AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/Etc. Information

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Photograph courtesy of the University of Wisconsin, credit Bryce Richter/University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fall Central Sectional Meeting

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
September 14-15, 2019 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1150

Associate secretary: Georgia Benkart, AMS benkart@math.wisc.edu

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 Wisconsin state hotel tax (5.5%), city tax (10%) and other hotel fees may apply. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society's (AMS) Fall Central Sectional Meeting 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.

AC Hotel Madison Downtown, 1 North Webster St, Madison, WI 53703; (608) 286-1337; http://www.achotelmadison.com. Rates are US\$145 per night for a standard room. Amenities include AC Kitchen serving a fresh European-influenced breakfast, Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro located on the 9th and 10th floor with panoramic views of Madison, AC Lounge serving espresso, tapas, and cocktails. Valet parking is available for US\$20 per car per night. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about a 5-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 noon local time on August 14, 2019.

Best Western Plus Inn Towner, 2424 University Ave, Madison, WI 53726; (608) 233-8778. Rates are US\$119 per night for a room with one king or two queen beds. Guests should visit www.inntowner.com/reservations to make a reservation online.  In the ‘Group Code’ field on the left-hand side of the page enter 2019AMS and hit ‘enter’.  Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast buffet, complimentary airport shuttle, swimming pool/whirlpool, business center, fitness center, and free self-parking. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. This property is located about a 6-minute drive from campus.  The deadline for reservations at a reduced rate is by August 14, 2019.

Best Western Premier Park Hotel, 22 S. Carroll St, Madison, WI 53703; (608) 285-8000. Rates are US\$189 per night for a traditional room with one or two beds. Guests should visit https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.50061.html?groupId=W11NQ1A1 to make a reservation online. Amenities include free shuttle service to and from the airport, free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and hotel common areas, refrigerators and microwaves in all guest rooms, on-site restaurant, and lounge and modern fitness center. The valet parking rate is US\$15 a day for one vehicle per room. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about a 8-minute drive 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 August 13, 2019.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Madison, 525 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703. Rates are US\$159 per night for a single or double bed room. Guests should visit https://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/M/MSNDTDT-AMS-20190913/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG to make a reservation online or call the hotel at 608-251-5511 and reference code 'AMS'. Amenities include complimentary parking, complimentary airport and downtown shuttle service, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24 hour fitness center, business center, on-site restaurant, Starbucks Cafe, and microwaves and refrigerators in every room. This property is located about a 5-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 August 14, 2019.

Graduate Madison, 601 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53703; (608) 257-4391. Rates are US\$169 per night for a standard room. Guests should visit https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=77206&Chain=21643&arrive=9/13/2019&depart=9/16/2019&adult=1&child=0&group=190913AMER to book a reservation online. Amenities include complimentary bike rentals, complimentary shuttle service, fitness center, lobby-level cafe, and rooftop hangout. Current valet parking rates include unlimited in and out privileges for US\$25 per day. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about a block 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 August 13, 2019.

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, 9 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703; (608) 255-5100; https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/wisconsin/hilton-madison-monona-terrace-MSNMHHF/index.html. Rates are US\$179 per night for a standard room. Amenities include access to the Pavilion Pantry Market, the bar area, the gift shop, the guest activity/recreation desk, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, the lounge, the on-site convenience store, and room service. The current on-site self-parking rate is US\$17 per day and the current valet parking rate is US\$20 per day. These rates are subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about a 8-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 August 14, 2019.

Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St. Madison, WI 53703; (608) 256-2621; https://pyle.wisc.edu/hotel-accommodations/. Rates are US\$149 based on double occupancy per night in a deluxe room. More than two guests will be an additional US\$12 per person per night. To book online visit http://bit.ly/mathassociation. Amenities include complimentary wireless access, indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness rooms, and complimentary breakfast buffet served daily in the dining room. On-site parking is US\$10 a day for overnight guests and complimentary parking is available nearby. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about a 15-minute walk from meeting space on 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 August 13, 2019.

Sheraton Madison, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713; (608) 251-2300. Rates are US\$139 for a standard room. Guests should visit https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1553525302604&key=GRP&app=resvlink to make a reservation online. Amenities include complimentary shuttle service to and from the Dane County Regional Airport and downtown Madison area, free Wi-Fi that is available in the lobby business center and throughout the hotel, 24 -hour state-of-the-art fitness center, free self-parking, and indoor pool and hot tub. This property is located about an 11-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 5:00 pm local time August 14, 2019.

