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More May Features:

Lindner Receives Highest Honor
The U of M Steps into India
Study Abroad a Perfect Cup of Tea
AUSP Lends Helping Hand
Distinguished Teaching Award
Two Honored with Briggs Award
Research/Creative Awards go to 5
Going the Distance
Taking Note
Poteet Honored with Award
Green Fee
Rushing School of Music Director

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May 2010 Briefs

The popular “The Delta. Everything Southern!” conference is returning to the University of Memphis June 3 at the Fogelman Executive Center. The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. and has an impressive list of experts on the history, life and culture of the Delta. Past conferences have sold out in advance. New this year is online registration: visit http://www.memphis.edu
/deltaconference/
for registration information and other details.

The U of M Moot Court travel team finished second in the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Boston last month. After winning the Southern Regional Championship, team members LaChina Algers and Joseph McKinney advanced to the national competition.

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Lindner receives highest honor for faculty

By Gabrielle Maxey

A distinguished professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry received the 2010 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award at the University of Memphis. Dr. Ernö Lindner was awarded the $20,000 honor during the University’s annual Faculty Convocation in April at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law downtown. The award recognizes exceptional and sustained contributions to scholarlycreative achievement, teaching and service, and for bringing recognition to the University. A recipient must have been employed at the University for at least five years to be considered for the award.

Faculty Convocation had a Scottish flair with music Professor Bruce   Erskine playing the bagpipes during the processional down Main   Street. Dr. Daniel Poje is at right. (Photo by Lindsey Lissau)
Faculty Convocation had a Scottish flair with music Professor Bruce Erskine playing the bagpipes during the processional down Main Street. Dr. Daniel Poje is at right.
(Photo by Lindsey Lissau)

Lindner is the R. Eugene Smith Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Herff College of Engineering. A native of Hungary, he has assembled an outstanding laboratory research group, and has compiled a sustained record of achievements in the field of chemical sensors and biomedical engineering.

Lindner is working on development of a simple device for the early diagnosis of heart attacks, one of the most challenging situations faced by emergency physicians. The research is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. In collaboration with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, he continues work on an innovative feedback-controlled device for precision dosing of propofol, a potent intravenous anesthetic drug. Lindner has research partners across the University, the city (Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, UTHSC), the nation (Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and the globe (Hungary, Switzerland, Japan and Finland).

Lindner, at right, was presented the Eminent Faculty   Award during Faculty Convocation in April.
Lindner, at right, was presented the Eminent Faculty Award during Faculty Convocation in April.
“Ernö is a model of the ideal academic,” said Dr. Eugene Eckstein, chair of biomedical engineering. “He has often taken on committee work, whether that is composing questions and grading the Level A exam that our doctoral students must pass, representing the department in the Faculty Senate, or developing the spring seminar series for the biomedical engineering program. Every year he sounds out faculty members and friends to find outstanding speakers. We hear excellent speakers who come from the fields of chemistry, physics, pathology and mechanical and electrical engineering.”

His approach to teaching leaves a great impact on his students. They graduate with much more than a degree: they go on to become first-class engineers and scientists with unlimited futures in industry and academia. Last year three of his students earned PhDs and were able to choose from several prestigious job offers. Two students working with Lindner in National Science Foundation-supported REU programs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) have been recognized as the best in their group for nanomaterials and biomaterials.

Due in part to the research generated by students from his laboratory, Lindner’s publications peaked in 2009. Twelve of his papers were published or accepted for publication. His scholarly contributions were cited 355 times.

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