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October 17, 2005 // UPDATED 1:58 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Listen up: the American Acoustical Society (ASA) — “the premier international scientific society in acoustics,” according to its Web site — will hold its 150th meeting at the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel, 1001 Marquette, Oct. 17-19.

The meeting offers something for everyone’s ears: the St. Olaf Cantorei will perform at Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 4:10 p.m. The performance is open to the public.

The society is “dedicated to increasing and diffusing the knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications,” according to its Web site.

Approximately 1,000 dedicated listeners will convene to discuss numerous topics, some with clear practical applications, such as “Reducing traffic noise with quieter pavements“ and “What do we know about noise in hospitals?”

Other forums tend more to the scientific: “From Philharmonic Hall to number theory: The way to more diffusion“ and “Imaging and Control of HIFU-Induced Lesions” (a way to break up kidney stones using sound, confirmed Meeting Chair Peggy Nelson, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota who teaches speech and hearing. Nelson said acoustic science has also studied ways to find landmines using sound — instead of robots or people.)

Members of the ASA and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering will attend a rehearsal of the Minnesota Orchestra with Conductor Osmo Vanska, followed by a tour of Orchestra Hall.