1. On the recommendation of the Technical Council, an expert in a technical field relevant to acoustics may be invited to a present a "Distinguished Lecture" at a regular meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. The Distinguished Lecture will be scheduled as part of the regular technical program of a sponsoring Technical Committee, and will not be titled to honor any specific person by name. The Distinguished Lecture will be directed to an audience of people in the specific field of the Technical Committee which is sponsoring the event. Goals of the Distinguished Lecture are to attract non-ASA members who would have an interest in the specific topic, and to provide an opportunity to bring non-ASA experts to the meeting as lecturers.

2. Technical Committee Chairs will be expected to prepare proposals for Distinguished Lectures for consideration by the Technical Council. The Technical Council will rank order the proposal according to the need and quality of the proposals and will choose the one or two Distinguished Lecturers for the next meeting. Only two Distinguished Lectures per year will be authorized, normally one for each meeting. Remaining proposals may be resubmitted to be considered along with new proposals at a later meeting. The Technical Council Chair will report to the Executive Council at each meeting on arrangements for future Distinguished Lectures.

3. The relevant Technical Committee Chair is responsible for making all arrangements with the Distinguished Lecturer and, in cooperation with the local committee, in placing the Distinguished Lecture on the program.

4. Each Distinguished Lecturer will receive an all-inclusive honorarium of $1000, plus travel and subsistence expenses up to $1250.

5. The Distinguished Lecturer is expected to present the lecture in person. If he or she is not able to do so, the lecture will be cancelled and no honorarium will be given.

6. Any deviation from these guidelines must be approved by the Executive Council at least one meeting prior to the scheduled time for the Distinguished Lecture or by the President subsequent to that time if unusual circumstances require it.


Isadore Rudnick et al., An Afternoon Interlude of Demonstration Experiments in Acoustics, November 1980

Francis C. Moon, Chaotic Behavior in Acoustic and Elastic Wave Transmission Lines, May 1986

William Taylor, Biological Effects of Vibration on the Hand and Arm: Historical Perspective and Current Research, December 1986

Leonard Meirovitch, Active Control of Structural Vibration, December 1986

Lothar W. Cremer, Early Lateral Reflections in Modern Concert Halls, May 1987

R. Fettiplace and A. J. Hudspeth, Hair-Cell Transduction and its Role in Cochlear Tuning, November 1988

John E. Ffowcs Williams, Active Management of Hydrodynamic Sources of Sound, November 1990

Juergen Meyer, Acoustics and Orchestral Sound, May 1992

Neville H. Fletcher, Nonlinearity and the Sounds of Musical Instruments, May 1996

Mathias Fink, Time-Reversed Ultrasound, June 1997

George C. Izenour, Dynamic Multiple-Use Concert Hall-Theater Design and Multi-Form Theater Design for the Twenty-First Century, June 1997

B. T. Khuri-Yakub, Smart Structures and Microelectromechanical Systems, November 1999

Malcolm J. Crocker, Acoustics at the End of the 20th Century: An overview of the State of the Art, November 1999

Leslie Kay, Ultrasonic Eyeglasses for the Blind, November 2000

Bernard Widrow, A Microphone Array for Hearing Aids, June 2001

Sanford Fidell, Analysis of Community Response to Transportation Noise a Quarter Century After Schultz (1978), November 2003

Jens P. Blauert, Communication Acoustics, May 2004

Laymon N. Miller, Noise: My 62 Years of It, May 2004

Manfred R. Schroeder, From Philharmonic Hall to number theory: The way to more diffusion, October 2005

Nikolay A. Dubrovskiy, Status of Acoustics in Russia, June 2006

Thomas L. Geers, A Residual-Potential Boundary for Time-Domain Prolems in Computational Acoustics, May 2009

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