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Spring Southeastern Meeting
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
March 27-29, 2015 (Friday - Sunday)
Meeting #1109

Associate secretaries:
Brian D. Boe, AMS brian@math.uga.edu

***ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED***

***See Updates on Weather Forecast Below***

Campus - Courtesy of University of Alabama Huntsville
Picture courtesy of University of Alabama Huntsville

Accommodations

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 13 percent plus a US$1 city surcharge. Participants should mention ‘AMS Meeting’ 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.

Bevill Conference Center and Hotel (on campus), 550 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35816, 256-721-9428, www.uah.edu/bevill-center. Rates are US$79 single/double. Rooms have microwaves and mini-refrigerators. There is a complimentary continental breakfast. Complimentary passes to the University Fitness Center are available, and there is free parking. Deadline for reservations is March 20, 2015.

Courtyard by Marriott Huntsville (1.3 miles to campus), 4804 University Drive NW, Huntsville, AL, 35816, 256-837-1400. www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/hsvch-courtyard-huntsville. Rates are US$84 single/double. Rooms have microwaves and mini-refrigerators, complimentary wired and wireless internet, and there is complimentary parking. There is a restaurant, The Bistro, open for breakfast and dinner. Local restaurant dinner delivery is available. Amenities include a fitness room and seasonal outdoor pool. Deadline for reservations is March 6, 2015.

Fairfield Inn Huntsville (3.2 miles from campus), 1385 Enterprise Way, Huntsville, AL 35806, 256-971-0921, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hsvfi-fairfield-inn-huntsville. Rates are US$89 single/double. Many rooms have microwaves and mini-refrigerators. Complimentary continental breakfast. Local restaurant dinner delivery. Complimentary wifi is available and free parking is offered. Deadline for reservations is March 3, 2015.

Hilton Garden Inn Huntsville/Space Center (1 mile from campus), 4801 Governor's House Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35805, 256-430-1778. hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/alabama/hilton-garden-inn-huntsville-space-center-HSVSCGI/accommodations/index.html. Rates are US$99 single/double. Rooms have microwaves and mini-refrigerators. There is free high-speed internet access and complimentary parking. A full service restaurant, The Great American Grill, is open for breakfast and dinner. Amenities include a fitness center and outdoor pool. Deadline for reservations is February 28, 2015.

Huntsville Marriott at the Space Center (1.3 miles from campus), 5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805, 256-830-2222, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hsval-huntsville-marriott. Rates are US$99 single/double. The Marriott has high-speed wireless for US$9.95 per day and complimentary wireless in the lobby and public areas. There is free parking. A complimentary airport shuttle is available upon request; please reserve in advance. A full-service restaurant, Porter’s Steakhouse, is open for breakfast and dinner. Local restaurant dinner delivery is also available. Amenities include a fitness center and an indoor pool. Deadline for reservations is March 6, 2015.

Dining Information

A google map with restaurant information has been created by the Department of Mathematical Sciences at https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zLp6IFv3IdeI.kiVMDs1r9-HE. Nearby restaurants include the following:

American

Beauregards, 511 Jordan Lane NW, 256-837-2433. Burgers, Pub Food, Sandwiches/Subs. (1.13 miles)

Burger King, 308 Jordan Lane NW, 256-533-0630. Burgers, Fast Food. (1.33 miles)

Frizzles, 210 Jordan Lane NW, 256-518-2211, Fast Food. (1.38 miles)

KFC, 1003 Jordan Lane NW, 256-837-9770. American, Fast Food. (1.66 miles)

Landry’s Seafood, 5101 Governors House Drive, 256-864-0000. Seafood, Steakhouse, American. (0.88 miles)

McDonald’s, 4002 University Drive NW, 256-837-3970.Burgers, American. (1.56 miles)

New Orleans Lunchbox, 4000 Holmes Avenue, 256-830-0081. American, Cajun/Creole, Barbecue. (1.07 miles)

Quiznos, 4314 University Drive NW, 256-539-4475/ Sandwiches/Subs. (1.15 miles)

Schlotzsky’s Deli, 4319 University Drive NW, 256-830-6400. Sandwiches/Subs. (1.2 miles)

Stanlieo’s Sub Villas, 605 Jordan Lane NW, 256-837-7220, Sandwiches/Subs, Hot Dogs/Sausages. (1.15 miles)

