Acoustics in Focus -The 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America – 8-10 June 2021

180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

Acoustics in Focus

8-10 June 2021

Acoustics in Focus

The 180th Meeting
of the Acoustical Society of America

8-10 June 2021

Key Dates  
 24-hours before sessions Lightning Round Submission Deadline
10 May  Presentation Recording Upload Deadline and Presenter Registration
10 May Early Bird Registration Deadline
4 June (Fri), 3:30 p.m. EDT Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony
7 June, 5 p.m. EDT  Student Meet and Greet, Student Social, Student Orientation
8 June, 9:30 a.m. EDT Acoustics in Focus Opening Day
8 June, 4:00 p.m. EDT Keynote Lecture  | Carol Espy-Wilson
9 June, 4:30 p.m. EDT Keynote Lecture  | Jim Gates

Meeting FAQ, Tour, Yoga

Acoustics in Focus (AIF) plans continue to be developed rapidly with many new features to ensure that AIF will be an exciting forum for acoustics researchers, practitioners, educators, and students to learn from each other. Registration is now open. Details can be found at

The Technical Program  has been scheduled with sessions encompassing the new formats that were created especially for Acoustics in Focus. In addition, Keynote Lectures have been added as special features. The Itinerary Planner for Acoustics in Focus is now available.

Focused Presentation sessions consist of pre-recorded talks within a specific topic or focus which will be followed by live discussion and interaction.

Tutorial sessions consist of an invited speaker giving a (live) feature-length presentation, answering questions, and live leading discussions.

Panel Discussion sessions feature up to seven invited discussion leaders who may give live short presentations, answer questions, and lead discussions.

Lightning Round sessions that consist of a rapid sequence of brief (5-minute) live presentations with lively discussions following the talks. Note that is it still possible to submit to some Lightning Round sessions.  See details at this page.

Open Meetings of the Technical Committees will be held on Tuesday, 8 June, Thursday, 10 June after the end of the technical sessions. These are working, collegial meetings. Much of the work of the Society is accomplished by actions that originate and are taken in these meetings including proposals for special sessions, workshops and technical initiatives. All meeting participants are cordially invited to attend these meetings and to participate actively in the discussions. See the Itinerary Planner for the schedule of meetings.

The Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony and the Administrative meetings will be held outside of the three-day window of technical sessions.


If you have special accessibility requirements, please indicate this below by informing ASA (1305 Walt Whitman Road, Suite 300, Melville, NY 11747-4300; at a minimum of thirty days in advance of the meeting. Please provide a cell phone number, email address, and detailed information including the nature of the special accessibility so that we may contact you directly.

Business Administrator

Acoustical Society of America
Location: Remote

Business Administrator

Reporting to the Senior Managing Editor (SME) of Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Publications, this role manages all of the financial and business operations of the ASA Publications Office. This position is an administrator to the Editor-in-Chief (EIC), Journal Editors, and Publications Staff, assists with project organization, and handles the budget and all accounts for the Publications Office.

Primary responsibilities include:

• Manage and ensure accurate and timely formulation and reporting of the Publications Office yearly budget, working with the SME and EIC of ASA Publications.
• Act as Financial Liaison, including with publisher AIP Publishing and ASA Headquarters.
• In partnership with EIC and SME, help develop financial strategy, goals, and initiatives (eg, potential new products and revenue sources) for the Publications Office that align with and support the ASA Strategic Plan.
• Manage and steward ASA Books, including contracts and agreements, copyright, and financials, and act as the liaison for EIC, ASA Books Committee, ASA Headquarters, and publishers.
• Manage, negotiate, and organize contracts and service agreements with contractors, vendors, and service providers, and keep abreast of contract renewals.
• Act as liaison with ASA Finance Committee, and other Meeting Committees as needed.
• Handle all payments, reimbursements, invoices, and staff purchases for the Publications Office.
• Mail contributor copies of publications.
• Handle yearly data cleaning of people databases of editorial submission systems.
• Help produce the ASA Publications podcast, including selecting articles, drafting interview questions, interviewing authors, and editing episodes.
• Work with other ASA Publications staff on marketing, advertising and social media initiatives and serve as backup for handling ASA Publications social media accounts.

This is a full-time remote position. Must reside in the United States.
Travel, approximately up to 10% time, required.


• Bachelors Degree in business administration or equivalent training
• Two or more years of experience in business administration required
• Experience managing budgets and marketing material required
• Previous publications experience desirable
• Must have excellent communication and leadership skills
• Proficiency in Excel and Word

Acoustical Society of America

Established in 1929, ASA’s purpose is to generate, disseminate, and promote the knowledge and practical applications of acoustics. The Society has 7,000 national and international members and 14 technical committees covering the following acoustical specializations: Acoustical Oceanography, Animal Bioacoustics, Architectural Acoustics, Biomedical Acoustics, Computational Acoustics, Engineering Acoustics, Musical Acoustics, Noise, Physical Acoustics, Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, Signal Processing in Acoustics, Speech Communication, Structural Acoustics and Vibration, and Underwater Acoustics.


Apply via Indeed Posting here.

Meeting FAQ, Tour, Yoga.

Current ASA Meeting

Acoustics in Focus

Meeting FAQ, Tour, Yoga Tutorial Tour

AiF Tour

Frequently Asked Questions

Meeting structure

  1. When are the regular technical sessions?

All technical sessions are scheduled between Tuesday 8 June and Thursday 10 June between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:00 pm.  All times are EDT (GMT-4).

