Happy Birthday Elizabeth (Betsy) Cohen, Ph.D!
Betsy introduced me to the world of research and evidenced based scientific inquiry. She introduced me to Joe Campbell, George Smoot, Fred Leiberman and has been inspiring me to think big for decades. She was the first woman President of the Audio Engineering Society and the first woman to serve on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technology Council. She's has been a leader in pitch perception, architectural acoustics, the cultural preservation of music and film and big data stewardship. For her birthday we're sharing her request to all join in and March for Science on Earth Day April 22nd.
Please join or create a march in your city ( https://www.marchforscience.com ). Stand up to educate, get schooled, to support understanding, innovation, preserve our environment and the health of our communities.
More About Betsy
For Betsy, becoming an acoustical engineer combined her love of science and music. A physicist who specializes in acoustics. We are kindred spirits.
As an undergraduate at Bennington College in Vermont she combined her interest in music and physics, earning degrees in both fields in 1975. She earned her master’s degree in electrical engineering at Stanford after completing a two-year program at Bell Labs, going on to earn her PhD in acoustics from Stanford. After meeting....(Do we know the story about how she got connected to the dead).. she helped Bob Weir develop an electric guitar. A collaboration that resulted in a coauthored article, "The Influence of Signal Processing Devices on the Timbre Perception of Electrical Guitars," published in the Journal of Guitar Acoustics, no. 6 (1982).
Read the full paper here.
When Betsy and I met back in ???? and maybe how they met we began to work together along with UC Santa Cruz music professor Fredric Lieberman on several projects relating to drumming, percussion and rhythm. Thgere is a lot of Betsy's knowdledge and inuence in my books.Drumming at the Edge of Magic (1990), Planet Drum (1991), and Spirit into Sound (1999).
As one journalist observed, "The effusive Cohen speaks about acoustical technology with a fervor approaching evangelism" (Karen Kaplan, “The Sounds Inside Our Heads,” Los Angeles Times, July 14, 1997).