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From the Editor | Arthur N. Popper
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' § '   We are starting a new feature lwill admit some “prejudice” to the fifth article. I was in San
’ » ;" I in our “Sound Perspectives” Diego about 18 months ago and had lunch with my friend,
[,1 section that will appear in each and former student, Patrick Moore. We started to remi-
,f spring and fall issue of Acous- nisce (we go back many decades) and talked about a mutual
tics Today (AT), a list of the “friend,” a dolphin by the name of Heptuna. As you will dis-
. various awards and prizes that cover, Heptuna was a unique Navy “researcher.” Afier dis-
will be given out and the new Fellows who will be honored cussing the very many projects in which I-leptuna participat-
by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) at the spring and ed, I invited Patrick to write about the history of this animal.
fall meetings (awardees and Fellows in this issue of AT will be He turned this on me and invited me to coauthor, and I could
honored at the Spring 2019 Meeting). The idea for including not resist. I trust you will see why!
this list came from. ASA President Lily Wang,‘ and I thank The final “tide is by Blake Wilson’ the only member of the
her for her suggestion because inclusion of this list further ASA to Everwin a Laskfl Awud (him /ZAGBQDCX make is a
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enhances the ways Lnwhich ATcan contribute to our Society. Pioneer in the dwdopmmt of Cochlear jmplams’ and he has
I am particularly pleased that several of the awardees have writtenawonderful historyofthis unique and important pros-
been, or will be, AT authors. In fact, one author in this issue thetic that has helped numerous people with hearing issues.
was just elected a Fellow. And I intend to scour these lists for As “sud we have a range of “Sound Pfl_speCLiveS,, articles‘
Possible future authors {M the magazme’ "Ask an Acoustician" features Kent Gee, editor of Proceed-
I usually enjoy the mix of articles in the issues of AT, and this ings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA). I have the pleasure of
one is no exception The first article by Michael D. Gray, Eleanor working with Kent as part of the ASA editorial team, and so
P. Stride, and Constantin-C. Coussios provides insight into the it has been great to learn more about him.
“S? of uluasllund -mmedical dia_g’mS_iS‘ I invited Corfstmfin to This issue of AT also has a new International Student Chal-
wnte this article afterl heard hirngiveanoutstandingtalkat 16“ P bl th‘ .s d .b d b B. F S L
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an ASA meenng‘ and me amide reflects ‘ht quamy oftha‘ talk Culver, and Kay Gernba. Although the problem is really de-
This is followed by an article written by Brian Ferguson on signed for students in a limited number oftechnical commit-
how signal processing is used in defense applications. Brian tees (TCs), I trust that other members of the ASA will find
gives a great overview that includes defense issues both in the the challenge interesting and potentially fun. And if other
sea and on land and he presents ideas that, admittedly, I had TCs want to develop similar types of challenges, I would he
never known even existed. very pleased to feature them in AT.
iii the third article, Kelsey I-lochgraf talks about the art of Our third “Sound Perspectives” is, in my view, of particular
design of concert halls. Many readers might remember that importance and quite provocative. It is written by four re-
Kelsey was the first person featured in our “Ask an Acous- searchers who are hearing impaired: Henry]. Adler, I. Tilak
tician” series ( After learning about Kelsey Ratnanather, Peter S. Steyger. and Brad N. Buran. I've known
and her interests from that column, 1 invited her to do this the first three authors for many years, and when i heard
article that gives a fascinating insight into a number ofworld- about their interests in sharing issues about being a hearing-
renowned concert halls. impaired scientist and how they deal with the world, I im-
The fourth article is by Lori Leibold, Emily Buss, and Lauren medmtely Invited than lo write for AT’
Calandruccio. They have one of the more intriguing titles, I am particularly pleased that one of the authors of this ar-
and their article focuses on how children understand sound tide is Dr. Buran. Brad was an undergraduate in my lab at
in noisy environments. Anyone with kids (or, in my case, the University of Maryland, College Park, working on the ul-
grandkids) will find this piece interesting and a great com- trastructure of fish cars. You can learn more about his career
plement to the article on classroom acoustics in the fall 2018 path in auditory neuroscience in the article. Having Brad in
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