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2015 Workshop – San Francisco, California

August 10, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join us on August 10th, 2015 for a free public outreach conference/workshop on Community Noise and Natural Quiet

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

780 Mission St, San Francisco

It is an event for educators, parents, students, environmentalists, biologists, engineers, and anyone concerned about the negative effects of noise. Learn how noise reduced learning and test scores for schools in New York and how kids can protect their hearing.  Learn how bird species abandoned quality habitat due only to noise. Listen how noise conflicts have been resolved, how local organizations are protecting wildlife, and protecting natural quiet for you. This is a unique event where experts in a variety of fields will talk about research, student competitions in engineering, share the sounds of nature, how to resolve conflict, noise policy, and more. There is something for everyone.

To register click on the blue box in the upper right side of this page. Registration is recommended.

Free parking for the first 100 people that register!


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  Erik Lindbergh, aviator Charles Lindbergh’s grandson: Quiet Flight Initiative over National Parks & STEM competition for students.

 Dr. Arline Bronzaft, psychologist and co-author Why Noise Matters, Noise-Harmful to Our Children’s Mental and Physical Well-Being

       Ranger Lou Salas Sian, National Park Service: Muir Woods and 

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Dr. Clinton Francis, Cal Poly: Innovative research on effects of noise on birds.

Dr. Jacqueline Pearson-Meyer, NOAA California Fishery Hydro Acoustic: Effects of noise on fisheries

            John Joseph, Naval Postgraduate School: Underwater

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 Dr. Deanna Meinke, Univ. of Northern Colorado Dangerous Decibels®: Successful Strategies to protect hearing for youth

   Michael StockerOcean Conservation Research: The Silent Seas?

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Eric Wood, Acentech/INCE: Solutions for Noise

Dr. June Weintraub, City of San Francisco Public Health: Noise policy and how

Deborah Gatiss, Community Boards: Conflict resolution-Taking mediation to the people to use it

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  1. Ranger Lou Salas Sian is offering a special night hike for conference attendees at Muir woods. Space will be limited to 20 people. Indicate during registration if you want to attend. Once you register, you will be emailed about the workshops. The hike will be on a first come basis. The first 20 will be registered after 20 you will be put on a waiting list. If you are registered for the hike, you will be given Ranger Lou’s contact info and you speak directly to her about the details. You will need to arrive by 6pm at Muir Woods and the hike will go till 7:30pm.


  1. Arline Bronzaft will conduct a workshop to talk about local issues on noise and children and possible solutions. Workshop is after the speaker panel ~ 3:40pm.


  1. Deanna Meinke is offering a FUN interactive workshop on the Dangerous Decibels program designed to engage students and adults to protect their hearing. Workshop is after the speaker panel ~ 3:40pm.


  1. Michael Stocker, Ocean Conservation Research, is offering a workshop on ocean noise pollution, the industrialization of the sea, and potential mitigation strategies for reducing acoustical impacts. Workshop is after the speaker panel ~ 3:40pm.


Draft time table for speakers.

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Times and people may change.

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Speaker Bios:



Arline Bronzaft, Ph.D. – Dr. Bronzaft received her MA and PhD degrees in Psychology from Columbia University in New York City. She is Professor Emerita, Lehman College (CUNY). Her landmark studies on the adverse impacts of noise on children’s classroom learning started her forty year career in researching, writing, lecturing and advising groups internationally on the adverse effects of noise on mental and physical health.  Four mayors of New York City, including Mayor Bloomberg, have named her to GrowNYC, where she directs its noise activities.  In addition to the book “Why Noise Matters” (2011) written with four British co-authors, Dr. Bronzaft has noise writings in eight books, five encyclopedias, and numerous academic journals and popular magazines.  She is the author of “Top of the Class” which examines the lives of high academic achievers and notes the importance of a quieter environment in their academic success. “Listen to the Raindrops” (illustrated by Steven Parton) is her children’s book in which she educates children to the beauty of “good sounds” and the dangers of “bad sounds.” Dr. Bronzaft has been an invited speaker at conferences worldwide and is frequently quoted in the media, including two New York Times stories in July 2013.  She has served as an expert on noise impacts in legal actions in the United States and abroad.

