Congratulations to the New Fellows Elected at the fall 2019 meeting

Cynthia G. Clopper

For contributions to the acoustics and
perception of dialect variation

Michael R. Haberman

For contributions to acoustic
metamaterials and heterogeneous
acoustic media

Joel Mobley

For contributions to the ultrasonic
characterization of dispersive systems

Kuangcheng Wu

For contributions to the computational
evaluation of acoustic radiation
from submerged structures


Stanislav Emelianov

For contributions in photoacoustic,
molecular, and ultrasound elasticity imaging

Rolf Mueller

For advancing knowledge of the
acoustics underlying echolocation in bats

Linda Polka

For contributions to native and non-native
speech perception in infants and adults

Xiaoming Zhang

For contributions to ultrasound surface wave
elastography in biomedic


Entry Level Acoustical Consultant

Newson Brown Acoustics, LLC,

Location: Culver City, CA

Newson Brown Acoustics, LLC is seeking to hire an entry-level acoustical consultant to work in our office located in Culver City, California.

Newson Brown Acoustics, LLC has been in business for over twenty five years.  Consultants at our company provide a full range of acoustical consulting services including architectural acoustics, building services noise and vibration control, community and environmental acoustics and acoustical troubleshooting.  Our office works on a broad range of project types including television and movie studios, radio and recording studios, corporate headquarters, courts and other civic buildings, educational facilities, healthcare, residential, resorts and hotels, laboratories, libraries, museums, performing arts spaces, screening rooms, theaters and worship spaces.  Clients served include all major Hollywood movie studios, tech companies, major global corporations, governments and academic institutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviewing architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing drawings.
  • Providing sound isolation and acoustical finish recommendations.
  • Using software to predict mechanical noise levels and recommending appropriate noise control.
  • Providing vibration isolation specifications for electrical, plumbing and elevator systems.
  • Carrying out noise surveys of project sites and recommending upgrades to building exteriors as needed to meet interior noise level criteria.
  • Noise control of emergency generators and other outdoor equipment.
  • Acoustical testing and troubleshooting.
  • Vibration measurements.
  • Analysis of noise and vibration data.
  • Understanding of acoustics standards.
  • Reviewing and responding to requests for information and product submittals during construction.
  • Visiting projects during construction to determine if they are being built per the plans.
  • Preparation of technical reports and communicating with clients.
  • Attending meetings to discuss and present reports.
  • Effective time management to meet deadlines on multiple projects.


Required Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree (preferred) in acoustics, or a related subject.
  • Experience with Word and Excel.


Beneficial Experience

  • Experience with TAP, CATT Acoustic, Auto CAD, Revit and EASERA.
  • Experience with both Bruel and Kjaer and Larson Davis sound level meters and software.
  • Knowledge of common architectural terms, structures, building systems and design practices.
  • Ability to read, understand, interpret and analyze architectural and technical drawings, specifications and other related materials.


Professional Skills

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities.
  • Excellent writing, listening and verbal communications skills, with a strong commitment to learning.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task, work under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment, interface effectively with management, and handle multiple requests.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.
  • Proactive, conscientious and flexible, with a strong work ethic.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Passion for acoustics, building/construction, and design.
  • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information.


Training and Benefits

  • We aim to fully train entry level consultants in all of the duties and responsibilities listed above within two to three years of joining the company.
  • We offer competitive salaries and outstanding benefits including:
    • Fifteen days of paid vacation per year for starting employees.
    • Seven paid holidays per year.
    • Five days of paid sick leave per year.
    • Health and dental coverage.
    • 401k plan with company contributions.
    • Long term disability insurance.
    • Reimbursement of relocation expenses.


Newson Brown Acoustics, LLC is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants must be able to work legally in the United States. Qualified applicants are invited to send a resume and salary requirements to  Both graduates and people with work experience are welcome to apply.















2020 ASA Awards and Prizes

Gold Medal
Judy R. Dubno
Department of Otolarynology—Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Citation: For contributions to understanding age-related hearing loss and for leadership in the acoustics community

R. Bruce Lindsay Award
Julien Bonnel
Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA

Citation: For contributions to physics-based signal processing methods for underwater acoustic applications

Silver Medal in Noise
Scott D. Sommerfeldt
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Citation: For contributions to active noise and structural acoustic control

Silver Medal in Speech Communication
Anne Cutler
The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia

Citation: for contributions to understanding speech recognition by native and non-native listeners, and leadership in speech science

Wallace Clement Sabine Medal
Gary W. Siebein
Seibein Associates and University of Florida, School of Architecture, Gainesville, FL

Citation: For contributions to education and practice in architectural acoustics

Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography
Kelly Benoit-Bird
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA

Citation: For contributions to understanding marine organism foraging ecology using novel acoustic analysis

William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience
Edwin R. Rubel
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education
Daniel J. Butko, University of Oklahoma


Acoustical Society of America Awards and Prizes to be presented at the fall 2019 meeting

The following awards and prizes will be presented at the Acoustical Society of America fall 2019 meeting to be held in San Diego, California.

Murray Campbell has been named recipient of the Silver Medal in Musical Acoustics. He is cited “for contributions to understanding the acoustics of brass wind instruments.”

Dr. Campbell, Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow and Professor Emeritus, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh.


James M. Sabatier has been named the recipient of the Silver Medal in Physical Acoustics. He is cited “for pioneering studies of acoustic-seismic coupling and its application to the humanitarian cause of detecting landmines “

Dr. Sabatier, Research Professor at the University of Mississippi and Senior Scientist at the National Center for Physical Acoustics in Oxford, Mississippi, earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Chen‐Fen Huang, Associate Professor at the Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University, has been named recipient of the Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography “for novel experimentation, signal processing, and modeling related to tomographic mapping of ocean currents and geoacoustic inversion.”



Dr. Preston S. Wilson, Professor in the Acoustics and Dynamic Systems an Control programs of the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering has been named recipient of the Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education. He holds a joint appointment as Associate Research Professor at Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin and is the Raymond F. Dawson Centennial Fellow in Engineering.

Congratulations to the New ASA Fellows Elected at the Spring 2019 Meeting

Virginia A. Best

For contributions to understanding the impact of listener factors on spatial hearing of speech

Chen-Fen Huang

For contributions to geoacoustic inversion for ocean state estimation

Nicholas J. Giordano

For advancement of computational modeling in musical acoustics


Martin D. Verweij

For contributions to nonlinear medical ultrasound

Jonas Braasch

For interdisciplinary contributions to musical acoustics and psychoacoustics of spatial audio technology

Qian-Jie  Fu

For contributions to understanding auditory perception with cochlear implants


Yun  Jing

For contributions to designing acoustic metamaterials and numerical modeling wave propagation



Not pictured:

Michael E. Ravicz

For contributions to measurements of middle-ear function



Results of the ASA 2019 Election

The following ASA members were elected Offices and Members of the Executive Council in the 2019 Society election

Diane Kewley-Port, President-Elect

Diane Kewley-Port, President-Elect

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Stan E. Dosso, Vice President-Elect

Stan E. Dosso, Vice President-Elect

University of Victoria, Canada

Bennett M. Brooks, Member of the Executive Council

Bennett M. Brooks, Member of the Executive Council

Brooks Acoustics Corporation, Pompano Beach, FL

 Andrew C.H. Morrison, Member of the Executive Council

Andrew C.H. Morrison, Member of the Executive Council

Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL

Judy R. Dubno, Treasurer

Judy R. Dubno, Treasurer

Medical University of South Carolina

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