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Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Monday, May 18, 2009 - 12:00am to Friday, May 22, 2009 - 12:00am

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) will hold its 157th meeting in the city of Portland- the first time the ASA will meet in this city. The meeting will be held May 18th to May 22nd 2009 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower (921 SW Sixth Avenue Portland, Oregon 97204), and will bring together over 1300 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, among others.

The organizing committee, chaired by Dr. Lisa Zurk (Associate Professor at the ECE Department, Portland State University) has organized this event to be the first "Green Meeting" ever held 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 $2000 to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to compensate for the carbon emissions generated by the meeting. Some special events that will be featured during this meeting are:

- A tutorial on the Art of Science of Unique Musical Instruments. In this tutorial, 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. There is no charge to attend this tutorial which is open to the public.

Monday, May 18th, 2009
Where:  Newmark Theater
Time:  7:00 pm

A symposium entitled, "Urban Design with Soundscape in Mind." The symposium will focus on urban planning with considerations given to noise impacts and the people concerned.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Where:  Portland Building main auditorium on the 2nd floor (1120 SW 5th Ave)
Time:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

To register, download the registration form at and follow the instructions.  For more information about the symposium, contact Kerrie Standlee at

- An open jam session
with ASA members.  Instruments and equipment will be provided, and there will be 4-6 sets throughout the evening, consisting of a healthy mix of blues, jazz, rock, pop, and possibly even country.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Where:  Hilton's Bistro 921
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

If you would like to participate or have questions, contact Tom LePage at or Gabe Kniffin at

- A short course on Outdoor Noise Estimation and Mapping will be taught by experienced professionals from several leading institutions on acoustic research, and it will highlight the main sources and effects of outdoor noise, particularly in urban areas.

- A special session on Acoustic engineering of wind turbines, focusing on design and evaluation of wind turbines for power generation, and how to mitigate the impact of noise in the community.

- A student outreach activity, in which high school students are invited to share with acousticians as a way to support our future scientists.

There will be opportunities to work hourly during the meeting, serving as A/V monitor during the sessions. For more detailed information of the conference, visit the website