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July 2022 Newsletter: A Web of Vibes

In previous newsletters, we have discussed animals such as dolphins and bats that are able to “see” with their hearing, a process known as echolocation, in which the animal can map their environment by sensing sound reflected back to them. There are animals, however, that utilize sound in a slightly different manner – not so much by “hearing” sound waves, but by feeling their vibrations. Read on to learn about audible arachnids.

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School News!

Metropolitan Acoustics is visiting lots of school construction sites this summer in a rush to get them open and ready for students this fall. Hardhats on for inspecting Avon Grove High School in West Grove, PA; Community Middle School in

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Bungalow Beach Boardwalk 5 Miler

Felicia ran the Bungalow Beach Boardwalk 5 miler on June 25th in Atlantic City, NJ (https://www.acraceseries.com/bbr-event-information). The run starts at the Tropicana Casino on the boardwalk, makes the turn in Ventnor, then ends with a 100 yard dash on the

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June 2022 Newsletter: Sound in Spaaaace…

“In space, no one can hear you scream.” The tagline from the sci-fi classic Alien is mostly true, but not entirely true. The transmission of sound requires a medium, which on Earth is usually air. Space is mostly an empty void, an icy vacuum that does not have the medium necessary for transmission of sound that humans can hear. However, space is not entirely empty, which allows for some sound transmission, if you know where to look. Read on to learn more about how sound travels in space.

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Noise Con 2022

Noise-Con 2022 was my first in-person conference since COVID, and it did not disappoint! Thanks to Institute of Noise Control Engineering – USA for putting on such a great conference in Lexington. Stimulating sessions, a full exhibit hall, and lots of reconnecting with friends. As a Board Member and chair of the DEI committee, I was happy to present our first report with action items. I was also the proud recipient of the Lang Award for Distinguished Noise Control Engineer! I want to share my acceptance speech for those of you who couldn’t attend.

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SenSV Vibration Monitoring

The Metropolitan team has been out and about on construction sites throughout the city measuring vibration with our new platform SenSV. With the life science industry booming in Philadelphia, we have been using SenSV to measure ambient vibration in buildings to determine their suitability for various lab functions. Some of the building include Budd Bioworks, 2300 Market Street, and One uCity among many others.

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May 2022 Newsletter: Ocean Noise Pollution

It’s May, and beach season is almost here! To humans, swimming in the ocean is a well-deserved vacation, but to marine animals, the ocean is home. Most people know that trash and chemical pollutants can harm ocean wildlife, but did you know that noise pollution is also a problem in the ocean? Read on to learn how animals are affected by ocean noise pollution.

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Felicia Runs Broad St. Run

On Sunday, May 1st, 2022, Philadelphia held its 42nd annual Broad Street Run. This 10-mile, point-to-point course runs from North Philadelphia to the Philadelphia Navy Yard on the Delaware River waterfront in South Philadelphia (this year ended on Pattison Ave due to Navy Yard construction)

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April 2022 Newsletter: Pickleball

Sports are an important part of American culture, at both professional and amateur levels of play, but they can present acoustic issues. Residents who live near courts and fields are often disturbed by the sounds of basketballs pounding on the pavement, whistles on the football field, or the crack of a base hit. A new sport, pickleball, is dominating the sports scene in many places across the country, with a two-year growth rate of almost 40% and up to 4.2 million players in 2021. Despite its popularity, it tends to generate many noise complaints from nearby residents. Read on to learn more about this banging sport and what can be done.

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