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AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/Etc. Information

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2011 Fall Western Section Meeting
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
October 22-23, 2011 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1075

Associate secretaries:

Michel L Lapidus, 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 taxes. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. When making a reservation with a conference hotel, participants should state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Sectional Meeting. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. When making reservations please call the hotel directly and ask for "in house" reservations.

Salt Lake City Marriott-University Park, 480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT; reservations: 800-228-9290, group name is under AMS Fall Meeting; hotel direct: 801-581-1000; fax: 801-584-3321; Rates are US\$89 single/double; includes parking and wireless Internet, complimentary shuttle service within two miles of the hotel, and complimentary parking. The hotel is full-service with an on-site restaurant/bar and is less than one mile from the meeting site on campus. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when making your reservation. Deadline for reservations is September 21, 2011.

University Guest House, 110 South Fort Douglas Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT; 801-587-1000 or 888-416-4075; visit:; US\$89 single/double. Deadline for reservations is September 21, 2011. Be sure to mention you are with the AMS Math Conference and check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Red Lion Hotel, 161 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, UT; Call 800-RED-LION (800-733-5466). US\$84 single, US\$89 double; includes "Roaring Start full buffet breakfast". Visit: Deadline for reservations is September 23, 2011. Be sure to mention you are with the AMS Math Conference and check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Additional Salt Lake City housing is available at:

Hyatt Place, Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway, 55 North 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101; Phone: 801-456-6300.

Hilton, 255 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101; Phone: 801-328-2000 or 877-776-4936.

Food Service

There are a number of restaurants adjacent to the campus. A list of restaurants will be available at the registration desk.

Local Information

Please visit the website maintained by the Department of Mathematics at, the University of Utah website, or Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau site at

Other Activities

Book Sales: Stop by the on-site AMS bookstore and review the newest titles from the AMS, enjoy up to 25 percent 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.


Parking is not enforced on weekends (except in the obvious do not park zones and special reserved spots) and participants can park in any of the posted lots free of charge. (See map at

Registration and Meeting Information

Registration and AMS Book Exhibit will be held in the John Widtsoe Building (JWB). Invited Addresses and the book sale will also be in this room. All other sessions will be held in nearby buildings. Please refer to the campus map at for specific locations. The registration desk will be open on Saturday, October 22, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 23, 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Fees are US\$52 for AMS members, US\$72 for nonmembers; and US\$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on-site via cash, check or credit card.


By Air: The Salt Lake City International Airport is served by most major airlines and is located ten minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. Taxi fare is approximately US\$25-US\$30.

Driving: From the Salt Lake International Airport: Take I-80 East approximately 1.5 miles to the North Temple exit. Follow North Temple approximately 3 miles to State Street (one block beyond the Mormon Temple). Turn right on State Street and go south three blocks to 200 South. Turn left proceeding east on 200 South for approximately 2 miles until you reach University Street (1400 East).

From I-15 Northbound: Take the eastbound 600 South exit. At State Street turn left, proceeding 4 blocks north until you reach 200 South. Turn right proceeding east on 200 South for approximately 2 miles until you reach University Street (1400 East).

From I-15 South Bound: Take the eastbound 600 South exit. At 300 West turn right proceeding approximately 1.5 miles south until you reach 200 South. Turn left proceeding east on 200 South for approximately 2 miles until you reach University Street (1400 East).

Once you get to University Street you will be facing "President's Circle". This is a one-way street that you enter on the south. Drive ¾ of the way around the circle to the Mathematics Complex.

By bus or train: Amtrak train and Greyhound bus services are available into the Salt Lake City, Utah, area. Both services are very convenient to recommended hotels as the terminal is based downtown. Please check transportation availability from your area by visiting or Taxi and bus service is available from hotels to the university.

Car Rental

Hertz is the official car rental company for the meeting. To make a reservation using our special meeting rates, please provide our convention number: CV#04N30001 when making reservations. Details on rates and general instructions can be found at You can make reservations online at HZLK&TargetType=Homepage& or call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (U.S. and Canada) or 405-749-4434 (other countries). At the time of reservation, the meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and you will be quoted the best comparable rate available.


Temperatures vary from 70 degrees F to 50 degrees F in October. Fall is the favorite season of many who visit and live in Utah. Vibrant colors splash across the mountains and canyons as the cooler temperatures turn the leaves all shades of gold, purple, red, green, and brown. For up-to-date forecasts 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 websites above for the most up-to-date information.