Eighth Joint International Meeting of the AMS and the Sociedad Matemática Mexicana - Registration/Housing/ Etc.

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Eighth Joint International Meeting of the AMS and the Sociedad Matem‡tica Mexicana
University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, June 2-4, 2010 (Wednesday - Friday)
Meeting #1061

Associate secretary:
Susan J Friedlander, AMS susan@math.northwestern.edu

***Note: On-site registration for this meeting will be held in Room 1015, Evans Hall, University of California, Berkeley, on Wednesday, June 2, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 3, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to noon.***

Hotel Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel listed below. The AMS is not responsible for room inventory, rate changes, or for the quality of the accommodations in this hotel.

NEW! Hotel Durant, 2600 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, 1-800-238-7268 (phone), 1-510-486-0916 (fax); www.hoteldurant.com.  For web reservations visit https://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=451126&hotelID=14873.  Deluxe Queen-bedded rooms are US119/single or double (one bed), includes minibar, or \$139/double (two beds).  Full service restaurant/bar/lounge and pool on premises; complimentary wireless and wired Internet and business center; self-parking is US\$16/night. This property is smoke free, and about a 10-minute walk through pleasant garden-like university grounds to the meeting site.  The hotel is within a block of famous Telegraph Avenue, home to many quaint and bohemian shops, bars, and restaurants.  Be sure to check cancellation and early check-out policies.

Hotel Shattuck, 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704; 510-845-7300 or 866-466-9199 (toll free in the U.S.); 510-845-7320 (fax). Rates include complimentary Internet access (wireless or wired). Rates do not include the state and local tax of 12%. There is a lounge and restaurant in the hotel, and many restaurants/food outlets within easy walking distance. See http://www.hotelshattuckplaza.com/. This is a nonsmoking hotel. The hotel is located less than one block from the Berkeley Downton BART station stop.  It is about a 15-minute walk to the meeting location on campus. The hotel has a 24-hour cancellation policy.

The Hotel Shattuck is offering a 17% discount off its regular rates to participants of this meeting. For reference, regular rates in June will be US\$139 for a single room with a double bed and US\$149 for a single room with a king bed or a double room with two beds. This offer is valid as long as rooms are available. Book early to get the best discounted rate confirmed.To make reservations, a) call 510-845-7300 or 866-466-9199 and ask for the “AMS-SMM Meeting” rate, or b) book online by going to http://www.hotelshattuckplaza.com, entering the dates, clicking “Book Now”, clicking “Corporate Rates” and entering the code “amssmm10”.

Residence Hall Accommodations

Arrangements have been made to house participants in the Foothill Suites Residence Hall at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). The AMS is not responsible for the quality of the accommodations in this residence hall.

To reserve a room, please submit a completed registration/housing form located at https://www.ams.org/meetreg?meetnum=1061. A minimum 50% deposit is due when the reservation is made with the remaining balance due by May 14, 2010. The only accepted form of payment is by credit card. If you cannot pay by credit card, please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau (MMSB) at 800-321-4267 ext. 4144 or ext. 4137, to arrange a different form of payment. The deadline for reserving a room in the residence hall is May 14, 2010. Payments cannot be accepted onsite. For additional questions about reservations for the residence hall, contact the MMSB at mmsb@ams.org.

Foothill Suites Residence Hall, 2700 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720. All participants who choose to stay here will be housed in suites of varying sizes that include shared bathroom facilities/private showers. There will be a common area on each floor that has couches, tables, and chairs. Each sleeping room has one or two desks and one or two twin beds which will be made prior to arrival with a pillow, pillow case, sheets, blanket, and a bedspread. Two towels, a face cloth, a bar of soap will be provided at check-in. Each room will have a small lamp (for each occupant) and a phone (local and on campus calls free of charge). Windows do not open in the rooms and rooms are not air conditioned; however, fans can be requested at the front desk, if needed. Towels can be exchanged daily at the front desk. There is no maid service for the bedrooms; however, the common areas such as lounges and bathrooms will be cleaned daily. Participants will have access to a laundry room equipped with coin-operated machines.

