Rice University, Houston, TX

The conference will be held at Rice University, 18-20 October with a two-day tutorial preceding on 16-17. The campus of Rice University is centrally located in Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the nation. Houston offers a tremendous variety of activities and attractions for visitors. The area's top tourist attraction is the Houston Space Center, a museum celebrating the accomplishments of NASA and the American manned space flight program. Other nearby attractions include the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo, the nearby Rice Village Shopping Center, and several art galleries and museums. Performing arts attractions include the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, and numerous venues for all musical tastes including regional blues, county-western, and Tejano. Sports fans can catch the excitement of NCAA football at any of several local universities, or racing at Gulf Greyhound Park. Houston's culinary landmarks include its steakhouses, Cajun crab shacks, Tex-Mex taquerias and barbecue joints, but the diversity of its population has also spawned a wealth of fine ethnic restaurants.

The Department of Statistics at Rice University is our host for the 2000 meeting. The POC for local arrangements is the Departmental Coordinator, Diane Brown. A welcome page for the conference provides more detail on what to see and eat in Houston, a map of the campus and numerous other useful maps and links under "Maps to Rice." All conference functions will be held in Duncan Hall. The Crowne Plaza, the conference hotel, is located in the Houston Medical Center, which is noted on the neighborhood map.


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