Inaugural BASS Scholars Complete Summer Program

July 2010 By

OXFORD, Miss. - Participants in the inaugural Henry E. Bass Basic Acoustics Summer School, or BASS, at the University of Mississippi will present results of their research projects Thursday (July 29) at the National Center for Physical Acoustics.

The students spent two months contributing to current NCPA research projects in ultrasound and aeroacoustics.

Presenters and their topics are Amanda Gamble of Tupelo, measurement of sheer waves in wormlike micellar medium; Wesley Henderson of Ruston, La., fluid-induced vibration of flexible wing surfaces; Ryan Lee Melvin, of Jasper, Ala., angular spectrum simulations of ultrasonic fields; and Saheed Olanigan, of Oxford, schleiren visualization of acoustic pressure distribution.

Gamble graduated from UM in May 2010, with a bachelor's degree in physics. Henderson is majoring in civil engineering at Louisiana Tech, with plans to graduate in fall 2011. Melvin attends Birmingham-Southern College, majoring in physics and religion-philosophy, with plans to graduate in May 2011. Olanigan is a junior physics major at UM, with plans to graduate in spring 2011.

The purpose of BASS, founded this year in memory of former NCPA Director Henry Bass, is to bring together undergraduate students with distinguished research scientists to explore a variety of subjects in physical acoustics and engineering. BASS gives students opportunities to work with experts, equipment and facilities they might not ordinarily encounter in their undergraduate experience. All four of this year's scholars plan to pursue higher-level graduate degrees after completing their undergraduate studies.

Since 1989, the Jamie Whitten National Center for Physical Acoustics at the University of Mississippi has served as a premier resource in such areas as infrasound, ultrasound, aeroacoustics and atmospheric acoustics, focusing on excellence in research, education and technology transfer.

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