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This is the wiki entry for the CARMA Summer School July 24-30, 2011. Individual talks will be posted here and you are free to post additional notes, comments etc. The participants in the 2011 Summer School will be listed below.


Melvyn Wright (UCB)
Dick Plambeck (UCB)
Marc Pound (UMD)
Doug Friedel (UIUC)
Nikolaus Volgenau (OVRO)
John Carpenter (CIT)
Tom Culverhouse (OVRO)
Peter Teuben (UMD) [remote]

Local Organizing Committee

Mary Daniel (OVRO)
Cecil Patrick (OVRO)
Terry Sepsey (OVRO)


Kim Arvidsson, University of Chicago/Adler Planetarium,
James McBride, UC Berkeley,
Francesca Fornasini, UC Berkeley,
Karto Keating, UC Berkeley,
Patricio Sanhueza, Boston University,
Assaf Horesh, California Institute of Technology,
John Sebastian Pineda, California Institute of Technology,
Jackie Villadsen, California Institute of Technology,
Ke Zhang, California Institute of Technology,
Kunal Mooley, California Institute of Technology,
Gregory Hallenbeck, Cornell University,
Katherine Rosenfeld, Harvard University,
Nienke van der Marel, Leiden Observatory,
Demerese Salter, University of Maryland,
Maxime Rizzo, University of Maryland,
Kim-Yen Nguyen, University of Maryland,
Crystal Anderson, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology,
Matt Sieth, Stanford University,
Celia Verdugo Salgado, University of Chile,
William Dirienzo, University of Virginia,
Manuel Fernandez-Lopez, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
Ian Stephens, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome! We look forward to having you at the 2011 CARMA summer school. Please post your itinerary on the Wiki soon. Doing so serves as confirmation for us to know you will be attending summer school and that you have secured both air and land transportation to the school.

Below are frequently asked questions and answers:

Q1: Are there any detailed maps of how to get to the CARMA site from local airports, or from the CARMA site to OVRO (location of the dorms and cottage)?
A1: Directions/Maps to CARMA are on the Wiki under “Air and Land Directions to CARMA.” Click on “Detailed driving directions.” Select the directions needed. Also included is information on markets, gas stations, how to avoid getting a speeding ticket, photos of road signs, and other useful items posted by Marc Pound, school staff member.

Q2: Is dinner provided on Sunday, July 24th?
A2: No. You are responsible for providing meals prior to breakfast Monday morning, July 25. Please eat dinner on Sunday before arriving, bring food for Sunday night dinner, or make arrangements to find a place to eat. There are a few restaurants in Big Pine (the nearest town), and many more in Bishop (20miles to the north).

Q3: I am camping. Where do I go to check in and get directions to the campgrounds?
A3: Upon arrival to the CARMA site, please check in at the CARMA control building for directions to the campgrounds. Also, email Mary if you will be arriving to CARMA before 7/24 or departing after 7/31 so we know if we need to request accommodations for additional days.

Q4: I do not have land transportation yet. What are my options?
A4: Every student is responsible for providing his/her own air and land transportation. Option 1: Reserve a rental car. If you are renting a car and have space for additional passengers, please post how many passengers you would be willing to take so students can contact you. Option 2: Post your itinerary to the Wiki along with the request that you need a ride. We encourage students to share rides/carpool when possible.

Q5: What happens if I miss my shared car ride due to a flight delay?
A5: Emergency Back-up Transportation Plan: In the event that your flight is delayed and you miss your ride or something else happens to delay your arrival, please call the CARMA control building at (760) 938-2075 ext 181 to notify us of what has happened. Then, you will need to rent a car at the airport and drive to the CARMA site.

Q6: Where do I go for meals?
A6: If you are staying in an OVRO dorm room (in the valley), than you can have breakfast in the OVRO kitchen or choose to head up to the Control Building. If you choose this option, you will need to plan for a 25 minute drive to the Control Building for an 8 am class Monday morning. (Classes will begin at 9 am thereafter.) If you are camping, you will want to have breakfast in the Control Building, where classes are held. Breakfast takes place between 7 and 8 am each day. Lunch and dinner will always take place in the control building.

