154th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana
27 November--1 December 2007

The 154th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held Tuesday through Saturday, 27 November-1 December 2007 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Note that Technical Sessions are scheduled Tuesday through Friday.

Registration will open on Tuesday, 27 November, at 7:30 a.m. at the Sheraton.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. HOTEL INFORMATION
  2. TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL DIRECTIONS
  3. STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SUBSIDIES
  4. MESSAGES FOR ATTENDEES
  5. REGISTRATION
  6. ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES
  7. TECHNICAL SESSIONS
  8. TECHNICAL SESSION DESIGNATIONS
  9. TECHNICAL COMMITTEE OPEN MEETINGS
  10. EXHIBIT
  11. EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION
  12. TUTORIAL LECTURE ON WEATHER AND ACOUSTICS
  13. SHORT COURSE ON BAYESIAN SIGNAL PROCESSING
  14. HOT TOPICS IN ACOUSTICS
  15. TECHNICAL TOUR OF NEW ORLEANS LEVEES
  16. ROSSING PRIZE IN ACOUSTICS EDUCATION AND ACOUSTICS EDUCATION PRIZE LECTURE
  17. ANSI STANDARDS COMMITTEES
  18. COFFEE BREAKS
  19. A/V PREVIEW ROOM
  20. ONLINE MEETING PAPERS
  21. E-MAIL ACCESS
  22. BUFFET SOCIALS
  23. PLENARY SESSION AND AWARDS CEREMONY
  24. BUSINESS MEETING OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
  25. GRANT AND FELLOWSHIP WORKSHOP
  26. FELLOWS LUNCHEON
  27. STUDENTS MEET MEMBERS FOR LUNCH
  28. STUDENT ICEBREAKER AND STUDENT RECEPTION
  29. COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN ACOUSTICS LUNCHEON
  30. YOUNG INVESTIGATOR TRAVEL GRANTS
  31. CHILD CARE
  32. ACCOMPANYING PERSONS PROGRAM
  33. WEATHER
  34. TECHNICAL PROGRAM ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
  35. MEETING ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
  36. PHOTOGRAPHING AND RECORDING
  37. NOTE TO SMOKERS
  38. ABSTRACT ERRATA
  39. GUIDELINES FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS
  40. SUGGESTIONS FOR EFFECTIVE POSTER PRESENTATIONS
  41. GUIDELINES FOR USE OF COMPUTER PROJECTION
  42. DATES OF FUTURE ASA MEETINGS

1. HOTEL INFORMATION

A block of guest rooms at discounted rates has been reserved for meeting participants at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Note that the special ASA meeting rates are not guaranteed after 1 November 2007.

Located on historic Canal Street, overlooking the Mississippi River and the French Quarter, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a short walk from Bourbon Street, the Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX Theater, Riverwalk Marketplace, all the world-famous restaurants and live music clubs of the Vieux Carré. The hotel features a pool and fitness center. All rooms are equipped with coffee makers with complimentary coffee, color cable TV, Starwood Turbo Net high speed Internet Access (fee), in-room safes, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, telephone voice mail, video checkout, room service and dual-line telephones.

Please make your reservation directly with the Sheraton. When making your reservation, you must mention the Acoustical Society of America to obtain the special ASA meeting rates. Alternatively, reservations can be made directly online at the site listed below, which has been set up for the Acoustical Society of America.

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel.: 504-525-2500; Toll Free: 1-888-627-7033
FAX: 504-595-5552

Online:
http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=0705236872

Rates (excluding taxes)
Single/Double: $159.00 USD
Club Level: $189.00 USD

Taxes: 13% + $3.00 USD occupancy tax

Cut-Off Date for ASA rates: 1 November 2007


2. TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL DIRECTIONS

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, (Airport Code MSY) is served by the following airlines: AirTran, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, jetBlue, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and U. S. Airways. For further information visit
www.flymsy.com

The Airport is approximately 11 miles from the Central Business District.
Taxicabs: A cab ride costs $28.00 USD from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) for one or two persons and $12.00 USD (per passenger) for three or more passengers. Pick-up is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage. A $1 fuel surcharge will be added to the total fare.
Airport Shuttle: Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotels in the CBD for $13.00 USD (per person, one-way) or $26.00 USD (per person, round-trip). Three bags per person. Call 1-866-596-2699 or (504) 522-3500 for more details or to make a reservation. For transfers requiring Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible transportation, advance reservations are required 48 hours prior to travel. Ticket booths are located on the lower level in the baggage claim area. A $2 fuel surcharge will be added to the total fare.
Automobile Rental: There are seven rental agencies with offices on the lower level of the airport. Note that the 24-hour parking rate for cars at the Sheraton is US $30 plus tax. Valet parking service is available on a first come, first serve basis (spaces are limited). Vehicles are secured in a covered garage adjacent to the hotel.

Driving Information: From Louis Armstrong International Airport: Follow I-10 East to Poydras Street, Exit #234B. Turn left on Camp Street and proceed 3 blocks to Canal Street. The hotel is located on the right corner of Canal and Camp Streets.
From the East: Follow I-10 West to Canal Street, Exit #235B. Turn right on Canal Street and proceed 10 blocks to Camp Street. The hotel is located on the right corner of Canal and Camp Streets.
From the South: Follow the West Bank Expressway across the Mississippi River into downtown New Orleans and exit at Camp Street. Continue on Camp Street 4 blocks to Canal Street. The hotel is located on the right corner of Canal and Camp Streets.


3. STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SUBSIDIES Note: The deadline for applying for student transportation subsidies was 17 October and all available subsidy funds have been allocated.

A student transportation subsidies fund has been established to provide limited funds to students to partially defray transportation expenses to meetings. Students presenting papers who propose to travel in groups using economical ground transportation will be given first priority to receive subsidies, although these conditions are not mandatory. No reimbursement is intended for the cost of food or housing. The amount granted each student depends on the number of requests received.

To apply for a subsidy, submit a proposal (e-mail preferred) to be received by 17 October to: Elaine Moran, ASA, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502, Tel: 516-576-2359, Fax: 516-576-2377, E-mail:
asa@aip.org. The proposal should include your status as a student; whether you have submitted an abstract; whether you are a member of ASA; method of travel; if traveling by auto; whether you will travel alone or with other students; names of those traveling with you; and approximate cost of transportation.

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4. MESSAGES FOR ATTENDEES

Messages for attendees may be left by calling the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel at Tel.: 504-525-2500 and asking for the ASA Registration Desk during the meeting, where a message board will be located. This board may also be used by attendees who wish to contact one another.

5. REGISTRATION

Registration is required for all attendees and accompanying persons. Registration badges must be worn in order to participate in technical sessions and other meeting activities.

Registration will open on Tuesday, 27 November, at 7:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom Foyer on the 5th floor of the Sheraton.

Checks or travelers checks in U.S. funds drawn on U.S. banks and Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards will be accepted for payment of registration. Meeting attendees who have pre-registered may pick up their badges and registration materials at the pre-registration desk.

The prepregistration deadline has passed and online registration is no longer avaialble. Please register at the meeting.

Registration fees are as follows:

                             		   Preregistration by       Registration after
Category                     		    29 October          	29 October 

ASA			            		$350                	$425      

ASA Members One-Day    			 	$175                	$215

Nonmembers                    			$400                	$475

Nonmembers One-Day            			$200                	$240

Nonmember Invited Speakers
One Day Only			    		$0                  	$0

Nonmember Invited Speakers                  	$110			$110
More than one day
(Includes one-year ASA membership 
upon completion of an ASA application)

ASA Early Career Associate or Full		$175			$215
Members (ASA members who transferred
from ASA Student member status in 
2005, 2006, 2007)

ASA Student Members
with current ID cards)        			$0                  	$25

Student Nonmembers            			$40			$50
(with current ID cards)

Emeritus members of ASA	    			$50            	   	$75      
(Emeritus status pre-approved by ASA/ASJemeritus)

Accompanying Persons          			$50                 	$75
(Spouses and other registrants who 
will not participate in the technical 
sessions)

Nonmembers who simultaneously apply for Associate Membership in the Acoustical Society of America will be given a $50 discount off their dues payment for the first year (2008) of membership. Invited speakers who are members of the Acoustical Society of America are expected to pay the registration fee, but nonmember invited speakers may register for one-day only without charge. A nonmember invited speaker who pays the full-week registration fee, will be given one free year of membership upon completion of an ASA application form.

NOTE: A $25 PROCESSING FEE WILL BE CHARGED TO THOSE WHO WISH TO CANCEL THEIR REGISTRATION AFTER 29 October.

Special note to students who pre-registered online: You will also be required to show your student id card when picking-up your registration materials at the meeting.

6. ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES

The ASA has purchased assistive listening devices (ALDs) for the benefit of meeting attendees who need them at technical sessions. Attendees with hearing loss are encouraged to take advantage of ALDs. To do so, ask at the ASA registration desk. If you have problems with an ALD return to the desk for help. Any attendee who will require an assistive listening device should advise the Society in advance of the meeting by writing to: Acoustical Society of America, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502; Email: asa@aip.org

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7. TECHNICAL SESSIONS

The technical program includes 71 sessions, with 603 papers scheduled for presentation during the meeting.

A floor plan of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel appears in the printed meeting program. Session Chairs have been instructed to adhere strictly to the printed time schedule, both to be fair to all speakers and to permit attendees to schedule moving from one session to another to hear specific papers. If an author is not present to deliver a lecture-style paper, the Session Chairs have been instructed either to call for additional discussion of papers already given or to declare a short recess so that subsequent papers are not given ahead of the designated times.

Several sessions are scheduled in poster format, with the display times indicated in the program schedule.

8. TECHNICAL SESSION DESIGNATIONS

The first character is a number indicating the day the session will be held, as follows:
1-Tuesday, 27 November
2-Wednesday, 28 November
3-Thursday, 29 November
4-Friday, 30 November

There are no technical sessions scheduled for Saturday, 1 December.

