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Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
October 18-19, 2014 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1103

Associate secretaries:

Steven H Weintraub, AMS


Halifax campus



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 of 2% or the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 15%. The HST is a single rate of 15% added to the base of all goods and services. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at Dalhousie University 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.

Atlantica Hotel Halifax, 1980 Robie Street, Halifax, N.S., B3H 3G5; (902)423-1161; Rates are CAD\$135 per night for single/double occupancy. Each additional person will be chargedCAD\$15 per room/per night. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet in guest rooms; complimentary local calls; on-property business center; fitness center; swimming pool; and Seasons restaurant and lounge on property serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night dining. Parking is subject to availability in a heated underground garage for overnight guests at a rate of CAD\$17 plus tax per day. This hotel is pet-friendly. This property is located approximately 1 mi /1.7 km from the campus by car or 11 minutes walking time. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 17, 2014.

Cambridge Suites Hotel, 1583 Brunswick Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3P5; (800)565-1263; Rates are CAD\$149 per night for a studio room featuring a kitchenette, queen bed, and a pull-out sofa or two double beds; CAD\$174 for a Junior Suite featuring a separate bedroom with a queen bed and living area with pull-out sofa and kitchenette; and CAD\$199 for a One-Bedroom Suite featuring a separate bedroom with a king bed or two double beds with a separate living area with a pull-out sofa and kitchenette. Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary wireless Internet access, fitness center, onsite restaurant Canvas Resto Lounge, and free local calls. Parking is available onsite for a fee of CAD\$18 plus tax, per night. Reference American Mathematical Society for a quick, easy booking process with an onsite agents. This property is located approximately 1.5 mi /2.5 km from the campus by car or approximately 21 minutes walking time. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 18, 2014.

Garden South Park Inn, 1263 South Park Street, Halifax, N.S., B3H 3G5; (877)414-8577; Rates are CAD\$103.20 per night for one double bed, CAD\$111.20 per night for one queen bed, or CAD\$11.20 per night for two twin beds. Amenities include complimentary Internet, complimentary continental breakfast buffet, and complimentary evening tea and snacks. Parking is available on-site, based on availablity, for a cost of CAD\$12 per night. Please request a room in the AMS block. This property is located approximately .6 mi/ 1 km from the campus by car or approximately 13 minutes walking time. This rate will be offered by the property until September 30, 2014, based upon availablity of rooms.

Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites, 1515 South Park Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3J2L2; (902)423-6331; Rates are CAD\$149 per night for single/double occupancy in a classic guest room. Each additional adult in the same room is charged at a rate of CAD\$20 per adult. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access in guest rooms; complimentary local calls; a restaurant on-site, The Arms, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service; fitness center; and business center. Parking is available for CAD\$22 plus tax per night for registered guests. This property is located approximately 1.3 km from the campus by car or approximately 14 minutes walking time. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 5, 2014.

Food Services

On Campus: Residence dining halls are located in Howe Hall, and Sherriff Hall and are open to the public. On weekends brunch is served between 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; a limited meal service is available between 1:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.; and dinner is served between 4:30 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. There are two options available in Killam Hall, Killam Second Cup and Killam Subway. Both locations are open on Saturday between 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; and on Sunday between 10:00 a.m.–Midnight. Another option, The Pub at the University Club (902-494-6511;, is located on campus at 1 Alumni Crescent, very close to the meeting. The Pub will be kept open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday, hours of operation to be determined, please watch the website for further details.

Off Campus: Downtown Halifax offers shopping, entertainment and many restaurants. There are many choices for dining convenient to campus, here are some local options:

Fine dining, Maritime cuisine:

The Cellar Bar and Grill, 5677 Brenton Place, 902-835-1592; Fine dining, pizza, pasta, meat, seafood.

Chives Canadian Bistro, 1537 Barrington Street, 902-420-9626; (reservations advisable). Fine dining with locally sourced ingredients and a seasonally changing menu.

Saege Bistro, 5883 Spring Garden Road, 902-429-1882, Fine dining; lunch, dinner, weekend brunch.

The Wooden Monkey, 1707 Grafton Street, 902-444-3844; Fine dining from local ingredients; gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and free range options available.

Seafood and lobster:

Five Fisherman Restaurant & Grill, 1740 Argyle Street, 902-422-4421; Fine dining with all-you-can-eat salad bar; excellent for seafood and lobster.

McKelvie's, 1680 Lower Water Street, 902-421-6161. Fine dining, excellent for seafood and lobster.

Salty's Seafood Restaurant, 1869 Upper Water Street, 902-423-6818; Bar and grill downstairs, fine dining upstairs. Serving seafood with a waterfront location.

Pubs with dining:

The Henry House, 1222 Barrington Street, 902-423-5660; A very popular local pub with fine dining. English-style ales, pub fare, and Maritime cuisine.

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, 5136 Prince Street, 902-492-4900; Popular local pub, often with live music.

Casual dining:

Athens Restaurant, 6273 Quinpool Road, 902-422-1595; A low-key restaurant with Greek and North American options (moussaka, burgers, etc.).

Bluenose II Restaurant, 1824 Hollis Street, 902-425-5092; A diner serving staples such as fish and chips, clam chowder, burgers, and traditional diner food.

Coburg Coffee, 6085 Coburg Road, 902-429-2326,; soups and sandwiches.

Subway, 1403 Robie Street, 902-422-4355. Fast food sandwiches.

International food:

Baan Thai, 5234 Blowers Street, 902-446-4301; Family-owned Thai restaurant, one of the oldest in town.

