4--8 June 2007
Salt Lake City, Utah


Local Meeting Committee
Technical Program and Special Sessions
Hot Topics
Technical Tours
Gallery of Acoustics
Student Design Competition
Signal Processing Student Challenge Problem
Mentoring Session for Early Career Acousticians
Charitable Giving Seminar
Online Paper Copying Service
Meeting Program
Abstract Submission Guidelines
Audio-Visual Equipment
Special Equipment and Computer Equipment
Poster Session Boards
Projection Guidelines for Authors
Audio/Visual Preview Room
Best Paper Awards for Students and Young Presenters
Tutorial Lecture - Musical Acoustics: Science and Performance
Short Course on Architectural Acoustics: Fundamentals and Applications
Special Meeting Features
Student Transportation Subsidies
Young Investigator Travel Grant
Students Meet Members for Lunch
Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony
Fellows' Luncheon
Women in Acoustics Luncheon
Transportation and Hotel Accommodations
Air Transportation
Ground Transportation
Hotel Accommodations
Room Sharing
Hotel Reservation Information
Committee Meetings
Assistive Listening Devices
Accompanying Persons Program
Registration Information
Instructions for Submitting Abstracts via the World Wide Web
Instructions for Preparing Paper Abstracts
Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme (PACS)



Contributed papers are welcome in all branches of acoustics. The technical program will consist of lecture and poster sessions. Technical sessions will be scheduled Monday through Friday, 4–8 June.

Every effort will be made to schedule contributed papers in accordance with author and Technical Committee preferences. However, authors should be prepared to accept assignment to poster sessions. Assignments will take into account: a) author preference, b) program balance, and c) Technical Committee instructions. Papers will be rejected if they do not comply with the instructions.

The special sessions described below will be organized by the ASA Technical Committees. Authors of invited papers must indicate on their abstracts the title of the special session in which they have been invited to participate. Authors of contributed papers have the option to request placement of their abstracts in these sessions. If no special session placement is requested, papers will be scheduled in sessions with papers of similar technical content.



Acoustics of bubble clouds
(Joint with Physical Acoustics)
Effects of collective bubble oscillations in the ocean

Acoustic sensing of the ocean and seabed using gliders and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs)
(Joint with Underwater Acoustics, Engineering Acoustics and Signal Processing in Acoustics)

Hank Medwin memorial session
(Joint with Physical Acoustics and Underwater Acoustics)
Contributions and influence of Hank Medwin in using acoustics to understand physical processes in the ocean


Inferring hearing function using fossil evidence

Seismic communications in animals
Behavior, physiology, and physics of the seismic communication channels used by animals


Advancements in speech privacy
(Joint with Noise, Speech Communication and ASA Committee on Standards)
Advancements in standards, measuring designing for, and reporting speech privacy in the built environment

Effects of rooms on the sound of organs
(Joint with Musical Acoustics)
How rooms for organ performance and organs interact

In situ measurements of absorption coefficients
(Joint with Noise, Engineering Acoustics and ASA Committee on Standards)
Current and new methods of making in situ measurements of absorption coefficients

Knudsen lecture
(Joint with Noise)

Theater crawl
Technical tour of theaters, auditoria, and concert halls in Salt Lake City

Troubleshooting in room acoustics
Identifying and correcting acoustical problems in listening environments

Workshop for AIA CEU presentation
Training and qualification process for delivery of AIA accredited presentation


Acceleration of blood clot dissolution with ultrasound
Results of efforts to use ultrasound to dissolve blood clots

Biomedical applications of acoustic radiation force imaging
Applications of and techniques for acoustic radiation force imaging in medicine

Bioresponse to vibration on the stage
Effects of performing arts practices and facilities in theater, dance, and music on performers

Coded excitation
Methods of electrical excitation (e. g., frequency chirps) of transducers to improve medical imaging or therapy

Modeling of acoustic cavitation in-vivo
Calculation and simulation of acoustic cavitation in biological tissue

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Acoustic technologies for coastal surveillance and harbor defense
(Joint with Underwater Acoustics and Signal Processing in Acoustics)
Acoustic technologies and systems for use in homeland security


Choral singing
Acoustics of the singing voice in the context of large vocal ensembles, and signal analysis properties of choirs

Flow dynamics in musical instruments
(Joint with Physical Acoustics)
Measurement, simulation, and theory of wave propagation in musical instruments

Musical requirements for Western and non-Western worship spaces
(Joint with Architectural Acoustics)
Influence of architecture on the musicality and intelligibility of choirs vs. solo voices

"Myths and Mysteries" in musical acoustics
Origins and current thought on "myths and mysteries" which have occurred in the field of musical acoustics'

Voice production and pedagogy
Methods for improving vocal production based on acoustic principles


Engineering noise control for the mining industry
Measurements, strategies, further planning

Environmental noise in national parks
Review of measurements and policies in the U.S. park properties

Noise regulation and ordinances
(Joint with ASA Committee on Standards)
Review of current experiences and policies

Recent advances in active noise control
(Joint with Engineering Acoustics and Signal Processing in Acoustics
Recent development in active noise control and overview of the current state-of-the-art

Workshop on standardization for soundscape techniques
Developing techniques and strategies building up an international working group on soundscapes


Academic geneology poster session
(Joint with Education in Acoustics)
Show us your siblings (fellow graduate students), parents (thesis advisor, committee members), grandparents ( their advisors), as well as those from your post-graduate careers (post-doc advisor, your current and former graduate students) and show where they have gone, who they begot, etc. "Come to the session and discover long-lost members of your academic family"

