The transformer that provides electricity to the AMS building in Providence went down on Sunday, April 22. The restoration of our email, website, AMS Bookstore and other systems is almost complete. We are currently running on a generator but overnight a new transformer should be hooked up and (fingers crossed) we should be fine by 8:00 (EDT) Wednesday morning. This issue has affected selected phones, which should be repaired by the end of today. No email was lost, although the accumulated messages are only just now being delivered so you should expect some delay.
Thanks for your patience.
Georgia Benkart, AMS email@example.com
Photo courtesy of Artem Novozhilov
Reception & Poster Session
The Mathematics Department at North Dakota State University is hosting a reception and poster session at the Spring 2016 AMS Central Sectional Meeting. This will take place on Saturday from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Atrium at the NSDU Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center. All participants are welcome to attend the reception.
Space is limited for the poster session, and priority will be given to graduate students and early-career researchers who are not otherwise presenting at the meeting. However, anyone is welcome to submit to the poster session. The deadline for submission is March 7, 2016, and decisions will be made by March 11. Please submit poster proposals at https://www.ndsu.edu/math/conferences/ams_central_section_meeting_poster_registration_form/. Questions should be directed to Dr. María de los Ángeles Alfonseca-Cubero (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice. Special discounted rates were negotiated with the hotels listed below. Other hotels for this meeting may be added to this website, so please check back. Rates quoted do not include hotel tax of 11%. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Math Meeting at North Dakota State University 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 check-out penalties; be sure to ask for details when you make your reservation.
Candlewood Suites Fargo—North Dakota State University, 1831 NDSU Research Park Drive N, Fargo, ND 58102; 701-235-8200 (phone); 701-235-8201 (fax); www.ihg.com/candlewood/hotels/us/en/fargo/farcw/hoteldetail. It is about 1.1 miles from the meeting site. Rates are US\$105 (studio), \$115 (studio double), \$125 (double queen), \$135 (1 bedroom suite) + tax per room, per night. Use the code “AMS” when making your reservation. Check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 12:00 pm. The deadline for reservations at the above rate is March 25, 2016.
Days Inn & Suites Fargo, 1507 19th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102; 701-232-0000 (phone); 701-237-4464 (fax). It is about 1.3 miles from the meeting site. Rates are US\$89 + tax per room, per night; with 1 queen or 2 double beds. For a Sectional Meeting discounted rate, reservations can only be made by calling the hotel directly, and mentioning our room block by the code MATH. You can find more information about the hotel here: bit.ly/1RFsB96 (but the site will not accept our discount code for your reservation). Check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am. The deadline for reservations at the above rate is March 26, 2016.
Homewood Suites Hilton Fargo, 2021 16th Street North, Fargo, ND 58102; 701-235-3150 (phone); 701-235-3270 (fax); bit.ly/1maRiym. It is about 1.7 miles to the meeting site. Rates are US\$94 (studio king), \$99 (one bedroom king), US\$109 (double queen) + tax per room, per night. Use the code “AMS” when making your reservation. Check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 12:00 pm. The deadline for reservations at the above rate is March 25, 2016.
Radisson Hotel Fargo, 201 5th St N, Fargo, ND 58102; 701-232-7363 (phone), 701-232-8039 (fax); http://www.radisson.com/amsmat. It is about a 1.8 mile drive from the meeting site. Rates are US\$134 + tax per room, per night; with 1 king or 2 queen beds. For a Sectional Meeting discounted rate, reservations can only be made by calling the hotel directly, and mentioning our room block by the code AMSMATH. You can find more information about the hotel on their site, but our discount code can only be used for phone reservations at this time. Check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 12:00 pm. The deadline for reservations at the above rate is March 15, 2016.
On Campus: North Dakota State University offers dozens of dining options within walking distance. Please visit www.ndsu.edu/dining/dining_locations for details.
