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2003 Spring Western Section Meeting
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA, May 3—4, 2003
Meeting #987

Associate secretary:
Michel L. Lapidus, AMS or


Participants should make their own arrangements directly with a hotel of their choice.  Special rates have been negotiated at the hotels listed below. Rates quoted do not include sales tax of 10% plus a \$2.00 tourism assessment per room per night.  Hotels have varying cancellation or early checkout penalties; be sure to ask details when making your reservation. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. When making a reservation, participants should state they are with the American Mathematical Society group (AMS Meeting).

  • Days Inn, 2600 Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA; 415-665-9000. Rates start at \$89.25 for single and \$106.25 double.   Rates include a special discount of 15%. Reservations are on a space available basis only and participants must make reservations directly with this hotel using the phone number listed in this announcement.
  • The Great Highway Inn, 1234 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA, 94112; 800-624-6644, 415-731-6644, fax: 415-731-5309.  Rates are \$ 98/single and  \$125/double.  Cancellation policy requires a 48-hour notice.
  • Sheraton Gateway Hotel-San Francisco Airport, 600 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA., 94010; 650-340-8500, Rates are \$100 single/double.  There is an additional \$15 fee per person for triple or quad occupancy.

Food Service

A list of restaurants will be available at the registration desk. 

Local Information

Please visit the Web site maintained  by San Francisco State University at and the site maintained by the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau at

Other Activities

AMS Book Sales: Examine the newest titles from the AMS! Many of the AMS books will be available at a special discount offered only at the meeting. Complimentary coffee will be served courtesy of AMS Membership Services.

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.

TA Development Using Case Studies: A Workshop for Faculty: Diane Herrmann, University of Chicago, will guide workshop participants in the effective use of the case studies method as a tool in preparing Teaching Assistants for their important roles as classroom instructors. The faculty edition of the publication "Teaching mathematics in Colleges and University: Case Studies for Today's Classroom," will be provided to workshop participants at no charge, compliments of the AMS. For a recent review of the book, visit The workshop will be held on Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Room 434, Thornton Hall.


Parking is available in the University parking structure located on South State Street. For more information regarding parking please visit

Registration and Meeting Information

The registration desk will be located on the third (main) floor of Thornton Hall, and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Talks will take place in the Science Building and Thornton Hall.

Registration fees: (payable on-site only) \$40/AMS and CMS members; \$60/nonmembers; \$5/emeritus members, students, or unemployed mathematicians.  Fees are payable by cash, check, VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.


By Air

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is served by all major airlines.  Shuttles from the airport to the campus are available and cost \$12 to \$15 dollars.  Taxi service is approximately \$40 one way.  If driving from the airport, go North, on 101 to 380 North to 280 North.  From 280 North, follow the signs for 19th Ave and SFSU.  As the Freeway ends, remain in the right lanes of traffic and exit onto Junipero Serra Blvd.  From Junipero Serra turn left on Holloway Avenue, then turn right onto Font Blvd, then right onto Lake Merced Blvd., and then right onto South State Street Drive.  The University parking structure is on South State Street Drive.


From the North: Take Highway 101 South, cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Take 19th Avenue/Highway 1 exit. Follow 19th Avenue to campus at Holloway Avenue.

From the South: Take I-280 North, exit at
19th Avenue. Take Junipero Serra Boulevard to Holloway Avenue, turn left on Holloway Avenue to campus at 19th Avenue.
To get directly to the parking garage from 19th and Holloway continue down Holloway to Font Blvd. Take a right on Font Blvd. until you come to Lake Merced Blvd. Take a right onto Lake Merced and then take another immediate right onto State Drive. The public parking garage is straight ahead.

From the East: Take I-80 West across the Bay Bridge to Highway 101 South. Take 101 South to I-280 toward Daly City. Take the Mission St./Daly City exit, bearing right onto Sagamore Street to Brotherhood Way to Junipero Serra Boulevard North. Take Junipero Serra Boulevard to Holloway Avenue, turn left on Holloway Avenue to campus at 19th Avenue. To get directly to the parking garage stay on Brotherhood Way and turn right onto Lake Merced Blvd. Two stoplights up is the entrance to the public parking garage (turn right).

Car Rental

Special rates have been negotiated with Avis Rent A Car for the period April 26 to May 11, 2003, beginning at \$23.99/day for a subcompact car at the weekend rate (the weekend rate is available from noon Thursday until midnight Monday)  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’ 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 weather in May is variable, with temperatures from 70º Fahrenheit to 85º Fahrenheit.  The weather can turn cold, overcast, and windy due to the close proximity of the SFSU Campus to the ocean.