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2004 Fall Central Section Meeting
Evanston, Illinois, October 23—24, 2004
Meeting #1001

Associate secretary:
Susan J. Friedlander, AMS susan@math.northwestern.edu


Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice and state that they will be attending the American Mathematical Society/NU Math. Dept. meeting. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. Rates quoted do not include taxes. Hotels have varying cancellation or early checkout penalties; be sure to ask for details when making your reservation.

Best Western University Plaza, 1501 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL; 847-491-6400, toll free: 800-382-6786, fax: 847-328-3090; $89 single or double plus tax (currently 13.5%). Four blocks to campus. Deadline for reservations is September 22, 2004.

Comfort Inn, 9333 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60007; 847-679-4200, fax: 847-679-4218; $89 single/double plus tax (currently 9.5%). Approximately 4 miles to campus. Limited shuttle service to campus will be provided by the hotel. A complimentary hot buffet breakfast served daily. Deadline for reservations is September 22, 2004.

Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center North Shore, 9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077; 847-679-7000, toll-free reservations: 800-222-8733, fax: 847-679-9841; $79 single or double plus tax (currently 12%). Approximately 4 miles to campus. Deadline for reservations is October 8, 2004.

Hampton Inn and Suites, 5201 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077; 847-583-1111, fax: 847-583-0300; $99 single or double plus tax (currently 9.5%). Approximately 4 miles to campus. Deadline for reservations is October 1, 2004.

Hilton Garden Inn Evanston, 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201; 847-475-6400, fax: 847-475-6460; $104 single or double plus tax (currently 13.5 %). Three blocks to campus. Deadline for reservations is September 24, 2004.

The Homestead, 1625 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201; 847-475-3300, fax: 847-570-8100; $100 single or double plus tax (currently 13.5%). Two blocks to campus. Deadline for reservations is October 8, 2004.

Food Service

There are a number of restaurants adjacent to the campus. A list of restaurants will be available at the registration desk.

Local Information

Please visit the website maintained by the Department of Mathematics at http://www.math.northwestern.edu/, the Northwestern University website http://www.northwestern.edu/, and for a campus map: http://www.northwestern.edu/campus/maps/evanston_campus_map.html.

Other Activities

AMS Book Sale: Browse the list of Titles on Display in Evanston, featuring the newest publications from the AMS! Meeting participants can take advantage of special pricing discounts.

Complimentary coffee will be served courtesy of AMS Membership Services. The AMS Book Sale will operate during the same hours as registration.

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 Diane Herrmann

Diane Herrmann, University of Chicago, will guide workshop participants in the effective use of the case studies method as a tool in preparing Teaching Assistants 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 Saturday, October 23, in two sessions, 9:30 am -11:00 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 Herrmann (email: diane@math.uchicago.edu or phone: 773-702-7332).

Parking

Vehicles may be parked without a permit and free of charge (except in designated lots listed below) after 4:00 p.m. on Friday and before 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

Do not park in the following lots:

* Student Health (FH Permits Only)

* University Police

* Central Utility Plant

* Tech Institute Lots and Drives

* Foster-Walker Complex (R Spaces only)*

* Handicapped and Reserved Spaces

*Not enforced Friday 4:00 p.m. to Monday 7:30 a.m.

Registration and Meeting Information

The registration desk will be open 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday in the Lobby, Technological Institute.

Registration fees: (payable on site only) $40/AMS members; $60/nonmembers; $5/emeritus members, students, or unemployed mathematicians. Fees are payable by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Social Event

The Department of Mathematics will host a reception on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Louis Room, Norris Center, 1999 Campus Drive.

Travel

By Air: Evanston is served by both Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport.

Announcing Delta Air Lines as the official airline for the sectional meeting in Evanston, Illinois!

The following specially negotiated rates are available for this meeting and exclusively to mathematicians and their families for the period October 20, 2004, through October 27, 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.

