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Arthur N. Popper is professor emeritus and research professor of Biology at the University of Maryland.  He is a neuroscientist with particular interest in the evolution of the vertebrate auditory system. His current research focus on the effects of man-made sounds in water, such as those produced by oil and gas exploration, shipping, and construction, on fishes. Dr. Popper consults widely on the effects of man-made noise on aquatic life. He is also the editor of the magazine Acoustics Today and he is founding editor of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research. Dr. Popper is former president of Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County and is one of the founders of the STEM Affinity Group at Beth El.