The second character is a lower case ‘‘a" for a.m.,‘‘p" for p.m., or "e" for evening corresponding to the time of day the session will take place. The third and fourth characters are capital letters indicating the primary Technical Committee that organized the session using the following abbreviations or codes:

AA - Architectural Acoustics
AB - Animal Bioacoustics
AO - Acoustical Oceanography
BB - Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration
EA - Engineering Acoustics
ED - Education in Acoustics
ID - Interdisciplinary
MU - Musical Acoustics
NS - Noise
PA - Physical Acoustics
PP - Psychological and Physiological Acoustics
SA - Structural Acoustics and Vibration
SC - Speech Communication
SP - Signal Processing in Acoustics
UW - Underwater Acoustics

In sessions where the same group is the primary organizer of more than one session scheduled in the same morning or afternoon, a fifth character, either lower-case "a" or "b," is used to distinguish the sessions. Each paper within a session is identified by a paper number following the session-designating characters, in conventional manner. As hypothetical examples: paper 2pEA3 would be the third paper in a session on Wednesday afternoon organized by the Engineering Acoustics Technical Committee; 3pSAb5 would be the fifth paper in the second of two sessions on Thursday afternoon sponsored by the Structural Acoustics and Vibration Technical Committee.

Note that technical sessions are listed both in the calendar and the body of the program in the numerical and alphabetical order of the session designations rather than the order of their starting times. For example, session 3aAA would be listed ahead of session 3aAO even if the latter session began earlier in the same morning.

9. TECHNICAL COMMITTEE OPEN MEETINGS

Technical Committees will hold open meetings on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings at the Sheraton. These are working, collegial meetings. Much of the work of the Society is accomplished by actions that originate and are taken in these meetings including proposals for special sessions, workshops and technical initiatives. All meeting participants are cordially invited to attend these meetings and to participate actively in the discussions. Times and rooms for each Committee meeting are given in the
schedule of committee meetings and other events.

10. EXHIBIT

The meeting will be highlighted by an exhibit which will feature displays with instruments, materials, and services for the acoustical and vibration community. The exhibit which will be conveniently located in Grand Ballroom A/B on the 5th floor near the registration area and meeting rooms will open at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel with a reception on Tuesday evening, 27 November, at 5:30 p.m. and will close Thursday, 29 November, at noon. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be available in the exhibit room.

The exhibit will include computer-based instrumentation, sound level meters, sound intensity systems, signal processing systems, devices for noise control, sound prediction software, acoustical materials, passive and active noise control systems and other exhibits on vibrations and acoustics. For further information, please contact: Robert Finnegan, American Inst. of Physics, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747; (516) 576-2433; rfinneg@aip.org.

11. EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION

A reception will be held in Grand Ballroom A/B on the 5th floor of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday evening, 27 November, in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit. Registration badges are required for entry. One free drink ticket will be provided to each registrant. This event will provide opportunities to view the exhibits and to socialize with friends and colleagues.

12. TUTORIAL LECTURE ON WEATHER AND ACOUSTICS

A tutorial presentation on "Weather and Acoustics" will be given by Alfred Bedard of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday, 27 November from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom E on the fifth floor.

A registration fee of $25 is charged to defray partially the lecture expenses. Students with current IDs may register for $12. Only those who have pre-registered in advance of the meeting are assured of receiving copies of the lecture notes at the meeting.

Preregistration is closed. If you are interested in attending the Tutorial Lecture, please register at the meeting.

13. SHORT COURSE ON BAYESIAN SIGNAL PROCESSING: CLASSICAL, MODERN AND PARTICLE FILTERING METHODS

A short course on Bayesian Signal Processing is scheduled to be held on Saturday, 1 December, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Gallier A/B on the fourth floor at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Signal processing methods capable of extracting the desired signal from hostile environments require approaches that capture all of the "a priori" information available and incorporate them into a processing scheme. This approach is typically model-based employing mathematical representations of the component processes involved. In this short course the Bayesian approach to statistical signal processing is developed in a tutorial fashion including the "next generation" of processors that have recently been enabled with the advent of high speed/high throughput computers.

The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the Bayesian approach to model-based signal processors and compare their performance to classical approaches in terms of applications. A detailed overview of the basic Bayesian model-based processors will be presented enabling the participant to construct simple processors for further investigations.

The instructor is James V. Candy, Chief Scientist for Engineering and former Director of the Center for Advanced Signal & Image Sciences at the University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Participants should have taken basic courses in random processes, statistics and linear systems theory.

The registration fee is $250.00 and covers attendance, instructional materials and coffee breaks. On site registration at the meeting will be on a space-available basis. Pre-registration is encouraged since copies of notes for on-site registrants cannot be guaranteed.

Preregistration is closed. If you are interested in attending the Short Course, please send an email message to Elaine Moran at
asa@aip.org

14. HOT TOPICS SESSION

A Hot Topics session will be held in Session 3pID on Thursday, 29 November, at 1:05 p.m in Grand Ballroom E on the fifth floor. Papers will be presented on current topics in the fields of Speech Communication, Architectural Acoustics and Structural Acoustics and Vibration.

15. TECHNICAL TOUR OF NEW ORLEANS LEVEES

A technical tour of the New Orleans Levees conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers will be held on Tuesday morning, 27 November. The tour bus will leave the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel at 8:00 a.m. and return by 12:00 noon. The tour consists of a short briefing to explain the impact that Hurricane Katrina had on this area and how the sites that you will be visiting were affected by the hurricane. Tour participants will leave the bus and walk around so it is required that you wear long pants and closed toed shoes as some of the tour areas are active construction sites. Stops will be made at the 17th St. Canal control structure and breech site, the London Avenue Canal, the Lower 9th Ward, and, if time permits, the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO).

