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Spring Break Expedition to Browning Ranch

URGENT:  This visit is planned for Spring Break March 15-21.  You  need to respond immediately (3/3 or 3/4)  in order to make travel arrangements.

The CL Browning Ranch near Austin, Texas is working on issues of sustainability
and land stewardship.   ITP has a relationship with the owners and the
managers of the ranch who presented last semester in Red’s Applications
class.  The ranch presents an opportunity for ITP students to learn
about ecological studies and in general about how science is done.   In
return ITP students might also have key ideas and skills to offer that
are missing in their current efforts to save that environment.  Tom Igoe
recently visited the ranch and saw possibilities for our students to
help visualize the large amounts of data being gathered about water
flow, use satellite photographs to inventory plant species,  to use computer vision and physical computing in tracking
animals, or perhaps to build exhibits that make the case of land
conservation to visitors.  We are looking for a few students to go down
to the ranch over Spring Break and learn from Scott Gardner, the ranch
manager and Ted and Betsey Rogers, the owners about what they are doing
down there, then to find ways to insert themselves in helpful ways.
Your airfare will be covered by ITP and your accommodations will be on
the ranch.  There is a also a small stipend to cover your expenses.  If
interesting projects do come out of it, there would be opportunities for
ongoing support.  This is coming up very quickly so interested students
should apply to Dan O’Sullivan