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Acoustical Society of America Participation at the International Science and Engineering Fair
A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona Mesa, Arizona 85206 USA
 Sound Perspectives
Inder Raj S. Makin
As in previous years, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) participated in the Intel-sponsored International Science and Education Fair (ISEF) held in Phoenix, AZ, May 12-17, 2019. This event had 1,800 high-school students (grades 9-12) from more than 80 countries as finalists to present their research in different areas of pure and applied sciences. The finalists were competing for approximately
US$5 million cash awards as well as other recognition. The ASA participated as 1 of about 70 Special Award Organizations (SAOs) to select winners in their own special area of interest. The ASA has been participating in the ISEF since 1978 (see for past ASA award winners). When presenting the SAO
awards, the ASA stands out as the first organization on the podium!
The professionally diverse ASA judging team (Figure 1) included Julie Liss, Arizona State University (ASU; Tempe), Xin Luo, ASU, Thomas Kaufmann, Otojoy (Phoenix, AZ), and myself, A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
(ATSU-SOMA). As the chair of the judging team, I presented the awards on behalf of the ASA at the SAO ceremony (Figure 2).
Out of 1,800 finalist reports in 22 scientific categories, each with several subcat- egories, a manual and electronic search was conducted to identify various projects related to acoustics. A total of 37 projects were identified, and these were reviewed in a manner similar to that described for the 2018 ISEF (Vipperman, 2018).
Figure 1. The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) judges at the judging table. Left to right: Julie Liss, Thomas Kaufmann, Xin Luo, and Inder Makin.
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