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2007 Fall Eastern Section Meeting
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ, October 6—7, 2007 (Saturday—Sunday)
Meeting #1031

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


IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

TRAFFIC DELAYS: If you are planning to attend the Einstein Lecture by Sir Roger Penrose in Scott Hall please plan to allow extra drive time to avoid being late or missing the Lecture. The Rutgers BIG EAST Conference football game is on Saturday with kickoff set for 8:00 p.m. This is a very big event and may cause some serious traffic congestion and delays.

Parking is available in Lots # 8, 11, and 16, near Scott Hall, without charge.

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. 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) Rutgers University meeting. Cancellation and early checkout penalties vary with each hotel; be sure to check the policy when you make your reservations.

N.B. The number of rooms available at these prices in these hotels is limited! Participants are encouraged to book a hotel room early as rooms may sell out.

The Holiday Inn, Somerset, 195 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873; telephone: 732-356-1700; fax: 732-356-0939; approximately six miles, about a 15-minute ride from the campus meeting site; US$79 for single/double. Rates quoted do not include the sales and occupancy tax of 15%. Amenities include two full-service restaurants, as well as a sports bar on the premises, Internet access at no charge, access to fitness center, and an outdoor pool. Parking is complimentary. Deadline for reservations is September 7, 2007. There are a number of restaurants within walking distance. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

The Double Tree Hotel, 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873; telephone: 732-469-2600; guest fax: 732-469-4617; approximately six miles, about a 15-minute ride from the campus meeting site; US$89 for single/double. Rates quoted do not include the sales and occupancy tax of 15%. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies. Amenities include high-speed Internet access, indoor heated pool w/Jacuzzi, complimentary wireless in lobby and on second floor, indoor pool, fitness center, and free parking. There is a pub and restaurant on site. Deadline for reservations is September 7, 2007.

University Inn and Conference Center, 178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8556; http://www.univinn.rutgers.edu/; telephone: 732-932-9144; fax: 732-932-6952; approximately three miles or a 7-minute drive on campus to the meeting site; US$84 single/US$97 double. Rates quoted are inclusive of all taxes and service charges. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies. The meeting site is also accessible by Campus Bus "EE" which offers a limited schedule on Saturday and Sunday. Amenities include complimentary wireless access, hot breakfast served for overnight guests between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., free parking, game room, pool table and shuffle board. The Cook/Douglass Recreation Center (walking distance) is available for use by guests; passes and hours are available at the front desk. Houlihans, On the Border, and other restaurants are within walking distance. Deadline for reservations is September 7, 2007.

Food Service

The Rutgers Student Center at 128 College Avenue, New Brunswick, is located in the heart of the College Avenue Campus and has a food court with eateries such as: Au Bon Pain, Gerlanda's Pizza, Szechwan Express, Wendy's, Subway, and King Pita. There are many other restaurants in downtown New Brunswick and all are within a few blocks of the campus as listed on the Rutgers university website, http://ruinfo.rutgers.edu/visitingRU/dining.html#top.

Local Information

The university's website is http://www.rutgers.edu/; the Department of Mathematics is at http://www.math.rutgers.edu/. A general website about visiting New Brunswick and Rutgers, The University of the State of New Jersey is at http://nbweb.rutgers.edu/visitors.shtml.

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

Parking on campus is limited and is generally permitted only to those with Rutgers decals. However, we have obtained permission to use Rutgers parking lots 8, 11, and 16, near Scott Hall, without charge. Only these lots may be used by participants, parking in other lots could result in your car being ticketed or towed.

Registration and Meeting Information

The meeting is on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Meeting registration and the Invited Addresses will take place in Scott Hall. Sessions will be held in both Scott Hall and in Murray Hall. See the map at http://maps.rutgers.edu.

The registration desk will be in Room 207 of Scott Hall and will be open Saturday, October 6, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 7, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Fees are US$40 for AMS or CMS members; US$60/ nonmembers; and US$5 students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on site by cash, check, or credit card.