Acoustic probes of planetary environments
(Joint with Engineering Acoustics)
A forum bringing together the acoustics and planetary science communities for exploring the potential that acoustics has to offer in planetary exploration, on both the scientific and engineering fronts

Physical acoustics demonstrations
(Joint with Education in Acoustics)
Explain and conduct a demo session in a period of 15 minutes. Geared for an audience of ASA conference attendees

Ultrasound in condensed matter, neutrons, nano-materials, magnetism
Papers that relate to ultrasound and inelastic neutron scattering to probe fundamental thermodynamics, nano-materials, magnetic and magnetostrictive effects for engineering and condensed matter

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The neural coding of pitch: Insights from psychophysics, neurophysiology, and brain imaging
Multidisciplinary findings relating to neural representations of pitch in brainstem and cortex

Topics and methods in environmental sound research
Provide a forum for a diverse group of researchers studying perception of environmental sounds, often from different theoretical perspectives and with different practical goals


Acoustic signal processing: Signal processing and uncertainty
(Joint with Acoustical Oceanography and Underwater Acoustics)
Effects of randomness and uncertainty to performance of detection and classification

Diverse problems–Similar solutions
Diverse physical problems have similar mathematical and signal processing solutions

Topics in seismic signal processing
Modeling, processing, and interpretation of seismic signals


Computational and experimental approaches to fluid dynamics of speech production
Recent advances in understanding, and methods of approach to fluid dynamics of speech production

Frontiers of spectrum analysis with speech applications
Focusing on improved spectrum visualization by increased information extraction from time-frequency transforms


Launch vehicle and space vehicle acoustical and vibration environments
How acoustics and vibration affect launch vehicle and space vehicle design and performance

Sound source localization
(Joint with Signal Processing in Acoustics)
Share new ideas and technologies for locating sound sources in a general, non-ideal environment cost effectively


Passive imaging and monitoring using random wavefields
(Joint with Acoustical Oceanography)
Theoretical and experimental studies of the propagating medium using coherent processing of random wavefields (ambient noise, scattered fields, sources of opportunity)

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A "Hot Topics" session sponsored by the Tutorial Committees is scheduled covering the fields of Animal Bioacoustics, Musical Acoustics, and Noise.


A tour of the acoustics research facilities at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah will be conducted on Monday, 4 June 2007. Facilities and current research projects will be shown, as well as the carillon bell tower on the BYU campus. Facilities include a large and small anechoic chamber, two coupled reverberation chambers, and vibration laboratory with scanning laser Doppler vibrometer. Research is ongoing in areas such as active noise control, audio acoustics, energy-based acoustic measurements, nonlinear acoustics, and nearfield acoustic holography. The bus will leave the Hilton Salt Lake City Center at 1:30 p.m. and return at approximately 5:30 p.m. The fee for the Technical Tour is $5.00. This fee will be waived for students who register for the tour by 28 May 2007. To register, please email asaslc07@byu.edu. Registration is requested by 28 May 2007. After this date, registration will only be accepted if there is available space.

A technical tour of the LDS Conference Center and the Mormon Tabernacle will be conducted on Wednesday, 6 June 2007. The LDS Conference Center houses a large 21,000 seat auditorium that is used for both musical performances and the spoken word. Acoustical features will be shown, and some of the acoustical challenges will be discussed. The newly renovated Mormon Tabernacle is a unique listening space with its elliptically-shaped ceiling, and some of the acoustical properties of this venue will be shown. Both of these facilities are a short walking distance (3 blocks, about 8-10 min) from the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. A walking group will leave the Hilton at 10:00 a.m. and shuttle transportation will be provided shortly thereafter for those who need it. At the conclusion of the technical tour (12:00 noon), there will be an organ recital in the Mormon Tabernacle. Tour participants are welcome to stay and listen to the recital. This technical tour is free to those wishing to participate, but registration by 28 May 2007 is required. To register, please email asaslc07@byu.edu. If you require shuttle transportation, mention that in your registration message for the tour.


The Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics will sponsor the ninth Gallery of Acoustics at the Salt Lake City meeting. The objective of the Gallery is to enhance ASA meetings by providing a setting for researchers to display their work to all meeting attendees in a forum emphasizing the diversity, interdisciplinary, and artistic nature of acoustics. The Gallery of Acoustics provides a means by which we can all share and appreciate the natural beauty and aesthetic appeal of acoustic phenomena: This is a forum where science meets art.

The Gallery will consist of a multimedia collection of images, videos, audio clips, and narrations, of images and/or sounds generated by acoustic processes or resulting from signal and image processing of acoustic data. Images and videos can consist of actual visualizations of acoustic processes, or of aesthetically and technically interesting images resulting from various signal and image processing techniques and data visualization. Audio clips and segments should also have both aesthetic and technical appeal.

Entries must be submitted electronically, either by email attachment, CD, or DVD. The allowed electronic formats are:

PDF, EPS, TIFF, JPG (although lossless formats are encouraged)
Video (3 minute limit STRICTLY ENFORCED)
QuickTime, MPEG (with QuickTime compatible CODEC)

SOUND CLIP: (3 minute limit)

Each entry will be an individual chapter on a single multimedia DVD. Written posters, descriptions, and abstracts will be posted on the Gallery of Acoustics display surrounding the video monitor.

All entries must be accompanied by all authors' names and affiliations, a brief description of the entry and importance or interest of the entry (no more than 1000 words), and statement of permission to publish the entry in complete form or in parts.

A panel of referees will judge entries on the basis of aesthetic/artistic appeal, ability to convey and exchange information, and originality. A cash prize of $350.00 USD will be awarded to the winning entry The top three entries will be posted on the Gallery web site: www.sao.nrc.ca/ims/asa_sp/Gallery.html

Note that authors must give permission for publication in complete form or in part to be eligible.

The relevant deadlines are as follows:

27 March 2007--deadline for notice of intent to submit plus brief description of entry

6 April 2007--deadline for receipt of all entries with the brief abstracts

Entries, requests for information and all other communications regarding the Gallery should be directed to:


The Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics of the Acoustical Society of America and the National Council of Acoustical Consultants are sponsoring a Student Design Competition to be displayed and professionally judged at the Salt Lake City meeting. The 2007 competition involves the design of performance hall primarily for opera performances.

Individual students or teams of a maximum of three may submit entries. Graduate and undergraduate entries are welcome. Attendance at the Salt Lake City meeting is not required for entry or award in the competition.

Submissions will be poster presentations that emphasize the general building acoustics design (room acoustics, noise control, and acoustic isolation).

An award of $1,250.00 USD will be made to the submitter(s) of the entry judged "First Honors." Four awards of $700.00 USD each will be made to submitters of entries judged "Commendation."

Registration deadline is 9 April 2007. Full details about registration, the competition, and the design scenario are available at www.newmanfund.org or can be requested by contacting Bob Coffeen; (913) 645-2381, coffeen@ku.edu


The Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics announces the 2007 Student Challenge Problem in Signal Processing. Details will be presented on the Committee's webpage in May 2007. Students are encouraged to visit the web page for details and rules regarding the problem. This is a great way to learn new skills over the summer, earn an award and receive recognition for your contribution. There will be $1,000.00 in prize money available. Student participation in the 2006 Student Challenge Problem was exceptional. Results will be posted on the website.


The Women in Acoustics (WIA) Committee will be offering an informal mentoring session for early career acousticians. Roundtable discussions will be led by WIA members on topics such as: early academic careers, balancing family and career, interviewing for jobs, finding/handling postdoctoral research positions and research management. Anyone is welcome to join us for these mentoring sessions. The session will be held immediately following the plenary session on Wednesday, 6 June, from approximately 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. We will adjourn at 6:30 p.m. so that students can proceed immediately to the students reception.


The Acoustical Society Foundation will hold a two-hour presentation on charitable giving. This will include ways of making gifts to organizations such as the Foundation. Gifts can provide tax deductions and income. There will also be presentations on estate planning. Preregistration will be required. To register contact Paul Ostergaard, General Secretary of the Foundation, 5071 Bear Creek Road, Fairview, PA 16415, or by email at leadoxide@alum.mit.edu


The ASA has replaced its at-meeting "Paper Copying Service" with an online site 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. The online site will be open for author submissions in April. Submission procedures and password information will be mailed to authors with the acceptance notices.

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


An advance meeting program summary will be published in the April issue of JASA and a complete meeting program will be mailed as Part 2 of the May issue. Abstracts will be available on the ASA Home Page in April.

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An abstract of not more than 200 words is required for each paper, whether invited or contributed. ABSTRACTS LONGER THAN 200 WORDS WILL BE EDITED OR TRUNCATED. Authors have the option to submit abstracts via the World Wide Web or by postal mail. Abstracts must be prepared in accordance with the instructions given for the submission method selected.


Authors should use only one method of abstract submission, i.e., via the web or by postal mail. For abstracts submitted by postal mail, send one original paper-copy abstract to the Technical Program Chair:

ALL ABSTRACTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, 29 JANUARY 2007. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Abstracts submitted after 29 January 2007 will not be accepted. Authors should allow at least 5 days for delivery of paper-copy abstracts by U.S. or Canadian mail, 2 days for express mail, and 10 days for international air mail. FACSIMILE TRANSMITTED ABSTRACTS OR ABSTRACTS SENT BY REGULAR E-MAIL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Contributors submitting abstracts via the web will receive acknowledgment that their abstracts have been received in the form of a Resubmission number and PIN on the final page of the submission process. Contributors submitting abstracts by postal mail who desire notification of receipt of their abstracts should include self-addressed postcards. Acceptance notices will be sent to authors in March by postal mail.


A contributor in Speech Communication may be the principal author of only one paper, and, subject to time and space limitations, may be the co-author of only one additional paper. Authors contributing papers in Speech Communication are also encouraged to select poster-style presentation.

Contributed papers in Psychological and Physiological Acoustics and Underwater Acoustics may be scheduled for lecture or poster presentation.

While authors may indicate a preference for presentation style, it may not always be possible to honor the request. Authors should be prepared to accept assignment of their abstracts to either lecture or poster presentation.


For abstracts submitted on the World Wide Web, a resubmission number and PIN will be issued for each submitted abstract which constitutes acknowledgment that the abstract has been received by the Society. These numbers will be provided on screen in the final step in the submission process. You will not receive separate acknowledgment by e-mail.

If you do not receive acknowledgment as described above, your abstract has not been received by the Society. Please contact ASA [(516) 576-2360; asa@aip.org] immediately if you have submitted an abstract and do not receive a Resubmission number and PIN.

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PC computers with audio playback capability and projectors, overhead transparency projectors and laser pointers will be provided in all lecture sessions. All other equipment is considered to be special equipment. Refer to the "Special Equipment" section below for additional information. Note that Mac computers will not be provided.


