NAG Winter Party 2015

Happy Holidays from NAG!

Happy Holidays from NAG!

The annual Nebraska Acoustics Group Winter Party was held on Wednesday, December 16, 2016.  The party featured italian food from Spezia in Omaha, a game of ‘LCR’ (to determine the order of opening gifts), and our traditional ‘white elephant’ gift exchange.  The ear stress toys were a hit this year, as shown in our annual group photo.  We wish all of our friends and colleagues a happy holiday season and all the best in 2016!

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Skoug from ESI Engineering presents to UNASA

NAG members enjoy dinner at Bravo! Cucina Italiana with Ryan Skoug (7th from left, counting children!)

NAG members enjoy dinner at Bravo! Cucina Italiana with Ryan Skoug (7th from left, counting children!)

Ryan Skoug (MAE ’09) came back to Nebraska on December 4, 2015, to present on a number of different projects that he’s been working on as a consultant with ESI Engineering in Minneapolis, MN.  The talk was sponsored by the University of Nebraska ASA Student Chapter and held in conjunction with Dr. Wang’s AE 3300 ‘Building Acoustic Fundamentals’ class.  All in attendance found it to be a very well-presented and inspiring talk.  Thank you so much, Ryan!

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Healthy Schools Project featured in UNL 2014-15 Research Report

Among the projects featured in the UNL 2014-15 Research Report is the one led by Dr. Lily Wang on assessing school environment and student performance, sponsored by the EPA Healthy Schools Initiative; a short video has been produced to describe the work.  The 2014-15 Report of the UNL Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools also discusses the project.  The research team has already measured the environmental conditions in over 100 classrooms in Nebraska.  Learn more and stay abreast of our project’s outcomes at http://engineering.unl.edu/healthyschools/!

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NAG Meetings 11-11-15 and 12-2-15

At the 11-11-15 NAG meeting, Ian Hough presented on the noise measurement campaign and residence improvement program near Chicago airports, with which he was involved prior to joining us at UNL.  The ‘acoustic nugget’ focused on new technology that could maneuver objects with acoustic waves.  At our final NAG meeting for 2015 on 12-2-15, a series of videos demonstrating various acoustic concepts that PCB has put together with Dr. Andrew Barnard (Michigan Tech) was shared as the ‘acoustic nugget’, while Sungbeen Cho presented a project that he worked on in his former consulting position which just recently opened, Nuri Hall at the Daejeon Artist House in S. Korea.  We can’t believe there are only a few weeks remaining to the year… last post of the year will be about our upcoming NAG Holiday Party, Dec. 16, 2015!

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Hyun Hong, Ph.D.

Celebrating Hyun Hong’s (center) successful PhD defense at Pitch Pizzeria in Omaha

Celebrating Hyun Hong’s (center) successful PhD defense at Pitch Pizzeria in Omaha

Congratulations to Hyun Hong, who successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation “Subjective Perception of Varying Reflection Densities in Room Impulse Responses” on November 23, 2015, advised by Dr. Lily Wang!  Hyun is planning to pursue architectural acoustic consulting, and will start an internship with Threshold Acoustics in January 2016.

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Boyd’s study on crowd noise at hockey games

Brenna Boyd’s study on “Measurements and player surveys of crowd noise levels during college hockey games”, presented at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in Jacksonville, Florida (November 2015), generated a lot of buzz.  A press release prepared by the AIP was picked up by a number of online science and sports news channels, including Sport Daily Times.  Even Hoda and Kathie Lee Gifford discussed it on Tuesday’s NBC Today show (11/3/15) – they disagreed with the study’s results that higher crowd noise levels do not correlate with more goals or higher scores … but we are sticking by our findings!

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Davidson receives 2015 NCAC Student Travel Grant

Davidson receives her award at the NCAC-sponsored student reception at ASA Jacksonville.

Davidson receives her award at the NCAC-sponsored student reception at ASA Jacksonville.

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)!

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NAG lunch with Dawn Schuette and Shane Kanter from Threshold Acoustics

NAG members lunch with Shane Kanter and Dawn Schuette from Threshold (first row on the left and center)

NAG members lunch with Shane Kanter and Dawn Schuette from Threshold (first row on the left and center)

NAG members were excited to lunch at Cantina Laredo with Dawn Schuette and Shane Kanter from Threshold Acoustics on Friday, 10/16/15, when they were in town for a consulting project as well as the 10th anniversary of the Holland Performing Arts Center.  Many thanks to Dawn and Shane for taking time to join us for this meal!

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NAG Meetings 10-7-15 and 10-21-15

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!

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NAG Meetings 9-9-15 and 9-23-15

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.

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