ASL 2005 Annual Meeting
Local Information

The Location

Stanford University is situated on the San Francisco Peninsula roughly midway between San Francisco and San Jose. The main part of campus borders the small cities of Palo Alto and Menlo Park which are known for their tree-lined streets, up-scale shops, and fine restaurants. Within a 45-minute drive, visitors can choose between hiking trails and beaches, or the dynamic city-life and cultural opportunities of San Francisco. The immediate surroundings of the university have much to offer including an art museum, sculpture gardens, architectural features, shopping districts, and open space. The Stanford area enjoys a temperate climate year around, and during the month of March average high temperatures are in the mid 60s and lows are in the mid 40s (Fahrenheit), with a few days of rainfall.

The main lectures and registration for the ASL Annual Meeting will take place in the Main Quad's Math Corner (Sloan Mathematics Center). Maps and additional local information can be found on Stanford's visitor information web page

The conference hotels

The ASL has reserved blocks of rooms at the following hotels.
  • Creekside Inn Palo Alto - about 2.5 miles from the conference meeting rooms. Hotel amenities include free shuttle (5-mile radius), continental breakfast, free parking, in room high-speed Internet access, lobby computer with printer, DSL, email and WiFI connection. The special ASL meeting rate for Friday and Saturday is $89/singles, $99/doubles, and for Sunday through Thursday, $105/singles, $115/ doubles. There is a 10% city occupancy tax. For reservations call (650) 213-4250 or visit; please refer to the "ASL" room block for the discounted room rates.

  • Sheraton Inn Palo Alto - less than one mile from the conference meeting rooms, this hotel is also within close proximity to downtown Palo Alto, the Palo Alto CalTrain station, and the Stanford Shopping Center. Amenities include high-speed Internet access in all rooms (for a fee), full service restaurant, and (limited) free shuttle service in surrounding area. Parking fees are $9/day. The special ASL meeting rate is $165.00 for singles or doubles with an occupancy tax of 10%. For reservations, call (650) 328-2800, or email (email must include: guest name, arrival/departure date, address, phone#, name of group, credit card number and expiration date. To reserve online go to and identify the meeting code - 7091 - to get the ASL room rate.

  • The Cardinal Hotel - one mile from the Stanford campus. Amenities are limited. There is no restaurant or parking on the property but both are available within a few blocks. Hi-speed wireless is available ($10 per day). No shuttle service is provided by the hotel, but free public shuttle service is available through Marguerite Shuttle ( The special ASL meeting rate is $99 for either 1 queen bed or 2 double beds with private bath, and European style rooms with shared baths for $55. There is 10% tax on all rooms. To reserve by phone call 650-323-5101 and mention the attendee code - ASL. You may reserve a room online at; no attendee code is required.
We strongly encourage you to make your reservations early at the hotels listed. Please note that after the cutoff deadline date of February 18, 2005, remaining rooms in the ASL blocks will be released for general sale and the group rate may no longer apply.

Additional hotel information may be found at

Arrival by air

Stanford is roughly equidistant from San Jose (SJC) and San Francisco (SFO) airports. A number of private companies also provide shuttle transportation from the San Francisco and San Jose airports, and taxis serve the Stanford campus from both locations. Lower-cost ground-transportation options include bus and train routes. The least expensive ground transportation from SFO is the San Mateo County Transit (SamTrans) Bus Route KX which goes to the Stanford Shopping Center. Another option is to take Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from SFO to the Milbrae station, and then take CalTrain to Palo Alto. More information about public transportation is available at For additional questions or trip planning assistance, please call the Bay Area Transit Information Hotline by dialing 511 from within the San Francisco Bay Area or (510) 817-1717 from outside the San Francisco Bay Area.

Arrival by car

Please visit for directions to the Stanford University campus. Note that campus parking on weekdays between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM requires a permit. Information about parking permits, and other parking options will be available on the meeting web site, and at the meeting.

Sharing a room

If you wish to save expenses by sharing a room with another ASL participant, we will try to put you in touch with a possible roommate. Contact the ASL office, preferably by email at, if you wish to take advantage of this service. Please provide the following information: (1) your arrival and departure dates, (2) your gender, (3) whether or not you smoke (and if not, whether you would accept a roommate who does), and (4) a telephone number where you can be reached to coordinate arrangements. Note that even if you have requested that we try to find you a suitable roommate, you should still make your own reservation in the Stanford area; later, if a roommate match is achieved, and both you and your roommate have made reservations, one of them should be cancelled.

Student travel grants

Applications and recommendations deadline is January 14, 2005. Email to the Program Chair: John Steel, Department of Mathematics, U. C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA; email:

Registration fees

The pre-registration fee (for those registering by mail, email, or online before February 19, 2005) is $35 for regular members and free for students, outreach members and unemployed members. The fee for registrations postmarked February 19, 2005 or later, and on-site is $45 for regular members and free for students, outreach members and unemployed members. You may pre-register for the Annual meeting by mail using the attached form, or by email, ( by providing equivalent information. To register online, visit

Services on campus

Tresidder Memorial Union

Tresidder Union is the community center of Stanford University. It offers a wide variety of services and programs designed for students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests of the University and their families.

Information Center. Located in the lower lobby, the Center provides information about the campus and Bay Area. Available are schedules of campus activities, transit schedules, campus tour information, campus maps and some Bay Area tourist and entertainment information. Phone 723-4311. A 24-hour tape is also available by calling 723-0336.

Banking Services. Wells Fargo Bank, located on the second floor, is a full service bank. Open Monday - Friday, 9AM - 4PM. The phone number is 855-7639. Automatic tellers for Wells Fargo and Bank of America are located outside the Wells Fargo office.

