ASA Statement on Racism and Injustice

ASA Statement on Racism and Injustice
June 3, 2020

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) strongly supports racial justice movements and the fight against systemic racism. The brutal killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Jamar Clark, George Floyd, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, and countless others have incited outrage and highlighted the deeply rooted racial injustices that persist in this country. We, as members of the ASA, are equally outraged. We recognize the profoundly damaging effects that police brutality, mass incarceration, and economic, health, and educational inequities have on Black people and communities of color. It is our responsibility to actively oppose racial injustices and understand the impact of our own implicit biases, acknowledging that we are sometimes complicit within an oppressive system.

The protests and current unrest in our nation and across the world are taking place amidst a global pandemic, which itself has disproportionately impacted people of color. The convergence of these events further highlights the urgent need for genuine change.

ASA is firmly committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive acoustics community as outlined in the ASA Policy on Diversity from 2013:

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is committed to making acoustics more accessible to everyone, and asserts that all individuals, regardless of racial identity, ethnic background, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or national origin, must be provided equal opportunity in the field of acoustics. The Society upholds the belief that diversity enriches the field of acoustics, and is working to diversify its membership and the acoustics community in general by identifying barriers to implementing this change, and is taking an active role in organizational and institutional efforts to bring about such change. The Society actively supports efforts by the acoustics community to better engage the knowledge and talents of a diverse population, increase the viability of acoustics as a career option for all individuals, and promote the pursuit of acoustics careers by members of historically under-represented groups.

We recognize that the membership of the ASA does not reflect the demographics of our nation and acknowledge our responsibility to fix this. We must strive to be advocates of justice, to support policy and legislative changes that will decrease systemic racism in our organization and nationally, and to work for institutional reform. The ongoing, deeply destructive effects of systemic racism must be simultaneously addressed at many levels including within ourselves, our local communities, the ASA, and our nation.

Finally, let us be clear: Black Lives Matter. Black lives should have always mattered. Now is the time to transform the system so that Black lives not only matter but also will be respected and valued in the tapestry that is the United States. Then and only then can the country finally live up to the ideals and principles on which it was founded.

Acoustics Designer

All Pro Integrated Systems

Location: Pensacola, FL

 

Job Title:         Acoustics Designer
Class:               Regular, Full-Time
FLSA Status:   Exempt
Reports To:     Operations Department

All Pro Integrated Systems is an audiovisual integration company.  Please view some of our projects at www.allprosystems.com.

General Description:

The Acoustics Designer is responsible for the design, quoting, administration and occasional on-site commissioning for acoustics projects.  The Acoustics Designer will conduct on-site measurements,  prepare subsequent reports, provide technical input, recommend technical alternatives, and develop cost estimates.  The Acoustics Designer works closely with the sales team and project manager to ensure the project design meets all client expectations relating to the project timeline and budgetary parameters. The Acoustics Designer also has the responsibility to oversee the commissioning and post-construction testing of projects where those services are required. The Acoustics Designer must maintain a comprehensive knowledge of applicable products, best practices, design calculations, standard construction pricing and modeling to effectively develop technical solutions and conceptual design specifications for prospective customers.

Overnight travel is required on an infrequent basis but can vary based on workload demands.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Interface with prospects and clients to clarify intent and/or review project documentation
  • Complete project designs based on client requirements, desires and budgets
  • Meet with sales staff to discuss client needs and review completed designs
  • Complete acoustic analysis reports, project scopes and acoustics drawings
  • Oversee the ordering of material
  • Communicate progress with Project Manager and Salesperson throughout the project’s life
  • Participate in periodic site visits and walk-throughs as required and issue subsequent documentation on design issues or construction punch list items.
  • Create and/or respond to RFI’s in a timely fashion
  • Coordinate with Project Manager on specific needs for acoustics commissioning
  • Participate in commissioning in coordination with the Project Manager when necessary
  • Attend final walk-thru with Project Manager, Customer and/or Salesperson when requested
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as credit card reconciliations, travel booking, etc.
  • Execute all construction completion reports to measure progress and final close out of job
  • Responsible for ongoing training, continuing education to keep current with available solutions, technical advancement and design trends

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service skills, and the ability to work effectively with diverse groups
  • Knowledge of acoustic products, best practices, calculations, and typical construction pricing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Must be responsible, self-motivated, self-starter, personable and well-organized
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement to ensure projects are completed by a specific date
  • Basic skill level in AutoCAD LT and Blue Beam
  • Experience and proficiency with acoustic modeling software
  • The ability to create, read and effectively interpret general business documents
  • Must be able to effectively handle stressful situations
  • Valid and current driver’s license


Education and Experience
:

  • The Designer shall possess a bachelor’s degree and 3 years industry experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience required to successfully perform the essential job duties of this position. The Acoustics Designer should possess knowledge of customer relations and communications, project management, and job costing

Physical demands and work environment:

Employee will be required to stand, sit, walk, bend, stoop, climb, use hands and fingers, reach, lift and push with hands and arms. Employee is frequently required to type, talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, depth vision and the ability to adjust focus. Employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.

This job description does not list all the duties of this position; others duties of a similar nature and level may be assigned. The management of All Pro reserves the right to revise this document at any time. This job description is not a contract for employment.  Requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

To Apply:  Please apply on our company career page, www.allprosystems.com/careers.

All Pro is a drug free workplace, a pre-employment drug screen is required along with a background check.  All Pro participates in E-Verify.

 

 

 

Chair in Large Whale Conservation (Assistant Professor)

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Location: Halifax, NS

The Canadian Wildlife Federation will fund a Chair in Large Whale Conservation.

