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Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
March 10-12, 2017 (Friday - Sunday)
Meeting #1126

Associate secretaries:

Brian D Boe, AMS brian@math.uga.edu

**Advance Registration is Closed**

College of Charleston Campus
Image courtesy of College of Charleston

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 13.5 percent and US$1.00 occupancy fee per room per night. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at the College of Charleston 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.

Comfort Inn: (1.1 miles from the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building), 144 Bee Street, Charleston, SC 29401; Reservations are by phone: 843-577-2224. Rates are US$129 for standard rooms. This rate includes parking, wifi and hot breakfast buffet. Please cite the American Mathematical Society code: AMS when making your reservation. Amenities at the Comfort Inn include a business center and a fitness room. Deadline for reservations is February 9, 2017.

Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown - Ashley River: (1.3 miles from the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building), 250 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403; online: www.hiexpress.com/charlestondwtn or by phone: 843-722-4000. Rates are US$139 for standard rooms Thursday night and US$189 for standard rooms on Friday and Saturday nights. All rooms include complimentary hot breakfast buffet and high speed internet service. Please cite the American Mathematical Society code: AMS when making your reservation. Guests are welcome to use Holiday Express' on-site fitness center and outdoor pool as well as their full service business center. There is no charge for parking at the Holiday Inn Express. Deadline for reservations is February 9, 2017.

La Quinta Inn Charleston Riverview: (1.8 miles from the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building) 11 Ashley Pointe Drive, Charleston, SC 29407, online: www.lq.com/en/findandbook/hotel-details.charleston-riverview.html or by phone: 843-556-5200. Rates are US$145 for a standard room. Please cite the American Mathematical Society code: AMS when making your reservation. All rooms and suites offer complimentary wireless internet, complimentary breakfast and complimentary parking. La Quinta Inn's amenities include a business center, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. Deadline for reservations is February 16, 2017.

Quality Inn & Suites Patriots Point: (4.3 miles from the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building) 196 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464, online: http://choicehotels.com/south-carolina/mount-pleasant/quality-inn-hotels/sc064 or by phone: 843-856-8817. Rates are US$129.99 for a standard room. Please cite the American Mathematical Society code: AMS when making your reservation. Rooms include complimentary wireless internet, complimentary breakfast and complimentary parking. Amenities at the Comfort Suites Arena include a business center, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. Deadline for reservations is February 9, 2016.

Town and Country Inn and Suites: (5.5 miles from the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building) 2008 Savannah Hwy. Charleston, SC, 29401, online: thetownandcountryinn.com/index.cfm or by phone: 843-571-1000. Rates are US$109 on Thursday night and US$149 on Friday and Saturday nights. Please cite the American Mathematical Society code: AMS when making your reservation. All rooms offer complimentary wireless internet, and complimentary parking. Town and Country Inn and Suites' amenities include a business center, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. Deadline for reservations is February 9, 2017.

Hampton Inn Charleston Mount Pleasant Patriot Point: (4.6 miles from the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building) 255 Sessions Way, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464, online: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/south-carolina/hampton-inn-charleston-mt-pleasant-patriots-point-CHSMTHX/index.html or by phone: 843-881-3300. Rates are US$149 for a standard room. Please cite the American Mathematical Society code: AMS when making your reservation. All rooms offer complimentary wireless internet, complimentary breakfast, and complimentary parking. Hampton Inn's amenities include a business center, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. Deadline for reservations is February 7, 2017.

Holiday Inn Express Mount Pleasant:(5.1 miles from the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building) 350 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, online: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/mount-pleasant/chsgr/hoteldetail# or by phone: 843-375-2600. Rates are US$119 on Thursday night and US$159 on Friday and Saturday nights. Please cite the American Mathematical Society code: AMS when making your reservation. All rooms offer complimentary wireless internet, complimentary breakfast, and complimentary parking. Holiday Inn Express' amenities include a business center, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. Deadline for reservations is February 9, 2017.

Food Services and Dining On Campus

There will be no on-campus dining during the meeting as College of Charleston will be on Spring Break and all on campus dining facilities will be closed. There are numerous walkable off-campus dining options.

Off-Campus: Charleston is a culinary hotspot and you'll find a broad spectrum of restaurants and eateries within a five block radius of the meeting. The following restaurants are just a few of the many restaurants open for both lunch and dinner that are walkable from the meeting:

  • Swamp Fox Restaurant, 387 King Street (francismarionhotel.com/dining) Featuring Lowcountry specialties reminiscent of the old south. Award-winning shrimp & grits and Certified SC farm fresh ingredients artfully prepared by Chef James.
  • Virginia's on King, 412 King Street (holycityhospitality.com/virginias-on-king) A collection of family recipes and southern tradition, Virginia's on King specializes in upscale Low country cuisine.
  • Caviar and Bananas, 51 George Street (caviarandbananas.com) Gourmet market and cafe.
  • Verde, 347 King Street (eatatverde.com) Fresh, bright and satisfying health food. Salads, wraps and signature creations.
  • Vincent Chicco's, 39-G John Street (holycityhospitality.com/vincent-chiccos) Serves Italian-American cuisine, celebrating classic flavors and domestic ingredients in a sophisticated atmosphere.
  • Mello Mushroom, 309 King Street (mellowmushroom.com) Casual. Pizza, salads, burgers and sandwiches.
  • Basil, 460 King Street (eatatbasil.com) Refined Thai cuisine and an invigorating dining experience. Indoor and outdoor dining.

