2014 College Station Logistics

From GO Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Dates

  • March 16-17, 2014 (followed by the SAB meeting on March 18)
  • Pre-meeting working groups on Sat March 15

Agenda

Meeting Info

Venue (s)

All of the meetings will be on the campus of Texas A&M University. The pre-meeting and the main meeting are on West Campus, which is across the railroad tracks that give College Station its name. The SAB meeting is on the main campus.

Venues and Parking


Saturday Pre-meeting

The pre-meeting will be in the Biochemistry building. We will start in Room N127. These views are coming from Lot 74 on the south side of the building

The Biochemistry building (aka BioBio is the tall brown one)
Go through these doors
go through the entry area
go to the end
turn left. If you enter from the North, you will start here
down this hall to the NMR wing
Room N127

Sun - Mon GOC meeting

The meeting will be held in the room 129 in the Agriculture and Life Sciences Complex on the campus of Texas A&M University.

Go down this walkway to the second building on the left
enter here
turn right. Room 129 is on the right side of the hall

Tues SAB meeting

The SAB meeting will be in room 3147 of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building. For those who are driving, the map below, from here, shows options. Things to note:

  • remember that the students are back! Hunting for a parking spot usually takes longer than you think, as most of the smaller lots rarely have empty spots.
  • Avoid the numbered reserved spots
  • Lot 20 is an excellent option if it's not full, but getting there requires going around a loop because of one-way streets.
  • If you park in any of the lots on the west side of the railroad tracks, there is a walkway that goes under the tracks at Old Main. It's not very far. 61 is a large lot so should be a good option.
The arrow shows the ILSB. Scratch off hang tags can be used in all non-gated lots except the ones with red X's or the cross-hatched lots (closed for construction).


Shuttle and Parking

The Hyatt Place shuttle has been told that they will need to bring people to campus. For those with rental cars, Jim has some temporary parking permits, and we know the numbers of some reserved spots in lot 68 and lot 74 whose owners will let you park in them on Saturday and Sunday.

Lodging

Hyatt Place - College Station 1100 University Drive E. College Station, TX 77840

We have been able to get a block of 30 rooms at $132.00 plus 15.75% tax for the period 3/15/14 through 3/17/2014. These rooms will be held until February 15, 2014. You must book your own room. This hotel also has a shuttle that goes to and from Easterwood Airport, College Station and to the meeting location and restaurants in the area.


When booking by phone

You can call 1-888-591-1234 and use the group code GOCO to book.

When booking online

You can follow the web link below:

http://collegestation.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-GOCO

This link will take you directly to the booking page and have the discount pre-loaded for you.

Reservation Due Date

You have until the agreed Saturday, February 15, at 11:59pm to book your reservations under this discounted group block.

There are several hotels near this hotel if you do not want to book with the Hyatt Place or the reserved rooms are taken.

Hawthorn Suites

1010 University Dr. East
College Station, TX 77840
979-695-9500

Homewood Suites

950 University Dr. East
College Station, TX 77840
979-846-0400

Residence Inn by Marriott

720 University Dr. East
College Station, TX 77840
979-268-2200

Hilton College Station

801 University Dr. East
College Station, TX 77840
979-979-693-7500

Airports

  • College Station Easterwood Airport (CLL):

Served by United/Continental to IAH and American to DFW.

91-102 miles from College Station, depending on the route taken. Traffic can be bad in Houston.

102 miles from College Station. Served by a variety of airlines. Probably the preferred airport if you fly Southwest. American has some direct flights to the Bay Area.

Ground Transportation

Ground Shuttle is a shuttle service that goes between College Station and IAH. I know people who have used this and think it's pretty good.

There will be shuttle service to the airport and the meeting from the Hyatt Place.

Registration

Please fill out the table below by clicking Edit Table and add row. Be sure to save to the page in addition to saving the row!!

The registration fee will be $100, which includes the cost of the group dinner on Sunday night. Payment can be made by check or credit card at the meeting.

Remote Attendees

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will be at Veritas Wine and Bistro and is included in the cost of registration. Veritas is walking distance from the hotels.

Guest Wireless Access

1. Connect to the tamulink-guest wifi network.

2. You will be prompted for a network password or security key, please enter the word tamuguest.

3. Windows users will be asked to select the type of network they will be using; Mac/smartphone users will not be asked this question.