We are seeking candidates who will conduct research on the quantification of the impacts of environmental variability, including climate change, on the populations and distribution of large whale species, using a variety of approaches (sea-going, empirical and modelling) to foster a mechanistic understanding of distributional patterns, demographic variation and foraging ecology. Preference will be given to candidates who use and develop modern tools and analytical approaches to quantify and predict whale movement, distribution, and oceanographic habitat associations, such as remote sensing and acoustic detection technologies. At-sea experience with physical and biological oceanographic studies and experience with evidence-based advice to influence conservation policy are assets.

Ideally, the candidate will have a PhD in biological oceanography or related discipline focused on large whales, postdoctoral experience, a strong publication record, a history of successful funding applications and mentoring experience.

A demonstrated ability to collaborate with national and international academic, governmental, non-governmental and industrial agencies and a strong record of public outreach are desirable.

To apply for this position please visit http://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/3196.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit https://www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.

Candidates can direct enquiries to Whale.ChairSearch@dal.ca.

Review of applications will begin September 8, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

 

 

Congratulations to the following ASA members who were elected Fellows at the May 2020 meeting

Alexander Francis

For contributions to understanding of cognitive-linguistic processes
in speech perception, and mentorship of future scientists

Siu-Kit Lau

For contributions to sustainable design
in building acoustics, and education

Eric Reuter

For contributions to architectural acoustics education
and service to the Society

Not pictured:
Jeewoong Choi

For contributions to the field of acoustic reflection
and scattering from the seabed and geoacoustic inversion

Bozena Kostek

For contributions to musical acoustics,
artificial intelligence, and education

Andrew Morrison

For service to the Society
and acoustics education outreach

K. Thomas Wong

For contributions to signal processing
of acoustic vector sensor arrays

Not pictured:
Efren Fernandez-Grande

For contributions to acoustic signal processing
for holography and sound field reconstruction

Ultrasound Faculty – Assistant Professor

University Of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health
Department of Medical Physics

Location: Madison, WI

Degree and Area of Specialization: PhD in physics, medical physics, or a related field required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: We are seeking applicants at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in quantitative ultrasound research thematically focused on parameters derived from the backscattered echo signal, elasticity imaging techniques (in particular shear wave elasticity imaging), and molecular imaging with ultrasound.

It is expected that the successful applicant will have a broad knowledge base in ultrasound physics and ultrasound imaging systems, including:efficient methods for data acquisition using clinical imaging systems,signal processing strategies for minimum bias and variance in power spectral estimation, the approximations used in much of quantitative ultrasound, how those approximations are often violated, and strategies to test those approximations and mitigate their impact on parameter estimation,extensive experience with relevant laboratory acoustics equipment for materials characterization, basic methods for using ultrasound contrast agents including targeting for theranostics and molecular tagging for monitoring physiological function.

We will also consider applications from established Principle Investigators for the Associate Professor level.  Candidates for Associate Professor rank must meet criteria for appointment at rank per UW School of Medicine and Public Health guidelines for appointment and promotion on the tenure track. We seek applicants with a track record of outstanding research accomplishments and exhibiting a strong commitment to mentoring and teaching in a highly collegial and collaborative academic environment.

Position Summary:

The Department of Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a rewarding opportunity for a tenure track faculty position to focus on ultrasound physics.  We seek an individual who has a particular interest in quantitative ultrasound research thematically focused on parameters derived from the backscattered echo signal, elasticity imaging techniques (in particular shear wave elasticity imaging), and molecular imaging with ultrasound. The selected candidate will collaborate closely with researchers in Medical Physics, in particular the Quantitative Ultrasound Lab, whose expertise in acoustics theory, experimental techniques, and development and calibration of phantoms for testing these techniques as a resource for scientific exploration with a broad range of potential applications.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a world-class academic institution with an international reputation for basic, translational and cross-disciplinary research and is located in the heart of one of the country’s most livable cities. The Department of Medical Physics is one of 10 basic science and 17 clinical departments in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Medical Physics faculty research is broadly focused on using physical principles to improve our understanding of the biological basis of disease and health, improving our ability to non-invasively diagnosis disease as early as possible, and for developing, guiding, and non-invasively assessing therapeutic interventions. Together with our clinical colleagues, we advance state-of-the-art patient care by developing, validating, and translating to the clinical environment novel imaging systems, minimally invasive, personalized treatments, and early treatment assessment.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities.  As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Principal duties:

The successful candidate will be expected to (1) develop an innovative, independent research program, (2) obtain and maintain extramural funding, (3) Teach and mentor students and/or postdoctoral fellows, (4) participate in graduate level educational courses and laboratories, especially those focused on ultrasound physics and medical imaging with nonionizing radiation, (5) participate in faculty activities of the tenure home department, the school, and the university, and (6) participate in professional and/or university service.

Additional Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus’ interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.  We therefore seek candidates who embrace diversity in the broadest sense, and especially invite applications from minorities and women. We are an equal opportunity employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

How to Apply:

https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/505013/assistant-or-associate-professor

To ensure full consideration, please apply by July 14, 2020. The position will remain open and applicants may be considered until the position is filled. Applications must be received through our online UW application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered.

Interested individuals should use the online UW Job Application system to submit the following:
1. Current curriculum vitae (CV)
2. Personal statement/cover letter describing your qualifications relevant to the position
3. Statements of research (maximum of 3-pages) and teaching interests (maximum of 1-page)
4. Contact information of three references we will contact to request confidential letters of recommendation if selected to advance in the search process.

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