ASA President’s Blog

This blog is a record of the email broadcasts and other communications issued by Lily Wang (ASA President 2018-2019) covering Acoustical Society topics.

If you wish to submit comments or suggestions related to these or any ASA topic, please send them to Lily Wang’s attention at [email protected].

15 August 2018 – ASA/CAA Meeting Information

The joint 176th Meeting of the ASA and 2018 Acoustics Week Canada of the Canadian Acoustical Association will be held 5-9 November 2018 at the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Over 1250 papers and posters are scheduled for presentation. Please see the Victoria meeting webpage  which has been updated with new information and the Itinerary Planner

There are a number of meeting highlights as described below. Registration is now open! Many of the ticketed events sell out early, so please register soon.I hope that you will be able to attend the meeting.

Key Victoria Meeting Deadline Dates

7 September     Young Investigator Travel Grants
7 September     Dependent Care Subsidies
7 September     Early Career Travel Subsidies
8 October          Student Transportation Subsidies
1 October          Room Sharing Requests
8 October          Preregistration deadline
10 October        Hotels Reservation Deadline

Hotel Reservations and Meeting Preregistration

Hotel Reservations at special ASA discounted rates can be made at the Fairmont Empress or the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel.  Please make your reservation early; the deadline for the Fairmont is 10 October 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST.  The deadline for the Marriott is 10 October 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

The online preregistration site is open and the deadline for preregistration for the meeting is 8 October 2018

Technical Sessions and Events

The Itinerary Planner containing the meeting schedule and abstracts is now available to create your personal schedule for the meeting.

Other meeting technical events include the Hot Topics session, open meetings of the ASA Technical Committees, Undergraduate Research Exposition, and an Early Career Speed-Networking event.

The Tutorial Lecture on An Introduction to Sound in the Sea will be presented by Tom Dakin, Ocean Networks Canada on Monday, 5 November, in Session 1eID, at 7:00 p.m. in Salon A. The tutorial will address why underwater acoustics are important, it’s uses, how sound propagates so far in the ocean, man-made sounds, including shipping noise, and the impact of noise in the oceans.

The Short Course on Bioacoustics and Ecoacoustics will be taught by Gianni Pavan, a Researcher from the University of Pavia, Italy.  The short course will be held on Sunday and Monday, 4 and 5 November. Bioacoustics  and  Ecoacoustics  are  rapidly  developing  disciplines  to  study  and  monitor  ecosystems  by  their soundscape  composition.

These Tutorial Lecture and the Short Course require separate registrations as described in the meeting information

Undergraduate Research Exposition

The 2018 Undergraduate Research Exposition, a poster session sponsored by Education in Acoustics, will be held in session 3pEDa on Wednesday, 7 November, in Prefunction 1B at the Victoria Conference Centre. This session provides a forum for undergraduate students to present their research in any area of acoustics. It is intended to inspire and foster growth of undergraduate research throughout the Society, to encourage undergraduates to express their knowledge and interest in acoustics, and to foster their participation in the Society.

Early Career Speed-Networking Event

ASA is hosting a speed-networking event for early career participants at the meeting to facilitate professional relationships and collaboration between early career participants and more experienced members of the society. The first half of the event will include multiple short conversations between early career participants and more senior society members. The second half will be a social in which the participants will be given the opportunity to continue conversations with the more experienced society members as well as interact with other early career participants. The event will be held on Monday, November 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Participant requirements: The speed-networking event is intended for early career acousticians from any subfield of acoustics, who received their last degree within the past ten years. It is not intended for students or those in the process of receiving a degree. Students are encouraged to attend the activities specifically designed for them throughout the week. Please contact Tessa Bent ([email protected]) or Dom Bouavichith ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

Social Events

Social events will include Social Hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the Women in Acoustics luncheon on Wednesday afternoon, the ASA Jam on Wednesday night, and the Society Luncheon and Lecture on Thursday.

See the meeting website for details and to preregister for events and purchase tickets.