Any equipment other than PC computers with audio playback capability and projectors, overhead transparency projectors and laser pointers is "special equipment," and must be separately requested at the bottom of the abstract. Requests for special equipment (i.e., 35 mm slide projectors, VCR's and monitors, dual slide and/or overhead projectors, audiotape playback equipment, CD players or high fidelity audio systems) must be specified on the abstract. Provision of unusual special equipment will depend upon availability and cost. Special software requests should also be made if required. Office 2003 is the standard.

Please be specific about your audio needs, including number of channels and preferred loudspeaker arrangement.

No computers will be provided by the Society. If you wish to use a computer in your presentation you must bring one with you. Authors planning to use computers in their presentations must contact the meeting's A/V committee by e-mail in advance of the meeting to help insure compatibility of connections between their computers and the projectors that will be provided. Contact information will be provided in the acceptance notices.


Poster boards and fastening materials will be provided. If your poster needs to be located adjacent to a power outlet and/or you require the use of a table, please request these items on your abstract.


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 will load their presentations. Authors should bring computer presentations on a CD ROM 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. Authors also have the option to connect their own laptops to the computer projector as was done at past ASA meetings. Assistance in loading presentations onto the computers will be provided.

Authors are encouraged to bring copies of their presentation materials on overhead transparencies as a backup.

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.

Authors using 35 mm slides should note that they must bring a preloaded carousel to the session. Schedule restrictions will not allow time to load carousels during a session. To ensure that projected material is legible in the rear of a meeting room, lettering should be at least 1/40 the overall height of the projected material, e.g., at least 0.2 inches high on an 8 x 9-inch transparency. Guidelines for use of computer projection will be supplied with acceptance letters.


Transparency presentations, computer presentations and other audio/visual materials can be reviewed by authors in the audio/visual preview room at the meeting.

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Several of the ASA Technical Committees offer Best Paper Awards to students and young presenters who present papers at Society meetings. If you want your paper to be considered for an award, you must indicate this when you submit your abstract. Follow the instructions for the appropriate technical area that appear below.


Acoustical Oceanography, Animal Bioacoustics, Architectural Acoustics, Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration (Spring meetings only), Engineering Acoustics, Musical Acoustics, Speech Communication, Structural Acoustics and Vibration, and Underwater Acoustics

For each of the Technical Committees granting awards, up to two awards will be presented to students presenting papers in sessions organized by the specific Technical Committee: $300 for first prize and $200 for second prize.

To qualify for each of these awards, an author must:

---be enrolled as a student at least half-time (graduates are eligible if the work being presented was performed as a student within one year of the meeting). Note that you do not need to be a member of the ASA to qualify.
--- be listed as the first author on the submitted abstract
---present the paper at the meeting
---submit a copy of the presentation materials or a written text to the online meeting papers website by the end of the meeting week, (this is not required for papers presented in a poster session or for entries in Animal Bioacoustics, Speech Communication and Underwater Acoustics)

The award winners will be selected by a subcommittee of each of the Technical Committees granting awards, based upon the quality of both the content of the paper and its presentation. The awards will be announced either at the meeting of the Technical Committee or after the close of the meeting.

All those who wish to participate in the competition for these awards must indicate their intention by putting the following statement at the bottom of the abstract submitted for the meeting:

For (name of appropriate Technical Committee) Best Student Paper Award


Note that you need not be a student to qualify for these two awards.

Noise and Signal Processing in Acoustics

Noise - Up to three awards of up to $250 each will be given for outstanding papers presented in sessions organized by the Technical Committee on Noise.

Signal Processing - One award of $500 each will be given for outstanding paper presented in a session organized by the Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics.

To qualify for an award, the paper author must:

---be under 30 years of age as of 1 January 2007
---be listed as the first author of the paper and actually present the paper

Selection of the award winners will be based on the quality of the presented paper, comprising both the content and its delivery. The award winners will be chosen by a subcommittee of the Technical Committee and will be announced after the close of the meeting.

The Award Subcommittees would like to consider papers by all authors who meet the eligibility criteria. Neither membership in the Acoustical Society, nor previous experience in the ASA, is required. Because the committees have no other way to identify eligible authors, however, it is essential that eligible authors identify themselves by placing the following statement at the bottom of the abstract submitted for the meeting:

Submitted For (name of appropriate Technical Committee) Young Presenter Award

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A tutorial presentation titled "Musical Acoustics: Science and Performance. An Evening with the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra" will be given by Uwe J. Hansen of Indiana State University and Jerry Floor, Director of the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, on Monday, 4 June at 7:00 p.m.

The presentation will begin with a brief introduction of concepts of waves and vibrations as they relate to music and musical instruments leading into the science of the "String" sound with examples to include an illustration of the string wave-form and a representative spectrum. This will be followed with a performance by the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra featuring the string bass.

An introduction to the nature of sound production in woodwinds, including the nature of the reed, the bore and pitch control will follow, including a performance featuring the woodwinds.

Next will be a presentation about the physics of brasses to include the role of the mouthpiece, the bore, the bell and the valves (or the slide), and again spectral examples will be shown. An appropriate performance featuring brass instruments will illustrate this section.

The piano is next, emphasizing the nature of the struck excitation and the inharmonicity of piano strings, which will be illustrated by a spectrum. The piano will be featured in the illustrative performance example. The nature of the excitation and the overtone structure will be emphasized and illustrated for percussion instruments.

A few comments about radiation directivity and interaction with the hall will then lead to the enjoyment of the rich sound of the well known Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra.


To partially defray the cost of the lecture a registration fee is charged. The fee is $15.00 USD for registration received by 7 May and $25.00 USD at the meeting. The fee for students with current ID cards is $7.00 USD for registration received by 7 May and $12.00 USD at the meeting. To register, use the
registration form or register online at http://asa.aip.org.

