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Hyatt Regency Hotel Bethesda : Floor plan

1 Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave), Bethesda, MD : +1 301 657 1234 (Ph) : Directions

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Child care

Update March 18, 2013:
The LSC (with the financial support of the LIGO Laboratory) is glad to announce the availability of childcare support for meeting attendees. The support will cover reimbursement of extra childcare expenses incurred by an LSC member in order to attend the meeting in person. There will be a limited number of requests that can be supported, each up to US400. The application will be evaluated by a committe chaired by Marco Cavaglia. If you are interested in this support, please submit a 1/2-page application by end of meeting Friday, March 22, by emailing Marco Cavaglia with the reason for the estimated cost of the childcare arrangements that are needed. There are no restrictions on the gender or nationality of the applicants.

Child care will not be provided directly by the meeting organizers, but the LSC is working to find a way to give child care grants to offset extra expenses incurred by collaborators with children when attending the meeting. More information to be announced. For more information, contact

Travel Security

US Transportation Security Administration's air travel security rules remain in effect.

Getting to Hyatt

The Hyatt Regency Hotel is located above the Bethesda Station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro Rail System. (Metro maps, timetables) The Metro does NOT run all the way though the night. It opens at 5am weekdays (7am weekends) and closes at midnight Sun-Thur (3am Fri-Sat). The fare depends on distance traveled and on time of day. Peak fares are in effect on weekdays from opening to 9:30am, 3-7pm, and on weekends from midnight to closing. Off-peak fares are in effect at all other times. Each traveler needs to have their own paper farecard or SmarTrip card. Farecards and SmarTrip cards can be purchased from machines at any Metro rail station and are reusable and reloadable. Fares given below are for SmarTrip cards; there is a $1 SURCHARGE PER TRIP IF USING A PAPER FARECARD. A SmarTrip card costs $5 for the card itself, so it will save you money if you are going to ride Metro more than 5 times.

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Meals and Dinner

If you have any special dietary requirements, please add a note about them in the online registration system.

Breakfast: Provided each morning (Mon-Fri) for attendees in the foyer on the conference level.
Lunch: To keep costs down, lunches will NOT be provided in the hotel. You can sample the many restaurants within walking distance.

Social Reception:
Tuesday, March 19
6:00-8:00 pm
American University (located 2 stops away on the Metro)
Appetizers, cash bar. Companions and families welcome.

Poster Reception:
Wednesday, March 20
5:30-7:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Various foods served, probably enough to be considered dinner.


Internet access will be available throughout the hotel. Please contact Peter Shawhan (, +1 301 405 1580) if you have any questions.


In addition to Poster Reception Wednesday, March 20, a Poster Session will be held on Thursday, March 21, afternoon. If you're bringing a poster, please indicate so at the Posters page of the LSC wiki. Please provide your name and a (tentative) title of your poster.


Smithsonian Museums/Monuments/National Mall

All of the Smithsonian museums are free, and open every day. The mall area also includes the National Capitol, and well known monuments such as the Washington and Lincoln Memorials. Take the Red Line train to the Metro Center. You can exit at Metro Center and walk 5 blocks south to the museums, or switch to the Blue/Orange train in the direction of New Carrolton/Largo. Ride 2 more stops to the Smithsonian Station. Map of Smithsonian museums

The Cherry Blossom Festival

The Cherry Blossom Festival starts March 20, and the blooms are supposed to peak March 26. Lots of events in downtown (parades, food, concerts, etc) starting Wednesday, March 20. Walking/biking map and Event Calendar.


Ride the Red Line in the direction of Glenmont 5 stops to the Woodley Park/Zoo exit. The zoo is a 10 minute walk north, up a steep hill, on Wisconsin Ave. Like the museums, the zoo is free.

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