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General Workshop Information

The QuEBS 2010 Workshop will be held at Pfizer Lecture Hall in Mallinckrodt Laboratory at 12 Oxford Street, Harvard University June 17-20, 2010. General Information in PDF format.

Workshop Registration

Registration will take place outside of Pfizer Lecture Hall in Mallinckrodt Laboratory at 12 Oxford Street on Thursday, June 17th. Please check-in with Anna or Peg between 8:00AM and 8:50AM to pick-up your name badge and receive more information about the Workshop.

Late Registration

Please come to the Workshop on Thursday, June 17 to register.  Registration will be held from 8:00-8:50am outside of Pfizer Lecture Hall.

Directions to Pfizer Hall

The QuEBS 2010 Workshop will be held at Pfizer Lecture Hall in Mallinckrodt Laboratory at 12 Oxford Street, Harvard University. Pfizer Lecture Hall is located on the ground floor of Mallinckrodt.  In the main stairwell, go down one flight of stairs, through the double doors, take a right and walk to the end of the hallway. Signs will be throughout Mallinckrodt to direct you.  PDF format of the Campus Map.

Transportation to/from the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge

A shuttle has been arranged to transport QuEBS 2010 Workshop participants staying that the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge hotel to Pfizer Lecture Hall at Mallinckrodt Laboratory, 12 Oxford Street.  The shuttle will stop at the end of the Mallinckrodt building.  Walk down the brick path under a second floor, gray walkway (the walkway connects the Mallinckrodt and Hoffman Laboratories).  Enter through the second door (on the right) of the Mallinckrodt building.

Shuttles have been arranged for the following days and times

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Morning: One van will be standing by at the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge to transport participants to Pfizer Lecture Hall at 7:30AM, 8:00AM, & 8:30AM

Evening: One van will be standing by at Pfizer Lecture Hall to return participants to the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge at 7:30PM, 8:00PM & 8:30PM

Friday, June 18, 2010

Morning: One van will be standing by at the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge to transport participants to Pfizer Lecture Hall at 7:30AM, 8:00AM, & 8:30AM

Evening: One van will be standing by at Pfizer Lecture Hall then loop to the Faculty Club to transport participants back to the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge at 8:00PM, 8:30PM, 9:00PM, 9:30PM & 10:00PM

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Morning: One van will be standing by at the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge to transport participants to Pfizer Lecture Hall at 7:30AM, 8:00AM, & 8:30AM

Evening: One van will be standing by at Pfizer Lecture Hall to return participants to the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge at 8:00PM, 8:30PM, 9:00PM, 9:30PM & 10:00PM

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Morning: One van will be standing by at the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge to transport participants to Pfizer Lecture Hall at 7:30AM, 8:00AM, & 8:30AM

*No afternoon shuttle returning to the hotel*

Alternative transportation to the QuEBS 2010 Workshop

Visitors taking public transportation should travel to Harvard Square Station by either bus or the Red Line and then walk through the campus to Mallinckrodt Laboratory at 12 Oxford Street.

Walking from Harvard Square

Enter Harvard’s campus by walking through Harvard Yard. Proceed straight though the main gate and walk down a diagonal path (walking on the left side of the campus) and through another gate.  Proceed down another diagonal path (the Science Center will be on your left).  Continue to a main road, Oxford Street.  Cross the road.  Walk up the stairs of the front entrance at 12 Oxford Street, Mallinckrodt Laboratory. Follow the signs to Pfizer Lecture Hall. The walk from the Square is about 10-minutes.

Arriving by subway

The MBTA – referred to as the “T” – runs daily service on buses, trains, & trolleys throughout Boston & surrounding towns. The closest stop to the conference site is “Harvard,” on the red line (http://www.mbta.com/).

Arriving by air

The closest airport is Boston Logan International Airport BOS, located in Boston, MA. From this airport a free bus will take you to the “Airport” stop on the Blue Line. From there, you need to go to “Government Center,” change to the Green Line, and at the next stop “Park Street,” change to the Red Line. Get off at Harvard and follow the instructions from Harvard Square. A taxi from the airport may cost around $40.

Arriving by train

Amtrak’s South Station stop is conveniently located on the subway Red Line. You can take this and get off at Harvard, then follow the instructions from Harvard Square.

