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Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
September 16-17, 2017 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1132

Associate secretaries:

Steven H Weintraub, AMS shw2@lehigh.edu


**Advance Registration is Now Closed**

Pillars at Sunset

Image courtesy of State University of New York at Buffalo

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 tax of 13.75% per room (8.75% NY State Sales Tax and 5% Erie County Hotel Tax). Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at SUNY Buffalo 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.

Buffalo Marriott Niagara, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst, NY, 14221; (716) 689-6900; http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bufny-buffalo-marriott-niagara/. Rates are US\$97 per night for a guest room with one king bed or two double beds; this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. To reserve a room at this rate contact Marriott reservations at (800) 228-9290 or (716) 689-6900. You can also book your reservation here. Amenities include free WiFi in sleeping rooms, fitness center with indoor/outdoor pool, business center, BlueFire Bar & Grille on site restaurant (offering room service), complimentary airport shuttle upon request, and a gift shop serving Starbucks coffee daily. Check-in is at 4:00 pm, check-out is at 12:00 pm This property is located less than .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. The deadline for reservations at this rate is August 25, 2017.

Candlewood Suites Buffalo/Amherst, 20 Flint Road, Amherst, NY, 14226; (716) 688-2100, http://cwsbuffaloamherst.com/. Rates are US\$107 per night for a guest room with one queen bed or two queen beds, this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. Each guest room features a fully equipped kitchen – including refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and stove top, plus a variety of dishes, cookware and utensils. Amenities include free WiFi in sleeping rooms, Candlewood Gym (fitness center), business center, and a convenience store on property. This is a pet-friendly property. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at 11:00 am. This property is located approximately .2 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. The deadline for reservations at this rate is August 25, 2017.

Comfort Inn University, 1 Flint Road, Amherst, NY, 14226; (716) 688-0811, https://www.choicehotels.com/new-york/amherst/comfort-inn-hotels/ny293. Rates are US$84 per night for a guest room with two queen beds, this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. Amenities include free WiFi in sleeping rooms, fitness center, indoor pool, business center, laundry facilities, and complimentary hot breakfast. This is a pet-friendly property. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at 11:00 am. This property is located approximately .2 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. The deadline for reservations at this rate is August 25, 2017.

Doubletree by Hilton Buffalo-Amherst, 10 Flint Road, Amherst, NY, 14226; (716) 689-4414 , http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-buffalo-amherst-BUFFLDT/index.html. Rates are US\$107 per night for a guest room with one king bed or two double beds, this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. To reserve a room at this rate contact the hotel and please reference the group code AMS. Amenities include free WiFi in sleeping rooms, fitness center with indoor pool, business center, Cappuccino’s Sidewalk Café on site restaurant (offering room service), Lobby Bar, daily complimentary airport shuttle (7:00 am–11:00 pm), and a gift shop on property. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at 12:00 pm. This property is located approximately .2 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. The deadline for reservations at this rate is August 25, 2017.

Motel 6 Buffalo Amherst, 4400 Maple Road, Amherst, 14226; (716) 834-2231, https://www.motel6.com/en/motels.1298.html/. Rates are dependent upon occupancy in room. Rooms with one queen bed are available for US\$69.99 for single occupancy, US\$75.99 for double occupancy and US\$78.99 for triple occupancy. Rooms with two queen beds are available for US\$69.99 for single occupancy, US\$75.99 for double occupancy, US\$78.99 for triple occupancy and US\$81.99 for quad occupancy. Children stay free. To reserve a room at this rate contact Motel 6 reservations at (800) 544-4866 and reference American Mathematical Society. Amenities include WiFi in sleeping rooms for a nominal fee, and free morning coffee daily. This is a pet friendly property. Check-in is at 4:00 pm, check-out is at 12:00 pm. This property is located approximately .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. The deadline for reservations at this rate is August 16, 2017.