The Edgewater, 1001 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI 53703; (608) 535-8200; https://www.theedgewater.com/. Rates are US\$199 for a king room. A one night deposit of room, tax and resort fee is required to secure a reservation. All guest rooms will be assessed a nightly resort fee at the current rate of US\$18 per night. The resort fee includes: in room wireless and wired internet, local calls, transportation to and from Dane County Airport (based upon availability), transportation within a 2-mile radius of the hotel (based upon availability), two bottles of water in the guest room per day, business center, access to The Edgewater Fitness Club , and access to The Edgewater Spa amenities, including the relaxation pool and steam room.  This property is located about a 5-minute drive from campus. Overnight parking rates are US\$25 for valet and US\$18 for self-parking. Both overnight options include unlimited in and out privileges. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged.  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 August 1, 2019.

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, 1 West Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703; (608) 257-6000; http://www.concoursehotel.com. Rates are US\$189 for a concourse premier level guest room. To book online visit https://reservations.travelclick.com/6388?groupID=2515736. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, a compact refrigerator, weekday newspaper, Starbucks, and in-room dining. The current parking rate for overnight guests is US\$15. Additional parking facilities are located within one block of the hotel. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about a 5-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 August 18, 2019.

Housing Warning

Please beware of aggressive housing bureaus that target potential attendees of a meeting. They are sometimes called "room poachers" or "room-block pirates" and these companies generally position themselves as a meeting's housing bureau, convincing attendees to unknowingly book outside the official room block. They call people who they think will more likely than not attend a meeting and lure them with room rates that are significantly less than the published group rate -- for a limited time only. And people who find this offer tempting may hand over their credit card data, believing they have scored a great rate and their housing is a done deal. Unfortunately, this often turns out to be the start of a long, costly nightmare.

Note that some of these room poachers create fake websites on which they represent themselves as the organizers of the meeting and include links to book rooms, etc. The only official website for this meeting is the one you are on now and one that has the official AMS logo.

These housing bureaus are not affiliated with the American Mathematical Society or any of its meetings, in any way. The AMS would never call anyone to solicit reservations for a meeting. The only way to book a room at a rate negotiated for an AMS Sectional Meeting is via a listing on AMS Sectional Meetings pages or Notices of the AMS. The AMS cannot be responsible for any damages incurred as a result of hotel bookings made with unofficial housing bureaus.

Food Services

On Campus: Please visit https://www.housing.wisc.edu/dining for further details on dining options. The most up-to-date list of university restaurants hours is located at https://www.housing.wisc.edu/dining/locations.

  • Carson’s Market, main level of Carson Gulley Center; open 12:00 pm–8:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays; offers pizza, deli sandwiches, ethnic entrées, and baked goods.
  • Gordon Avenue Market, Gordon Dining & Event Center; open 9:00 am–9:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays; serves home-style comfort foods, coffee, ice cream, fresh baked goods, daily pasta selections, pizza, burgers, and ethnic entrées.
Off Campus: During fall you'll find farm-to-table comfort foods on many menus. For an interactive directory of downtown restaurants and attractions visit https://www.visitmadison.com/restaurants.

Some options for coffee include:

Some options for downtown dining include:

  • Avenue Club and the Bubble Up Bar, 1128 E. Washington Avenue, Madison; (608) 257-6877; https://avenueclub madison.com; midcentury modern ambiance, serving cocktails and casual dining in an upbeat atmosphere.
  • Badgerland Bar & Grill, 525 W. Johnson Street, Madison; (608) 251-5511; badgerlandbarandgrill.com; located inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Hotel with many large TV screens.
  • Bassett Street Brunch Club, 440 W. Johnson Street, Madison; (608) 467-5051; https://brunchclubmadison.com; serving playful versions of comfort food, breakfast classics, and unique cocktails in a modern atmosphere.
  • BelAir Cantina Capitol Square,111 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Madison; (608) 620-6040; https://belaircantina.com; serving fresh tacos, burritos, and salsas.
  • The Brass Ring, 701 E. Washington Avenue, Madison; (608) 256-9359; https://thebrassringmadison.com; serving craft beers and upscale pub food within a historic venue including billiards tables, shuffleboard, or live trivia.
  • Camp Trippalindee, 601 Langdon Street, Fl. 7, Madison; (608) 257-4391; https://www.graduatehotels.com/madison/restaurant/camp-trippalindee; located in the Graduate Madison and inspired by 1980s camp movies, this fun and easy restaurant serves tacos, double stacked burgers, and craft beers.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration: Advance registration for this meeting opens on July 22, 2019. Advance registration fees will be US\$71 for AMS members, US\$115 for nonmembers, and US\$13 for students and unemployed mathematicians, and US\$15 for emeritus members. Participants may cancel registrations made in advance by emailing mmsb@ams.org. The deadline to cancel is the first day of the meeting.

