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2014 Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
March 29-30, 2014 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1098

Associate secretary:

Steven H. Weintraub, AMS

Advance Registration for this meeting is now over.

. Onsite Registration will take place at the registration desk on the first floor of the Information Technology/Engineering (ITE) Building at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Registration will be open Saturday, March 29 from 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (noon).

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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 hotel tax. At the time of publication current Baltimore sales tax per room per night was 13% (a combined rate of 6% Sales tax and 7% occupancy tax). Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at University of Maryland, Baltimore County 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.

The Doubletree by Hilton Baltimore-BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Rd., Linthicum Heights, MD, 21090 (410) 859-8400; Rates are US\$99 per night for single/double occupancy. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet in guest rooms, complimentary parking, complimentary airport shuttle service, business center, fitness center, restaurant and lounge on property. This hotel is pet-friendly. This property is located approximately 6 miles from the campus by car. Check in time is 3:00 p.m.; check out time is 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is February 26, 2014.

Fairfield Inn and Suites Baltimore BWI Airport, 1020 Andover Road, Linthicum Heights, MD, 21090, (410) 691-1001; Rates are US\$79 per night for single/double occupancy. Amenities include complimentary hearty continental breakfast, complimentary wireless Internet access throughout property, business center, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary parking on site. This property is located approximately 6 miles from the campus by car. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 7, 2014.

Hampton Inn BWI/Baltimore, 829 Elkridge Road, Linthicum, MD, 21090, (410) 850-0600; Rates are US\$89 per night for single/double/quad occupancy. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, complimentary airport shuttle service and limited shuttle service to local restaurants, complimentary coffee service, fitness center, and complimentary parking on-site. This property is pet friendly. This property is located approximately 6 miles from the campus by car. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 noon. This rate will be offered by the property until March 29, 2014, based upon availablity of rooms.

The BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD, 21090, (410) 859-8300; Rates are US\$109 per night for single/double occupancy in a room with a king or two double beds. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet in lobby and public areas, guest room wireless Internet access for US\$12.95/day, complimentary on-site parking, complimentary airport shuttle, two restaurants on site serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service, Starbucks, fitness center, indoor pool, and business center. This property is located approximately 6 miles from the campus by car. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 noon. The deadline for reservations at this rate is February 28, 2014.

Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport-BWI, 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum, MD, 21090, (443) 577-2100; Rates are US\$99 per night for a king room, single/double occupancy. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet in lobby, guest room wireless or wired Internet access for US\$9.95/day, complimentary on-site parking, complimentary airport shuttle and shuttle to the surrounding area, restaurants on site serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service, fitness center, indoor pool, and business center. This property is located approximately 6 miles from the campus by car. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 noon.The deadline for reservations at this rate is February 27, 2014.

Food Services

On Campus: At the time of publication dining options on campus include venues located in The Commons, a 5-10 minute walk from the location of the meeting. Options in The Commons include True Grits, a dining hall, open Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Mesquite Ranch BBQ and Grill, open Saturday 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 a.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. There is also a 24-hour convenience store, Outakes, located in The Commons, offering convenience foods and grab-and-go items. There is a Subway restaurant, serving breakfast, sandwiches and salads, located in the Research Park adjacent to campus, approximately a 5-minute walk from the meeting. Hours of operation for this location are Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Off Campus: The nearby towns of Catonsville (Frederick Road) and Arbutus (East Drive) have retail districts with a variety of small shops and services. Arundel Mills Mall, 15 minutes away, offers shopping, entertainment and restaurants.

The Catonsville Main Street Area, to the west of campus, has many dining options including:

  • Dimitri’s International Grille, 2205 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, (410) 747-1927, open Saturday 11:00 am.-midnight and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.,; serving Mediterranean and Greek cusine.
  • G.L. Shacks Grill of Catonsville, 583 Frederick Road, (410) 788-0879, open Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.,; featuring fine food in a casual atmosphere with an adjoining sports bar.
  • Indian Delight Restaurant, 622 Frederick Road, Cantonsville (410) 744-4422, open Saturday and Sunday for lunch between 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. and for dinner 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; serving Indian cuisine with Halal Kosher options.
  • Matthew’s 1600 Restaurant and Bar, 1600 Fredrick Road, Catonsville, (410) 788-2500, Saturday open 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner and Sunday open 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for brunch; casual dining with a varied menu.

Other dining options can be found in nearby Linthicum and Ellicott City. Some restaurants located here include:

  • Bare Bones Grill and Brewery, 9150-22 Baltimore Natl. Pike, Ellicott City, (410) 461-0770, open Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; pub fare and craft beer.
  • G & M Restaurant, 804 N Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights (877) 554-3723, open for lunch and dinner Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.; serving award winning crab cakes, seafood, chicken, and steaks.
  • Honey Pig Restaurant, 10045 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, (410) 696-2426, open Saturday and Sunday;; serving Gooldagee Korean BBQ.
  • Maiwand Kabob, 839 Elkridge Landing Rd., Linthicum Heights, (410) 850-0273; open Saturday and Sunday; casual dining serving Afghan cuisine.
  • Olive Grove, 705 North Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights, (410) 636-1385; serving Italian cuisine.
  • Ruby Tuesday, 950 International Drive, Linthicum Heights, (410) 694-0031, open Saturday 11:00 a.m. - midnight and Sunday 11:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.;; serving American cuisine.
  • Snyders Willow Grove Restaurant, 841 North Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights (410) 789-1149, open Saturday and Sunday; http://www.snydersrestaurant. com/; American cuise with a Maryland flare.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration

Advance Registration is now closed. 100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by Friday, March 28, 2014. After that date, no refunds will be issued.