Q7: Where should I go on the first day of class, July 25th?
A7: To the CARMA control building.

Q8: What time should I show up on the first day of class?
A8: 8 am. Again, classes will resume at 9 am from Tuesday on.

Q9: How do I pay for my accommodations and how do I know how much to pay?
A9: Mary will be sending an email communicating information about your lodging fees. Unless you are from an institution that is a CARMA affiliate (in which case your institution will be invoiced), you will need to bring exact payment in the form of cash or check with you to summer school. Fees will be collected once there. Note: Credit cards will not be accepted.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mary at

Travel Arrangements

Air and Land Directions to CARMA

For travel by air there are a number of options - Las Vegas; Los Angeles Area: LAX, Burbank, Ontario; Reno; Inyokern, and Mammoth Lakes. Most of these require a 4 to 5 hour drive to get to CARMA from the airport. The exceptions are Inyokern (airport code IYK) and Mammoth Lakes (airport code MMH) which are small regional airports near the Owens Valley. Only United flies to IYK (via LAX) and there are 2 flights a day. From IYK, it is about a 2 hour drive to CARMA (rental cars from Avis and Dollar available). Mammoth Lakes Airport is one hour north of OVRO and also has a few flights per day from LAX on HorizonAir and United, with Enterprise and Hertz rental cars available. See here for details.

Detailed driving directions to OVRO and CARMA from Los Angeles, Reno, and Las Vegas are here.

What To Bring If You Are Camping

Since all meals will be at the control building, the only essential camping equipment is a sleeping bag and a mat. The sleeping bag need not be very warm, since nighttime temperatures will be above freezing. Students who prefer to have a tent to themselves should plan on bringing a tent. Tents will be provided for those who don't mind sharing. We'll do a poll for who needs what, once the accommodation choices are settled.

The campground reserved for the School is Ferguson Campground; its entrance is about 1 mile west of the entrance to the CARMA site on the opposite side of the road from CARMA.

When you arrive, check in at the CARMA Control Building to let the observers know you have arrived, to pick up any gear you have reserved and to get directions to the campsite.

Other Things You May Want To Bring

Flashlight, bug spray, plastic coffee mug, sunglasses, windbreaker, hat with brim (for sun), sweater, rainjacket, water bottle, binoculars for star gazing/ birdwatching, camera, and good walking shoes.

Shared Rides

Use this wiki table to coordinate shared rides. Give your name, your flight details, how many you can accomodate, and special notes such as whether you will be toting camping gear. For help on editting wiki tables, see this page
Gender will be used to match up shared dorm/tent accomodations. Also please let us know any dietary restrictions since CARMA is providing most of your meals

Participant Travel Information
Name Gender Airport Arrival
Driving? Camping? If Camping, can you bring:
Tent? / Sleeping Mat?
Notes Dietary Restrictions
Joe Example M LAX Jul 11 / #1234 / 10am Jul 19 / #4321 / 2pm Y Y N/Y I can take 3 riders. I only eat cookies
Matt Sieth M Driving from Stanford (near SFO/SJC) Jul 24 Jul 30 Y Y N/Y I can take 3 riders. None
Kunal Mooley M  ? Jul 24 Jul 30  ? Y N/Y Vegetarian
Patricio Sanhueza M LAX Jul 24 Jul 30 N Y N/Y None
William (Bill) Dirienzo M LAX? Jul 24 Jul 31  ? N None
Ke(Coco) Zhang F Leaving from Caltech Jul 24 Jul 30 N N None
Greg Hallenbeck M  ? Jul 24 Jul 30 N N None
Celia Verdugo F SNA Jul 20 Aug 1 N Y N will be in LA on 23th no sea-food
J. Sebastian Pineda M N/A N/A N/A Y Y N/ N Don't need Mat none
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