Participants housed in Foothill Suites will also have access to a lounge equipped with a large screen television and a DVD player, and a recreation center with fitness equipment. There will be a self-service print and email station located in the Stern Library. These services will be available daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., free of charge to participants. Complimentary Wi-Fi will be offered throughout the residence hall. A username and password will be provided to participants at check-in to access it.

Rooms are available on a per package basis only, which includes a three-night stay (June 2, 3, and 4) and a full hot breakfast each morning (June 3, 4, and 5). The cost per person is US\$242.63/single occupancy and US\$164.63/double occupancy. The full package is mandatory. Reservations for individual nights will not be accepted. No refunds will be issued for early check-outs or missed meals.

Cancellation Policy: Any reservations cancelled by May 7, 2010, will be issued a 100% refund. A 10% penalty will be applied to any reservations cancelled after May 7, 2010. The fee for any lost room keys will be US\$75.

Roommates: Participants will be solely responsible for finding their roommates. The MMSB cannot assign roommates. The deadline for all roommate assignments will be May 14, 2010. The single rate and appropriate additional charges will be applied to any double room that does not have both roommates assigned after this date. For your convenience, a roommate search board is provided here to assist you with finding a roommate.

Food Service

A list of restaurants and food outlets convenient to the meeting location(s), hotel, and dormitory accommodations will be distributed on-site.

Local Information

The following websites provide useful information about the local area: http://visitberkeley.com/, http://berkeley.edu/visit/.

Other Activities

AMS Book Sale: Stop by the on-site AMS Bookstore--review the newest titles from the AMS, enter the FREE book drawing, enjoy up to 25% off all titles, or even take home the new AMS T-shirt! Complimentary coffee will be served courtesy of AMS Membership Services. The AMS Exhibit and Book Sale will operate during the same hours as registration and will be held on the 10th floor Evans Hall, Room 1015.

AMS Editorial Activity: An acquisitions editor from the AMS Book Program will be present to speak with prospective authors. If you have a book project that you would like to discuss with the AMS, please stop by the book exhibit located on the 10th floor Evans Hall, exact location TBD.


Registration and Meeting Information/Social Events

The meeting will take place at the University of California, Berkeley, with sessions in Evans Hall and other locations to be announced. Invited Addresses and sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday, June 3-4, with an Opening Ceremony/Welcome Reception held during the evening of Wednesday, June 2, at the Mathematical Research Sciences Institute.  Robert Bryant, MSRI Executive Director, will give a talk. . There will also be a Closing Reception held during the evening of Friday, June 4. Light refreshments will be served for both.

Please note that seating is VERY limited for the Opening Ceremonies. Tickets for seating, which are complimentary, will be issued at the meeting. All tickets will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis so it is highly recommended that you register in advance since tickets may not be available at the meeting. If you are planning on attending the Opening Ceremony/Welcome Reception, please indicate that you are by checking the box next to this item on the registration form.

Registration will take place in Evans Hall in Room 1015, on the 10th floor on Wednesday (6/2) from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday (6/3), from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Friday (6/4), from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Registration fees are US\$70 for regular participants and US\$35 for students, payable in advance by credit card or onsite by cash, check, or credit card. To register in advance, please submit a completed registration/housing form located at https://www.ams.org/meetreg?meetnum=1061. The only accepted form of payment is by credit card. If you cannot pay by credit card, please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau (MMSB) at 800-321-4267 ext. 4144 or ext. 4137, to arrange a different form of payment. The deadline for registering in advance is May 14, 2010. For additional questions about registration, contact the MMSB at mmsb@ams.org.

Cancellation Policy: Any registrations cancelled by May 7, 2010, will be issued a 100% refund. A 10% penalty will be applied to any registrations cancelled after May 7, 2010.

A campus map showing all the buildings where sessions and registration will take place can be found at http://berkeley.edu/map/maps/campusmap.pdf.