Airport Shuttle from O'Hare: Continental Airport Express offers daily shuttle service from O'Hare International Airport between downtown Chicago and north suburban locations from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Departures are about every 5 to 10 minutes. The fare to Evanston is approximately $20 for a standard passenger or $17 for students. You can reserve a seat in advance by calling 312-454-7799, or you can make your reservation at the Continental Air Transport ticket counter after you have collected your baggage.

Subway (the "L") from O'Hare: The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA/elevated/"L") train provides rapid transit service from O'Hare to downtown and from downtown to Evanston.

1. Take the CTA Blue Line train from the O'Hare station to Washington Street in Chicago's Loop.

2. Get off at Washington Street and walk through the pedestrian tunnel to the Washington Street stop on the Red Line. Take the Red Line north to Howard Street.

3. Howard Street is as far as the Red Line goes in the direction of Evanston, so you will need to get off the Red Line train and transfer to a Purple Line train. Take the Purple Line north to the Foster Street stop in Evanston.

4. Walk east, passing Sherman Avenue and Orrington Avenue (about two and a half blocks), until you arrive at Sheridan Road. Refer to the campus maps at http://www.northwestern.edu/campus/maps/evanston_campus_map.html to find specific locations.

Taxi to Evanston Campus from O'Hare: Taxis are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the lower-level curb front of all terminals. Shared ride service is available. Expect to spend approximately $35 to $40 for a taxi to Evanston.

Airport Shuttle from Midway: To take the Airport Shuttle from Midway, you MUST make reservations one day in advance by calling 312-454-7799. Check in with the Continental Air Transport ticket agent located near the baggage claim area. Continental Airport Express offers daily shuttle service between Midway and north suburban locations from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Departures are about every 15 minutes. The fare to the Evanston campus is about $28. The pickup location is located in front of the main terminal building.

Subway (the "L") from Midway: The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA/elevated/"L") train provides transit service to downtown. There is an "L" stop at the airport.

1. Take the CTA Orange Line to the State/Lake stop in Chicago's Loop. You will be on the elevated level above State Street and Lake Street at that location.

2. Walk down the stairs to State Street.

3. Walk about a half block south and take the stairs down from State Street to the subway station. Take the Red Line north to Howard Street.

4. Howard Street is as far as the Red Line goes in the direction of Evanston, so you will need to get off the Red Line train and transfer to a Purple Line train. Take the Purple Line north to the Foster Street stop in Evanston.

5. Walk east, passing Sherman Avenue and Orrington Avenue (about two and a half blocks), until you arrive at Sheridan Road. Refer to the website http://www.northwestern.edu/campus/maps/evanston_campus_map.html to find specific locations.

Taxi: The fare from Midway to Evanston is approximately $40.

Driving: From O'Hare International Airport:

1. Take the main exit road from the airport, which turns into I-190, east for about a half mile.

2. Exit right and go north on I-294, the Tri-State Tollway. You will be headed north toward Wisconsin, and shortly after entering you will need to pay a 50¢ toll.

3. Go north about three miles to the Dempster Street eastbound exit.

4. Take Dempster Street east approximately 10 miles through Park Ridge, Niles, Morton Grove, and Skokie into Evanston.

5. At Chicago Avenue in Evanston, turn left and go north.

6. Main campus is approximately three-fourths of a mile north at Chicago Avenue and Sheridan Road.

From Midway Airport:

1. From Midway take Cicero Avenue north to I-55 (the Stevenson Expressway).

2. Turn right (northeast) on I-55 toward downtown Chicago.

3. Follow I-55 to Lake Shore Drive northbound.

4. Take Lake Shore Drive north through downtown Chicago and continue until Lake Shore Drive ends. Lake Shore Drive splits; you will need to be in one of the right two lanes to turn north on Sheridan Road.

