WELCOME TO ALBUQUERQUE
8–11 October 2015!
It’s where Walter White broke bad. It’s where Olive and her dysfunctional family began their epic journey in a yellow bus. It’s where Lucy’s neighbor Ethel was born. It’s where Bugs Bunny made his famous wrong turn. And, this fall, it’s where SHOT will hold its fifty-eighth annual meeting. Welcome, everyone, to Albuquerque!
Founded in the early eighteenth century as a Spanish outpost, Albuquerque became part of the United States when the New Mexico Territory was established in 1850, two years after Mexico ceded the region to its expanding neighbor to the north. The railroad arrived in 1880, and by the early twentieth century Albuquerque had developed into a bustling, mile-high city along the Rio Grande. Route 66 then came to town in the 1920s, and during World War II and the Cold War Albuquerque and the surrounding region—Los Alamos to the north, the Trinity Site to the south—became an important center for nuclear research and development.
Our conference site, the Hotel Albuquerque, is located in an historic district known as Old Town. The site of the original Spanish settlement, Old Town is home to a number of historic adobe structures, the Old Town Plaza, and San Felipe de Neri Church, which in its current guise dates to 1793. Restaurants and shops abound in this district. A few blocks to the south of the hotel is Central Avenue, which was once part of Route 66 and which still retains a bit of that old highway’s quirky character. (For those who are interested, Jesse Pinkman’s house is but a few blocks south of Central, to the east of the Albuquerque Country Club.) Our hotel for graduate students is located just to the north of the hotel, within safe and easy walking distance.
The Hotel Albuquerque itself is a beautiful facility, especially its open foyer area and its outdoor garden plaza. The food at the hotel is excellent, the rooms are comfortable, and the staff is friendly and ready to help. Two more facts about our venue for 2015 warrant mention. First, all of our conference sessions and special events will be held on site this year. Most will take place in the Hotel Albuquerque’s conference rooms and main ballroom, while a few will happen instead in the hotel’s adjoining property, Casa Esencia. Second, the city of Albuquerque’s annual International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon event in the world, will be happening while SHOT is in town. On the one hand, this will make for some spectacular views. On the other hand, it means that hotel space across the city will be scarce. Jane Carlson and I did our best to secure as much space at the Hotel Albuquerque as we could, but please be advised that last-minute bookings will at best be tough to arrange.
We’re also planning three tours, a day trip to Los Alamos on Thursday the 8th, a trip to the Acoma Pueblo on the 9th, and a trip to the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, also on 9th. Detailed information about these tours will be available on this site soon, so please check back. And, of course, if you have any questions about our meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you all in Albuquerque, 8–11 October 2015!