Residence Dining Center, https://www.ndsu.edu/dining/residence_dining_center/ for details, and select the dining options on the interactive map.
Spicy Pie, 1414 12th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102, www.pizzagrindersbeer.com
Jimmy John’s, 1414 12th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102, www.jimmyjohns.com
Herd and Horns, 1414 12th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102, www.herdandhorns.com
Bison Turf, 1211 N University Dr, Fargo, ND 58102, www.thebisonturfnd.com
Off Campus: There are many dining choices for casual dining and "grab and go" options convenient to campus.
Applebees, 2001 16th St N, Fargo, ND 58102, www.applebees.com
Buffalo Wild Wings, 1515 19th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102, www.buffalowildwings.com
Labby’s Grill and Bar, 1100 19th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102, www.labbys.com
Burger King, 1333 19th Avenue, Fargo, ND 58102, www.bk.com
McDonalds, 1220 19th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102, www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/home.html
Pizza Hut, 1207 19th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102, order.pizzahut.com/home
Additional dining options can be found at https://www.ndsu.edu/math/conferences/ams_central_section_meeting_information/.
Registration and Meeting Information
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, April 16, 2016. To cancel, please please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau at email@example.com or toll free at 800-321-4267, ext. 4144 or 4137. No refunds can be issued after April 16, 2016.
On-site Information and Registration
Registration, the book exhibit, and Invited Addresses will be located in Minard Hall. The registration desk will be open on Saturday, April 16, 7:30 am–4:00 pm and Sunday, April 17, 8:00 am–noon. Fees are the same as advanced registration and will be payable on-site via cash, check, or credit card.
Special Sessions will take place in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Minard Hall, Morrill Hall, and South Engineering buildings. A campus map is available at https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/homepage/CampusMap_2pg.pdf.
It is the goal of the AMS to ensure that its conferences are accessible to all, regardless of disability. The 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 advanced to the AMS Meetings Department by:
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.
More details about this policy and how to address questions and/or make reports is posted at www.ams.org/about-us/governance/policy-statements/welcoming-environment-policy.
Book Sales: Stop by the on-site AMS bookstore to review our newest publications and take advantage of exhibit discounts and free shipping on all on-site orders! AMS members receive 40% off list price. Nonmembers receive a 25% 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.
Parking is available on-site, with T lot (closest to the meeting buildings), W8 on the campus map. Additional parking will be available in Visitor’s lot E (P10). Parking fees are not enforced during the weekends. The parking map is available: www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/parking/NDSU_Parking_lots_map_15-16.pdf.
Airport: You should plan to fly into Hector International Airport (FAR); see www.fargoairport.com for details. The airport is located 2 miles from the campus. There are car rental facilities next to the luggage claim for those participants who wish to have their own vehicle. A taxi ride from the airport to Minard Hall costs about \$10 (without gratuity).
Train: Amtrak operates a major station in Fargo; the station is a short trip from downtown Fargo, 420 4th Street North. For information about Amtrak, please visit their website here: www.amtrak.com.
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): 04N30006. 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.
Driving to NDSU: Please use your favorite travel website for the best advice on driving to campus. The main address of the campus is 1340 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102. The address for Minard Hall is 1210 Albrecht Boulevard, Fargo, ND 58102.
Taxi Service: Doyle's Yellow Checker Cab, 701-235-5535; Fargo Metro Taxi, 701-799-8645; FM Taxi, 701-353-2222; GoCab Taxi, 218-304-1652; Lucky 7 Taxi, (701) 235-1717.
Bus Service: On Saturday regular bus service is available connecting NDSU with downtown, see www.matbus.com (the trip takes approximately 20 minutes, current fare is \$1.50 one way). In downtown, parking on the streets (in designated areas) is free with time restrictions on weekdays. There are also a number of pay parking lots.
During the month of April the average high temperature is in the 60s, the average low temperature is in the mid-30s and there is very little rainfall.
Participants 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 above for the most up-to-date information.