Women in Acoustics Luncheon

At each ASA meeting the Women in Acoustics committee hosts a luncheon for those interested in the role that women play in the Society at large. This luncheon is an excellent setting for networking. Those who wish to attend this luncheon must register in advance of the luncheon. There is a reduced entrance fee for students.

To purchase a ticket, please refer to the registration page for the current meeting.

Volunteers needed at the ASA Minneapolis meeting

Volunteers are needed to help with the “Hands-On Acoustics Demonstrations for Middle- and High-School Students” and the “Listen Up and Get Involved” sessions at the 175th meeting of the ASA in Minneapolis.

When are the sessions? Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Morning session (9:30 am to 12:30 pm): Hands-On Acoustics Demonstrations for Middle – and High-School Student
Evening Session (5-8 pm): Listen Up and Get Involved

What is the flow of each session?
Hands-On Acoustics Demonstrations for Middle – and High-School Students 
9:00-9:30 am ASA Volunteers arrive and prepare stations
9:30-9:45 am – Students arrive, short introduction to volunteers
9:45-11:30 am – Hands-on demonstrations and activities.
11:30 – 12:00 am – Questions and discussion
12:00-12:30 pm – Pizza Lunch (volunteers eat with students)

Listen Up and Get Involved
5:00-5:30 pm ASA Volunteers arrive and prepare stations
5:30 pm – Girl Scouts arrive, check-in and begin eating pizza (Volunteers eat as well)
6:00 pm – Introduction to Acoustics in general and to the volunteers specifically.
Informal Q&A about careers in acoustics.
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Hand-on demonstrations and activities with the presenters
7:30 – 8:00 pm – Tear down and pack up demos.

What will volunteers do?
We expect 30-50 students at each session. The students will come to your table for about 5 minutes in small groups, probably 2-3 at a time. Try to give them hands-on learning experience as they interact with you and the demonstration. We have all the materials and instructions for what to do. We want them to feel excited about discovering acoustics. If you have a demo of your own, you are welcome to bring it!

We need at least 15 volunteers to make this a success.

If you can volunteer, contact Keeta Jones kjones@acousticalsociety.org

Round-table Discussion Session at ASA Minneapolis Meeting

At the ASA Minneapolis meeting, the Women in Acoustics Committee is hosting a facilitated round-table discussion session from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Discussion topics will include navigating careers in academia, government, and industry; mentoring at all levels; work-life balance; navigating mid-career transitions; and navigating power differentials in your career. Each table will have a topic leader to facilitate the informal discussions, and the attendees may choose which topic they would like to discuss. There will be an opportunity for attendees to switch tables to discuss a new topic at 2:00 p.m. While the discussions in this session will focus on women’s experiences related to these topics, anyone interested in participating in these discussions is welcome to attend.  We hope to see you all there!

1) Work-Life balance: the 2-body problem
2) Work-Life balance: working parents
3) How to navigate power differentials in your career
4) Mentoring at all levels – both as a mentor and a mentee
5) Navigating mid-career transitions
6) Navigating a career in Academia
7) Navigating a career in Industry
8) Navigating a career in Government

Please note that the session has been moved from its originally scheduled location, and will now be held in Lakeshore A.

We are also still seeking 1-2 additional volunteers to help lead discussions.  If you are available to help, please contact Michelle Swearingen at Michelle.E.Swearingen@usace.army.mil.  Thank you to those who have already volunteered!

Listen Up and Get Involved Session at ASA Meetings

The Listen Up and Get Involved session, jointly sponsored by the Women in Acoustics committee and the Education in Acoustics committee, is designed to introduce young girls to acoustics through partnership with local Girl Scout troupes during the biannual ASA meetings. During the session, interactive acoustic demonstrations are presented by ASA members to the Girl Scouts. This session also provides a great opportunity for researchers and professionals to collect new teaching ideas. This session requires a large number of volunteers to make it a success. Anyone interested in helping out at an ASA meeting should contact the Education in Acoustics or Women in Acoustics committees. Come and explore this acoustic wonderland at the next ASA meeting!