Laura Murphy, clinical associate professor of global health systems and development, has been named to the first class of social entrepreneurship professors. The establishment of this program provides a critical mass of faculty support for university-wide, interdisciplinary endeavors in social entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Each of the five professors has been appointed to a separately endowed professorship named after their core benefactor, making Murphy the Carnegie Corporation of New York Professor in Social Entrepreneurship.
View a video conversation with Laura Murphy.
Murphy studies HIV and AIDS in rural Africa and the impact of emerging technologies on those afflicted with the disease. In a video produced for the announcement, Murphy talks about how she discovered the ways in which cell phones – and the inexpensive ways to charge them – were making a difference in the lives of the people there.
“I kind of stumbled into it, and in an entrepreneurial fashion, I ran with it,” Murphy says of the solar charging devices for which she is advocating in Kenya.
Recognizing that small changes make big impacts, Murphy has seen how technology has improved lives and made people safer and happier.