The cost to participate is $15. There will be no food or beverages available on the tour.

Preregistration is closed. If you are interested in attending the Technical Tour please send an email message to Elaine Moran at
asa@aip.org

16. ROSSING PRIZE IN ACOUSTICS EDUCATION AND ACOUSTICS EDUCATION PRIZE LECTURE

The 2007 Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education will be awarded to David T. Blackstock, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Texas at Austin, at the Plenary Session on Thursday, 29 November. David Blackstock will present the Acoustics Education Prize Lecture titled "Songs my students sang to me," on Thursday, 29 November, at 2:20 p.m. in Session 3pED in Grand Ballroom E on the fifth floor.

17. ANSI STANDARDS COMMITTEES

Meetings of ANSI Accredited Standards Committees and their advisory working groups will be held at the dates and times listed in the
schedule of committee meetings and other events.

Meetings of Accredited Standards Committees S1, Acoustics; S2, Mechanical Vibration and Shock; S3, Bioacoustics; and S12, Noise, as well as the Standards Plenary meeting, are open meetings and all attendees are invited to attend and participate in the acoustical standards development process.

Meetings of selected advisory working groups are often held in conjunction with Society meetings and are listed in the calendar or on the standards bulletin board in the registration area, e.g., S12/WGI8-Room Criteria. People interested in attending and in becoming involved in working group activities must contact the ASA Standards Manager for further information about these groups, or about the ASA Standards Program in general, at the following address: Susan Blaeser, ASA Standards Manager, Standards Secretariat, Acoustical Society of America, Suite 114E, 35 Pinelawn Road, Melville, NY 11747; Tel.: 631-390-0215; Fax: 631-390-0217; Email: asastds@aip.org; Web: www.acosoc.org/standards.

18. COFFEE BREAKS

Morning coffee breaks will be held each day starting at 10:16 a.m. and an afternoon break will be held on Wednesday only at 2:00 p.m. On Tuesday and Friday, breaks will be held in the Grand Ballroom Foyer on the 5th floor. On Wednesday and Thurdsay, breaks will be held in Grand Ballroom B in conjuction with the Exhibit.

19. A/V PREVIEW ROOM

The Coat Room on the 5th floor will be set up as an A/V preview room for authors convenience, and will be available Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

20. ONLINE MEETING PAPERS

Authors of papers to be presented at meetings are encouraged to post their full papers or presentation materials for others who are interested in obtaining detailed information about meeting presentations at the ASA's Online Meeting Papers website which can be found at
scitation.aip.org/asameetingpapers/. Authors of papers to be presented at meetings will be able to post their full papers or presentation materials for others who are interested in obtaining detailed information about meeting presentations. Submission procedures and password information have been mailed to authors with the acceptance notices.

Those interested in obtaining copies of submitted papers for this meeting and the immediate past meeting may access the service at anytime. No password is needed.

21. E-MAIL ACCESS

Computers providing e-mail access will be available adjacent to the registration area in the Grand Ballroom Foyer from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The e-mail area will provide several desktop computers as well as connections for attendees' laptop computers.

Free Wi-Fi service for guests of the hotel is also available in the Lobby and on the 2nd level.

22. BUFFET SOCIALS

Complimentary buffet socials with cash bar will be held on Wednesday, 28 November, and Friday, 30 November, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom C/D.

23. PLENARY SESSION AND AWARDS CEREMONY

The Plenary Session and Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 29 November from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom C. The Pioneers of Underwater Acoustics Medal will be presented to William M. Carey, the Silver Medal in Engineering Acoustics will be presented to Allan J. Zuckerwar, and the Silver Medal in Speech Communication will be presented to Ingo R. Titze.

Certificates will be presented to the Fellows elected at the Salt Lake City meeting of the Society.

24. BUSINESS MEETING OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

A business meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held on Thursday, 29 November, starting at 3:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom C at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. All ASA Fellows and Members are urged to attend for the purpose of voting on proposed amendments to the ASA Bylaws, namely Article IX Election of Officers and Executive Council and Article XI Meetings. Please see the proposed bylaws amendments that were published in the August issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Volume 122, page 681, August 2007.

25. GRANT AND FELLOWSHIP WORKSHOP

The ASA Student Council has organized a workshop on fellowships and grants for students and post-doctoral members of the ASA. During the workshop, representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/ NIDCD), and the Acoustical Society of America Prizes and Special Fellowships committee will give short presentations on the following topics: Eligibility for specific grants/fellowships at each level of education and post-doctoral training; an overview of the application process, including criteria selection, review process, timelines; allowances that are covered under the award (e.g. stipend, travel expenses, research expenses, health insurance); general tips and guidelines for application submittal and essay writing.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, 29 November, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Couteau Room on the 5th floor. See additional details on the ASA Student website at
www.acosoc.org/student, in the student E-zine, and on the Student Council bulletin board at the meeting.