Staybridge Suites Buffalo-Amherst, 1290 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, 14228; (716) 276-8750, https://www.ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/us/en/amherst/bufrr/hoteldetail. Rates are US\$119 per night for a guest room with one king bed or two queen beds,this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. Each guest room features a fully equipped kitchen—including refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and stove top, plus a variety of dishes, cookware and utensils. Amenities include free WiFi in sleeping rooms, fitness center, indoor saltwater pool, business center, and a complimentary hot breakfast. This is a pet-friendly property. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at 12:00 pm. This property is located approximately 1 mile from campus by car and .3 miles from campus walking distance. 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 11, 2017.

Wyndham Garden Buffalo Williamsville, 5195 Main Street, Williamsville, 14221; (716) 689-9600, https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham-garden/williamsville-new-york/wyndham-garden-williamsville-buffalo/overview. Rates are US\$119 per night for a guest room with one king bed or two queen beds, this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. Amenities include free WiFi in sleeping rooms, fitness center, indoor pool, MTK Prime on site restaurant (offering room service), lounge in lobby, on property spa Tres Auraé Spa, and a gift shop. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at 12:00 pm. This property is located approximately 3.3 miles from campus (6 minutes driving time). 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 11, 2017.

Food Services

On Campus: There are various options which are anticipated to be open on campus during the meeting. The hours of operation listed below are for both Saturday and Sunday, unless otherwise indicated and are subject to change.

Student Union:

  • Moe's Southwest Grill, 11:00 am–3:30 pm (Mexican -Tex Mex)
  • Tim Hortons, 8:00 am–6:00 pm (Coffee, bakery, sandwiches)

The Commons (located across the street from the Student Union at 520 Lee Entrance.):

  • Bollywood Bistro, 11:00 am–8:00 pm (Indian)
  • Chick Mex Grill, noon–9:00 pm (Mexican, fried chicken and seafood)
  • Dancing Chopstics, 11:30 am–9:00 pm (Japanese)
  • Korean Express, noon–9:00 pm (Korean)
  • Rachel's Mediterranean, 11:00 am–6:00 pm (salads, wraps, and rice bowls)
  • Starbucks, 7:00 am–11:00 pm (Coffee, bakery, sandwiches)
  • Subway, 10:00 am–9:00 pm (fast food sandwiches)
  • Young Chow, noon–9:00 pm (Chinese)

Capen Hall:

  • Whispers Cafe, Saturday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm, Sunday, noon–8:00 pm (coffee, sandwiches, snacks and salads)

Off Campus: The Buffalo-Niagara region is a major metropolitan area with array of dining options throughout the area. For more information on dining throughout the region please visit http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/eat-drink/.

Some dining options nearby to the North Campus include:

  • Amherst Pizza and Ale House, 55 Crosspoint Parkway, Amherst, (716) 625-7100, Saturday 11:00 am–1:00 am and Sunday, 12:00 pm–9:00 pm (pizza, wings and a large selection of beers)
  • Black Forest Adler, 2447 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, (716) 564-2447, Saturday 4:00 pm–9:00 pm and Sunday, 4:00 pm–8:00 pm (German, European Cuisine)
  • Brickhouse Tavern + Tap, 4120 Maple Road, Amherst, (716) 834-1490, Saturday 10:30 am–1:00 am and Sunday, 10:30 am– 11:00 pm (serving brunch, lunch and dinner; New American cuisine and pub fare)
  • Buffalo Roadhouse Grill, 1980 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, (716) 692-7999, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am–10:00 pm (American bar and steakhouse.)
  • Duff's, 3651 Sheridan Dr, Amherst, (716) 834-6234, Saturday 11:00 am–12:00 am and Sunday, 12:00 pm–10:00 pm (American, bar, specializing in wings)
  • The Grapevine Restaurant, 2545 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, (716) 691-7799, Saturday 11:30 am–11:00 pm and Sunday, 10:00 am–9:00 pm (Italian, American, Gluten Free Options)
  • Jasmine Thai Restaurant, 1330 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, (716) 838-3011, Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 pm–9:30 pm (Asian, Thai, vegetarian friendly options)
  • Joe's Crab Shack, 4125 Maple Rd, Amherst, (716) 836-473, Saturday 11:00 am–12:00 am and Sunday, 11:00 am–11:00 pm (Chain restaurant serving crab and seafoodº
  • Olive Garden, 3951 Maple Rd, Amherst, (716) 837-5211, Saturday 11:00 am–11:00 pm and Sunday, 11:00 am–10:00 pm (Chain restaurant serving Italian dishes)
  • Pi Craft, 1750 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, (716) 833-5300, Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 pm–9:00 pm (Handcrafted pizza, focaccia sandwiches and salads)
  • Red Pepper Chinese-Vietnamese, 3910 Maple Road, Amherst, (716) 831-3878, Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 pm–10:00 pm (Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine)
  • Ted's Hot Dogs, 2351 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, (716) 691-3761, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am–10:30 pm (charcoal cooked hot dogs and hamburgers)
  • 800 Maple, 800 Maple Rd, Williamsville, (716) 688-5800, Saturday 5:00 pm–11:00 pm and Sunday, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm (wood fired brick oven pizza, pasta, fresh seafood and steaks)

