CSSS 2009 Santa Fe-Logistics
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|CSSS Santa Fe 2009|
You will be housed and most lectures will take place at St. John's College. http://www.stjohnscollege.edu/
St. John's College
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Sunday, June 7, 2009
12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M CHECK-IN
On-site check-in for the Summer School will be from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 7 in Peterson Student Center at St. John's College. During check-in you will receive your dorm assignment, dorm key and meal card, along with information about both St. John's facilities and SFI. Map: http://conferenceservices.sjcsf.edu/map.htm
If you are riding the Sandia Shuttle from the Albuquerque airport ask the driver to drop you off at the parking circle at the Peterson Student Center, St. John's College. If you are unable to arrive during the check-in period or reception, you need to check in and get your room key from the Switchboard in Peterson Student Center.
If you are driving your personal vehicle to the summer school, you must register your car with St. John's College. We will have vehicle registration cards available at check-in. Please park in the campus visitors lot at all times.
5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. WELCOME RECEPTION & DINNER
A welcoming reception and buffet dinner will take place from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Peterson Student Center.
CSSS participants will be assigned single dormitory rooms at St. John's College. Clean sheets and towels are provided weekly, as well as a pillow and two blankets (see General Information at http://conferenceservices.sjcsf.edu/info.htm). We suggest that you bring a clock and anything else you might need for your personal comfort.
The housing at St. John's College is based upon single occupancy. For safety and contractual reasons you may NOT have overnight guests in the dormitories. We can recommend local hotels or other accommodations for your guests. St. John's College does not allow smoking inside any of the buildings.
Three meals a day are served in the cafeteria, located in Peterson Student Center, Monday through Saturday. Two meals are served on Sunday. All meals are included in your room and board provided by the CSSS. There is also a coffee shop located in Peterson. The nearest restaurants are about three miles away.
The cafeteria meal schedule:
Breakfast Monday-Saturday 7:30-9:30a
Lunch Monday-Saturday 11:30a-1:30p
Dinner Monday-Sunday 5:00-6:30p
Brunch Sunday 10:30a-1:30p
Please have mail sent to:
SFI Complex Systems Summer School
St. John's College
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Each dorm room has a telephone with its own number that will be assigned to you at registration. Please be sure to give that number to anyone who might call you. In an emergency, calls can also be put through to the St. John's switchboard: (505) 984-6000. Please arrange to have a calling card or credit card for long-distance phone calls before you arrive. If that is not possible, long-distance calling cards can be purchased in Santa Fe. There are also pay phones on campus.
All students staying on campus will have free access to St. John's Student Activity Center, using your St. John's College ID/meal card. For more information please see their website at http://conferenceservices.sjcsf.edu/cnfserv16.htm. Santa Fe is also known for wonderful hiking trails and an active outdoor culture.
The CSSS will have a small computer lab available for use by the students and faculty. We will provide a network printer, a Linux server with the usual unix software and Matlab, Swarm, Repast, StarLogo and NetLogo, as well as compilers for C, C++, and Fortran. There will be 3 iMacs with the usual Office productivity software and Adobe products, usable for either windows or Mac users. Wireless access is available in the Peterson Student Center and the Evans Science Lab building, where the physics experimental lab is located. Due to the limited computational resources, participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, which can be configured to be part of the summer school network. If you anticipate any special computing needs, please contact SFI's computing department (email@example.com).
The dorm rooms have both Ethernet and phone jacks. Please note that in past years, VOIP services such as Skype have not worked well at St. John’s College due to limited bandwidth.
IMPORTANT:You must bring any Ethernet cards, 10/100 BaseT Ethernet cables, adaptors, etc. to connect your laptop to the local network in the dorms. We do not supply networking cables for use in the dorm rooms. You must bring with you any power converters or plug adaptors to plug your computer into the 120V outlets in the United States. We do not supply foreign power converters. If your University back home requires the use of "Side Car" or other forms of security authentication software, you may not be able to log into your computer at home from the summer school. The St. John's College network is behind a NAT fire wall, preventing some of these programs from working. As a result, if you have data back home you want to use at the summer school, the safest thing is to bring it on a CD or on your laptop computer.
Car Rental: Car rental is available both in Albuquerque and Santa Fe at your own cost. We have good corporate rates with Enterprise; for more information, please contact SFI program staff. Since our arrangement with Enterprise doesn't cover insurance, we recommend that you accept supplemental coverage at the desk if your credit card or personal insurance policy does not cover rental car insurance. You must be 21 to rent a car and you can rent a car just for a weekend in Santa Fe by calling Enterprise at 505-989-8859.
Taxi: The number for Capital City Cab, the taxi service in Santa Fe, is (505) 438-0000.
Local bus service: Santa Fe has a small public transportation system, Santa Fe Trails. For route and schedule information, see http://santafetrails.santafenm.gov/. Route
"M" has a stop at St. John's College and provides service to downtown Santa Fe and to nearby museums seven days a week. The Santa Fe Institute is not served by the bus system.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday (Routes 1, 2, 4 & M): 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
It is very important that you have health insurance coverage while attending the summer school. International participants are especially advised to make sure they have adequate coverage before entering the United States.
We expect that all participants will comply with the following requirements: 1) attend all lectures for the full duration of the program; 2) participate fully in a group project and fulfill all related assignments and deadlines; 3) complete all surveys administered by SFI related to the CSSS, including pre-program survey, all faculty evaluations, and a post-program survey. Participants who do not meet these requirements may be asked to leave the program at the discretion of the director.
The school consists mainly of lectures and small group meetings/project work. One day per week lectures will be held at the Santa Fe Institute campus.
The schedule on the wiki is updated as information becomes available. Most of the lectures will be scheduled in the mornings or early afternoons. Student projects are a major part of the school. Most students do projects in small teams of two to four people; some students do individual projects. Projects in the past have consisted of computer simulations, mathematical models, literature reviews, or combinations of the above. The range of topics in the past has been broad.
Students will form working groups based on general topic interest. In these working groups students will form teams for doing projects, determine topics, and write short (one-page) project proposals. During the remainder of the school the teams will carry out the projects. The final two days of the school are set aside for project presentations. One or more members of each team will give a 15-minute presentation on the results of the project. Each team will also submit a final write-up on the project. After the school is over, all papers will be posted in PDF format on the SFI website.
You do not need to come prepared with a project or project proposal. These will be formulated during the first week.
Prior to the beginning of the school, you are strongly encouraged to review the following areas in mathematics, if you feel it is necessary. You will find discussions of these areas in any standard college-level calculus, linear algebra, or probability and statistics textbook.
Calculus: basic techniques for differentiation and integration, basic techniques for solving ordinary differential equations, partial differentiation, basic techniques for solving partial differential equations, basic techniques for solving series.
Linear algebra: solving linear systems of equations, vector spaces, matrix theory, eigenvectors and eigenvalues.
Probability and statistics: sample spaces, elements of probability calculations, binomial coefficients and elements of combinatorics, random variables (distributions, variance, and standard deviation).
Background readings related to lectures are added to the wiki under “Readings” as they become available.
Santa Fe is located in northern New Mexico at an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,130 meters) in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With a population of over 65,000 people, it is well known for its art, culture, dining, and year-round outdoor activities. June/July weather is usually hot and sunny during the day (90F/32C) and cool in the evening (55F/13C). There are often thundershowers in the afternoon. Dress is casual. Be sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat with you. Hiking boots are also recommended.
For more information about Santa Fe and events taking place during your visit, please look at the city's web site at <http://www.santafe.org>. Should you have any questions about this material, feel free to contact Lee Goodwin at (505) 946-2746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.