Arizona PBS’s audio-media production manager Alex Kosiorek named AES West Region vice president

November 30, 2018

Alex Kosiorek, manager of the audio-media production service Central Sound at Arizona PBS since 2012, was elected as vice president of the western region (U.S. and Canada) of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), with his two-year term starting January 2019.

Kosiorek oversees Arizona PBS’s audio-related productions and end-to-end management of Central Sound’s production operations. As part of Arizona PBS, a member-supported community service of Arizona State University based at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, he collaborates with numerous recognized arts institutions. Alex Kosiorek Alex Kosiorek. Download Full Image

As an AES region vice president, Kosiorek will play an active role in:

  • Voting as a member of the AES Board of Governors.
  • Assisting with membership drives, such as those at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show.
  • Supporting local AES chapters throughout the western region of the U.S. and Canada.
  • Assisting in the development of new professional and student AES sections in the region.
  • Promoting AES activities.

“I look forward to serving the members of the AES throughout the western region of the U.S. and engaging professionals and educators in the importance of the art and science of the audio profession,” Kosiorek said. “I want to build a stronger audio community here in Phoenix and beyond, creating a more diverse body of engineers, technicians, researchers and educators in an ever-changing media landscape.”

As an accomplished leader in coordinating and managing broadcast productions, Kosiorek leads projects that promote high-quality reproduction, mixing and mastering, all through technologically advanced concepts. His expertise incorporates codec implementation, surround sound, loudness management, live broadcasting, short- and long-form broadcast productions, systems design and copyright compliance.

Under his leadership, the team at Central Sound at Arizona PBS, which includes Eric Xu, David Angell and Jeanne Barron, recently garnered two 2019 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards in audio live or postproduction for Jason Vieux performing Bach’s Lute Suite No. 3, a New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs Award for the international radio program, “Arizona Opera: Riders of the Purple Sage” as well as other accolades for the “Classical Arizona PBS” mobile app and other productions.

Previously, Kosiorek served as director of recording services at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he oversaw the modernization of the department, to include completing the first THX PM3-certified studio in a music conservatory in the world and becoming the first conservatory to launch multiplatform mobile applications. Kosiorek also served as audio recording and mastering engineer for the Corbett Studio at Cincinnati Public Radio, where he was instrumental in creating the first U.S. radio station to initiate surround programming.

Kosiorek served as engineer for the former Radio Smithsonian, worked on the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games and was designated as the first Audio Engineer Fellow for the New World Symphony, recording the symphony’s European tour in the great halls of Europe. Kosiorek earned his degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, with supplemental graduate education from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Bowling Green State University.

About Arizona PBS

Arizona PBS is one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, with four broadcast channels and a growing array of digital platforms. A trusted community resource for more than 55 years, the station fosters lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth news coverage and critical educational outreach services. Its signal reaches 80 percent of homes in Arizona, delivering news, science, arts and children’s programming to 1.9 million households each week.

About AES

The Audio Engineering Society, celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018, now serves more than 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with 90 AES professional sections and more than 120 AES student sections around the world. Section activities include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth.

Assistant editor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Online biochemistry cohort share their experiences

November 30, 2018

In 2017 the School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) at Arizona State University launched a new online Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. Online degrees offer nontraditional students who may feel excluded from traditional college programs the opportunity to gain the experiences and qualifications they need to support their career aspirations.

“The ASU charter states that we as educators are measured by who we include and how we help students find success,” said Ara Austin, clinical assistant professor and coordinator of pnline programs at the School of Molecular Sciences. (From left, clockwise) Leo Alaniz, Andrea Adeusi, Kouta Kobayashi and Hillary Hall Download Full Image

Realizing their online students are not typical, the SMS faculty spoke with the first cohort to get their perspectives on the new degree program and learn how this new online route might provide the career pathway they have been looking for.

The biochemistry degree program fits the needs of this cohort, some of whom were looking for this specific degree in biochemistry while others needed to meet the requirements for medical school. The program also provided the support of advisors and professors that ASU is known for.

Hillary Hall, of Wisconsin, said, “I chose ASU because you guys really were the only university to actually offer the combination of biology and chemistry combined online. That's what I really wanted as I am pursuing pharmacy school.”

The first cohort of students came from all across the country. Whether pursuing medical school, pharmacy school or graduate school, all agreed the online program was unique in what it offered compared to other degree programs. This first-of-its-kind online biochemistry program with a hands-on lab will help them on their way to the next educational goal.    

“This has impacted my life because I never thought that I would be able to still work and still complete my degree online. Sometimes I am still pinching myself. Am I really doing this?” said New Jersey student Andrea Adeusi, who plans to attend medical school after graduation.   

Kouta Kobayashi, of Arizona, who is planning to go to graduate school said, “I think it is great that all of the science classes have some sort of lab attached to it.”

Over the past year, students in the program have said they have never felt more supported by their instructors, and the pace of the course work is what keeps them motivated to learn.

"My goal for the next several months is to get into medical school,” said Arizona student Leo Alaniz.

The intention behind offering an online biochemistry degree with the lab component is to create access to higher education for all students.

“We hope that through this online degree we are able to help those students who have been excluded previously because education should not be for some people, but for all people who desire such a degree,” said Austin.

Learn more about the SMS Biochemistry Bachelors of Science Online Degree program at ASU. 

 Watch: Student perspectives of online biochemistry

Communication specialist, School of Molecular Sciences