30 November 2012

ISSRM 2013

details from an email:
Call for Abstracts NOW OPEN
International Symposium on Society & Resource Management

Estes Park, Colorado, USA
June 4-8, 2013

A Time for Integration

Please submit abstracts to present an individual paper, poster, or to lead an organized session. More information about the symposium and online submission of abstracts can be found at http://www.issrm2013.iasnr.orgAdditional inquiries should be directed to conference@warnercnr.colostate.edu
In addition to a diverse array of paper, panel, and poster sessions, the program includes the 6th Annual Student Forum on June 4th and fantastic keynote and featured speakers though out the week. We hope you will join us in the spectacular Estes Valley surrounded by the majestic peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park for what promises to be a wonderful conference!
Abstract submission deadline for individual paper, poster, or organized session is February 4th 2013
Conference registration will be open soon: stay tuned!

21 November 2012

ISSRM 2013

19th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management 
Hosted by Colorado State University
Location: Estes Park, Colorado
June 4 – 8, 2013

Theme: A Time for Integration
The lack of integration among the sciences is a major constraint to dealing with the complex nature of today’s environmental problems and is a particularly severe problem among the social sciences.

For more info, visit http://www.issrm2013.iasnr.org

Always a good conference, and who can beat the Rocky Mountains!

19 November 2012

What not to buy at Airports

According to SmarterTravel, there are several items that one should not buy at a airport.  See this link for the entire slide show.

I like this site, since before Kayak and Hipmunk, it was a good site to get discounts for air travel. So instead of picking airport to airport travel plans, Smarter Travel identifies the sales that airlines offer and that may mean flying out of a different airport.  But if that saves you some bucks, why not?

Here is the open air check in at Puerto Plata, DR.

13 November 2012

Check out this Volunteer Effort for the AT

Fellow Blogger "http://massatprojects2012.blogspot.com/" has an update showcasing the fine volunteer efforts on the Appalachian Trail.  So check out the blog at this link.

09 November 2012

Free Entrance Days at National Parks

This weekend, in honor of Veteran's Day, there will be free entrances to National Parks.  See this list by state.

So the weather looks good for us on the East Coast too.  For your local weather (in the States) see this link.

So get out and take a hike!

08 November 2012

Bram Stoker's Birthday Today

Notice the graphic in Google today?  Well it is Bram Stoker's 165th Birthday.  The page will link you to a set of cool links about the famous author.

For another spin on Bram, I have a Dark Tourism, titled  "Myth vs. Fact: An Exploration of Fright Tourism" found on this site and you may wish to check it out, if you dare!!!

Happy Birthday Bram!

05 November 2012

The Election

The Election

It is clear to me that this election is not about our war in SW Asia. We were all lied to by “W” in his fantasy quest for WMD!

And it is clear to me that it is not about health care. Even Willard required health care coverage in his home state of Massachusetts.

And it is really clear to me that it is not about the economy. The deregulation of businesses started by President Reagan in the Eighties created this mess we are in today!

No, what this election is really about is Freedom.

The freedom NOT to be challenged by your race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.

That is what this election is about.

  Please Vote!

02 November 2012

Air Travel Survey News

Seeking Improvements to the Survey of International Air Travelers

The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) is exploring several ways to improve and expand the Survey of International Air Travelers (SIAT). Communications with the Travel & Tourism Advisory Board this summer focused on current methodologies and funding as well as potential research alternatives. Two are described here:

In August of this year, the OTTI launched a pilot test of the SIAT using an Internet survey for passengers on selected Lufthansa flights leaving the U.S. The initial test was small with 13 selected flights. Initial results from the pilot study can be found at: e-SIAT pilot study (scroll halfway down page). In the near future the test study may be expanded to include incentives for survey participation, as well as more carriers, more flights, and more airports as Wi-Fi Internet coverage is increased.

OTTI has ongoing discussions with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to enable an Internet-hosted SIAT questionnaire for overseas travelers to the United States from visa waiver countries. Travelers from visa waiver countries are required to fill out an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application every two years or when their passport expires, whichever comes first.
If you would like to learn more, or if you think you have a potential solution to improve the process to collect data on international travel, assist the government in reducing its costs and/or offer innovative solutions on funding, please contact Ron Erdmann or Richard Champley at otti@trade.gov.
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 10003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140
Fax: (202) 482-2887
Email: otti@trade.gov