Dr. Michael Murtaugh was a member of the College of Veterinary Medicine community for many years and advised many of the college's graduate students. As part of Mike's legacy, Dean Ames and Mike's colleagues are creating a new fellowship which will benefit CVM graduate students for years to come. The goal is to raise $25,000 and to endow this fund so that graduate students for many years will benefit from Dr. Murtaugh's legacy.
Mike also devoted considerable effort over the past quarter century battling the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv), a disease that costs U.S. swine producers some $500 million annually. To swine producers and veterinarians around the world, Dr. Murtaugh was the researcher who showed them what PRRSv was, how it was organized, what it could do at a molecular level, and how the pig responded to a PRRSv infection. Mike’s critical thinking, passion for science, and dry sense of humor were attributes that he brought to research questions and instilled in others. Dr. Murtaugh was deeply committed to graduate education, and he left a lasting legacy in the scientific training and education of a generation of graduate students, swine health specialists, and postdoctoral researchers.