The 2006 summer school and the conference, Statistical
Challenges in Modern Astronomy IV, will be held on the
Pennsylvania State University's University Park Campus located in State
College, Pennsylvania, USA.
College and the university campus
combine to offer a relaxed, college town atmosphere with many shops,
restaurants and points
of interest. Recreational opportunities abound including fine golf
courses, tennis courts, gymnasiums and swimming
facilities. For maps and tourism information
visit the Central
Visitors Bureau online.
Connection, US Airways Express, Northwest
Airlink, and United Express serve the University
Park Airport (State College PA, airport code SCE) located six miles
from the conference
site. Connections can be made through
Washington-Dulles (IAD), Philadelphia (PHL), Cincinnati (CVG), and
Detroit (DTW). Taxi and shared limousine services are
available at the State College/University Park Airport. Car
rental is available at the airport but is not needed for the
By auto, State College lies about 2 hours from Pittsburgh, 3 hours from
Philadelphia and Baltimore, 4 hours from New York and
Washington. Maps and directions are available here.
bus service is available from major cities to State College,
International participants arriving from outside
the United States with passports from 27 countries in the Visa
Waiver Program who have machine-readable passports and who are not
receiving any financial assistance (including registration fee) from
the conference may be able to travel without
a visa. Participants from other countries will need a B-1 (business) visa or B-2 (tourist) visa.
Visa information for international participants receiving conference
Special administrative rules are applied by the U.S.
government for international participants for whom conference
organizers have agreed to reimburse registration and/or to provide
partial support of participant costs. Participants expecting any
financial assistance (including registration fee) from the conference,
will need a B-1
(business) or WB
(visa waiver business classification) visa. J-1 visa holders
currently at U.S. institutions seeking funding must submit, in advance
of the conference, approval letter from sponsoring U.S. organization to
authorizing payment, and provide a copy of their DS-2019 at the conference on-site
check-in. All international
participants receiving funding must bring with them their I-94
(Arrival/Departure record) card, passport and other valid visa
documents to the conference on-site check-in, and complete additional
paperwork. Questions on
these matters should be referred to Janet Patterson.
Note: Obtaining U.S.
may require a visit to a U.S. consulate or embassy, payment of a fee,
contact the local U.S. consulate or embassy for the up to date
Individuals requiring an official letter of
invitation in order to
attend the meeting may write to the conference planner. This may be
needed to obtain a visa or permission to attend the
meeting, and is unrelated to any assistance with costs. Address
requests for letters to Janet Patterson.
your name, professional title, business address, phone number, e-mail
and fax number. The letter will be provided by