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2007 Fall Western Section Meeting
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, October 13—14, 2007 (Saturday—Sunday)
Meeting #1032

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


Accommodations

Very Important - please note that the 2007 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place at the time of our meeting so it is imperative that you make hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel. When making a reservation identify yourself as being with the UNM Math and Stat group attending the AMS Meeting. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. Hotels have varying cancellation or early checkout penalties; be sure to ask details when making your reservation.

Double Tree Hotel, 201 Marquette NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102, 866-224-9330, 888-223-4113; rates start at $139/single or $149 double plus tax. Approximately 1 mile to campus. Visit http://www.doubletreealbuquerque.com. Deadline for reservations is September 15. Be sure to check the cancellation policy.

Plaza Inn Albuquerque, 900 Medical Arts NE, Albuquerque, NM; 505-243-5693 or 800-237-1307; $99/single or double. Approximately 1 mile to campus. Free continental breakfast served daily and shuttle service provided to campus. Visit http://www.plazainnabq.com/index.htm. Deadline for reservations is September 27. Be sure to check the cancellation policy.

Food Service

A list of local restaurants will be available at the registration desk.

Local Information and Campus Map

For further information please consult the website maintained by the department of math at the University of New Mexico: http://www.math.unm.edu. To view a campus map please visit http://www.unm.edu/campusmap.html. Dane Smith Hall is building 48 at F-G-3. For travel information please visit: http://www.math.unm.edu/about/index.php.

Other Activities

AMS Book Sale: Stop by the on-site AMS Bookstore—review the newest titles from the AMS, enter the FREE book drawing, enjoy up to 25% off all titles or even take home the new AMS T-shirt! 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

Visitors can park anywhere on campus on weekends (6:00 p.m. Friday until 8:00 a.m. Monday) without a permit. City parking rules still apply. For further information please visit http://pats.unm.edu/visitors.cfm.

Registration and Meeting Information

Registration will take place in Dane Smith Hall located on Las Lomas Blvd., across from University House on Yale Avenue, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday, October 14. Registration fees: (payable on-site only) US$40/AMS members; US$60/nonmembers; US$5/emeritus members, students, or unemployed mathematicians. Fees are payable by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Travel

By Air: Albuquerque Sunport International Airport: Albuquerque is served by many of the major commercial carriers and several commuter airlines. The Sunport is located two (2) miles south of UNM.

Traveling to Albuquerque by car: Albuquerque is served by two major interstates, I25 (North-South) and I40 (East-West). The Martin Luther King exit 1 mile south of the I25-I40 interchange allows access to the Doubletree Hotel (go approx 1 mile west to downtown—hotel is on right between 2nd. and 3rd. streets) and UNM (go east to University Blvd., enter campus, turn right on Redondo Rd. and follow it to visitor parking or residence halls).

Driving Directions from Sunport to UNM: Take Yale Blvd. exit north until you dead-end at Central Ave. Cross Central Ave. to enter campus.

Transporation from/to the Sunport: Shuttle and taxi service available after all flights outside at baggage claim level. 24/7 service available from Airport Shuttle (505-765-1234; typical charge US$12 one-way and US$22 round-trip) and Albuquerque Cab (505-883-4888, typical charge US$18.00). Sunport provides a shuttle to Rental Car Center. Doubletree hotel does not have a private shuttle.

Getting around Albuquerque is easiest by car, but the city has regular bus service along Central Ave. from downtown to UNM for participants who wish to stay downtown. Taxi service is available but best arranged beforehand.

Car Rental

Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Weekend daily rates are available from noon Thursday – Monday at 11:59 p.m. and start at US$26 per day. Rates for this meeting are effective October 6, 2007 – October 21, 2007. 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 http://www.avis.com. Meeting Avis Discount Number B159266.

Weather

October weather is generally pleasant with daytime temperatures in the 60°F range, and night-time temperatures in the 30 – 45°F range. For up-to-the-minute weather please visit http://www.weather.com/outlook/driving/local/USNM0004.

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 informationabout 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.


Inquiries:  meet@ams.org