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Acoustical Society of America Meeting
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 8:00am

Acoustical Society of America Meeting to be held in Portland

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) will hold its 157th meeting in Portland, Oregon.  The meeting will take place May 18 to May 22, 2009, at the Portland Hilton & Executive Tower, and will bring together over 1,300 researchers, students, and professionals working in the field of acoustics from around the world. The technical program includes poster sessions and special sessions on diverse topics such as Acoustical Oceanography, Underwater Acoustics, Animal Bioacoustics, Architectural Acoustics, Musical Acoustics, Noise Control, and Biomedical Applications.

The organizing committee, chaired by Dr. Lisa Zurk, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Portland State University, has organized the meeting to be the first "green meeting" conducted by the ASA. This reflects the efforts of the City of Portland to develop a more sustainable city environment. In addition to selecting a Green Seal Certified conference venue, the ASA is contributing $2,000 to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to compensate for the carbon emissions generated by the meeting. Special events scheduled include:

"Art of Science of Unique Musical Instruments" tutorial will be held on Monday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Newmark Theater. Musician Ela Lamblin and his wife Leah Mann will demonstrate unique musical instruments of his own creation, and with help of ASA acousticians, explain how they operate. The tutorial is free and open to the public. 

"Urban Design with Soundscape in Mind" symposium will occur on Tuesday, May 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the main auditorium on the second floor of the Portland Building.  The symposium will focus on urban planning with considerations given to noise impacts and the people concerned.  To register, download the registration form at and follow the instructions.  For more information about the symposium, contact Kerrie Standlee.

Open Jam Session with ASA members on Tuesday, May 19 from 9:00 p.m. to midnight at the Portland Hilton & Executive Tower's Bistro 921. Instruments and equipment will be provided.  There will be four to six sets throughout the evening, consisting of a healthy mix of blues, jazz, rock, pop, and possibly even country.  If you would like to participate or have questions, contact Tom LePage or Gabe Kniffin.

Short Course: Outdoor Noise Estimation and Mapping on Sunday, May 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and repeating on Monday, May 18from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will be taught by experienced professionals from several leading institutions on acoustic research. The course will highlight the main sources and effects of outdoor noise, particularly in urban areas. Visit for registration information.

Special Session: Acoustic Engineering of Wind Turbines will focus on design and evaluation of wind turbines for power generation, and how to mitigate the impact of noise in the community.  For more information, visit

A student outreach activity on Tuesday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Hilton ET Salon II and III invites high school students to conduct experiments with acousticians. Participants will use sound to levitate objects and create an acoustic version of a LASER. For more information, contact Dr. Dawn Konrad-Martin.

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