4. Open a browser. You will be redirected to the TAMULINK-Guest login page. Please enter your assigned guest user ID and password (found on the reverse of your nametag).

5. If these steps do not work or your password/ID was not in your nametag, we do have a limited number of spare IDs.

Local Information

Restaurants

Yelp for College Station

There are many restaurants that are a short walking distance from the hotels. Closer to campus, the Northgate area has the highest concentration of student-centric bars, but there are also some notable restaurants.

Out of state visitors will be especially interested in BBQ and Tex-Mex/Mexican options. Notable places

  • Chicken Oil Co. ask for the Death Burger (jalepenos and Tabasco - yum Yum YUM - only the Brave should apply
  • Fargo's is the top rated BBQ in town.
  • Freebirds World Burrito is now a national chain, but got its start in Santa Barbara and College Station. Military pilots doing training at Easterwood were known to grab burritos in their flight suits.

Weather

The average weather for March 16: typically varies from 54°F to 70°F and is rarely below 41°F or above 81°F. There is often a chance of rain.

Maps

Things to do

College Station is centrally located between North Zulch and Old Dime Box, TX. It's a great place to live, but not the most exciting place to visit.

in Bryan/College Station

there are some interesting things, mostly on campus:

  • Memorial Student Center- this has several small museum/ art gallery spaces.
  • Display of more than 3,000 cattle brands from every county in Texas brands in the Kleberg Animal Science building
  • The George HW Bush Presidential Library

Farther away

Houston has big city museums, shopping etc.

In the general direction of Houston

E of College Station, Huntsville State Park is one option for a possible birding outing.

Austin is ~90 miles W of College Station. There's a lot to do in Austin, but of note: SXSW is the week before the GO meeting

Attendees

We're going to try a TableEdit table for the registration info!

Name Organization Nights Required Airport Hotel Name Remote Attending Conference Dinner Dietary constraints

Li Ni

MGI, JAX

n/a

Y

N

Jim Hu

PortEco/EcoliWiki

n/a

n/a

n/a

N

Y

Lactose intolerant

Paul Sternberg

Caltech-WormBase

3

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Moni Munoz-Torres

BBOP, LBL

5

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Jennifer Smith

Rat Genome Database

2

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Ruth Lovering

UCL annotation team

4

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Kimberly Van Auken

WormBase - Caltech

5

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Vegetarian

Tom Hayman

Rat Genome Database

2

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Rachael Huntley

UniProt

4

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Vegetarian

Jane Lomax

EMBL-EBI

4

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Heiko Dietze

BBOP, LBL

5

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Selina Dwight

Stanford University

4

AUS Austin

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Petra Fey

dictyBase

3

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Vegetarian

Mary Dolan

MGI, JAX

4

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Peter D'Eustachio

NYU - Reactome

3

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Hilton College Station

N

Y

Harold Drabkin

MGI, JAX

4

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Suzi Lewis

BBOP, LBL

5

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

N

Y

Lactose intolerant

Tanya Berardini

TAIR

5

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Paola Roncaglia

EMBL-EBI

3

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Valerie Wood

PomBase

CLL - College Station

N

Y

David Hill

MGI, JAX

5

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Suzi Aleksander

PortEco/EcoliWiki

n/a

n/a

n/a

N

Doug Howe

ZFIN

3

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Shabnam Eslamfam

Texas A&M/OMP

n/a

n/a

n/a

N

Karen Christie

MGI, JAX

n/a

Y

N

Rama

Stanford University

3

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Hyatt Place

Y

Vegan

Anna Melidoni

UCL

a.melidoni@ucl.ac.uk

Y

N

Paul Denny

UCL

p.denny@ucl.ac.uk

Y

N

Judy Blake

JAX

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

N

Alan Bridge

SIB

15-18 incl.

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Donghui Li

TAIR

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Seth Carbon

BBOP/LBL

5

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Rex Chisholm

dictyBase - Northwestern

5

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

Y

David Osumi-Sutherland

EBI

3

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Vegetarian

Chris Mungall

BBOP, LBL

5

IAH - Houston Intercontinental

N

Y

Vegetarian

Tony Sawford

UniProt

3

College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Maria Martin

UniProt

3

College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Claire O'Donovan

UniProt

4

College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Gluten-free

Paul Thomas

USC/PortEco

5

CLL - College Station

Hyatt Place

N

Y

Huaiyu Mi

USC

4

AUS Austin

Hyatt Place

N

Y