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2012 Sagan/Michelson Fellows Symposium
Local Information

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Symposium Site and Internet

The 2012 Sagan/Michelson Fellows Symposium will be in Hameetman Auditorium in the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at 1216 California Blvd. at Caltech. Attendees will have access to the internet through the Caltech wireless.

Symposium Hotel

Symposium Hotel

A block of rooms at the standard government rate for 2012 has been reserved at the Westin Pasadena for symposium participants. The Westin is approximately 1.3 miles from the Caltech campus. Please note that the group rate is available until Oct. 8 so please make your reservations before then.

To make reservations on-line at the Westin Pasadena, use the on-line reservation web page. Please note: Financially supported attendees should book their own hotel room and will be reimbursed after the symposium. All financially supported attendees must stay at the symposium hotel.

Getting Around

to and from the airport

One of the best and least expensive ways to get from LAX to Pasadena is to take the FlyAway bus to Union Station, then take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park station in Pasadena which is less than a mile from the Pasadena Westin (see map). The FlyAway is an air-conditioned coach with bathroom facilities that departs from LAX every 30 mins, and takes around 30-45 mins to reach Union Station, depending on traffic. Click here for information on how to pay for the FlyAway ($7 each way). The Metro Gold Line is $1.50 each way, payable before you board the train.

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 Shared Ride Vans sign. Contact information for airport shuttle services can be found here.

to and from the symposium

Transportation between the hotel and the Caltech campus will not be provided. The distance between the Westin and Caltech is approximately 1.3 mile, a pleasant walk if you do not have a rental car. You can also request the hotel shuttle to bring you to campus if it is available.

Parking at Caltech and the Hotel

Parking at Caltech

In order to park on the Caltech campus during the week, you must purchase a visitor parking permit.

Parking at the Westin Pasadena

Underground parking is available at the Westin Pasadena for a rate of $14 per day.

Food at the Symposium and in Pasadena

Continental breakfast and light AM/PM break food will be provided each day.

Symposium Dinner! There will be a symposium dinner at 7 pm on Thursday evening Nov. 8 at Porto Alegre restaurant. The dinner is free for speakers and $50 for others and guests. Please RSVP for the dinner to if you plan to attend.

There are several lunch options both on the Caltech campus and within walking distance of Caltech in the South Lake Avenue business/shopping district.

Food on the Caltech Campus

Caltech Dining Services offers several on campus eateries:

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2012 Sagan/Michelson Fellows Symposium

last updated Sept. 4, 2012