The Acoustical Society of America, at the upcoming meeting in November in San Diego, is awarding Professor Allan D. Pierce of Boston University’s Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department the Rossing Award in Acoustics Education.
This is a new award, and Pierce will be the first recipient of the cash prize and medal.
Tom Rossing, a prominent educator and a past president of the American Association of Physics Teachers gave a $100K endowment to establish the award as he felt that education should be given more emphasis and visibility in the society.
An important ceremonial component is a 45 minute plenary talk by the awardee to the Society on the day of the award. Professor Pierce’s talk is entitled “Grappling with pithy problems; the education of John William Strutt (aka Lord Rayleigh) and of the rest of us.”