Participant Information for the 2009 PiTP Program
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE GIVEN A WELCOME PACKET AT REGISTRATION CONTAINING DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND THEIR STAY AT THE INSTITUTE. BELOW WE HAVE SUMMARIZED KEY POINTS OF INTEREST, HOWEVER PARTICIPANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CAREFULLY REVIEW THEIR PACKET CONTENTS UPON ARRIVAL FOR UP-TO-DATE AND COMPLETE DETAILS.
Arrival & Registration
If you arrive at the Institute before 2:00 p.m. on July 12, your apartment key will be held with the Public Safety Officer at the Reception Desk which is located immediately on your right as you enter Fuld Hall (the main building with the clock tower). If the Officer is not at Reception (behind the glass window) when you arrive, please use the phone on the desk in the lobby and dial 5460. If you reach voicemail, please leave a message and the Officer will come to Fuld Hall to assist you, generally within 20 minutes of your call. Please give the Officer your name, tell him that you are a participant in the Physics Program, and let him know you would like to pick up your apartment key. Please note, you are still required to come to Registration Sunday afternoon to receive your Welcome Packet and turn in your housing payment.
If you plan to arrive after 8:00 p.m. on July 12, or if travel delays unexpectedly cause you to arrive after 8:00 p.m., your registration materials and apartment key will be held with the Public Safety Officer at the Reception Desk located immediately on your right as you enter Fuld Hall (the main building with the clock tower). If the Officer is not at Reception (behind the glass window) when you arrive, please use the phone on the desk in the lobby and dial 5460. If you reach voicemail, please leave a message and the Officer will come to Fuld Hall to assist you, generally within 20 minutes of your call. Please give the Officer your name, tell him that you are a participant in the Physics Program, and let him know you would like to pick up your apartment key. You also may ask the Officer to drive you with your luggage to your on-campus apartment. Please note, your housing payment would then be required to be turned in to the Program Business Office on Monday (see Business Office & Staff below).
Office & Staff
Susan Higgins, Academic Assistant
Check Cashing Service or Automated Teller Machine
Common Rooms on Campus
Participants are expected to bring their own laptop to the
program. Students coming from
outside of the
Use of a laptop (or other personal computing device) on the
Institute network requires completion of a small registration procedure for
which details will be provided in your Welcome Packet, which will be given to
you upon your arrival.
Institute campus, including the lecture hall (Wolfensohn Hall), offers
wireless service, and a limited number of data ports will also be
provided in Wolfensohn for
wired service. Apartments offer wireless
service, and there is also a data port in the den area of each
In addition to working on
your laptops in Wolfensohn Hall or
your apartments, you may also use three rooms in Bloomberg Hall with
chairs, wireless access and data ports for participant use during the
afternoons, evenings (until midnight), or over the weekend (7:00 a.m.
midnight). These rooms will be the
Astrophysics Library, the Physics Library, and the Center for Systems
Conference Room. Signs will be posted in
Bloomberg Hall directing you to these locations. You are also
free to work in other common areas of the Institute campus, such as the
Common Room of Bloomberg Hall and the Natural Sciences Library in Fuld
Hall. Please note: no food, beverages or smoking will
be permitted in any of the libraries or in the biology conference room.
Police-Fire-Medical: Dial 9-911 from any campus or apartment phone.
Critical Maintenance Problem: (electrical, plumbing, heating, mechanical, locked out of apartment) Weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. call the Program Office at Extension 8198; evenings and weekends, dial extension 5460 from any campus or apartment phone (dial 1-609-947-5940 if calling from any off campus or personal cell phone).
Institute Public Safety Officer: Dial extension 5460 from any campus or apartment phone (dial 1-609-947-5940 if calling from any off campus or personal cell phone).