26. FELLOWS LUNCHEON

A Fellows Luncheon will be held on Friday, 30 November, at 12:00 noon in Grand Ballroom C. The speaker will be Professor Shea Penland of the University of New Orleans who will speak on restoring coastal Louisiana. The luncheon is open to all members and their guests. To guarantee a reservation, please purchase your tickets by Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $30.00 per ticket. Preregsitration has closed. Please purchase your ticket at the meeting before 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, 29 November.

27. STUDENTS MEET MEMBERS FOR LUNCH

The ASA Education Committee provides a way for a student to meet one-on-one with a member of the Acoustical Society over lunch. The purpose is to make it easier for students to meet and interact with members at ASA meetings. Each lunch pairing is arranged separately. Students who wish to participate should contact David Blackstock, University of Texas at Austin, by email
dtb@mail.utexas.edu or telephone 512-343-8248 (alternative number 512-471-3145). Please give Dr. Blackstock your name, university, department, degree you are seeking (BS, MS, or PhD), research field, acoustical interests, and days you are free for lunch. The sign-up deadline is ten days before the start of the meeting, but an earlier sign-up is strongly encouraged. Each participant pays for his/her own meal.

28. STUDENT ICEBREAKER AND STUDENT RECEPTION

An "icebreaker" for students is scheduled on Tuesday, 27 November, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom C on the 5th floor which will provide an opportunity for students to meet informally with fellow students and other members of the Acoustical Society after they have had a chance to visit the Exhibit.

The Student Reception will be held on Thursday, 29 November, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Napoleon A1/A2/A3 on the 1st floor at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. This reception, sponsored by the Acoustical Society of America and subsidized by the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, will provide an opportunity for students to meet informally with fellow students and other members of the Acoustical Society. All students are encouraged to attend, especially students who are first time attendees or those from smaller universities.

Students will find in their conference registration envelopes a small sticker to place on their name tags identifying them as students. Although wearing the sticker is not mandatory, it will allow for easier networking between students and other meeting attendees.

Students are encouraged to refer to the student guide, also found in their envelopes, for important program and meeting information pertaining only to students attending the ASA meeting. They are also encouraged to visit the official ASA Student Home Page at
www.acosoc.org/student/ to learn more about student involvement in ASA.

29. COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN ACOUSTICS LUNCHEON

The Women in Acoustics luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, 29 November, in the Gallery on the 1st floor of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Those who wish to attend must purchase their tickets in advance by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 28 November. The fee is $15 ($20 after 29 Oct.) for non-students and $5 for students. Preregistration has closed. Please purchase your ticket at the meeting--subject to availability.

30. YOUNG INVESTIGATOR TRAVEL GRANT

The Committee on Women in Acoustics (WIA) is sponsoring a Young Investigator Travel Grant to help with travel costs associated with presenting a paper at the New Orleans meeting. Young professionals who have completed their doctorate in the past five years are eligible to apply if they plan to present a paper at the New Orleans meeting, are not currently students, and have not previously received the award. Each award will be of the order of $300 with three awards anticipated. Awards will be presented by check at the WIA luncheon at the meeting. Both men and women may apply. Applicants should submit a request for support, a copy of the abstract for their presentation at the meeting, and a current resume/vita which includes information on their involvement in the field of acoustics and in the ASA. Submission by e-mail is preferred to Dr. Helen Hanson at
helen.hanson@alum.mit.edu. Deadline for receipt of applications is 17 October.

31. CHILD CARE

The Women in Acoustics committee is exploring options for on-site childcare during the New Orleans meeting. Interested participants should contact Andone Lavery (alavery@whoi.edu) as soon as possible for information. Services provided will be based on assessment of need from early response.

32. ACCOMPANYING PERSONS PROGRAM

Spouses and other visitors are welcome at the New Orleans meeting. The registration fee is $50.00 for preregistration by October 29 and $75.00 at the meeting.

A hospitality room for accompanying persons will be open at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Friday in the Grand Chenier room. To "pass a good time" in "New Awlins," programs including lectures and tour information are being planned for ASA members, spouses, and other visitors accompanying them. Some cities embrace the contemporary, but New Orleans embraces its past, celebrates itself, and creates in the soul an attraction that draws us into another world when we visit. Our program for the visitors hopes to convey an understanding of that magnetism.

New Orleans is "Food City," so the first speaker scheduled for Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. is restaurant critic Tom Fitzmorris. He is a well-known, popular host of a daily radio show-The Food Show-and author of four cookbooks. Visit his website at
www.nomenu.com. He will discuss his latest cookbook and will be available for questions following his presentation. Notably, more restaurants are now open than before Hurricane Katrina!

Because there is so much to see and do in the Cresent City, on Wednesday, at 9:00 a.m., Anne Leonhard, a free lance tour guide and elderhostel lecturer on New Orleans history and architecture, will present a slide show and talk entitled, "It's a New Orleans Thing," a fun talk about the city and its idiosyncrasies. Anne will point out the different tours available in the city and surrounding areas. Her knowledge of the industry will give visitors the insight necessary to pick and choose what they want to do and where they want to go in the time available to them. For the tourist, New Orleans has recovered mightily from Hurricane Karrina. The uptown and downtown areas, scenic St. Charles Avenue, the Garden District, the parks and universities, and the French Quarter are completely restored, so tourists will not see the devastating effects of the storm unless they take a guided tour of the neighborhoods that have been unable to rebuild.

On Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Jeanne Richardson will speak on her experiences as a member of a Mardi Gras krewe, a subject she is very familiar with, having been an active member of Nereids for 24 years. As an officer of the krewe since 1991 this steel magnolia will share her experiences working inside this traditional women's organization and what it takes to put on a successful Ball and Parade, the biggest free show on Earth! On display in the Hospitality Room will be Jeanne's costume from the year she was Queen of Nereids and a costume from the collection of Carter Church. Carter Church is a well known krewe costume designer. A DVD of the pagentry and elegance of a Nereids Ball and the resplendent presentation of the Royal Court, including the tableau, where the members entertain the court and guests of the members, will be showing concurrently.

Also rich in history is Mardi Gras itself-not just a day, but a season, and for many, a way of life. At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday you will enjoy hearing about its traditions and how it influences the character of the city from Dr. Errol Laborde, editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. Dr. Laborde's most recent book is "Krewe: The Early Carnival From Comus To Zulu." Founded in 1718, New Orleans is truly a place apart, settled by the French and Spanish, and remaining so until after the Louisiana Purchase when the "New Americans" moved South. It has its own food, its own culture and its own rhythm (read music)-all a potpourri of influences mixed into one gumbo pot and emerging with its own unique flavor. The ASA will offer a lecture on the history of the area on Friday.

There will be maps and tour information at the Hospitality Room table where greeters will be able to assist you.

33. WEATHER

New Orleans has a subtropical climate with pleasant year-round temperatures. Rainfall is common in New Orleans, with a monthly average of about five inches of precipitation. Carrying a small foldable umbrella may be useful for showers. Average temperatures are between 70 deg F and 50 deg F in November with average rainfall of 4.1 inches.

34. TECHNICAL PROGRAM ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

George E. Ioup and Juliette W. Ioup, Technical Program Cochairs; James F. Lynch, Acoustical Oceanography; Natalia A. Sidorovskaia, Animal Bioacoustics; David S. Woolworth, Angelo J. Campanella, Architectural Acoustics; Charles C. Church, Biomedical Ultrasound/ Bioresponse to Vibration; James M. Sabatier, Education in Acoustics; Daniel M. Warren, Engineering Acoustics; Scott D. McDermott, Musical Acoustics; Richard J. Peppin, Noise; James P. Chambers, James M. Sabatier, Physical Acoustics; Robert G. Turner, Psychological and Physiological Acoustics; Joe W. Posey, Signal Processing in Acoustics; Emily A. Tobey, Speech Communication; W. Steven Shepard, Structural Acoustics and Vibration; Guy V. Norton, William Sanders, Richard S. Keiffer, Underwater Acoustics.

35. MEETING ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Fred C. DeMetz, General Chair; George E. Ioup and Juliette Ioup, Technical Program Cochairs; William Sanders/Dennis Lindwall, Audio-Visual; Sharon DeMetz/Jeanne Richardson, Food Service/Social Events/Accompanying Persons Program; Richad Keiffer/Josette Fabre, Signs; Michael D. Richardson/Kevin Briggs, Meeting Room Coordinator; Guy V. Norton, Posters; Becky Rotundo, Publicity; Fred C. DeMetz, Technical Tour; Michael D. Richardson, Fellows Luncheon

36. PHOTOGRAPHING AND RECORDING

Photographing and recording during regular sessions are not permitted without prior permission from the Acoustical Society.

37. NOTE TO SMOKERS

Smoking is prohibited indoors.

38. ABSTRACT ERRATA

This meeting program is Part 2 of the November 2007 issue of The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Because of the desire for rapid publication of this program, authors have not been able to see galley proofs of what they submitted. There may be occasional errors in what appears here. On rare occasions, a corrected abstract may be published in a subsequent issue of the Journal, and this will be done only if a major error has been made by the printer, and only if the abstract had been submitted via the ASA's Web abstract submittal process. The Society's publishing of corrected abstracts is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief, and a publication fee may be requested. Readers who desire confirmation that any printed abstract is in accord with what the author(s) intended it to be, or to inquire as to whether an extended or written version exists, should contact the author(s) directly.

