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Hotel Information

Information about ground transportation to the Cambria Suites hotel can be found here: http://www.cambriadc.com/local-area/airport-transportation.htm

A block of rooms has been held at the Cambria Suites hotel. The rate is $129 + tax.

To book a room, please use the Meeting Registration Form to provide check-in and check-out dates.

  • If you are a NAC IV student, or have been notified that NRAO will cover the cost of your room, the hotel room will be direct-billed to NRAO
  • Otherwise, the room will be held for you, but you will be asked to provide a credit at check-in for payment
  • We expect to send confirmation numbers to all participants by September 2nd

Meeting Location

Blackburn Center, Howard University

  • Digital Auditorium for meeting
  • Gallery Lounge for Breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks on Saturday
  • Room 148/150 for breakfast, lunch and am break on Sunday

See map below for more details.

Finding the entrance to the Blackburn Center

If you're taking a cab:

Ask to be dropped off on sixth street and walk through the gate in the photo below. The photo itself is on sixth street near Cramton Auditorium. Walk straight through the gate; you'll run into Blackburn in about 80 m. Blackburn center has an enormous sculpture/fountain in front of it (2nd photo below).

Enter the main lobby glass doors to the left of the fountain. Once inside, the digital auditorium is down a hallway to the left.

gate fritb

Internet Access

There will be wireless internet access. User name and password will appear when you connect at the Blackburn Center


Parking in Howard Campus lots is free on both Saturday and Sunday.

Metered, on-street spots are free on Sunday only.


We'll be meeting in the Digital Auditorium and Gallery Lounge in the Blackburn Center at Howard University.

  • Walking and bus directions, from the Cambria Suites, are pictured below. Cab/Uber fare would be about $5


Directions from hotelBlackburn Center close-up


Blackburn expanded

Meals and Breaks

NRAO will provide the following at no cost to meeting attendees:

  • Reception on Friday evening
  • Morning and afternoon breaks
  • Continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Lunch on Saturday


If NRAO is providing support for your travel to the NAC IV workshop, please see this page for information about reimbursements.


Airfare - NAC IV Students

Please contact Lyndele at lvonschi@nrao.edu to arrange for pre-payment of your airfare, if you will be flying into D.C.  Please read the following instructions carefully:

If you’d like to propose an itinerary, please send the flight information, along with the following information, to Lyndele (lvonschi@nrao.edu) and to our travel agent, Victoria Gee (vickiwrldtrvl@yahoo.com) . Note that you should plan to leave after 2:00pm on Sunday, if at all possible. If you’d prefer for Vicki to select an itinerary for you, based on time and cost, just let us know that, too.

FYI: DCA is the closest airport to the hotel.

We’ll need the following:

  • Your name as it appears on the ID that you’ll present at boarding (very important)
  • Your date of birth
  • Gender
  • Your citizenship
  • Your cell phone number (for shuttle driver)
  • Your preferred itinerary (screen shot, or list of departure times/dates and airline flight number)
  • Your email address

Vicki will then send you an itinerary to approve. Just send an email back to her, letting her know that you agree to the itinerary, and we’ll purchase the ticket. Please review the itinerary carefully, as we cannot change the ticket after booking - and we are purchasing non-refundable tickets.


If NRAO is covering the cost of your travel, please send your receipts to Lyndele as soon as possible after the workshop.

Princeton Trip

Information about the Princeton trip is available here: https://info.nrao.edu/do/odi/meetings/2016/naciv/Princeton2016


Due to end of fiscal year closing, the deadline for submitting Travel Expense Vouchers for reimbursements is Friday, September 16th.