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The fourth article, by Caroline Lubert, took me back to my youth when Sputnik changed the world. I’ve never thought much about the sounds produced during a rocket launch and their implications, but I now realize that this is a major issue of concern in rocket science and engineering.
The final article came about when I saw an abstract for an ASA special session about thermophones, another word I did not know. I attended and then invited Nathanael Mayo to share this fascinating topic with the AT audience.
This issue also has a number of interesting “Sound Perspec- tives” essays. “Ask an Acoustician” focuses on Sandra Gor- don-Salant (only by coincidence does Sandy have two articles in this issue). If you have ever wondered about the function and history of ASA chapters, be sure and read the essay by Kenneth Wood, Jr., and Jacob Mauck.
We also have an essay by D. Keith Wilson that should interest anyone who uses computational acoustics. Keith describes
a new Technical Specialty Group in this area and provides ample reason why this area has become so important to all of us in the ASA.
Another thing I learned from doing this issue is that the ASA has a history of participation in the world-famous Intel Science and Engineering Fair. Through this, the ASA helps support upcoming acousticians. Our participation is won- derfully described by Jeffrey Vipperman. The ASA also sup- ports science education through programs at ASA meetings for local high-school students. This is described in an essay by Tracianne Neilsen and L. Keeta Jones. Indeed, hopefully many ASA members will read both of these essays and reach out to the authors for ways they can get involved and help the ASA in these very important outreach efforts.
I close with a reminder that if you would like to discuss doing an article for AT, send me an email ( with a mention of your idea and I will be in touch. I am particularly interested in articles on topics not yet covered in AT (all the articles in the past issues are available at and articles from younger members.
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