AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/Etc. Information

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Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting

Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
October 12-13, 2019 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1151

Associate secretary: Steven H. Weintraub, AMS shw2@lehigh.edu

Advance Registration is Open

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 local taxes and fees. 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 by Marriott Courtyard Binghamton, 3801 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850 (607) 644-1000. Rates are US\$139 per night for a room with one king bed; this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy.  To reserve a room at these rates please call the property and identify your affiliation with the American Mathematical Society Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet, fitness center, indoor pool, mini-refrigerator and microwave, on-site dining in the Bistro, and complimentary full breakfast. Complimentary parking is available on-site. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at noon.  This property is located approximately 1 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 September 9, 2019.

Binghamton Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 864 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905; (607) 651-1000. Rates are US\$119 per night for a room with one king bed or two double beds; this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy.  To reserve a room at these rates lease call the property and identify your affiliation with the American Mathematical Society Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet, fitness center, indoor pool,  refrigerator, on-site convenience store, and complimentary full breakfast. Complimentary parking is available on-site. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m., check-out is at noon.  This property is located approximately 6 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 September 27, 2019.

Hampton Inn of Binghamton/Johnson City, 630 Field Street, Johnson City, NY 13790; (607) 729-9125. Rates are US\$127 per night for a guest room with double occupancy, with two double or one king sized bed.  To reserve a room by phone please call the toll-free reservations number (800) Hampton and identify the roup code AMS. Reservations can also be made online using this link. Amenities include complimentary wireless internet access, indoor pool, fitness center, business center, and complimentary hot breakfast or grab n' go breakfast. Complimentary parking is available on-site.  Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at noon.  This property is located approximately 3 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 September 20, 2019.

Hampton Inn & Suites Binghamton/Vestal, 3708 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY; (607) 797-5000. Rates are US\$119 per night for a room with one king bed or two double beds; this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. Additional adult guests will be charged at a rate of US$10 per night. To reserve a room over the phone please contact the hotel directly  and identify the block of rooms for the American Mathematical Society Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting.  Reservations can also be made online using this link.  All rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker.  Amenities free wireless Internet access, fitness center, indoor pool, 24-hour business center, and coin laundry on-property. Complimentary parking is available on-site. A full American breakfast buffet is included in this rate. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m., check-out is at 11:00 a.m.  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. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 20, 2019.

Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2-8 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY, 13901; (607) 722-1212. Rates are US\$149 per night for a room with a king or two double beds. To reserve a room by phone please all the hotel and identify the block of rooms for the American Mathematical Society Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting. Amenities include in-room refrigerator and microwave, complimentary high-speed internet access, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, business center, Cafe Select on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a game room, and a cocktail lounge. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at 11:00 am.  This property is located approximately 3.8 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 September 11, 2019.

Quality Inn and Suites, 4105 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850; (607) 729-6371. Rates are US\$94.95 for a guest room with two double beds, with single or double occupancy. To reserve a room at this rate, please call the hotel and ask for the group rate for the American Mathematical Society Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting. Amenities include microwave and refrigerator, complimentary wireless internet access, fitness center, on-property Fuji San restaurant,on-site pub Johnnie's Tavern, and complimentary breakfast each day. Check-in is at 4:00 p.m., check-out is at noon.  This property is located less than one 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 in this block is September 11, 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: There are many options for dining in dining halls and at retail outlets throughout the campus.

The three dining halls located closest in walking distance from the meeting are Hinman Dining Center, Appalachian Collegiate Center, and the College in the Woods Dining Center. The Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center is located slightly further away and features a traditional dining hall as well as Kosher dining options. At the time of publication, all dining halls are set to have hours of operation during the days of the meeting.

The MarketPlace located in University Union offers several outlets for purchasing food. Some options include:

  • Chick-N-Bap serving a variety of rice bowls (open 4:00 pm–8:00 pm)
  • CopperTop Pizzeria serving pizza, salads, and pasta (open 12 noon–10:00 pm)
  • Hissho Sushi serving sushi and Japanese fare (open 11:00 am–8:00 pm)

Additional options may be available at the MarketPlace in the fall of 2019, please check the website for more details.

Outlets located in Hinman Dining Hall on the first floor include Starbucks (open 11:00 am–10:00 pm) and Subway (open 1:00 pm–midnight).