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Architectural acoustics is the science of sound in and around buildings, with four primary concerns; isolation (airborne and structureborne), mechanical system noise and vibration control, surface treatments (absorption, reflection, and diffusion), and electro-acoustics. This short course will emphasize architectural acoustics consulting, which is the art of applying the science in a timely and practical manner. The format is similar to that used with non-acoustical professionals like architects and engineers to provide the tools to make informed evaluations and decisions about acoustics, and to communicate efficiently with acoustical consultants, because every project has a unique set of details and challenges.


To provide an overview of the fundamentals and terminology of architectural acoustics, a basis for general design decisions and evaluations, and confidence to navigate the oceans of information and propaganda about "acoustical" materials, products, and practices.


K. Anthony Hoover is a Principal with Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, Inc., Consultants in Acoustics, is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, has taught at various colleges and institutions, and has served as an expert witness on Capitol Hill and in Federal Court. He is a Fellow of the ASA and a Board-Certified Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. He is a past-president of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, and a past-chair of ASA's Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics. Tony's passions include outreach to non-acousticians and discovering future acousticians.


Sunday, 3 June 2007, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, 4 June 2007, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Topics will include the following:

-basic terminology and concepts (dBA, pink noise, building elements)
-sound outdoors (free field, acoustical barriers, source types)
-sound indoors (absorption, reflection, diffusion, reverberation)
-sound transmission (airborne, structureborne, horizontal and vertical, weak links)
-mechanical systems (noise and vibration control for HVAC and other mechanical systems)
-common single-number descriptors and their benefits/pitfalls (NR, NRC, T60, TL, STC, NIC, SD)


The registration fee is $300.00 USD and covers attendance, instructional materials and coffee breaks. The number of attendees will be limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. Only those who have registered by 7 May will be guaranteed receipt of instructional materials. There will be a $50.00 USD discount for registration made prior to 7 May. Full refunds will be made for cancellations prior to 7 May. Any cancellation after 7 May will be charged a $25.00 USD processing fee. To register for the short course, use the registration form or register online at http://asa.aip.org.



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 30 April to: Jolene Ehl, ASA, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502, Tel: 516-576-2359, Fax: 516-576-2377, E-mail:
jehl@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.


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 Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City 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. Lily Wang at
lwang4@unl.edu or by regular mail to 101A Peter Kiewit Institute, 1110 S. 67th Street, Omaha NE 68182-0681; Tel: 402-554-2065; Fax: 402-554-2080. Deadline for receipt of applications is 23 April.


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 e-mail at
dtb@mail.utexas.edu or telephone 512-343-8248 (alternative number 512-471-3145). Please provide 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.

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Buffet socials with cash bar will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The Tuesday evening social will be held on the plaza behind the Hilton (weather permitting), while the Thursday evening social will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton. The ASA Plenary session will be held on Wednesday afternoon, 6 June, in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center where Society awards will be presented and recognition of newly-elected Fellows will be announced. A Fellows Luncheon will be held on Thursday, 7 June, at 12:00 noon in the Rose-Wagner Hall, which is several hundred feet from the Hilton Salt Lake City Center (2-3 minute walk). This luncheon is open to all attendees and their guests. To register, use the
registration formor register online at http://asa.aip.org.


The Women in Acoustics luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 6 June. Those who wish to attend this luncheon must register using the
registration formor by registering online at http://asa.aip.org. The fee is $15 (students $5) for pre-registration by 7 May and $20 (students $5) at the meeting.

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Salt Lake City is served by Salt Lake International Airport, (Airport Code SLC). The airport is a hub for Delta Airlines, but is also served by the following airlines: Air Canada, America West Airlines, American Airlines, Atlantic Southeast, Continental Airlines, Frontier Airlines, jetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines. For further information see


Transportation from the Salt Lake City International Airport to the Hilton Salt Lake City Center:

Ground Transportation: There is a Ground Transportation Desk located at the far end of the baggage claim in both terminals where ground transportation options and information can be obtained and where transportation can be arranged.

Car rental: Most major car rental companies have rental counters at the Salt Lake City International Airport located on the ground floor of the short-term parking garage directly across from the terminal buildings. The self-parking rate at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center is $10.00 USD per day and valet parking is $14.00 USD per day.

Airport Shuttle Service, shared-ride, door-to-door service: There are several shuttle companies that provide service from the Salt Lake City International Airport to the downtown area, including the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Arrangements can be made at the Ground Transportation Desks, or by contacting individual shuttle companies, which can also be done in the baggage claim areas or online at
http://www.slcairport.com. Current rates for shuttle service are in the range of $8.00 - $10.00 USD one way.

Taxicabs and limousines: Taxis are available outside the terminal at Salt Lake City International Airport. The Hilton Salt Lake City Center is approximately 8 miles from the airport, and typically takes about 15 minutes driving time, with fares currently averaging about $16.00 USD one way. All cab fares are metered. Please phone 801-363-5550, 801-359-7788, or 801-521-2100 for more information.

Public Transportation: City bus service (UTA) is available to travel from the Salt Lake City International Airport to the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Bus Route No. 50 leaves the airport every 30 minutes, and has a direct route to a bus stop located a half block south of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The current fare is $1.50 USD. Further information can be obtained at http://www.utabus.com.

Driving Information: From I-15 (north or south), take the 600 S exit (Exit 306). Drive east 0.7 miles to West Temple. Turn left (north) and drive 0.5 miles to the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The self-parking rate at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center is $10.00 USD per day and valet parking is $14.00 USD per day.


