NAG Winter Party 2017

The annual Nebraska Acoustics Group Winter Party was held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.  The party featured catered fare from Carrabba’s Italian Grill , a game of ‘Tenzi’ where folks each roll ten dice and have to get the same digit on all dice (to determine the order of opening gifts), and our traditional ‘white elephant’ gift exchange.  We gave out various elf hats, as shown in our annual group photo.  We wish all of our friends and colleagues from around the world a happy holiday season and all the best in 2018!

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NAG at ASA New Orleans

Sam Underwood with Dr. Lily Wang during his poster presentation

A number of NAG members participated in the ASA Meeting in New Orleans (4-8 December 2017).  Jay Bliefnick, Ian Hough,  Jared Paine (summer intern), Sam Underwood, Lily Wang and Jon Weber all presented technical papers and posters in a number of sessions, some of which were live streamed.  Jay and Ian both received Student Travel Awards from the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, to attend and present their work.  Jay’s paper ‘Evaluating Hospital Soundscapes to Improve Patient Experience’ received a Young Presenter in Noise Award from the Technical Committee in Noise – congratulations, Jay!

A scene from NAG Game Night in New Orleans

There were a large number of NAG alums at the conference, many of whom stopped by NAG Board Game Night after the TCAA meeting on Tuesday – we particularly enjoyed the games ‘Wits and Wagers Party Edition’ and ‘Secret Hitler’.  Other highlights of the meeting included: a capella singing on Monday evening, NAG member Anna Catton as the live stream guru for the meeting, getting folks to measure restaurant noise with the SoundPrint app, a Hunt Fellows 40th Anniversary celebration, and the kickoff of the Campaign for ASA Early Career Leadership.  Lastly, we offer congratulations to NAG alums Dr. David T. Bradley, Dr. Lauren Ronsse, and Dr. Erica Ryherd who received a 2017 ASA Science Writing Award for the book they edited: ‘Worship Space Acoustics: 3 Decades of Design’!  All in all, it was a great meeting, both professionally and personally.

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Brill receives 2017 Newman Student Medal

Congratulations to Laura Brill, who has been selected to receive a 2017 Robert Bradford Newman Student Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics, which recognizes excellence in the study of acoustics and its application to architecture!  She was nominated by Dr. Lily Wang and Dr. Erica Ryherd for her Master’s thesis research on “Exploring the Correlation between Occupied and Unoccupied Noise Levels in K-12 Classrooms”, advised by Dr. Lily Wang.

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Boyd receives 2017 Leo Beranek Student Medal

Congratulations to Brenna Boyd who has been awarded a 2017 Leo Beranek Student Medal from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering for excellence in the study of noise control (undergraduate level)!  Boyd was honored for her undergraduate research on “Measurements and player surveys of crowd noise levels during college hockey games”.

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NAG meetings in Fall 2017

The 2017-18 academic year is halfway over now, but the Nebraska Acoustics Group (NAG) has been meeting regularly throughout last fall.  Highlights from the fall’s meetings are provided here.  At the Sept. 8 NAG meeting, Anna Catton gave an update on her MS research, investigating how subjective localization is impacted when using virtual sources compared to physical sources.  We also checked out a recent acoustic nugget on ‘How Scientists Turned a Flag into a Loudspeaker’!  The next monthly meeting on Oct. 13 featured Jon Weber as he presented on his most recent hospital acoustics measurements and analyses.  The acoustic nugget at that meeting discussed the recent insight: “Light Has Been Stored as Sound for the First Time”.  Finally at the Nov. 10 meeting,  Sam Underwood presented on his analyses of data to calculate the bias, reproducibility, and repeatability of sound power measurement methods.  An oldy-but-goodie acoustic nugget on ‘The Science of Scary Screams‘ brought out laughs among the group!

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Sound and Spectra Series at the KANEKO

On August 31, 2017, the Sound and Spectra Series at the KANEKO in Omaha kicked off its first full season by exploring the music of living spectral composers. Dr. Lily Wang collaborated with composer Dr. Stacey Barelos on a new work that was premiered on the Generator Series. Using their collective expertise, Wang and Barelos created a new musical piece for chamber ensemble that responded directly to the acoustic environment of KANEKO.  Audience members were able to watch the live spectrum and spectrogram while the piece was played!

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Blevins receives 2016 Newman Student Medal

And another news item that should have been posted sooner!  Congratulations to Matt Blevins, who was selected to receive a 2017 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 doctoral research on “Design and Optimization of Membrane-Type Acoustic Metamaterials”, advised by Dr. Lily Wang.

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Weber selected as ASA Student Council rep (2016-18)

We’re catching up on some old news that we forgot to report on earlier… Congratulations to Jon Weber, who was selected to be the representative to the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Student Council, for the Technical Committee on Noise (TCN) for a two-year term from 2016-18!  Jon is a PhD student in our program, advised by Dr. Erica Ryherd.

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Sungbeen Cho, M.S.

Congratulations to Sungbeen Cho, who successfully defended his M.S. Thesis “Perception of Spatial Impression due to Varying Positions of the Source on Stage” on June 19, 2017, advised by Dr. Lily Wang!  Sungbeen has now moved to Canada, where he is studying for a PhD at University of Western Ontario under Dr. Ewan MacPherson.

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NAG at Acoustics ’17

What a great conference: the Acoustics ’17 meeting in Boston, a joint meeting of the ASA and EAA (June 25-29, 2017)!  NAG members (Brenna Boyd, Laura Brill, Anna Catton, and Joonhee Lee) presented technical papers  in a number of sessions, some of which were live streamed.  Laura Brill’s paper “Compiled Acoustic and Indoor Environmental Condition Data from 220 K-12 Classrooms” received the Best Student Paper Award in Architectural Acoustics at Acoustics ’17 – congratulations, Laura!

To celebrate Dr. Wang’s recent election to ASA President-Elect, we had not one but two social events: Karaoke Night on Sunday 6/25/17 and NAG Board Game Night on Wednesday 6/28/27, featuring New England lobster rolls and crab cakes.  Groups played games including ‘Spyfall’, ‘Codenames Pictures’ and ‘Two Rooms and a Boom’!  Find more of our photos from the conference at our Google photos webpage.

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