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2004 Fall Eastern Section Meeting
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , November 6—7, 2004
Meeting #1002

Associate secretary:
Lesley M. Sibner, AMS, lsibner@duke.poly.edu


Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with a hotel of their choice as early as possible. Special rates have been negotiated with the hotels listed below. Rates quoted do not include sales tax of 14%. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. When making a reservation, participants should state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS)/University of Pittsburgh group. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation.

Hampton Inn University Center, 3315 Hamlet Pl., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; 412-681-1000 (phone), 412-681-3022 (fax), $89/single or double, complimentary continental breakfast buffet daily; about 1/2 mile to the meeting site. Deadline for reservations is October 6, 2004. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Wyndham Garden Hotel, University Place, 3454 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; 412-683-2040 (phone), 412-688-1986 (fax); $109/single or double, full-service hotel with restaurant/room service, exercise room on premises; parking is $10/day; about four blocks to the meeting site. Deadline for reservations is October 8, 2004. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Food Service

A list of local restaurants will be available at registration.

Local Information and Maps

The math department's webpage is located at http://www.math.pitt.edu/; the university's homepage is http://www.umc.pitt.edu/. Location information can be found at http://www.umc.pitt.edu/tour/tour-217.html; campus maps are at http://www.umc.pitt.edu/tour/tour-firstmap.html (click at the bottom of this page for a large-sized map).

Other Activities

Book Sales: Examine the newest titles from the AMS! 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.

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.

TA Development Using Case Studies: A Workshop for Faculty
Organized by Solomon Friedberg

Solomon Friedberg, Boston College, will guide workshop participants in the effective use of the case studies method as a tool in preparing Teaching Assistant for their important role as classroom instructors. The faculty edition of the publication Teaching Mathematics in Colleges and Universities: Case Studies for Today's Classroom, from the CBMS series Issues in Mathematics Education, will be provided to workshop participants at no charge, compliments of the AMS. For further information on this book, visit the AMS Bookstore and enter "CBMATH/10.F" in the Quick Search window.

The workshop will be held Sunday, November 7, in two sessions, 9:30 am -10:50 am and 1:00 pm -2:00 pm.

Travel support awards of $200 per department are available for up to ten departments. Travel support is provided by the Calculus Consortium for Higher Education, and to be eligible for this support, faculty representatives must have their department chair send a letter to the AMS stating the department's serious intent to use the case studies materials in their TA training or development program. The letter may be sent to Dr. James W. Maxwell, AMS, 201 Charles Street, Providence, RI 02904, or emailed to <klb@ams.org>.

Please contact the Membership and Programs Department at the AMS (email: klb@ams.org or phone: 401-455-4107) to sign up for the workshop and to request consideration for travel support. For questions about the workshop program, please contact Professor Friedberg (email: friedber@bc.edu or phone:617-552-3002).

Parking

The nearest parking is the garage of the Soldiers & Sailors (SO) Memorial, located at Fifth Ave. and Bigelow Blvd. The night and weekend rate is $4 for 24 hours. See http://www.pts.pitt.edu/parking/maps.html and click on "Visitor Parking" for the map, other parking lots, and rates.

Registration and Meeting Information

The meeting is on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh in the Oakland suburb of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sessions and Invited Addresses will take place in Benedum Hall.

The registration desk will be in Room 1175, Benedum Hall, and will be open Saturday, November 6, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 7, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Fees are $40 for AMS or CMS members, $60 for nonmembers, and $5 for students/unemployed/emeritus, payable on site by cash, check, or credit card.

Social Event

The Department of Mathematics of the University of Pittsburgh will host a reception in the Ball Room of the William Pitt Union (http://www.umc.pitt.edu/tour/tour-005.html) on Saturday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m. All participants are welcome. The AMS thanks the department and the university for their hospitality.

Travel

By Air: The nearest major airport is Pittsburgh International Airport, about 15 miles away. Cabs and shuttle services are located in the ground transportation area of the airport, adjacent to baggage claim. For more information about Pittsburgh International Airport, call 412-472-3525. Delta Air Lines has been selected as the official airline for this meeting. The following specially negotiated rates are available for this meeting and exclusively for mathematicians and their families for the period November 3, 2004, through November 10, 2004. Other restrictions/discounts may apply, and seats are limited.

Delta Air Lines is offering:

  • A 5% discount off Delta's published round-trip fares within the continental United States, excluding A, D, I, U, and T classes of service.
  • A 10% discount off Delta's domestic published unrestricted round-trip coach fares (Y06/YR06) rates. No advance reservations or ticketing is required.
  • An additional 5% bonus discount if you purchase your ticket 60 days or more prior to your departure through Meeting Network Reservations or your travel agent; online not applicable.

To take advantage of these discounts and make immediate reservations, call Delta Meeting Network at 800-241-6760, between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Sunday, referencing File Number 205778A.

Ground transportation from the airport: A taxi ride to downtown Pittsburgh will take between 30 and 45 minutes and cost about $30. Express Shuttle vans make the trip downtown for $17/one way or $32/round trip. Call Express Shuttle USA at 412-472-3180 or see http://www.taxicabusa.com/Pittsburgh/airportshuttle.html.

You can also take public transportation: The PAT (Port Authority Transit) 28X Airport Flyer runs downtown on a 16-mile express route every 30 minutes; the trip takes about 50 minutes. Fare is $1.95. Call 412-442-2000 for more information

From the south, including Pittsburgh International Airport: Follow I-79 North to the I-279 North exit. Take 279 through the Fort Pitt Tunnels and across the bridge to the I-376 Monroeville exit (first exit on the right). Follow 376 to the Forbes Avenue/Oakland exit. Forbes Avenue leads into the Pitt campus.

From the north: Take I-79 South to I-279 South (you exit to the left off I-79). Follow 279 into the city, to the I-376 Monroeville exit. Follow 376 to the Forbes Avenue/Oakland exit. Forbes Avenue then leads right into the Pitt campus.

From the east via the PA Turnpike (I-76): Take Exit 6 to I-376 West. From 376 take Exit 7A, Oakland, onto Bates Street. Stay on Bates until it ends at Bouquet Street. Turn left onto Bouquet, then right at the first light onto Forbes Avenue.

From the west via the PA Turnpike (I-76): Take Exit 3 and follow I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off I-79). Follow 279 into the city, to the I-376 Monroeville exit. Follow 376 to the Forbes Avenue/Oakland exit. Forbes Avenue thenleads right into the Pitt campus.

Car Rental

Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Special rates for this meeting are effective October 30­November 14, 2004, and begin at $25/day for a subcompact car at the weekend rate (available from noon Thursday through Monday at 11:59 p.m.). Should a lower qualifying rate become available at the time of booking, Avis is pleased to offer a 5% discount off the lower qualifying rate or the meeting rate, whichever is lowest. Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges. Renters must meet Avis's age, driver, and credit requirements. Reservations can be made by calling 800-331-1600 or online at www.avis.com. Meeting Avis Discount Number B159266.

Information for International Participants

International participants should view this important information about traveling to the United States. http://www7.nationalacademies.org/visas/Traveling_to_US.html

Weather

Weather conditions in Pittsburgh in early November are generally cool, with highs in the 50° F. and lows in the 30° F. For a forecast, see http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/forecasts/PAZ021.php?warncounty=PAC003&city=Pittsburgh.


Inquiries:  meet@ams.org