Editor’s View (Mar 2021)

Welcome to the March 2021 issue of Noise/News International.

We continue to look forward to the 50th International Congress and Expo and Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2021. It has now been confirmed that this will be an online conference, having originally been scheduled to be held in Washington, DC. To mark the event, we are running a series of articles documenting the history of global actions seeking to control noise. The second article is presented in this issue: it considers the history of legal aspects related to noise and how they were discussed through history. I hope you enjoy it.

We also continue our series on noise research in the European Union. In this issue, we feature the ANIMA (Aviation Noise Impact Management through Novel Approaches) project, which takes a rather novel approach to noise management by acknowledging that reducing noise annoyance and other health impacts associated with aviation noise goes beyond the engineering accomplishments of aircraft design alone.

Elsewhere, there is an important announcement regarding INCE-USA Board Certification and an INCE-USA member spotlight featuring Steve Sorenson. We also invited Jim Thompson to reflect on lessons learned from a successful career in the noise control industry. Finally, we hear from a regular NNI contributor, Eric Ungar, who asks for advice on what to do with old books—how can he get some still useful books into the hands of people who would benefit from them? If you have any ideas on what we can do to help, please let us know!

I hope you enjoy this issue of NNI, and don’t forget to listen to our companion podcast, The Noise/News, available wherever you get your podcasts (our most recent episode about INTER-NOISE 2021 is available here!)

Eoin A. King, PhD