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Michael named distinguished service professor


Sandra D. Michael
Sandra D. Michael, professor and director of graduate studies in the department of biological sciences, has been named a distinguished service professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Her research in the area of reproductive endocrinology and immunology of female mammals has earned the support of the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation throughout her career.

The distinguished professor title, granted by SUNY trustees, is the highest academic rank possible and is conferred on individuals who have achieved national or international prominence.

Michael joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences in 1974 after completing an NIH post-doctoral fellowship in genetics. Achieving the rank of full professor in 1988, she also served as the department's chair from 1992 until 2000, and is now the department's director of graduate studies. She also serves as an adjunct professor at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

In her letter to the chancellor endorsing Michael's promotion to the prestigious award, President Lois B. DeFleur called her “ambassador of the University,” who has served with distinction on behalf of the campus. the SUNY system and her discipline.

“Her leadership extends beyond the limits of the SUNY system,” DeFleur said. “Professor Michael has also made major contributions to the Binghamton campus and SUNY,” she said. “She has chaired campus wide committees including the Professional Standards Committee and served the Binghamton Foundation for several years as a leader on the Faculty and Staff Campaign. She has a long-standing record of excellent service to the Binghamton Faculty Senate, serving as chair, a member of the executive committee and leading the Educational Policies and Priorities Committee.”

A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has served as a member of the NIH Reproductive Endocrinology Research Study Section and chair of the National Research Council's Genetics and Molecular Biology Pre-doctoral Review Panel for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Michael said she believes in playing an active role in every organization she belongs to, whether it is locally or nationally. “I've always felt that if you're going to be involved with something you should try to work to make it better, and the best way to do that is be on the executive board. I'm not just content to be a member,” she said.

One of her latest efforts has been the launch of an online publication, the Journal of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. A founding member of the Web-based publication's editorial board, Michael has been working on the publication for the past two years and has just received word that it has received high marks from the ISI, which gauges the impact factor of a journal by measuring how many articles from the publication have been cited in other sources.

“We have one of the very highest impact factors for the first year after a journal launched, so it is likely only to continue to grow,” she said.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08