AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/ Etc.

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2010 Spring Western Sectional Meeting
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, April 17-18, 2010 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1059

Associate secretary:
Michel L Lapidus, AMS,


Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel.  When making a reservation identify yourself as being with the UNM Math and Stat group attending the AMS Meeting. 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.

Plaza Inn Downtown Albuquerque, 900 Medical Arts Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102; phone 1-505- 243-5693 or 1-866-925-7881.  Rates start at: US\$56.99 + tax.  Deadline for reservations is 3/26/2010. Be sure to check the cancellation policy. Amenities include: Shuttle to/ from airport and UNM from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary high speed wireless internet access in public areas and guest rooms, hot tub, pool, restaurant.  The hotel is approximately one mile to campus.  For more information please visit

Albuquerque Airport Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 2300 Centre Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, phone: 1-505-247-1621. Price: US\$59 + tax. Deadline for reservations is 3/19/2010. Be sure to check the cancellation policy.  Amenities include: shuttle to/ from airport and UNM, Continental breakfast, Coffee/tea in-room, outdoor pool & spa, complimentary breakfast, wired high-speed internet in guest rooms.  The hotel is approximately 1.5 miles to campus.  

Food Service

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

Local Information and Campus Map

For further information please consult the Web site maintained by the department of math at the University of New Mexico:  To view a campus map please visit: Dane Smith Hall is building 48 at F-G-3. For travel information please visit:

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 titles or even take home the new 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.


Visitors can park anywhere on campus on weekends (6:00 p.m. Friday until 8:00 a.m. Monday) without a permit. City parking rules still apply.  For further information please visit

Registration and Meeting Information

Registration will take place in the atrium of Dane Smith Hall located on Las Lomas Blvd., across from University House on Yale Avenue, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 18.

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

Social Event

The University of New Mexico Department of Mathematics will host a reception on Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Atrium, Dane Smith Hall.


By Air

Albuquerque Sunport Insternational Airport : Albuquerque is served by many of the major commercial carriers and several commuter airlines. The Sunport is located two (2) miles south of UNM.

Traveling to Albuquerque by car

Albuquerque is served by two major interstates, I25 (North-South) and I40 (East-West). The Martin Luther King exit 1 mile south of the I25-I40 interchange allows access to the  Plaza Inn Albuquerue  (take the service road north from Martin Luther King, on the east side of I-25) and UNM (go east to University Blvd, enter campus, turn right on Redondo Rd and follow it to visitor parking or residence halls). The Albuquerque Airport Fairfield Inn by Marriott is located off of Yale (east of Yale) between the airport and UNM.

Driving Directions from Sunport to UNM: Take Yale Blvd exit north until you dead-end at Central Ave. Cross Central Ave. to enter campus.

Transportation from/to the Sunport

Shuttle and taxi service available after all flights outside at baggage claim level. Albuquerque Cab (505-883-4888, typical charge US\$18.00). Sunport provides a shuttle to Rental Car Center. Call 1-505-247-1621 for the free shuttle to Albuquerque Airport Fairfield Inn by Marriott, and 1-505-243-5693 the free shuttle to Plaza Inn Albuquerue.

Getting around Albuquerque is easiest by car, but the city has regular bus service along Central Ave from downtown to UNM for participants who wish to stay downtown, see  Taxi service is available but best arranged beforehand.

Car Rental

Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting in Albuquerque. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Weekend daily rates are available from noon Thursday to Monday at 11:59 p.m. Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges. Renters must meet Avis's age, driver, and credit requirements. For the best available rate and to make a reservation please call Avis at 800-331-1600 or go online at Please use the AMS meeting Avis Discount Number J098887.


April weather is generally pleasant with daytime temperatures in the 60 degree F. range, and night-time temperatures in the 30-45 degree F. range.  For up to the minute weather please visit

Information for International Participants

Visa regulations are continually changing for travel to the United States. Visa applications may take from three to four months to process and require a personal interview, as well as specific personal information. International participants should view the important information about traveling to the U.S. found at and If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to

If you discover you do need a visa, the National Academies website (see above) provides these tips for successful visa applications:

* Visa applicants are expected to provide evidence that they are intending to return to their country of residence. Therefore, applicants should provide proof of "binding" or sufficient ties to their home country or permanent residence abroad. This may include documentation of the following:

  • family ties in home country or country of legal permanent residence
  • property ownership
  • bank accounts
  • employment contract or statement from employer stating that the position will continue when the employee returns;

* Visa applications are more likely to be successful if done in a visitor's home country than in a third country;

* Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of their visa application;

* Include a letter of invitation from the meeting organizer or the U.S. host, specifying the subject, location and dates of the activity, and how travel and local expenses will be covered;

* If travel plans will depend on early approval of the visa application, specify this at the time of the application;

* Provide proof of professional scientific and/or educational status (students should provide a university transcript).

This list is not to be considered complete. Please visit the web sites above for the most up-to-date information.