Your best option to fly into Sacramento from the West Coast is Southwest Airlines. You get very cheap fares by purchasing the ticket 14 days before departure. Here's the flight schedule and reservation page.
There is a bus service from Sacramento Airport to Davis (Yolo Bus 42B) and from Davis to Sacramento Airport (Yolo Bus 42A). Details can be found here . Roughly the bus visits the airport in both directions at about 20 past the hour. Detailed schedules are 42A and 42B . It can be picked up at either terminal A or terminal B. Cost is $1.50. You will want to exit the bus (or get on the bus when returning to the airport) at UC Davis Memorial Union. From there it is a 5 to 10 minutes walk to downtown hotels (easterly direction) or to the Physics Department (straight south, starting by going through the Memorial Union).
Roessler is located just North of the Physics building. To get to the Physics building, the UC Davis Conference Center, or the Alumni & Visitors Center: Take I-80 to the UC Davis Exit. Follow Old Davis Road to a large parking structure on your right. Park here. The Physics building is located on the South-East portion of the UC Davis campus, North of the Mondavi Center.