Academic Health Center

Center for Drug Design

cCWCS Workshop

NSF Sponsored cCWCS Workshop in Medicinal Chemistry (Monday July 28 – Friday August 1, 2014)


We are delighted that you have been accepted to attend the Center for Drug Design hosted and NSF sponsored Medicinal Chemistry workshop at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus, Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1, 2014. The previous workshop, directed by Prof Steven Patterson, and who will again be the director this year, was a big success, and we are sure this will be even more informative as well as useful to your continued achievements in your field.

Please use the information in this Guideline to help plan your trip to our beautiful campus in Minneapolis. Further information will be sent to you in the near future. This will include: Agenda, Workshop Location specifics, Workshop Schedule, Entertainment, Workshop Faculty and Staff with email and contact information, Workshop Attendee list, and Feedback/Assessment.

Should you require additional help or advice, please contact me or Prof Patterson. We look forward to welcoming you all in July.

Elizabeth Wolfson                              Steven Patterson, PhD
Associate Director                              Associate Professor
Center for Drug Design                      Center for Drug Design

Email:                  Email:
Phone: 612-624-2227                         Phone: 612-625-7962
Fax: 612-625-2633                             Fax: 612-625-8154

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General Information
  • Travel

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    Air Travel:
    Minneapolis – St.Paul International Airport (MSP)
    There are two terminals at MSP, Terminal 1 – Lindbergh, and Terminal 2 – Humphrey. Your airline carrier will determine at which terminal you arrive.


    Terminal 1                     Terminal 2
    Air Canada Air              Tran Airways
    Alaska Airlines              Icelandair
    American Airlines         Southwest Airlines
    Delta Airlines                Spirit Airlines
    Frontier Airlines            Sun Country Airlines
    Great Lakes Airlines
    United Airlines
    US Airways

    Ground Transportation:
    Taxi, van, shuttle, and car rental services are available at both terminals. provides an excellent trip planner resource for those who prefer public transportation, including travel to and from the airport.

    Many people like to use the Super Shuttle from the airport, which is a shared service, The fare is approximately $18 plus tax one way, or $36 plus tax round trip. For locations for the shuttle at either terminal: Click Here 

    Light Rail, directly from the airport, either Terminal 1 (Lindbergh) or Terminal 2 (Humphrey) depending upon your airline, should be up and running by June 14, 2014. We will be checking on this and getting back to you to regarding this option.

    If you chose this mode of transportation, you will be exiting at the East Bank Station, University of Minnesota, on Washington Avenue in front of Moos Tower between Harvard and Union streets. Although we don’t know what the cost will be from the airport to the University of Minnesota at this time, it should be the least expensive option, probably under $5 one way. As we learn more about this option as it gets closer to opening day, we will update this website.

    Driving to the Minneapolis Campus:
    If you wish to drive to our campus, we are happy to provide parking at no cost to you. However, we must know 14 days in advance of your parking needs in order to secure a spot for you. Without notification, we cannot guarantee parking. If you do wish to bring your car to our campus, please know it is essential to have a parking spot. There is some metered parking, but these spots are often taken early in the day. Non-metered spots are at a distance from campus. 

  • Local Travel

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    The Parking and Transportation website (Click Here), provides the most up-to-date information regarding construction around campus.

    For travel around campus, please Click Here  for campus shuttles (connectors and circulators). Schedule changes for the summer semester can also be found here.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations on the East Bank campus will be at Yudof Hall, a dormitory residence, 220 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Please note that Yudof Hall is not a hotel. Should you want hotel accommodations, we can provide the names of some local places, but these will have to paid for by you. The NSF will only reimburse for the dormitory location.

