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Central Fall Section Meeting
University of Akron, Akron, OH
October 20-21, 2012 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1084

Associate secretaries:

Georgia Benkart, AMS


Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice. Special discounted rates were negotiated with the hotels listed below. Rates quoted do not include the state and local taxes (15%). Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at University of Akron to receive the discounted rate. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. Hotels have varying cancellation and early checkout penalties; be sure to ask for details.

Quaker Square Inn, 135 South Broadway, Akron, Ohio 44325; 330-253-5970; Rates are US\$94 per night for single/double occupancy and US\$109 for an executive room. Amenities include complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet, free parking, and free wireless Internet in guest rooms. This property is located approximately one mile from the campus. There will be a shuttle available each morning between 7:00am-10:00am which will take participants directly to the College of Arts and Sciences, shuttle service will continue throughout the day but will make other stops after 10:00am.  Please ask the front desk for further information.  Cancellation and early check-out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 20, 2012.

Ramada Plaza/Akron City Centre Hotel*, 20 West Mill Street, Akron, Ohio 44308; 330-384-1500; Rates are US\$79 per night for single/double occupancy. Amenities include complimentary wireless in rooms; complimentary health facility; glass-enclosed, roof-top pool. This property is located approximately one mile from the campus. There will be a shuttle available each morning between 7:00am-10:00am which will take participants directly to the College of Arts and Sciences. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. *Please note: this property has recently changed to a Ramada and was previously known as The Akron City Centre Hotel. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 19, 2012.

Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; 330-929-3000; Rates are US\$119 per night for single/double occupancy. Amenities include fitness center, complimentary parking; and high speed Internet in guest rooms; as well as complimentary access to the city Natatorium where you'll find a jogging track, racquetball, steam room, group fitness classes, and a water slide. This property is located approximately 5.5 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 26, 2012.

DoubleTree by Hilton, 3150 W. Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44333; 330-869-9000 or 1-800-Hiltons (toll free); Rates are US\$105 per night for single/double occupancy. Amenities include complimentary parking and Internet access in guest rooms. This property is located approximately 7 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 28, 2012.

Food Services

On Campus: Campus facilities will be available during the weekend of the meeting. There are a number of options in the Student Union, Robertson Hall, and the Exchange Street Residence Hall.

Student Union:

  • Ohio Burger, Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Subway, Saturday, 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Union Market, Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • Starbucks, Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Robertson Hall:
  • Rob’s Cafe, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Exchange Street Residence Hall:

  • Zee’s Grill, Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Off Campus: There are many dining choices for casual dining and “grab and go” options convenient to campus and local hotels.
  • Cilantro’s, 326 South Main Street, offering Thai and sushi. Friday, 5:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m.; Sunday, 5:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
  • Barley House, 227 South Main Street, offering Irish/pub fare. Friday - Sunday. 11:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.
  • House of Hunan, 12 E. Exchange Street, offering sushi, Thai, and Chinese cuisine. Friday, 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m.; closed Sunday.
  • Bricco, 1 W. Exchange Street, offering pizzas and pastas. Friday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 a.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • Spaghetti Warehouse, 510 South Main Street, offering traditional Italian fare. Friday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • Crave, 57 East Market Street, moderately priced global cuisine served in an imaginative yet comfortable setting. Friday, 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 5:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Please visit, for more dining options.

Registration and Meeting Information

Registration and the AMS book exhibit will be located in the lobby of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) building, at the corner of College and Buchtel. Special Sessions will be held in the CAS Building, Olin Hall and Leigh Hall. Please refer to the campus map at for specific locations. The registration desk will be open on Saturday, October 20, 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 21, 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Fees are US\$53 for AMS members, US\$74 for nonmembers; and US\$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on-site via cash, check, or credit card; advance registration is not available.

Other Activities

Reception and Poster Session: A reception and poster session, hosted by the University, will take Saturday, October 20th, 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in Ballroom C of the Quaker Square Inn (135 South Broadway.) If you wish to present a poster, please contact Stefan Forcey at The AMS thanks our hosts for their gracious hospitality.

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.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the campus of the University of Akron. A campus map can be found at Information about the math department at the University of Akron may be found at Visit the University of Akron website at for additional information on the campus. You can find inforamtion about Akron at the Greater Akron area Chamber of Commerce site:


The North Parking Deck (on Buchtel Avenue) is the closest to the buildings hosting the conference and offers free parking for meeting participants. In order to partk for free at the North Parking Deck, a permit is required; attendees need only to print a copy of the permit and place it in their car. You can download and print the parking permit here: sectional/parking_permit_template.pdf. Permits will also be made available at the registration desk.


The University of Akron is 15 miles from Akron/Canton Regional Airport (CAK), and approximately 44 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE).

By Air: Akron/Canton Regional Airport is about a twenty-minute drive from the university. There is an airport shuttle, car rental offices, and taxis available upon your arrival.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is about a fifty-minute drive from the university. Continental Airlines has a hub in this airport, and most major airlines fly to Cleveland.

The best way to get around the greater Akron area is by car, so renting a car is usually the best way to get from the airport to the university and back. Both airports servicing greater Akron and Cleveland have car rental facilities on site.

Akron/Canton Regional Airport is the closest and most convenient airport to the university. Taxicab stands are located near the Arrivals (Baggage Claim) exits of each terminal and no advanced reservations are required. Taxi fares are approximatly US\$40 to the university and Quaker Square Inn/Ramada Plaza. Taxi fares to the Sheraton/DoubleTree are around US\$60. Taxis between Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport and the university or any hotel in Akron/Fairlwn/Cuyahoga Falls is approximately US\$106.

By Car: From the east or west, take I76 to Ohio 8 north. The first exit off of 8 is Carrol/Buchtel, and the off ramp merges onto Fountain Street. Once on Fountain Street, continue north one block to Buchtel Avenue, and turn left. Follow Buchtel for about a quarter mile, and the College of Arts and Sciences building is on the southeast corner of Buchtel and College. The North Parking Deck is just past CAS on Buchtel, on the right.

From the south, take I77 north, and merge onto OH 8 (on the left). The first exit after the merge is Carrol/Buchtel, and continue as above.

From the north, take I77 south, or OH 8, and continue as above.

Car Rental: Hertz is the official car rental company for the meeting. To make a reservation accessing our special meeting rates online at, click on the box “I have a discount”, and type in our convention number (CV): 04N30002. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (U.S. and Canada) or 1-405-749-4434 (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.


The average high temperature for October is approximately 61 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is approximately 43 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain is common for this time of year. Visitors should be prepared for inclement weather and check weather forecasts in advance of their arrival.

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.