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2002 AMS Joint Meeting with the Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA
Portland, OR, June 20-22, 2002
Meeting #978

Associate secretaries:
Bernard Russo, AMS

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with a hotel of their choice. Because of Portland's popularity as a tourist attraction, hotels may sell out early. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at special rates at the properties below for the nights of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 20­22, 2002 (most properties will honor the special rate for Wednesday, June 19). Room rates do not include the tax of 11.5%. Please cite the group name PSU Math when making a reservation. Hotels have varying cancellation or early checkout penalties; be sure to ask details when making your reservation. The AMS and MAA are not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations.

Days Inn City Center, 1414 S.W. Sixth, 503-221-1611 or 800-899-0248; $89/one queen bed or two double beds; complimentary parking, a pass for a nearby Fitness Center; full service restaurant; within walking distance to the PSU campus, about one quarter mile to the meeting site. Please cite reservation code PSU Math 06/02. Deadline for reservations: May 24, 2002.

Doubletree Hotel-Portland Downtown, 310 S.W. Lincoln, 503-221-0450; $74/two double beds or one king bed, additional person is $15; restaurant on premises; heated swimming pool and exercise center; overnight parking is $10/night; within easy walking distance to the PSU campus, less than one half mile to the meeting site. Please cite reservation code PSU Math. Deadline for reservations: May 31, 2002.

Mallory Hotel, 729 S.W. 15th Avenue, 800-223-6311; $75/one double bed, $90/two twin beds or one queen, $105/two double beds, $120/two queen beds; $135/king-sized bed; historic hotel featuring complimentary parking, in-room refrigerators (most rooms); about 1.2 miles from the meeting site on campus. Please cite reservation code PSU Math. Deadline for reservations: May 20, 2002.

Portland State Campus: A very limited number of dormitory-style rooms are available for students (undergraduate or graduate) in Ondine Hall about one block from the meeting site. Rates for one or two persons per room are $38/standard and $46/deluxe. Each room has two twin beds, private bath, telephone, coffee maker, linens, and clock. Deluxe rooms include a television, refrigerator, and microwave. Parking is $7/day. Please contact Katura Smith at 503-725-4336 or
and state you are with the PNW MAA/AMS Conference.

Downtown Value Inn, 415 S.W. Montgomery, 503-253-0578, $45/night. Budget-minded participants may find it convenient. Although no special rates were negotiated, this is a small motel very close to campus with complimentary parking (see

Food Service

Information will be available on site, in the program, and at the website maintained by the local organizers.

Local Information

See the websites maintained by the local organizers at (this includes links to Portland state and maps) and the Portland Oregon Visitors Association at

Other Activities

Banquet: All are invited to this banquet at the Great China Seafood Restaurant on Friday at 7:00 p.m. The after-dinner speaker is Edward B. Burger, Williams College, Innovative Experiments...and how I survived them. The cost is $18/person. Reservations must be made through advance registration (see below) no later than June 1.

Book Sales: Examine the newest titles from the AMS and the MAA! Several other publishers have been invited to participate in the exhibits. Many of the AMS books will be available at a special 50% discount available only at the meeting. Complimentary coffee will be served courtesy of AMS Membership Services. Exhibits will be located adjacent to on-site registration in Neuberger Hall.

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.

Reception: All registered participants are invited to a reception on Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Simon Benson House on the PSU campus.

Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program for new college-level faculty interested in "improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics." The PNW Project NExT is an extension of the MAA sponsored national program to the sectional level, and is scheduling a program for Wednesday. More information can be found at:

TOTOM: The Oregon Teachers of Teachers of Mathematics (TOTOM) will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 19, at PSU. Proposals for workshops and 20-minute presentations on the education of public school mathematics teachers may be sent to Sam Hall ( by April 1. A joint session with Project NExT Fellows is being considered for the afternoon.


Parking is available across from Neuberger Hall in Parking Structure I. Enter on 6th St. between Hall and Harrison. The cost is $4/day for those who state they are with the PNW MAA/AMS conference (fees are higher otherwise). As parking is limited, participants are advised to carpool or take public transportation where possible.

Registration and Session Information

Registration fees (either in advance or on site) are $35/AMS or MAA members; $50/nonmembers; $5/Students/unemployed/emeritus members. Students making a presentation and first-year members of the MAA section's Project NExT receive complimentary registration. In addition those celebrating exactly 25 years as a member of MAA receive special complimentary registration.

Participants may register in advance through the PSU website or on site at the meeting. Either way, the funds will be shared between the AMS and MAA using the same equitable formula. Advance registration will help the organizing committee in assigning session and event space appropriately. Advance registration payable by check or money order is available at; the advance registration deadline is June 1. Note that if you plan to attend the banquet and/or register for a minicourse, you must register in advance.

On-site registration will take place on Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Atrium on the third floor of Neuberger Hall. On-site registration fees are payable by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Sessions will take place in Neuberger Hall and Smith Memorial Center.


The City of Portland is served by Portland International Airport (PDX) located about 20 miles from downtown. Service to the downtown area is provide by the MAX light-rail Red Line service every 15 minutes from about 4:30 a.m. to 11:35 p.m. The trip takes about 38 minutes and costs $1.55 one-way. Scheduled shuttle service via Greyline Express provides service to most downtown hotels, departing every 45 minutes, 5:00 a.m. to midnight. The trip takes from 20 to 40 minutes and costs $15 (one-way) or $22 (round-trip); discounts are available for seniors and children. Metered taxis provide door-to-door service 24 hours per day; the fare per vehicle is $22 to $28 one-way and takes about 20­40 minutes.

Travel to campus: For an area map, campus map, and driving directions to PSU see the Web page maintained by the local organizers.

Car rental: Special rates have been negotiated with Avis Rent A Car for the period June 13 to June 29, 2002, beginning at $23.99/day for a subcompact car at the weekend rate (or beginning at $33.99 weekday). All rates include unlimited free mileage; the weekend rates quoted are available from noon Thursday until Monday at 11:59 p.m. Rates do not include state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges. Renter must meet Avis' age, driver, and credit requirements, and return to the same renting location. Make reservations by calling 800-331-1600 or online at Higher nonweekend and weekly rates are also available. Please quote Avis Discount Number B159266 when making reservations.


June weather in Portland is delightful and temperatures usually range from a low of 53° to a high of 74°. Expect sunny skies with an occasional shower. A light jacket is needed in the evenings.

Click here for a link to the MAA Pacific Northwest Section website.