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Student chapters are a somewhat recent addition to the Soci- clude engaging, hands—on demonstrations on the physics of
ety, with the first one being formed in 2000. Although fairly acoustics. A great illustration of this is the paper plate loud-
new, student chapter members make up 13% of the ASA speaker demonstration recently given by the Pennsylvania
mem ers ip an are vi to promo mg ociety awareness ate niversi niversi ar c apter to a oc ir
bh’ d ital t‘S‘ St U’ ’ U‘ ’Pkh lalG’l
among up-and—coming graduates as well as supporting them Scout troop as well as several local schools.
socially, academically, and with their professional develop- _
(( Professional Outreach
ment goals. Student chapters promote a robust sense of _ _ _
community for Students within the ASA» (Flynn and Young’ Chapters facilitate the transfertand sharing of knowledge be-
. . tween acousticians and professionals in related industries and
2018, p. 65) through numerous networking and educational _ _ _ _ _ _
. . . . fields of study. Collaborating with organizations like architec-
events. A great example of this is the four special sessions _ _
h , . . tural firms, the AES, the AIA, the National Oceanic and At-
eld each year. These four events don t ]l1St introduce student _ _ _ _ _ _
. . mospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Recreation
members to the 13 technical committees but they also serve _ _ _
. . . . and Park Association (NRPA), and many more provide great
as an avenue into the acoustical community, with presenta- _ _ _ _
. . . . teaching and learning opportunities for members.
tions by senior ASA members, poster summaries for vari-
ous acoustic research programs, and even chances to secure Toms
grant/reiioWshiP funding Many chapters coordinate tours of local acoustical interest
Because national meetings occur only twice a year, regional for members For eXamPie> the PhiiadeiPhia (PA) ehaPter has
and student chapters are also a great way for members to stay toured the Kimmei Center for the Performing Arts and Com‘
involved with the Society and the acoustician community at munitY Loud SPeaker and is eonsidering a triP to Martin Gui‘
the local level. The required minimum of three meetings tar in AiientoWn- The Boston (MA) ehaPter has made severai
per year allow regional chapters to actively engage members triPs to Boston SYmPhonY Haii> and the St- Louis (MO) ehaP'
while keeping the momentum from the most recent national ter recently visited the Blues Museum. Tours can be as simple
meeting going. Chapters also provide an avenue to include as an unguided Waikthrough or as detaiied as a guided or even
professions, organizations, and experts of similar interest. behind the scenes tour and Provide a great oPPortumtY for
For instance, in Architectural Acoustics, local chapters have our members to eXPerienee and eXPiore the heids or aeousties
engaged members of both the Audio Engineering Society outside a classroom or laboratory environment.
(AES) and Architectural Institute of America (AIA). The Te ch H 1. C at Talks’ Guest Speakers’ mdLeCtm,es
flexibility to engage outside organizations allows chapters We) the acoustic community) are fortunate to have numep
and members to further engage manufacturers, consultants, OHS Opportunities for the interactive Synergy and Sharing
and laboratories. In an effort to help promote involvement of ideas) ieamingst and experiences. Special guests are of-_
etiti iiweireiiess iii the Seeietr’ _piirtieiPiiti°ii iii itieiii iiiiii re" ten invited to local chapters to present as experts in a spe-
gieiiiii iiieetiiigs tiees iiet ietiiiiie ASA membership‘ cific topic. Two great examples are when Dr. Kenneth R Roy
Vvhat Does a chapter. came to the local Philadelphia chapter to give a presentation
“fleeting Look Like? on design strategies for architectural acoustics and when Dr.
There are no exact or structured guidelines for chapter meet- Dir" Brown reeeritiy herd ii eoiieqiiiiim °n_ underwater rm"
ingS_ This allows each chapter to develop its own identity aging systems at the Pennsylvania State University chapter.
eiiti eiieriieter best Siiited to Serve the itieiii membership‘ The Presentations are not limited to acousticians. Anyone in a
iiiiiewiiig is ii Piiitiiii iist of wiiiit reii iiiigiit eiiiieet iii eiiiieiie related field, from educators to industry leaders, is welcome
eiiee at Your ieeiii eiiiiptei meeting‘ to participate and present. Regional and student chapters
Educational Outreach further provide local members an opportunity to increase
Many chapters participate in outreach programs at the local awareness about the Society, share their work, learn from
primary and high school levels. Organizations like the Boy each other, and refine presentations that may be given at the
Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA, and YWCA also serve as reat u comin national meetin . Some cha ters even schedule a
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opportunities to reach out to the potential young engineers weekend-long symposium to further help members practice
and acousticians of tomorrow. These programs usually in- and refine their presentations.
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