5. Turn right and continue north on Sheridan Road through Chicago into Evanston.

6. Follow Sheridan Road north, which makes several right-hand turns to keep going north, until you reach the Northwestern campus. Refer to the campus maps to find specific locations.

To Evanston from the /north, via I-94: (Note: Highway is called I-94 East, but runs north-south in Chicago metropolitan area.)

1. Take I-94 East south to Skokie Highway.

2. Go south on Skokie Highway approximately 2 miles to Golf Road.

3. Turn left (east) at Golf Road.

4. Follow Golf Road approximately 4 miles east into Evanston (the road name changes to Emerson Street in Evanston).

5. Just past Maple Street in Evanston is a fork in the road; bear to the right to go onto Clark Street.

6. Follow Clark Street through downtown Evanston. You'll know you're going the correct way when you note some landmarks:

* The Rebecca Crown Center, which houses the offices of the Central Administration of Northwestern, on the north side of Clark Street (to your left).

* A Burger King restaurant on the south side of Clark Street (to your right).

7. The main campus is located at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Sheridan Road.

To Evanston from the West or Southwest, via I-55 or I-80 to I-94 West: (Note: Highway is called I-94 West, but runs north-south in Chicago metro area.)

1. If coming in on eastbound I-80, follow I-80 until the interchange with I-55; take northbound I-55.

2. Follow northbound I-55 until the interchange withI-90/I-94; take northbound I-90/I-94 (Kennedy Expressway).

3. When I-94 splits from I-90, bear to the right, staying on I-94 W (Edens Expressway).

4. Take I-94 W north to Dempster Street east.

5. Follow Dempster Street east approximately 5 miles through the suburbs of Skokie and Evanston.

6. At Chicago Avenue in Evanston, turn left and go north.

7. Main campus is approximately three-fourths of a mile north at Chicago Avenue and Sheridan Road.

To Evanston from the West or Northwest, via I-88, I-90, or I-190: (Note: These directions also apply if traveling from O'Hare International Airport.)

1. Take I-88, I-90, or I-190 eastbound until you reach northbound I-294 (heading toward Wisconsin).

2. Take I-294 north to Dempster Street east.

3. Follow Dempster Street approximately 10 miles through the suburbs of Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Morton Grove, Skokie, and Evanston.

4. At Chicago Avenue in Evanston, turn left and go north.

5. Main campus is approximately three-fourths of a mile north at Chicago Avenue and Sheridan Road.

To Evanston from the South or Southeast, via I-94, I-90, I-80, or I-57:

Once you reach the Chicago area, you want to go north on I-94 West (Note: Highway is called I-94 West, but runs north-south in Chicago metro area.) If you are coming from:

I-80/I-94: I-94 splits from I-80 south of Chicago and heads north.

I-57: I-57 ends at and merges into I-94 on the south side of Chicago.

I-90: I-90 merges with I-94 on the south side of Chicago.

Once you are northbound on I-94 W:

1. When I-94 splits from I-90, bear to the right, staying on I-94 (Edens Expressway).

2. Take I-94 W north to Dempster Street east.

3. Follow Dempster Street approximately 5 miles through the suburbs of Skokie and Evanston.

4. At Chicago Avenue in Evanston, turn left and go north.

5. Main campus is approximately three-fourths of a mile north at Chicago Avenue and Sheridan Road.

Car Rental: Special rates have been negotiated with Avis Rent A Car for the period October 16­October 31, 2004. All rates include unlimited free mileage; beginning at $24.99/day for a subcompact car at the weekend rate (the weekend rate is 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's age, driver, and credit requirements. Make reservations by calling 800-331-1600 or online at www.avis.com. Nonweekend and weekly rates are also available. Please quote Avis Discount Number B159266 when making reservations.

Weather

October weather is generally pleasant and mild, with temperatures in the upper fifties and low sixties. Please visit http://wwwa.accuweather.com/adcbin/public/local_index.asp?zipcode=60201 for current and future weather conditions in Evanston.


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