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AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/Etc. Information

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Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
March 5-6, 2016 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1117

Associate secretaries:

Brian D. Boe, AMS


Photo compliments of University of Georgia


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 14 percent and US\$5 per night GA transportation fee. Participants should use the group code for each of the hotels in order 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. Additional hotels may be listed on the AMS sectional meeting website beginning in January.

Holiday Inn Athens—University Area (.4 mi from the Miller Learning Center on campus), 197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 30601; online:; or by phone: 706-549-4433. Rates are US\$85 for a standard room with 2 double beds, US\$99.00 for a deluxe king-bedded room, and US\$109.00 for executive and executive king-bedded rooms. All rooms include free wireless internet. Please cite the American Mathematical Society code: AMS when making your reservation. Guests are welcome to use the Holiday Inn's on-site fitness center and outdoor pool as well as their full service business center. The Holiday Inn Athens offers a full service restaurant and free parking. Deadline for reservations is February 12, 2016.

Holiday Inn Express Athens (.5 mi from The Miller Learning Center on campus), 513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30601, online: or by phone: 706-546-8122 (cite our group code: AMS). Rates are US\$85 per room. Rooms offer either a king bed or two double beds. All rooms offer complimentary wireless internet and complimentary breakfast. Amenities include a fitness room on-site and an outdoor pool. There is also free parking. Deadline for reservations is February 12, 2016.

The Classic City Hilton Garden Inn (.8 mi from the Miller Learning Center on campus), 390 East Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601, online: or by phone: 706-353-6800 (cite our group code: 00AMS). Rates are US\$124/room. Rooms offer either a king bed or two queen-sized beds. All rooms offer complimentary wireless internet and complimentary breakfast. Amenities include a fitness room on-site, and an outdoor pool. Parking is US\$9.95 per day. Deadline for reservations is February 12, 2016.

Hotel Indigo Athens (.8 mi from the Miller Learning Center on campus), 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA 30601, online: American Mathematical Society or by phone: 706-546-0430 (cite our group code: AMS). Rates are US\$149/room. Each room offers a king bed and a sofa bed. All rooms offer complimentary wireless internet. Hotel Indigo has a full service restaurant, business center and fitness center. Parking is US\$10 per day per car. Deadline for reservations is February 3, 2016.

Food Services and Dining

On Campus: The UGA Conference Center offers dining options including the Savannah Grill, Georgia Java, and the Courtyard Cafe. The Conference Center is located half a mile away from the Miller Learning Center at 1197 South Lumpkin Street. Please visit for details.

Off Campus: Here is a sampling of the many restaurants available downtown:

Copper Creek Brewing Company, 140 E. Washington Street,

Blind Pig Tavern, 312 E Washington Street,

Last Resort Grill, 174-184 W. Clayton Street,

Porterhouse Grill, 459 E. Broad Street,

Madison Bar & Bistro at Hotel Indigo, 500 College Avenue,

Please visit for more casual and fine dining options near the University of Georgia.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance 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, March 5, 2016. After that date, no refunds will be issued.

On-site Information and Registration

The Registration Desk and the AMS Book Exhibit will be located on the second floor of the Miller Learning Center.

The Registration Desk will be open on Saturday, March 5, 7:30 am–4:00 pm and Sunday, March 6, 8:00 am–noon. Fees on-site will be US\$57 for AMS Members, US\$80 for nonmembers, and US\$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on-site via cash, check, or credit card.

Invited Addresses and Sessions for Contributed Papers will also be held in the Miller Learning Center. Special Sessions will be held in both the Miller Learning Center and the Journalism Building. The Einstein Lecture will take place in the Tate Theater. A campus map can be viewed at

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.

AMS Einstein Public Lecture: The 2016 Einstein Public Lecture will be held at this meeting in the Tate Theater in the Tate Student Center, beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (See a floor plan of the building; it’s the large red space on Level 3.) The lecturer will be Erik Demaine, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Fun with Fonts: Mathematical Typography. See poster here.

A Reception hosted by the Department of Mathematics and the AMS will follow the Einstein Public Lecture.

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 email request to the AMS Meetings Department at or

Emergency Procedures for Students, Faculty, Staff and Visitors with Disabilities at the University of Georgia

To be effective in the event of an emergency situation, the University seeks to identify and support students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities who need assistance during an emergency. If you are a person with a disability, even if you have not otherwise self-identified or asked for an accommodation, the University encourages you to complete an Emergency Assistance Referral Form if you may need assistance in an emergency. Completed Emergency Assistance Referral Forms will be kept on file by the Office of Emergency Preparedness, will not be kept in your student or personnel records, and will be used only to develop an emergency plan for you, if you so desire.