For an extensive listing of casual and upscale dining options near the College of Charleston, please visit charlestoncvb.com/plan-your-trip/dining-nightlife~124/.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration

You may register for this meeting online through Tuesday, March 7, 2017. After this date, you may register at the meeting (see below). Fees are US$59 for AMS members, US$85 for nonmembers, and US$10 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Participants may cancel registrations made in advance by e-mailing mmsb@ams.org. 100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by Friday, March 10, 2017. After this date, no refunds will be issued.

Your badge and program will be ready for pickup when you arrive at the meeting; simply go to the registration desk (see below) at the hours indicated. It is helpful if you bring a copy of your receipt.

For any questions or concerns about this process, please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau at mmsb@ams.org or toll free at 800-321-4267, ext. 4144 or 4137.

On-site Information and Registration

The Registration Desk and the AMS Book Exhibit will be located in the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building (202 Calhoun Street). The Registration Desk will be open on Friday, March 10, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm and Saturday, March 11, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. The same fees apply for on-site registration, as for advance registration. Fees are payable on-site via cash, check, or credit card. Invited Addresses will also be held in the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building (202 Calhoun Street). Special Sessions and Sessions for Contributed Papers will be held in the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building (202 Calhoun Street), Robert Scott Small Building (175 Calhoun Street), and Maybank Hall (169 Calhoun Street).

Other Activities

Book Sales: Stop by the on-site AMS bookstore to review the newest publications and take advantage of exhibit discounts and free shipping on all on-site orders! AMS members receive 40 percent off list price. Nonmembers receive a 25 percent discount. Not a member? Ask a representative 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 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 e-mail request to the AMS Meetings Department at mmsb@ams.org or meet@ams.org.

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.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the College of Charleston campus. A campus map can be viewed at cofc.edu/visit/campusmaps.php. Information about the College of Charleston Department of Mathematics can be found on their website at math.cofc.edu/ Please watch this webpage for additional information about this meeting. Please visit the College of Charleston website cofc.edu for additional information about the campus.

Parking

Conference attendees driving to campus should park in the St. Philip Street Garage located at 89 St Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29403. The cost of parking is US$1 per half hour or portion thereof up to US$16 per day. Conference attendees can obtain a day pass at registration that reduces the daily fee to US$10 per day, provided they exit the garage by 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Information about parking in downtown Charleston can be found here: charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=1025.

Travel

The College of Charleston is located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

By Air: The Charleston International Airport is served by most major airlines. Please visit the Charleston International Airport web site for a list of airlines serving Charleston and lists of cities with daily direct flights; iflychs.com.

There are several options available for transportation to/fromthe airport. The Charleston Airport shuttle service offers transportation to downtown Charleston. The cost is US$14 one way. Taxi service from the airport costs about US$30 to downtown Charleston. Information for ground transportation from the airport can be found here: www.iflychs.com/Ground-Transportation/Taxis-Shuttles.aspx. Rental cars are available at the aiport; for more details please visit iflychs.com/Ground-Transportation/Rental-Cars.aspxhttp.

By Train: Charleston is accessible by train via Amtrak to the North Charleston Station, 4565 Gaynor Avenue which is approximately 10 miles from the campus of the College of Charleston. Routes and schedules can be obtained at amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=CHS.

By Bus: Charleston is accessible by bus via Greyhound to the North Charleston Station, 3610 Dorchester Rd which is approximately 6.5 miles from the campus of the College of Charleston. Routes and schedules can be found at greyhound.com.

By Car:

From Charleston International Airport: Take I-26 exit. Follow I-26 until it turns into Highway 17. From Highway 17, take the Meeting St. exit. Follow Meeting St. several blocks to Calhoun St. Take a right onto Calhoun St. Follow for two blocks to St. Philip St. Turn right onto St. Philip St. and the parking garage will be on the left about half way up the block (89 St. Philip St).

From I-26: From I-26, take the Meeting St. exit and turn right onto Meeting St. Follow Meeting St. several blocks to Calhoun St. Take a right onto Calhoun St. Follow for two blocks to St. Philip St. Turn right onto St. Philip St. and the parking garage will be on the left about half way up the block (89 St. Philip St).

From Highway 17N: Follow Highway 17 over the Ravenel Bridge. Take the Meeting St. exit. Turn left onto Meeting St. Follow Meeting St. several blocks to Calhoun St. Take a right at Calhoun St. Follow for two blocks to St. Philip Street. Turn right onto St. Philip St. and the parking garage will be on the left about half way up the block (89 St. Philip St).

From Highway 17S : From Highway 17, take the Lockwood Dr. exit to the right. From Lockwood Dr., turn left onto Calhoun St. Follow Calhoun St. approximately 10 blocks to St. Philip St. Turn right onto St. Philip St. and the parking garage will be on the left about half way up the block (89 St. Philip St).

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): CV#04N30007. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (US 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. For directions to campus, inquire at your rental car counter.

Local Transportation

Information for Charleston's local bus service can be found here: ridecarta.com. Local bus options are somewhat limited on the weekends, however, CARTA operates a downtown-area shuttle (DASH Trolley) that is free: www.ridecarta.com/riding-carta/how-to-ride/how-to-ride-guide-trolleydash. There are several taxi companies in the area, including Charleston Green Taxi (www.charlestongreentaxi.com/), Yellow Cab of Charleston (www.yellowcabofcharleston.com/Yellow_Cab_of_Charleston/Home.html), and Charleston Cab Company (charlestoncabcompany.com/). However, perhaps the best local option for individual transport is Uber, as it operates in Charleston and is very popular.

Weather

Charleston tends to be cool and mild in March. Daytime temperatures are in the mid 60s and evening temperatures are in the mid 40s. Visitors should be prepared for inclement weather and check weather forecasts in advance of their arrival.

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 US found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html. If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to epm@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 US 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 listed for the most up-to-date information.


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