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2008 Fall Western Meeting
University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)
Vancouver, Canada, October 4–5, 2008 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1041

Associate secretary:
Michel L Lapidus, AMS,


The Einstein Lecture by Freeman Dyson, scheduled for October 4 at the University of British Columbia, has been cancelled.


Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the properties listed below. Special rates for the meeting are available at the properties shown below for the period of October 2 - 6. When making reservations participants should state that they are a guest of the American Mathematical Society or AMS. 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}. Please note that all prices are in Canadian dollars (CAD) and do not include taxes.

West Coast Suites, 5959 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 2C9; 604-882-1000 or toll-free: 888-822-1030 or make reservations online at: P&grp=G81002A&arr=10/02/2008&dep=10/06/2008&pro=UBC; CAD\$139 per night, single/double. The West Coast Suites are located directly on campus and within walking distance to the meeting. Rooms feature natural wood and stone materials, king bed in the bedroom and double sofa in the living room, wireless high-speed Internet, and LCD television. Conveniently located on campus at Campus Suites Deadline for reservations is September 2, 2008.

Park Inn & Suites Vancouver Broadway, 898 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1J8; 604-872-8661, fax: 604-872-2270, or toll-free 800-663-5403; rates start at CAD\$89 single/double. Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, bottle of water and newspaper as well as local and 800# calls. All rooms have a balcony. Please visit Deadline for reservations is August 18, 2008.

Holiday Inn Vancouver Center, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 3Y2; 604-707-1939; Rates start at CAD\$139 per night, single/double. For further information please visit Deadline for reservations is September 3, 2008.

Food Service

The UBC food services website lists all available on-campus restaurants:

Local Information

Please visit the following sites: Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) at and UBC Mathematics Department at A comprehensive local guide can also be found at: Visit the Vancouver Tourist info centre at 200 Burrard Street or at http://www. or call 800-663-6000.

There are two useful campus maps: UBC Wayfinder (Web version of campus map with search engine) and a UBC campus map (hardcopy version) images/pdf/ubcmap.pdf.

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 AMS publications or take home an AMS T-shirt! 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.

CANCELLED - Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics: Freeman Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, Birds and Frogs, 6:00 p.m., Saturday, October 4, Woodward (Instructional Resources Centre-IRC), Room 2.

Social Event

PIMS will host a reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Pacific Spirit Place located in the Student Union Building, Main Floor, 6138 Student Union Boulevard.


UBC Parking info can be found at Participants are strongly encouraged to park at the Parkades located on campus. The rate on weekends is a flat rate of CAD\$4.

Registration and Meeting Information

The registration desk and book exhibit will be located in the South Concourse display area in the Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard, The desk will be open Saturday, October 4, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 5, from 7:30 a.m. until noon. Fees are CAD/US\$40 for AMS or Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) members, CAD/US\$60 for nonmembers; and CAD/US\$5 for students/unemployed/emeritus, payable on site by cash (either CAD\$ or US\$), check or credit card.

The Invited Addresses are in the Biological Sciences Building, BIOL 2000, facultystaff/buildings.cfm?code=BIOL.

The Special sessions and Contributed Paper Session are in the following buildings:

Chemical and Biological Engineering Building,

Biological Sciences Building,

Chemistry Building,

Hugh Dempster Pavilion,

Forest Sciences Centre,

Woodward Hall,


The nearest major commercial airport is the Vancouver International Airport. The airport is located approximately 9.5 miles from UBC. Travel time to the campus is approximately 25 minutes. Please visit Google Maps for comprehensive directions to or from UBC.

Driving From Vancouver International Airport: Head south on Grant McConachie Way. Take the Granville Street-City Centre exit. Turn left at West 70th Avenue. West 70th Avenue becomes SW Marine Drive; follow SW Marine Drive for approximately 10 km (6 miles). Turn right onto 16th Avenue. Turn left onto Wesbrook Mall; follow Wesbrook Mall through two sets of lights and turn left at Student Union Boulevard.

Driving from Seattle: Take Interstate 5 North to the Canadian border. Continue north for 40 minutes on Highway 99. Highway 99 turns into Oak Street at the Oak Street Bridge, 6 km north of the George Massey Tunnel. Continue across the bridge on Oak Street and turn left onto West 49th Avenue. Continue along West 49th until it joins SW Marine Drive. Turn right onto 16th Avenue. Turn left onto Wesbrook Mall; follow Wesbrook Mall through two sets of lights and turn left at Student Union Boulevard.

Driving from Downtown Vancouver: Turn right onto 4th Avenue West from either Granville or Burrard Street. Follow 4th Ave. westbound for approximately 5 km (3 miles). 4th Avenue turns into Chancellor Boulevard. Turn left onto Wesbrook Mall and right onto Student Union Boulevard.

Taxi: The Vancouver International Airport is 15 km (9.5 miles) from the UBC Campus. Taxi fare is metered and is approximately CAD\$35 one way.

Car rental: Special rates have been negotiated with Avis Rent A Car for the period September 26 to October 12, 2008, beginning at CAD\$25/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 JO98887 when making reservations.


The fall season in Vancouver (September - October) is comfortable, with moderate temperatures (43 - 56 degrees Fahrenheit) and occasional rain.

Information for International Participants

Entry into Canada is solely determined by Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials in accordance with Canadian law, see for details. Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada must carry both proof of citizenship and identity. A valid U.S. passport or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. If U.S. citizen travelers to Canada do not have a passport or approved alternate document such as a NEXUS card, they must show a government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver's license) and proof of U.S. citizenship such as a U.S. birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or expired U.S. passport. Children under sixteen need only present proof of U.S. citizenship.

U.S. citizens entering Canada from a third country must have a valid U.S. passport. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens to visit Canada for up to 180 days. Anyone seeking to enter Canada for any purpose besides a visit (e.g., to work, study, or immigrate) must qualify for the appropriate entry status, and should contact the Canadian Embassy or nearest consulate and see the Canadian immigration website at Anyone with a criminal record (including even misdemeanors or Driving While Impaired (DWI)) charges may be barred from entering Canada and must qualify for a special waiver well in advance of any planned travel for further processing, which may take some time.

For further information on entry requirements, travelers may contact the Canadian Embassy at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001, telephone 202-682-1740, or the Canadian consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Juan, or Seattle. The Canadian Embassy's web site is

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