ScienceOnline 2011 Hotel UpdateAs we excitedly approach the ScienceOnline2011 unconference in currently-snowy Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, we now have to open a second hotel for those who have not yet made their arrangements. Much of the extensive demand appears to come from word among the paparazzi that C&EN's Rachel Pepling, Carmen Drahl, and Lisa M. Jarvis will be in attendance. The very kind folks at the Radisson RTP - Mr. Leon Bullard, I'm looking at you - are once again offering to us their US$72/night rate. While the Radisson is not the headquarters hotel (the Marriott will be the site of the Friday workshops), Mr. Bullard informs us that free Radisson shuttles will run between to the Sigma Xi Conference Center and the Marriott. To book rooms at the Radisson, use this special URL: http://www.radisson.com/scienceonline The room rate should be available from Wednesday 12 Jan through Tuesday 18 Jan but please let me know (by Gmail to abelpharmboy) if you are having difficulty getting the special rate. The hotels and conference sites are actually quite close together. In addition to the map Anton has at the conference website, I put together the one below with only the pertinent sites in the RTP area. View ScienceOnline 2011 Lodging in a larger map By way of distances, one can easily walk from the Radisson to Sigma Xi on an asphalt trail that runs just over a mile between the two facilities. The Marriott is a bit futher – another mile from the Radisson – but shuttles will be running across all three sites. Although we have just experienced a slightly unusual cold spell and snow for this area, mid-January temperatures in the area average a high of 53°F/12°C and a low of 30°F/-1°C. We have had some years with temperatures near 70°F/21°C and others where it snowed during the conference. Half of the excitement of the conference and the weather is that you never know just what you'll get. We're delighted that you'll be joining us in a few short weeks.
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