The meeting and all functions will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel and ask for one of the rooms being held for the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). The reservation cut-off date for the special discounted ASA rates is 4 May 2007; after this date, the conference rate will no longer be available. See below for information on making hotel reservations.


ASA will compile a list of people who wish to share an hotel room and its cost. To be listed, send your name, telephone number, e-mail address, gender, smoker or nonsmoker preference, by 11 April to the Acoustical Society of America, preferably by e-mail:
asa@aip.org or by postal mail to Attn.: Room Sharing, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502. The responsibility for completing any arrangements for room sharing rests solely with the participating individuals.


June is generally one of the most beautiful months for weather in Utah, when spring is giving way to summer, but before the hot summer months. Enjoy warm sunny afternoons, with the evenings cooling off. Bright sunny skies characterize the typical weather at this time of year, and it is recommended that you wear a hat and sunscreen when staying outdoors for extended periods. The average high temperature in June is 83 degrees F, with average lows around 54 degrees F. Average precipitation for the month is 0.77 inches. For additional information on Salt Lake City weather, visit

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A block of guest rooms at discounted rates has been reserved for meeting participants at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Note that the special ASA meeting rates are not guaranteed after 4 May 2007. You must mention the Acoustical Society of America when making your reservations to obtain the special ASA meeting rates.


The Hilton Salt Lake City Center is located in the heart of the entertainment and business district of downtown Salt Lake City.

The hotel features a fully equipped health club, indoor swimming pool, as well as a full service business center. For more details visit

In-room amenities include iron, ironing board, hair dryer, cable television, high-speed internet access, and coffee maker.

Please make your reservation directly with the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. 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 specifically for the Acoustical Society of America, and has the conference rates and all applicable information incorporated into it.

Hilton Salt Lake City Center
255 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Tel.: 801-328-2000; Toll Free: 1-800-445-8667
FAX: 801-238-4888



Rates (excluding taxes, currently 12.46%)
Single/Double: $149.00
Triple: $164.00
Quad: $179.00

Reservation cut-off date: 4 May 2007

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Meetings of Administrative, Technical and Standards Committees, including Working Groups, will be announced in the printed program if requests are received not later than 29 January 2007. Requests for meeting space, special luncheons, etc., should be made as early as possible to Scott D. Sommerfeldt, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, N281A ESC, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602,
scott_sommerfeldt@byu.edu; Fax: (801) 422-0553.

Requests should be made by postal mail, fax or e-mail, and should specify the committee's needs for space, room arrangement, furnishings, catering, and any special equipment. Reservations will not be taken by phone. Requesters should note that space is limited, and that late requests can be filled only on a space-available basis.


Anyone planning to attend the meeting who will require the use of an assistive listening device, is requested to advise the Society in advance of the meeting: Acoustical Society of America, Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502, asa@aip.org.


Spouses and other visitors are welcome at the Salt Lake City meeting. The registration fee for accompanying persons is $50.00 for preregistration by 7 May and $75.00 at the meeting. A hospitality room for accompanying persons will be open at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. each day throughout the meeting where information about activities in and around Salt Lake City will be provided. Two accompanying persons tours are being organized, as described below. To register for either or both tours, please email

Crossroads of the West–City Tour (Tuesday, June 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon)

Salt Lake City was built out of a desert by the industrious Mormon pioneers. This tour is a complete look at what makes Salt Lake City so unique. You will begin by seeing the historic downtown area, including the world-famous Mormon Temple Square, which took 40 years to build. Next, visit the beautifully restored 1908 Union Pacific Depot featuring French Renaissance architecture and original artwork. Then outside to enjoy the Olympic Legacy Plaza overlooked by a classic clock tower and featuring the "dancing waters" of the Olympic Snowflake Fountain. Next, we drive through historic downtown and the residential area known as the "Avenues" which is listed on the State and National Historic Registers. Now proceed to the University of Utah. The "U," founded in 1850, was the first University built west of the Missouri River and site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Athletes Village. We continue past Fort Douglas, which was started during Abraham Lincoln's administration in 1862 and on to "This is the Place Heritage Park." This park is where Brigham Young and the Mormon Pioneers entered the valley in 1847 and Brigham Young said "This is the right place, drive on…" Afterwards you will visit the Olympic Cauldron Park at Rice Eccles Stadium. Rice Eccles was the site of the Opening and Closing 2002 Winter Olympic Ceremonies. Finally, you return to your hotel knowing that you have had a top-notch overview of Salt Lake City! Price per person: $25.00.

Alps of Utah (Thursday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

The Rocky Mountains are breathtaking as you make your way through Provo Canyon on your way to Robert Redford's Sundance Resort, home of the Sundance Film Institute. Take time to walk around and enjoy the beautiful alpine splendor in the shadows of majestic Mt. Timpanogos. Upon reboarding your motorcoach, your tour continues through the charming Swiss village of Midway, located in the very heart of the "Alps" of Utah. Your next stop will be the Homestead Resort, situated on a landscape of rolling hills dotted with natural hot springs at the base of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains in Utah's Heber Valley. You will enjoy a delicious lunch at this award-winning restaurant, highlighted by direct-from-garden vegetables, herbs and spices! Continuing on this delightful tour, you will find yourself in Utah's most famous resort town, Park City. You will appreciate time for exploring the many unique shops in Park City's Main Street historic district before returning to Salt Lake City. Price per person: $75.00.

