Professor Hong Zhou, Ph.D. Receives Sister Mary Ellen Murphy Faculty Scholarship Award

Hong Zhou, Ph.D., a professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences who has taught at USJ since 2004, recently was presented with the Sister Mary Ellen Murphy Faculty Scholarship Award for his significant contributions to the fields of computer science, cybersecurity, genomics, and blockchain technology. The Murphy Award has honored a faculty member with a record of exceptional research and creative work since its inception in 2017.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Zhou said, “I’m honored to accept this award. I would like to thank all the colleagues who have been very supportive to me, including Sister Mary Murphy, which this award is in memory of.”

While a professor at the University of Saint Joseph, Dr. Zhou has published in more than twenty peer-reviewed journals with very rigorous selection criteria, including BMC Genomics, Human Genomics, and Cell Biology and Toxicology. In the last two years, the period of consideration for this award, Dr. Zhou also published an innovative book on Blockchain technology entitled, Learning Blockchain in Java: a step-by-step approach, for which a second edition was recently published. Dr. Zhou also published a book in 2020 titled “Learn Data Mining Through Excel: A Step-by-Step Approach for Understanding Machine Learning Methods”.

In her presentation of the award, Provost Michelle M. Kalis, Ph.D., remarked, “Dr. Zhou has earned the respect of faculty for his research and scholarship in the computer science, genomics, and blockchain fields. His work is noteworthy for many reasons, but especially the breadth of his expertise and his productivity as a scholar.”

Chair of Department of Mathematics and Associate Professor of Mathematics Ekaterina Lioutikova, Ph.D., highlighted Dr. Zhou’s accomplishments, including that he has earned international recognition for his important contributions to the cutting-edge biotechnology CRISPR. Another example of the broad range of his scholarly expertise is his work in steganography, an area of computer science that is directly applicable to matters of cybersecurity. In collaboration with colleagues, he authored two articles in the International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Application, both of which were published. His work is particularly timely because of the recent launch of the University’s Computer and Data Science program.

The Sister Mary Ellen Murphy Faculty Scholarship Award was named in honor of Mary Ellen Murphy, RSM, ’50, H’12, Ph.D., who was a professor of Chemistry and a trustee of the University, held two patents, authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, and presented her work nationally and internationally. She was one of the first women to analyze the moon rocks when the Apollo 11 mission concluded in 1969, and served as a consultant for NASA and on NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous team.

Pictured above: Provost Kalis, Dr. Zhou, and President Free