LSBU academic awarded prestigious Tyndall Medal 2014
10 June 2014
The Tyndall medal is awarded
biannually to a UK acoustician by the Institute of Acoustics, preferably under
the age of 40, for achievement and services in the respective field.
The award is named after John Tyndall who
was a professor of natural philosophy at the Royal Institute where he is remembered
as a distinguished experimental physicist and a celebrated scientific lecturer.
Stephen is a reader and course
director in MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics in the Department of
Urban Engineering. His research has focused on four main disciplines: room
acoustics, speech intelligibility, urban wind turbines and music and hearing.
"It was a great honour to receive
this award," says Dr Dance.
"Providing recognition for my outreach
work with the Royal Academy of Music, this culminates with this summer's
Musical Acoustics Group meeting to discuss and explore Elton John's new organ."
Dr Dance's achievements expand beyond
teaching and conducting research as he also fills his time supervising PhD
students with projects ranging from vocal load of opera singers to the
assessment of building integrated wind turbines.
Dr Dance went on to say: "I have also
been asked to give a keynote lecture at the Institute of Acoustics' 40th
Anniversary Conference in front of the great and the good, a nerve-wracking
"Luckily, I will be kept busy by my
PhD students who are giving three papers at the meeting."