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  Figure 2. The graphic design of page 1 of the first “Reflections” feature published in July 2020. For a high-definition version of the article, see
    From the Editor Continued
In the final article, Andrea Simmons and Darlene Ketten share insights into the auditory system of amphibians (frogs and toads). One of the many fascinating issues for frogs is that their auditory system changes rather dramatically during development from tadpole to adult, and Andrea and Darlene highlight this auditory metamorphosis.
I have already talked about three of the “Sound
Perspectives” essays, but we have several more. In our “Ask an Acoustician” feature, Owen Brimijoin talks about his experiences in academia and then his move
to industry. This is followed by an essay from the ASA Student Council by Colby Cushing and Elizabeth Weidner that talks about student chapters and their
A few more comments about the new “Reflections” feature. “Reflections” is a separate section in JASA for easy discovery. The format for “Reflections” was selected be short, one to two pages, in order to be available for other ASA educational and archival purposes. Writing a historical review of the impact of a JASA article provides an opportunity for authors to contact colleagues, both to verify memories and to provide up-to-date information about the status of the significant contributions. In my case, I asked Terrance Nearey to be a coauthor because of his novel implementations of the Klatt synthesizer. A most satisfying outcome of this project is that “Reflections” will become an essential and commemorative part of the ASA 100th anniversary in 2029. A goal from the beginning is to have bound copies of 100 “Reflections” articles published in time for the 100-year celebration of the ASA.
In closing, the various initiatives I have discussed in this essay show that the ASA is stepping forward to keep up with these fast-changing times. We are mindful of the hardships endured by many people, but we also look for opportunities to move the Society forward. I am very grateful to so many members and staff who have taken on new and time-consuming projects to benefit the ASA.
importance and value to the ASA. The third essay, by Robert Dooling, talks about the responsible conduct of research (RCR), a topic that should be of considerable interest to anyone doing research whether in academic, government, or industry.
Finally, I want to end by stressing that we want to continue to use the “Sound Perspectives” essays in AT to share issues related to various aspects of diversity, broadly defined to include racial, ethnic, and gender issues. If you have experiences or ideas that would be potentially instructive to the broad ASA community and that you would like to share, I would like to hear about them and discuss the possibility of an essay in AT.
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