Recorded Presentations from Victoria Meeting Available

Approximately 400 of the 1000 lecture presentations given at the joint 176th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and 2018 Acoustics Week in Canada of the Canadian Acoustical Association (CAA) in Victoria from 7-11 November 2018, were recorded and are now being made available, with consent of the authors. 

All meeting registrants are being given free access to the recordings.  Others who did not register for the meeting are able to purchase access to the entire collection of recordings by paying USD $275, equivalent to the one-day registration fee for the meeting. Please visit this website to browse the list of available talks and to purchase or gain access to the recordings.

As you may recall, a limited number of talks at the six ASA meetings prior to Victoria were also recorded through the live streaming initiative, and those will be made freely available soon through the ASA YouTube Channel. Click the bell icon on the upper right of that page to subscribe and be notified when new material is added.

If you have any questions about this new resource, please contact We hope to see you at the next ASA meeting in Louisville, 13-17 May 2019, where we plan to celebrate the 90thAnniversary of the society!


ASA Scholarships Available

The following ASA Scholarships are available to students enrolled in graduate programs in phonetics and speech production, Architectural Acoustics, Noise Control, and Engineering Acoustics.

The Leo and Gabriella Beranek Scholarship in Architectural Acoustics and Noise Control
The Frank and Virginia Winker Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Study in Acoustics
The Raymond H. Stetson Scholarship in Phonetics and Speech Science

Application deadlines are 28 February for the Beranek Scholarship and 1 April for the Stetson Scholarship and the Winker Memorial Scholarship.

For further information and application forms, please visit the ASA Funding Opportunities webpage

Acoustics Today Summer Issue

We are pleased to announce that the summer 2018 issue of Acoustics Today, the Acoustical Society of America’s magazine, is now on-line. The issue includes several articles as well as a variety of interesting essays. The articles are:

Featured Articles

Sensitivity to Foreign Accent – Kenneth J. de Jong

The New Age of Sound: How Bell Telephone Laboratories and Leopold Stokowski Modernized Music – Gabrielle E. O’Brien

Canadian Innovations in Naval Acoustics from World War II to 1967 – Cristina D. S. Tollefsen

Quantitative Ultrasound and the Management of Osteoporosis – Keith A. Wear, Brent K. Hoffmeister, and Pascal Laugier

Speech: It’s Not as Acoustic as You Think – Matthew B. Winn

Sound Perspectives

ASA’s Publications: Spotlight on Quality – James Lynch, Elizabeth Bury, Mary Guillemette, and Helen Wall Murray

Archives and History Committee – Fredericka Bell-Berti

Insights on Navigating the Two-Body Problem – Tracianne B. Neilsen and Lauren M. Ronsse

Ask an Acoustician – William A. Yost and Micheal L. Dent


ASA Members will receive a print version of Acoustics Today in a few weeks.

Acoustics Today is open access so anyone can download and read articles from all issues of the magazine.

Arthur N. Popper
Editor, Acoustics Today

Congratulations to the following ASA members who were elected Fellows at the spring 2018 meeting

Ahmed A. Al-Jumaily

For contributions to biomedical applications of acoustics and vibrations

Jan Dettmer

For contributions to inversion methods and uncertainty quantification applied to geoacoustics

Brian F. Katz

For contributions to measurement techniques and spatial hearing for auditory virtual reality

Eleanor P. Stride

For contributions to the modelling, development, and manufacturing of acoustically responsive biomaterials

Richard D. Costley, Jr.

