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Spring Central Sectional Meeting
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
April 1-2, 2017 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1127

Associate secretaries:

Georgia Benkart, AMS

**Advance Registration Is Closed**

Indiana University campus
Image courtesy of Indiana University Communications


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 Indiana state hotel tax (12%). Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at Indiana 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.

Courtyard Bloomington , 310 S. College Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47403; 812-335-8000; Rates are US\$169 per night, these rates are applicable for single or double occupancy. Amenities include complementary wireless Internet; coffee; morning newspaper; indoor pool; whirlpool; complimentary parking on-site; and a well-equipped fitness room. This property is about a 13-minute walk 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 February 28, 2017.

Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomington, 245 North College Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404; 812-331-1335; Rates are US\$189 per night for a single or double occupancy, king or double-queen room. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi; indoor pool; fitness center; business center; and on-site full-service restaurant. Rooms are furnished with a fridge/microwave and the hotel offers a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry for last-minute snacks and necessities. Self-parking is available at US\$10 per day. This property is located approximately a half mile 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 March 1, 2017.

Hyatt Place Bloomington, 217 West Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404; 812-339-5950; Rates are US\$159 per night for single or double occupancy room. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi; on-site Coffee to Cocktails Bar serving specialty Starbucks® coffee, local beer choices, wine and cocktails; and complimentary A.M. Kitchen Skillet™ featuring freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches, steel-cut oatmeal, fresh cut fruit and more, available daily in the Guest Kitchen. Self-parking is available at US\$10 per day. This property is a 10-minute walk to Indiana University. 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 1, 2017.

Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel, 900 E. Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405; 1-800-209-8145 or 812-856-6381; Rates for king and double queen rooms are US\$189 per night and rates for single queen rooms are US\$139 per night. Overnight guests of the Biddle Hotel enjoy complimentary self-parking in both pay lots adjacent to the building. Both lots are open from 7 am to midnight, seven days a week. The Indiana Memorial Union is located on the Indiana University campus and amenities include numerous on-site dining options; 24-hour fitness center; bell service; and room service. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Individuals can make reservations by calling 800-209-8145 or 812-855-2536. For online reservations please visit, click “Biddle Hotel”, click “accommodations”, scroll down to “reserve a room”, enter desired arrival / departure dates, and enter group code: AMS17. The deadline for reservations at a reduced rate is March 1, 2017.

America's Best Value Inn, 1722 North Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47404; 812-339-1919; This property is offering special rates to meeting participants. Rates are US\$50 per night for a room with a single bed or US\$60 for a room with double beds; this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. Amenities include free continental breakfast; free wireless high-speed Internet access; mini-fridge; cable TV with HBO and ESPN; clock radio; free local calls; free long distance within the US; and wake-up service. This property is located approximately 1.5 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.

Super 8 Motel, 1751 N Stonelake Dr, Bloomington, IN 47404; 812-323-8000; date=12/5/2016&useWRPoints=false&rooms=1& adults=1&children=0&radius=25&brand_code=BH,DI,RA,BU,HJ,KG,MT,SE,TL,WG,WY,WT,WP&PriceFilter=0-2147483647. Rates are US\$69.99 per night for a room with two beds; this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. All rooms include a microwave; refrigerator; hair dryer; iron and board; coffee maker; free Wi-Fi; complimentary continental breakfast; and indoor pool and spa. This property is about a 3 minute drive 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 March 17, 2017.

Food Services

See The Conference Guide to Casual & Fine Dining here.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration

Advance Registration for this meeting is now closed. You may register at the meeting (see On-site Registration below). Participants may cancel registrations made in advance by e-mailing 100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by Saturday, April 1, 2017. After this date, no refunds will be issued.

For those already registered in advance, 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.

On-site Information and Registration

The registration desk will be located in Ballantine Hall on the main floor. The AMS book exhibit and coffee service will be located in Ballantine Hall on the main floor in Room 008. The Invited Addresses will take place in Ballantine Hall in Room 109, Special Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions will take place in classrooms in Ballantine Hall and Woodburn Hall. Please look for additional information about specific session room locations on the program page and in the printed program. For information on building locations, a campus map is available at

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, April 1, 7:30 am–4:00 pm. and Sunday, April 2, 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 and 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.

