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Lynch about ASA publications and particularly about our flagship publication, JASA. The first three authors developed the questions and edited the responses from Jim. In the essay, Jim provides great insight into JASA as well as into broader issues of impact factors, open access, and others that are important to people who publish in scholarly journals.
The second “Sound Perspectives” is “Ask an Acousti- cian,” this time featuring an interview with Lily Wang. Although most members of ASA will remember Lily as
ASA president and for her numerous contributions to the Society, members may not be aware of her very active life outside the ASA.
The third essay is not by an ASA member; rather, it is by high-school student, Brooke Dougherty. Brooke wrote me several months ago asking about AT and describing the development of her interests in acoustics. Sharing this with several ASA colleagues, it was clear that Brooke not only writes very well but that she is a wonderful example of someone with an abiding interest in our field who is sure to be a future contributor and, hopefully, an active member of ASA. I thought that readers would be interested in
“meeting” this 12th grader. (And note to readers who help recruit undergraduates, Brooke is deciding where to go to college.) As an aside, Brooke is the youngest person to ever publish in AT and perhaps in any ASA publication. She had to have her parents sign the copyright transfer form because she is too young to sign agreements!
The fourth essay is by Michael Haberman, chair of the Engineering Acoustics Technical Committee (TC). Mike provides a very compelling introduction to the TC; until I read this, I did not really have an appreciation of the breadth of the TC or how its interests reach out across virtually all of the ASA. Besides being in print, the essay will join the “AT Collections” group of essays from all other TCs (see
I suspect that most members of the ASA are not aware of the ASA regional chapter “Spanish-Speaking Acous- ticians of the Americas” (SSA). This growing group, described by Zachery O. L’Italien, Fernando del Solar Dorrego, Ana M. Jaramillo, and Mariana Botero, is doing a wide range to things to foster interactions between the ASA and its Hispanic members. Moreover, they are
reaching out to other ASA members in Latin America, the United States, and other countries with Hispanic roots (even if not Spanish speaking) to join the group.
This past November was the 20th anniversary of the founding of the website Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS; see In our final essay, Gail Scowcroft, one of the founders and leaders of DOSITS talks about the history of the website. DOSITS is an exceptional example of how to teach acoustics, from crossing the lines of all the TCs to a very broad interna- tional audience from students to regulators to reporters to scholars. Gail notes, among other things, that many members of the ASA have been, and continue to be, engaged with DOSITS and help make it an authorita- tive place to learn acoustics. (Full disclosure: I have the honor to be on the DOSITS scientific advisory group, and many other members of the ASA now, or in the past, have served as advisors.)
In ending, I want to again invite everyone to look at “AT Collections” and make use of it as appropriate. I’d like to hear if you have found some special ways to use the collections, and I invite readers to develop their own col- lection for inclusion on the web page.
   Learn more at: ATcollections
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