The full schedule is available via the Meeting Planner and in pdf format.

  1. I heard there are different technical session types at AiF. What are they?
    1. Focused sessions are similar to a special session at a regular meeting, consisting of 12-minute invited and contributed talks that are pre-recorded, but scheduled at a specific time. Each presentation is followed by a 2-3 minutes of Q&A with the presenter via chat.  Each session includes one or more live discussion periods on Zoom that enable attendees to interact directly with the speakers.
    2. Tutorial Sessions consist of live presentations of extended length (20 – 120 minutes) that provide a deep dive into a topic, as well as discussion periods on Zoom.
    3. Panel Discussions are conducted entirely on Zoom with live interaction between attendees and invited expert panelists.
    4. Lightning Rounds are conducted entirely on Zoom with live 5-minute talks interspersed with questions and discussion periods.
  2. Will there be any Keynote Lectures?

There are two live Keynote Lectures: Tuesday at 4:00pm and Wednesday at 4:30pm.

  1. Is it still possible for me to propose a Lightning Round talk?

Attendees interested in giving a talk in a scheduled Lightning Round session can register up to 24 hours before the session starts.

Access and Navigation

  1. Are recorded talks viewable outside the scheduled presentation time?

Registered participants can access any pre-recorded technical presentation within the meeting platform, hosted by, through Friday 11 June.  A recording of the Plenary session is available on the AiF meeting web site.

  1. What events are open to those who have not registered for the meeting?

All ASA members can attend open meetings of technical committees and the Strategic Plan Champions, which are conducted on Zoom.  See the ASA meetings page for information on registering for these events.

Interacting with other participants

Be sure to visit the Acoustics in Focus space to meet up with conference speakers and participants.

Gather.Town is a “proximity chat” platform where you can meet and converse with people in a way that simulates being in a room with others.  You can join or leave conversations, have private chats with one or more people, schedule meet-ups, and even play online games!  The space designed specifically for the AiF meeting has a separate meeting room for each TC, a Student Lounge, and several areas for private conversations.  The space will be available 24/7 throughout the month of June.

The link and password will be made available to registered participants.

  1. Will I be able to see who else is attending a session and communicate with them?

During scheduled talks on the Morressier platform, you will be able to view only the speakers and the session chair. During discussion periods held on zoom, you will be able to see and interact with other participants.

  1. Is there a way to interact with speakers and other attendees outside of a technical session?

Go to!  You can make arrangements to meet one or more people at specific times, or just show up and see who you run into!  A tutorial and video tour of the space are available on the AiF meeting page.

Attendees can also interact in while they are viewing technical sessions by having each platform open in a separate window.

  1. I am participating in the Students Meet Members for Lunch program. Is a good place to meet?

Of course!  There are 2-person private spaces set up in the AiF space that are ideal for SMMfL conversations.


Yoga Classes

Yoga classes will be offered on Zoom on Wednesday and Thursday, 9 and 10 June, in the break between a.m. and p.m. sessions (approximately 12:30 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.). There is no charge to participate in the classes but preregistration at the links below is required.

The class will be fairly gentle to allow inclusivity for all levels with the focus on relaxation and breathing techniques, quieting the mind, and some gentle stretches.

Participants are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing, have a bottle of water nearby, and anything they can use as a strap (e.g., yoga strap if they have one, alternatively a belt or hand towel can substitute). A mat, blanket, and cushion are not required but would be useful if available.

It will not be specifically a chair yoga class. However, if there are participants who are unable to sit on the floor or stand, a chair can be used.

Yoga Session 1: Wednesday, 9 June, 12:30 p.m. – Register in advance for this meeting:

Yoga Session 2: Thursday, 10 June, 12:30 p.m. – Register in advance for this meeting:



Schedule of Administrative and Standards Meetings

Current ASA Meeting

Acoustics in Focus

Branch Chief

Washington Natural Resource Stewardship and Science

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division


Accepting applications
Open & closing dates
05/21/2021 to 05/31/2021

This job will close when we have received 100 applications which may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more

Pay scale & grade
GS 14
$119,384 to $155,196 per year
Appointment type
Work schedule


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Collins, CO1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
Telework eligible

Duties Summary
This position is in the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the Washington Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate and is duty stationed in Ft. Collins Colorado. The position supervises the Science and Technology Branch and reports to the Division Leader. As Branch Chief, the incumbent independently plans, initiates, directs, and manages a complex, interdisciplinary, scientific program of national scope and significance.

Learn more about this agency

The major duties of the supervisory Biologist/Physical Scientist include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The incumbent administers and manages the Branch, including supervision approximately 8-10 professional/technical employees.
  • Plans, assigns, prioritizes, and reviews work; develops budget initiatives; evaluates performance;
    interviews, and selects candidates for positions and initiates personnel actions for promotions and reassignments; effects disciplinary actions; provides education and professional development opportunities; and performs other supervisory functions.
  • Assists the Division Chief in providing strategic direction, technical leadership and accountability/oversight for all stewardship and science activities of the branch.
  • Coordinates with parks and partners to plan acoustic and photometric/astronomy research studies and stewardship projects to inform park management and decision making and similarly supervises branch staff in the same.

Travel Required
25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

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