Congratulations to Laura Brill, who has been selected to receive a 2017 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 and Dr. Erica Ryherd for her Master’s thesis research on “Exploring the Correlation between Occupied and Unoccupied Noise Levels in K-12 Classrooms”, advised by Dr. Lily Wang.
Congratulations to Brenna Boyd who has been awarded a 2017 Leo Beranek Student Medal from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering for excellence in the study of noise control (undergraduate level)! Boyd was honored for her undergraduate research on “Measurements and player surveys of crowd noise levels during college hockey games”.
The 2017-18 academic year is halfway over now, but the Nebraska Acoustics Group (NAG) has been meeting regularly throughout last fall. Highlights from the fall’s meetings are provided here. At the Sept. 8 NAG meeting, Anna Catton gave an update on her MS research, investigating how subjective localization is impacted when using virtual sources compared to physical sources. We also checked out a recent acoustic nugget on ‘How Scientists Turned a Flag into a Loudspeaker’! The next monthly meeting on Oct. 13 featured Jon Weber as he presented on his most recent hospital acoustics measurements and analyses. The acoustic nugget at that meeting discussed the recent insight: “Light Has Been Stored as Sound for the First Time”. Finally at the Nov. 10 meeting, Sam Underwood presented on his analyses of data to calculate the bias, reproducibility, and repeatability of sound power measurement methods. An oldy-but-goodie acoustic nugget on ‘The Science of Scary Screams‘ brought out laughs among the group!
On August 31, 2017, the Sound and Spectra Series at the KANEKO in Omaha kicked off its first full season by exploring the music of living spectral composers. Dr. Lily Wang collaborated with composer Dr. Stacey Barelos on a new work that was premiered on the Generator Series. Using their collective expertise, Wang and Barelos created a new musical piece for chamber ensemble that responded directly to the acoustic environment of KANEKO. Audience members were able to watch the live spectrum and spectrogram while the piece was played!
And another news item that should have been posted sooner! Congratulations to Matt Blevins, who was selected to receive a 2017 Robert Bradford Newman Student Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics, which recognizes excellence in the study of acoustics and its application to architecture! He was nominated by Dr. Lily Wang and Dr. Erica Ryherd for his doctoral research on “Design and Optimization of Membrane-Type Acoustic Metamaterials”, advised by Dr. Lily Wang.
We’re catching up on some old news that we forgot to report on earlier… Congratulations to Jon Weber, who was selected to be the representative to the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Student Council, for the Technical Committee on Noise (TCN) for a two-year term from 2016-18! Jon is a PhD student in our program, advised by Dr. Erica Ryherd.
Congratulations to Sungbeen Cho, who successfully defended his M.S. Thesis “Perception of Spatial Impression due to Varying Positions of the Source on Stage” on June 19, 2017, advised by Dr. Lily Wang! Sungbeen has now moved to Canada, where he is studying for a PhD at University of Western Ontario under Dr. Ewan MacPherson.