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2003 Fall Southeastern Section Meeting
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill , North Carolina, October 24—25, 2003
Meeting #991

Associate secretary:
John L. Bryant, AMS


Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice. Special rates for the meeting are available at the properties shown below for the nights of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 23­25. Room rates do not include the state and local tax of 12%, subject to change. Please cite the group name AMS/American Mathematical Society when making a reservation. 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. Several conferences will occur at the same time as this meeting, so participants are urged to book their reservations early.

Best Western University Inn, Highway 54 East­Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515; phone: 919-932-3000; fax: 919-968-6513. Queen bedded rooms: \$78 (one or two persons); two double-bedded rooms: \$89. There is a lounge and outdoor pool on premises, continental breakfast is included, and restaurants are adjacent to premises. Located one mile from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Deadline for reservations is September 23, 2003. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when making your reservation.

Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel, One Europa Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 25715; phone: 919-968-4900; fax: 919-968-3520. King-bedded rooms: \$119 (one or two persons); two double-bedded rooms: \$119. Full-service hotel with restaurant, lounge, and outdoor pool on premises. Located 2.5 miles from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Deadline for reservations is August 28, 2003.

A map that includes the location of and information on other local hotels can be found at Be sure to check the cancellation policy when making your reservation.

Food Service

The university is officially closed for fall break during this time, so there are no eating facilities open on campus. Several restaurants are located on Franklin Street within walking distance of campus. For a comprehensive listing of restaurants, visit the following websites: or A handout of available restaurants with locations and operating hours will be available at the meeting.

Local Information and Map

Please click here for the map of the meeting site developed by the math department. The following websites provide useful information about the university and the Chapel Hill area: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,; map of UNC-CH Campus,; Department of Mathematics at UNC-CH,; the Chapel Hill area:,

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 and will be held in Phillips Hall, Room 224.

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. Solomon Friedberg, Boston College, will guide workshop participants in the effective use of the case studies method as a tool in preparing Teaching Assistants for their important role as classroom instructors. The faculty edition of the publication Teaching Mathematics in Colleges and Universities: Case Studies for Today's Classroom, from the CBMS series Issues in Mathematics Education, will be provided to workshop participants at no charge, compliments of the AMS. For a recent review of the book, visit MAA Online at The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and continued from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Travel support awards of \$200 per department are available for up to ten departments. Travel support is provided by the Calculus Consortium for Higher Education, and to be eligible for this support, faculty representatives must have their department chair send a letter to the AMS stating the department's serious intent to use the case studies materials in their TA training or development program.

Please contact the Membership & Programs Department at the AMS (email: or phone: 401-455-4107) to sign up for the workshop and to request consideration for travel support. For questions about the workshop program, please contact Professor Freidberg (email: or phone:617-552-3002).

Registration and Meeting Information

The meeting will take place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with sessions in Phillips Hall, Carroll Hall, Gardner Hall, Dey Hall, and Hanes Hall.

A campus map showing all the buildings where sessions and registration will take place can be found at

Registration will take place in the Phillips Hall second floor hallway, at the front entrance of the building, on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday 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.


University Visitor Parking Lots: Campus visitors may seek parking at one of three campus visitor lots. North Campus Lots: The Swain Lot is located off South Columbia Street on Cameron Avenue. The Morehead Planetarium Visitor Lot is on Franklin Street. Each of these lots operates from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. Fridays, and 3:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Mid-campus Lot: The Highway 54 Visitor Lot is located on Highway NC-54, one block east of Country Club Road. Parking rates are \$1/hour in the Highway 54, Morehead Planetarium, and Swain Visitor Lots. Overnight parking is not permitted in the Swain, Morehead Planetarium, or Highway 54 Visitor Lots. The Swain Lot is located on Cameron Avenue.

Please note that ungated parking lots (with the exception of restricted spaces) are free-of-charge after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday. EXCEPTION: On weekend days having men's basketball or football games, as you might expect, parking is NOT free, and all lots near the mathematics building will likely be filled to capacity well in advance of the event. This should not be a problem during our meeting weekend.

Additional information can be obtained at A map of visitor parking lots can be found at (One note of caution: the visitor lot located in front of Hanes Hall no longer exists.)

Commercial Lots: Town of Chapel Hill parking lots are open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday­Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday. These lots are at the corner of Rosemary and Henderson Streets (Rosemary Street is one block north of Franklin Street), corner of North Columbia and Rosemary Streets, corner of Church and West Rosemary Streets, 150 E. Rosemary Street, and 415 W. Franklin Street. The costs are \$.65 per half hour (first 4 hours), \$1.30 per hour (4­6 hours), and \$1.80 per hour (over six hours).

WARNING: You may be tempted to avoid paying a fee by parking in the University Square parking lot, the Granville Towers parking lot, or other parking lots for customers of a business or tenants of a complex. DO NOT do so. You will be instantaneously towed in all probability. Businesses are vigilant about people who are not customers parking in their premium parking spots. In fact, most of the businesses very near campus have "security" guards whose only job is to spot students and campus visitors illegally parking and have their vehicles summarily towed.


By air: The nearest major commercial airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The airport is located approximately 20 miles from UNC-CH. Travel time from the airport to campus is about 30­40 minutes. Additional information about the airport can be found at

To get to campus by car, exit the airport and proceed directly onto I-40 West. Ignore the Highway 54 exit for Chapel Hill, and continue to the exit for Chapel Hill Blvd., U.S. Highway 15 and 501. Proceed south on U.S. 15/501. You will come to a fork in the road. Take the right fork onto Franklin Street off of U.S. 15/501. Proceed approximately four miles directly into campus town. You will be making a left onto Columbia Street in the heart of town. At the next turn signal, make a left onto Cameron Street. The mathematics department is in Phillips Hall, the second building on your right.

Listed here are some of the area taxi companies. Approximate rates for a one-way trip from RDU to the UNC-CH campus range from \$30 to \$35 for one or two people. There is an additional charge for three or more. There is no routine daily shuttle service. Taxis based in Chapel Hill are Airport and Intown Taxi, 919-942-4492; Airport Drop-Off Service, 919-942-9289; Airport Taxi, 919-942-4598; Chapel Hill Express Taxi, 919-941-6993 (flat rate of \$25); Tar Heel Taxi, 919-933-1255. RDU Airport Taxi Service, 919-840-7277 is based at the airport. Additional information on taxis and shuttle services
operated from RDU can be found at

By car: Extensive driving directions to the UNC campus can be found at

Car rental: Special rates have been negotiated with Avis Rent A Car for the period October 17­November 1, 2003, beginning at \$23.99/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 must 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.

Chapel Hill Transit operates Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (with some evening and
weekend service); closed on town holidays. A cooperative agency of the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and the University of North Carolina operates local public transit services around Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and the UNC campus. The Chapel Hill Transit website is


Autumn is the season of most rapidly changing temperatures. The drop-off is greatest during October, so daytime temperatures can range from 50°F to 70°F.