The University’s emergency procedures for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities and Emergency Assistance Referral Forms may be found at For additional information, contact the UGA Office of Emergency Preparedness at (706) 542-5845 or via email at

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

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the main campus of the University of Georgia at the Miller Learning Center (MLC), the Journalism Building, and Tate Theater for the Einstein Lecture. A campus map can be viewed at Information about the University of Georgia Department of Mathematics can be found on their website at Please visit the University of Georgia website at for additional information about the campus. See a map of the points of interest in and around Athens at

Wireless Internet: The University of Georgia has an eduroam wireless network.  If your current university is an eduroam participant, you will be able to connect using your usual university credentials. The University of Georgia also has a guest wifi network, “Welcome to UGA”, which is available to any visitor without eduroam. Please inquire at the Registration Desk for a temporary username and password.


The closest parking to the Miller Learning Center (MLC) is in the Tate Student Center parking deck. It is located next to the MLC on Lumpkin Street, across from the Bolton Dining Commons. Parking in this lot is free on the weekends.


The meeting will be held at the main campus of the University of Georgia. The Miller Learning Center is located at 48 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30602.

By Air: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ( is located 80 miles from the University of Georgia campus in Athens. Average travel time between the airport and campus is one-and-one-half hours, though travel time may be affected by Atlanta traffic.

Shuttle: There is scheduled ground shuttle service between Hartsfield-Jackson and various points in Athens. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Groome Transportation: (706/612-1155). The cost for one-way shuttle service from Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to the University of Georgia is currently US\$37.

Taxis: Taxi service is available from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to the hotels listed above and the University. It is estimated that one way taxi fare will cost approximately US\$150–200.

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 “I have a discount”, and type in our convention number (CV):04N30006. You can 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. Rental cars are available through a number of agencies at the airport. Please visit the airport website for information on rental car companies in Athens.

Driving Directions

From the Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ( is located 80 miles from the Miller Learning Center on the University of Georgia campus. Average travel time between the airport and the center is one-and-one-half hours, though travel time may be affected by Atlanta traffic.

Directions from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Upon leaving the airport, take Interstate 85 North. Follow I-85 to Georgia Highway 316 (Exit 106). Proceed east on GA 316 for approximately 40 miles until you see signs for Athens Perimeter (GA Loop 10). Important: Make sure not to exit at the exit for Bogart/Monroe at US Highway 78. Following the “University of Georgia/Lexington/Hartwell” sign at the junction of GA 316 and the Athens Perimeter (Loop 10), bear right onto the Athens Perimeter (Loop 10). Continue on Athens Perimeter (Loop 10), and take exit 6. Turn left onto S. Milledge Ave.; turn right onto S. Lumpkin St. Arrive at The Miller Learning Center, which is at the intersection of S. Lumpkin St. and Baxter St.

From the East on I-20: At exit 172, take ramp right for US-78 / GA-17 toward Thomson / Washington. Turn right onto GA-17 / Washington Rd. Keep straight onto US-78 / GA-10 / GA-17 / Washington Rd. Keep left to stay on US-78 / GA-10 / Benjamin Wynn Forston Jr. Memorial Hwy. / N. Bypass E. Keep straight onto US-78 Branch / GA-10 / Oconee St. Turn left onto S. Lumpkin St. and arrive at The Miller Learning Center.

From the West on I-20: At exit 51B, take ramp right for I-285 Bypass North toward Chattanooga/Greenville. Road name changes to I-285 E / GA-407 E. At exit 33A, take ramp right for I-85 North toward Greenville. At exit 105, take ramp right for GA-316 East toward Lawrenceville / Athens. Keep straight onto US-29 N / GA-316 E / University Pkwy. S. Take ramp right for US-29 North / US-78 East / GA-10-BL North toward Lexington / Univ. of Georgia / Hartwell. At exit 6, take ramp right and follow signs for GA-15-ALT North. Turn left onto GA-15 ALT / S. Milledge Ave. Turn right onto S. Lumpkin St. Arrive at The Miller Learning Center.

From the South on I-75: At exit 165, take ramp right for I-16 East toward Savannah. At exit 1A, take ramp right for US-129 / US-23 / GA-49 toward Milledgeville. Turn left onto US-23 / US-129 / GA-11 / GA-19 / GA-49 / North Ave. Keep straight onto US-129 / GA-11 / GA-49 / North Ave. Turn left onto US-129 N / US-441 N / GA-24 N / West Byp. Turn right onto US-129 E. Byp. / US-441 N Byp. / GA-24 E. Byp. / Brooks Pennington Memorial Pkwy. / Lions Club Rd. Bear right onto US-129 Byp. / US-441 Byp. / GA-24 Byp. / Brooks Pennington Memorial Pkwy. At this point, the road name changes to US-129 / US-441 / GA-24 . Take ramp right and follow signs for GA-10-BL East / US-129 North / US-441 North / US-78 East. At exit 6, take ramp right and follow signs for GA-15-ALT North. Turn left onto GA-15 ALT / S. Milledge Ave. Turn right onto S. Lumpkin St. Arrive at The Miller Learning Center.


Athens 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 #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 and 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 above for the most up-to-date information.