If you have already registered, your badge and program will be ready for pickup when you arrive at the meeting; simply go to the registration desk at the hours indicated.

Onsite Information and Registration

Registration and the AMS book exhibit will be located on the first floor of the Information Technology/Engineering (ITE) Building. Special Sessions will be held in Sherman Hall (Academic IV Building) and Sondheim Hall. All Invited Addresses will be held in the first floor lecture hall of the the Information Technology/Engineering (ITE) Building. Please refer to the general campus map at for specific locations.

The onsite registration desk will be open on Saturday, March 29, 7:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon. Fees are US\$54 for AMS members, US\$76 for nonmembers; and US\$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are 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. 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 or

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.

Local Information and Maps

UMBC has created a local webpage for this meeting. Please check it for the latest local information.

This meeting will take place on the Main Campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A campus map can be viewed at Information about the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Department of Mathematics may be found at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County website at has additional information on the campus.


Visitor parking is available at metered garages located at Administration Drive, The Commons Drive, and Walker Avenue. Meters are enforced Monday through Friday for hours posted, meters are not monitored on weekends. On weekends all street parking is available without restrictions. Street parking most convenient to the meeting can be located along Hilltop Circle (campus loop road), in front of the ITE building. Handicapped parking is available in Lot 9, the Administrative Drive Garage and the Commons Garage.

Additional information on visitor parking can be found at


The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is located in Baltimore just 15 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., and four miles from BWI Airport.

By Air:

Baltimore-Washington International Airport is only a five-minute drive away from campus. Upon arrival at the airport there are many ground transportation options available.

The Light Rail offers service from the nearby BWI Rail Station L to downtown Baltimore, Timonium, and Hunt Valley from BWI Marshall Airport. The BWI Marshall Light Rail Station is located immediately outside the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to Concourse E and fares are US\$1.60 each way. For details on schedules please visit

A taxi stand is located just outside of the baggage claim area of the Lower Level of the BWI Marshall terminal. Please note that this service is available from BWI Marshall only. For cab service to BWI Marshall, please consult your local cab company. BWI Marshall taxicabs are prohibited from charging flat rates. For more information, call 410-859-1100 or visit

Rental cars are available through a number of rental agencies at the airport and information phones are available at all baggage claim areas for each of the on-airport car rental agencies. BWI Marshall Airport has a rental car facility providing one-stop rental car shopping for our customers. The facility is located at Stoney Run Road and New Ridge Road. Free shuttle service carries customers to and from the airport approximately every 10 minutes. Passengers arriving on flights should take the free shuttle from the lower level terminal for a ten-minute ride to the new facility. When returning a vehicle, look for highway directional signs to the facility. The Car Rental Facility is located at: 7432 New Ridge Rd. Hanover, MD 21076.

Other options for ground transportation from the airport include hotel courtesy shuttles, commercial shuttle and sedan services. Many hotels offer courtesy shuttles, inquire when you book your room. Hotel and off-airport parking shuttles will pick-up passengers only at Zones 1 and 3. For information on commercial shuttles and sedan services please visit

By Train:

AMTRAK and MARC commuter trains serve the nearby BWI Rail Station. The Baltimore region is served by Amtrak and Acela, reservations can be made at Amtrak trains provide service to the BWI Marshall Rail Station. MARC Commuter trains provide transportation between Baltimore and Washington D.C., as well as several Maryland Counties. MARC trains do not operate on weekends. For more information visit

Local Transportation

Local Bus, Light Rail, and MARC train services: The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) offers a variety of local transportation options to get around Baltimore. For information on utilizing public transit in Baltimore, please download the Visitors Ride Guide from the MTA website at or use the trip planner feature to plan your travel

The MARC train is a commuter rail system whose service areas include Harford County, Maryland; Baltimore City; Washington D.C.; Brunswick, Maryland; Frederick, Maryland; and Martinsburg, West Virginia. Please note that the MARC train only opperates Monday - Friday.

The Light Rail travels between Hunt Valley and BWI Airport Monday–Friday between 5:00 a.m.–midnight, Saturdays between 6:00 a.m.–midnight, and Sundays between 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Please visit the MTA website for details about stations and fares.

Single ride fares for local buses, metro subway, and light rail are US\$1.60. An express bus costs US\$2.00 and the MARC Train fare varies based upon destination. Pay one-way bus fare (exact change only) upon boarding the bus. For Light Rail and Metro Subway, purchase one-way or round trip tickets from ticket vending machines located in the rail stations, cash and credit cards are accepted.

Taxi Service: Licensed, metered taxis are available throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. With a fleet of over 600 taxicabs in Baltimore city, Yellow Cab of Baltimore can be booked online at or by phone at (410) 685-1212.


The average high temperature for March is approximately 58 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is approximately 38 degrees Fahrenheit. 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.