New Horizons in Science

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Every summer, more than 1 million Mexican free-tailed bats make their home in Austin under the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Their nightly exodus is a sight to be seen. An evening field trip during this year's New Horizons in Science meeting is your chance to be up close and personal as we go to the shores of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.

We’ll be joined by neurobiologist Dr. George Pollak, who studies how bats, such as the Mexican free-tailed bats, process sound information. His research yields insights into the way sound is analyzed by the brain and how the brain processes cues that allow animals to associate a sound with its a location of origin. Bats are ideal for his research because their auditory systems place a high premium on hearing.

For more information and to register for CASW and NASW events and field trips, visit the University of Texas New Horizons website.

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