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Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy IV

June 12-15, 2006
(plus associated tutorials, June 6-10)


Local information:
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.  

The town of State 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 Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau online.

Air travel:
Delta 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 conference. 

Ground travel:
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 hereGreyhound bus service is available from major cities to State College, Pennsylvania.

Visa information:
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.

IMPORTANT Visa information for international participants receiving conference funding:
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 Janet Patterson 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. visas may require a visit to a U.S. consulate or embassy, payment of a fee, and significant wait time. Please contact the local U.S. consulate or embassy for the up to date information.

Letter of invitation:
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.  Please include your name, professional title, business address, phone number, e-mail address, and fax number. The letter will be provided by fax.

NSFDepartment of StatisticsEberly College of ScienceDepartment of Astronomy and Astrophysics