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration

Advance Registration for this meeting is now over. On site registration will begin on September 16 in Knox Lecture Hall at the university. Participants may cancel registrations made in advance by e-mailing mmsb@ams.org. 100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by Saturday, September 16, 2017. After this date, no refunds will be issued.

If you have done advance registration, 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, AMS book exhibit, and coffee service will be located on the second floor of Knox Lecture Hall. The Invited Addresses will be held in the same building in Knox 104. Special Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions will take place in NSC (Natural Sciences Complex), O'Brian Hall, and Norton 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 http://www.buffalo.edu/content/dam/www/shared_assets/campus_maps/NorthCampus_bus-routes-opt.pdf .

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, September 16, 7:30 am–4:00 pm and Sunday, September 17, 8:00 am–12:00 pm. Fees are US\$61 for AMS members, US\$90 for nonmembers, and US\$10 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on-site via cash, check, or credit card.

There will be a reception for participants on Saturday evening hosted by the University. Please watch for more details on this event on the AMS website and at the registration desk on site at the meeting. The AMS thanks our hosts for their gracious hospitality.

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. Not a member? Ask a representative about the benefits of AMS membership. Enjoy Complimentary coffee 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.

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.

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 North Campus of the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. A campus map can be found at http://www.buffalo.edu/home/visiting-ub/CampusMaps.html. Information about the University at Buffalo, SUNY Department of Mathematics can be found at http://www.buffalo.edu/cas/math.html. For additional information about the university please visit the University at Buffalo, SUNY website at https://www.buffalo.edu/ .

Please watch this website for additional information on this meeting.

Parking

Parking is free on campus after 3:00 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. At these times visitors may park in any lot on campus.

The map located at http://www.buffalo.edu/content/dam/www/shared_assets/campus_maps/NorthCampus_bus-routes-opt.pdf depicts all parking on the North Campus. The meeting will take place in Knox Hall, NSC (Natural Sciences Complex), O'Brian Hall, and Norton Hall, which are labeled 22, 15, 11, and 21 respectively. There are a number of options for lots located close by to all of these locations.

Travel

The North Campus of the University at Buffalo, SUNY is the largest of the three UB campuses and is located just outside of Buffalo in suburban Amherst, NY.

By Air: Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is the closest airport to the University. It is located approximately 8 miles (15 minutes drive) away from campus in Buffalo, NY and offers over 100 direct flights each day from six air carriers: United, American, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, and Vacation Express.

There are a variety of ground transportation options to travel from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport to UB.

Taxi fare is approximately US\$30 and should take approximately 15 minutes. There are also a number of shuttle operators servicing the airport, rates will vary depending upon the service and number of passengers. For a list of taxi and shuttle vendors please visit the airport website at http://buffaloairport.com/Ground/Shuttle.aspx.

