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Central Fall Sectional Meeting
Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
October 3-4, 2015 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1112

Associate secretaries:
Georgia Benkart, AMS


east quad
Picture courtesy of Loyola University Chicago


Please note: The official start of this meeting is Saturday, October 3, 2015. Onsite registration will open at 7:30am on Saturday. Special sessions 2-A,B,C, Groups, Rings, Group rings, and Hopf Algebras, celebrating the 75th birthday of Don Passman, are scheduled for Friday, October 2, 2015. These will be the only events on Friday.

Poster Session

A poster session is planned for this meeting. Space is limited, and priority will be given to graduate students and early-career researchers who are not otherwise presenting at the conference. However, anyone is welcome to submit. The submission deadline is September 4, 2015, and decisions will be sent out by the university by September 8, 2015. Please submit poster proposals at Questions should be directed to Dr. Peter Tingley (


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 a room tax of 16.4% . Participants should mention 'AMS Meeting on the Loyola campus' 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.

Best Western University Plaza, 1501 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201; 1-847-491-6400 (phone) or 1-847-328-3090 (fax); US\$149.95/single or double; features coffee/tea in the lobby, fitness facilities, and seasonal outdoor pool, free WiFi in all rooms, and complimentary breakfast; parking is US\$14/day; about four miles from campus. Deadline for reservations is September 2, 2015.

Hilton Garden Inn, Chicago North Shore/Evanston, 1818 Maple Ave., Evanston, IL 60201; 1-847-475-6400; US\$189/one king bed or two double beds; rooms have microwave; 24-hour business center, complimentary Internet access throughout the hotel; fitness center with pool; on-site restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner with bar service; in-room dining is available. Guests may make reservations toll free at: 1-877-STAY HGI

Or direct with the hotel at: 847-475-6400: Ask for “In-house reservations” Monday-Friday.

Or online at: – Enter the Group Meeting or Conference code "AMS" when prompted.Parking is US\$13/day; about five miles from campus. Deadline for reservations is September 2, 2015.

Hotel Indigo, 1244 Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610; 1-312-787-4980 or 1-312-266-0978 (fax); US\$170/single or double; standard internet is free for all guests and can be upgraded in your room for a fee; valet parking is US\$47/day; located in the Gold Coast neighborhood with many restaurants nearby; located steps away from both bus and train CTA options; about seven miles from campus. When booking online, go here to utilize our reservation block: Deadline for reservations is September 1, 2015.

Hilton Orrington/Evanston, 1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201, 1-847-866-8700 or 1-866 539-8117 (toll free) or email; US\$169/single or double; US\$179/triple; US\$189/quad; rooms have a coffee maker, 24-hour room service; free WiFi in public areas; restaurant with bar on premises; business center; valet parking; about 4.5 miles from campus. When calling, please identify yourself as an attendee of the American Mathematical Society. Reservations can be made online at by entering the code (AMATH) in the box marked "Group/ Convention Code. Deadline for reservations is September 2, 2015.

While the AMS has no agreements with the following properties, some participants may find them convenient:

Super 8, 7300 North Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626, 1-866-539-8117 (information) 1-800-454-3213 or 1-866-539-8117 (reservations); rates vary (US\$100-147 at the time this announcement was published); rooms include coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, free WiFi in public areas (included in some sleeping rooms); about 1.5 miles from campus.

DoubleTree by Hilton, 9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077; 1-847-679-7000 or 1-847-679-0810 (fax); rates vary and were US\$152/single or double at the time this announcement was published; restaurant on premises (including room service); business center services including free printing; fitness center; indoor and outdoor pools; Internet available; parking is complimentary; about 8 miles from campus.

Hotel Cass, 640 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611, 1-312-447-2960; Room rates were approximately US\$200 at the time of this printing; high speed Internet is available throughout the building; tea and coffee are complimentary in the lobby; complimentary hot breakfast; fitness center; complimentary use of the business center; about 7.5 miles from campus.

Dining Information

The Damen Dining Hall will be open (all you can eat options) at the Damen Student Center, and coffee and snacks will be available at Center Stage in the Mundelein Center. For more information, visit Loyola Dining Services at

There are many restaurants and fast food options within walking distance of campus:

Leona's, 6935 North Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626, 773-764-5757; Leona's offers affordable Italian dining along with takeout and delivery options. Open Monday–Thursday 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–midnight, Sunday noon–11:00 p.m.

Giordano's, 6836 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626, 773-262-1313; Giordano's is known for their famous Chicago deep dish pizza. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to midnight.

Royal Coffee, 6764 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626, 773-761-8100; Royal Coffee is a coffee shop up Sheridan Rd. that also offers a selection of Ethiopian food. Open Sunday–Thursday, 6:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

bopNgrill, 6604 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626, 773-654-3224; BopNgrill offers a selection of Korean food and fantastic burgers. It was even featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Open Monday–Friday, 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon–10:00 p.m.

Felice's, 6441 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626, 773-508-7990; The only student-run pizzeria in the country. Open Monday–Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–2:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Pete's Pizza, 1100 West Granville Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660, 773-262-4040; In addition to pizza and sandwiches, Pete's offers gelato, desserts, and a coffee bar. Open to dine in Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 9:00 pm. Additional hours for carry-out and delivery.