Off Campus: Some dining options in Binghamton include:

  • Cacciatore's, 119 Harry L Drive, Johnson City, (607) 798-7699; Saturday 4:00 pm–10:00 pm, closed Sunday; family-owned Italian restaurant.
  • Copper Top Tavern Vestal, 4700 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, (607) 729-0164; Saturday 11:30 am–11:00 pm and Sunday 12 noon–10:00 pm; local restaurant menu that offers an eclectic blend of American dishes with European and Asian influences.
  • Dos Rios Cantina, 60 Court Street, (607) 235-5322; Saturday 11:00 am–3:00 am and Sunday 11:00 am–10:00 pm; a modern twist on traditional Mexican cuisine.
  • Fuji San Japanese Restaurant, 4105 Vestal Pkwy E, (607) 797-9888; Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon–10:00 pm; serving sushi and Japanese fare.
  • Jane's Diner, 591 Conklin Rd, (607) 722-3350; Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am–8:00 pm; traditional diner, vegetarian friendly.
  • Jimmy John's, 3951 Vestal Pkwy E, (607) 304-2380; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am–10:00 pm; chain restaurant featuring sandwiches made to order.
  • The Lost Dog Cafe, 222 Water Street, Ste 101, (607) 771-6063; Saturday 11:30 am–10:00 pm, Sunday closed; eclectic cafe serving locally sourced options.
  • Lupo's S&S Char Pit, 6 W State Street, (860) 310-3269; Saturday 9:00 am–10:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am–8:00 pm; home of the char-grilled Spiedie sub and sandwiches since 1951.
  • Panera Bread, 3700 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, (607) 797-2163; Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 am–10:00 pm; Fast casual bakery cafe serving sandwiches, soups, salads, and bakery items.
  • Social on State, 201 State Street, (607) 296-4017; Saturday 4:00 pm–3:00 am and Sunday 5:00 pm–1:00 am; serving small plates for sharing featuring American and Spanish fare.
  • Taj Restaurant, 59 Main St, Ste 2, (607) 723-6454; Saturday 11:00 am–9:30 pm and Sunday noon–8:30 pm; serving Indian cuisine.
  • Water Street Brewing Co., 168 Water Street, (607) 217-4546; Saturday 12 noon–9:00 pm and Sunday 12 noon–8:00 pm; craft brewpub featuring American fare.

For more information on dining, activities, and events in and around Binghamton please visit the Visit Bing website https://visitbinghamton.org.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration: Save time and register NOW online! You may register for this meeting through Tuesday, October 8, 2019. After this date, you may register at the meeting (see below). Fees are US\$71 for AMS members, US\$115 for nonmembers, US\$13 for students and unemployed mathematicians, and US\$15 for emeritus members. 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, October 12, 2019. After this date, no refunds will be issued.

To register online, go to https://ebus.ams.org/ebus/Default.aspx?TabID=1530&productId=616975440. You will be required to create a web account, if you do not already have one. This will be a quick setup process, requiring only a username (email address),password, name and address. Once you create the account, you will be able to continue on to register for the meeting. The same username and password may be used to register for all future sectional meetings. If you have already set up a web account with the American Mathematical Society, you should use your current username and password. You DO NOT have to set up a new account.

Your badge and program, where applicable, will be ready for pickup when you arrive at the meeting; simply go to the registration desk (see below) at the hours indicated. It will be helpful if you bring a copy of your receipt.

We hope that you will find this system easy to use. Once your information is in our system, you will not have to enter your contact information for any future sectional meetings, unless it has changed; thus making your registration faster and easier. For any questions or concerns about this process, please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau at mmsb@ams.org or toll free at 800-321-4267, ext. 4144 or 4137.

On-site Information and Registration: The registration desk and coffee service will be located in the lobby of the Lecture Hall building, in front of Lecture Hall 2. The AMS book exhibit will be located in Lecture Hall 3. Special Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions will take place in classrooms in the Lecture Hall building as well as the Classroom Wing. The Invited Addresses will be held in Lecture Hall 2.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, October 12, 7:30 am–4:00 pm and Sunday, October 13, 8:00 am–12:00 pm. The same fees apply for on-site registration as for advance registration. Fees are payable on-site via 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 and MAA members receive 40% off list price. Nonmembers receive a 25% discount. Not a member? Ask a representative about the benefits of AMS membership.

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.

Membership Activities: Renew your AMS membership or join to receive member benefits, such as additional discounts on books purchased at meetings, free subscriptions to Notices, Bulletin, and Headlines & Deadlines e-newsletter, discounted registration for world-class meetings and conferences, and more!

Complimentary refreshments will be served courtesy, in part, of the AMS Membership Department.

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.

There are 18 buildings housing gender inclusive restrooms on campus. The closest gender inclusive restrooms to the meeting are located in the Library and in the Science 1 building. For a complete list of gender inclusive/gender neutral restrooms please visit the BU website: https://www.binghamton.edu/multicultural-resource-center/resources/genderneutral.html.

