The 2011 summer school, pre-conference tutorials and the conference, Statistical
Challenges in Modern Astronomy V, 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.
Delta, United Express, and US Airways Express serve the University
Park Airport (State College PA, airport code SCE) located six miles
from the summer school
site. Connections can be made through
Detroit (DTW), Washington-Dulles (IAD), Philadelphia (PHL). 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. Airport shuttle is available for
participants staying at Days Inn Penn
State (prior to or upon arrival to the University Park Airport, call the hotel at 814-238-8454 or 800-258-3297 to schedule courtesy airport pick-up). Airport shuttle is also available to the participants staying at Atherton Hotel and the Nittany Lion Inn. Be sure your final destination airport code is SCE
Route I-99 connects State College with I-80 and I-70. The campus
is within driving distance of many major cities, including Harrisburg
(1.5 hours, 90 miles); Pittsburgh (3 hours, 137 miles); Philadelphia
(3.5 hours, 194 miles); Baltimore (3.5 hours, 155 miles); Washington,
D.C. (4 hours, 190 miles); and New York City (5 hours, 250 miles).
Driving directions are available
here and campus maps here.
Greyhound, and discount
bus services are available from major cities to State College,
International participants arriving from outside
the United States with passports from 36 countries in the Visa
Waiver Program (VWP) who have machine-readable passports may be able to
a visa. However, a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval is required for all participants in VWP to travel to the United States. ESTA is a free, automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP. Participants from other countries will need a B-1 (business) visa or B-2 (tourist) visa.
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
Letter of invitation:
Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to
attend the summer school and/or the conference may write to Eric Feigelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This may be
needed to obtain a visa or permission to attend the meeting, and is
unrelated to any assistance. Please include your name,
professional title, business address, phone
number, and e-mail address. The letter will be provided as a read-only e-mail attachment. Note: a letter of invitation is provided only after the individual has completed registration.