International Year of Sound Events Explore Acoustics from Sounds of the Sacred to Oceanography

International Year of Sound Events Explore Acoustics from Sounds of the Sacred to Oceanography

 

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Keeta Jones
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MELVILLE, N.Y., JULY 27, 2020 – The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) continues to host virtual events in August as part of the International Year of Sound.

On August 5, the ASA Student Council will host Virtual Student Summer Talks for science students to present their research on topics ranging from acoustical oceanography to speech communication. The following day, August 6, David Carreon Bradley will discuss how sound, from clashing symbols to the whisper of burning incense, is essential to the worship experience.

David Carreon Bradley

All events are open to the public, and admission is free. ASA encourages media, scientists, audio enthusiasts, students, educators and families to tune in.

Virtual Student Summer Talks: Wednesday, August 5 

To involve students in experiencing the scientific meeting environment, the ASA Student Council is hosting a Virtual Student Summer Talk event for science students who want to get feedback on their research, practice public speaking or just connect with others.

The topics of the student presentations will address psychological and physiological acoustics, architectural acoustics, signal processing and more into the acoustics of our world. Visit the Student Council Website for the complete speaker schedule.

Media and the public are encouraged to register to view the event at https://asastudents.org/virtual-summer-talks/ from now until August 1.

Worship Space Acoustics: Sounds of the Sacred: Thursday, August 6

Bradley, a faculty diversity officer at California State University, will talk about how the sonic environment of a worship space affects the acoustics of the spoken word and music, potentially altering how religious programming is experienced. He will also outline how acoustical design has shaped worship places for a variety of religions over the past 30 years.

His virtual talk, Worship Space Acoustics: The Sound of the Sacred, starts at 1 p.m. Eastern U.S. on August 6. The presentation will draw largely from his recent book, “Worship Space Acoustics: 3 Decades of Design.” A question-and-answer period will follow.

Bradley is past chair of the ASA Committee on Education. He is currently working on his Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership at the USC Rossier School of Education.

Don’t forget to register for this free event at https://aipp.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pd-CgqjItH9wj-nGQnxV0hEJxbtYWiR1t.


ABOUT ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

The Acoustical Society of America is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7,000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (the world’s leading journal on acoustics), Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year.

International Year of Sound Virtual Speaker Series Begins with Music

International Year of Sound Virtual Speaker Series Begins with Music

For More Information:
Keeta Jones
516-576-2364

kjones@acousticalsociety.org

MELVILLE, JULY 13, 2020 – 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. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, three acoustic experts will be making their presentations virtually, enabling audiences to listen in and ask questions from the comfort of their own chairs.

The International Year of Sound Speaker Series features acoustic scientists from a range of backgrounds who will stimulate the understanding of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of our society. All events are open to the public, and admission is free. The ASA encourages media, scientists, audio enthusiasts, students, educators and families to tune in.

AnnMarie Thomas, an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, will kick off the speaker series on July 23 at 1 p.m. Eastern U.S. with a talk about musical innovations in sound. She is the creator of Squishy Circuits and the author of “Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation.”

A question and answer period will follow the talk.

“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?

Thomas will share some sound related projects from the University of St. Thomas Playful Learning Lab.

Don’t forget to register for this free event here.

 


ABOUT ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

The Acoustical Society of America is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7,000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (the world’s leading journal on acoustics), Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year.

Video — More than Baby Debuts: Ultrasound Is Used to Deliver Drugs, Treat Tremors

Video — More than Baby Debuts: Ultrasound Is Used to Deliver Drugs, Treat Tremors

First used to sniff out submarines, technology expands biomedical acoustic uses

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Keeta Jones
516-576-2364

kjones@acousticalsociety.org

 

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2020 — Ultrasound is probably most associated with a parent’s first glimpse of a baby in the womb. However, a new video from the Acoustical Society of America showcases the technology’s abilities to do more than just show images of our insides.

 

This video is the second in a series celebrating the International Year of Sound.

Research into the medical uses of ultrasound uncovered its ability to be used as a precision scalpel, to destroy tumor and cancer cells, and to treat brain diseases and numerous other conditions. Biomedical acoustic scientists are using ultrasound to deliver medicine to specific areas in the body, increasing the effectiveness of the drugs and reducing the impact on healthy cells.

 

Because it is noninvasive in most cases, patients who undergo medical procedures that use ultrasound can recover more quickly from those procedures. Ultrasound is also used during surgical procedures to inform medical personnel about what is happening inside the body.

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound therapies are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of uterine fibroids and essential tremors, to alleviate pain from bone metastases, and for the ablation of prostate tissue. Numerous clinical trials are underway with the goal expanding the number of approved treatments.

According to the National Institutes of Health, ultrasound is also being investigated to close wounds and stop bleeding, break up clots in blood vessels, and temporarily open the blood brain barrier so that medications can pass through.

Fun Facts About Ultrasound

  • First technological use in 1917 as an attempt to locate submarines
  • Accidentally killed fish during World War II when high intensity waves were used as sonar systems
  • Used for medical purposes since the 1940s
  • Clinical use requires sound waves between 800 kHz and 10 MHz (800,000 Hz to 10,000,000 Hz)
  • Ultrasound imaging is amongst the cheapest and most portable approach to medical imaging
  • Gel applied to the skin prevents air pockets from forming between the transducer and the skin
  • Diagnostic ultrasound images can be 2D, 3D or 3D in motion
  • Therapeutic ultrasound is being developed not just for treating humans but also for treating animals

To learn more about ultrasound and the field of biomedical acoustics, visit https://exploresound.org/2020/04/biomedical-acoustics/.

About Acoustical Society of America

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7,000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (the world’s leading journal on acoustics), Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year.