Congratulations to Madeline Davidson, a MS student in our group, who received a 2015 Student Travel Grant Award from the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (http://www.ncac.com) to present her paper “Quantification of Time-Varying Directivity of Musical Instruments in an Orchestral Context” at the upcoming Acoustical Society of America meeting in Jacksonville, FL (November 2015)!
At the 10-7-15 NAG meeting, Laura Brill and Brenna Boyd presented on the ongoing work related to the EPA Healthy Schools Project. Two ‘acoustic nuggets’ were shared, including a favorite Boomwhackers Prelude performance and information on a new VenueDB app. Two more ‘acoustic nuggets’ were reviewed at the 10-21-15 NAG meeting: a Guinness record for the quietest anechoic chamber at Microsoft lab, and this cool video demonstrating different room acoustic effects on the same song. Jon Weber previewed his presentation on his MS research from Georgia Tech on “Measuring Quiet Time in Neonatal Intensive Care Units”, which he will be presenting at the upcoming Acoustical Society of America meeting in Jacksonville, FL. Five other NAG students will be making presentations at this ASA meeting; we look forward to seeing many of our acoustic friends there!
The Nebraska Acoustics Group has had a great start to the 2015-16 academic year! At our first meeting on 9-9-15, we welcomed many new members and heard from students on their summer internship experiences. One news item that drew our attention was on quieting noise related to new drones under development. Our next meeting on 9-23-15 featured a news item about the Buffalo Bills attempting to set a record for the world’s loudest stadium, unsuccessfully. Hyun Hong also presented on various sound transmission prediction software that Dr. Ryherd has newly acquired.
Brenna Boyd received a UNL Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) summer research grant to assist with preparing the measurement campaign associated with the UNL EPA Healthy Schools Project. She presented her research “School Environment Effects on Student Achievement” at the Nebraska Summer Research Symposium on August 12, 2015. Congratulations on a job well done, Brenna!
Congratulations to Joonhee Lee, who has been selected to receive a 2015 Robert Bradford Newman Student Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics, which recognizes excellence in the study of acoustics and its application to architecture! He was nominated by Dr. Lily Wang and Dr. Erica Ryherd for his research on how tones in building mechanical system noise impact human annoyance perception and task performance.
NAG members celebrate ICSV22 with dinner in Florence, Italy
Dr. Lily Wang presented one of the keynote lectures and three NAG graduate students (Hyun Hong, Joonhee Lee, and Devin Wong) each presented technical papers at the International Congress on Sound and Vibration 22 in Florence, on July 12-16, 2015. While it was amazingly hot in Florence, we all enjoyed networking with acousticians from around the world and eating the wonderful Italian cuisine.
Dr. Jonathan Rathsam with Dr. Lily Wang during recent visit
We welcomed Dr. Jonathan Rathsam (PhD ’08) back to Nebraska on June 26, 2015. He presented on the work he’s conducting at NASA regarding perception of low-level sonic booms from new styles of supersonic aircraft that are under development. Jonathan was off next to an international conference on sonic booms in Lyon, France, at which he would run into another NAG alum, Dr. Michelle Vigeant (PhD ’08) … what a small world acoustics can be!
Congratulations to Hyun Hong who has been named the recipient of the 2015 Martin Hirschorn IAC Prize awarded for a Graduate Student Project, from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering! Hyun is currently a PhD student in our program, studying the perception of reflection density in room impulse responses. He will be recognized during the Award Ceremony on August 12, 2015 at the Internoise 2015 meeting in San Francisco.
Congratulations to Joonhee Lee, who has been selected as one of the 2015-16 recipients of the Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln! This fellowship is one of UNL’s most prestigious graduate honors, awarded to graduate students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic potential. It includes a full stipend, tuition, fees, and portion of health insurance. Joonhee is in his final year of PhD study at UNL, studying the effects of tonal noise in the built environment on occupants.