March 2024 JASA Express Letters Cover

The March JASA Express Letters cover features a photo of two dolphins, taken by Cristina Marcolin, one of the coauthors of the article, “Dolphin and porpoise detections by the F-POD are not independent: Implications for sympatric species monitoring.” (The full author list of the article is Mel Cosentino, Cristina Marcolin, Emily T. Griffiths, Estel Sánchez-Camí, and Jakob Tougaard.) The article discusses issues with the offline classifiers of F-POD, which is designed for passive acoustic monitoring of odontocetes.  

This month’s issue had a couple Editor’s Picks:

Browse the rest of the issue at

February JASA Express Letters cover

March 2024 JASA Cover

The March cover of JASA is now available! Check it out:

The cover image was inspired by “Register transitions in an in vivo canine model as a function of intrinsic laryngeal muscle stimulation, fundamental frequency, and sound pressure level,” by Patrick Schlegel, David A. Berry, Clare Moffatt, Zhaoyan Zhang, and Dinesh K. Chhetri. The article reports on a study using an animal model to find the possible origin of voice breaks in the high tenor voice, as when an opera singer hits a high note.

Some other research was also highlighted on the March JASA cover:

All the articles from the cover are free to read for a month after the cover is released, so be sure to check them out! You can find the whole issue at

March JASA cover

April 1, 2024 JASA Cover

You’ve probably noticed that on the first of the month, we release the cover of JASA from the previous month. This time, the ASA staff cats wanted to mix it up and give you a sneak peak of the April first JASA Cat cover. JASA Cat Vol. M30W, No. 1 features images of ASA staff cats that you may have seen previously promoting the Across Acoustics podcast episode, Ultrasonic Hearing in Cats.

Some other purrposed research could also be featured on the JASA Cat cover:

  • From Cat Signal Processing, “Machine learning models to classify cat yowl”
  • From Cat Communication, “Cats do not experience auditory masking with regards to rustling treat bags”
  • From Underwater Cat Acoustics, “Passive acoustic monitoring of cats being given baths against their wills”
  • From Structural Cat Acoustics & Vibration, “Acoustic resonance of water glasses knocked off of tables”

None of these articles actually exist, so instead, check out the very real March volume of JASA at Happy April Fool’s Day! Looking for some cat themed acoustics research? Check out these very real ASA publications:

  • Ultrasonic Hearing in Cats and Other Terrestrial Mammals by M. Charlotte Kruger, Carina J. Sabourin, Alexandra T. Levine, and Stephen G. Lomber in Acoustics Today:
  • Computation of acoustic pressure fields produced in feline brains by high-intensity focused ultrasound by Nazanin Omidi, Charles C. Church, Cecille Labuda in POMA:
  • Discrimination of individual tigers (Panthera tigris) from long distance roars by An Ji, Michael T. Johnson, Edward J. Walsh, JoAnn McGee, Douglas L. Armstrong in JASA:
  • A noninvasive ultrasound device to treat urinary stones in pet cats by Adam Maxwell, Ga Won Kim, Elizabeth Lynch, Brian MacConaghy, Jody, Michael Borofsky, Michael R. Bailey, an Acoustics Lay Language Paper:
February JASA cover

Spotlight on Women’s Voices in Acoustics Today

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 For a deeper dive into the WIA committee, visit

Spring Issue of Acoustics Today now out!

The spring issue of Acoustics Today is now out! The cover features close up images of mud from the New England Mud Patch. The related article talks about why the acoustics of mud are interesting and important (pg. 37). (Fun fact, the image is actually adapted from a figure in this POMA article!)

Other topics in this issue:

  • The ways acoustical oceanographers use underwater ambient sound to measure the complex internal structure of the ocean,
  • The unprecedented changes in the world’s acoustical environments that people observed during the pandemic
  • Changes to soundscapes as the world enters a postpandemic era
  • Jim Simmons’ career studying bat echolocation
  • The unique acoustics of large venues like arenas, stadiums, and ampitheaters

Plus there’s an interview with Karl Grosh of University of Michigan, an overview of the International Liaison Committee’s Excellence in Acoustics Around the World session during the most recent ASA meeting, and look at how students are fostering inclusion in the field of acoustics.

If you don’t want to wait for your print copy to arrive in the mail, you can check out the entire issue online!


Spring Acoustics Today