Arriving from MIT

Take the Number 1 bus on Massachusetts Avenue. Walk along the river towards the bridge (river on your right) and turn left on Massachusetts Avenue (away from the bridge). Get off at Harvard Square and follow the instructions from Harvard Square. Estimated travel time is about 15-20 minutes.


Ambassador/Brattle 617-492-1100
Yellow Cab 617-547-3000
Cambridge Union Taxi 617-661-2500

There are also taxi stands in Harvard Square, in front of the Harvard Coop, and in front of Au Bon Pain.

WiFi Access at Harvard

Follow these step-by-step instructions to activate your XID Account by setting a permanent password.  Once you have completed this process, you will be able to use your XID to access the website(s) for which the account was set up.

1. Click on this link:


2. At the prompt, enter your temporary secret key.

Your login id: Aspuru

Your temporary secret key: 7ynu6ysit8

3. You will then be prompted to enter a personal challenge question as well as enter a new permanent password.  If you ever need to reset your password, you will need to remember the answer to this question.

4. You will receive on-screen confirmation that your XID has been activated.

Upon successfully completing the steps above you can use your XID at website(s) for which you have been configured.  At the PIN System login screen, enter your login ID, and your new password.  Both the login id and password are case sensitive.  Be sure to select the [XID] radio button if multiple login types are available.

If you have trouble setting up your XID or accessing the website, please contact the XID support office at xid_help@harvard.edu.

Business Needs

FedEx-Kinkos, located at 1 Mifflin Pl, Harvard Square ((617) 497-0125) offers courier, delivery, and printing services.

Local Hotels

Irving House 24 Irving Street, Cambridge ((877) 547-4600)

Harvard Square Hotel 110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge ((617) 864-5200)

Inn at Harvard 1201 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge ((800) 458-5886)

Sheraton Commander Hotel 16 Garden Street, Cambridge ((617) 547-4800)

Charles Hotel 1 Bennett St, Cambridge ((800) 916-8592)


All addresses in Cambridge unless otherwise noted. Dollar signs roughly indicate the price of an entree.

$: <= $10
$$: $10-$20
$$$: $20-$30
$$$$: > $30


Name Address Phone Number Description
Au Bon Pain 1360 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 617- 497-9797 Assortment of breakfast pastries, lunch items (salad, soup and sandwiches) and beverages.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea 100 Mount Auburn Street,
(617) 492-1844 Coffee, tea and baked goods.
Dunkin’ Donuts Harvard MBTA Station, Cambridge (617) 972-6100 Coffee and donuts-a Massachusetts institution!
Starbucks 31 Church Street (617) 492-7870(617) 492-7870 Coffee, tea and light refreshments.
Crema Café 27 Brattle St. (617) 876-2700 Café with ample seating and an enjoyable ambience; has a small selection of breakfast and lunch options.
Simon’s Coffee House 1736 Mass Ave. (617) 497-7766 Good Café that’s small but not usually crowded. The Mexican hot chocolate is a treat.

Cafés Campus

Price Range Name Address Phone Number Description
<= 5 minutes walking
Buckminster’s inside the LISE building (11 Oxford St.) Harvard Café that’s a very short walk, offering Peet’s coffee and some quick breakfast and lunch options. Open 9am-5pm.
Greenhouse Café inside the Science Center (1 Oxford St.) (617) 496-4790 Similar to the above, except they brew Starbucks coffee. Open 7am-3pm.

Cafés and Restaurants close to Harvard

5-10 minutes walking
$-$$ Cambridge Common 1667 Mass Ave. (617) 547-1228 Restaurant/bar with a standard offering of burgers, sandwiches and pub food, plus a sizeable and frequently changing beer list. Also good for dinner.
$ Oxford Spa Café 102 Oxford St. (617) 661-6988 Nearby sandwich spot with a cute interior.
10-15 minutes walking
$-$$ Bertucci Italian Restaurant 21 Brattle St.

