Meet Acousticians – International Year of Sound Virtual Series
The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is hosting a series of experts to talk about how sounds affect everyone in different ways as part of the celebration of the International Year of Sound. Three acoustic experts will be making their presentations virtually, enabling audiences to listen in and ask questions from the comfort of their own chairs! Everyone is encouraged to tune in and ask questions!
Playing with Sound
What can music look like? How would you build an electric guitar for space? Can you build a sound system that involves conductive play dough? How does the rock band OK Go approach music making and what would that look like in a classroom?
In this talk, Dr. AnnMarie Thomas will share some sound related projects from the University of St. Thomas Playful Learning Lab.
Making meaning from data – from the acoustics lab to machine learning
The characteristic sound of a Caribbean steelpan drum is easy to recognize by ear, but we still do not have a full scientific explanation for the how this musical instrument produces the distinctive tone. In this talk, Morrison will discuss what is known about the physics of the steelpan, how we have engaged with the public to help us classify our data, and how we are using machine learning algorithms to help us process large data sets. He will also discuss how this study is useful for illustrating some parts of the scientific process.
It’s in the Tone: The Acoustics of Social Judgments and Linguistic Profiling
When you hear someone without seeing them, what types of judgments can you make based solely on their voice? Listeners are surprisingly adept at making judgments about gender, age, and race based on short speech samples, and they make these assumptions based on the voice itself rather than just content. These facts have implications for how marginalized groups and people experience the world, especially in institutions such as education and the criminal justice system. This talk explores the mechanisms by which we make sociolinguistic judgments based on the acoustic properties of the voice, and reflects on what language can tell us about identity and inequality.
Ask an Acoustician
This series introduces members of the Acoustical Society of America who will talk about being an acoustician. These people are from a variety of fields and at different time points in their careers. This series highlights some of the ways people got their start, what their job entails, and some of the ups and downs of their careers. Learn more about the fields of acoustics by clicking here.
Jorge Arenas has contributed to areas such as sound radiation of vibratory plates, the effects on those living in the surroundings of the acoustic barriers, design and characterization of sound absorbers made on the basis of environmentally friendly materials, and sound maps. more…
Alberto Behar is one of the founders and the first President of the Argentine Association of Acousticians. Over the course of his career in acoustics, Professor Behar has done research on the accuracy of sound level meters, on hearing protection, and on noise exposure of musicians. more…
Gabriela Virginia Santiago holds a Msc on Environmental Studies, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Universidad de Los Andes. Her academic interest are acoustics in intelligent environments, noise pollution, cognitive neuroscience of hearing, media art, and audiovisual sound design. more…
Dr. Jim West, ASA President from 1998-1999, has been a Fellow of the Society since 1985. Learn about his career in telephony, improving diversity and opportunities for underrepresented minorities, as well as his experience navigating industry, academia, and professional societies as a minority. more…
This Acoustics Today series covers major historic acousticians. The aim is to share not only the scientific and engineering breakthroughs that advanced acoustics, but the personalities behind those discoveries.