The International Year of Sound is upon us – an year-long initiative to disseminate knowledge and appreciation of sound, acoustics and related issues!
Michelle, Jonathan and Zane all attended the 178th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in San Diego, Dec 2-6 2019!
Jonathan presented his talk 1pNS8: “Perceived annoyance of Mach-cutoff flight ground signatures compared to common transportation sounds” – the abstract can be found here. (View all SPRAL conference presentation abstracts here!)
Zane managed to play at the ASA Jam again!
Matthew Neal, former SPRALite having recently acquired his Ph.D. in Acoustics, began his post-doc at the University of Louisville on November 11th 2019. His new position is working with Dr. Pavel Zahorik in the Zahorik Auditory Perception Laboratory.
Congrats again, Matthew!
SPRAL alumni Molly Smallcomb – who did an REU with SPRAL as an undergrad, and came back to the Graduate Program in Acoustics for grad school and joined the BASiL lab – was recently interviewed about her experiences in acoustics (including SPRAL) and an article was written! Check out the article here.
Michelle travelled back to her hometown of Edmonton, AB for Acoustics Week in Canada 2019, where she gave a keynote speech on October 10th!
Matthew and Michelle made their way to Germany for two conferences – the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics (ICA) in Aachen…
Michelle co-chaired sessions at both conferences with Stefan Weinzierl. After the conferences, Matthew and Michelle attended performances at a few concert halls in Germany & Austria – without taking measurements!!!
Matthew confirmed that, indeed, when choosing content to listen to in world-renowned halls, orchestral performances are more appealing to the ear than repeated sine sweeps.
Nick and Zane brought SAM with them to Think Outside the Beaker 2019, volunteering with the Penn State Acoustical Society of America Student Chapter to show kids how hearing works and how important hearing protection is!