Student Information

The Student Activities section describes the details about events for students including Students Meet Members for Lunch, Students Orientation, Meet and Greet, and the Students’ Reception

Funding Opportunities for Students, Young Investigators, and Early Career Meeting Attendees

Deadlines for the Young Investigator Grants, Dependent Care Subsidies, and Early Career Travel Subsidies is 7 September.  The deadline for requesting Student Transportation Subsidies is 8 October.

30 July 2018 – ASA’s New Meetings Harassment Policy

At the last ASA meeting in Minneapolis, the ASA Executive Council formally adopted a new Meetings Harassment Policy.  The full policy may be found at this link:

The policy was developed after reviewing current best practices and similar policies that other professional societies have adopted.  It states clearly ASA’s commitment that “all participants in Society activities will enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.”  Details on how incidents of harassment at an ASA activity can be reported by any person and the process that ensues may be found in the policy.

Please take a moment to review this policy now.  Registrants for upcoming ASA meetings and activities will be asked to mark that they have reviewed and understand the contents of this policy.  If you have any questions about the policy, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or other members of the ASA Executive Council.


5 July 2018 – Get Involved with ASA


ASA is fortunate to have a vibrant community of volunteers, willing to serve on the Society’s technical and administrative committees.  The 2018-19 Committee Booklet is now available online.  Many thanks to all of you whose names are listed.

Are you interested in getting more involved with ASA activities?  A listing of the Society’s committees and their scopes may be found on a new page at the ASA’s website.  If you wish to become more engaged with ASA and volunteer for some of these committees, please complete the form found on that webpage.

ASA committees are appointed each year at spring meetings of the Society. Your interest in serving on committees will be sent to the appropriate committee chairs for their consideration when nominating members for appointment.

Did you know … most committees conduct a great deal of their business at ASA meetings. Committee meetings are generally open to all (with a few exceptions: Audit, Medals and Awards, Membership, and Prizes and Special Fellowships).  If you’re interested in getting involved with certain committees, please consider attending that group’s discussion at an upcoming ASA meeting!


21 June • ASA Minneapolis meeting: Viewing Recorded Live Streamed Sessions
The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) once again facilitated remote participation in some technical sessions recently held at the ASA meeting in Minneapolis (7-11 May 2018). A number of papers in the special sessions listed below were broadcast in real-time over the internet using GoToWebinar



Recordings of certain talks are now available for delayed viewing through 4 July 2018, if successfully captured and agreed upon by the authors. Please visit the ASA streaming webpage to see the lists of available talks and their start times on each video. To access the recordings, please click on the recording web links provided for each session.

ASA is offering this service specifically for members who were unable to attend the sessions in person, thereby broadening access to meeting content. During this piloting phase, there is no cost to ASA members.  Please note that photography, audio, and video recordings of content from ASA sessions are strictly prohibited, whether in person or over the internet.

Many thanks to all of you who have participated and given us your feedback on the initiative.  We have now broadcast content from six ASA meetings in a row, and are in the process of editing a number of the recorded talks and posting them to the ASA YouTube channel.  Please subscribe now to the ASA YouTube channel to be notified when new material is added:

I particularly want to thank the members of the live stream subcommittee who have worked with me in moving this initiative forward: Ken Bader, Anna Diedesch, Judy Dubno, Josh Gladden, Andrew Morrison, Himanshu Shekhar, and Anand Swaminathan.  Many thanks also to Anna Catton and Kieren Smith for coordinating the effort onsite at the last two meetings.  We anticipate that remote access of meeting content will continue but in a different manner, starting with the next meeting in Victoria, based on what we’ve learned over the past three years.  More information will be provided in the near future.

5 June • '2018 ‘ASA Funding Opportunities’
The following ASA Fellowships, Prizes, and Awards are now available. Please consider applying for these yourself, and nominate or encourage your students, junior colleagues, and others to apply, as appropriate.

These ASA awards, fellowships, scholarships and prizes are supported by the Acoustical Society Foundation Fund. Details and application forms can be found at the following links:

Robert W. Young Award for Undergraduate Student Research in Acoustics – Application deadline: 10 September 2018
A gift to the Acoustical Society Foundation Fund made by the family of the late Robert W. Young in his honor has been established to grant undergraduate student research awards.

