Geek Alert: Pee-Yoo

Here’s some research that (thankfully!) no members of our V-BAL lab is working on right now.

To get to the root of body odor, you have to start with sweat. But human sweat by itself typically barely smells at all. “The problem is that bacteria living on our body like to eat some of the compounds that come out in our sweat,” says … Sarah Everts…. Eccrine glands, all over the body, and apocrine glands, found mostly in the armpit and genital areas, secrete various compounds that are consumed by bacteria, which in turn release molecules with a smell we recognize as body odor.


Congratulations, Dr. E

Dr. E has been appointed to the University Committee on Academic Governance. This committee (from the handbook):

serves as the nominating committee for governance positions, for at-large steering committee members, UCGA members, and advisory committees. It is responsible for preparing motions for submission of governance by-law updates, monitoring the by-laws to be sure they are current, reviewing college by-laws and makes recommendations regarding University Council and Faculty Senate election procedures.

Here’s a flowchart with more information on University structure than you may every need (or want) to know.


V-BAL Will Make a Showing at ASA

Members of the V-BAL will make a strong showing at the ASA Conference in Salt Lake City in May.  In addition to Dr. E being formally inducted as an ASA Fellow, V-BAL members will give 10 podium presentations and posters. We are proud of your hard work, which has led to such great success. Keep up the good work!

  1. “Assessment of the Starting Point of the Lombard Effect.”  (poster)
  2. “Construction Noise Impact on Wild Birds.”  (podium presentation)
  3. “Gender Differences and Speech Accommodation in Occupational Settings.” (invited podium)
  4. “A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Aging on Speech Breathing: Evidence of Decreased Expiratory Volume in Speech Recordings.” (poster)
  5. “Pitch Control in Professional and Amateur Singers.” (podium presentation)
  6. “Spectral-normalization Filter for Subjective Analysis of the Aging Voice.” (poster)
  7. “Speech Accommodation to Room Acoustics: Reverberation Time and Clarity.” (podium presentation)
  8. “Speech Produced in Noise: Relationship between Listening Difficulty and Spectral and Durational Parameters.” (poster)
  9. “Time Dose and Fundamental Frequency of Male and Female Speakers in Different Style and Reverberation Times.” (poster)
  10. “Vocal Dosimeter Devices and Their Uncertainty.” (poster)


Congrats, Dr. Pasquale

Dr. Pasquale will present 2 papers at the upcoming Euorregio 2016 Conference (with the 9th Iberian Acoustics Congress, 47th Spanish Congress on Acoustics TECNIACUSTICA® 2016).

  • Bottalico P, Graetzer S, and Hunter EJ. (June 2016). “Speech Level Adjustment to Reverberation Time and Early Reflections.” EuroRegio2016/9th Iberian Acoustics Congress/47th Spanish Congress on Acoustics TECNIACUSTICA® 2016. Portugal.
  • Bottalico P, Ipsaro Passione I, Graetzer S, and Hunter EJ. (June 2016). “Lombard Effect and Its Relationship with Noise Disturbance and Vocal Discomfort.” EuroRegio2016/9th Iberian Acoustics Congress/47th Spanish Congress on Acoustics TECNIACUSTICA® 2016. Portugal.