Subway, 414 Jordan Lane NW, 256-536-5353. Sandwiches/Subs, Fast Food. (1.21 miles)

Tim’s Cajun Kitchen, 114 Jordan Lane NW, 256-533-7589. Southern/Soul, Cajun/Creole, Seafood. (1.47 miles)

Tenders, 527 Wynn Drive NW, 256-721-3395, American, (1.14 miles)

Waffle House, 3995 University Drive NW, 256-837-9781.Breakfast/Brunch, Coffee, Diner. (1.66 miles)

Wintzell’s Oyster House, 5100 Sanderson Street SW, 256-726-0511, Seafood. (1.1 miles)

Asian

New China Buffet, 207 Jordan Ln NW, 256-830-8156.Buffet, Chinese, Sushi. (1.39 miles)

Garam Korean Restaurant, 600 Jordan Ln NW Ste 1, 256-519-2374. Korean, Asian. (1.12 miles)

I Love Korea, 404 Jordan Lane NW, 256-489-7766. Asian, Korean. (1.28 miles)

Viet Cuisine, 405 Jordan Lane NW, 256-890-0104. Vietnamese. (1.27 miles)

Indian

Sitar, 420 Jordan Lane NW, 256-536-3360. Indian, Buffet, Vegetarian. (1.17 miles)

Mexican

La Alameda Mexican, 311 Jordan Lane NW, 256-539-6244, Mexican, Buffet. (1.31 miles)

Taco Bell, 4315 University Drive NW, 256-716-1112. Mexican. (1.18 miles)

Italian/Mediterranean

Domino’s Pizza, 4506 University Drive, NW, 256-830-2662. Pizza. (1.38 miles)

Jamo’s Cafe, 413 Jordan Lane NW, 256-837-7880. Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian. (1.21miles)

See the final program for a list of additional dining options within driving distance.

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 Friday, March 27, 2015. After that date, no refunds will be issued.

Onsite Information and Registration

The Registration Desk and the AMS Book Exhibit will be located in the Shelby Center Lobby. Sessions will be held in the Shelby Center and the Business Adminstration Building. A campus map can be viewed at www.uah.edu/map. The Registration Desk will be open on Friday, March 27, 12:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 28, 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Fees onsite will be US$56 for AMS Members, US$78 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. 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 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.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the campus of the University of Alabama at Huntsville. A campus map can be viewed at http://www.uah.edu/map. Information about the University of Alabama Department of Mathematical Sciences can be found on their website at www.uah.edu/science/departments/math/. Please watch this website for additional information on this meeting. Please visit the University of Alabama website at www.uah.edu for additional information about the campus.

Parking

The nearby Intermodal Parking Facility on John Wright Drive is is available to participants, and there is some additional parking adjacent to Shelby Center. Please check back for updates.

Travel

The meeting will be held at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, 301 Sparkman Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35805.

By Air: The closest airport to the university is Huntsville International Airport, Carl T. Jones Field (HSV), 1000 Glenn Hearn Boulevard, Huntsville, AL 35824, www.flyhuntsville.com. The distance from Huntsville International Airport to the campus at the University of Alabama is approximately 11 miles.

The next closest airport is Nashville International Airport (BNA), One Terminal Drive, Nashville, TN, 37214, www.flynashville.com, Nashville International Airport is approximately 115 miles from Huntsville. However, there is a shuttle, see below, from the Nashville International Airport to Huntsville.

Taxis: Taxi service is available from the Huntsville airport for approximately US$25-$30 to the hotels listed and the University. For more information, see the ground transportation page at the Huntsville International Airport website at www.flyhuntsville.com/hsv/airport-information/ground-transportation/#.VFN-8hYgyvw. Taxis are readily available at the airport, however, for your convenience, the following companies are listed:

Huntsville Cab Company 256-536-1313

A-1 United Deluxe Cab 256-536-3600

A Plus Cab Company 256-534-5000

Trans City Cab 256-536-1113

Shuttles

From Huntsville International Airport: Executive Connection, 256-772-0186, www.execconnecthsv.com. One way transportation from the airport to Bevill Center is currently US$27. It is US$23 to the Hilton Garden Inn and US$25 to the Courtyard by Marriott. There is no round-trip discount.

From Nashville International Airport: Madison County Shuttle, 256-287-5155, madisoncountyshuttle.com/main_page.html, approximately US$78 round trip; US$44 one way.

