International Year of Sound Virtual Speaker Series Begins with Music

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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.



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.

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