Another Paper Published!

We received the good news that another V-BAL paper has been accepted for publication. Great work, Drs. Pasquale and Simone!

Bottalico P, Graetzer S, and Hunter EJ. (in press). Effect of training and level of external auditory feedback on the singing voice: Pitch inaccuracy. J Voice.


Geek Alert-Prime Numbers

The largest prime number has now been discovered by researchers in Missouri as part of the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search project, better known as GIMPS. The number? 22 million digits long–5 million digits longer than the previous one!

  • 22,000,000 minutes equals about 42 years.
  • 22,000,000 miles equals about 883.5 times around the earth.
  • 22,000,000 ounces equals about 137.5 elephants

What’s the purpose of this large of a prime number?  Practically speaking, nothing. But this geek is quite impressed.

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(H/T Ethan)

Welcome back!

Photo Credit: CAS

It’s wonderful to have everyone back on campus! It feels like our Michigan winter has just started.  A couple of quick announcements.

  • We have moved our V-BAL meetings to Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30. Our first meeting of the semester will be tomorrow.
  • A hearty welcome to Mark Berardi who will begin his PhD coursework with us at MSU. If you didn’t get the chance to watch the cool video he put together to announce his acceptance, check it out!
  • The deadline for abstract submissions for the upcoming MSHA conference in Grand Rapids is coming up on February 1st. We would like every V-BAL lab member to participate in some way. This will give you valuable experience presenting research in a smaller, less intimidating venue. If you don’t have an idea, talk with Drs. Simone, Pasquale, or Hunter–there is still time!

Congrats, Dr. Hunter

EricJHunterMore good news for V-BAL lab–this time with exciting news for Dr. Hunter.

(Just so you know, this post was NOT written by him–so make sure to embarrass him by giving him a HUGE congratulations when you see him next!) 

Dr. H. was nominated by his colleagues and awarded a Fellow by the Executive Council of the Acoustical Society of America at the Fall 2015 ASA meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. He is being recognized “for contributions to laryngeal function for voice production.” The official induction will occur in the Spring 2016 meeting in Salt Lake City, UT.  (Follow the link here for the official release.)

So what is a fellow?  Because ASA doesn’t have a good description, here is ASHA’s description:

Fellowship is one of the highest honors the Association bestows. To be awarded Fellow, the nominee must have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.

The key word for this award is “outstanding:” the nominee must truly stand out among one’s peers. The term implies contributions that are significant and would be so regarded within and beyond one’s community or state. While there are thousands of members who fulfill their professional responsibilities competently, only a small percentage have, by virtue of the quality and amount of their contributions, distinguished themselves sufficiently to warrant recognition.

A hearty congratulations to Dr. H. for his scholarship and contribution to the field!

Geek Alert! Audio Enthusiasts & Engineers

Dr. Hunter had the opportunity to talk to a really cool group on campus: Audio Enthusiasts & Engineers (AEE). His presentation, “Acoustics and Vocal Communication” introduced basic concepts of acoustics, including the fundamentals of sound propagation and reflection, as well as room acoustics and reverberation. He also introduced how these principles are used to understand the vocal system. For anybody interested, here’s a video of the presentation:

Many of you may see Dr. Hunter’s geek alerts–well, this group is the coolest of all geeky alerts. According to the website:

Audio Enthusiasts and Engineers (AEE ) is a student organization, that was started in the fall semester of 2006. The group was founded by Stas Todromovich and David Lenz, and our faculty advisor, Dr. Gregory Wierzba.

We aim to design, prototype and build audio equipment. We are always open to interesting new members, from all majors with skills and passion. We are a project oriented group, focused on experimenting, researching and building audio projects. We present the built ptototypes to the public at events like the Michigan State University Design Day, AEE Music Festival and other events and competitions. Our group meetings and educational forums are also open to all MSU students to learn, teach, share thoughts and ideas to encourage innovation and discovery in the field of audio.

A big thank you to AEE for the invitation to speak!