 Dan Dugan- Nature Sound Society- Dan Dugan started his career as a theatrical lighting designer, then switched to sound. He was the first person to be credited as “Sound Designer”, at A.C.T. in 1968. Dugan invented the automatic microphone mixer in 1974. His products are currently used on television talk shows, news panels, sports commentary, presidential debates, and wherever there are multiple unscripted talkers. Dugan has been a technical advisor to the Nature Sounds Society for over twenty years and is a board member. He has recorded soundscapes in many national parks and monuments, including Muir Woods, Yosemite,  Pinnacles, Joshua Tree, Lassen, Yellowstone, Olympic, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Lava Beds, and Haleakala. Dugan and his wife Sharon Perry did a project where they recorded the dawn chorus in Cathedral Grove of Muir Woods every month for a year.

 Clinton Francis, Ph.D.– Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University. He received his B.S., Pacific University, his M.A., at University of Colorado, and his Ph.D., at University of Colorado. He completed a postdoctoral Fellow at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Duke University. His research studied how background noise interferes with acoustic communication and represents a selective force in the evolution of acoustic signals. He developed the acoustic signal space conservatism framework based on the idea that there are intrinsic characteristics that differ among taxa that restrict signal flexibility in response to noise interference. The type and degree of flexibility depends on phylogenetic history, current vocal function, and the nature of the interference noise. He developed a framework to predict and test temporal space partitioning among co-occurring frequency space competitors and evaluate the degree to which a species’ frequency space predicts sensitivity to noise pollution. Results will be immediately relevant to understanding the role of acoustics in structuring animal communities and for evaluating species sensitivities to noise pollution. His current research is the NSF CNH Project that collaborates with leading researchers to understand how wildlife and humans interact in a coupled dynamic via the soundscape.

Deborah Gatiss moved to San Francisco just after graduating with a BA in Social Work in 1993. Following a few serendipitous turns, she found herself immersed in the local Arts and Events realms, feeding her soul and eventually putting to use her natural proclivity towards community organization. She then began taking on project management, event production and community outreach roles for organizations ranging from the SF Maritime Parks Association to Burning Man. Deborah has most recently begun working with a variety of SF merchants associations and city legislative offices to support local small businesses, as well as taking on the role of Community Outreach Specialist with Community Boards. She passionately believes that the creative, diverse culture which drew her in years ago is the heartbeat of this city, and is dedicated to preserving its existence through localized empowerment, social advocacy and inclusive public experiences.

John Joseph– BA in Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 1976 and completed his MS degree in Science Education from Radford University in 1979. In 1986, John joined the Navy’s Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) community and held numerous assignments around the globe including Guam, London, McMurdo Station, Long Beach, Monterey and aboard USS Peleliu (LHA-5). He was awarded his MS degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography in 1991 from the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2005, he retired from active service at the rank of Commander and became a Research Associate in the Ocean Acoustics Laboratory at NPS. In 2014, he became a Faculty Associate Research (AD5) and currently conducts research with a focus on acoustic modeling, characterizing undersea noise, passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals and investigations into behavioral responses of marine mammals to anthropogenic sound including naval sonar.

Erik Lindbergh –the founder and CEO of Powering Imagination whose mission is to make aviation cleaner, quieter and more exciting. A commercial rated pilot, artist and social entrepreneur, Erik Lindbergh has a thirst for adventure and quest for balancing technological advancement with preservation of the environment, building on a heritage started his grandparents, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  In 2002 he retraced his Grandfather’s epic New York to Paris solo flight – raising $2m for charity. He is the founder of the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize, which is designed to accelerate the development of the electric aircraft industry. Inspired by the Denver NoiseCon 2013, he started Powering Imagination’s Quiet Flight Initiative to reduce aircraft noise around the world, starting with a partnership with the National Park Service, focused on quiet air tours that preserve the dream of flight and the pristine natural surroundings. To learn more visit http://poweringimagination.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/poweringimagination.