Ticket Office. The Stanford Ticket Office on the first floor sells tickets for campus performances and also serves as a BASS outlet for tickets to major Bay Area events. Summer hours are Monday - Friday, 10AM - 5PM, Saturday, noon-4pm. Closed Sunday. Phone: 725-2787.

Copy Center. Pulse Copy Center is a full service copy center offering a wide range of reprographic and finishing services. Self service machines are available everyday until 11PM. The main facility at Tresidder is open Monday - Friday, 8AM -7:30PM and Saturday 11AM-3PM. Other units are in Room 24 in the basement open Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM, and in the basement of Graduate School of Business, open Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-7PM. Phone: 723-3132. 

Convenience Store. Tresidder Express, located on the ground level, offers snack foods and beverages, a selection of grocery, cleaning, health and beauty items, newspapers,and film. Open Monday - Friday, 7:30AM - 10PM, Saturday and Sunday, 9:AM - 9:PM. Phone: 723-9224.

Food Services. There are several restaurants and a coffee shop in the Tresidder complex serving a wide variety of food. Check with the Information Center for their summer schedule.

The Coffee House offers sandwiches, salads, soups, hot entrees, wine and beer. 

The Tree House offers Mexican food and Hamburgers. It also serves premium draft Beer.

Other Services. There is also a hairstyling salon and credit card fax service located in the complex.

University Bookstore

The Stanford Bookstore has two units on campus: the main bookstore in White Plaza and the Track House Sports Shop at the corner of Campus Drive and Galvez Street near the football stadium.

The main bookstore houses one of the largest collections of general, technical and academic books in the country, as well as magazines, journals and newspapers. In addition, the Bookstore sells Stanford logo apparel, school and office supplies, film, cards and souvenirs, and can provide custom merchandise, if needed. Services include photo processing, fax service, coin operated copiers, sale of stamps and a cafe. Microdisc is located on the mezzanine level of the Bookstore and offers Stanford-affiliation discounts on computer hardware and software from major manufacturers. Microdisc: 725-6116. Bookstore hours are Monday - Friday, 7:45AM - 9PM, Saturday 9AM - 6PM and Sunday 11AM - 6PM. Closed holidays. Phone: 329-1217.

The Track House Sports Shop has a selection of sports apparel with the Stanford logo, swimsuits, athletic shoes, sports equipment and accessories, and a juice bar. Open Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 6PM and Sunday 11AM-5PM. Phone: 327-8870.

Post Office

The Post Office, located in White Plaza next to the Bookstore, is open weekdays, 9AM - 5PM. Phone: 322-0059.

Art Exhibits

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford devotes 24 galleries and several outdoor areas to its diverse collections and special exhibitions which represent all periods of the history of art and many cultures.  The Center also has a cafe and a bookshop.  The Center is FREE and open Wednesday - Sunday, 11 AM- 5PM and thursday until 8PM.  For more information, please call (650) 723-4177 or check the web at

Rodin Sculpture Garden  located on Lomita Drive and Roth Way, at the Stanford Campus.  Adjacent to the Cantor Arts Center, the Garden features twenty bronzes, including The Gates of Hell, by the French Sculptor, Auguste Rodin.  The Garden is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Docent tours are available Saturdays at 11 am and Sundays at 3 pm.  For more information, please call (650) 723-3469.

The Stanford University Art Gallery on Serra Street near the Hoover Tower has a variety of exhibits. Open Tuesday - Friday, 10AM - 5PM, Saturday and Sunday, 1PM - 5PM. It will be closed this season from June 16 to July 1. Phone: 723-2842. 

Free Docent-led Public Tours are available.   Meet in the Center's main lobby unless otherwise noted.  No reservations are needed for regularly scheduled public tours. Groups of 10 or more or special tours require a reservation and may be arranged three weeks in advance by calling (650) 723-3469.
Tour Day Time
Introducing the Cantor Arts Center Saturday and Sunday 1 pm
Auguste Rodin Saturday 11 am,  Sunday 3 pm 11 am Sat. & 3 pm Sun.
Memorial Church - meet at Church Friday 2 pm
Outdoor Sculpture Walk - meet at the Main Quad  lst Sunday of each month 2 pm
Family Tour (for young children with adults)  2nd Saturday of each month 3 pm

Performing Arts

The Lively Arts at Stanford, the Stanford Jazz Workshop and other groups present various performances on campus during the summer. Concerts are held in Frost Amphitheater as well as indoor venues. Call the Ticket Office at Tresidder at 725-2787, Campus Events tape at 723-0336 or check the Stanford Report calendar section.

Campus Tours

Visitor Information Services runs campus tours daily beginning at 11AM and 3:15PM, departing from the front of Memorial Hall on Serra Street across from Hoover Tower. Their information booth is located in the lobby of Memorial Hall and is open every day from 10AM - 5PM. 

Walking tours are free of charge and no reservation is necessary for gourps smaller than 9 people. Call 723-2560 for more information.

Hoover Tower tours and information is open daily from 10AM - 4:30PM. Phone 723-2560 for more information.

Campus Shuttle Service

The "Marguerite" is the free campus transit system. It runs Monday - Friday from 6AM -7PM, except on Wednesday, July 4. It connects to CalTrain and most public bus lines. Schedules are available from the Transportation Programs Office.

Bike Rentals

Bicycles offer a viable solution for temporary transportation needs and for touring the campus and surrounding areas. The Campus Bike Shop sells a variety of bicycles and supplies. Short and long term rentals are available. The Bike Shop is located next to the Law School between Owen and Rogers House at 551 Salvatierra Lane. It is open weekdays, 9AM - 5PM and Saturday 9AM - 3PM. Phone: 325-2945 

An off-campus source for bicycle rentals is The Bike Connection at 424-8034. They are located at 2086 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

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