Dak, 1104 West Granville Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660, 773-754-0255; Dak offers Korean chicken wings, rice bowls, and more at an affordable price. Open daily 11:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Nori, 1235 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60660, 773-262-5216; Nori is a tasty sushi and noodles restaurant. Open Sunday–Thursday, 11:00 am–10:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.

Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660, 773-465-9801; Uncommon Ground offers new American food with organic ingredients and live music daily. Their menu changes weekly and with the seasons. Open Monday–Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., Friday, 11:00 a.m.–midnight, Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–midnight, and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Bar 63, 6341 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660, 773-942-6269. A sports bar with classic pub food. Open Monday–Thursday, 4:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m., Friday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 a.m., and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 a.m.

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, October 3, 2015. After that date, no refunds will be issued.

On-site Information and Registration

The Registration Desk and the AMS Book Exhibit will be located in the first floor lobby of Cuneo Hall, 6430 N. Kenmore Ave. Invited Addresses will be held in the Quinlan Life Sciences Building, 1050 W. Sheridan Road in the Quinlan Auditorium.

The Erdős Memorial Lecture will be given in Mundelein Center, 1020 W. Sheridan Road in the Mundelein Center Auditorium. Sessions will be held in Cuneo Hall and Mundelein Center.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, October 3, 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 4, 8:00 a.m.–noon. Fees on-site will be US\$57 for AMS Members, US\$80 for nonmembers; and US\$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on-site via cash, check, or credit card.

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.

Special Needs

It is the goal of the AMS to ensure that its conferences are accessible to all, regardless of disability. The AMS will 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, and

- Sending an email request to the AMS Meetings Department at or

AMS Policy on a Welcoming Environment

The AMS strives to ensure that participants in its activities enjoy a welcoming environment. In all its activities, the AMS seeks to foster an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. The AMS supports equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or veteran status.

More details about this policy and how to address questions and/or make reports is posted at”

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago. A campus map can be viewed at Information about the Loyola University Department of Mathematics and Statistics can be found on their website at Please watch this page for additional information on this meeting. Please visit the University website at for additional information about the campus.

Wifi is available in the buildings our meeting will occupy.  More specific information will be available shortly.


 Main Parking Structure, located at the corner of Sheridan Road and Winthrop Avenue (entrance to this structure is off the campus drive, accessed from the traffic light at Sheridan Road and Kenmore Avenue). Parking is by credit card, and costs \$7/day.


The meeting will be held at Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL.

By Air: The closest airport to the university is O'Hare International Airport, 10000 Bessie Coleman Dr., Chicago, IL 60666; The distance from O'Hare International Airport to the campus at the Loyola University Chicago is approximately 11 miles.

Taxis: Taxi service is available from the airport for approximately US\$40 to US\$50 to the listed hotels and the university. Taxis are readily available at the airport. For your protection, do not accept rides from drivers outside the cab stand or in the departure area of the terminal roadways. All taxis should have a working meter to calculate the fare based on time and mileage.

To determine your taxi fare:

  • Base Fare US\$3.25
  • Each additional mile US\$1.80
  • Every 36 seconds of time elapsed US\$0.20
  • First additional passenger US\$1
  • Each additional passenger after first passenger US\$0.50
  • Airport Departure/Arrival Tax US\$2
  • Passengers aged 13 through 64 years old are charged an additional passenger fee.
  • Tolls are an extra charge to the passenger.
  • The fare does not include a tip.
  • There is no extra charge for baggage, baggage handling, or payment by credit/debit card.
  • If your driver voluntarily chooses to assist you, tipping is appropriate.

Trips to suburbs and not from the airport: The rate of fare is straight meter to the city limits PLUS one-half the straight metered fare from the city limit to the suburban destination.

Car Rental: Rental cars are available through a number of agencies at the airport. Please visit the airport website (above) for information on rental car companies in Chicago.

Driving Directions: Please visit your favorite travel website to determine the best routes (e.g. Google maps;, etc.).

Public Transportation: See for bus and CTA schedules to chart courses to your meeting and hotel destinations. The Lake Shore Campus (LSC) is conveniently located off the CTA Red Line, the Loyola “L” station at 1032 W. Sheridan Rd. The CTA bus 147 also drops off directly in front of the LSC.

Shuttle: Loyola has generously commissioned shuttle service between area hotels and campus. One vehicle will be utilized and marked times may vary slightly. Please plan accordingly as service cannot be guaranteed.

Evanston Hotels to Loyola Campus

Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
Oct 3, 4 Departures: 7:00 am, 7:20 am, 8:00 am, 8:20 am

Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
* Oct 3, 4 Departures: 7:10 am, 7:30 am, 8:10 am, 8:30 am

Best Western University Plaza, 1501 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
* Oct 3, 4 Departures: 7:20 am, 7:40 am, 8:20 am, 8:40 am

Loyola University Lake Shore Campus (Circular Drive)
* Oct 3, 4 Arrivals:  7:35 am, 7:55 am, 8:35 am, 8:55 am

Loyola Campus to Evanston Hotels

Loyola University Lake Shore Campus (Circular Drive)
Oct 3 Departures: 6:30 pm, 7:45 pm
(Dropping off at all three hotels listed above)



In early October the weather in Chicago is generally in the mid 60s F. during the day, dropping to 50 degrees F. in the evening. Visitors should check weather forecasts in advance of their arrival and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

Social Networking

Participants 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 and

If you need an official 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).