FAQs


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The conference program is available at this link.


PRINTING POSTERS

There is a UPS store located inside the Starr Pass Marriott Resort. They can print posters and make other copies. Here is their webpage: https://tucson-az-6350.theupsstorelocal.com/


VISAS (Information for those traveling from outside the U.S.)

If you are coming from outside the U.S., remember to get a visa, if necessary! To allow enough time for your visa request to be processed by your country of origin, we recommend you check the U.S. Government's web site regarding visas. Click here for the link to that site.

REGISTRATION

When can I register for the conference?

  • Conference registration will open on Friday at noon (Arizona time), April 15, 2016.

What meals are included in the cost of registration for the conference?

  • For Regular, Student and Guest registrations, meals that are included as part of your registration fee are: Friday and Saturday lunches, Thursday night reception and Saturday dinner/entertainment. Friday dinner and all breakfasts are on your own. Coffee/tea will be provided at all breaks.

If my flight is cancelled or delayed, will I be reimbursed for a portion of the conference fee?

  • No refunds of conference fees are possible after 10/16/2016. We recommend you purchase travel insurance when booking your flight, to cover your travel costs if your trip needs to be cancelled.

TRANSPORTATION

I am not staying at the Marriott at Starr Pass. Is there a shuttle that can drive me to the hotel for the conference?

  • There is no shuttle service for those who are not staying at the Marriott at Starr Pass. You can look for colleagues with whom to carpool. Also Tucson has taxi services or you can rent a car for the weekend. Please see our Transportation tab on this site for links to these services.

How should I get to the Marriott at Starr Pass from the Tucson International Airport (TUS)?

  • From the Tucson International Airport there are taxi services, shuttle services (helpful to arrange in advance), and rental cars. Please see our Transportation tab on this site for links to these services.

Is there transportation available from Phoenix to Tucson if I choose to fly into Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix (PHX)?*

  • Yes. AZShuttle is a shuttle service that runs more than 20 times each day from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to several locations around Tucson. The reserved round-trip fare as of November 2015 was $82.

ACCOMMODATIONS

What are the benefits of staying at the Marriott Starr Pass hotel?

  • It is beautiful and it is where all the conference sessions and activities will be taking place.

  • We have negotiated discounted rates on a block of rooms for PME-NA attendees. Book early to be sure you get one of these rooms! Click here to go directly to the Marriott Starr Pass - PME-NA 2016 reservations page..

  • There are no other hotels within walking distance of the Marriott at Starr Pass, nor is there public transportation to the hotel. Staying on site will make your time at the conference easy and enjoyable... you can immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings and take advantage relaxing resort activities!

FUN INFORMATION ABOUT THE TUCSON AREA

What is there to do around Tucson and how can I find information?
We invite you to explore Tucson, the University of Arizona and the surrounding region during your stay (see below). In particular, on Friday night we hope you will enjoy an evening of dining and shopping in Downtown Tucson. Tucson has some wonderful places to explore and activities going on. The iPad Visitors' Guide and the official Visit Tucson Travel Guide are wonderful resources. For specific ideas, see below. We want you to discover the beauty and excitement of Tucson!

  • ALL SOULS PROCESSION AND DANCE OF THE DEAD

    This annual celebration is taking place on the weekend of our conference! Friday night (for our "dinner out") Tucson will be hopping, and Sunday night is the Procession and Dance of the Dead. For more information about the festival, click here, and for some fun images of the celebration, click here. The procession is a 2-mile (roughly 2-hour), human-powered, one-of-a-kind ceremonial march through downtown Tucson that ends with a celebratory ritual featuring the burning of a gigantic urn filled with messages, prayers, and remembrances provided by participants near and far. For the All Souls Procession, on Sunday, the procession (gathering site to be announced) begins at 4 p.m.. The mass walk to Mercado San Agustin (Congress Street and Avenida del Convento) begins at 6:30 p.m.

  • FOOD!

    We will have more information for you for our Friday night "dinner out" on the Friday night of the conference. Meanwhile, though, you can start to rev up your taste buds looking at Tucson Foodie and Edible Baja Arizona. Additionally, Tucson has just been named to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a recognized "City of Gastronomy."

  • SITE SEEING

    Old Tucson Studios and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum are over the mountain from our hotel, on the other side of Starr Pass. The Desert Museum particularly is a gem and would make a great Sunday afternoon outing.
    The Pima Air & Space Museum and the Titan Missile Museum will appeal to those who love flight, airplanes and aeronautics. Home to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson has plenty of "wild blue yonder" for aircraft to explore.
    The Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona State Museum (which is on the campus of the University of Arizona) are almost across the street from each other and will enchant those interested in learning more about the history of Tucson and Arizona, while Mission San Xavier del Bac, just south of Tucson, gives a glimpse into the religious life of the earliest Spanish settlers in the area.
    Finally, the Tohono O'odham Cultural Center and the Kitt Peak Observatory will open new worlds to you, Native American and astronomical. These sites are both about 45 minutes to an hour out of town, but make a fine pair of places to visit.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TUCSON AREA

In case of a medical emergency, where are the nearest hospitals/urgent care centers?

  • Under investigation - will post shortly.

In what time zone is Tucson located?

  • Arizona is a time zone unto itself! We do not change to daylight savings time, so during the winter we are synchronized with Mountain Standard Time, and in the summer months we are synchronized with Pacific Standard Time.

What is Tucson weather like in November?

  • November weather in Tucson tends to be beautiful -- not too hot/not too cold! For the current weather forecast, click here.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

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MISCELLANEOUS

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