    Website for Yudof Hall location: Click Here
    Website for an interactive map of the East Bank campus is: Click Here

    There are paired private rooms with a semi-private connecting bathroom. This means you will have a private bedroom but will have to share a bathroom with one of the other Workshop participants. There are two doors in the bathroom, one leading into each private bedroom, and the doors have locks for privacy.
    Each room has its own kitchenette containing a stove top, microwave, and a refrigerator although no cookware or utensils are provided. Your room will have bed linens, blanket, and towels. You can exchange your towel daily if you wish by bringing it to the reception desk at Yudof Hall. Otherwise, this is done on a weekly basis by maid service. Each room has a chair and desk, drawer space, and a closet.
    There are laundry facilities on each floor, card key access for your safety and convenience, air conditioning, TV lounge/clubroom, vending machines, a full kitchen on each floor, and an ice machine.

    For more information, please go to the Yudof Hall Website: Click Here

  • What To Bring

    For the Workshop:
    The course materials will be presented on a flash drive so please bring a laptop. If that is not possible, please tell us in advance so that we can supply you with a hard copy of the course materials.

    For Your Stay:
    The rooms at Yudof Hall do not provide hair dryers or shower/hand soap in the rooms. If you need a hair dryer, please bring one with you. If you forget any toiletries, the vending machines in your residence building should have toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and laundry powder for purchase. If the vending machines do not have your product, there is a convenience store within Coffman Student Union, as well as a large book store, not far from Yudof Hall, and other shops on campus where you can purchase personal items, mementos, or toiletries. The closest large convenience store is Walgreens, 630 Washington Avenue SE, open 24 hours, M-F, S&S, and one block further, a drug store, CVS, 818 Washington Avenue SE, open from 7am-midnight, M-F, S&S (pharmacy hours 8-10 M-F, 9-6 S, 10-6 S).

  • Registration and Arrival

    Room Registration:
    Upon your arrival, please go to Yudof Hall. We will have a sign indicating the cCWCS Workshop outside Yudof Hall. There is a reception desk where you will register for lodging and receive information about the residence hall. You will also receive your room key, conference card, and if you are parking at the University, your parking card.

    Course Registration:
    Course materials can be picked up at a Center for Drug Design table set up near the registration desk in Yudof Hall on Sunday, July 27 from 5-7:00pm, or during the Pizza Mixer later that evening from
    6-8:00pm, also in Yudof Hall.

    For people who arrive the next day, Monday, July 28, you can pick up your conference materials either at our Center for Drug Design table in Yudof Hall from 10am-12:00pm, or at the first class session at 1pm in Science Teaching & Student Building (STSS).

    If you believe you will be unavoidably delayed, please notify us as soon as possible so that we can contact the residence hall. This will allow us to keep your room reservation active.

  • Dining

    Dining will be in Comstock Hall, adjacent to the residence. This is a handy location for breakfast and lunch. Dinners may be eaten here as well unless there is a planned activity including dinner. Planned activities can be joined at your discretion.

    Comstock Hall dining will have vegetarian and gluten free options. If you have other dietary restrictions, please tell us in advance so that we can find out if they are already accommodated, or if we need to
    notify the dining facility on your behalf. You will be provided with a Gopher Gold Card

    This can be used to purchase meals in Comstock Hall, within Coffman Student Union at the Marketplace, convenience store, and Starbucks. Also in Coffman it can also be used to purchase food at Goldy’s Gameroom. It will be loaded with the value that equals the per diem for meals granted by the NSF while at the workshop. This will be $130 per card for breakfast and lunch, Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1, 2014 (We will confirm this amount).

    Gopher Gold cards contain dollars and not a number of meals. It may be necessary to remind the student at the cashier station in Yudof hall that your card contains dollars and not specific meal allotments.
    For meals not covered by the Gopher Gold Card, (dinners) please use cash, credit card, or check. The NSF will be giving you a form to fill out for reimbursement for these meals and other expenses covered by the workshop at the end of your stay (NSF cannot reimburse you for alcoholic beverages).

  • Workshop Location

    Workshop classes will be in Science Teaching & Student Building (STSS). For STSS website: Click Here

    Rooms have not yet been assigned to us. You will be receiving an agenda and schedule which will have the exact room locations at a later date.

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