International Year of Sound Virtual Speaker Series Begins with Music

The Acoustical Society of America is hosting a series of experts to talk about how sounds affect everyone in different ways as part of the celebration of the International Year of Sound. The series features acoustic scientists from a range of backgrounds who will stimulate the understanding of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of our society. Three acoustic experts will be making their presentations virtually, and ASA encourages media, scientists, audio enthusiasts, students, educators and families to tune in. All events are open to the public, and admission is free.

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Researcher’s work a step toward “playlist” for testing neurological disorders

Psychologists and medical researchers for years have used familiar tunes to study brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, but they’ve never had a common set of songs to draw from. A new study by a neuroscientist at Missouri S&T may give those researchers a list of “greatest hits” to aid in their future studies.

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Composing New Proteins with Artificial Intelligence

Proteins are the building blocks of life and scientists have long studied how to improve them or design new ones. Traditionally, new proteins are created by mimicking existing proteins or manually editing their amino acids. This process is time-consuming, and it is difficult to predict the impact of changing an amino acid. In APL Bioengineering, researchers explore how to create new proteins by using machine learning to translate protein structures into musical scores, presenting an unusual way to translate physics concepts across domains.

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Diana Dabby Wins ASEE Best Paper Award

Diana Dabby, music program director and associate professor of electrical engineering and music, recently won a 2019 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Best Paper award for “The Engineers’ Orchestra: a Conductorless Orchestra for Developing 21st Century Professional Skills.” The recognition includes an invitation to attend and present the paper at the ASEE National Conference in Montreal from June 21-24, 2020.

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