Monday, 09-Aug-2004 11:01:17 PDT
The 21st annual summer
meetings of the Society
for Political Methodology
was held at Stanford
, Thursday July 29 through Saturday
July 31, 2004.
The call for
papers closed on April 30, 2004. The paper proposals we received can be viewed here
- The program will run from 9am to 5pm all days, with software workshops
running for the hour from 8am to 9am on Friday and Saturday. A student poster
session will be held on the Friday evening.
- Conference program PDF (paper
titles are hyperlinks to papers).
- A complete list of papers on the conference program (author-alpha order).
- A list of all confirmed attendees.
We will provide you with a 40 inch by 32 inch black posterboard
and pushpins. You can use this in either portrait or landscape (the easels
will support either orientation of the posterboards). A good poster is seldom
constructed from filling the posterboard with 11 by 8.5 inch pages.
If time permits, I strongly suggest designing and producing the poster as a
poster, rather than as a series of 11 by 8.5 pages.
Presenters are more than welcome to use the graphic design elements of this
website in their conference slides and posters, etc. The conference logo is
available in various forms (all are 72 pixels/inch JPGs): black text on white
, 800x100; medium
, 400x50; small
200x25); white text on this
slate-gray background (RGB hex #4A525A; large
Accommodations and Meals
On-campus accommodation: We
have reserved a block of rooms in Mirrielees
, part of Stanford's on-campus housing (double suites,
a bathroom specific to each suite).
Off-campus accommodation: PolMeth conference attendees often opt out of
the on-campus accommodation provided by the host institution, and choose
to stay in hotels
their own expense. Information on local hotels and their rates is available here
Should you stay off-campus, lunch and dinner with the on-campus attendees
Meals will be provided
in and around Branner
as part of the on-campus housing package.
The rooms in Mirrieless are not air-conditioned, but have small electric
fans and unless we get unlucky
with the weather
this will not be a factor (almost every evening a sea breeze
cools things down considerably: in fact, pack a light jacket). Beds
will be made daily (but linens not replaced), and the bathroom cleaned
(towels and soap replenished), and the rooms given a light dusting.
Check-in is available Wednesday 3pm onwards;
the reception office at Mirrielees will be staffed up until 10pm Wednesday
night; later check-ins are ok, please call 650 736 9993 upon arrival
at Mirrielees. This is also the number to call in the event of a lock-out.
Check-out is Sunday morning.
On-campus key deposit: there is a $70 key deposit payable
when you check in: the staff at Mirrielees will take a credit card imprint
but only "run" the card should you fail to return your room key.
- Stanford sits roughly
halfway between San José (SJC)
and San Francisco (SFO)
International airports. Cheaper
carriers tend to prefer SJC.
- SuperShuttle from
SFO to Stanford costs about $30; a limo will
cost about $80.
transport is also an option: from either airport you
can connect to Caltrain (SFO directions; SJC directions),
which will take you to Palo Alto, where Stanford's
free shuttle buses can take you to campus, at least up until about
8pm. The Westin and Sheraton hotels are right by the Palo Alto train
you get to Stanford, free
shuttle buses run until about 8pm; you
can use these to get to and from downtown Palo Alto. We will be running
a shuttle bus to return people from downtown back to the Mirrieless
residence after 8pm.
Registration and Travel Support
Society for Political Methodology offers to reimburse invited faculty participants
and student attendees for their air travel expenses up to $350.
participants and attendees are
Untenured faculty who are unable to obtain support from their
home institutions will be eligible for reimbursement of airfare,
but not the registration fee.
- levied a $150 registration fee, payable by check to the "Society for
Political Methodology" and mailed to our Treasurer, Prof Jonathan Katz,
HSS(228-77), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125;
to seek support from their home institutions to cover their travel
tenured faculty are expected to be self-supporting. In unusual circumstances,
travel support may be available for tenured faculty, but this will be
by prior arrangement only.
- Some faculty have been able to fund the attendence of their students,
which is also extremely helpful.
