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Acoustical Society meeting: Highlights and media registration
Date:9/21/2011

The 162nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) will include more than 1,000 presentations in the physical sciences, engineering, and medicine. Topics include: the evolution of speech; the science of music; the impact of noise on the natural world; and how sound both pleasant and irritating impacts the way we learn, work, and play.

This meeting on the science of sound will take place October 31 - November 4 in San Diego, California, at the Town and Country Hotel. The ASA offers complimentary media registration to bona fide working journalists; see details below. Journalists may also remotely access meeting information with ASA's World Wide Press Room, which will go live one week before the conference begins.

Preliminary Meeting Highlights

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31

"Impacts of Classroom Acoustics on Elementary Student Achievement": A roomful of elementary school students can produce a fair amount of noise, but a study of unoccupied classrooms suggests that a room's natural acoustics have a big impact on achievement test scores.
http://asa.aip.org/web2/asa/abstracts/search.oct11/asa9.html

"Chronic Noise Exposure in National Parks": Noise pollution is a well-recognized problem in urban areas. New research reveals that noise pollution also affects wildlife in our national parks.
http://asa.aip.org/web2/asa/abstracts/search.oct11/asa17.html

"Acoustic Detection of Unexploded Ordnance": Sites for military training, post-war disposal of unused ordnance, and former conflicts contain bodies of water where discarded munitions can linger hidden for decades. These munitions pose an environmental issue through possible chemical contamination as well as a lethal threat to the public. Recent research shows that low-frequency sound may be harn
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Contact: Charles E. Blue
cblue@aip.org
301-209-3091
American Institute of Physics
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