This Summer UC-Davis is the host of the Society for
Political Methodology Summer Conference. Since 1984 the Society for Political Methodology has held an annual Summer
conference. These conferences have been generously supported by the host institution, and by the National Science
Foundation. Recent conferences have been held at FSU, Stanford, Minnesota, Washington, Emory, UCLA and Texas A&M.
For details not provided here or any other questions, contact
Jeff Gill, or Skyler Cranmer
(graduate student assistant).
The program runs from 9AM to 5PM on Thursday and Friday, and 9AM to 5:30PM on Saturday. There are also workshops Friday and
Saturday 8AM to 9AM. A graduate student poster session will be held on the Friday evening in the
Alumni Center. Be warned,
Davis weather is warm in the Summer (though not humid).
Since the mode of dress at the methods meeting has always been very casual, this should not be a big deal.
There is also a last-minute set of instructions, which was emailed to attendees but is available
here as well.
Dates of Importance:
Attendees should make their travel plans to arrive on Wednesday, July 19 and depart Sunday, July 23. Dorm residents
who will be arriving or leaving on different dates should contact the organizers.
From Sacramento International Airport (strongly recommended, 916-874-0700 general information) to Davis:
Taxi service is available at the airport, at a cost of approximately $38 from any of the taxi services. Returning to
the airport on Sunday, we recommend Checker Cab: (530) 750-7979.
The Davis Airporter will meet your flight, deliver you to the address
in Davis that you request, and allow extra baggage. Phone (530) 756-6715, toll free (800) 565-5153, or click
here to make an online reservation.
The Yolobus Line #42 leaves the Sacramento Airport every hour at 20 minutes
after the hour between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. and arrives at the Memorial Union on the UC Davis campus about 45 minutes later.
This is an easy walk to the dorms or to the hotels. No reservations are required. Although inexpensive ($1 per person),
this bus will not deliver you to a specific address in Davis.
Supershuttle Airport Transportation operates van transportation between the Sacramento Airport and Davis. For more
information, or to make reservation, call (800) 258-3826 or visit their webpage.
You can also rent a car from Hertz, Avis,
Budget, National, or
Enterprise. If you are renting a car and staying in the dorms you need to let us know
so we can get you a campus parking pass. The hotels, of course, accommodate parking.
Reile Transportation Services offers door-to-door service. The cost is $35 per person; $50 for two people and $60 for
three people. To make reservations, call (707) 451-4816.
From San Francisco International Airport (650-876-7834 general information) to Davis:
The Davis Airporter will meet your flight, deliver you to the address in Davis
that you request, and allow extra baggage. Phone (530) 756-6715, toll free (800) 565-5153, or click
here to make an online reservation.
Reile Transportation Services Door-to-door service. The cost is $50 per person, $78 for 2 people and $99 for 3 people. You
may make reservations by calling (707) 451-4816.
Amtrak provides bus and train transportation between the San Francisco
Airport and Davis. Call (800) 872-7245.
Greyhound Bus Lines provides transportation to downtown Davis. Tickets are available on the lower level of the South Terminal
at San Francisco International Airport. The one-way fare is $14.00. Two mid-afternoon trips are currently scheduled. Schedule
and rates are subject to change. For more information, visit www.greyhound.com.
From Oakland International Airport (510-577-4000 general information) to Davis:
We have blocks of hotel rooms at four hotels reserved under the "Political Methodology Meeting," which will be released to the public
if not reserved by June 19. Central Davis is a small area and these hotels are all within very easy walking distance of the conference site
(5-10 minutes maximum). There will also be a dedicated bus service for the conference at the end of dinner each evening cycling between campus
and the four hotels.
The Hallmark Inn (Rooms reserved under "Political Methodology" with ID number 120245)
For those staying in the dorms (and have let us know that), the following information is important.
Driving Directions and Parking. The Tercero complex, which includes Lysle Leach Hall, is located in the central campus area.
This map provides directions from the freeways and parking
information. On arrival, park in front of the Tercero Commons Check-in area. You will get a parking pass (if you requested one)
in your registration package, then proceed directly south and park in Lot 47 (see map).
Check-in Instructions. On arrival at the UCD campus, go to the Tercero dining commons and check-in at the
service desk. Check-in is available from 4PM to 11PM. Here is a
map of that general area. You might want to print
out the pdf campus map as well.
If you arrive after 11:00PM, the service desk will be closed and you need to call 530-752-2900 to have a staff member meet
you at the check-in desk.
Accommodations. The Leach dorms are single occupancy accommodations in either four- or five-room suite configurations
with a single shared bathroom. If you want to know what the accomodations actually like like, see the
floor plan, and a
slide show. General information about the Leach
dorms is available from the UC-Davis Housing Page. There is
also a Conference Housing Visitor webpage.
Amenities. Dorm residents will be provided with linens, towels, and soap. All dorm residents get breakfast included
in their stay, which include vegetarian items (see the sample menus
Walking directions: From 5PM to 5:30PM there will be setup time for the posters (during the business meeting). At 5PM, walk
outside the door from the University Club and go left down the road immediately in front of the building (Old Davis Road).
Five minutes later you will see the pathway to the Alumni Center to the left (after walking past the Ornamental Horticulture
building). If you hit the stop sign you've gone a little too far but can still turn left and find the Alumni Center.
UCD will provide a 40 inch by 30 inch 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 standard white 11 by 8.5 inch printouts.
Although there will be coffee at the meeting virtually all of the meeting times, we understand further needs may exist.
Downtown Davis has quite a few coffee shops for a small town and we recommend: Mishkas (514-B 2nd Street), Roma Cafe 1
(231 E Street), Roma Cafe 2 (223 3rd Street), Crepeville (3rd Street), Cafe Bernardo (3rd Street), Ciocolat
(301 B Street) and of course Starbucks (208 F Street). On campus, there are coffee shops in the Memorial Union, the
Surge building, and in front of Olson Hall (see campus map).
If you are interested in running, the arboretum area where we are meeting is a popular spot due to the scenery (watch
out for the ducks). There is also a nice running track closeby on campus on the North-East corner at Russell and A
Streets. For those staying in the dorms, on check-in you will receive a "recreation and leisure pass," which includes
access to the very new and very high-tech Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). The ARC has: a Fitness Center, 4
Court Gym, Climbing Wall, MAC, 4 Wall Courts, Indoor Track, Martial Arts Studio, Dance Studio, Group Exercise Studio,
Group Cycling Studio, and Distributive Cardio. You can see details at their information page.