- These policies let us invite more students and
other "first-timers" to
the meeting, letting us expand the size of the meeting and give the NSF great
value for their support. Suffice to say that this type of goodwill is indispensible
to a professional association such as PolMeth.
Local Information 1: Wednesday evening
On the Wednesday night I suggest eating in downtown Palo Alto (a short walk for
people in the Sheraton or the Westin, under the railway lines back down University
Ave; many options, and you can eat reasonably late at several of them), or
California Ave for those of you in the Stanford Terrace Inn (head away from
Stanford on El Camino Real, after about three blocks, turn left onto California
If you are staying at the dorms, on the Wednesday evening we will provide
a "hospitality table" upstairs, inside Mirrilees. This will have light fare
for an evening snack: sandwiches, salads, fruit and cookies and the like.
Local Information 2: Morning coffee
The coffee at Branner should
be fine. If you really need espresso, there are two on-campus options:, Moonbeams,
close to Encina Hall in front of Green Library (keep walking down Escondido
from the dorm), or a Peet's
student union). Sheraton/Westin people might try striking out for one of two Peet's
easy walking distance: (1) in the "Town and Country" shopping center,
cnr of El Camino Real and Embarcadero, on the side of the center facing Embarcadero,
see the map
; (2) next to Whole Foods
(walk into downtown Palo Alto on University, right on High St, left on Homer,
but leave yourself some time for this excursion, since it is quite the scene,
and the "wrong way" from campus/Encina Hall). Stanford Terrace Inn people are
literally next door to a Starbucks
Local Information 3: Evenings
Your choices for local drinks etc in the evenings fall into three categories
(also see the stylized map
for a rough
guide as to locations, and this set of reviews
- On-campus at the CoHo (short for “Coffee House”, but they have numerous
beers on tap as well). The CoHo is located in the Tressider Student Union
complex and is a short walk from the Mirelees apartments across campus. It
is open until 12:15am on the evenings of Wednesday July 28 and Thursday July
29 with live jazz performances. On the nights of Friday July 30th and Saturday
July 31th, it closes at 11pm and there are no scheduled events.
- Off-campus in downtown Palo Alto. We will be running shuttle buses from
campus to the hotels and downtown (and back), from 7pm - 10pm. Downtown watering
holes include the Empire Tap Room, Gordon
Biersch (a brew pub), Blue Chalk
(louder, younger, pool tables), the Rose
and Crown (dingey, faux-Brit, lots of beers
on tap), the Old
Pro (sports bar), the
bars at restaurants Spago or Zibibbo (quiter,
more up-market), or the wine bar at Niebaum-Coppola.
- Off-campus on California Ave, Palo Alto. This is quite close to the Stanford
Terrace Inn (just a five minute walk). Bars there include La Bodeguita Del
Medio and a good old fashioned student dive called Antonio's Nut House. There
is even a nightclub on California Ave called The Edge.
Local Information 4: Exercise
If you want to do something more vigorous
than walking for morning coffee and/or into Encina Hall for the conference,
you might try rising early and walking or running
Dish" (again, see the map
literally refers to a
150ft diameter radio telescope
, perched on the foothills behind campus.
The walk up to it and back from the parking area at Junipero Serra and Stanford
Ave is a 3.3 mile loop, all on pavement, takes about an hour going
leisurely and has some seriously steep sections. Fog and smog permitting,
you'll get fantastic views from on top, looking over campus and Palo Alto,
up to San Francisco along the San Andreas fault, over the Bay towards
Oakland and Berkeley, down to NASA Ames and San Jose, and back around to the
Coast Ranges. If nothing else you'll get a sense of the views one enjoys while
spending a year at CASBS, which is right next to the walking path.
Another alternative would be to simply walk/run on the Stanford
campus. The campus architecture is quite striking in the morning hours
and is an easy walk from the Sheraton (straight up Palm Drive) and a little
further from the Stanford Terrace Inn (follow Serra past Encina Hall). On-campus
participants are already there (head down Escondido towards the Inner Quad);
again, see the map.
The Society for
Political Methodology thanks
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