Harvard Square


617-864-4748 Famed for their pizza.
$ Boca Grande 1728 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge (617) 354-7400 Quick, inexpensive and delicious burritos and other Mexican favorites!
$$ Border Café 32 Church St
(617) 864-6100 Tex-Mex with a Cajun twist!
$$ Café of India 52 Brattle St
(617) 661-0683 Delicious and reasonably priced lunch buffet. More expensive dinner menu.
$-$$ Cambridge 1 27 Church St. (617) 576-1111 Delicious “gourmet” pizza; also good for dinner.
$$ Changsho 1712 Massachusetts Ave
(617) 547-6565 Fantastic Chinese lunch buffet.  Comfortable round tables for larger parties.
$ Darwin’s Ltd. 148 Mount Auburn St. or 1629 Cambridge St. (617) 354-5233 (617) 491-2999 Popular sandwich place with both lunch and breakfast options, though many more for lunch. Also has great coffee.
$-$$ Grafton Street 1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (617) 497-0400 Grafton Street is a combination of a traditional Irish pub and contemporary European restaurant.
$ Hi-Rise Bread Company 56 Brattle St. (617) 492-3003 Great place for coffee, breads and (slightly pricey) sandwiches with an outdoor patio.
$-$$ Le’s 36 Dunster St. (617) 864-4100 Vietnamese restaurant with decent Pho. Also good for dinner.
$ Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage 1246 Mass Ave. (617) 354-6559 Some of the best hamburgers to be found around Boston. No-frills atmosphere and endless combinations of toppings — many cheekily named after American political figures and current events.
$ Seoul Food 1759 Mass Ave. (617) 864-6299 Korean food. Also good for dinner (but they don’t have a liquor license).
$ Tamarind House 1790 Mass Ave. (617) 491-9940 Thai restaurant (not to be confused with the similarly-named Indian restaurant) with good food in a casual atmosphere. Also good for an inexpensive dinner.
$-$$ Tanjore 18 Eliot Street
(617) 868-1900 Southern Indian cuisine.
$ Veggie Planet 47 Palmer St. (617) 661-1513 Several eclectic vegetarian entrees served over your choice of rice or pizza dough.
$-$$ Wagamama 57 JFK St. (617) 499-0930 Japanese noodle bar with a selection of other dishes as well. Also good for dinner.
15-20 minutes walking
$-$$ Blue Fin 1815 Mass Ave. (617) 497-8022 Sushi/Japanese restaurant. Also good for dinner ($$-$$$).


Price Range Name Address Phone Number Description
<= 10 minutes walking
$$$-$$$$ Chez Henri 1 Shepard St (617) 354-8980 Upscale French/Cuban cuisine. Sit at the bar and get the Cuban sandwich for a cheaper option.
$ RF O’Sullivans & Son 282 Beacon St., Somerville (617) 491-9638 Burgers that are a worthy rival to Mr. Bartley’s; they only serve 1/2-pound patties — come hungry.
10-20 minutes walking
$-$$ Border Café 32 Church St. (617) 864-6100 Tex-Mex and Cajun food in a lively (sometimes noisy) atmosphere. Not always completely authentic, but still a popular spot. Good for a big group, though it’s sometimes crowded; also open for lunch.
$$$ Casablanca 40 Brattle St. (617) 876-0999 Hip Mediterranean restaurant with decor themed after the movie. Also offers tapas, and serves a three-course, $35 prix-fixe menu (Sun-Wed only).
$ Grendel’s Den 89 Winthrop St. (617) 491-1050 Cozy bar/restaurant with a standard selection of American food. All food is half price 5-7:30pm every day and 9-11:30pm Sun-Thu, but only if you eat inside. Also open for lunch.
$$$-$$$$ Harvest 44 Brattle St. (617) 868-2255 Thoughtfully prepared “contemporary New England” cuisine.
$-$$ John Harvard’s Brewhouse 33 Dunster St. (617) 868-3585 Lively brewpub serving standard American and (slightly dressed up) pub food; the in-house-brewed beer is a big draw.
$$$ Legal Sea Foods 20 University Rd. (617) 491-9400 A Boston institution with at least a dozen locations around town. “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal.”
$$ Dali 415 Washington St., Somerville (617) 661-3254 Basque restaurant (read: tapas) with a fun, vibrant atmosphere.
20-30 minutes walking
$$ Elephant Walk 2067 Mass Ave. (617) 492-6900 Cambodian restaurant that also offers sampling/prix-fixe menus.

