The Acoustical Society of America has awarded Assistant Professor Tyrone Porter (AME) the 2008 R. Bruce Lindsey Award for outstanding achievements in acoustics.
According to the ASA, the annual award is presented to “a member of the society under 35 years of age who, during a period of two or more years immediately preceding the award, has been active in the affairs of the society and has contributed substantially, through published papers, to the advancement of theoretical or applied acoustics, or both.”
Porter will receive the award at the society’s meeting in Paris this summer.
“Tyrone is one of the ASA’s rising stars,” AME Chairman Ronald Roy said. “He brings energy and leadership to all ASA administrative, research and academic activities. Tyrone is highly regarded by his peers and this recognition is richly deserved.”
A member of the AME faculty since 2006, Porter’s acoustical work and research has focused on investigating the behavior of ultrasound contrast agents in acoustic fields, the development of ultrasound-triggered drug carriers for targeted drug delivery applications, and the effects of oscillating bubbles on cell membrane permeability. His work in these areas has concentrated on eroding or eradicating diseased cells, such as cancer cells, with minimal or zero damage to the healthy cells in the area.
“When the president of the ASA called, I was at a loss for words,” Porter said. “It came as a real surprise. Someone from within the ASA nominated me for the award. The phone call came as a real shock.”
This is not Porter’s first honor in acoustic achievement. During the 2003-04 year, he received the ASA Frederick V. Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow as a doctoral student at the University of Washington. His dissertation focused on investigating the connection between ultrasound and membrane disruptive polymers, and their effect on cell membranes.
His acoustical work has been published in numerous journals, most notably “Control of cavitation-induced hemolysis with a surface-active polymer” in Acoustics Research Letters Online (2005) and “Acoustic techniques for assessing the Optison® destruction threshold” in the Journal of Ultrasound Medicine (2006).
Porter is the third AME faculty member to receive an acoustical award in the past year. Professor William M. Carey was awarded the “2007 Pioneer of Underwater Acoustics” silver medal by the ASA in June and Professor Allan D. Pierce received the 2007 Stanley Ehrlich Gold Medal from the Acoustical Foundation for Education and Charitable Trust of India in September.
“It is most definitely one of the strengths of the AME Department,” Porter said.