NFTA-Metro Bus and Rail also services the airport. Regular Metro Bus service runs through the Buffalo Niagara metropolitan area. One-way fare for this bus line is US\$2. For information on schedules please visit http://metro.nfta.com/.

There a number of car rental vendors located on site at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. More information on rental cars can be found here http://buffaloairport.com/Ground/Rental.aspx. Please see below (By Car) for driving directions from the airport.

By Train: Amtrak services the Buffalo Niagara region with two train stations: one located in downtown Buffalo at Exchange Street, near the light rail line, and a second in the Buffalo suburb of Depew, a 20 minute drive from UB’s North Campus. For information on schedules please visit Amtrak at https://www.amtrak.com/home.

By Bus: Bus service to Buffalo is offered through three large carriers: Greyhound, Megabus and Trailways, with stops in downtown Buffalo and at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Many buses utilize the Metropolitan Transportation Center Station located on the southeast corner of North Division and Ellicott Streets in Downtown Buffalo.

For more information on Greyhound please call 800-231-2222 or visit https://www.greyhound.com/. For information on Trailways please visit http://www.trailways.com/ or call (877) 908-9330. For details on Megabus please visit https://us.megabus.com/.

By Car: When driving to the North Campus please use this address to navigate with GPS: Flint Entrance, Amherst, NY 14260

From the West: Take the I-90 East until you reach the I-290 (past the Buffalo airport exit). Take the I-290 West (toward Niagara Falls) to Exit 5B (Millersport Highway, Route 263). Get off exit and merge into traffic. Go through first light (Marriott is on your left), and merge into right lane. Enter campus at the Flint Road exit.

From the East: Take the I-90 West until you reach the I-290 (just past tolls, follow State University signs). Take the I-290 West (toward Niagara Falls) to Exit 5B (Millersport Highway, Route 263). Get off exit and merge into traffic. Go through first light (Marriott is on your left), and merge into right lane. Enter campus at the Flint Road exit.

From the Buffalo Niagara Airport: Exit the airport following the signs leading to Route 33 West toward Buffalo. Route 33 (Kensington Expressway) begins at the West Gate of the Buffalo Niagara Airport. Take Route 33 West to the I-90 East to the I-290 West. Take the I-290 West (toward Niagara Falls) to Exit 5B (Millersport Highway, Route 263). Get off exit and merge into traffic. Go through first light (Marriott is on your left), and merge into right lane. Enter campus at the Flint Road exit.

From the South: Take I-79 North to Erie, PA. Take the I-90 East until you reach the I-290 (past the Buffalo airport exit). Take the I-290 West (toward Niagara Falls) to Exit 5B (Millersport Highway, Route 263). Get off exit and merge into traffic. Go through first light (Marriott is on your left), and merge into right lane. Enter campus at the Flint Road exit.

From the North: Take the QEW south to St. Catharines. Follow Highway 405 to the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge and continue east over the bridge (toll) into New York state. Once across bridge take the I-190 South. Follow I-190 South until you reach the I-290 East and proceed until Exit 5B (Millersport Highway, Route 263). Get off exit and merge into traffic. Go through first light (Marriott is on your left), and merge into right lane. Enter campus at the Flint Road exit. If taking the QEW to the Peace Bridge, take the 190 North to the I-290 East and follow the same directions as above paragraph.

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 "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 (please see directions included above under the heading By Car).

Local Transportation

The Buffalo Niagara region offers public transportation in the forms of Metro Buses and the Metro Rail. For more information on the NFTA-Metro or to plan your trip please visit http://metro.nfta.com/.

Metro tickets and passes are valid on Metro Buses and Metro Rail. Pass must be retained for duration of trip. Standard fare is US\$2 for a full fare or US\$1 for a reduced fare (children aged 5–11 or seniors 65 and older), valid for a single ride. A day pass is available for service on the day of purchase (5:00 am–2:00 am); a full fare is US\$5 and a reduced fare is US\$2.50.

Weather

Weather in September in Buffalo is typically pleasant and mild. The average high temperature is approximately 75 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is approximately 50 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 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 mac@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 U.S. 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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