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Spring Western Sectional Meeting
Washington State University, Pullman, WA
April 22-23, 2017 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1128

Associate secretaries:

Michel L Lapidus, AMS lapidus@math.ucr.edu, lapidus@mathserv.ucr.edu

**Advance Registration Is Now Closed **

Bryan Aerial view
Image courtesy of WSU Photo Services

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 the Washington state hotel tax (9.8%). Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at Washington State 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.

Holiday Inn Express, 1190 SE Bishop Blvd, Pullman, WA 99163; 509-334-4437. To book a room, please call the hotel directly and mention the group code ‘AMS’. You can also book online using the following link: American Mathematical Society. When booking online please double check your check-in and check-out dates. Rates are US$229 on Saturday night and US$119 on Sunday night for King Studio Suite rooms. Friday night is currently sold out at this property. Amenities include complimentary self-parking, complimentary local area shuttle within Pullman, to and from the WSU campus, from 6:00am to 11:00pm, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and complimentary continental breakfast and coffee in lobby. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at a reduced rate is March 27, 2017.

Quality Inn Paradise Creek, S.E. 1400 Bishop Blvd., Pullman, WA 99163; 509-332-0500; https://www.choicehotels.com/washington/pullman/quality-inn-hotels/wa015?source=gyxt. Ask for the American Mathematical Society rates for a special discounted rate of US$109.00 per night for double queen beds US$119.00 for a king bed. This rate includes an indoor hot tub, mini fridge and microwave in each room, free Wi-Fi and complimentary hot breakfast. This property is located approximately 1.3 miles from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is April 19, 2017.

The Hilltop Inn, 928 NW Olsen St, Pullman, WA 99163; 509-332-0928; www.hilltopinnpullman.com/. Rates are US$109.75 per night for one king bed or two queen beds. Amenities include microwave and fridge in each room, indoor pool and hot tub, free breakfast buffet and free high-speed Internet. This property has a restaurant and lounge that opens every day at 4:00 pm. This property is located approximately 2 miles from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is April 10, 2017.

Residence Inn by Marriott, 1255 NE North Fairway Dr, Pullman, WA 99163; 509-332-4400; http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/puwri-residence-inn-pullman/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2. Rates are US$125.00 per night for one king bed rooms. Amenities include indoor pool and hot tub, free breakfast buffet and free high-speed Internet. This property is located less than 1 mile from the campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at a reduced rate is March 21, 2017.

NEW! Siesta Motel: 615 S Main St, Colfax, WA 99111; 509-397-3417. To book a room, please call the hotel directly and ask for the American Mathematical Society rates for a special discounted rate of US$73.30 per night for a queen bed, US$76.54 per night for a king bed, US$79.77 per night for a king and a twin bed, or US$84.08 per night for a room with two queen beds. Rooms are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Amenities include free internet and free parking. This property is located approximately 20 minutes from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. There is no cut-off date for the room block at this property.

Other Properties

Motel 6, 101 Baker St, Moscow, ID 83843; (208) 882-5511. This property is about 15 minutes from campus. We are in the process of establishing a room block, but in the meantime, please contact the property directly for reservations. The rate is US$125.99 for queen or double bed rooms. Amenities include complimentary coffee in the lobby until 10am, free newspapers and free Wi-Fi. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation.

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Food Services

On Campus: On Campus dining is available at the Compton Union Building between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. This building is adjacent to the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education where most of the talks will be held.

Located on the first floor of the Compton Union Building are the Bookie Cafe, open Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm; Subway, open Saturday and Sunday until 7:00 pm; and Panda Express, open Saturday and Sunday until 7:00 pm.

Off Campus: Downtown Pullman is about a 15 minute walk from the campus. There are many restaurants in that area. More information on restaurants and local attractions in the Pullman area, including a map, can be found at pullmanchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/PullmanMap08.pdf.

Some options for coffee include:

Cafe Moro, 100A E Main St, Pullman; 509-338-3892; https://www.facebook.com/pullmancafemoro/; a mellow coffeehouse featuring coffee drinks, frappes, baked goods, beer and occasional live music.

Daily Grind, 230 E Main St, Pullman; 509-334-3380; web.archive.org/web/20160309051325/thedailygrindespressos.com/; serving fresh coffee and baked goods.

Some downtown options for dining include:

Cooky's European Deli, 215 Main Street, Pullman; 509-332-224; www.manta.com/c/mttvwrq/cooky-s-european-deli-market-llc; a local market and delicatessen.

Mandarin House, 115 N Grand Ave, Pullman; (509) 332-1888; www.pullmanchinesefood.com/; unpretentious Chinese restaurant serving standard fare such as crab rangoon and beef with broccoli.

My Office Bar & Grill, 215 S Grand Ave, Pullman; (509) 334-120; https://www.facebook.com/My-Office-Bar-Grill-115549738468097/; a basic pub with draft and bottled beers in a casual atmosphere offering darts and pool.

Old Post Office Wine Bar/Restaurant, 1245 SE Paradise St, Pullman; (509) 338-9463; www.paradisecreekbrewery.com/; beers brewed in the basement of an old post office, with a spacious bar upstairs serving pub fare.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration

Advance Registration for this meeting is now over. Participants may cancel registrations made in advance by e-mailing mmsb@ams.org. 100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by Saturday, April 22, 2017. After this date, no refunds will be issued.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau at mmsb@ams.org or toll free at 800-321-4267, ext. 4144 or 4143.