F. V. Hunt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Acoustics – Application deadline: 24 September 2018
The F. V. Hunt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship was established by the Society to carry out Professor Hunt’s wish that his estate be used to further the science of, and education in acoustics. Fellows receive a stipend, provided jointly by the Hunt estate and a fund established by the Acoustical Society, to support their research on a topic in acoustics at an institution of their choice.

The William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience – Application deadline:   24 September 2018
The William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience was established in 2011 through a generous donation by Bill and Chris Hartmann to the Acoustical Society of America Foundation Fund to recognize and honor research that links auditory physiology with auditory perception or behavior in humans or other animals.

Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography – Application deadline: 24 September 2018
The Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography was established in 2000 from a grant made to the Acoustical Society Foundation Fund by Herman and Eileen Medwin to recognize a person for the effective use of sound in the discovery and understanding of physical and biological parameters and processes in the sea.

Did you know … the Campaign for ASA Early Career Leadership (CAECL) is currently underway, with a goal of raising $300,000 to endow a new award for early career members in the society!  Please visit the CAECL webpage and consider donating to the campaign now.

1 June 2018 • ‘2018 ASA International Student Grants available’
ASA’s Committee on International Research and Education (CIRE) was established in 2006 with the mission to enhance the role of the ASA in international research and education in acoustics, particularly in developing countries.

The CIRE provides competitive grants of $1,000 USD to students enrolled in acoustics programs at universities or technical institutes in developing countries. Twenty grants are made each year.  Membership in ASA is not required to be eligible to receive a grant. Since 2006 more than 350 grants have been awarded to student acousticians in developing countries.

Applications are now being solicited for these CIRE grants.  Eligible students are asked to submit a completed application form by email to [email protected] by 15 September 2018.  Please visit the ASA International Student Grants webpage for full details and the application form.

All eligible ASA members are encouraged to apply for a grant.  Please also assist the ASA by sharing this information with colleagues who may be eligible or who may be in contact with potential applicants.

Did you know … in addition to CIRE, the ASA has 25 other administrative committees?  Learn more about each committee’s charge in the annual committee booklet.  If you are interested in getting involved with any of these committees, please contact me or the committee chair.

28 May • ‘ASA fall 2018 meeting abstract submission deadline’
This message serves as a final reminder that tomorrow is the deadline for submission of abstracts for the fall 2018 meeting of the Acoustical Society of America/2018 Acoustics Week in Canada, to be held 5-9 November 2018 in Victoria, Canada, at the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel.

There are over 60 special sessions being organized for the upcoming meeting on a broad range of topics, from the sound of emotion to machine learning for acoustic applications.  Please visit the Victoria meeting information website for details about submitting abstracts and about meeting activities.

As mentioned in my last message, I am interested in exploring different approaches to connect and communicate with members, as well as the general public, about how the Acoustical Society of America is striving to achieve its mission.  In that vein, I have started an online ‘ASA President’s Blog’. This site will serve as a repository for the assorted email broadcasts sent in my capacity as ASA President, but I also plan to post regularly on topics pertinent to the Society.  Please stay tuned!

22 May • 'May 29: Deadline for Submitting Abstracts for Fall 2018 Meeting'
I am excited to begin my year as President of the Acoustical Society of America (2018-2019).  One of the items on which I will be focusing in the coming year is to streamline communication and transparency throughout our Society.  We will continue to send members emails (such as this one) with important deadlines and notices, but we will also be exploring other ways to provide information to members – more on this later!

In this first communication, I am writing to remind you that the deadline for submission of abstracts for the fall 2018 meeting of the Acoustical Society of America/2018 Acoustics Week in Canada to be held 5-9 November 2018 in Victoria, Canada, is fast approaching:  Tuesday, 29 May, 2018.

Please visit the Victoria meeting information website for details about submitting abstracts and about meeting activities.

If you have any questions or would like to share suggestions/feedback regarding ASA throughout the coming year, please do not hesitate to contact me by email. Your feedback is important and valuable, as we all work together towards the Society’s mission: to generate, disseminate, and promote the knowledge and practical applications of acoustics.

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