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UC Irvine is located in Orange County, California. You can find driving directions and freeway maps at the UCI campus maps page. We are 4 miles from John Wayne Airport (SNA) and about one hour from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The UCI Physics department visitor webpage has additional information, maps, and photos to help you find your way.
The particle theory group is located on the third floor of Frederick Reines Hall (FRH, map of offices). It is a 15 minute walk from the Student Center which is where hotel shuttles drop off and pick up guests. Below is a `simplified map' of the campus.
The closest parking is in Lot 12B located near Circle View Drive where there are 6 hourly parking spots. Additional hourly parking can be found in Lot 16H near Bison Avenue. For more information, see the UCI Transportation page.
The closest airport is John Wayne Airport (SNA), though visitors from outside of California might find it easier to fly to LAX---please make arrangements to drive to Irvine, approximately 1.5 hours south on the 405. Let us know ahead of time if you will require a parking permit; we will reserve one in your name at the Anteater parking lot located on E. Peltason and Anteater.
Seminar speakers may also be interested in visiting other nearby particle physics groups. The Caltech (Mon), UCI (Wed), and UC Riverside (Fri) seminars are a popular `Southern California HEP tour.'
Due to UCI policy, we ask all seminar speakers to reserve a hotel themselves. You will be reimbursed by the group. Past visitors have had good experiences with the following hotels, please be sure to ask for the UCI rate when making a reservation---you can request this in the comments box of the online reservation forms:
Please e-mail our seminar organizer, Iftah Galon (), with the following information as soon as it is available so that we may advertise your talk:
Our 3pm Wednesday joint particle seminars are primarily particle theory talks though we regularly have particle experimentalists and astro/cosmo physicists attending. For special circumstances we may occasionally arrange for a special seminar on Friday at 3pm in place of our internal journal club.
We suggest that talks are prepared with dark text on a light background since the seminar room will not be "movie theater" dark. Remember to bring a power adapter and all necessary equipment to connect to a VGA projector. Please aim for a talk length of one hour, allowing some time for questions. There will be a department coffee time at 2:30pm by the 4th floor elevators prior to your talk; please see your host shortly after to set up your laptop. Let us know ahead of time if you will be giving a chalkboard/whiteboard talk.
You can log onto the UCI Mobile Wireless network to set up visitor access to the UCI Wi-Fi network. For longer term visitors, please see your host to be sponsored on the network. Once you are registered, you may log onto HEP Wireless while on the 3rd floor of FRH to access printers; see your host for more information.
Please do not forget to (1) return your visitor office key and (2) mail your reimbursement form. If you are willing to have a copy of your talk posted online, please e-mail a pdf to Iftah Galon ().
Please contact us if you are interested in spending a sabbatical (or other long term visit) at UCI.
There is a small shop that sells espresso and sandwiches just outside FRH that is open during regular business hours. Restrooms are located near near the center of the building by the elevators.
One can find UCI souvenirs at the campus bookstore (The Hill) located in the Student Center. Also located at the Student center is the Anthill Pub (serving alcohol and bar food until the late evening), a convenience store, and the Zot Zone game room. University Center is a short walk across a pedestrian bridge near the Student Center and has a range of restaurants and cafes that are popular among students. For information about UCI events, see the ticket office page.
The nearest gas station is at the North-East corner of Campus and California. This is across the street from Albertsons, a supermarket and pharmacy that is open until midnight.
UCI is driving distance from several beaches and Disneyland.