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Travel Information

January 11-16, 2006

Travel Itineraries

Most CEMELA School attendees will fly into the Tucson International Airport, located approximately 8 miles from The University of Arizona. CEMELA-UA will provide ground transportation for all CEMELA School attendees. Please make sure CEMELA central receives your full travel itinerary, including airline and arrival and departure dates and times so we can arrange to pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

When You Arrive

Please proceed to the baggage claim area of the Tucson International Airport and look for a friendly person holding a CEMELA sign. Once you have collected your luggage and perhaps other CEMELA School participants arriving at the same time, we will transport you from the airport to your hotel or bed-and-breakfast. CEMELA is providing ground transportation for all participants and, unless otherwise specified, will not reimburse rental cars or shuttle service.


Fellows and Faculty will stay at the Four Points by Sheraton: Tucson University Plaza. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be assigned roommates unless they choose to “buy out” half of the room rate. Please contact Kelley Merriam Castro if you have any questions about shared or individual rooms. Advisory Board members will stay at the nearby Adobe Rose Inn. Transportation will be provided Thursday morning to the CEMELA School sessions on campus. The Adobe Rose is a short, two-block walk from the Sheraton Four Points, so many folks may decide to walk to Friday’s sessions at the Four Points. Transportation will be provided for those who prefer not to walk.

Walking Directions

Map of The University of Arizona

From the Adobe Rose Inn to the Sheraton Four Points Hotel

Exit the Adobe Rose Inn and head north on Olsen street two blocks. You will see the Sheraton Four Points on your left-hand side as you approach Speedway.

From the Adobe Rose Inn to the Student Union

Exit the Adobe Rose Inn and head east on Olsen until you reach Third street (past Hawthorne… don’t ask). Turn right (west) on Third Sreet until you reach Campbell. Cross Campbell onto campus and go straight (west) along “the mall” for about 1/2 mile until you see the Student Union building on your right. The Rincon and Ventana rooms are up one flight of stairs from ground level.

From the Sheraton Four Points Hotel to the Student Union

Leaving the front of the hotel turn left and walk about 100 feet to the intersection of Speedway and Campbell. Turn left (south) on Campbell and walk to Third Street. Cross Campbell onto campus and go straight (west) along “the mall” for about 1/2 mile until you see the Student Union building on your right. The Rincon and Ventana rooms are up one flight of stairs from ground level.

From the Student Union to the Math East Building (for the research working groups)

Exit the Student Union on the south side, toward the grassy mall that cuts through the center of campus. Walk west toward the Old Main building, then turn left and make your way south, following the bike path. Cross Fourth Street and continue south along the path/roadway. Eventually you will be in front of the Math building, a seven story tower. Math East will be a two-story rectangular building directly east of the Math building, across the narrow road. You will find entrances on the south side and the northeast corner of the building.

Driving Directions

From the Adobe Rose to the second street parking garage

Exit the Adobe Rose Inn heading west on second street. Turn right onto Campell, and move into the left-most lane. Turn left (west) at Speedway. Travel west on Speedway until you reach Mountain. At Mountain, turn left and travel the short blocks to the stoplight on campus. You will see the second street parking garage to your left across second street. Turn left onto Mountain to reach the parking garage entrance.

If parking has been arranged for you, please push the button to receive a ticket. If the garage is full, please call the attendant to let them know you have a reservation. Give the attendant your name and they will allow you to pass. When you leave the garage, take your ticket to the cashier for validation.


Dining Options and Map

BREAKFAST: Breakfast will be provided for all CEMELA School participants daily from 7:45-8:30am at the meeting location (see agenda for daily meeting sites).

LUNCH: Lunch will be catered on site on Thursday, January 12. All other lunches are "on your own."


Please note: Meal reimbursements will be paid only for meals NOT provided by CEMELA. This includes lunch on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and any dinners not provided. Meals consumed during travel time are reimbursed based on the time of day travel takes place.

If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, please contact Kelley Merriam Castro.

Reimbursement information

CEMELA central is funding all CEMELA Fellows, Advisory Board members, and a few other individuals. If you are not sure who is funding your travel, please contact your local PI or Kelley Merriam Castro. If you are not being funded by CEMELA Central, please arrange your travel and reimbursement through your local university.

If you will be funded by CEMELA Central, you will receive paperwork in your CEMELA School packet upon arrival in Tucson. Please make sure to fill out all of this paperwork and submit the signed forms before leaving Tucson. You will be provided with an addressed envelope for any final receipts obtained during your return trip. If you are not a US citizen, please be sure to contact Kelley Merriam Castro to ensure you bring the correct documentation, and that we provide you with the correct paperwork to receive your reimbursement.

Please note: All receipts must be ITEMIZED. The University of Arizona will not reimburse a receipt that does not specifically state the name of the business/location, the date and time of purchase, and the specific item(s) purchased.


The weather in Tucson in January can be cool, especially after the sun goes down. Daytime temperatures are generally comfortable, with highs around 65 and lows around 40. Bring layers, and perhaps a light rain-resistant coat. We do occasionally get rain in January… but usually only when you need to walk a mile to your meeting location and have left your raincoat hanging snugly in your closet at home. Check the banner below to see the current weather information in Tucson or see for yourself by using The University of Arizona Webcam.

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