COVID Pandemic and Its Impact on ASA Members

COVID Pandemic and Its Impact on ASA Members

Over the past year, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has redefined daily work and life circumstances for Acoustical Society of America (ASA) members around the world. In February 2021, the ASA Women in Acoustics Committee and the ASA Student Council decided to survey ASA members about how they have been affected by the pandemic. Two independent surveys were generated and administered separately. While both surveys were sent out to members via the ASA email listserv, only students were invited to respond to the Student Council survey. A total of over 950 responses across the two surveys were received from ASA members at different career stages. While it is still uncertain what recovery will look like, this good, large response conveys that many ASA members would like to share about their unique experiences. The key findings from each survey are summarized in two separate essays – “How are ASA students being impacted by the pandemic” and “Impact of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on ASA members.”

The final, edited versions of record for these articles are here.  

“How are ASA students being impacted by the pandemic.” and “Impact of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on ASA members.”

Arthur N. Popper
Editor, Acoustics Today


Impact of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic on ASA MembersTracianne B. Neilsen, Bonnie K. Lau

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Traci Neilsen

Traci Neilsen is an associate professor at Brigham Young University.  She enjoys teaching and mentoring student on research in underwater acoustics.  Her primary research involves discovering how to apply machine and deep learning techniques to ocean acoustics.  She is finishing her three-year term as the chair of ASA’s Women in Acoustics Committee. See for information about the Committee.

Bonnie K. Lau

Bonnie Lau is a research assistant professor at the University of Washington. She studies development of the human auditory system using psychoacoustics and neurophysiological methods. She is a member of the Women in Acoustics Committee as well as the Psychological and Physiological Technical Committee of the Acoustical Society of America.


How Are ASA Students Being Impacted by the Pandemic? – Hilary Kates Varghese, Kieren H. McCord, Mallory Morgan, Elizabeth Reed-Weidner

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Hilary Kates Varghese

Hilary Kates Varghese, a Ph.D. candidate in the earth sciences-oceanography program at the University of New Hampshire, is the Animal Bioacoustics representative on the ASA’s Student Council. Her research focuses on the effect of anthropogenic noise on marine life.


Kieren H. McCord

Kieren McCord is a Ph.D. student at Arizona State University studying the applications of augmented reality in the classroom and the outgoing ASA Student Council Chair. Her current research interests include Technology, Signal Processing, Noise, and Architectural Engineering.

Mallory Morgan

Mallory Morgan is a Ph.D. student researching deep learning-facilitated soundscape classification at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She is the outgoing architectural acoustics student council representative but also enjoys collaborations in the areas of signal processing and computational acoustics.

Elizabeth Reed-Weidner

Elizabeth Weidner is a PhD Candidate at University of New Hampshire and Stockholm University. She studies oceanic structure and mixing processes using broadband acoustic. She is the Acoustical Oceanography student representative and a member of the Women in Acoustics Committee.