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To: Participants scheduled to attend the ''Graduate Summer Institute- Complex Plasmas''
at Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT), Hoboken, NJ (USA) July 29 - August 8, 2008

We are pleased that you will be participating in our graduate summer institute on ''Complex Plasmas'' (Plasma Summer School) at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. We are progressing towards what we think will be an excellent and exciting program. As flights tend to fill up quickly during the peak summer travel season, we encourage those of you who will arrive by air to make travel arrangements as soon as possible. Booking flights at convenient times and at low fares to and from New York area can be challenging during the summer season. We encourage you act promptly.

We compiled the following information for your travel and stay during the ten days of the Plasma Summer School, which we hope you find helpful:

1. Location

All the tutorial talks of Plasma Summer School are tentatively scheduled to be in Babbio Center / Burchard Building at Stevens Institute of Technology. Detailed room assignment will be announced on site.

2. Transportation

Participants are strongly encouraged to fly into Newark Liberty International Airport (airport code: EWR). It is expensive, complicated and time-consuming to reach SIT from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport or from New York's La Guardia Airport. You can get to SIT from Newark Airport by taxi (fare approximately $ 50). As an alternative, you may take an Air Train (approximately $ 5) from Newark Airport to Newark Penn Station and then connect to Hoboken Station via PATH Train ($ 1.75). SIT is about 10 minutes away from Hoboken station by walk. If you have to take a taxi from Hoboken Station to SIT due to any reason, the fare is approximately $ 5.

If Kennedy Airport is your only choice, the taxi fare is a little more than $100. As an alternative, you may take an Air Train (approximately $ 5) to Howard Beach Station first, and take New York Subway - A Train to Chamber Street (approximately $ 2), walk through underground passage to PATH Train Station at World Trade Center site, take PATH Train from WTC Site to Hoboken Station. You may also take the shuttle bus (approximately $12) from JFK to NY Port Authority bus terminal, to be followed by NJ Transit bus 126 to Hoboken, get off at 6th street and walk to Stevens.

If La Guardia Airport is your only choice, the taxi fare is approximately $80 and there is no convenient alternative using public transportation.

3. Housing

For US participants, on-campus housing at Stevens Institute of Technology will be arranged. For non-US participants, on-campus housing can be arranged upon request. Please address housing request to

4. Dining

The Plasma Summer School does not intend to take care of the food service. However, Hoboken offers a wide variety of food from continental to Thai cuisine. The restaurants are conveniently located on streets within walking distance from Stevens. The choice is yours. More detailed information about dining in Hoboken can be found at

5. General information

We do have one weekend (August 2-3) off during the Plasma Summer School. If you plan to do some sightseeing, the following information might be helpful.

Hoboken is conveniently located across the Hudson River from Manhattan, NYC. The PATH train from Hoboken terminal goes to World Trade Center site (~10 min ride) and to mid-town 33rd St. (~15 min). You may alternatively choose to get into Manhattan via Ferry (ferry stations are located at 14th St. - to midtown and 12th Ave. and around PATH terminal - to lower Manhattan) or by Bus (stops on Washington St. in Hoboken) to Penn Station at NYC.

A few places you might want to visit:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: located at 5th Ave. and 81st St., General Admission: suggested donation ~$20, but you may pay whatever you think is appropriate; special exhibits must be paid separately.

American Museum of Natural History: located at 8th Ave. and 81st St., General Admission: suggested donation ~$17, but you may pay whatever you think is appropriate; special exhibits must be paid separately).

Time Square: located around 7th Ave., Broadway and 42nd St. A lot to see during the daytime, best to visit at night.

Empire State Building: located at 34th St. and 5th Ave., general admission to observatory: $19. You may want to spare 3-4 hours to visit the observatory since the lines will be long at ticketing, security check point and elevator. However, you will have a very good view of Manhattan and surrounding area. If you time it right, you may have both a day and night view of NYC.

Liberty Statue National Monument / Liberty Island/ Ellis Island: The ferry to Liberty Island leaves from the ferry station in Liberty State Park in Jersey City and from south ferry station Battery Park in Manhattan. General admission: $13. If you plan to enter the monument, you have to reserve a free-of-charge Monument Access ticket. Detailed information can be found at the following link: .

There may be many more places of interest to you. For more information, please do not hesitate to ask one of the members of the local organizing committee.

6. Events

a) A tour to Princeton University / Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratories is scheduled to be on Friday (August 1), see program.

b) A tour (voluntary) to Liberty Science Center is tentatively scheduled to be on Saturday (August 2) morning. Details of these two events will follow.

7. Maps

a) A Map of the PATH Rail system is here

b) A Hoboken street map is here

c) Here is a map of the Stevens Campus Campus with all informations where to go upon arrival (see notes below map). Keys for the dormitory and room information are available in the Visitors Information Desk on the first floor of Howe Center (building 18 on the map). It is open 24 hours a day.

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