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

Driving Directions

From Huntsville International Airport: Start out going east on Glenn Hearn Boulevard. Take Glenn Hearn Boulevard SW toward I-565 Huntsville/Decatur. Merge onto I-565 E/Huntsville Decatur Hwy E toward Huntsville. Take I-565 to Exit 15 (Madison Pike/Sparkman Drive/Bob Wallace Avenue). Keep left to take the ramp toward Sparkman Drive/Botanical Garden. Turn left at the 2nd traffic light onto Sparkman Drive. Continue about a mile to Holmes Avenue and turn right. Continue about a mile (you will pass Charger Union on your right), and at the traffic light, turn right onto John Wright Drive. The Intermodal Parking Facility will be immediately on your right.

From the North (including Nashville): Take I-65 South to Exit 351 (US 72 East). US 72 becomes University Drive. After crossing Wynn Drive, go through one more traffic light and then take the next right (Exit sign) onto Sparkman Drive. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto Sparkman. Go about ½ mile to Holmes Avenue and turn left OR:

Take I-65 South to Exit 340 (I-565 East). Take Exit 15 at the US Space & Rocket Center. Turn left at the 2nd traffic light onto Sparkman Drive. Continue about a mile to Holmes Avenue and turn right.

At this point on Holmes Avenue, the directions become the same: Continue about a mile (you will pass Charger Union on your right) and at the traffic light, turn right onto John Wright Drive. The Intermodal Parking Facility will be immediately on your right.

From the Northeast (including Chattanooga):

Take US 72 West from Chattanooga. Entering Huntsville, US 72 splits into I-565. Take I-565 to Exit 15 (Sparkman Drive) and turn right off the exit. Continue about a mile to Holmes Avenue and turn right. Continue about a mile (you will pass Charger Union on your right) and at the traffic light, turn right onto John Wright Drive. The Intermodal Parking Facility will be immediately on your right.

From the South (including Birmingham):

Travel North on I-65. Take Exit 340 onto I-565 East to Huntsville. Take Exit 15 at the US Space & Rocket Center. Turn left at the 2nd traffic light onto Sparkman Drive. Continue about a mile to Holmes Avenue and turn RIGHT. Continue about a mile (you will pass Charger Union on your right) and at the traffic light, turn right onto John Wright Drive. The Intermodal Parking Facility will be immediately on your right.

From the East (including Atlanta):

Travel I-20 West to Birmingham, then I-65 North. Take Exit 340 onto I-565 East to Huntsville. Take Exit 15 at the US Space & Rocket Center. Turn left at the 2nd traffic light onto Sparkman Drive. Continue about a mile to Holmes Avenue and turn right. Continue about a mile (you will pass Charger Union on your right) and at the traffic light, turn right onto John Wright Drive. The Intermodal Parking Facility will be immediately on your right.

From the West (including Memphis):

Take US 72 East through Athens. Entering Huntsville, US 72 becomes University Drive. After crossing Wynn Drive, go through one more traffic light and then take the next right (Exit sign) onto Sparkman Drive. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto Sparkman. Continue about ½ mile to Holmes Avenue and turn left. OR:

Take US 72 ALT through Decatur. US 72 ALT becomes I-565. Take I-565 East to Huntsville. Take Exit 15 at the US Space & Rocket Center. Turn left at the 2nd traffic light onto Sparkman Drive. Continue about a mile to Holmes Avenue and turn right.

At this point on Holmes Avenue the directions become the same: Continue about a mile (you will pass Charger Union on your right) and at the traffic light, turn right onto John Wright Drive. The Intermodal Parking Facility will be immediately on your right.

Public Transportation: Please see the City of Huntsville's local site at www.huntsville.org/visitors/transportation/public-transportation/.

Weather

The month of March in Huntsville is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 59 degrees F to 68 degrees F over the course of the month, occasionally temperatures rise as high as 80 degrees or as fall as low as 49 degrees. Huntsville in general has a warm, humid climate. Visitors should check weather forecasts in advance of their arrival.

Weather Alert! The most recent forecast indicates:

  • Friday’s high will be 53 degrees going down to 28 degrees at night.
  • Saturday’s high will be 48 degrees going down to 30 degrees at night.
  • Sunday’s high will be 62 degrees. 

Skies for all three days should be sunny to partly sunny. Participants are advised to bring a coat or jacket.

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 dls@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).

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


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