We have all heard the phrase “Black Lives Matter.” But how many of us are familiar with “Black Minds Matter”? I was introduced to this phrase by a close friend and was immediately taken by its power and meaning. Indeed, I realized that both expressions are important and highly relevant to society and to the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).
To better understand these ideas, I would like to direct all readers to three very exciting and stimulating “Sound Perspectives” essays in this issue of Acoustics Today (AT). ASA member Tyrone Porter writes about the new and very important Committee to Improve Racial Diversity and Inclusivity (CIRDI) that he chairs. This committee will look at diversity in the ASA from many perspectives. They will also be leading efforts to increase diversity and help the ASA be more aware of diversity issues in STEM. In this essay, Tyrone sets the stage for the committee. He has also promised frequent reports for AT on its work. I also encourage you to read From the President on page 8 for additional information about this committee.
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When Speech Goes Wrong: Evidence from Aphasia – Sheila E. Blumstein
The Evolution of Bat Robots – Rolf Müller and Roman Kuc
Kurtosis: A New Tool for Noise Analysis – Wei Qiu, William J. Murphy, and Alice Suter
Simulation-Based Auralization of Room Acoustics – Lauri Savioja and Ning Xiang
The Soundscape of Twenty-First-Century Libraries – Gary W. Siebein, Keely M. Siebein, Marylin Roa, and Hyun G. Paek
How a Frog Hears – Andrea Megela Simmons and Darlene R. Ketten
Addressing the Lack of Black Members in the ASA – Tyrone Porter
The Need for A New Normal – E. K. Ellington Scott
Being a Black Scholar – James West
Ask an Acoustician: W. Owen Brimijoin
Student and Regional Chapters: The Grass Roots of the ASA – Colby W. Cushing and Elizabeth F. Weidner
What Is Responsible Conduct of Research? – Robert J. Dooling and Melissa A. Thompson