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AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/Etc. Information

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2011 Spring Central Section Meeting
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa, March 18-20, 2011 (Friday - Sunday)
Meeting #1069

Associate secretary:
Georgia Benkart, 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 12%. 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) Meeting at the University of Iowa group. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation.

Iowa House Hotel, 100 North Madison St., Iowa City, IA, 52242; Phone: 319-335-3513, fax: 319-335-0497; Rates are US\$85 single/double and includes parking, wireless Internet, and continental breakfast. The hotel is only about three blocks away from the meeting site on campus. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations is February 18, 2011.

Hotel Vetro Boutique Hotel, 201 S. Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240; Phone: 319-337-4961, fax: 319-337-7037; Rates are US\$119 single/double and includes parking, wireless Internet, and continental breakfast. The hotel is only about three blocks away from the meeting site on campus. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations is February 18, 2011.

Sheraton Iowa City Hotel,100 210 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240; Phone: 319-337-4058, fax: 319-337-7037; Rates are US\$99 single/double and includes parking, internet, and continental breakfast. The hotel is only about three blocks away from the meeting site on campus. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations is February 15, 2011.

Heartland Inn Hotel; 87 2nd Street, Coralville, IA 52241; Phone: 319-351-8132, fax 319-351-2916; Rates are US\$75 for a standard two queen or single king room. Includes free wireless Internet, deluxe continental breakfast, free parking, and an indoor pool. A limited complimentary shuttle to and from the meeting is also being provided by the hotel. The Heartland Inn is about two miles away from the meeting site on the University of Iowa campus. The deadline for reservations is February 17, 2011.

Food Service

A list of on-campus and off-campus restaurants will be available at the registration desk.

Other Activities

Book Sales: Stop by the on-site AMS bookstore and review the newest titles from the AMS, 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.


The University of Iowa Mathematics Department is hosting a reception on Saturday evening, March 19, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the IMU Ballroom.  Join us for refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.


Iowa House guests may park at no charge in the IMU Parking Ramp. Fee-based parking is also available near the University's Pentacrest at the parking ramp on the south end of the Old Capitol Center.

Graduate Student Poster Session

The University of Iowa invites you to visit the Graduate Student poster session which will be held in the Lucas / Dodge room of the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, March 18, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The poster session will be focused on graduate student research, and it is intended to provide the opportunity for students to share and discuss their research with fellow graduate students and professors. Please take a moment to download the abstracts for this event at

Ancillary Workshop

In connection with the Special Session, "Topological Problems in Molecular Biology", there will be an associated Workshop (Wednesday evening March 16 - Friday morning March 18th).  The Workshop will include tutorials in areas of this Special Session, hands-on software demos, as well as research talks.  Website for the combined Special Session and Workshop:

An additional workshop on "Nonlinear Elliptic and Evolutionary Partial Differential Equations" will be offered. This workshop will take place Thursday, March 17 and Friday morning March 18 in 110 MacLean Hall at the University of Iowa. It will bring together mathematicians from all over the world in the area of  Nonlinear Elliptic and Evolutionary Partial Differential Equations  to present their recent research results, to exchange new ideas and to discuss current challenging issues. The main topics will be  elliptic equations, hyperbolic problems,  parabolic equations,equations of mixed type, conservation laws and  applications, Boltzmann equation, numerical analysis and methods of PDEs. For more information, see

Registration and Meeting Information

Registration and AMS Book Exhibit will be held in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Ballroom. Invited Addresses and all other sessions will be held in The IMU Building, 3rd floor, as well as in MacLean Hall. Please refer to the campus map at for specific locations. The registration desk will be open on Friday, March 18, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 19, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fees are US\$50 for AMS members, US\$70 for nonmembers; and US\$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on-site via cash, check or credit card.


By Plane: Nearby airports are located in Cedar Rapids, IA (CID) (22 miles); Moline, IL (MLI) (67 miles); and Des Moines, IA (DSM) (118 miles). Shuttle service is available at the Eastern Iowa Regional Airport (CID) in Cedar Rapids.

By bus: Greyhound bus services are located at 170 E Court Street in Iowa City, Iowa—just a few blocks away from the University of Iowa. Iowa City is not currently serviced by Amtrak.

By car: The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, IA, 65 miles west of the Mississippi River, along Interstate 80. To reach the central campus, exit Interstate 80 at the Dubuque Street exit (Exit 244) and follow Dubuque Street south along the Iowa River to downtown Iowa City. Turn right on Market Street and then turn left on Madison Street and drive one block to the Iowa Memorial Union. The registration desk will be on the 2nd floor of the IMU.

Car Rental

Avis Rent A Car is the official car rental company for the meeting. Depending on variables such as location, length of rental, and size of vehicle, Avis will offer participants the best available rate which can range from 5-25% discount off regular rates. Participants must use the assigned Meeting Avis Discount Number (J098887) and meet Avis rate requirements to receive the discount. (Rate discounts are available at all corporate and participating licensee locations.) Reservations can be made by calling 800-331-1600 or online at

All car rentals include unlimited free mileage and are available to renters 25 years and older. Renters must also meet Avis's driver and credit requirements. Return to the same rental location or additional surcharges may apply. Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges.


A typical climate summary for the month of March for Iowa City shows an average daily temperature from 27° Fahrenheit to 46° Fahrenheit with a slight chance of snow or rain.

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 websites above for the most up-to-date information.