Around Cambridge

Price Range Name Address Phone Number Description
$$ Addis Red Sea 1755 Massachusetts Ave
617.441.8727 Tasty Ethiopian food in the hip South End neighborhood
$$ Baraka Café 80 Pearl St. (617) 868-3951 Tiny north African restaurant tucked into a residential side street just outside of Central Square.
$-$$ Cantina La Mexicana 247 Washington St., Somerville (617) 776-5232 For those visiting from the west coast, this may be your best chance of finding satisfying Mexican food.
$$$ Central Kitchen 567 Mass Ave. (617) 491-5599 Pricey but worthwhile new American cuisine in an intimate atmosphere.
$$-$$$ East Coast Grill and Raw Bar 1269 Cambridge St. (617) 491-6568 Seafood and southern-style BBQ.
$$ The Friendly Toast 1 Kendall Square (617) 621-1200 If you’re craving breakfast at 10pm, this is your spot. Stays open until at least midnight Tue-Sun.
$$ The Helmand 143 First St. (617) 492-4646 Excellent Afghan restaurant near MIT. Eating here and not trying the pumpkin would be criminal (though it is quite sweet). Reservations recommended.
$ Mary Chung 460 Mass Ave. (617) 864-1991 One of the better Chinese places around Central Square.
$$$ Oleana 134 Hampshire St. (617) 661-0505 Turkish restaurant with a small selection of entrees and a large selection of appetizers (meze).

Outside of Cambridge

Price Range Name Address Phone Number Description Nearest T stop
$$$ Maggiano’s Little Italy 4 Columbus Ave., Boston 617-542-3456 Delicious, fun Italian – parties of 4 or more eat family style! (recommend making a reservation) Back Bay (orange line)
$$ Giacomo’s 355 Hanover St., Boston (617) 523-9026 One of many good Italian restaurants in the North End. Haymarket (orange line)
$$$ Lala Rokh 97 Mt. Vernon St., Boston (617) 720-5511 “Home-style” Persian cuisine in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Charles/MGH (red line)
$$$$ O Ya 9 East St., Boston (617) 654-9900 Husband-and-wife-run Japanese restaurant which should satisfy even the most hard-core foodie. Named “#1 restaurant in America” by the NY Times when it opened in 2008. Expect to spend a lot. Reservations recommended. South Station (red line)
P.F.Chang’s China Bistro 8 Park Plaza Space D-6, Boston (617) 573-0821 American Chinese cuisine Park Street (green line)
$$ Red Bones 55 Chester St., Somerville (617) 628-2200 Authentic southern-style BBQ and “soul food” served alongside a worthy beer list. Can get very crowded. Davis Square (red line)
$$ Zaftigs 335 Harvard St., Brookline (617) 975-0075 Popular Jewish-style delicatessen serving all the favorites and breakfast all day. Coolidge Corner (C green line)


Name Address Phone Number Description
Toscanini’s 899 Main St. (Central Sq./red line) (617) 491-5877 Two excellent ice cream shops. Toscanini’s proudly notes that it was named “best ice cream in the world” by the NY Times, but reasonable people can differ on which they prefer.
Christina’s 1255 Cambridge St. (617) 492-7021
Finale 30 Dunster St. (Harvard Sq.) (617) 441-9797 Fancy “desserterie” with two other locations around Boston.
Mike’s Pastry 300 Hanover St., Boston (617) 742-3050 By far, the two most popular places to get cannoli in the North End. Take the T to Haymarket (on the orange line).
Modern Pastry 257 Hanover St., Boston (617) 523-3783
L.A. Burdick Chocolate Café 52D Brattle St. (Harvard Sq.) (617) 491-4340 Very popular coffee and dessert shop (don’t expect to find a seat). The hot chocolate is amazing, but quite rich — get a small!
Sweet 0 Brattle Street (Harvard Sq.) (617) 547-2253 CUPCAKES!!!
Rosie’s Bakery 1796 Mass Ave. (Porter Sq./red line) (617) 902-2029 Yummy pastries, a local favorite!
Berryline 1668 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (near the Law School) (617) 492-3555 Refreshing, locally owned, frozen yogurt!

Discover Cambridge and Boston

A map of Harvard Square has been included in your folders.  Please refer to the map to discover Cambridge!  Use the “T” to go explore Boston!

Historic Boston

  • Freedom Trail
  • Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • The North End (Boston’s Little Italy)

Tours and Museums


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