Women's Voices Alex Tolstoy

Acoustics Today (AT) articles have been written by women, but Volume 14, Issue 3 was special because it was the first issue where all the senior authors were women. One of the founders of the ASA Women in Acoustics (WIA) Committee, Alex Tolstoy, painted the cover artwork to accompany her co-authored article “In Her Own Words: An Acoustic Story.” Pictures of each of the senior authors from the issue can be found within the painting. In honor of Women’s History Month, let’s look at some AT articles featuring women’s voices and that have been published since.

Women's Voices Allison B. Coffin

First up is Allison B. Coffin, author of “Communicate Your Science: Engaging Public Audiences with Acoustics.” Allison is an associate professor of neuroscience at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research interests include cell signaling regulation of hearing loss and regeneration and hormonal modulation of auditory plasticity. She is a passionate science communicator and communication trainer and cofounded Science Talk, the science communication professional society, where she serves as the president.

Women's Voices Bonnie K. Lau

Next is Bonnie K. Lau, the author of “Pitch Perception in a Developing Auditory Brain.” She is a research assistant professor at the University of Washington (Seattle). Her research investigates auditory brain and perceptual development and how that relates to language acquisition. She combines neurophysiological measures, including electroencephalography and magnetoencephalography, psychophysics, and clinical assessment methods, in her research. Bonnie is a member of the WIA Committee as well as the Psychological and Physiological Technical Committee of the ASA.

Women's Voices Delilah E. A. Gates

Then we have Delilah E. A. Gates, author of “The ‘Sounds’ of Black Holes.” Delilah is an associate research scholar at Princeton University. She is a theoretical physicist whose research focuses on studying observational signatures of spinning black holes by leveraging features of the space-time geometry and lensing of light around them. Outside of physics, Delilah enjoys poetry, board/card games, and decorating cakes.

Women's Voices Meaghan A. O’Reilly

Last, but not least, is Meaghan A. O’Reilly, author of “Incisionless Brain Surgery: Overcoming the Skull with Focused Ultrasound.” Meaghan is a senior scientist in Physical Sciences at Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, an associate professor of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto, and the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Ultrasound. Her research interests include ultrasound therapy in the central nervous system, with a focus on delivery, monitoring, and control of microbubble-mediated therapies in the brain and spinal cord through the intact bone.

Celebrate the collective achievements of extraordinary women in acoustics and discover more articles written by WIA committee members on the AT Collections page at https://acousticstoday.org/at-collections-women-in-acoustics/. For a deeper dive into the WIA committee, visit womeninacoustics.org.


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