NASA lands in Port Jefferson
May 20, 2010
Source: The Port TIMES RECORD
By: Dave Willinger
Did you try to book a suite at Danfords Inn this past week? Unless you are a scientist researching the effects of prolonged exposure to deep space radiation, chances are you got turned away. That's because the Port Jefferson hotel and conference center was hosting the 21st annual NASA Space Radiation Investigators' Workshop.
Gail Pacetti, meeting travel coordinator at Universities Space Research Association, said Monday some 175 scientific researchers, including about 25 who are conducting their research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, were in the village for the symposium. It marked the fifth time the conference was held at Danfords, said Pacetti, who praised the waterfront hotel for its services.
Attendees included 50 to 60 NASA employees in addition to recipients of NASA research grants from universities and institutions around the nation and even a couple researchers from other countries, Pacetti said. The group is so large some guests had to be put up at the Holiday Inn Express in Stony Brook and shuttled back and forth to Port Jefferson, Danfords manager Stewart Wiener confirmed. Pacetti said lots of work gets done at the conference with daily schedules in some cases lasting more than 10 hours. The USRA also rented meeting space next door at the Village Center. While most meals were to be catered at Danfords, Pacetti emphasized that free time was also built into the four-day symposium to give attendees ample opportunity to sample area restaurants and shops.
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