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 sectional will take place at Binghamton University, State University of New York, on the Vestal Campus (the main campus) located in the southern tier of upstate New York, just one mile west of the city of Binghamton. A campus map can be found at https://www.binghamton.edu/maps/index.html. A campus map showing the locations of the meeting rooms and available parking can be found here: https://www.ams.org/meetings/sectional/sectionalcalendar/binghampton-univ-map-19.pdf. Information about the BU Department of Mathematical Sciences can be found at https://www.binghamton.edu/math. The meeting will occupy space in two adjoining buildings on campus, Lecture Hall and Classroom Wing.

Parking

On the weekends from 4:00 pm Friday until 7:00 am Monday, no parking permit is needed to park in a valid parking space on campus. Paid spaces and all other parking rules and regulations are still in effect, including permit designation and overnight parking rules. A pdf map showing the buildings used for this meeting and parking is located here. Lot M2 is recommended. See also the visitor parking webpage for more information on short-term parking options: https://www.binghamton.edu/services/transportation-and-parking/parking/visitor-parking.

Travel

Binghamton University, State University of New York is located just outside of Binghamton, NY. The Greater Binghamton Airport is the closest airport to the University, however service is limited from this airport. Syracuse Hancock International Airport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport, although located further from campus, are larger airports, offering more service.

By Air:

The Greater Binghamton Airport is the closest airport to Binghamton University. Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) is located approximately 10 miles from the University in Johnson City, NY. The only airline servicing BGM is Delta Airlines. Rental cars are available at BGM. Agencies available at this airport include Avis, Budget, and Hertz. Taxi service is available from the airport. For more information on this airport, please visit the BGM website here: flybgm.com/index.html.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) is located approximately 75 miles from the University, or approximately 90 minutes driving time. SYR is served by Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, and United Airlines, as well as additional affiliate airlines. Rentals available at SYR include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National/Alamo. For more information on this airport, please visit the SYR website here: https://www.syrairport.org.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport (AVP) is located approximately 75 miles from the University, or approximately 90 minutes driving time. AVP is served by American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southern Airways Express, and United Airlines, as well as additional affiliate airlines. Rentals available at AVP include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National/Alamo. For more information on this airport, please visit the AVP website here: https://flyavp.com.

By Bus:

The Binghamton area is served by three bus lines including Trailways, Greyhound, and ShortLine. All bus lines utilize the Binghamton Transportation located at 81 Chenango Street in Binghamton ((800) 776-7548). For more information on Greyhound service, please visit their website at https://www.greyhound.com. For more information on Trailways service please visit their website at https://trailwaysny.com. For more information on ShortLine service please visit their website at https://web.coachusa.com/shortline/index.asp?nt=0.

By Car:

Participants driving should use this address when utilizing a GPS: Binghamton University, 4400 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850.

From Boston: Take I-93 S to I-90 W, and I-88 W to NY 201 S in Johnson City. Take exit 70S from NY-17 W. Continue on NY-201 S. Drive to NY-434 E in Vestal. This drive is approximately 311 miles or 5 hours in duration.

From New York City: Take Church Street to I-78 W in Jersey City. Take exit 70S from NY-17 W. Take I-280 W, I-80 W, I-380 N, and I-81 N to NY-201 S in Johnson City. Take exit 70S from NY-17 W. Continue on NY-201 S. Drive to NY-434 E in Vestal. This drive is approximately 189 miles or 3 hours, 15 minutes in duration.

From Albany: Get on I-787 N from N Pearl Street. Follow I-90 W and I-88 W to NY-201 S in Johnson City. Take exit 70S from NY-17 W. Continue on NY-201 S. Drive to NY-434 E in Vestal. This drive is approximately 144 miles or 2 hours, 15 minutes in duration.

Local Transportation

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): 04N30009. You can also call Hertz directly at (800) 654-2240 (US and Canada) or (405) 749-4434 (other countries). At the time of your reservation, the meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and you will be quoted the best comparable rate available. Meeting rates include unlimited mileage and are subject to availability. Advance reservations are recommended, blackout dates may apply.

Taxi Service: Licensed, metered taxis are available in Binghamton. For up-to-date information on cab service in and around BU please visit https://visitbinghamton.org/taxis.

Both Lyft and Uber also operate in the Greater Binghamton area.

Bus Service: B.C. Transit is the Broome County Department of Public Transportation Bus Line. CTtransit Hartford operates over 18 bus routes in and around the Binghamton metropolitan area. Many local routes operate 7 days a week. For additional information about bus fares and schedules please visit the B.C. Transit website at http://gobroomecounty.com/transit.

Weather

The average high temperature for October is approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is approximately 38 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 hashtag #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:

  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