39. GUIDELINES FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS

A. Preparation of Visual Aids
1. See the guidelines for computer projection below.
2. Allow at least one minute of your talk for each slide or other visual aid, e.g., no more than 12 slides for a 15-minute talk.
3. Minimize the number of lines of text and the number of curves shown on one visual aid. More than 12 lines of text or 5 curves are too many to be comprehended within one minute. Too little is better than too much.
4. On a transparency for overhead projection, all material should be within an 8x9-inch (20x23 cm) frame. Characters should be at least 0.2 inches (5 mm) high to be legible when projected; conventional 10- or 12-font characters are too small.
5. Text for 35-mm slides may be prepared using 10- or 12-pitch font, but the overall frame size of the typed material before reproduction should be no larger than 4x6 inches (10x15 cm). In general, characters in any visual aid should have a height at least 1/40 of the total frame height. In order that a 35-mm slide be legible when projected in an average size room, the slide itself should be legible when held 10 inches (25 cm) in front of the eye.
6. Make symbols no less than 1/3 the height of a capital letter. Break away any line that would otherwise pass through a character or symbol.
7. Black lines on clear background or white lines on black background are more legible than colored lines. Use color only if required to distinguish different curves or elements.
8. On each slide put a ‘‘thumb mark'' on the corner that is the upper right-hand corner when the slide is viewed inverted, so that on later projection the image is upright. Number the slides in order of presentation, on or beside the ‘thumb mark.'' 9. Video tapes must be in the standard VHS format. Videotapes not in the standard VHS format must be converted to this format by the individual presenter prior to the meeting.
B. Presentation
1. Organize your talk with introduction, body, and summary or conclusion. Include only facts or concepts that can be explained adequately in the allotted time. Rehearse talk so you can confidently deliver it in that time.
2. Session Chairs have been instructed to adhere to the time schedule and to stop your presentation if you run over.
3. An A/V preview room will be available for viewing computer presentations, transparencies or videotapes before your session starts.
4. Arrive early enough so that you can meet the session chair, load your computer presentation on to the computer provided, check your slides in the projector, and familiarize yourself with the microphone, slide controls, laser pointer, and other equipment.
5. Every time you display a slide the audience needs time to interpret it. Although you are familiar with the data, the audience may not be. Describe the abscissa, ordinate, units, and the legend for each curve. If the shape of a curve or some other feature is important, tell the audience what they should observe in order to grasp the point. They won't have time to figure it out for themselves.
C. References
1. Hubbard, H.H. ‘‘Guidelines for the planning and preparation of illustrated technical talks,'' J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 60, 995--998 (1976).
2. Young, R.W. ‘‘On presenting a technical paper,'' J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 61, 1086--1087 (1977).

40. SUGGESTIONS FOR EFFECTIVE POSTER PRESENTATIONS

A board approximately 8 ft. wide x 4 ft. high will be provided for the display of each poster paper. Supplies will be available for attaching the poster material to the display boards. Each board will be marked with the board location number. Note that the board location number may not correspond with the abstract number. Authors should furnish, as part of their poster presentation, a sign giving the abstract number, paper title and author(s) name, in lettering approximately 1-1/2 inch high. Free-hand lettering with a felt pen is entirely adequate.

A poster paper should be able to ‘‘stand alone,'' that is, be understandable even if the author is not present to explain, discuss, and answer questions. This is highly desirable because the author may not be present for the entire time the poster papers are on display, and when the author is engaged in discussion with one person, others may want to study the display without interrupting an ongoing dialogue. To meet the ‘‘stand alone'' criteria, it is suggested that authors consider the following elements for a poster. Each element can be arranged on one or more standard letter-size sheets. Where typing is needed, large font type is very effective. Careful hand lettering, at least 1/4 in. high, is also acceptable. Obviously, it may not be appropriate for any given paper to include all of the ‘‘elements'' listed below. These are merely suggestions:

1. Objective, purpose, goal, etc.
2. Background information. Prior work.
3. Assumptions, etc.
4. Experimental arrangements, block diagram, sketch, photos, parameters.
5. Outline of the theoretical development.
6. Data, graphs, tables, etc.

Graphs and photographs should be a minimum of 8x10 inches. Figure captions are essential. Avoid glossy paper. Display objects, such as transducer elements or materials, demonstration tapes, etc., are excellent supplements to a poster. Since the poster paper is not archival, feel free to bring incompletely reduced data for discussion.

41. GUIDELINES FOR USE OF COMPUTER PROJECTION

A PC computer with audio playback capability and projector will be provided in each meeting room on which all authors who plan to use computer projection should load their presentations. Authors should bring computer presentations on a CD or USB drive to load onto the provided computer and should arrive at the meeting rooms at least 30 minutes before the start of their sessions. Assistance in loading presentations onto the computers will be provided.
Note that only PC format will be supported so authors using Macs must save their presentations for projection in PC format. Also, authors who plan to play audio during their presentations should insure that their sound files are also saved on the CD or USB drive.
Presenters also have the option to connect their own laptops to the computer projector as was done at past ASA meetings. The following guidelines should be observed by speakers presenting Power Point or equivalent presentations at meetings of the Acoustical Society of America who plan to use their own computers in their presentations.
It is strongly recommended that overhead transparencies be brought to the session by speakers as backup.

Introduction

It is essential that each speaker connect his/her own laptop to the computer projection system in the A/V preview room prior to session start time to verify that the presentation will work properly. Technical assistance is available in the A/V preview room at the meeting, but not in session rooms. Presenters whose computers fail to project for any reason will not be granted extra time.

