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Spring Western Sectional Meeting
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
April 9-10, 2016 (Saturday - Sunday)

Associate secretaries:

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

**ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS CLOSED**

aerial view
Image courtesy of the University of Utah

Accommodations

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 the AMS website; check www.ams.org/meetings/sectional/sectional.html for more information. Rates quoted do not include hotel tax of 12 percent. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Math Meeting at the University of Utah 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.

University Guest House, 110 South Fort Douglas Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT 84113; 801-587-1000 (phone); 801-587-2990 (fax); www.universityguesthouse.com. It is about 1.1 miles from the meeting site. Rates are US$110 + tax per room, per night; with 1 king or 2 queen beds. Amenities include free guest room internet, free overnight parking, a fitness center, and complimentary breakfast. There is a convenience store on-site. This hotel is a nonsmoking property. 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 8, 2016.

Salt Lake Marriott University Park Hotel, 480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108; 801-581-1000 (phone); 801-584-3325 (fax); http://bit.ly/1PyT2Nq. It is about 1.6 miles to the meeting site. Rates are US$115 + tax per room, per night; with 1 king or 2 queen beds. Amenities include free overnight self-parking, fitness center, a coffee maker and mini-refrigerators in all guestrooms. There is a restaurant, Allie's American Grille, a bar, Pitchers Lounge, and a Starbucks on-site. This hotel is a nonsmoking property. 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 1, 2016.

Hampton Inn & Suites Salt Lake City/University-Foothill Dr., 1345 Foothill Dr. South, Salt Lake City, UT 84108; 801-583-3500 (phone); 801-583-3505 (fax); bit.ly/1nsqvHn.. It is about 2.8 miles from the meeting site. Rates are US$109 + tax per room, per night; with 1 king or 2 queen beds. Amenities include free guest room internet, free overnight parking, a fitness center, a coffee maker and mini-refrigerators in all guestrooms. This hotel is a nonsmoking property. Check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is 12:00 pm. The deadline for reservations at the above rate is March 3, 2016.

Double Tree Suites by Hilton Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, 110 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101; 801-359-7800 (phone), 801-538-0305 (fax); bit.ly/1KL1Yig. It is about 3 miles from the meeting site. Suite rooms are US$99 + tax per room, per night; with 1 king or 2 queen beds. The hotel also offers rates at $114 for triple or quad suites. Amenities include complimentary guest room internet, a complimentary 24 hour business center, an indoor pool, fitness center, on-site parking, hotel shuttle, wet bar with coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator. There is a restaurant and lounge on-site, as well as room service. This hotel is a nonsmoking property. 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 9, 2016.

Food Services

On Campus: The University of Utah offers dozens of dining options within walking distance. Please visit map.utah.edu/ for details, and select the dining options on the interactive map.

Off Campus: There are many dining choices for casual dining and "grab and go" options convenient to campus.

Big Ed's, 210 University Street E., Salt Lake City, UT 84102

The Pie Pizzeria—Underground (2 locations), 1320 E. 200 S. & 273 1300 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84102, www.thepie.com

Subway, 221 1300 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84102, www.subway.com

Porcupine Pub - University, 260 1300 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84102, www.porcupinepub.com

B & D Burgers, 222 1300 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84102, www.banddburgers.com/

Registration and Meeting Information

Advanced 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, April 9, 2016. After that date, no refunds will be issued.

On-site Information and Registration

Registration, the book exhibit, and Invited Addresses will be located in the Aline W. Skaggs Building. The registration desk will be open on Saturday, April 9, 7:30 am–4:00 pm and Sunday, April 10, 8:00 am–noon. Fees are the same as advance registration and will be payable on-site via cash, check, or credit card.

Special Sessions will take place in Alfred Emery, James Talmage, John Widtsoe, LeRoy Cowles, LS Skaggs Building, and William Stewart Buildings.

Special Needs

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 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 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.

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.

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.

2016 Erdős Memorial Lecture: The 2016 Erdős Memorial Lecture will be held at this meeting on Saturday April 9, 5:10 pm. The lecturer will be Ravi Vakil, Stanford University. The title of his talk will be Cutting and Pasting in Algebraic Geometry.

The lecture will be followed by a reception, which will take place from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm in the First Floor Lobby of the building. All are welcome. The AMS thanks our hosts for their gracious hospitality.

Parking

Parking is available on-site, behind the John Widtsoe Building. A campus map is available: map.utah.edu/.

Travel

Airport: You should plan to fly into Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC); see www.slcairport.com for details. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area. Some hotels provide free shuttle services; please check when making your reservations.

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 the University of Utah: Please use your favorite travel websiter for the best advice on driving to campus. The main address of the campus is 201 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. The address for John Widtsoe Building is 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (off Presidents Circle).

Weather

During the month of April the average high temperature is in the 60s, the average low temperature is in the high-30s and there is very little rainfall.

Social Networking

Participants and speakers are encouraged to tweet about the meeting using #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 sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/visas/ and travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/all-visa-categories.html. If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to aba@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 above for the most up-to-date information.


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