For contributions to the analysis of battlefield acoustics and the acoustical properties of structures

Joseph R. Gladden, III

For service to and leadership in the field of physical acoustics

Colleen Reichmuth

For contributions to pinniped acoustics

Not Pictured

Dorian S. Houser
For advancing the understanding of the impacts of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals

Catherine L. Rogers
For contributions to speech communication through service, mentoring, and scholarship

David S. Woolworth
For contributions to general architectural acoustics and service to the Society

ASA’s Executive Council has adopted a Meetings Harassment Policy

ASA Membership

Download PDF of Harassment Policy






Statement of Policy

It is the policy of the Acoustical Society of America that all participants in Society activities will enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As a professional society, ASA is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, ASA is dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members regardless of any other reason not related to scientific merit. Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of Society meetings. Violators of this policy will be subject to discipline.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Behavior and language that are welcome/acceptable to one person may be unwelcome/offensive to another. Consequently, individuals must use discretion to ensure that their words and actions communicate respect for others. This is especially important for those in positions of authority since individuals with lower rank or status may be reluctant to express their objections or discomfort regarding unwelcome behavior.

Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. It refers to behavior that is not welcome, is personally offensive, debilitates morale, and therefore interferes with work effectiveness. The following are examples of behavior that, when unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment: sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions; verbal comments or physical actions of a sexual nature; sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; a display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; sexually explicit jokes; unnecessary touching.

Definition of Other Harassment

Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. This conduct includes, but is not limited to the following: epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts; denigrating jokes and display or circulation of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group.

Definition of Discrimination

Discrimination refers to a bias or prejudice resulting in denial of opportunity or unfair treatment regarding selection, promotion, or transfer. Discrimination is practiced commonly on the grounds of age, disability, ethnicity, origin, political belief, race, religion, sex, i.e., factors which are irrelevant to a person’s competence or suitability.

Definition of Retaliation

Retaliation refers to taking some action to negatively impact another based on their reporting an act of discrimination or harassment.

Scope of Policy

This policy applies to all attendees at Society activities, including scientists, students, guests, staff, contractors, and exhibitors, participating in the scientific sessions, tours, and social events of any ASA meeting or other activity.

Reporting the Incident

Any individual covered by this policy who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassment should contact the ASA President, Executive Director or other ASA Officer. Other ASA Officers include: President‐Elect, Vice President, Vice President Elect, Treasurer, Editor‐in‐Chief, Standards Director. The list of ASA Officers can be found here. The individual reporting the incident is not required nor expected to discuss the concern with the alleged offender. All complaints will be treated seriously and will be investigated promptly. Confidentiality will be honored to the extent possible as long as the rights of others are not compromised.

You may report the incident anonomously with ASA’s smart phone app. Download here…

The Investigation

Once a report is received, the Executive Director will inform the President (or other Officer if the complaint involves the President). The Executive Director will oversee the conduct of the investigation which may be conducted by the Executive Director, other appropriate staff, legal counsel, or an external consultant.

In most cases, the complainant will be interviewed first and the written complaint reviewed. If the complainant has not already filed a formal written complaint, he or she will be asked to do so.

The details of the complaint should be provided to the alleged offender by the investigator.

The alleged offender should be given a reasonable opportunity to respond to the evidence of the complainant and to provide his or her own evidence.

If the facts are in dispute, further investigatory steps may include interviewing those named as witnesses.

If, for any reason, the investigator is in doubt about whether or how to continue, he or she will seek counsel from the President or Executive Director.

When the investigation is complete, the investigator will report the findings to the President and Executive Director, along with a recommendation for further action.

Retaliation is Prohibited

ASA will not tolerate any form of retaliation against persons who file a complaint or assist in the investigation. Retaliation is a serious violation of this policy and, like harassment or discrimination itself, will be subject to disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Action

Individuals engaging in behavior prohibited by this policy as well as those making allegations of harassment in bad faith will be subject to disciplinary action. Such actions range from a verbal warning to ejection from the meeting or activity in question without refund of registration fees and the reporting of their behavior to their employer. Repeat offenders may be subject to further disciplinary action, such as being banned from participating in future Society meetings or other activities.

Appeal & Questions

In the event that the individual who reported the incident is dissatisfied with the results of the investigation, he or she may appeal to the President (or another Officer if the complaint involves the President). Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the ASA Executive Director or other Society Officer.

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