Volume 6, Issue 4, October 2010
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Concerns about diversity in the acoustics community have recently led to the formation of the ASA Committee on Diversity in Acoustics (CDA). The CDA held its first meeting on May 21, 2009, at the 157th Acoustical Society of America (ASA) meeting in Portland, Oregon. This committee was formed to explore and propose activities designed to attract members of underrepresented groups to the professional of acoustics and to encourage underrepresented members to join the ASA. At that meeting the CDA held a joint session (“Diversity Issues in Education in Acoustics”) with the Education Committee. We presented the information contained in this article as a talk at that session and are pleased to share our findings more broadly through Acoustics Today. We will examine both gender and ethnic diversity in fields traditionally associated with acoustics, and we will compare our findings with ASA demographics where available.
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Comparing data from two National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, found that the number of teens who have hearing loss has jumped from roughly 15 percent for the years 1988–1994 to nearly 20 percent for the year 2005–2006, a 31 percent increase in a surprisingly short period of time. Although the researchers emphasized that the cause for the increase was unclear, many news headlines blamed the ubiquitous earbud for the startling statistic. The findings reinforce the need for educational campaigns such as Noisy Planet to help young people develop good hearing habits early on—before they show the signs of hearing loss.
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In 2006 Time magazine made a surprising pick for their annual person of the year award: You. The choice of “You” was a symbol of the aggregate contributions to the information age made by millions of individuals using the internet. This online community of collaborators has developed on a scale that has never before existed, effectively transforming the web into a tool for collecting and sharing small amounts of information from millions of people around the world. So what does this mean for acoustics outreach? While there are already acoustics‐related websites and online applications in place, we feel that many aspects of technology and the internet have not been used by the acoustics community to its full potential. The acoustics community could make better use of technology and the internet to promote acoustics to the rising “Millennial” generation as well as to provide an expanded experience for Acoustical Society members.
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Women have been a part of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) from its inception. Of the 450 charter members of the society in 1929, at least one, Dr. M. Katherine Frehafer, was female. Women became more involved in the society as the number of women in science and engineering grew. Today there are nearly 1200 female members of the society making strides in all areas.
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The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) recently formed the Ad‐Hoc Committee on Diversity in Acoustics (CDA). This committee is charged with exploring and proposing activities designed to attract members of under‐represented groups to the profession of acoustics, to encourage diversity members to join the Society and to become active participants in sessions and committees, to assist them to strive for fellowships, and to encourage them to accept leadership positions in the Acoustical Society of America.