Lee receives 2015-16 UNL Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship

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.

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Blevins receives 2015 Leo Beranek Student Medal

Blevins-2015BeranekMedalCongratulations to Matthew Blevins who has been awarded a 2015 Leo Beranek Student Medal from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering for excellence in the study of noise control (graduate level)!  Blevins was honored for his research on using impedance-mobility models to study acoustic metamaterials.  Blevins is the first person to receive the Beranek Student Medal at both the undergraduate (while at Purdue) and graduate (while at UNL) levels.

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NAG at ASA Conference in Pittsburgh (May 2015)


Dr. Lily Wang flanked by current and past NAG members upon receiving the 2015 ASA Student Council Mentoring Award ‘Apple’

A number of NAG members participated in the last ASA conference in Pittsburgh (May 18-22, 2015).  Matt Blevins, Madeline Davidson, and Joonhee Lee all presented technical papers that were well-received.  We are also very proud of Jay Bliefnick who received a commendation award for his ASA Student Design Competition entry (the only winning entry designed by a team of only one student)!  There were a large number of NAG alums at the conference, many of whom stopped by NAG Game Night after the TCAA meeting on Tuesday – we particularly enjoyed ‘One Night Ultimate Werewolf’ (thanks James Cottrell!) and ‘Ticket to Ride’!  Many alums were also on hand to see Dr. Lily Wang receive an engraved crystal apple as a memento of the 2015 ASA Student Council Mentoring Award.  Check out additional photos on our Picasa webpage.

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Stuart Shell, M.S.

Congratulations to Stuart Shell, who successfully defended his M.S. in Architectural Engineering Thesis “Effect of the Physical Environment on Teacher Satisfaction with Indoor Environmental Quality in Early Learning Schools” on May 13, 2015, advised by Dr. Lily Wang!  Stuart previously trained as an architect and currently works for RDG in Omaha, where he is a strong advocate for healthy building design.

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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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