 Deanna Meinke, Ph.D. – Professor of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Meinke received her B.S. at Colorado State University, her M.A. at the University of Northern Illinois, and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado. She has served as past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association. Presently, she chairs the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) “Safe-in-Sound Expert Committee” and is Co-Director of the Dangerous Decibels® program. Dr. Meinke’s research interests are focused upon the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Her publications include topics related to impulse sound levels from recreational firearms, hearing protector performance, school-based hearing screening for NIHL, and the use of distortion product otoacoustic emissions for the early detection and monitoring of NIHL. Her passion for changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to the prevention of NIHL and tinnitus is highlighted by her international collaborations with colleagues in the delivery of Dangerous Decibels® educator training workshops in the U.S., Canada and New Zealand. Her favorite sound is the call of sandhill cranes at dawn. www.dangerousdecibels.org

Jacqueline Pearson-Meyer, Ph.D. – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Northwest Regional.

Lou Salas Sian– a park ranger for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Her job is to bring under-served audiences to national park sites north of the Golden Gate Bridge. She recently graduated from San Francisco State University with an MA in Geography, concentration in natural resource management and environmental planning. She has worked in the the long-standing park effort to bring quietness to a well-loved and much visited Muir Woods National Monument with signage and interpretive programming.

Michael Stocker is an acoustician and naturalist by trade and a musician by avocation, he has written and spoken about bio-acoustics since 1992, presenting in national and regional hearings, national and international television, radio and news publications, and museums, schools, and universities.Michael’s gift for conveying complex scientific and technical issues in clear, understandable terms is key in his role as a public spokesperson on issues of ocean conservation, physics, communication technology, and biology. In this capacity he has been the subject matter expert in many national and international radio and television interviews, and published various articles on science, biology, acoustics and technology in national and international journals. He has also been a panelist and presenter at various professional, trade, and technical conferences, presenting on bio-acoustics and technology. As founding director of Ocean Conservation Research (OCR.org) he is using his conversancy in bio-acoustics to explore the impacts of noise on ocean animals to inform ocean policy and practice toward decreasing human bio-acoustic impacts on marine habitats..

Noreen Weeden, Conservation Project Manager, joined Golden Gate Audubon in December, 2008. She has been active in the San Francisco Conservation Committee with Golden Gate Audubon since 2007.  Noreen is a partner in Nature Trip, a nature tour business that takes visitors to see birds and other wildlife in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  She volunteers with local nonprofit organizations, including the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and Hungry Owl Project. She previously worked in telecommunications project management. Noreen holds an MS in telecommunications from Golden Gate University.

June Weintraub, Ph.D.– Senior. Epidemiologist in Environmental Health for San Francisco Department of Public Health

Eric Wood- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hartford, with additional study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Northeastern University. Mr. Wood directs and provides technical contributions to engineering and environmental projects related primarily to the measurement, evaluation, and control of noise and vibration during the design, construction, and operation of major energy systems and transportation and industrial facilities. During 40 years of consulting practice, he has contributed to hundreds of projects requiring ambient measurement surveys, environmental reports, project licensing, construction and demolition noise studies, interior and exterior noise and vibration surveys, and noise control designs. Mr. Wood is the director of Acentech’s Noise and Vibration Group. Mr. Wood is widely published in the noise and vibration control field and has presented at numerous conferences and seminars. He is co-author of the recent book Sound Ideas: Acoustical Consulting at BBN and Acentech. Mr. Wood has served INCE/USA as a president, vice president and board member. He also serves as president of the INCE Foundation, which provides financial support rewarding undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and authors judged to be outstanding in the field of noise control engineering.

We are co-sponsored and hosted by the 2015 Internoise conference. The Congress is sponsored by the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE), and is being organized by the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the United States of America (INCE/USA). For more information go to http://internoise2015.com/.



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August 10, 2015
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mariott Marquis
780 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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