Catherine J. Murphy inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Professor Catherine J. Murphy has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Election to the American Academy is an honor that acknowledges the best of all scholarly fields and professions. Among the academy's more than 200 other new fellows are former first lady Michelle Obama, Professor Susan Goldman, co-director of University of Illinois at Chicago's Learning Sciences Research Institute and professor of psychology. Chancellor Robert Jones, a noted crop scientist and university administrator, will also join this year's cohort of AAAS fellows. They will be inducted October during ceremonies at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Murphy is the Larry Faulkner Endowed Chair Professor of Chemistry and associate director of the Materials Research Lab. Her research focuses on developing diverse nanomaterials for applications in biology and biotechnology for imaging cells, chemical sensing and photothermal therapy. She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Murphy received two bachelor's degrees, in chemistry and biochemistry, from the University of Illinois in 1986 and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. She joined the Illinois faculty in 2009.
The American Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity and happiness of a free, independent and virtuous people."