It is inadvisable to drive a car to campus as parking is very limited. There is no parking convenient to the meeting location(s). If you need a handicap parking permit, please contact Donna Salter at the AMS, dls@ams.org. University visitor parking information is listed at http://pt.berkeley.edu/park/public and http://visitors.berkeley.edu/documents/parking.pdf. The City of Berkeley Telegraph/Channing Garage at 2450 Durant Avenue is located two blocks from the campus and has entrances on Durant Avenue and Channing Way, but there is no overnight parking. The rates are listed at http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=8264. There is also a small underground public parking garage at 2558 Bancroft Way and another at 2308 Bowditch Street.

The Upper Hearst Parking Structure will be available to people staying at the Foothill Residence Hall. It is located on the corner of La Loma Avenue and Hearst Avenue. Parking permits cost US\$14 per day and can be purchased on-site at the university check-in desk. The Foothill Parking Lot located on Cyclotron Road is available for parking. Parking passes can be purchased from a dispensing machine on the lot. For more details, see the websites listed above. Public parking is available at both the Upper Hearst parking structure and the Foothill Lot on weekends.



By air: The nearest major commercial airports are the Oakland International Airport (OAK), which is 15 miles away, and the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is 25 miles away.

Taxis: The cost to take a taxicab from the Oakland Airport to the Berkeley area is approximately US\$40. The cost to take a taxicab from the San Francisco International Airport to the Berkeley area is approximately US\$70.

Airport Shuttle: BayPorter Express, 510-864-4000. Toll free number (within the SF Bay Area only): 877-467-1800. The BayPorter Express operates between 4:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily to both the Hotel Shattuck and the Foothill Suites Residence Hall. Please call after you pick up your luggage. The shuttle will arrive approximately 30 minutes after you call. The cost is US\$25 for the first person and US\$15 for each additional person in the party from OAK and US\$32 for the first person and US\$15 for any additional person in the party from SFO.

By car: Driving directions to the UCB campus can be found at http://visitors.berkeley.edu/gethere/traveling.shtml or to the Hotel Shatttuck at http://www.hotelshattuckplaza.com.

From San Francisco, the San Francisco airport, and points south on northbound Highway 101 to the Berkeley campus:

Follow U.S. 101 north and then switch to I-80 East, and take it across the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge. Stay left as you get off the Bay Bridge and take I-80 East heading to Berkeley and Sacramento. Exit I-80 onto University Avenue. Continue east on University Avenue for approximately 1.5 miles until you get to Oxford Street at the western edge of the campus. To get to the Upper Hearst Parking Structure and the Foothill Lot, turn left onto Oxford Street. Turn right onto Hearst Avenue. The Upper Hearst Parking Structure is at the corner of Hearst and La Loma Avenue. The entrance is on La Loma. To get to the Foothill Lot, continue on Hearst Avenue for another block. Hearst Avenue becomes Cyclotron Road.

From Oakland, the Oakland airport, Hayward, or San Jose on northbound I-880:

Stay in left center lanes on I-880 when you reach downtown Oakland. Take Exit I-80 East to Berkeley and Sacramento. Exit I-80 at University Avenue and continue using the directions listed above.

From the East Bay on northbound Highway 13:

Highway 13 ends and becomes Tunnel Road. Continue on Tunnel Road, which will become Ashby Avenue near the Claremont Hotel. Continue on Ashby and turn right at Telegraph Avenue. Continue on Telegraph. Telegraph Avenue ends at the south side of the campus on Bancroft Way. Turn left at Bancroft Way. Turn right at Fulton Street. Continue on to Oxford Street (Fulton becomes Oxford). Turn right onto Hearst Avenue. Continue using the directions listed above.

From the East Bay on westbound Highway 24:

From Highway 24 exit at Telegraph Avenue and take a right on Telegraph. Continue on Telegraph until the street ends at Bancroft Way. Turn left at Bancroft Way. Turn right at Fulton Street. Continue on to Oxford Street. Turn right onto Hearst Avenue. Continue using the directions listed above.

