Wang named 2015 recipient of ASA Student Council Mentoring Award

Dr. Lily Wang has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 ASA Student Council Mentoring Award.  She will receive the award at the upcoming Acoustical Society of America meeting in Pittsburgh, on Wednesday May 20, 2015, during the student reception.  Dr. Wang has supervised and mentored 22 undergraduate students and 14 graduate students, many of whom have launched successful careers and are active members of ASA.  Congratulations, Dr. Wang!

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NAG End-of-the-Year Party 2015

NAG-EOTYP-15The Nebraska Acoustics Group celebrated the end of another great academic year on Tuesday, May 5, at Spielbound BoardGame Cafe in Omaha which houses over 1400 board games.  It happened to be Cinco de Mayo, so of course, Qdoba was served!  NAG members tried out a number of different games including: Werewolf, Tsuro, Ticket to Ride, and Settlers of Catan.  We’re hoping to bring some of these to the upcoming ASA meeting in Pittsburgh for NAG Game Night (Tuesday, May 19, starting at 9 PM in Sterlings 2-3)!

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Wang participates in EPA Healthy Schools STAR Kick-off

On April 21, 2015, Dr. Lily Wang was in Arlington, VA, to participate in an EPA public webinar which introduced the seven grantees funded under the EPA Healthy Schools STAR program, of which UNL was one.  More information on the EPA Healthy Schools STAR program may be found at this website; soon the presentations of the seven grantees from the webinar should be posted there as well.  The four-year project funded at UNL will establish how the indoor air quality, thermal, lighting and acoustic conditions in K-12 school buildings interactively affect student achievement, determine the relative significance of each environmental variable, and reveal how student demographics may affect these results.

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Pyper from K2 Audio visits Nebraska

PyperLunch-smThe University of Nebraska ASA Student Chapter welcomed Ted Pyper of K2 Audio on April 22, 2015.  Ted enjoyed lunch with NAG members at Ponzu Sushi; presented on two of his very cool recent acoustical consulting jobs to both the UNASA group and the Advanced Noise Control class; mentored a student on designs for the upcoming ASA Student Design Competition; and joined us for one of our bi-monthly NAG meetings.  It was a great day – many thanks to Ted for taking the time to visit with us!

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2015 Spring Research Fair

Joonhee Lee and his winning poster

Joonhee Lee and his winning poster

Two NAG members presented posters at the 2015 UNL Spring Research Fair on April 14-15, 2015: (1) graduate student Joonhee Lee on “Threshold Estimation for Noise-Induced Annoyance by Tones from Building Mechanical Noises” and (2) undergraduate student Brenna Boyd on “Evaluation of Crowd Noise Levels During College Hockey Games”, both advised by Dr. Lily Wang.

Brenna Boyd presents on UCARE research

Brenna Boyd presents on UCARE research

Out of 50 posters submitted in the graduate engineering division, Joonhee received one of four Commendation awards – way to go!

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Bliefnick selected as ASA Student Council rep

Congratulations to Jay Bliefnick, who has been selected to be the representative to the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Student Council, for the Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics (TCAA) over the upcoming two-year term!  Jay recently matriculated as a PhD student in our program, after finishing his undergraduate degree at Columbia College in Chicago.   He succeeds recent Nebraska PhD graduate, Ellen Peng, whose term as the TCAA Student Council Rep ends after the upcoming ASA Pittsburgh meeting.

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UNASA Spring 2015 Activities

UNASA President Matt Blevins presents award to a Greater Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair participant

UNASA President Matt Blevins presents award to a Greater Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair participant

The University of Nebraska ASA (Acoustical Society of America) Student Chapter has been busy this semester.  Among their activities have been the following:

  • Judging acoustics-related projects at the Greater Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair (March 28)
  • Making acoustical measurements at St. Martha’s as part of an ongoing project to document the acoustic properties of local spaces (April 2)
  • Introducing the science of acoustics to students at Bellevue West High School (April 21)
  • Hosting a presentation by Ted Pyper from K2 Audio who spoke on “Acoustical Consulting: from Roll Call to Rock N’ Roll”! (April 22)
  • Holding a ‘Journal Party’ where officer Brenna Boyd led a discussion on perfect pitch (April 23)

Learn more about their activities at their UNL website or Facebook page!

UNASA measurements at St. Martha's

UNASA measurements at St. Martha’s

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NAG Meetings 4-8-15 and 4-22-15

The NAG meeting on 4-8-15 featured sophomore Brenna Boyd who presented on her UCARE-sponsored research project involving noise measurements at UNO hockey games played at the Century Link Center in Omaha this past year.  Next year the UNO hockey team will be playing at the soon-to-be open UNO arena … it will be interesting to see how the noise levels compare between the two facilities!  The acoustic nuggets that were highlighted included a New York Times article on metamaterials and a Washington Post article on how GMU students created a device that puts out fires using low frequency noise.  Madeline Davidson spoke at the 4-22-15 NAG meeting, about research she’ll be presenting at the upcoming ASA Pittsburgh meeting on time-varying directional characteristics of musical instruments.  Two additional acoustic nuggets were shared: one on another student project (this time from Rice University) that is helping deaf people to hear; and the other on designing more miniature directional microphones for hearing aids.  We had a special guest at the 4-22-15 NAG meeting … check out the next posting for more details!

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Powell discusses recent high-end home theater projects

Dinner with Eric Powell (2nd from left)

Dinner with Eric Powell (2nd from left) at Bonefish Grill

We welcomed Eric Powell (MAE ’12) back to Nebraska on April 1, 2015, to present on recent high-end home theater projects that he’s been working on as a consultant with Paradise Theater.  We are so proud of the excellent work that Eric has been doing!  Although Dr. Wang had to hurry home to put her girls to bed after a NAG group dinner with Eric, many of the students stayed chatting with Eric for another 45 minutes in the parking lot!  Thank you, Eric!

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NAG Meetings 2-25-15 and 3-11-15

At our NAG meeting on 2-25-15, we visited the Georgia Tech Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition website.  Also, new PhD student Jay Bliefnick presented on a variable acoustics chamber study that he conducted as an undergraduate student at Colombia College in Chicago.  At our 3-11-15 NAG meeting, Hyun Hong presented an update of his PhD work on perception of reflection density.  We had two acoustic nuggets: one about modeling room acoustics using COMSOL Multiphysics , and the other on Meyer Sound and their impressive Constellation Systems from the New Yorker Magazine.  Only two more meetings left in the school year!

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