There are numerous sites and activities available in the Salt Lake City area that may be of interest to accompanying persons, and additional information will be provided in the hospitality room. Several such possibilities include skiing (depending on snow conditions at that time in 2007) at one of the ski resorts located within a half hour of Salt Lake City, Kennecott Copper Mine, Historic Gardner Village, historic sites in downtown Salt Lake City (within walking distance), and the Family History Library for those interested in exploring their family roots.

For those interested in pre- and post-conference activities, there are five National Parks located in Utah, all within a 4-5 hour drive from Salt Lake City. With five national parks, Utah is America's national parks capital. The national parks include: Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park. These national parks are located close together, allowing you to visit more than one, if desired. The parks provide opportunities to explore fascinating geological formations and witness the stunning vistas that can be found in Utah. Further information on these parks (and other sites of interest) can be found at: www.us-national-parks.net/state/ut.htm, or at www.utah.com/nationalparks.

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The registration desk at the meeting will open on Monday, 4 June, at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. To register use the
downloadable registration form or register online. If your registration is not received at the ASA headquarters by 7 May you must register on-site.

Registration fees are as follows:

                             		Preregistration by  	Onsite Registration
Category                     		7 May            		

ASA Members		            		$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 Full Week		$110			$110
(Includes one-year ASA membership 
upon completion of an ASA application)

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)

Accompanying Persons          			$50                 	$70
(Spouses and other registrants who 
will not participate in the technical 

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 (2007) 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.



Online registration is now available at asa.aip.org.

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Instructions for the preparation and submission of abstracts on the World Wide Web are provided online.

Acknowledgment that your abstract has been accepted into the database will be issued online automatically in the form of a "Resubmission number" and PIN. PLEASE NOTE THAT UNTIL THESE HAVE BEEN ISSUED YOUR ABSTRAC HAS NOT BEEN ENTERED INTO THE DATABASE.

1. Web Abstract Submission Procedure is accessed on ASA Home Page at

2. Click on "Submit Abstract for the Providence meeting" from the main page

3. Enter Password: Utah

4. Next screen will ask you to indicate whether you are submitting a new abstract, wish to view a previously submitted abstract without making any changes or edit a previously submitted abstract.

5. When "New Abstract" is selected, the next screen will contain instructions for selecting the format in which to prepare your abstract, i.e., either straight text or LaTeX. Straight text should be used for abstracts that do not contain any special characters or fonts such as bold, italics, etc. LaTeX should be used for abstracts that contain boldface, italics, speech symbols or mathematical expressions. Select format and click Continue.

6. The next screen will contain a blank template for entering abstract text, author information and other data needed to submit abstract, e.g., Technical Area, presentation format, etc. Online help and an example of a completed template are available from this screen.

7. After completing all REQUIRED and OPTIONAL sections of the template, click Continue. Your abstract will then be processed by a program to detect errors.

8. If the abstract is free of errors, the next screen titled "Good Abstract" will confirm the absence of errors and will display the abstract as it will appear in the printed program. Also shown will be the author contact information. You will be asked to either submit the abstract as it appears or whether you wish to make changes before final submission. If you wish to make changes prior to final abstract submission, the template containing your abstract will be returned to the screen.

9. If the abstract contains errors, a screen is displayed describing the error and giving the approximate line number where the error appears in the LaTeX source file for your abstract. You can either return immediately to the template and fix the error if you know its location or view the LaTeX source document to locate the line on which the error appears. Each line in the source document is numbered for easy location of errors. After locating the errors return to the template to make corrections and resume the submission process.

10. When you are ready for final submission of the abstract, the next screen will contain the Resubmission number and PIN for your submission. This is your acknowledgment that the abstract has been entered into the database. Please retain this number should you wish to view or edit this abstract at a later time (prior to the deadline date). Note that a Resubmission Number and PIN will be issued for each new abstract or resubmission of a previously submitted abstract.

11. If you wish to view a previously submitted abstract without making any changes, select "view only." The next screen will ask for the Resubmission Number and PIN issued at the time you submitted the abstract originally.

When these numbers are entered, the template containing your abstract will be provided. If you do not have the Resubmission and PIN numbers, instructions on how to obtain them are given online. After viewing abstract click exit. You will not receive a new PIN and Resubmission number since you did not make any changes to your original submission.

12. If you wish to revise and resubmit your abstract, select "Resubmission." The next screen will ask for the Resubmission Number and PIN issued at the time you submitted the abstract originally. When these numbers are entered, the template containing your abstract will be provided. If you do not have the Resubmission and PIN numbers, instructions on how to obtain them are given online.

Please remember to use the view only option if you wish to check your abstract without making any changes.

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1. For each meeting paper, one copy of a typed or printed abstract should be sent to the Technical Program Chair of the meeting in time to be received by Monday, 29 January 2007. Allow at least 5 days for delivery within the U.S., and longer from other countries. The Chair's address can be found in the "Abstract Submission Guidelines" section of this Call for Papers. If the paper has been invited for a special session, another copy of the abstract should be sent to the session organizer at least a week before the deadline. Telefaxed abstracts will not be accepted. A cover letter is not necessary.

2. Limit abstract to 200 words. Count each word in the body of the abstract but do not count title or authors' names and addresses. Indicate number of words in the abstract at the bottom of the sheet. Displayed equations that are set apart from the text count as 40 words. The Program Organizing Committee has the option to alter abstracts to bring them into compliance with the 200-word limit.