Car Rental: Avis is the official car rental company for AMS-SMM meeting. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges. Renters must meet Avis’ age, driver, and credit requirements. For the best available rate and to make a reservation please call Avis at 800-331-1600 or go online at http://www.avis.com. Please use the AMS meeting Avis Discount Number J098887.


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): The BART system provides fast, convenient, and economical transportation from the airports to the campus and hotel. Oakland Airport has a shuttle called AirBart, which transports people between the airport and the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART station. The fare is US\$3. The San Francisco Airport has a BART station. The station nearest the UCB campus and the Shattuck Hotel is Downtown Berkeley, which is located near the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way, about half a block from the Hotel Shattuck. The fare on BART from Coliseum/Oakland Airport to Downtown Berkeley is US\$2.35, and the trip takes about 20 minutes. The fare from the San Francisco Airport Station is US\$8.65 and takes approximately 50 minutes. Please visit http://www.bart.gov for more details.

UCB Bear Transit (Campus Bus Service): UCB has excellent shuttle bus service. The Bear Transit Service lines loop through campus, generally at 20 to 30 minute intervals, Monday to Friday. Most shuttles cost US\$1 per trip. For actual maps and schedules please visit: http://pt.berkeley.edu/around/transit/routes. To take Bear Transit from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, depart the BART station heading towards Addison Street, and walk across the street to the area immediately in front of the Bank of America, where you can catch the UCB “P”, “C”, or “R” bus to the Hearst Mining Circle on campus, which is the closest stop to Evans Hall and to the Foothill Suites Residence Hall. The “R” bus also stops at East Gate Gayley Road University Drive, which is even closer to the residence hall. Unfortunately, Bear Transit does not run on Saturday during the day. A cab from the Foothill Residence Suites to the BART station would cost approximately US\$5 to US\$8. The walk (about 1 mile) is all downhill.


June is very pleasant in the Bay Area of California. Expect daytime temperatures of about 70 degrees, falling to around 55 degrees in the evenings. The incidence of precipitation in June is very low.

Information for International Participants

Visa regulations are continually changing for travel to the United States. Visa applications may take from three to four months to process and require a personal interview, as well as specific personal information. International participants should view the important information about traveling to the U.S. found at http://www7.nationalacademies.org/visas/Traveling_to_US.html and http://travel.state.gov/visa/index.html. If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to dls@ams.org.

If you discover you do need a visa, the National Academies website (see above) provides these tips for successful visa applications:

* Visa applicants are expected to provide evidence that they are intending to return to their country of residence. Therefore, applicants should provide proof of "binding" or sufficient ties to their home country or permanent residence abroad. This may include documentation of the following:

  • family ties in home country or country of legal permanent residence
  • property ownership
  • bank accounts
  • employment contract or statement from employer stating that the position will continue when the employee returns;

* Visa applications are more likely to be successful if done in a visitor's home country than in a third country;

* Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of their visa application;

* Include a letter of invitation from the meeting organizer or the U.S. host, specifying the subject, location and dates of the activity, and how travel and local expenses will be covered;

* If travel plans will depend on early approval of the visa application, specify this at the time of the application;

* Provide proof of professional scientific and/or educational status (students should provide a university transcript).

This list is not to be considered complete. Please visit the web sites above for the most up-to-date information.

Program Committee

The arrangements for the scientific program have been made by the following representatives on behalf of each Society: Ralph L. Cohen, Stanford University (AMS); Susan J. Friedlander, University of Southern California (AMS); Isidoro Gitler, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (SMM); Herbert Kanarek, Universidad de Guanajuato (SMM); Salvador Perez-Esteva, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (SMM); Donald G.
, University of California Irvine (AMS);  Gunther Uhlmann, University of Washington (AMS); and Miguel A. Xicotencatl, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (SMM).


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