College Park, Maryland      June 6 - 10 , 2004

Fequently Asked Questions

Will there be an Internet Café?

Several computers and internet connections will be available in the Main Concourse for attendees to use. In addition, wireless access (802.11b) to the internet will also be available in the main concourse.

High speed internet connections are also available in each room, and wireless access is available in Starbucks and the Oracle Lounge.


What will be served for Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks?

A continental breakfast will be available in the Main Concourse each day (Monday-Thursday) of the conference starting at 7:30 AM. Lunch will be available in the Grand Ballroom on Monday at 12:30 PM and in Fort McHenry/Founders rooms on Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:30 PM. Refreshments and snacks will be available continuously all day outside of the session rooms during the scientific sessions (Monday-Wednesday).


Receptions and Conference Banquet?

Sunday Evening (June 6):

An Evening Welcome Reception will be held Sunday evening from 7- 8:30 PM in the Founders room.

Monday Evening (June 7):

A reception will be held Monday evening starting at 7:00 PM in the Fort McHenry/Chesapeake rooms, in tandem with the Facilities User Meetings, and will extend into the NSSA Student Research Award Poster Session. The reception will end at 21:00.

Tuesday Evening (June 8):

The conference banquet will be held at the College Park Aviation Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, starting at 7:00 PM. The museum is located on the grounds of the world's oldest continuously operating airport, in College Park, Maryland. Additional information about this historic site can be found at

The banquet will feature several food stations with Caesar salad, penne pasta, grilled tenderloin of beef, petite pastries and other fare. Wine and beer will be served. The ticket price for the banquet is $50.00. Tickets can be purchased online at the ACNS website or at the Registration Desk on Sunday and Monday. Buses will be available for transportation to and from the banquet. Buses will depart from the main lobby of the Inn and Conference Center beginning at 6:30 PM.

The Museum is located at 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive in College Park, Maryland near the University of Maryland, between Route 1 & Kenilworth Avenue (Route 201). To drive from the Inn and Conference Center to the Museum:

Start out going East on MD-193 E/UNIVERSITY BLVD E toward ADELPHI RD. 1.8 miles
Take the US-1 S ramp toward COLLEGE PK. 0.1 miles
Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto BALTIMORE AVE/US-1. 0.8 miles
Turn LEFT onto PAINT BRANCH PKWY. 1.0 miles

Map to the Museum


User Group Meetings

The user groups from Chalk River, LANSCE, HFIR, IPNS, NCNR, and SNS will host a combined meeting in the Fort McHenry/Chesapeake rooms on Monday evening (June 7) beginning at 7:00 PM. The user group meetings will coincide with the beginning of the Monday evening reception, which will continue into the NSSA Student Research Award Poster Session.

The goals of the user reception are to obtain feedback from neutron users on issues regarding the neutron sources and to inform users of the capabilities of various sources and actions they can take to help these sources in carrying out their mission. The reception format has been chosen to provide a more informal forum for discussions and to promote participation of the users.

The meeting will be divided into four separate groups in different areas of the Fort McHenry/Chesapeake rooms. Each group will have a different focus area for discussion:

  1. Facilities - description of facilities and planned upgrades
  2. Instruments - description of new and upgraded instruments
  3. User Support - covering issues such as sample environment, data acquisition and analysis.
  4. Administrative Issues - lobbying and user support for sources.
The first three areas will be staffed by members of the participating sources while the final area will be staffed by members of the user groups.


Breakout Sessions

The afternoon of Wednesday, June 9 is being set aside to accommodate Breakout Sessions requested and organized by groups that want to plan, organize and discuss specific projects such as the development of a specific neutron instrument, data collection or analysis systems, etc. The topics of the Breakout Sessions are listed in the program, and the agendas will be distributed by the session organizers. All Breakout sessions will run in parallel beginning at 3:45 PM in the designated rooms.


Tour of the NIST Center for Neutron Research

A tour of the neutron facilities of the NCNR is being organized for Thursday morning, June 10. Buses will leave the Inn and Conference Center at 8:30, after breakfast. It is about a 30 minute drive to NIST. Transportation returning to the Inn and Conference Center will be available around noon.

If you wish to visit the NCNR, please fill out the form on the ACNS webpage , as visitor clearance must be accomplished in advance of your visit.

The transportation to the NCNR can also be used for those who are participating in the NCNR summer school, and if you wish to ride the bus to NIST you should sign up for the tour .


Neutron Scattering Facilities Displays

Displays from each of the neutron scattering facilities in North America will be located in the Main Concourse and available Monday-Wednesday. These facilities are the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor, the NIST Center for Neutron Research, Los Alamos Manuel Lujan Neutron Scattering Center, Neutron Program for Materials Research at Chalk River Laboratories, and the Argonne Intense Pulsed Neutron Source.


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