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The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is an international scientific society founded in 1929 dedicated to generating, disseminating and promoting the knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications. The Society is primarily a voluntary organization of about 7500 members and attracts the interest, commitment, and service of many professionals.[2]

Technical committees

The Society has 13 technical committees that represent specialized interests in the field of acoustics. The committees organize technical sessions at conferences and are responsible for the representation of their sub-field in ASA publications. The committees include:

Acoustical oceanography
Animal bioacoustics
Architectural acoustics
Biomedical acoustics
Computational acoustics (Technical Specialty Group)
Acoustical engineering
Musical acoustics
Physical acoustics
Signal processing in acoustics
Speech communication
Structural acoustics and vibration
Underwater acoustics[3]


The Acoustical Society of America publishes a wide variety of material related to the knowledge and practical application of acoustics in physics, engineering, architecture, noise, oceanography, biology, speech and hearing, psychology and music.

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA)
JASA Express Letters
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA)
Acoustics Today[4]

Discontinued publications

Acoustics Research Letters Online
Noise Control
Sound: Its Uses and Control


The ASA presents awards to individuals for contributions to the field of Acoustics. These include:[5]

Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Interdisciplinary Silver Medal – Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal
R. Bruce Lindsay Award
Wallace Clement Sabine Medal
Pioneers of Underwater Acoustics Medal
A. B. Wood Medal and Prize of the Institute of Acoustics
Trent-Crede Medal
von Békésy Medal
Honorary Fellows
Distinguished Service Citation

Most technical committees also sponsor awards for best student or early career presenter at each conference.
Student activity

The ASA offers membership and conference attendance to students at a substantially reduced rate. Conference attendance is further promoted by travel subsidies and formal and informal student meetings and social activities. The ASA also expanded services to students in 2004 by introducing regional student chapters.

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"Acoustical Society of America home page". Acoustical Society of America.
"Governance". Acoustical Society of America.
"Publications". Acoustical Society of America.

"Awards". Acoustical Society of America.

External links

ASA Home Page
ASA students
ASA Press Room
ASA Publications

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