At today’s NAG meeting, some of us enjoyed red bean mooncakes (a traditional Chinese dessert during the annual Harvest Moon Festival), and all of us learned from Carl Hart’s presentation on ‘Finite Element Methods in Acoustics’. It was interesting to hear about current developments on reducing the number of elements required to run this type of analysis. Also, there were a number of fun weblinks shared as acoustic nuggets:
- Acoustic levitation of fluid (shared by Jenn Francis)
- The Popinator (shared by Hyun Hong)
- Julian Treasure’s TED talk on “Why Architects Need to Use Their Ears”
- Quite Interesting’s episode on non-newtonian fluid (shared by an AE3300 exchange student from England)
Only four weeks until the Kansas City Acoustical Society of America trip! Over 12 NAG members plan to attend. We’re really looking forward to the Short Course on Auralization and Virtual Reality, presented by Prof. Michael Vorlander and our alum Dr. David Bradley; the Tutorial Lecture on the Acoustics of Pianos, presented by Prof. Antoine Chaigne; and the tour of the new Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts.
Prof. Vorlander will be visiting Omaha, during the week prior to the conference. We are excited and honored to host him for his first trip to Nebraska!