2004 Michelson Summer School - Local Information

Gliese 229B discovery image from the Palomar 60 Adaptive Optics Coronograph.(You are strongly urged to print this page and any appropriate maps.)

The Agenda

A final copy of the agenda is available as a printable poster.

Tuesday Evening Reception & Registration

There will be a reception in the garden area outside the Beckman Institute Auditorium (not to be confused with the Beckman Auditorium) on campus at 7pm, which will include an opportunity to register for the summer school. Light snacks (not dinner) will be provided.

Thursday Evening Banquet

To be held at Burger Continental in Pasadena at 535 S. Lake (see map below).  Don't let the name fool you, it's the finest Middle Eastern & Mediterranean food to be had in Pasadena.  Price will be $20 per person, payable in cash at the restaurant, with a cash bar available.  You will be encouraged to sign up for one of the limited slots available for this event; guests are welcome on a space-available basis.

Local Maps

Maps are available for:

Getting Around

For those students staying at the Sheraton, a free shuttle bus is available for rides.  However, we strongly urge you to keep in mind that the single, small shuttle cannot handle 50-plus students all at once, in addition to any non-MSS hotel guests who are also eligible for the service.  Students should try to organize in to large groups for individual shuttle runs between the hotel and campus.  Leave ample time to catch a ride on the shuttle in the morning, or take the 30 minute walk from the Sheraton to Campus.  Tips are strongly encouraged for your shuttle driver.

If you are driving to campus and require parking, parking instructions were already provided to you in your travel guidelines (sample copy).

Food on Campus

There are a number of options for lunch on the Caltech campus:
  • The Red Door serves coffee, blended drinks, pastries, muffins, and. when available, some salads, soups and sandwiches. Located next to Chandler, and the Convenience Store. Open from 7:45am-6pm.
  • The Chandler Dining Hall is open from 7-10:30am for breakfast, and 11:30am-2pm for lunch. It features a made-to-order grill, pizza (very good; made to order, but the line-ups can be long, especially right at 12 noon), Mexican food, a deli, salad bar, and an Asian food. See the website for weekly menu items. Chandler is located on the corner of San Pasqual and Holliston, directly across from Physical Plant.
  • The Caltech Convenience Store is open Monday-Friday, 9:30am-midnight, and 10:30am-11pm on Saturday and Sunday. The have a small, but impressively complete selection of foodstuffs, and assorted necessities. Hot dogs on a rotisserie, salads and sadwiches in the refrigerators. Good assortment of fine cheese!
  • Every weekday, around 12:30pm, the famous Ernie's food truck appears in the parking lot in front of Spaulding on California. Good sandwiches, grill items, friendly service and all very affordable.
  • The Atheneum (the Caltech faculty club) is open for lunch and dinner. However, you need to be a member, or the guest of a member to eat there, since all food/drinks are charged (no cash!).  Cozy up to one of the locals to sample the finery.  Bonus points for the student who can identify the major motion picture the Ath has appeared in.
We are not able to provide lunch or snacks as part of the summer school program.

Restaurants Nearby Campus

Nearby food locations:
There are additional places further north on Lake, but remember, you only have an hour for lunch, so these might be questionable.

Restaurants Nearby the Sheraton

You can't go wrong with some of the local places to be found in Old Town Pasadena.  Specific suggestions for dinner include:
  • A'Float Sushi (map, reviews) - Watch the boats float by!
  • Goldstein's Bagels (map) - Ask for the onion bagel, well toasted.
  • Lucky Baldwin's (map, reviews) - An authentic English pub in Old Town.
  • Mezbaan Indian Cuisine (map, reviews) - Often overlooked, this venue never disappoints.
  • A complete listing

Internet Access

We are unable to provide internet access during the summer school.  Please note that use of the Caltech wireless network requires registration of a wireless card MAC address which is only available to Caltech students and staff.

Things to do for Traveling Companions

Pasadena and the surrounding area has a great many diversions for individuals traveling with you while you're in class.  A few suggestions:

2004 Michelson Interferometry Summer School
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, July 20-23, 2004