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SIM Science Studies Workshop

September 24-25, 2008

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Workshop Site

The SIM Science Studies Workshop (SSSW) will be held in the Piazza Room of the Pasadena Sheraton (303 Cordova St., Pasadena, CA 91101).  A registration table will be outside the meeting room and staffed starting at 8 am each day.  Coffee and other refreshments will be provided before the meeting each day and during morning and afternoon breaks.
Internet Access

Wireless internet access will be provided in the meeting room.  Please note, we will not be providing computer access.  If you wish to make use of the internet access, bring a laptop, or make arrangements to use a colleague's. Instructions for connecting to the wireless will be included in your registration packet.


 Workshop Hotel

The SSSW will be held at the Sheraton Pasadena.  The hotel is located in the heart of Pasadena, just south of the Paseo Colorado shopping and dining area.  Internet access is available in guest rooms for a charge ($3.95/30 min. ; $9.95/24 hours).  Free wireless access will be available in the meeting room.

A limited number of rooms at the government rate of $118/night/double has been reserved for meeting attendees on a first come basis.  An additional block of rooms at a rate of $149/night is also available once the government rate rooms have been filled.  Reservations for the SSSW meeting can be made on-line at: or by calling the Sheraton at (626) 449-4000 and mentioning the SIM Science Workshop. 

Please Note: These hotel rates are only available until September 10, 2008. 

Pasadena Area Hotels

If you would prefer to arrange your own accommodations, there are a number of hotels and motels close to the Sheraton meeting site.  Please see: for more information. 

Getting Around

Shared Van Rides

If you arrive at LAX  International Airport and need ground transportation to Pasadena, try one of the shuttle services (also known as "shared ride vans") available on a walk-up or reservation basis.  The vans are available outside of LAX baggage claim under the orange sign.

Typical one way, per person fare for Super Shuttle (1-800-BLUE-VAN; fares subject to change without notice) to the Sheraton Pasadena from various airports are:
   LAX: $48.00
   Burbank: $35.00
   Ontario: $48.00
   Long Beach: $49.00

FlyAway Bus

The LAX FlyAway bus can also be taken from LAX to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.  These buses run every half-hour and the fare is $4 one way.  The Gold Line
can be taken from Union Station to the Memorial Park station in Pasadena.  Memorial Station is approximately 1 mile north of the Sheraton Pasadena.

Parking at the Hotel

For those driving to the meeting on their own, parking is available at the hotel for $13/day for overnight guests and $7/day for guests not spending the night.

Bus Transportation between the Sheraton Pasadena and JPL for the Sept. 24 afternoon tour

Bus transportation will be provided from the Sheraton Pasadena to JPL on the afternoon of Sept. 24 for the tour of the SIM testbeds.  The bus will return to the Sheraton following the tour.  If you're planning on attending the JPL tour, please register by Sept. 5 in order to give enough time for JPL security clearance.  More details on the JPL tour to come.


  Pasadena Area Restaurants

Visit the Pasadena Complete Dining Guide

The Sheraton Pasadena is located 0.2 miles south of the Paseo Colorado shopping and dining center.  For a complete list of restaurants at the Paseo Colorado, see:

Old Town Pasadena is also a short walk away and has many more fine dining options.

Pasadena Weather

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