Einstein Lecture: Indiana University will host an AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics on Saturday evening in Woodburn Hall Room 100 at 5:15 pm. Richard Evan Schwartz from Brown University will give a talk entitled, Modern Scratch Paper: Graphical Explorations in Geometry and Dynamics. This event is open to the public. Reception to follow. Information about this lecture can be found at

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 or

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 Indiana University. A campus map can be found at Information about the Indiana University Mathematics Department can be found at Please visit the Indiana University website at for additional information on the campus. Please watch thispage for additional information on this meeting.


Attendees electing to stay at off campus hotels who wish to drive to campus and park their car on campus may do so in the two parking lots adjacent to the Indiana Memorial Union. There will be a fee for parking in these lots. Discounted parking passes will be available at the registration desk for conference participants. The approximate discounted parking fee is currently US\$12/day.

Indiana University offers several free weekend parking options. Any vehicle may park in any CH or ST zone from 5 pm on Friday through 11 pm on Sunday, with or without a current parking permit. Parking is free in IU parking garages all day Saturday and Sunday and is free in most metered spaces from 10 pm Friday until 7 am Monday. The following three lots are free to anyone on weekday evenings after 5pm and over the weekend: Von Lee parking lot (lot #404), lot on the corner of Fourth and Dunn streets (lot #412), lot on the corner of Sixth and Dunn streets (lot #402).

These locations and additional information about parking on campus can be found here


This meeting will take place on the main campus of Indiana University, located in the heart of Bloomington, Indiana.

By Air: The Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is served by most major airlines. Please visit the Indianapolis International Airport website for a list of airlines and lists of cities with daily direct flights;

Transportation from the Airport: There are several options available for transportation to/from the airport.

Taxi service is available at the curb on the lower level of the airport terminal just outside Baggage Claim.

Bloomington Shuttle Service, Inc. offers nine daily trips to and from the university campus and surrounding hotels and IND Airport. Advance reservations are required at a cost of US\$20.00. Please visit for shuttle schedule information. Star of America Shuttle Service: pricing starts at US\$18.00 when purchased on-line, US\$20.00 when purchased at the bus, or US\$36.00 round trip when purchased in advance on-line. Please visit for shuttle schedule information.

Rental cars are also available at Indianapolis International Airport; for more details please visit

By Train: Rail service to Indiana is available through Amtrak Train. To book your trip please visit The Indianapolis train station is located at 350 South Illinois Street and is approximately 50 miles from campus.

By Bus: Bus service to Bloomington is available on Greyhound. The Greyhound Bus Station is located in the Bloomington Transit Center located at 301 South Walnut St., Bloomington, IN. For more information on fares and schedules please visit or call 812-333-6400.

By Car:

From the south: Take IN-37 N toward Bloomington and exit IN-37 N onto W. Bloomfield Road. Continue onto W. Second Street then turn left on S. Henderson Street. Continue straight onto S. Indiana Avenue then turn right on E. Seventh Street.

From the north: Take IN-37 S toward Bloomington and exit IN-37 S onto IN-45 N/IN-46 E. Turn right on N. College Avenue then turn left on W. Seventh Street.

From the east: Take IN-46 W toward Bloomington and continue straight onto E. Third Street. Turn right on S. Indiana Avenue then turn right on E. Seventh Street.

From the west: Take IN-45 N/IN-46 E toward Bloomington. Turn right on N. College Avenue then turn left on E. Seventh Street.

Car Rental: Hertz is the official car rental company for the meeting. To make a reservation accessing our special meeting rates online at, 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 (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

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

By Bus: Bloomington Transit provides convenient local transportation to Indiana University and area hotels. Bus routes and rates are available at Please visit for the full area map with all bus routes. Regular fare costs US\$1 and exact change is required. Passes and tickets are for sale at two locations: the Transit Center at 3rd & Walnut and the main office at 130 West Grimes Lane. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover). Bank cards are acceptable as credit only, not debit. The main office is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. The Transit Center is open M–F 6:45 am to 11:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:15 am to 6:30 pm. For more information call (812) 336-7433, (812) 330-7853 (TDD).


The average high temperature for April is approximately 64 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is approximately 42 degrees Fahrenheit. 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 If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to 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.