Dr. Lily Wang with other UNL co-PI’s, Dr. Josephine Lau, Dr. Clarence Waters, and Dr. Jim Bovaird
Dr. Lily Wang is the lead PI on a project “Evidence-Based Evidence-Based Interactions between Indoor Environmental Factors and Their Effects on K-12 Student Achievement”, recently funded through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Healthy Schools initiative. The four-year study will examine indoor environmental factors and their effects on the scholastic achievement of K-12 students. Read more about the project in this press release!
At our first NAG meeting of the year on 1-28-15, Joonhee Lee presented our newly acquired Larson Davis 831 sound level meters to the group – what an improvement over the 824s! We had two acoustic nuggets, one youtube video (oldie but goodie) showing what an iPhone recorded inside a guitar and the other on Trevor Cox’s recently published text “The Sound Book“. Madeline Davidson also shared the amazing Cycloramic iPhone app, as featured on the TV show Shark Tank (you must try it). At our 2-11-15 NAG meeting, Matt Blevins discussed work that he’s been conducting on optimizing transmission loss of metamaterials using genetic algorithms. We again had two acoustic nuggets to share. The first from Matt Easlon shows how there are now techniques to create earmolds without touching your ears. Joonhee Lee shared one that he recently found on how the architect of the new Philharmonie de Paris is boycotting the opening of his hall, stating that it is not complete (because of lack of acoustical tuning among other things!) Here’s a link to a great panoramic view of that space.
Dr. Lily Wang was featured on a recent podcast, ‘People Behind the Science’, as interviewed by host Dr. Marie McNeely. If you have 47 minutes to spare sometime, take a listen (… although Dr. Wang admits she hasn’t had the nerve to listen to it herself yet!!)
Joonhee Lee, Lily Wang, and Zhao ‘Ellen’ Peng in front of Hamer Hall in Melbourne
Dr. Lily Wang and two PhD students (Zhao ‘Ellen’ Peng and Joonhee Lee) presented technical papers at Internoise 2014 in Melbourne, November 16-19, 2014. Both Ellen and Joonhee received Young Investigator Travel Grants to attend the conference. The conference was a great networking opportunity, particularly with acousticians from Australia, Asia, and Europe. Here is a photo of the three NAG members before attending a concert at Hamer Hall in balmy Melbourne. It was great to see other familiar faces, including Craig Dolder who posted on his blog about the conference.
At the 11-12-14 NAG meeting, Brent Kraay presented on the MAE project he is working on under Dr. Ryherd’s advisement, involving sound level measurements taken at NICU units in hospitals. At the last NAG meeting of the semester on 12-3-14, Sungbeen Cho presented a project that he worked on as an acoustical consultant in Korea, prior to joining UNL, Solgaram Art Hall. The acoustic nugget focused on a new method that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone and metal. We also excitedly reported that we are taking advantage of Larson Davis’ offer to trade in our 824 sound level meters for the newer 831 models – just in time for the holidays!
Ellen Peng and Jennifer Francis at Commencement Dec 2014, with Dr. Lily Wang, Joonhee Lee, and Jahae Ri.
Congratulations to Zhao ‘Ellen’ Peng, who successfully defended her Ph.D. Dissertation “Designing Acoustics for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms: Effects of Background Noise, Reverberation and Talker Foreign Accent on Speech Comprehension by Native and Non-Native English-Speaking Listeners” on November 5, 2014, advised by Dr. Lily Wang! Ellen is off to RTWH Aachen where she will be doing a post-doc with Dr. Janina Fels on an international project “iCARE: improving Children’s Auditory REhabilitation.” Here is a photo from the December 2014 commencement, showing both Ellen and Jenn Francis on this happy occasion!
Congratulations to Jennifer Francis, who successfully defended her M.S. Thesis “Determining Thresholds of Annoyance to Tones in Noise” on October 17, 2014, advised by Dr. Lily Wang! We are looking forward to the UNL December Commencement, as we are expecting more than one NAG graduate this semester … more defense news coming soon then!