Call for Editor: Acoustics Today

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is seeking a new Editor for Acoustics Today, the science and technology magazine of the ASA. Each issue of Acoustics Today is sent to ASA members in print form and is also freely available online at The primary purpose of Acoustics Today is to provide timely scholarly articles, short essays highlighting important ASA programs, and other (including societal) material to ASA members that is interesting, understandable, and worth reading regardless of a member’s background.

Appointment as the Acoustics Today Editor will begin on January 1, 2025, for an initial three-year term. To find out more about responsibilities, qualifications, and how to apply, go to

Acoustics Today Winter 2023

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Acoustics Today Fall 2023

Fall Issue of Acoustics Today now out!

The fall issue of Acoustics Today is now out! The cover features a drawing of the Riverbank Laboratories with a detailed view of the reverberation chamber (image credit: courtesy of JSTOR and Eric Wolfram, Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories), from an article about the challenge of determining sound absorption of a given material.

Other topics in this issue:

  • Current research into the high-frequency range of human hearing and its impact on our understanding of speech
  • Using focused ultrasound for incisionless brain surgery
  • Using acoustic streaming to help deliver drugs to hard-to-reach areas of the body
  • The field of Conservation Bioacoustics, where passive sound monitoring is used to monitor an environment and animals
  • Acousto-optic sensing, or the use of light to measure acoustic phenomena

Plus there’s an interview with Jennifer Cooper of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, updates on the Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, a story of a retired acoustician who now shares his expertise as a substitute teacher, information about, and announcement of the winners of the ASA Awards at the 2023 International Science and Engineering Fair.

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

Summer Issue of Acoustics Today now out!

The summer issue of Acoustics Today is in the mail, just in time for you to pack it on your next trip to the beach! The cover features an illustration of the gravitational waves emanating from binary black holes, which appears in an article about the sounds created by black holes (image credit: LIGO/T. Pyle).

Other topics in this issue:

  • How the electric signals weakly electric fish use to communicate relate to human auditory processing
  • Capturing uncertainty that arises in experimental research in acoustical models
  • Acoustofluidics, or the physical effect of a passing acoustic wave on a fluid and particles suspended within
  • Why hearing aids don’t work as well in noisy scenarios (the “cocktail party problem”)
  • Dealing with wind noise in tall, slender skyscrapers

Plus there’s an interview with Jordan Cheer of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton, stories from current graduate students, an essay about the ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, and reflections from early career acousticians who came from other countries to the US to study 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!