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2005 Fall Western Section Meeting
University of Oregon
Eugene , OR, November 12—13, 2005
Meeting #1012

Associate secretary:
Michel L. Lapidus, AMS, lapidus@math.ucr.edu, lapidus@mathserv.ucr.edu


Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice and request the American Mathematical Society/University of Oregon rate. To receive these rates, you must call these hotels directly when making reservations. 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 Greentree Inn, 1759 Franklin Blvd., Eugene, OR 97403; 541-485-2727. Located across the street from the campus. For further information visit http://www.bestwestern.com/greentreeinneugene or contact greentreeinn@aol.com.

Best Western New Oregon Motel, 1655 Franklin Blvd., Eugene, OR 97403; 541-683-3669. Located across the street from the campus. For further information visit http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=38013 or contact neworegon@aol.com.

Rooms for both hotels are $60.50/single and $66.50/double plus a current 10.5% tax.

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://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~math/; for a campus map visit http://geography.uoregon.edu/infographics/uowebmap.html.

Other Activities

AMS Book Sale: Examine the newest titles from the AMS! Complimentary coffee will be served, courtesy of AMS Membership Services. The AMS Book Sale will operate during the same hours as registration. The location of the Book Sale will be announced at a later date.

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.

Parking

Parking lots 6A and 6B will be the closest to McKenzie Hall and Deady Hall and require no parking pass on Saturday and Sunday. If parking on campus on Friday, there will be visitor-parking passes available at the kiosk on 13th Ave. off Agate Street. On the map it shows as a small dot on 13th Ave. between Oregon Hall and University Health and Counseling Bldg. Note: Do not park in a reserved spot that says it is "reserved at all times" or you will be ticketed and fined. Campus parking: http://uoadmit.uoregon.edu/ visit/maps/index.htm.

Registration and Meeting Information

The registration desk will be located in the hall area in front of 240 B McKenzie Hall and will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

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

Travel

By Air: The Eugene Airport, conveniently located approximately ten miles from downtown and the campus, is serviced by United Airlines, Horizon Air, America West, Delta, and flights connecting from any number of major airlines. Some visitors choose to fly into Portland and drive two hours south to Eugene. For Eugene Airport information, call 541-682-5544.

The official airline for the meetings is Delta Airlines. Take advantage of Delta's new SimpliFares and enjoy the following benefits:

  • No Saturday-night stay required--more flexibility
  • Always affordable--Realize up to 50% savings on every day fares in the contiguous 48 states
  • Lower change fees--reduced from $100 to $50 to change travel plans
  • Just eight fares--less guessing and easier planning

To make immediate reservations, call Delta Airlines at 1-800-221-1212; be sure to reference US738367060. Or visit http://www.delta.com and enter SkyBonus account number US738367060 in your passenger information screen to be recognized as a participant in the Joint Mathematics Meetings. Your benefits include:

  • No service fees
  • 1,000 SkyMile bonus points
  • No airport lines; check in online

By Car: From the Eugene Airport: Follow Highway 99 until it becomes Seventh Avenue. Get in the right lane and follow Seventh Avenue until it becomes Franklin Boulevard. Get in the right lane and follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and right again onto Thirteenth Avenue. Proceed to the Information Kiosk.

From Portland and the North: From I-5 South, take Exit 194B. Take Exit 2, keep left and follow the signs to the University. Proceed in the left lane over the Ferry Street Bridge, exiting onto Broadway, which becomes Franklin Boulevard. Follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and right again onto Thirteenth Avenue. Proceed to the Information Kiosk.

From Ashland and the South: From I-5 Northbound, take Exit 192. Merge onto Franklin Boulevard. After merging, get in the left lane and follow Franklin Boulevard through two lights. At the third light, turn left onto Agate Street (Agate Street is unmarked from this direction, but has a sign for Riverfront Drive, which goes to the right). At the first stop sign, turn right onto Thirteenth Avenue. Proceed to the Information Kiosk.

From the Oregon Coast: Take 126 East until it becomes West Eleventh Avenue. Follow West Eleventh Avenue to Garfield Street and turn left. Take Garfield to Seventh Avenue and turn right. Get in the right lane and follow Seventh Avenue until it becomes Franklin Boulevard. Get in the right lane and follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and right again onto Thirteenth Avenue. Proceed to the Information Kiosk.

From Bend and the East: Take 126 West through Springfield and into Eugene. Take Exit 2, the Coburg Road exit ramp; keep left at the fork in the ramp. Go straight onto Southbound Coburg Road, which becomes the Ferry Street Bridge. Stay in the left lane on the bridge, exiting onto Broadway, which becomes Franklin Boulevard. Follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and right again onto Thirteenth Avenue. Proceed to the Information Kiosk.

Cabs or shuttle services from airport:

Approximate fees run $20­$25 from airport to university area (please ask when calling).

Omni Shuttle, 541-461-7959, 1-800-741-5097; 24-hour service.

V.I.P. Taxi, 541-484-0920, 1-800-484-2189, code 2432. For airport service, a 20% discount is available for at least 4-hour advance reservation.

By train (or bus): Amtrak, Eugene, 1-800-872-7245; Greyhound-Trailways, Eugene, 541-344-6265; Lane Transit District (Eugene's bus system), 541-687-5555.

Car Rental. Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting in Eugene, Oregon. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Special rates for this meeting are effective November 5, 2005­November 20, 2005, and begin at $26/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 lower. 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 may be made by calling 1-800-331-1600 or online at http://www.avis.com. Avis Meeting Discount Number is B159266.

Special Travel 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 U.S. found at http://www7.nationalacademies.org/visas/Traveling_to_US.html and http://travel.state.gov/visa/index.html. If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to wsd@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 intend 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.

Reminder: Machine-readable passports required by June 26, 2005.

The Department of Homeland Security reminds travelers from the twenty-seven Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries that as of June 26, 2005, they must have a machine-readable passport to enter the United States without a visa. Beginning June 26, 2005, transportation carriers will be fined $3,300 per violation for transporting any VWP traveler to the United States without a machine-readable passport. Similarly, VWP travelers arriving in the United States on that date without a machine-readable passport should not anticipate being granted one-time entry into the country. As an alternative for persons with immediate travel plans who are unable to obtain a machine-readable passport in time, the individual may apply for a U.S. visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad.

Weather

Typical weather conditions and temperatures in November: average temperatures: low 36°F, high 48°F. Good chance of rain!


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