Guidelines

1. Set your computer's screen resolution to 1024x768 pixels or to the resolution indicated by the AV technical support. If it looks OK, it will probably look OK to your audience during your presentation.
2. Use all of the available screen area. If a page in portrait orientation is displayed in landscape orientation computer projection, the two sides of the projected image will be blank, effectively shrinking the text size. All documents/figures should be created in landscape orientation with very thin margins, thereby making maximum use of the (limited) resolution of the computer projector.
3. No more than 2 graphs/plots/figures should be included on a single slide. Use large lettering for axis labels and bold fonts for the numbers. Remember that graphics can be animated or quickly toggled among several options: comparisons between figures may be made temporally rather than spatially.
4. Avoid thin fonts, including fonts with thin elements (e.g., the horizontal bar of the "e" may be lost because it is less than one pixel wide at the low resolution of the computer projector, thereby registering as a "c"). If using a thin font, make it bold to widen the minimum line width. Avoid thin lines which may look fine when viewed on the high screen resolution setting but will fade or disappear when a low screen resolution is set.
5. Contrasts must be enhanced in computer-projected documents for good visibility. Use dark backgrounds with lighter (contrasting) lettering, rather than white backgrounds with dark lettering. Avoid busy backgrounds, and keep text and figures simple and large.
6. Avoid the use of red, especially on purple or green backgrounds. People with common color blindness will not see figures in red if they are backed by similar colors.
7. Avoid large borders and logos of institutions as these leave a reduced area for actual data and graphs. If such borders or logos are necessary, place them at the bottom of the slide so that your technical data appears at the top of the projected image.
8. Animations often run more slowly on laptops connected to computer video projectors than when not so connected. Test the effectiveness of your animations before your assigned presentation time on a similar projection system (e.g., in the A/V preview room). Avoid real-time calculations in favor of pre-calculation and saving of images.
9. If you will use your own laptop instead of the computer provided, a video switcher will be available. During the question and answer period of the previous speaker, connect your laptop to the video switcher. It is good protocol to initiate your slide show (e.g., run PowerPoint) immediately once connected, so the audience doesn't have to wait. When it is your turn to present, the session chair will press the button on the switcher corresponding to the appropriate number of the input to which you connected (indicated on the cord you plugged into your computer). If there are any problems, the session chair will endeavor to assist you, but it is your responsibility to ensure that the technical details have been worked out ahead of time.
10. During the presentation have your laptop running with main power instead of using battery power to insure that the laptop is running at full CPU speed. This will also guarantee that your laptop does not run out of power during your presentation.

Specific Hardware Configurations

Macintosh
Older Macs require a special adapter to connect the video output port to the standard 15-pin male DIN connector. Make sure you have one with you.
1. Hook everything up before powering anything on. (Connect the computer to the RGB input on the projector).
2. Turn the projector on and boot up the Macintosh. If this doesn't work immediately, you should make sure that your monitor resolution is set to 1024x768 for an XGA projector or at least 640x480 for an older VGA projector. (800x600 will most always work.). You should also make sure that your monitor controls are set to mirroring.
If it's an older powerbook, it may not have video mirroring, but something called simulscan, which is essentially the same.
Depending upon the vintage of your Mac, you may have to reboot once it is connected to the computer projector or switcher. Hint: you can reboot while connected to the computer projector in the A/V preview room in advance of your presentation, then put your computer to sleep. Macs thus booted will retain the memory of this connection when awakened from sleep. Alternatively, you can reboot while connected to the video switcher during the previous speaker's presentation, but it is safer to queue this up in advance of the session.
Depending upon the vintage of your system software, you may find that the default video mode is a side-by-side configuration of monitor windows (the test for this will be that you see no menus or cursor on your desktop; the cursor will slide from the projected image onto your laptop's screen as it is moved). Go to Control Panels, Monitors, configuration, and drag the larger window onto the smaller one. This produces a mirror-image of the projected image on your laptop's screen.
Also depending upon your system software, either the Control Panels will automatically detect the video projector's resolution and frame rate, or you will have to set it manually. If it is not set at a commensurable resolution, the projector may not show an image. Experiment ahead of time with resolution and color depth settings in the A/V preview room (please don't waste valuable time fiddling with your Control Panel settings during your allotted session time).

PC
Make sure your computer has the standard female 15-pin DE-15 video output connector. Some computers require an adaptor.
Once your computer is physically connected, you will need to toggle the video display on. Most PCs use either ALT-F5 or F6, as indicated by a little video monitor icon on the appropriate key. Some systems require more elaborate keystroke combinations to activate this feature. Verify your laptop's compatibility with the projector in the A/V preview room. Likewise, you may have to set your laptop's resolution and color depth via the monitor's Control Panel to match that of the projector, which settings you should verify prior to your session.

Linux
Most Linux laptops have a function key marked CRT/LCD or two symbols representing computer versus projector. Often that key toggles on and off the VGA output of the computer, but in some cases, doing so will cause the computer to crash. One fix for this is to boot up the BIOS and look for a field marked CRT/LCD (or similar). This field can be set to Both, in which case the signal to the laptop is always presented to the VGA output jack on the back of the computer. Once connected to a computer projector, the signal will appear automatically, without toggling the function key. Once you get it working, don't touch it and it should continue to work, even after reboot.

42. DATES OF FUTURE ASA MEETINGS

For further information on any ASA meeting, or to obtain instructions for the preparation and submission of meeting abstracts, contact the Acoustical Society of America, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502; Telephone: 516-576-2360; Fax: 516-576-2377; E-mail:
asa@aip.org

Details about future meetings can be found on the ASA meetings webpage.

Acoustics08, Joint meeting: 155th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 5th FORUM ACUSTICUM, and 9th Congrès Français d'Acoustique, Paris, France, 29 June--4 July 2008. Note: Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 10 January 2008.

Miami, Florida, 10-14 November 2008
Portland, Oregon, 18-22 May 2009

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