Happy Thanksgiving! PSUASA has tried to stay busy for the past few months, exploring the possibilities for engaging new and current members during the pandemic! We’re thankful that we have been able to stay connected, albeit in some less-familiar ways!
- PSUASA-sponsored Tea Time, which used to be hosted in the Applied Sciences building, moved to a Zoom room – we host it on Tuesdays this semester, for best alliteration (Tea Time Tuesdays). Students can log on from home to break up their workday and socialize with other Acoustics students!
- We have also hosted numerous Zoom game nights (example activity: Fishbowl)
- We have collaborated on events and guest lectures with the PSU AES student org
- In April, we hosted a talk by Dr. Andrew Oxenham of the Auditory Perception and Cognition Lab at University of Minnesota, introducing some fundamentals of human hearing and hearing loss.
- PSUASA always plays a part in welcoming and providing resources for new students in the Graduate Program in Acoustics at Penn State – and we’ve tried to navigate the current situation to maintain that role throughout the Fall semester. Besides hosting social events, we have also hosted a Zoom version of our annual MATLAB Bootcamp, developed an advice list for new students.
- We have begun sending out an email newsletter to stay connected and deliver news to our membership, first issue from October 2020!
- In October, we hosted a Zoom costume contest and movie night (“A-spook-stics”) – Cooking Mama won! We also hosted a socially-distanced group hike (see photos)!
- In November, we hosted practice talks/presentations for the upcoming ASA Acoustics Virtually Everywhere conference and facilitated University conference registration funding applications!
To carry us out through the rest of 2020:
- We are looking into hosting a watch party for the ASA AVE conference for registered attendees
- We are looking at speakers/special guests for an additional academic events
Halloween Costume Party: