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2003 Fall Eastern Section Meeting
Binghamton, New York, October 11—12, 2003
Meeting #990

Associate secretary:
Lesley M. Sibner, AMS


Participants should make their own arrangements directly with a hotel of their choice. Special rates for the meeting are available at the properties listed below for the nights of Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11. Room rates do not include the tax of 11%. When making reservations, participants should state that they are with the American Mathematical Society conference at Binghamton University.

The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. Hotels have varying cancellation or early checkout penalties; be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. This is Homecoming Weekend and hotels may sell out early; participants should make reservations as soon as possible.

Courtyard by Marriott, 3801 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850; 607-644-1000; fax -607-644-1022 . Standard rooms are \$99/single or double. Restaurant for breakfast, pool, spa, and exercise room on premises. Located about one mile from Binghamton University. Deadline for reservations is September 10. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you make your reservation.

Holiday Inn at the University, 4105 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850-3551; phone: 607-729-6371 or 800-465-4329; fax 607-729-6407; standard rooms are \$85/single or double. Restaurant, lounge, pool, and exercise room on premises; complimentary coffee service in lobby. Located across from the main entrance to Binghamton University. Deadline for reservations is September 13. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you make your reservation.

Howard Johnson, 3601 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850-2232; phone: 607-729-6181 or 800-446-4656;
fax 607-797-0309; \$49.95/king-bedded room (one or two people), \$59.95/two double beds (two people), \$89.95/king-bedded room with Jacuzzi; extra person is \$5. Restaurant, lounge, and pool on premises; deluxe continental breakfast is included. Located about 1/2 mile from Binghamton University. Deadline for reservations is September 10. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you make your reservation.

Other Campus Area Accommodations:

Best Inn & Suites, 581 Harry L Drive, Johnson City, NY; 607-770-9333.

Best Western of Johnson City, 569 Harry L Drive, Johnson City, NY; 607-729-9194.

Hampton Inn & Suites Binghamton/Vestal, 3708 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850; 607-797-5000; fax 607-797-5610.

Red Roof Inns, 590 Fairview Street, Johnson City, NY; 607-729-8940.

Rodeway Inn, 900 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY; 607-785-3311.

Skylark Motor Lodge, 240 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY; 607-748-3392.

Vestal Motel, 1016 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY; 607-754-8090.

An extensive list of Binghamton area accommodations is available on the departmental website. See

Food Service

Hinman Dining Hall on campus is open for a cafeteria-style lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The closest restaurants to campus (about a 10-minute walk) are at the northwest corner of the campus around the intersection of Bunn Hill Road and Route 434, just across from the Holiday Inn. There is also a restaurant in the Holiday Inn. A few more places are on Route 434 west of its intersection with Bunn Hill Road (toward the Howard Johnson). Many restaurants are just a five-minute drive from campus/hotels. Again, because of this popular weekend, restaurants will be crowded.

A handout of available restaurants in the campus region as well as the operating hours of Hinman Dining Hall will be provided at the meeting.

Local Information and Map

An excellent website maintained by our local hosts, with information about the meeting, driving directions, and a campus map, is at The URL of Binghamton University is Also see the "Travel" section below.

Other Activities

Book Sales: Examine the newest titles from the AMS! Many of the AMS books will be available at a special discount available only at the meeting. Complimentary coffee will be served courtesy of AMS Membership Services. The AMS Book Sale will operate during the same hours as registration.

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.

Registration and Meeting Information

Binghamton University is located in the Greater Binghamton area in south central New York State. The Greater Binghamton area contains the narrow valley at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers and the hills surrounding this valley. The campus is on the south side of Route 434 in Vestal, one mile west of the city of Binghamton. Binghamton is 45 miles southeast of Ithaca, 70 miles south of Syracuse, 190 miles north of Philadelphia, and 200 miles northwest of New York City.

All sessions will take place in the Lecture Hall Complex and the adjacent Student Services Wing.

Registration will take place in the Lecture Hall Complex on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Registration fees are \$40 for AMS or CMS members, \$60 for nonmembers, and \$5 for students/unemployed/emeritus, payable on site by cash, check, or credit card.


Parking is free (no parking permit required) in the parking lots on campus between 5:00 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, with the exception of specially marked meter lots and lots for the disabled. The location of these parking lots is on the map ( The closest parking lots to the meeting are lots L and M2. From Monday to Friday, including holidays, visitors can park (for a small parking fee) in the regular lots and the visitors' parking lots. Weekday parking permits for the regular lots can be purchased at the Information Booth sited at the entrance to campus. Cars without a parking permit parked in lots L and M2 from Monday to Friday may be towed. Rules about the parking places for the disabled should be respected. Visitors with disabled parking permits can park in the parking for the disabled when they follow the requirements above. See ams03/ams.html for specifics on campus parking information and where to buy permits.

Social Events

An informal reception hosted by the Binghamton University Department of Mathematical Sciences to mark the eightieth birthday of Peter Hilton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, will be held on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Chenango Room (Science 1 Building). All participants are welcome to attend. Wine and soft drinks will be served.


By air: The area is served by the Binghamton Regional Airport, with flights provided by USAirways, Northwest, United Express, and Delta Connection. Taxi and limousine service are available to campus. Binghamton University is 70 miles (about 1 1/2 hours) from Syracuse and Scranton-Wilkes-Barre airports. Newark Airport is about 3 to 3 1/2 hours' drive from Binghamton.

By car: The main U.S. interstates to the Binghamton area are I-81 and I-88. These interstates connect with NY-17. From NY-17 take Exit 70S (south) to Route 201 to campus. From I-81 take Exit 4S to Route 363 south to Route 434, following the road signs leading to Vestal. Please note that the campus is in Vestal, not in Binghamton. The main entrance to the campus will be on your left.

Car rental: Special rates have been negotiated with Avis Rent A Car for the period October 4­19, 2003, beginning at \$42.99/day for a subcompact car at the weekend rate (the weekend rate is available from noon Thursday until Monday at 11:59 p.m.). All rates include unlimited free mileage. Rates do not include state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges. Renter must meet Avis's age, driver, and credit requirements and return to the same renting location. Make reservations by calling 800-331-1600 or online at Please quote Avis Discount Number B159266 when making reservations.


The climate in the Binghamton area is pleasant in the fall. The normal temperatures for mid October are a high of 59°F and a low of 41°F. However, fall temperatures are quite variable, so please be prepared for cooler or warmer weather. The fall foliage should be at its best that weekend