On-site Information and Registration: The registration desk, AMS book exhibit, and coffee service will be located in Van Hise Hall. The Invited Address lectures, including the Erdős Lecture, will be in Ingraham Hall, room 10. Special Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions will take place in the nearby classrooms in Van Hise Hall and Ingraham Hall. 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 https://map.wisc.edu/s/dna0uzcn.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, September 14, 7:30 am–4:00 pm and Sunday, September 15, 8:00 am–12:00 pm. The same fees listed above apply for on-site registration and are payable with cash, check, or credit card.

Registration Category Definitions

Member: Any person who is a member of the AMS and CMS before or during the meeting.

Nonmember: Any person who is not a member of the AMS before or during the meeting.

Students: Any person who is working toward a degree or diploma, undergraduate or graduate level.

Unemployed: Any person who is unemployed before or during the meeting

Emeritus: Any person who has been a member of the AMS for twenty years or more and who retired because of age or long-term disability from his or her latest position.\

Program Books

In order to keep registration fees as low as possible, save on printing costs, and make the meetings more environmentally friendly, a small fee will be charged for receiving a program book. If you want to receive a program book, please complete the section entitled "Printed Program" on the registration form and pay a nominal fee of US\$3 for each copy. If you do not want to receive a program book, please skip that section and click "Next." All purchased program books will be distributed at the registration desk at the meeting. No programs will be mailed before the meeting. A small quantity of program books may be available for purchase onsite at meetings, however supplies will be limited.

For your convenience, the following changes have been made to the website to make the program more accessible and mobile-friendly.

  • Online Timetable: The sectional meetings now have an online timetable display. It will provide a quick reference to where the sessions and rooms are located.
  • Print-friendly Pages: The pages of the program now have a “Print” button in the top right-hand corner. It is black and is depicted by a little printer. If you cannot see it, please maximize your window. The printer icon is sometimes bundled into the generic “share” icon when the window is re-sized. If you click the printer button, it will print the text of the page without additional webpage elements. If you go to the page of a special session and click the print icon, you will get a schedule of all the parts of that session. This can also be printed to pdf if you have a pdf printer installed.
  • Room Locations: The room locations are now more conspicuous in the web program when the program is scheduled.

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% off list price. Nonmembers receive a 25% discount. AMS Members receive additional discounts on books purchased at meetings, subscriptions to Notices and Bulletin, discounted registration for world-class meetings and conferences, and more!

Complimentary coffee will be served courtesy of the AMS Membership Department.

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.

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 mmsb@ams.org or meet@ams.org.

The closest gender inclusive restroom is in the Gordon Dining and Event Center, located on the first floor on the right in between other restrooms. This restroom is wheelchair accessible. It is labeled as "Restroom."

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 The University of Wisconsin–Madison. A campus map can be found at map.wisc.edu/s/dna0uzcn. Information about The University of Wisconsin–Madison Mathematics Department can be found at www.math.wisc.edu. Please visit the university website at https://www.wisc.edu for additional information on the campus.

Please watch this website for additional information about this meeting.

Parking

There are over twenty parking lots on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus that allow free parking all day Saturday and Sunday. A complete list of lot hours of control can be found on the lot locations and hours page at https://transportation.wisc.edu/parking-lots/locations-and-hours/#oncampus. Suggested free parking lots are Lot 62 located at 525 Easterday Lane and Lot 34 located at 1480 Tripp Circle. These lots include a reasonable walk to the meeting space. Visit http://map.wisc.edu/ for an interactive campus map including parking lots.

Paid visitor parking is available in the Nancy Nicholas Garage (Lot 27) located at 1330 Linden Drive and Observatory Drive Ramp (Lot 36) located at 1645 Observatory Drive. These lots are controlled at all times, 24/7. This is a “pay on exit” system where visitors pull a ticket upon entry and then pay by credit card upon exit. The daytime hourly visitor parking rate at time of printing is US\$1 per thirty minutes for the first three hours, US\$1 per hour thereafter, and US\$15 daily maximum. Please note campus parking rates are subject to change. Inquiries about visitor parking can be sent to visitorparking@fpm.wisc.edu.

Travel

This meeting will take place on the main campus of University of Wisconsin–Madison located in Madison, Wisconsin.

By Air:

Dane County Regional Airport (airport code MSN) is located minutes from downtown Madison and is the most convenient air travel choice. Please visit the airport website for a list of airlines and lists of cities with daily direct flights; www.msnairport.com.

