Title: SUNY Distinguished Service Professor
Company: Binghamton University
Location: Vestal, New York, United States
Sandra D. Michael, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor at Binghamton University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care education.
Growing up, Dr. Michael wasn’t sure what she wanted to be. She had a wide variety of interests, and changed majors many times. It wasn’t until she took a beginning biology class and learned about genetics that she became hooked on the subject. Dr. Michael finally felt like she had found her calling. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts from California State College in 1967 and a PhD from the University of California, Davis, in 1970. She also completed National Institutes of Health predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at the University California, Davis, between 1967 and 1970 and 1970 and 1973, respectively.
Around this time, Dr. Michael began to focus on what would be her specialty: the female reproductive system. She worked under mentor Irvin Gershwin for a while, and he had her read an article by some Japanese investigators who found an interaction between the thymus and ovaries. Dr. Michael contacted them and met the senior scientist of the group, Dr. Nishi Zuka, in New York City. They spent the whole night writing an NIH grant, and thus began an incredible journey.
Dr. Michael’s talents and expertise drew her to Binghamton University in 1974. She served the institution as an assistant professor until 1981, an associate professor from 1981 to 1988, a professor of reproductive endocrinology from 1988 to 2005, the department chair from 1992 to 2000, and the director of graduate studies from 2004 to 2010. Since then, Dr. Michael has held the title of SUNY distinguished service professor. She loves being able to share her knowledge of endocrinology, immunology, and the genetics of the female reproductive system with others.
In recognition of her efforts, Dr. Michael was chosen as a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the Czech Republic and a grantee of the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. She also received a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her achievements were highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
When Dr. Michael has free time, she enjoys golf, bridge, opera, literature, and international travel. She is also involved with initiatives to bridge the gap between science and religion. In February 2019, she will attend an international program called Evolution Weekend and the Clergy Letter Project. The letter is signed by thousands of clergy member stating they see no conflict between the two subjects. They encourage people to get involved wherever it’s appropriate to talk about it. In Dr. Michael’s case, she gives sermons on Evolution Sunday. She got involved through an American Association for the Advancement of Sciences committee.
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