Dr. Erica Ryherd joins Nebraska Engineering

Welcome to Dr. Erica Ryherd!

Welcome to Dr. Erica Ryherd!

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Erica Ryherd as one of the newest faculty members in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln!  Dr. Ryherd received a BS in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University and a PhD in Architectural Engineering from UNL in 2006, specializing in acoustics.  She was a postdoctoral researcher in Occupational & Environmental Medicine at the Gothenburg University Sahlgrenska Academy of Medicine in Sweden, funded by the Acoustical Society of America F.V. Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2006-07.  Prior to joining UNL, she was on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Georgia Tech.  One of her primary research interests is in understanding and improving hospital soundscapes.  As a matter of fact, Dr. Ryherd will be presenting “Healthy Soundscapes: Bridging the Gaps between Engineering, Architecture and Medicine”, this Thursday September 11, 2014 at 2 PM EST, as part of the Center for Health Design’s ICONS and Innovators Webinar Series.  Click here to register now!

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NAG members at CHRG Summer Institute in Chicago, August 4-7, 2014


Joonhee Lee, Ellen Peng, Brenna Boyd, Hyun Hong, Matt Blevins, and Lily Wang at the Pritzker Pavilion, CHRG 2014

A number of NAG members attended the CHRG Summer Institute in Chicago from 4-7 August 2014.  In particular, we enjoyed the close study of the Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park.  Other NAG alums in attendance included Dr. Michelle Vigeant (Penn State) and David Manley (D.L.Adams Associates). Photos from the event can be found on our Picasa webpage. Many thanks to the CHRG Summer Institute organizers for putting together an excellent program: Robin Glosemeyer-Petrone, Scott Pfeiffer, and Tim Foulkes.  Dr. Lily Wang is one of the few who has attended each of these summer institutes since their inception in 1999:  Tanglewood 1999, Saratoga Spring 2003, Aspen 2006, Sante Fe 2010, Chicago 2014.  Next CHRG … Omaha 2018???

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Research highlighted in Sheet Metal Journal feature article

SMJ-figureThe research conducted by Dr. Wang and her research group on linking classroom acoustic conditions to student achievement was highlighted in a recent article, featured in Sheet Metal Journal.  The interview for this article occurred as a consequence of Dr. Wang presenting an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecture to the Victoria ASHRAE Chapter this past spring.  Spreading the news about the work we do in academia isn’t typically on the top of the ‘To Do’ list, but it is a task that our research group has been more attuned to, after Dr. Wang attended an NSF workshop on “Science: Becoming the Messenger”.  (It’s one of the reasons we started this blog!)

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Lee and Peng receive Inter-Noise 2014 Young Professionals Grant

INTERNOISE_bannerCongratulations to Joonhee Lee and Zhao ‘Ellen’ Peng, who have both received Young Professional Grants to attend the Inter-Noise 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia, from November 16-19, 2014!  Lee is presenting a paper on “Assessment of Noise-Induced Annoyance by Tones in Noise from Building Mechanical Systems” while Peng’s paper is on “Effects of Room Acoustics on Comprehension of Foreign-Accented Speech by Native and Non-Native English-Speaking Listeners”.  Dr. Lily Wang will also be attending and presenting a Keynote Lecture at the conference, entitled “The Impact of Building Acoustics on Speech Comprehension and Student Achievement.”

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NAG at ASHRAE Seattle (June 2014)

NAG members with friends at the Mason Industries Dinner during the ASHRAE Seattle Conference

NAG members with friends at the Mason Industries Dinner during the ASHRAE Seattle Conference

NAG members enjoyed participating in the recent ASHRAE Annual meeting in Seattle. Jenn Francis presented a Conference Paper on “SE-14-C043: Determining Annoyance Thresholds of Tones in Noise” and Joonhee Lee presented a Seminar talk on “The Presence of Tones in Environmental Noise“. A highlight of the conference was the Mason Industries-hosted dinner at Blue Acre Seafood; alums Lauren Ronsse (now with Colombia College in Chicago) and Josh Thede (starting with SSA Acoustics this summer) were also there.

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NAG at ASA Conference in Providence (May 2014)

A gaggle of NAG alums at the NCAC Student Reception during the ASA Conference in Providence

A gaggle of NAG alums at the NCAC Student Reception during the ASA Conference in Providence

NAG members had an excellent time at the recent ASA conference in Providence, Rhode Island (May 2014).  In addition to presenting four technical papers, some of our memorable moments included: Hyun Hong receiving an NCAC Student Travel Grant, NAG Game Night ending ‘early’ due to a noise complaint (!), a successful NAG Karaoke Night, and seeing the large number of NAG alums at the NCAC student reception (see photo at left).  More photos can be found on our Picasa webpage.  At the conclusion of the conference, Dr. Lily Wang officially began her 3-year term as ASA Vice-President.  We’re particularly excited by this news shared by the General Chair of the next ASA meeting, Dr. Patricia Davies (Purdue): they’re planning a HALLOWEEN-themed social in Indianapolis (costumes welcome)!  We are DEFINITELY there!

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Hong receives 2014 NCAC Student Travel Grant

Hyun Hong and Dr. Lily Wang at the NCAC Student Reception during the ASA meeting in Providence (May 2014)

Hyun Hong and Dr. Lily Wang at the NCAC Student Reception during the ASA meeting in Providence (May 2014)

Congratulations to Hyun Hong, a PhD student in our group, who received a 2014 Student Travel Grant Award from the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (http://www.ncac.com)  to present his paper “Subjective Perception of Varying Reflection Densities in Room Impulse Responses” at the recent Acoustical Society of America meeting in Providence, RI (May 2014)!

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Peng receives 2014 Newman Student Medal

Congratulations to Zhao ‘Ellen’ Peng, who has been selected to receive a 2014 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 for her work on studying speech comprehension by English-as-second-language learners versus native-English-speaking learners.

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2014 NAG End-of-the-Year Party

The high and low scores!

The high and low scores!

The 2014 NAG End-of-the-Year Party was held on Tuesday, April 29 at Maplewood Lanes.  Members bowled two rounds of games and dined on surprisingly good bowling alley food.  Two NAG members received prizes for bowling the (1) highest score and (2) lowest score – Matt Blevins and Brenna Boyd (who happened to be on the same lane so you can see their winning scores in the same photo!)  Visit our Picasa webpage for more photos from this event!

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NAG Meetings 4-7-14 and 4-28-14

Ellen Peng gave an update on her speech comprehension research at our April 7th NAG meeting.  The acoustic nugget highlighted at this meeting was about how scientists at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories are recreating the earliest sound recordings.  Then at our April 28th NAG meeting, Brenna Boyd presented a review of acoustic measurements recently made in sports stadiums.  Brenna is planning to do her own study of noise levels generated at hockey games in Omaha’s Century Link Stadium next year, supported by a UNL UCARE grant.  Also at this last NAG meeting of the year, Laura Brill (an undergrad from Nebraska Wesleyan University) presented on her senior physics project involving measurements and acoustic modeling of a campus auditorium; many thanks to NAG member Matt Blevins who mentored Laura on this project this past year!  The acoustic nugget at this meeting was something that NPR posted: what does sound look like?  We’re looking forward to seeing many of our friends at the upcoming ASA meeting in Providence; four of our members are presenting papers.  NAG Game Night is on for Tuesday evening, after the TCAA meeting.  The game du jour is planned to be:  Superfight!  We think there may be a Karaoke place nearby too (for Thursday evening activity… stay tuned!)

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