Fax and Mail Service
U.S. and overseas postage stamps may be purchased at the Reception Office in Fuld Hall. There is outgoing mail collection from this office several times a day. There is a Mail Information Center in the hallway of the lower level of Fuld Hall, (this wing of Fuld is also referred to as Building B, see #3 on the Campus Map under Maps below), where you will find a postage scale for weighing letters and small parcels. Airbills, envelopes, and information for express mail services are located in this area, as well, along with train and bus schedules.
If you are expecting to receive mail during your stay, please make sure that it is address to you "in care of: Susan Higgins, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540."
Ground Transportation to the Institute
If traveling by plane, Newark International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport are both approximately one hour from Princeton. Both airports have train transportation from the airport to Princeton, however it is easier and more direct from Newark Airport. Also, the "Olympic Airporter" shuttle offers economical ground transportation service directly between Newark Airport or JFK Airport and the Institute. Detailed information about nearby airports and transportation to/from airports can be found on the Institute website at: http://www.admin.ias.edu/as/transport_airports.php If you decide to use the "Olympic Airporter," please be certain to make reservations in advance, as sometimes their vans fill up.
If traveling by train, you may take AMTRAK or NEW JERSEY TRANSIT into the "Princeton Junction, New Jersey" station (or if the AMTRAK schedule into "Princeton Junction" is not convenient, you also could take AMTRAK to the "Trenton, New Jersey" station and then take a NEW JERSEY TRANSIT train into the "Princeton Junction, New Jersey" station). From the "Princeton Junction, New Jersey" station, you may either take a taxi cab to the Institute (at a cost of about $20) or you may take the New Jersey Transit shuttle train (sometimes referred to as the "DINKY") from the "Princeton Junction, New Jersey" station to the "Princeton, New Jersey" station, and then you may walk to the Institute from there (about a 25-minute walk - see the Walking Directions from Princeton Station. NOTE: the streets are not well-lit, so if you will be walking in the evening, you may wish to bring a flashlight with you).
If driving to the Institute, please see: Driving Directions. Participants will find free parking available near each apartment, as well as in Lot A on Campus (which is located next to both Bloomberg Hall and Wolfensohn Hall.) No parking sticker is required.
If you encounter any problems with your apartment, please call Andy Compton in the housing office (telephone extension 8230). If calling in the evenings or on the weekend, please leave a voicemail and you can expect your concern to be addressed on the following business day. For an electrical, plumbing, heating or mechanical emergency that occurs in the evening or over the weekend, or if you find yourself locked out of your apartment in the evening or over the weekend, please call the Public Safety Officer on duty by dialing extension 5460 from any campus or apartment phone (or dial 1-609-947-5940 if calling from an off campus or personal cell phone). If you wish to exchange your used linens or towels for a clean set, or if you need additional cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet tissue or kleenex for your apartment, please go directly to the housing office (located in the Activities Center - see the Campus Map in the Maps section below). The housing office will be open weekdays from 8:00-9:00 a.m. or from 4:00-5:00 pm. for these services.
Participants will be held responsible for any damages to an apartment that may occur during their stay at the Institute.
For information on collecting an apartment key, please see the section above entitled Arrival and Registration.
There is a self-service laundry facility in the Activities Center of the Institute Housing Complex (see the Campus Map in the Maps section below). To use the machines, you must first purchase a laundry card from the Reception Office in Fuld Hall (open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). The cards cost $10.00, which includes a $3.00 deposit (which you will receive back when you return the card) and $7.00 for laundry services. Cards must be returned to the Reception Office before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24th, at which time you will receive your $3.00 deposit back, plus a refund of any money remaining on the card from the original $7.00 laundry credit.
If you forget either to bring laundry detergent with you or buy it on the Monday trip to the grocery store, there is a vending machine located in the Activities Center where you can purchase small boxes of detergent.
