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2007 Fall Central Section Meeting
DePaul University (Loop Campus)
Chicago, IL, October 5—6, 2007 (Friday—Saturday)
Meeting #1030

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 AMS/American math Society 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.

Please note that due to exceptional tourist business (conventions and Chicago Marathon) hotel room rates in the downtown area are extremely high and availability very limited. AMS was able to secure rooms at the Crowne Plaza for $175 per night. This hotel is located within walking distance of the meeting. See information below.

Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro, 733 West Madison Ave.; 800-980-6429 or 312-829-5000; $175/single or double. For more information visit www.crowneplaza.com/chicagometro. Deadline for reservations is September 10, 2007.

Please note the following hotels are located near O'Hare Airport in the Rosemont suburb of Chicago. Both hotels are on the CTA Blue Line ($2.00 from each location and exact change is recommended to simplify entering the train stations) and are approximately 30 minutes to the meeting. From the trains, exit at Jackson Boulevard (300 South).

DoubleTree O'Hare-Rosemont Hotel, 5460 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018; 847-292-9100 Fax: 847-292-9295; $110 single/double. For more information visit http://www.doubletree.com/en/dt/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=CHIDTDT
Deadline for reservations is September 13, 2007.

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport, O'Hare Intl Airport, PO Box 66414, Chicago, IL, 60666; 773-686-8000 Fax: 1-773-601-2873; US$135 single/double. For more information visit
http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIOHHH-Hilton-Chicago-O-Hare-Airport-Illinois/index.do. Deadline for reservations is September 20, 2007.

Food Service

Campus dining facilities: 11th floor, DePaul Center, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The dining facility is closed on Saturday. Many additional restaurants are located within short walking distance. A list of restaurants will be available.

Local Information

Please visit the website maintained by DePaul University at http://www.depaul.edu and the department of mathematics at

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

Although DePaul University has no parking facilities of its own in the loop area, there are several municipal parking lots in the area. The cost of parking varies.

Registration and Meeting Information

Registration will take place in the lobby on the 8th floor of the DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 6. Invited addresses will take place on the 8th floor of the DePaul Center and Special Sessions will take place in the DePaul Center and the Lewis Center.

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

The DePaul Center is located at the intersection of State Street and Jackson Boulevard. It is well served by public transportation and has many nearby parking garages.

By Air: Inquire upon arrival at O'Hare Airport or Midway Airport for public transportation or car rentals. Airport Express vans depart O'Hare every 10 minutes for the 45-minute trip downtown, and from Midway every 15 minutes for the 30-minute trip to downtown.

Driving: From the north and northwest: the campus is accessible from the John F. Kennedy Expressway (I-90 – I-94). Exit at Jackson Boulevard (300 South) and turn east. The campus is approximately 1 mile from the expressway at Jackson Blvd.

From the west: The campus is accessible from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway (I-290). As you enter the downtown area the expressway becomes Congress Parkway. Turn left (north) on Dearborn Street (50 West), go two blocks to Jackson Blvd. (300 South) and turn right (east). DePaul University is one block east on Jackson Blvd. at State Street.

From the south: Take I-90/I-94 exit at Jackson Blvd. (300 South) and turn east. The campus is approximately one mile from the expressway on Jackson Boulevard.

By Train or Bus: All rapid transit train lines (CTA) service the campus and include the O'Hare/Congress/Douglas (Blue) and Midway/Loop (Orange). From the trains, exit at Jackson Boulevard (300 South). The fare from each airport is $2.00 and exact change is recommended to simplify entering the train stations.'

Car Rental

Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting in Chicago, IL. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Weekend daily rates are available from noon Thursday – Monday at 11:59 p.m. and start at $24 per day. Rates for this meeting are effective September 28 – October 13, 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.

Weather

The daytime temperatures typically range from 45 – 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the 45 degree range at night. Some light rain is possible.

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.


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