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2004 Fall Southeastern Section Meeting
Nashville, Tennessee, October 16—17, 2004
Meeting #999

Associate secretary:
John L. Bryant, AMS


Participants should make their own arrangements directly with a hotel of their choice as early as possible. Special rates have been negotiated with the hotels listed below. Rates quoted do not include sales tax of 14.25%. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. When making a reservation, participants should state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting group. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation.

Days Inn­Vanderbilt, 1800 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-327-0922 (phone), 407-206-3001 (fax); \$65/single or double, includes complimentary continental breakfast, exercise room on premises; about 1/3 mile to the meeting site. Deadline for reservations is September 15, 2004. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Hampton Inn Vanderbilt, 1919 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-329-1144 or 888-880-5394 (toll free); 615-320-7112 (fax); \$79/single or double, complimentary hot breakfast daily; about 1/4 mile to the meeting sit. Deadline for reservations is September 15, 2004. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Holiday Inn Select Vanderbilt, 2613 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN; 615-327-4707 (phone), 615-320-4850 (fax); \$80/single or double, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, as well as coffee shop on premises; about 1/2 mile to the meeting site. Deadline for reservations is September 15, 2004. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Food Service

There are many restaurants along 21st Avenue that are convenient for lunch.

Local Information

The math department's webpage is located at; the university's homepage is

Other Activities

Book Sales: Browse the list of Titles on Display in Nashville, featuring the newest publications from the AMS! Meeting participants can take advantage of special pricing discounts.

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.


The closest public parking to the meeting site is found at Wesley Place parking garage. From the airport take I-40 West toward Nashville. Follow the signs for I-24 West/I-40 West, then I-65 South/I-40 West. Exit at Broadway. At the base of the ramp, go straight through the traffic light at McGavock Street and turn left onto Broadway. Stay left. Continue on Broadway to 16th Avenue, where the road splits. Veer left onto Broadway. Broadway will become 21st Avenue South. As you pass the traffic light at Grand Avenue, the Vanderbilt main campus will be on your right. Turn left at Scarritt Place (first traffic light after Grand Avenue). The entrance to the Wesley Place parking garage will be on your right one-half block past the intersection. Public parking spaces are 52­170. Cost at the time of this printing is \$5/day.

Registration and Meeting Information

The meeting is on the main campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Sessions and Invited Addresses will take place in Wilson and Furman Halls.

The registration desk will be in the lobby of Wilson Hall and will be open Saturday, October 16, 7:30 a.m.­4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 17, 8:00 a.m.­noon. 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.

Special Presentation

Peter J. Hilton, SUNY at Binghamton, will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15, on Breaking Codes in WW2 with Alan Turing. The speaker will describe the nature of the work and his personal experiences while working on the German Enigma and Geheimschreiber codes during the second World War. He will reminisce about the character, personality, and genius of the intellectual leader of the group, Alan Turing. This historic lecture is open to all meeting participants, and will be held in the Stevenson Center, Room SC4309.

Travel and Campus Map

Vanderbilt University is located a mile and a half southwest of downtown Nashville and is approximately 4 hours from Atlanta, 3 hours from Birmingham, 2 1/2 hours from Knoxville, 3 hours from Louisville, and 3 hours from Memphis.

A campus map is found at

The closest airport is Nashville International Airport (BNA) and is serviced by all major airlines. Delta Air Lines has been selected as the official airline for this meeting because of economical rates and convenient schedules. The following specially negotiated rates are available for this meeting and exclusively for mathematicians and their families for the period October 13, 2004, through October 20, 2004. Other restrictions/discounts may apply and seats are limited.

Delta Air Lines is offering:

* A 5% discount off Delta's published round-trip fares within the continental United States, excluding A, D, I, U, and T classes of service.

* A 10% discount off Delta's domestic published unrestricted round-trip coach fares (Y06/YR06) rates. No advance reservations or ticketing is required.

* An additional 5% bonus discount if you purchase your ticket 60 days or more prior to your departure through Meeting Network Reservations or your travel agent; online not applicable.

To take advantage of these discounts and make immediate reservations, call Delta Meeting Network at 800-241-6760 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Sunday, referencing File Number 205778A.

Ground transportation from the airport: The 10-mile cab ride to campus/hotels will take about 20 minutes and cost about \$25. A Gray Line shuttle van ( to downtown hotels makes the trip in about 30 minutes and costs \$11 one way/\$17 round trip; be sure to take the "West End/Vandy Area" shuttle. The public bus to downtown leaves the airport 14 times a day, Monday-Friday, and four times a day on Saturdays and Sundays. The fare is \$1.40, and schedules are available at the airport Welcome Center on the baggage claim level. If you need information before you arrive, call the center at 615-275-1674.

Driving: Getting to Vanderbilt from Nashville International Airport: Take I-40 west to Exit 209A. Turn left onto Broadway. Follow Broadway and veer right to West End Avenue. Allow approximately thirty minutes, driving time from the airport to Vanderbilt University. If traffic is light, it will take less time.

Getting to Vanderbilt via the Interstates: From the north, take I-65 to I-40 West and then look for I-40 East to Exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway.

From the east or south, take I-40 West to Exit 209A. Turn left on Broadway.

From the west, take I-40 East to Exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway (US 70S); follow Broadway and veer right to West End Avenue.

Car rental

Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Special rates for this meeting are effective October 9-24, 2004 and begin at \$25/day for a subcompact car at the weekend rate (available from noon Thursday through Monday at 11:59 p.m.). Should a lower qualifying rate become available at the time of booking, Avis is pleased to offer a 5% discount off the lower qualifying rate or the meeting rate, whichever is lowest. 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. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-331-1600 or online at Meeting Avis Discount Number B159266.


Weather conditions in Nashville during October are usually sunny and very pleasant, with lows of about 50 degrees F. and highs around 70 degrees F.