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2006 Fall Eastern Section Meeting
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT, October 28—29, 2006 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1021

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 the sales and tourist tax of 12%. 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) Meeting at the University of Connecticut. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation.

This is prime tourist season in New England and participants are encouraged to book a hotel room early as rooms may sell out.

The Nathan Hale Inn and Conference Center, 855 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT 06268. Telephone: 860-427-7888, Fax: 860-427-7850; on the university campus; US$99/single/double. Amenities include a full service restaurant and lounge on the premises, internet access, fitness center, indoor heated pool and spa. The parking fee for the AMS Sectional meeting has been reduced to US$5. Deadline for reservations is September 27, 2006. There are a number of restaurants within walking distance. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

The Best Western Regent Inn, 123 Storrs Road (Route 195) Mansfield Center, Connecticut 06250. Telephone: 860-423-8451, Fax: 860-423-8451; approximately six (6) miles from the university campus; US$86.80/single/double. Complimentary continental breakfast, high speed internet access, indoor pool, exercise facility and free parking. Deadline for reservations is September 27, 2006. There are a number of restaurants within walking distance: McDonald's, Applebee's restaurant, Angelino's Italian restaurant. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

For other accommodations check out the UConn visitor site: http://uconn.edu/accommodations/.

Food Service

There is a food court in the Student Union which is located about one hundred meters from the meeting areas. It is suitable for lunch, but groups of people should make reservations at area restaurants for Friday and Saturday nights. Those are normally the most crowded nights of the week, especially at this time of the year.

There are a number of restaurants within walking distance of campus. See http://uconn.edu/accommodations/.

Local Information

The university's website is http://www.uconn.edu/; the Department of Mathematics is at http://www.math.uconn.edu/contact/contact.php. A general website about visiting Storrs and the University of Connecticut area is http://visitors.uconn.edu/index.php.

Also see the link maintained by the local organizers at: http://www.math.uconn.edu/AMSmeeting, featuring links to lists of restaurants, transportation, etc.

Other Activities

Book Sale: 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.

Parking

Unless otherwise indicated, parking in university lots is free and unrestricted starting in the late afternoon on Friday, overnight, and on weekends. There is a modest-cost parking structure across the street from the Business School. There is a US$5 parking fee for those staying at the Nathan Hale Inn when they use the Inn's lot.

Registration and Meeting Information

The meeting is on the campus of the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Meeting registration and the Invited Addresses will take place in the Information Technologies Engineering (ITE) Building. Sessions will be held in the Business (BUSN) School building. See the map at http://visitors.uconn.edu/maps.php.

The registration desk will be in the foyer of the ITE building and will be open Saturday, October 28, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 29, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Fees are US$40 for AMS or CMS members, US$60 for nonmembers; and US$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on site by cash, check, or credit card.

Social Event

The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Mathematics Department will host a reception for participants. It will be held at the Nathan Hale Inn on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar. The AMS thanks the university and the Department of Mathematics for its generous hospitality.

Travel and Campus Map

The University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus, is located 40 minutes from Hartford in tranquil Northeastern Connecticut.

Getting to the University by Car: Driving directions and campus maps can be found at the following link http://visitors.uconn.edu/maps.php.

The UConn visitor center page (http://visitors.uconn.edu/) contains many useful links including maps, directions, accommodations, (mostly fast food) restaurants, etc. The accommodations list includes some reasonably priced hotels in Vernon, CT about twenty minutes from the campus. There are downloadable maps of the campus and parking, along with driving directions to the campus at http://visitors.uconn.edu/maps.php.

There is bus service, provided by Bonanza, from Boston, Providence and Hartford. Public transportation between the airport and the campus is either by taxi or a bus to Hartford and then another to Storrs. The bus stops at the Student Union (see www.bonanzabus.com or the links from the above mentioned departmental information site).

The nearest airport is Bradley (BDL) serving the Hartford-Springfield area. It is about 30 miles away. From Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT, to the University of Connecticut, Storrs the estimated driving time is an hour or less. The airport's home page is located at: http://www.bradleyairport.com/home/home.php. At the time that this is published, the one-way taxi fare from Bradley Airport is $72 to anywhere in Storrs.

The official airline for the meeting 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 US$100 to US$50 to change travel plans
  • Just eight fares - less guessing and easier planning

To make immediate reservations call Delta Air Lines at 1-800-221-1212 be sure to reference US738367060 or visit www.delta.com and enter SkyBonus account number US738367060 in your passenger information screen to be recognized as a participant. Your benefits include:

  • No service fees
  • 1,000 sky miles for Delta members
  • Skip the airport lines; check in online

Car Rental: Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting in Storrs, Connecticut. All rates include unlimited free mileage. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Weekend daily rates are available from noon Thursday - Monday at 11:59 P.M and start at $35.99 per day. Rates for this meeting are effective October 21, 2006 - November 5, 2006. 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' age, driver, and credit requirements. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-331-1600 or online at www.avis.com. Meeting Avis Discount Number B159265.

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 dls@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 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
    - 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 web sites above for the most up-to-date information.

Weather

In this region of Connecticut, the averages for the month of October are a high of 64°F and a low of 41°F. Precipitation in October averages 3.5 inches and Snow is not expected (but you never know!).

New England weather varies considerably. It would be wise to consult the weather forecast on the web (e.g. www.weather.com for Storrs, CT) just before coming to the meeting.


Inquiries:  meet@ams.org