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Spring Western Sectional Meeting
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
April 18-19, 2015 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1110

Associate secretaries:

Michel L Lapidus, AMS lapidus@math.ucr.edu, lapidus@mathserv.ucr.edu

***ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED***

Greenspun Hall - UNLV
Picture courtesy of Geri Kodey/UNLV Photo Services

Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice. Las Vegas is a popular destination in the spring, so please make your reservations early! Special discounted rates were negotiated with the hotels listed below. Other hotels for this meeting may be added later. Rates quoted do not include hotel tax of 12 percent. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Math Meeting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to receive the discounted rates. 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 when you make your reservation.

Alexis Park All Suite Resort, 375 E. Harmon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89169; 800-582-2228, 702-796-3300 (phone), 702-796-4334 (fax). It is about a .6 mile walk to the meeting site. This all-suite hotel is a nonsmoking property. Rooms are US$79 Single/Double plus tax per night for a room with coffee maker, refrigerator, and a desk. The AMS Group Code for reservations is AMS2015. Wired and wireless internet are available for an extra charge. There is a restaurant and a bar on site. When you make your reservation you will be charged a deposit equal to one night's lodging; this is fully refundable provided that you cancel at least 48 hours prior to your arrival. The deadline for reservations is April 1, 2015.

Bluegreen Club 36, 372 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89169; 702-656-2900 (phone) 702-856-2912 (fax). It is about a 1.5 mile walk to the meeting site (30 minutes). Rates are US$82 per room, per night; there is an additional charge if you need houskeeping services. Rooms include one king bed and a queen sleeper sofa, coffee maker, microwave oven, and refrigerator. Amenities include Wi-Fi, free local calls, free use of a copy machine, free parking, and an indoor pool. Smoking and nonsmoking rooms are available. Also on the property are a Subway sandwich shop and a convenience store. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 10:00 a.m. Please note that this is a time-share property, and you may be asked to view a presentation or take a tour to purchase a unit; you are under no obligation to do so. You must pay for one night's accommodation when you make your reservation. Your deposit is fully refundable if you cancel at least 72 hours prior to arrival. The deadline for reservations at the above rate is March 17, 2015.

Candlewood Suites Hotel, 4034 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169; 702-836-3660; about a mile from the meeting site. Rates are US$89 for a queen-bedded studio with fully equipped kitchen, including free wireless Internet, and free parking. Direct link to reserve a room is here. You will also find a convenience store/market on the premises which is open 24 hours, a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a workout room, and a snack shop. The Candlewood Gazebo Grill is usually open 24 hours . The deadline for reservations is March 17, 2015.

Hyatt Place Las Vegas, 4520 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV, 89169; 702-369-3366 (phone) 701-369-0009 (fax); US$119/king bed or two double beds plus sofa sleeper, wet bar, and refrigerator, and coffee maker. The rate also includes complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free shuttle to/from the airport, free wireless Internet throughout the hotel, outdoor pool, fitness room, and 24-hour business center. It is about a .6 mile walk to the meeting site on campus.

Platinum Hotel, 211 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169; 702-365-5000; for reservations go to https://bookings.ihotelier.com/Platinum-Hotel-Las-Vegas/bookings.isp?hotelid= 15019&identifier=UNLV. The cost is US$119 for a king-bed room with parlor area including a pull-out couch, full kitchen with microwave and coffee maker, and high speed internet; suites with two queen beds are also available for the same price. This full service hotel is nongaming and nonsmoking, and features the Kil@Wat Restaurant (open for breakfast and lunch) and the contemporary Stir and Bar Lounge. Room service is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You must pay for one night's accommodation when making your reservation; this is fully refundable if you cancel at least 72 hours prior to your arrival. The deadline for reservations is March 17, 2015.

Food Services

Information will be available on site.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration

Advance registration for this meeting is now closed. If you have already registered, please pick up your badge and program at the on-site registration desk.

100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by Saturday, April 18, 2015. After that date, no refunds will be issued.

Onsite Information and Registration

Registration, the book exhibit, Special Sessions, and Invited Addresses will be located in the Classroom Building Complex located just behind the Thomas and Mack Center. The registration desk will be open on Saturday, April 18, 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.–noon. Fees will be US$56 for AMS members, US$78 for nonmembers; and US$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members and will be payable on site via cash, check, or credit card.

Special Needs

It is the goal of the AMS to ensure that its conferences are accessible to all, regardless of disability. The AMS shall strive, unless it is not practicable, to choose venues that are fully accessible to the physically handicapped.

If special needs accommodations are necessary in order for you to participate in an AMS Sectional Meeting, please communicate your needs in advance to the AMS Meetings Department by:

- Registering early for the meeting

- Checking the appropriate box on the registration form

- Sending an email request to the AMS Meetings Department at mmsb@ams.org or meet@ams.org.

Other Activities

Book Sales: Stop by the on-site AMS bookstore to review our newest publications and take advantage of exhibit discounts! AMS members receive 40 percent off list price. Nonmembers receive a 25 percent discount. Not a member? Ask about the benefits of AMS membership. 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 wish to discuss with the AMS, please stop by the book exhibit.

Parking

Free parking on Saturday and Sunday is available in the Black Lot (with parking garage) next to the Thomas and Mack Center and is accessible from Swenson St., and in the N lot nearby which can be accessed from Harmon Avenue, off of Swenson St. If you need to park on campus on Friday, you may use the metered lots or obtain a parking pass. Please see the details at the Parking and Transportation Services website at parking.unlv.edu.

Travel

Airport: You should plan to fly into McCarran International Airport (LAS); see www.mccarran.com for details. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area. Some hotels provide free shuttle services; please check when making your reservations.

Car Rental: Hertz is the official car rental company for the meeting. To make a reservation accessing our special meeting rates online at www.hertz.com, click on the box “I have a discount”, and type in our convention number (CV): 04N30005. 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. Driving to UNLV: Please use your favorite travel website for the best advice on driving to campus. The main address of the campus is 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154. Please see www.unlv.edu/maps for avariety of maps. On Saturday and Sunday you should plan to park in the Black Lot near the Thomas and Mack Center or the N lot near the Classroom Building Complex. These are clearly marked on campus maps.

Weather

During the month of April the average high temperature is in the high 70s, the average low temperature is in the low 50s and there is very little rainfall.

Social Networking

Attendees and speakers are encouraged to tweet about the meeting using the hashtag #AMSmtg.

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 sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/visas/ and travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html

If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to aba@ams.org.

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).


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