Minutes of the Vancouver Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 2005
The meeting was called to order at 7:36 p.m. with 53 people in attendance.
- Vancouver The Vancouver meeting had about 1400 attendees. BB had a very strong showing with sessions all day, every day. Thanks go to the special sessions organisers: Mike Bailey and Reiner Schultheiss on Tissue response to shock waves (unfortunately Reiner couldn't attend due to a herniated disc); Tom Royston - Audible-frequency medical diagnostic methods, including multimode techniques; Pierre Mourad and Carr Everbach - Therapeutic ultrasound for the brain; and Pierre Mourad and Mike Averkiou - Gene therapy and molecular imaging. In addition BB had a major impact on the Celebration session for Wesley Nyborg (Uncle Wes) that had been organised by Larry Crum and Junru Wu. Thanks to our TPOM representative Michael Bailey for sorting and organising the papers.
There were 16 entries in the student paper competition. The first prize went to Adam Maxwell from University of Washington and the second prize to Parag Chitnis from Boston University. I would also like to recognize two other students with honourable mentions: Wayne Kreider from University of Washington and Heather Argadine from the Mayo Clinic. Thanks to all the judges for their sterling service to the TC.
The feedback on the meeting was very positive. It was commented that the food was excellent to which the meeting responded with acclimation. The rooms were generally good. The provision of wireless internet access in the meeting area was appreciated. However, it was noted that it was regrettable that one Wi-fi "hot-spot" was outside of the room for the Nyborg celebration and led to a lot of noise.
- Providence 5-9 June 2006 The following special sessions are tentatively planned for Providence:
These sessions will need to be finalized at the Minneapolis meeting. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to add a session.
- Memorial Session for Fred Lizzi - organized by Jeff Ketterling and Cheri Deng
- Light and Sound Imaging - Ron Roy
- History of HIFU - Michael Bailey
- Targeted Contrast Agents - Christy Holland
Hawaii 28 Nov-2 Dec 2006 (Tues-Sat) This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ). The meeting will be held from Tuesday-Saturday as it follows Thanksgiving Weekend. There will be a plenary welcome session on the first morning and an awards banquet will be held.
The special sessions currently planned are:
The sessions will also need to be finalized at Minneapolis. Please feel free to suggest other sessions. I would like to remind organizers that they should find Japanese co-organisers/co-chairs. Mike Bailey has contact info for ASJ if necessary.
- Celebration Session for Floyd Dunn - Bill O'Brien
- Tropical Meeting on Shock Wave Therapy - Robin Cleveland
- Acoustic Microscopy - Floyd Dunn
- Biological Cavitation - John Allen
- Ultrasound enhancement of drug activation - Constantin Coussious
- Acoustic tomography - Jeff Ketterling
Future Meetings Salt Lake City, 4-8 June 2007
New Orleans, Nov 2007 (Tues-Sat)
Paris, France. June/July 2008 (joint with EAA). Christy Holland pointed out that this corresponds with the end of the Tour de France. I believe Executive Council will investigate.
It has been proposed that the Fall 2008 meeting be joint with the Audio Engineering Society (AES). A joint meeting with AES is strongly supported by other TCs within the ASA. The AES (an organization significantly bigger than the ASA) has already scheduled its meeting for San Francisco in October 2008. The meeting will be less than 4 months after the Paris meeting. The BB TC felt that this was too close to Paris and that perhaps a joint meeting with the AES be pursued in subsequent years.
Student Council Report Our student representative Neil Owen announced that the Student Mentorship Award is now accepting nominations. Nominations are due by 6 September 2005 and information can be found on the student web page.
- It was announced that everyone can attend the Fellows lunch (which usually occurs on Thursday) not just Fellows of the society.
- Some TCs have reported problems with no shows at ASA meetings. It has been requested that session chairs please send in forms listing the authors which. There is a thought of generating a list by which TPOMs could (if they wished) reject papers from authors that are consistent offenders. Authors will not penalized for legitimate reasons, for example, VISAs not being granted.
- "Acoustics Today" will be the new popular acoustics magazine of the ASA and will be edited by Richard Stern. The first edition should be available in October.
- The European Acoustical Association would like to email a link to the table of contents of their journal (Acustica) to ASA members. This will occur 6 times a year. The TC was okay with receiving this extra email. A system to allow members to opt out of this service will be provided.
- The Physical Acoustics Summer School will be held from 18-23 June 2006 in New Mexico. Applications will be published in JASA in the fall.
- Keith Wilson will be new editor of ARLO. In the next few years ARLO will be absorbed into JASA but evolve into an "Express Letters" version. Articles will still be subject to a mandatory fee and will be freely available to the community but will be considered JASA publications. The goal would be to reduce the review cycle dramatically. Allan Pierce would like to identify people who would be willing to be "express" reviewers (response less than 3 days). Please let me know if you would be interested in being an express reviewer and I will forward your information to the EiC Allan Pierce. You could also contact him directly. Over the next two years JASA will be able to include multi-media.
- The ASA leadership is keen to encourage TCs to set-up satellite meetings or workshops with outside groups. These need not take place at an ASA meeting. The ASA is able to provide some seed money to get the process going. Please contact me or Mike if you would like to do something along these lines.
The student web page also contains information for students on Fellowships and Grants.
Student Paper Award Process Currently the student paper awards are judged by a just in time engineering process. I turn up to the sessions at the appropriate times and co-opt anyone who looks like a likely candidate. I asked for feedback and generally it was thought that this was okay.
Other business Christy Holland would like to encourage more people to submit nominations for the Rossing Prize. This prize is awarded "to honor an individual who has made significant contributions towards furthering acoustics education, through distinguished teaching, creation of educational materials, textbook writing, and other activities." Nominations are due each spring. Please consider colleagues who might be appropriate recipients of this award.
- The International Symposium on Nonlinear Acoustics to be held at Penn State from July 18-22, 2005.
- James Lacefield announced that the Canadian Acoustical society will be holding its meeting in early October in London, Onatario. There will be a session on biomedical ultrasound.
- The Fifth Meeting of International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) will be held in Boston from 27-29th October. The deadline for abstracts is 1 June 2005! The web page is www.istu2005.org
- Wong Yoon announced that the Western Pacific Acoustics Conference (WESPAC IX 2006) will be held from June 26-28, 2006 in Seoul, Korea. He would like to invite everyone to attend.
Introduction of New TC chair My final task was to introduce the new chair of the BB TC: Michael Bailey from the University of Washington. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped me with the activities of the BB TC over the past three years.
The meeting adjourned at 8:17 pm