There are several options available for transportation to and from the airport. On-airport transportation network companies (ride share) are located between doors #3 and #4 on roadway median. Taxis are located at the north end of baggage claim at door #7. For a list of taxi companies visit www.msnairport.com/parking_transportation/ground_transportation. Many area hotels provide courtesy vehicles to handle your transportation to or from the Dane County Regional Airport. You may use the courtesy phone located at the hotel board between Bag Claims 1 and 2, or call your hotel directly. For a list of properties visit www.msnairport.com/parking_transportation/ground_transportation. On-airport rental car booths are located in the baggage claim area and outside door #6. For phone numbers and further information visit www.msnairport.com/parking_transportation/car_rental.

Madison Metro Transit System

Route 20 runs between the North Transfer Point and East Towne Mall via the airport every thirty minutes during weekdays, and hourly weeknights, weekends, and holidays. For service from the airport to downtown Madison or the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus area, passengers should board buses reading “Route 20—North Transfer Point.” Buses reading “Route 20—East Towne Mall” would carry passengers to points east of the airport, including the MATC campus area, and eventually, East Towne Mall. For more information call the Madison Metro Transit System at (608) 266-4466, or visit www.mymetrobus.com.

By Bus:

Long-distance intercity bus services providing scheduled service to Madison include Badger Coach, Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Megabus, and Van Galder bus lines. There are daily connections to Milwaukee and Chicago airports, and Amtrak in Chicago. Many buses stop at Memorial Union. Visit https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/travel/pub-transit/bus-service.aspx for more details.

By Car:

From Milwaukee (1½ hours): From the East via Interstate 94: As you approach the city, follow Highway 30 into Madison. Take the “State Capitol” exit off of Highway 30 and you will then be on East Washington Avenue, which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

From Dubuque (1¾ hour): From the Southwest via Highways 18 and 151: Take the appropriate exit to Highway 151 going north toward the State Capitol. In Madison, Highway 151 will become South Park Street. Follow Park Street to its conclusion to reach University of Wisconsin–Madison. Or, from Park, take a right onto Johnson Street to reach the State Street/Capitol Square area.

From Chicago (2½ hours): From the Southeast via Interstate 90: Take the Hwy 12/18 (Beltline) exit to Madison. If you are going to the Alliant Energy Center or Monona Terrace, exit at John Nolen Drive. If you are going to University of Wisconsin–Madison, exit at Park Street and follow north.

From Green Bay (2½ hours): From the Northeast via Highway 151: Follow Highway 151 toward the State Capitol. You will then be on East Washington Avenue, which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

From Minneapolis (4½ hours): From the North via Interstate 90/94: Take I-90/94 to the Highway 151 exit (Southwest) going toward the State Capitol. You will then be on East Washington Avenue, which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

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): CV#04N30009. 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

Campus Bus Routes: The University of Wisconsin–Madison campus bus routes are fare-free for all riders. All campus bus stops with real-time pick-up information can be found on the interactive campus map at www.map.wisc.edu. Routes 80 and 84 provide daytime service. Routes 80, 81, and 82 provide nighttime service. The service calendar for Routes 80 and 84 is posted at www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/uw-service-calendar.

The closest westbound bus stop to the meeting is on the 1200 block of Linden Drive. The closest eastbound bus stop to the meeting is across the street from Van Hise Hall. This stop serves routes 11, 28, 38, 44, 80, 84. Visit the interactive campus map at map.wisc.edu for bus stop locations on campus. When riding the campus bus, be sure to remain behind the yellow standee line at the front of the bus for safety. Standing beyond this line obscures the driver’s view and can lead to crashes. All campus buses are kneeling buses, capable of transporting wheelchairs and other mobility equipment.

Madison Metro City Routes: Madison Metro routes run within campus and throughout the city of Madison. Select routes also run to nearby areas, such as Fitchburg, Middleton, and Monona. For more information, visit the Madison Metro website at www.cityofmadison.com/metro or call (608) 266-4466. For routes and schedules use the online Ride Guide at www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules or pick up a hard copy on any Madison Metro bus or at any Transportation Services office.

Other options: Other local transportation options include Uber; www.uber.com and Lyft; www.lyft.com.

Weather

Madison averages a daily maximum temperature for September of 66° F, rarely falling below 54° F or exceeding 86° F. The daily low temperature is 58° F to 47° F, rarely falling below 36° F or exceeding 68° F. The month of September in Madison experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with overcast or mostly cloudy weather. Attendees are advised to dress in layers.

Social Networking

Attendees and speakers are encouraged to use the hashtag #AMSmtg to tweet about the meeting.

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:

  1. 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, or an employment contract or statement from employer stating that the position will continue when the employee returns.
  2. Visa applications are more likely to be successful if done in a visitor’s home country than in a third country.
  3. Applicants should include their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of their visa application.
  4. Applicants should 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.
  5. If travel plans will depend on early approval of the visa application, specify this at the time of the application.
  6. 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 website above for the most up-to-date information.

Inquiries

For inquries: meet@ams.org