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2012 Fall Western Section Meeting
University of Arizona, Tucson, Tucson, AZ
October 27-28, 2012 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1085

Associate secretaries:

Michel L Lapidus, 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 (13.05%). Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at University of Arizona 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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Tucson–Reid Park, 445 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona, 85711; 1-520-881-4200; Rates are US\$109 per night for single/double occupancy. Located just four miles from downtown Tucson, hotel amenities include Fitness Center, three tennis courts, massage therapy provided by Peaceful Spirit, and complimentary shuttle service within a 3-mile radius. This property is located approximately four 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.

Radisson Suites Tucson, 6555 East Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85710; 520-721-7100; Rates are US\$89 per night for single/double occupancy. This is an all suites property. Amenities include an oversized, temperature controlled pool and hydro-spa; Fitness Center; and newly renovated Business Center. Guests at the Radisson Suites Tucson also enjoy the convenience of complimentary shuttle service to destinations within a three-mile radius of the property. This property is located approximately seven 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.

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 E. Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85704; 1-800-481-0636 or 520-297-1151; Rates are US\$129 per night for single/double occupancy. Situated on an 80-acre property, amenities include the Sonoran Spa, open seven days a week; three sparkling pools, including a lap pool; 24-hour Fitness Center; eight tennis courts; basketball and volleyball courts; horseback riding; nature trails; and specialty gardens on property. This property is located approximately eight 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 25, 2012.

Food Services

On Campus: There are a number of dining options in the Student Union, below is a list of a few. Please check the link for hours of operation during the month of October:

  • 3 Cheeses & a Noodle
  • Bagel Talk
  • Burger King
  • Cactus Grill
  • Canyon Cafe
  • Cellar Bistro
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • IQ Fresh
  • La Petite Patisserie
  • Mesa Room
  • On Deck Deli
  • Panda Express
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Pinkberry
  • USA Cafe

Off Campus: There are many dining choices for casual dining and “grab and go” options convenient to campus and local hotels.

Magpies Gourmet Pizza, 605 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705 Voted “Tucson’s Best Pizza” 20 straight years!

Athens on 4th Avenue, 500 N. 4th Ave., Ste. 6, Tucson, AZ 85705. Serving Greek hospitality and cuisine.

Caruso’s, 434 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705. Three generations of Zagona family serving fine Italian food for over 60 years, a Tucson tradition. Featuring lasagna, homemade ravioli, spaghetti, other favorites. Open evenings except Mondays.

Café 54, 54 E. Pennington St., Tucson, AZ 85701. A full-service bistro serving lunch from Monday–Friday, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Located in the hub of downtown, Café 54 serves eclectic cuisine in an urban, artsy ambiance.

Charro Mexican Café, 311 N. Court Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701. The oldest family-operated Mexican restaurant in the U.S.A. USA Today: “One of country’s five best”.

Please visit for more dining options.

Registration and Meeting Information

Registration and the AMS book exhibit and all sessions will be located in the Modern Languages Building, 1423 E. University Blvd. Please refer to the campus map at for specific on campus locations. The registration desk will be open on Saturday, October 27, 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 28, 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

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.

NEW! Special Events

Reception on Friday: The Department of Mathematics will be hosting a reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26 at the Flandrau Observatory, 1601 East University Boulevard (on campus). Details are available here.

Erdős Memorial Lecture: The 2012 Erdős Memorial Lecture will be held at this meeting on October 27, 2012. The lecturer will be Ken Ono, Emory University, and the title will be Ramanujan's Last Prophecy: Quantum Modularity (title change), 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Gallagher Theater, Student Union.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the campus of the University of Arizona. A campus map can be found at Information about the math department at the University of Arizona may be found at Visit the University of Arizona website at for additional information on the campus. You can find information about Tucson at the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau site:


The participants should park in the Second Street Garage located on the corner of Mountain Ave. and E. Second St.  Parking is free on the weekends.

NOTE: On Saturday, October 27 the University is having its rival (USC) football game in the evening.  Between noon and 2:00 p.m. the garages will fill to capacity and after 2:00 p.m. anyone entering the garage will be charged for parking.  The biggest impact will be on those leaving campus for lunch so please plan accordingly.


The University of Tucson is nine miles from Tucson International Airport (TUS), and approximately 113 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

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

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is about a two-hour drive from the university. There is an airport shuttle and car rental offices upon your arrival.

Tucson International 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.

Shuttle service between the University of Arizona and the Tucson International Airport is provided by Arizona Stagecoach. Please go to their website or you can call 520-889-1000 to find fares and make a reservation.

Arizona Shuttle Service provides a shuttle service between the University of Arizona and Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Please go to their website or you can call 800-888-2749 for fares and reservations.

By Car: From north or southbound Interstate 10, take Exit I-10 at exit 257, the University of Arizona/Speedway Boulevard exit. Take Speedway Boulevard east (a right for northbound travelers and a left for southbound travelers). Continue east on Speedway Boulevard to Mountain Avenue. The 2nd Street Garage is located at Mountain Avenue and 2nd Street, a little less than two miles from I-10. Turn right (south) onto Mountain Avenue.

From the Tucson International Airport, you exit the airport northbound on Tucson Boulevard and take a left (heading west) at Valencia Road, the first traffic signal. Drive west on Valencia Road one block to a light at Campbell Avenue. Turn right (north) onto Campbell Avenue and continue driving north, following the street through a midway name change to Kino Parkway. At 6th Street, Kino Parkway will become Campbell Avenue again. Follow Campbell to Speedway. Turn left (west) at Campbell onto Speedway. The Second Street Garage is located on the corner of Mountain and 2nd Street (south of Speedway Boulevard.)

From Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, exit Sky Harbor Boulevard east to SR 153. Turn left onto University. Take right entrance to I-10 east. Take I-10 east to Tucson. Take right exit to Speedway Boulevard and turn left. The University of Arizona campus begins at Park Avenue. The 120-mile trip takes about two hours.

By Train/Bus: Amtrak passenger service and major bus lines, such as Greyhound, give you non-flying options for traveling to Tucson.

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.

Local Transportation: SunTran is the local the public bus system in Tucson. Please call 520-792-9222 for route maps and schedules or you can visit their website:


The average high temperature for October is approximately 86 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

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.