored with Second Fulbright Award

Cobleskill, NY –  Dr. Michael J. Murphy, SUNY Cobleskill Distinguished Professor Emeritus, has been selected for a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to the Slovak Republic for the Fall of 2020. An internationally recognized expert and educator in the field, Dr. Murphy will be teaching and consulting in biomedical ethics at Slovak Medical University in Bratislava. This is the second time that Dr. Murphy has been selected for the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, receiving his first award in 1997, to study at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic.

“Rapidly evolving methodologies in science and biomedicine often outpace considerations necessary for rational, compassionate and ethical approaches to experimental, clinical, and governmental (regulatory) activities,” said Dr. Murphy. “I look forward to working with my international colleagues and hosts in the Slovak Republic to develop a productive and interesting curriculum/project that will not only increase our students’ understanding of the role of ethics in biomedical science, but also help foster a continued dialogue for improving mutual understanding among our diverse peoples.”

Dr. Murphy’s background is heavily invested in science, biotechnology, biomedicine, ethics-across-the-curricula, and in intercultural affairs. He developed the biotechnology curriculum for SUNY Cobleskill, his home campus. This program has been recognized as one of the top 10 biotechnology programs in the United States, with sought-after graduates embarking on their careers or pursuing advanced degrees through a network of agreements with esteemed institutions. The program attracts students from the United States and around the world.

Dr. Murphy’s roots in the Albany area are deep, having received his BS from Siena College, his MS from College of Saint Rose, and his PhD from the State University of New York at Albany. He has appeared as a guest on WAMC’s Vox Pop: The Science Forum, through his roles as a biotechnologist, ethicist, and educator. He has provided extensive outreach and education through the local Fulbright Association Chapter, including domestic and international student placement, and Fulbright application mentoring.

In 1998, he became a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, while teaching at SUNY Cobleskill as lead professor in biotechnology, medical career areas, and ethics in science. In 2012 and 2013, he was a Visiting Professor in Biotechnology at Jinling Institute of Technology in Nanjing, China. He was recognized as High-End Foreign Expert in Ethics and Science, the highest designation for a foreign academic in China, at Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, China, where he taught from 2015 until 2018. Since 2018, Dr. Murphy has been recognized as Honored Professor, Foreign Experts Institute at Zhejiang University of Technology.

The recipient of numerous fellowships, grants and awards, in 1991 Dr. Murphy received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a member of the SUNY Distinguished Academy as a Distinguished Teaching Professor. A complete list of Dr. Murphy’s accomplishments is available on request.


This release was initially published by SUNY Cobleskill, 03/05/20

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