Travel and Campus Map (information is as of April 2007 and is subject to change)

Rutgers, State University of New Jersey (College Avenue Campus), is conveniently located in New Brunswick in central New Jersey. The Rutgers on-line maps are at http://maps.rutgers.edu. Click on New Brunswick/Piscataway; then on the name College Avenue Campus, click on the second "e" in "Avenue" for a map of the College Avenue Campus. Scott Hall is near the bottom, right of center. The map permits you to recenter and zooms in and out.

By Air

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is approximately 30 minutes to Rutgers-New Brunswick (College Avenue Campus) and is the most convenient airport and is less than an hour by car, bus, or train to New York City. From EWR use the "AIRTRAIN" monorail http://www.panynj.gov/CommutingTravel/airports/html/ewr_airtrain.html within EWR Airport to the New Jersey Transit train station in the airport. The one-way train fare to New Brunswick is US$12.00. Taxis from the airport to the New Brunswick area cost between US$45 to US$50 plus tip. Check with the taxi dispatcher at the airport for the legal fare to your hotel.

From LaGuardia Airport (LGA) the New York Airport Service runs express buses every 20 - 30 minutes from 7:20 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, for US$10 - US$12. Buses are also available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to Penn Station for approximately US$10 - US$12. Numerous limousine services also operate on these routes. For taxis from LGA to the West Side of Manhattan (where Port Authority and Penn Station are located) the approximate metered fare, is US$35, plus tolls and tip. For trains or bus service to New Brunswick from Penn Station and Port Authority, see below. Taxi fare is negotiable from LGA, and may run as high as US$150 to New Brunswick. A lot of airport information can be found at http://www.panynj.gov/CommutingTravel/airports/html/lg_transportation.html.

From JFK Airport, (JFK) the situation is similar to LGA. The Airport Service Bus is approximately US$15, and runs from 6:15 a.m. to 10:10 p.m. By Yellow Taxi, there is a flat US$45 fare to any destination in Manhattan. This does not include tolls or tips. The US$45 fare is charged per car, not per passenger. From Manhattan, train and bus services to New Brunswick are described below. The websites http://www.panynj.gov/CommutingTravel/airports/html/lg_transportation.html and http://www.citidex.com have a lot of information.

By Train

New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor Line provides New Brunswick with both local and express service between Penn Station in New York, Newark, and Trenton, New Jersey. For information call 973-762-5100 or visit http://www.njtransit.com. The regular one-way fare, from New York to New Brunswick is US$9.50. The New Brunswick train station is a couple of blocks from Scott Hall and also is near many restaurants. Taxis are available at the train station (e.g., Victory Cabs 732-545-6666). Approximate fares from the station, are US$6 to the University Inn and Conference Center, US$11 to the Doubletree and to the Holiday Inn in Somerset.

By Bus

Suburban Transit buses (http://www.suburbantransit.com) run buses approximately every half hour from 6 a.m. to midnight, between the New Brunswick Train Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. The fare is approximately US$8 one way. These buses do not serve EWR.

By Car

Getting to the university by Car: Driving directions to the College Avenue Campus and campus maps can be found at the following link http://maps.rutgers.edu/directions/nb.aspx.

Travel Advisory

The NJ Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) construction activities associated with the Route 18 reconstruction project have begun in the New Brunswick area. As a result, drivers are likely to experience delays, traffic pattern changes, and possible lane and road closures when traveling through the area. For more information related to the Route 18 construction project, visit http://route18update.rutgers.edu/.

Public Transportation

Visit http://nbweb.rutgers.edu/menus/transportation.shtml for links to more information regarding public transportation available to the Rutgers University Campus.

Car Rental

Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 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 US$70.00 per day. Rates for this meeting are effective September 30, 2007 - October 14, 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 800-331-1600 or online at http://www.avis.com. Meeting Avis Discount Number B159266.

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.

Weather

In this region of New Jersey, the averages for the month of October are normally mild (60°F and lows of 50°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., http://www.weather.com for New Brunswick, NJ) just before coming to the meeting.


Inquiries:  meet@ams.org