Editor’s View (Jun 2019)

Welcome to the June 2019 issue of Noise/News International. In this issue, we hear from I-INCE President Marion Burgess as well as I-INCE Vice President Communications and Webmaster Joe Cuschieri. We also continue our From the Archives feature, where we check in with the Société Française d’Acoustique (SFA), who were first featured in NNI back in 1993. Our regular contributor Dr. Eric Ungar also presents another great tutorial on sensitive equipment criteria related to footfall-induced vibrations. I am of course very thankful to all of our contributors to NNI, but I really must thank Eric for continually providing interesting and thoughtful tutorial papers—long may these continue!

You’ll see in NOISE/NOTES that the New Yorker recently ran a feature asking if noise was the next public health crisis. This continues along a recent trend in major media publications which referred to noise as “a public health crisis,” “the forgotten pollutant,” or “the new secondhand smoke.” I’m hopeful these articles that draw attention to the dangers of noise pollution, all of which are supported by rigorous scientific underpinnings, will eventually see a sea change in how the general public perceives noise. Maybe in the future, noise will no longer be the “forgotten pollutant”! I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this—let me know on Facebook and Twitter (@NNIEditor).

In the meantime, I hope to see you all in Madrid for INTER-NOISE 2019. I have very fond memories of Madrid—I presented some core aspects of my PhD thesis at the International Congress on Acoustics (ICA) held in Madrid way back in 2007.

Eoin A. King, PhD