On-site Information and Registration

The registration desk, AMS book exhibit, and coffee service will be located in the atrium of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. The Invited Addresses will be held in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203. Special Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions will also take place in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. Please look for additional information about specific session room locations on the Web and in the printed program. For further information on building locations, a campus map is available at map.wsu.edu/.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, April 22, 7:30 am–4:00 pm and Sunday, April 23, 8:00 am– 12:00 pm. Fees are US$59 for AMS members, US$85 for nonmembers, and US$10 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members; the same fees apply for on-site registration, as for advance registration. Fees are payable on-site via cash, check, or credit card.

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 wish to discuss with the AMS, please stop by the book exhibit.

Reception: On Saturday, April 22, from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Washington State University will host a reception at the WSU Museum of Art, adjacent to the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. There will be ample hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Data Science Day:
On Friday, April 21, WSU will host the 2017 Data Science Day in the CUB Junior Ballroom on campus. This will include participants from industry, universities, and government labs for an entire day of short talks and workshops devoted to challenging data analysis problems. Register at http://datascienceday2017.eventbrite.com. There is no registration fee.

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 campus of Washington State University. A campus map can be found at map.wsu.edu/. Information about the WSU Mathematics Department can be found at www.math.wsu.edu/. Please visit the Washington State University website at http://wsu.edu/ for additional information on the campus.

Please visit the local organizers' website for this meeting at http://www.math.wsu.edu/AMS. Please watch this site for additional information on this meeting.

Parking

Parking is available under the Center for Undergraduate Education at a cost of US$3.00 per day on Saturday and Sunday. This is the most convenient parking as it is closest to the meeting spaces.

Day visitors are also directed to park on North Campus Drive (off of Bath Road), South Campus Drive (off of College Street), Coffin Street Parking Lot, Dayton Lot (off of Sills Drive) and Russwurm House Parking Lot (just east of Tower Drive).

Travel

This meeting will take place on the main campus of Washington State University, located in Pullman, Washington.

By Air: The Pullman/Moscow Airport is two miles from the Pullman campus. Horizon Air (Alaska Airlines) services the region. Please visit their website for a list of cities with direct flights; www.flypuw.com/. Rental cars are available at the airport; for more information about rental cars and other ground transportation please visit www.flypuw.com/transportation/.

Spokane International Airport is 78 miles from campus and serviced by most airlines; for information on airlines and flight schedules please visit spokaneairports.net/.There are many options available for ground transportation from Spokane International Airport. The Wheatland Express Shuttle offers service to Pullman from Spokane International Airport for US$38.00; www.wheatlandexpress.com/ariportexpres/. Rental cars are available at the airport; for more information please visit spokaneairports.net/rental-cars/.

By Train: Rail service to Pullman is currently available from major cities through Amtrak; https://www.amtrak.com/home. The Pullman train station is located on 1205 North Grand Avenue, approximately a 20 minute walk from campus.

By Bus: Major bus routes pass through Pullman. Northwestern Trailways stops about one mile from campus and offers round-trip fare to Spokane International Airport for US$68. For more information please call 800-366-3830 or visit www.northwesterntrailways.com/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx.

Greyhound Transit offers daily trips to Pullman. Buses stop at the Dissmores IGA located at 1205 N Grand St, about a 20 minute walk from campus. For more information on Greyhound please call (509) 332-2918 or visit https://www.greyhound.com/.

By Car:

From the south: Take US-195 North to WA-27 N/S Grand Ave. Turn right onto WA-270 E/SE Paradise St (signs for Moscow/WSU). Turn left onto E Spring St. Your destination will be on the right.

From the north: Take US-195 South and turn left onto WA-270 East. In two miles turn right onto N Grand Ave. Turn left onto WA-270 E/SE Paradise St (signs for Moscow/WSU). Turn left onto E Spring St. Your destination will be on the right.

From the east: Take WA-270 West toward Airport Rd/Terre View Dr. Turn right onto E Spring St. Your destination will be on the right.

From the west: Follow I-90 East and take exit 137 to merge onto WA-26 E toward Othello/Pullman. Follow WA-26 E to US-195 S in Colfax.From US-195 South turn left onto WA-270 East. In two miles turn right onto N Grand Ave. Turn left onto WA-270 E/SE Paradise St (signs for Moscow/WSU). Turn left onto E Spring St. Your destination will be on the right.

For a map of campus with surrounding routes, go to https://visitor.wsu.edu/VisitorMap.html.

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 "Enter a discount or promo code", and type in our convention number (CV): CV#04N30007. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (U.S. 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

Walking, biking and personal cars are recommended to get around campus and Pullman.

Local bus transportation is available through Pullman Transit. The general public may ride Pullman Transit by paying per ride or by purchasing a Monthly, Semi-Annual or Annual pass at the WSU Visitors Center.

Weather

The average high temperature for April is 58 degrees and the average low is 38 degrees. Historically, the probability of some precipitation in given day is 40 percent. Weather conditions can change fairly rapidly and 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 hashtags #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 cro@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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