Debra Hall

Bugg Creative Arts and Science Magnet School
Wake County Schools
Mentors: Dr. Sarah Carrier, Dr. Eric Wiebe, NC State University; Dr. David Teachout, Dr. Patricia Gray, UNC-Greensboro
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

BioMusic: The Sounds and Songs of Life
BioMusic is an exciting new field that explores the phenomenon found throughout nature where participants use sound and time to create meaning. This study blends music and the sciences; pitch, rhythm, musical memory and acoustics as well as neuroscience, biology, math and anthropology. Two Fellows are part of the groundbreaking NSF UBEATS project that will incorporate BioMusic into elementary math and science curricula and allow science and music teachers to work together to teach biodiversity and cultural diversity, the physics of sound and human evolution. Ms. Hall is collaborating on the design of lessons about the songs of the humpback whales to help students learn about properties of sound and water, the physics of waves, the technology used in recording and identifying the songs, and the important role these complex vocalizations play in whale societies.