Dress is informal during the Program, however there will be one dinner hosted by the Institute's Director, Dr. Peter Goddard, and Mrs. Helen Goddard, for which you may wish to bring something less casual (but definitely no suits, ties or formal wear are needed.) You should pack a pair of sneakers or walking shoes for trips into town or walks in the Institute woods. We also suggest you bring an umbrella, in case of inclement weather, and a sweater or light jacket to wear in case you find the temperature in the lecture hall cooler than you prefer. We have arranged for access to a pool one evening, as well, so we encourage you to bring a swimsuit with you.
Institute Access/Identification Cards
These maps will be included in the Welcome Packet.
Meals, Groceries and Vending Machines with beverages and snacks
Vending machines with beverages and snacks are located in the lower level of Fuld Hall and in the Activities Center in the Housing Complex.
In case of a life-threatening medical emergency: Dial 9-911 from any campus or apartment phone.
If it is a weekday in the late afternoon/evening or on a weekend, you may wait to consult Human Resources on the next business morning, or if you feel the need is critical, the closest Hospital Emergency Room is located at the University Medical Center at Princeton (253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-497-4000). Please note: an Emergency Room visit can be very expensive, and any costs incurred will be the responsibility of the participant or his/her insurance company. You should have available your medical insurance card and information if you decide to visit the Emergency Room.
Avoiding Lyme Disease: Exposure to deer ticks can be a serious problem, as they may carry Lyme disease. It is helpful to avoid sitting in grassy areas or walking around without shoes. Lyme disease typically is first noticeable as a bulls-eye rash. If you feel feverish, sore, or have general flu symptoms, check yourself for any signs of this rash. As Lyme disease can be present even without a visible rash, however, if you have flu-like symptoms, you may wish to consult a physician. You can find more detailed information about Lyme disease at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease.
Local Pharmacies: There is a Pharmacy Department located within the ShopRite Grocery Store, where we will be taking participants who wish to go grocery shopping on the evenings of Monday, July 13 and Monday, July 20. In addition, there is a CVS Pharmacy in downtown Princeton (172 Nassau Street, at the corner of Washington Road, 609-683-1391); the store is open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., however the pharmacy section has reduced hours on the weekends - it is open Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Princeton Pharmacy also is nearby, located on the first floor of the University Store (36 University Place, 609-924-4545). Its hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Princeton Pharmacy is not open on Sundays in the summer.
Messages and Notices
Participants will find free parking available near each apartment, as well as in Lot A on Campus (which is located next to Bloomberg Hall.) No parking sticker is required.
Athletic/Recreational Activities: The Institute's tennis courts will be available to Program participants (you must provide your own racquets and tennis balls). The tennis courts are located off Goldman Lane near the children's playground (see the Map of Institute Housing under the Maps section above), and can be entered using your Institute Access/Identification Card. We also will have a limited number of frisbees, soccer balls, basketballs and volleyballs in the Program Office which we will lend out to individuals who wish to organize informal frisbee, soccer, basketball or volleyball games with their fellow PiTP participants. The soccer field is located on the path that runs from Olden Lane to Parking Lot A (see the Campus Map under the Maps section above), and the basketball and volleyball courts are located off Goldman Lane near the children's playground (see the Map of Institute Housing under the Maps section above). The Institute woods provide many paths for those who wish to take a walk or a run during their free time, as well.
Suggested Weekend Activities: There are no scheduled program activities over the weekend of July 18-19; participants are free to make their own plans for these two days. Information about select activities occuring in the Princeton area over that weekend will be posted under a link on our web site's Schedule page. We also will include flyers in the Welcome Packet and post details on our bulletin board in Bloomberg Hall.
Schedule of Program Events
Transportation in Princeton
AAA Princeton Taxi (1-609-921-1177) provides 24-hour service to and from Princeton Borough, the train stations, and other local destinations. Princeton Taxi (1-609-497-9022) and Associated Taxi Stand on Nassau Street in Princeton (1-609-924-1222) also operate in the area. Taxis are usually available at the taxi stand on Nassau Street in Princeton, across from Palmer Square, as well.