Newswise — MELVILLE, N.Y., June 7, 2021 -- Press conferences at the 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will cover the latest in acoustical research during the Acoustics in Focus meeting.

The virtual press conferences will take place each day of the meeting, June 8, 9, and 10, and offer reporters and outlets the opportunity to hear key presenters talk about their research. To ensure the safety of attendees, volunteers, and ASA staff, Acoustics in Focus will be hosted entirely online.


Tuesday, June 8 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern U.S.

  • Pandemic Teaching Transitions Back to Classroom with Lessons Learned; Andrew Morrison, Joliet Junior College, Session 1pED4 - Lessons learned teaching through a pandemic and looking forward to a post-COVID-19 classroom, June 8 at 1:45 p.m. Eastern U.S.
  • Teaching Drones to Hear Screams from Catastrophe Victims; Macarena Varela, Fraunhofer FKIE, Session 1aSPa5 - Bearing estimation of screams using a volumetric microphone array mounted on a UAV, June 8 at 10:35 a.m. Eastern U.S.
  • Balancing Speech Intelligibility, Face Covering Effectiveness in Classrooms During the Pandemic, Laura and Richard Ruhala, Kennesaw State University, Session 1aAA5 - Acoustical transmission of face coverings used to reduce coronavirus transmission in a classroom environment, June 8 at 10:50 a.m. Eastern U.S.
  • Noisy Homes During Pandemic Drive Future Design Choices - Ayca Sentop Dümen and Konca Saher, Turkish Acoustical Society, Session 1pNS4 - Noise annoyance in dwellings during the first wave of Covid-19, June 8 at 1:45 p.m. Eastern U.S.

Wednesday, June 9 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern U.S.

  • Acoustical Evolution Increases Battle Between Predator, Prey, Thomas Neil, University of Bristol, Session 2pSA1 - Moth wings are acoustic metamaterials, June 9 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern U.S.
  • Potential Vocal Tracking App Could Detect Depression Changes, Carol Espy-Wilson, University of Maryland, Keynote Speaker 1pID - Speech acoustics and mental health assessment, June 8 at 4:05 p.m. Eastern U.S.
  • Voice Acting Unlocks Speech Production, Therapy Knowledge, Colette Feehan, Indiana University, Session 1pSCb5 - Articulatory and acoustic phonetics of voice actors, June 8 at 2:40 p.m. Eastern U.S.
  • Variabilities in Children’s Speech Perhaps Not So Concerning, Margaret Cychosz, University of Maryland, Session 1aSC8 - Reconsidering variability in child speech production, June 8 at 11:35 a.m. Eastern U.S.

Thursday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern U.S. 

  • Headphones, Earbuds Impact Younger Generations’ Future Audio Health, Daniel Fink, The Quiet Coalition, Session 3aNS8 - Personal audio system use can harm auditory health, June 10 at 11:35 a.m. Eastern U.S.
  • COVID-19 Creates Hearing, Balance Disorders, Aggravates Tinnitus Symptoms, Colleen Le Prell, University of Texas at Dallas, Session 3pNS2 - Hearing disorders secondary to infection with SARS-CoV-2, June 10 at 1:15 p.m. Eastern U.S.
  • Pandemic Quarantine Acoustically Contributes to Mental, Physical Health Degradation, Braxton Boren, American University, Session 2pNS4 - The soundscape of quarantine, June 9 at 1:45 p.m. Eastern U.S.
  • Personalized Soundscape Could Help People with Dementia with Time, Place Recognition, Arezoo Talebzadeh, Ghent University, Session 2aNS1 - Soundscape design for people with dementia: The correlation between psychoacoustic parameter and human perception of safety and mood, June 9 at 9:35 a.m. Eastern U.S.


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In the coming weeks, ASA's Worldwide Press Room will be updated with additional tips on dozens of newsworthy stories and lay language papers, which are summaries of presentations written by scientists for a general audience and accompanied by photos, audio and video. You can visit the site during the meeting at


We will grant free registration for credentialed and professional freelance journalists who wish to attend the meeting sessions. If you are a reporter and would like to attend, contact the AIP Media Line at [email protected]. We can also help with setting up interviews and obtaining images, sound clips or background information.


Press briefings will be held virtually during the conference. Credentialed media can register in advance by emailing [email protected] and including your full name and affiliation in the message. The official schedule will be announced as soon as it is available, and registered attendees will be provided login information via email.


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