Marriott Residence Inn, Blacksburg

Participants will each have their own suite at the Marriott Residence Inn, Blacksburg (We will pay the housing directly.)
It’s new and really nice! Details on reserving your room will be given upon your acceptance to the seminar, and your agreeing to participate. For participants needing several bedrooms, we will help you seek the many rental opportunities in Blacksburg on  Airbnb.

suite
Exterior
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Local Maps & Transportation

Nearest Airport: Roanoke (ROA): http://www.roanokeairport.com/

  • SmartWay Bus:$4, (exact change) but does not go to Marriott, stops at Squires Student Center (~1 mile walk uphill). Schedule. Note, doesn’t run Sundays, but can get an “airport transfer” that shuttle below will accept, which leaves at 2:30 and 6:30 pm. Must check in with their desk first. (Info here.)
  • Car Rentals (Budget, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise)
  • Roanoke Airport Transportation Service: (Direct to & from the Marriott Residence Inn)
    $66/1 person/1 way
    $33/each for 2  people/1 way
    $30/each for 3 or more people/1 way
    Reservations/Contact: Toll Free Number: 1-800-288-1958
    Email: 
    roanokeats@aim.com
  • Taxi Ride (in general): ~$70/one-way

Other Airports within driving distance:

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT): Charlotte NC, 178 miles from Blacksburg, 3 hour drive using I-77
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD): Washington DC, 255 miles via I-81, a little over 4 hours driving.


Local Maps:

VT main campus map

Blacksburg VA street map

 

Blacksburg Transit (City & Campus Bus):

Home page; (including live bus map)
Fare: 50 cents

 

Bike Rental: Bike Barn (540) 443-9960; (website), (rentals info)

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Blacksburg Cafes & Restaurants

Restaurants next to your hotel:

The Marriott Residence Inn provides a list of restaurants next to the hotel at this link.

CoffeeShops

(Review of 5 of the coffee shops below)

Bollo’s Café & Bakery (206 Draper Rd NW, Blacksburg, VA 24060)

Cafe At Champs (111 N Main St, Blacksburg, VA 24060)

Caffe Bella (915 Hethwood Blvd, Blacksburg, VA 24060)

Idego Coffee (119 N. Main St., Blacksburg, VA 24060)

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Blacksburg outdoors & recreation

Blacksburg Children’s Museum:Wonder Universe (website)

New River Valley Mall
782 New River Road
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Email: hello@wonderuniverse.org
Phone: 540 953 0103

Blacksburg Municipal Park(website)—aka Caboose Park

Playgrounds, sports fields (baseball, soccer); tennis courts, picnic tables, restrooms, Hand in Hand playground, includes mazes of slides & climbing areas.
920 Turner St. or 615 Patrick Henry Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24060
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Application Instructions: Welcome to Summer Seminar in Phil Stat

SUMMER SEMINAR IN PHIL STAT (3/9/19)

OVERVIEW

SELECTION CRITERIA

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS   (PDF)

STIPEND, EXPECTATIONS, AND CONDITIONS OF AWARD

CHECKLIST OF APPLICATION MATERIALS

 

OVERVIEW

We will offer a 2-week immersive seminar on Philosophy of Statistics (PhilStat) at Virginia Tech for faculty and post-docs in philosophy who wish to acquire or strengthen their background in PhilStat as it relates to philosophical problems of evidence and inference, to today’s statistical crisis of replication, and to associated evidence-policy debates. We also invite social scientists and methodology researchers interested in strengthening their philosophical scholarship in this arena. A total of 12-15 applicants will be selected. Given our goals, we anticipate approximately 2/3 will be philosophers, but we are not applying any rigid rules. We will consider up to 2 advanced Ph.D. students working on a dissertation that is directly in this area. Update (3/3/19): Please see important update in FAQ (5).

All accepted participants will receive private housing with kitchen facilities (Marriott Residence, Blacksburg) and a stipend of $1,000 (in 2 installments). See STIPENDS and [1].

Our primary goal is to strengthen Phil Stat research and teaching in Philosophy programs (by incorporating PhilStat). However, we wish also to enable statistical practitioners and researchers on methods to gain a greater understanding of the philosophical dimensions of statistical debates, as well as a facility in the conceptual and critical skills included under the umbrella of Phil Stat. Today’s debates are intertwined with philosophical terms that often remain vague, such as evidence, validity, inference, realism, reliability, rationality, explanation, induction, confirmation, and falsification. This hampers communication among various stakeholders, making it difficult to even see where they agree. Thus we also encourage interested social scientists and methodology researchers to apply.

Philosophy of Statistics  (Phil Stat), broadly understood
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