3. Use the format shown in the sample abstract. The paper title and author's name, affiliation, and address should be in a heading set apart from the abstract text. The author's affiliation and address should be set within parentheses, and should be sufficiently complete to ensure delivery of the acceptance notice. If there is more than one author, give the complete address for the author who is to receive the notice. For each of the other authors, give one complete address. One email address will be included in the printed program for each abstract. This should appear immediately after the mailing address for the author whose email address is to be listed.

4. The entire abstract, consisting of the heading, text and the information requested in Section 9 below, must fit on one side of an 8½ x 11-in. or A-4 sheet of paper. The heading and text should be typed or printed double spaced (3 lines/inch), with 10 or 12-point font; but the information requested in Section 9 may be single spaced.

5. Do not use footnotes. References and acknowledgments should be set within square brackets. References should be in standard JASA format, viz., in the sequence: authors, abbreviated journal name, volume number, first and last page numbers, and year.

6. Underline nothing except what is to be italicized.

7. Use passives instead of pronouns "I" and "we," e.g., "It was noted" instead of "We noted." Avoid use of non-standard abbreviations in abstract title. For example, use dB or Hz but avoid use of abbreviations which are not used across many technical areas such as HRTF, NDE, etc.

8. If the letter "I" appears as a symbol, loop the letter by hand to form a long-hand l and write "lc ell" in the margin, so as to distinguish it from the number one. If the letter "O" may be confused with the number zero, write "cap oh" in the margin. Identify phonetic symbols by appropriate marginal notes.

9. Give the following information at the bottom of the abstract, as in the sample:

a. Indicate the number of words in the body of the abstract (see item 2 above)

b. If the paper is intended for a special session, indicate the session title. If invited, state "Invited."

c. Choose and list the Technical Committee most nearly coinciding with the subject matter of the paper. Current Technical Committees are: Acoustical Oceanography, Animal Bioacoustics, Architectural Acoustics, Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration, Engineering Acoustics, Musical Acoustics, Noise, Physical Acoustics, Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, Signal Processing in Acoustics, Speech Communication, Structural Acoustics and Vibration and Underwater Acoustics.

d. The name, telephone and telefax numbers (with country and city codes if outside the U.S.) and email address of the author to be contacted for information. Notices and other correspondence will be sent to the author who is listed as the first author in the heading unless stated otherwise at the bottom of the abstract.

e. Describe special equipment desired for the presentation other than a PC computer with audio playback capability and projector, overhead projector or laser pointer. Note that facilities for VCR's and monitors or dual slide and/or overhead projection are considered special equipment. See the section on audio visual equipment for further details.

f. Indicate a preference (if any) for lecture or poster presentation. If only a lecture presentation is desired, state "Lecture Only," in which case the paper may not be accepted if time is not available. Contributed papers in Speech Communication are encouraged to be submitted for poster presentation.

g. List one complete PACS subject classification number including letters (for example, 43.28.Ae) under which the abstract should be indexed in the braces following PACS (see the "PACS list, in a recent June or December issue of JASA or via ftp in the /PACS directory of ftp.aip.org)

h. If you want to enter your paper in one of the available Best Student Paper Award competitions.

i. Certify that you have complied with the that you have complied with the Ethical Principles of the Acoustical Society of America for Research Involving Human and Non-Human Animals in Research and Publishing and Presentations by entering the following statement: "I have complied with ASA Ethical Principles"


Binaural loudness summation for tones and noise. Albert B. Jones, Jr. (Dept. of Psychology,

Northeastern Univ., 1600 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115, abj@server.edu) and Irene J.

Knox (Boston Univ., Boston, MA 02115) The relation between binaural and monaural loudness

was measured by magnitude stimation for a 1000-Hz tone and for band-limited white noise.

Four types of stimuli--monaural and binaural tone, monaural and binaural noise--were presented

frontally at eight sound pressure levels (SPL) in mixed randomly selected sequences. Subjects

were instructed to rate the four stimuli according to a single loudness scale. The loudness of the

monaural and binaural tones was found to be a power function of the mean square sound

pressure, with an exponent near 0.5. The loudness of the noise increased more rapidly at low

SPL than loudness of the tone; at high SPL it increased more slowly. The bow shape of the noise

function would be predicted from loudness matches between wide-band and narrow-band

stimuli. A sound perceived binaurally was 1.3 to 1.7 times louder than sound of the same SPL

perceived monaurally. Results of these direct loudness estimations agree almost perfectly with

earlier results [D.E. McGee and I.J. Knox, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 57, 55-62 (1975)] from another

group of subjects who made loudness matches between binaural and monaural stimuli. [Work

supported by NSF.]

Number of words in abstract: 187
Suggested for special session on Loudness and Perception
Technical Area: Psychological and Physiological Acoustics
Special facility: VCR and 25" color monitor
PACS Subject Classification number(s): 43.66.Cb
Method of presentation: Prefer lecture but willing to give as poster
Human/Animal Subjects: "I certify that I have complied with ASA Guiding Principles"
Student Paper Competition: P&P Telephone Number: 516-576-2360 (I. J. Knox)
FAX: 516-576-2377
Send notice to: I. J. Knox
Email: ijk@server.com

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Scott D. Sommerfeldt, General Chair
Timothy W. Leishman, Technical Program Chair
Tracianne B. Neilsen, Food Service/Social Events/Meeting Administrator
Kent L. Gee, Craig C. Smith, Audio-Visual
Lisa B. Sommerfeldt, Accompanying Persons Program
Scott L. Thomson, Signs/Publicity
Benjamin M. Faber, Technical Tour
Jonathan D. Blotter, Posters
Scott D. Sommerfeldt, Meeting Room Coordinator
William J. Strong, Fellows Luncheon

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