Cafe Istanbul, 5986 Spring Garden Road, 902-405-4028, Popular lunch spot, high-end Turkish food.

Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca, 5144 Morris Street, 902-406-0909; Neapolitan pizza, certified authentic by the pizza authorities of Naples.

Turkish Delight, 5680 Spring Garden Road, 902-446-4366; Turkish restaurant featuring halal food, kebabs, mezze, etc.

Shiraz, 1240 Hollis Street, 902-404-3300. A small Persian restaurant.

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 18, 2014. After that date, no refunds will be issued.

Onsite Information and Registration

Registration will be located in the McCain Foyer and the AMS book exhibit will be located in the McCain Upper Foyer. Special Sessions will be held in the Marion McCain Building. All Invited Addresses will take place in the Scotia Bank Auditorium also located in the McCain Building. Please refer to the general campus map at for specific locations.

The onsite registration desk will be open on Saturday, October 18, 7:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 19 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Fees onsite will be US\$56/CAD\$61 for AMS or Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) members, US\$78/CAD\$85 for nonmembers; and US/CAD\$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on-site via Canadian or American.

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.

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 Studley Campus of Dalhousie University, located in Halifax. A campus map can be viewed at Information about the Dalhousie Department of Mathematics and Statistics may be found at Please watch this page for updates. Please visit the Dalhousie University website at for additional information on the campus.


All campus parking in lots and at meters is available free of charge to visitors on weekends. Parking in the McCain Parkade Garage is available at a cost of CAD\$4 per day. This parkcade can be accessed by turning onto Seymour Street just before the Marion McCain Building (located at 6135 University Ave). Additional information on visitor parking can be found at by searching the map for "parking".


Dalhousie’s Studley campus is located in the South End of Halifax, within a 15-to 20-minute walk to the downtown area.

By Air: Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is located iapproximately 33 km/20 mi from the city of Halifax and is approximately a 40-minute drive from the airport to Dalhousie University. The website is

Taxi service is offered at a set rate of CAD\$63 for a one-way trip into Halifax city center. Airport car services are available curbside in the arrivals area for all arriving flights. For more information, check at the Ground Transportation kiosk in the domestic arrivals area. To pre-arrange service please visit the airport’s website for a list of drivers licensed at Halifax Stanfield International Airport:

Rental cars are available through a number of rental agencies at the airport. Please visit the airport website for information on rental car companies in Halifax.

There are two options for bus service from the airport to the downtown area. Metro Transit operates its MetroX service from downtown to Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The #320 bus operates every 30 minutes during peak morning (6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) and afternoon (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) times. The regular schedule departs every 60 minutes. Fares are CAD\$3.50 for adults/students and CAD\$2.75 for children/seniors. For more for more information please visit their website The second option is Maritime Bus which has routes thoughout the Maritimes including service to and from the airport. For more information, call 800-575-1807.

By Train: VIA Rail Canada ( provides transcontinental train service; there is a station in Halifax. Call toll-free 888-842-7245.

By Bus: Greyhound ( provides service from New York and Voyageur ( provides service from Montreal. Each bus line connects with Maritime Bus which serves Atlantic Canada. For more information on Maritime Bus, please call 800-575-1807.

By Car:

From the airport. Take the 102 to Halifax (stay right at exit 5, which is the Halifax/Bedford exit). Continue to go straight. The 102 will turn into Bayers Road. On Bayers Road, after you pass the Halifax Shopping Centre, turn right at the next set of lights. This is Connaught Avenue. Take Connaught until it ends at a three-way stop. Turn left onto Jubilee Road. At the first set of lights, turn right onto Oxford Street. Take Oxford to Coburg Road. Arrive at the Studley Campus.

From all other points. The university can be accessed by car through any of the highways feeding into the city, but the most direct route is via the 102 inbound. The interactive campus map found on the Dalhousie website provides a way to customize directions, using the “get directions” tab. The map can be found here:

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 the AMS convention number (CV): 04N30004. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (U.S. and Canada) or 405-749-4434 (other countries). At the time of your reservation, the meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and you will be quoted the best comparable rate available.

Local Transportation

Bus and Ferry Service: Halifax metro transit offers urban bus routes and ferry service to cities outside of Halifax. For schedules and information on pricing please visit


The average high temperature for October is is approximately 20 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is approximately 10 degrees Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Weather in Halifax is moderate, but temperatures can fluctuate a great deal throughout the day and can vary depending on proximity to the ocean. It is recommended that visitors dress in layers. Prepare for inclement weather and check weather forecasts in advance of arrival in Halifax.

Information for International Participants

All United States citizens visiting Canada must possess a valid passport, NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner document. For more information on passport requirements for travel to Canada, visit the U.S. Department of State, National Passport Information Center website ( or access U.S. passport application services from the United States Postal Service.

Visitors from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Australia do not require a visa to enter Canada. If you are not from one of these countries, you should contact your Canadian consulate or embassy to learn what documents you may require. The Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website ( provides links to over 150 Canadian embassies and offices around the world.

For complete information on entry requirements and what you are permitted to bring into Canada, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Visiting Canada website (

For up-to-date information for visitors from the Canadian Border Services Agency, go to or call 1800-461-9999 (within Canada) or 506-636-5064. Information on visas for temporary residents can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration website or by calling 1888-242-2100. In the U.S. refer to

Passport and visa requirements for visiting Canada will vary according to your citizenship, residency, and purpose for visiting Canada. It is recomended to obtain more information before completing your travel plans by contacting the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or your country’s Customs/Immigration office.

This list is not to be considered complete. Please visit the websites above for the most up-to-date information.