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2010 Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, March 27-28, 2010 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1057

Associate secretary:
Matthew Miller, AMS miller@math.sc.edu


Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice as early as possible and state that they will be part of the Kentucky Math Conference group. Special rates have been negotiated with the hotels you will find in this announcement. Rates quoted do not include sales tax. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation.

University Inn, 1229 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40503. 859-278-6625 for front desk; 859-278-4530 for fax. See http://www.uinn.biz/index2.htm. Prices per room are US$79/king and US$85/two beds; includes oversized rooms, free wireless, and refrigerator; located 1.3 miles from the meeting site. Deadline to book and obtain this reduced rate is February 26, 2010. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1000 Export Street, Lexington, KY 40504. 859-389-6800 for front desk; (859-389-6801) for fax. See http://www.hiexpress.com/h/d/ex/1/en/hotel/LEXKY/welcome?start=1. Price per room is US$84 and includes free continental breakfast; health and fitness center; indoor pool; complimentary wireless; business services including copying, computer, and printer; located 1.2 miles from the meeting site. Deadline to book and obtain this reduced rate is February 26, 2010. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference Center, 369 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507; 877-539-1648 or 859-231-9000. See http://www.lexingtondowntownhotel.com/. Price per room is US$109, and includes coffee/tea makers, spacious executive work desk, fitness center; refrigerators and microwaves available on request; complimentary airport shuttle. Wireless is free in the public areas on the first two floors; in-room service is available for US$9.95/day. The hotel is 1.5 miles from the meeting site. Deadline to book and obtain this reduced rate is February 26, 2010. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Gratz Park Inn, 120 W. Second Street, Lexington, KY 40507; 859-231-1777. See http://www.gratzparkinn.com/. The hotel is 1.7 miles from the meeting site. Price per room is US$99/king or double queen. This historic inn is beautifully appointed with individually decorated rooms with fine 19th century antique reproductions and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. On-site dining is available at Jonathan at Gratz Park. Deadline to book and obtain this reduced rate is February 26, 2010. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Extended Stay America Hotel Tates Creek Road, 3575 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, KY 40517; 859-271-6160. See http://www.extendedstayamerica.com/hotels/ lexington-tates-creek.html. The hotel is 5.5 miles from the meeting site. Price per room is US$39.99 and includes a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, and stovetop with cooking utensils; workspace with computer dataport, free local phone calls, swimming pool, and pet-friendly rooms. Wireless Internet is available for a one-time fee of US$4.99 per stay, NOTE: Participants who have difficulty climbing stairs should book a room on level 2 of the hotel, which is the main access floor for the hotel. Deadline to book and obtain this reduced rate is February 26, 2010. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Marriott at Griffin Gate, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511. 800-228-9290 for front desk; 859-255-9944 for fax. See http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lexky-griffin-gate-marriott-resort-and-spa/. The hotel is 5 miles from the meeting site. Price per room is US$84 standard rate (typically king bed) includes in-room coffee maker; wired Internet, including all local and long distance calls, is available for US$12.95/day. Hotel features a luxurious full-service spa. There is complimentary on-site parking; valet parking is US$20 daily. This is a smoke-free property. Deadline to book and obtain this reduced rate is February 26, 2010. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Food Service

There is no dining on campus during the weekend. Within a short walking distance from the Patterson Office Tower there are a variety of choices for dining. Additional information and recommendations will be provided on-site.

Local Information

The University's website is http://www.uky.edu; the website of the Department of Mathematics is at http://www.math.uky.edu. The campus of the University of Kentucky offers wireless Internet connections to everyone. Visitors will have wireless guest access without the need of a password.

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

A campus map is found at http://www.uky.edu/CampusGuide/. It can be used to identify a number of free parking facilities in the proximity of the White Hall Classroom Building (CB) and the Patterson Office Tower (POT). In addition, many hotels are in reasonable walking distance from campus.

Registration and Meeting Information

Invited Addresses, all sessions, registration, and the AMS book exhibit will be held in the White Hall Classroom Building (CB) on the campus of the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. The registration desk will be open Saturday, March 27, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 28, 8:00 a.m. - noon. Fees are US$40 for AMS members, US$60 for nonmembers; and US$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable onsite via cash, check, or credit card. Please note that discounted registration fees will be available on site to those participants who choose to register for both the AMS and MAA meetings (see Satellite Mathematics Events below).

Social Event

The Department of Mathematics will host a reception for all participants.The reception will be held from 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. at the King Alumni House. Light snacks, hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. The AMS thanks the department for its generous hospitality.

The social event will be followed at 8:00 p.m. by the Annual Erdős Memorial Lecture delivered by Doron Zeilberger Rutgers University.

Satellite Mathematics Events

Annual KY-MAA Meeting: The Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Section of the Mathematical Association of America will be held on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, (March 26 - 27, 2010) and will partially overlap with the AMS meeting. In fact, Professor Bruce Reznik will be a joint speaker at both meetings. The other invited addresses of the MAA meeting will be given by the teaching award co-winners David Shannon, Transylvania University, Christine Shannon, Centre College, and Martha Siegel, Towson University, a former secretary of the MAA. The MAA meeting will also offer a number of short talks delivered by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from institutions across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Hayden-Howard Lecture: To further raise the research quality of the events hosted during the weekend at the University of Kentucky, the Department of Mathematics will host its Annual Hayden-Howard Lecture on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by David Eisenbud, University of California at Berkeley, a former president of the AMS.

ADDED! Combinatorics 2010: Advances, Trends and Speculations (CATS 2010 Workshop): This one-day workshop organized by <http://www.math.uky.edu/~jrge> Richard Ehrenborg and <http://www.math.uky.edu/~readdy> Margaret Readdy, University of Kentucky, and held on campus on Friday, March 26, showcases current research advances in four of the main areas of combinatorics: Coxeter groups, topological combinatorics, polytopes and manifolds, and quasisymmetric functions. The keynote speakers are Sara Billey (University of Washington), Patricia Hersh (North Carolina State
University), Isabella Novik (University of Washington), and Stephanie van Willigenburg (University of British Columbia).  See www.math.uky.edu/~readdy/CATS2010/ for how to register and other information.

ADDED! The Noetherian Rings,  an organization of women mathematics graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at the University of Kentucky, invites all female meeting participants to a breakfast on Saturday morning at 7:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Mathematics Department, 7th Floor, Patterson Office Tower. For more information contact Katharine Ott, katharine.ott@uky.edu

Travel, Campus Map, and Directions

A campus map is found at http://www.uky.edu/ CampusGuide/. Lexington is served by the Bluegrass Airport (LEX), 4000 Terminal Dr., Lexington, KY 40510.

Driving Directions to Campus

For more precise information, please use your favorite Internet mapping service (e.g., http://maps.yahoo.com, http://www.mapquest.com, http://www.randmcnally.com/). Here are some general directions.

South on I-64 or I-75

NOTE (I-64 and I-75 merge just south of Georgetown, Ky.) Follow I-64 or I-75 South to Exit 113 (marked Paris/Lexington). Turn right off the exit ramp onto North Broadway (U.S. 68). Follow through downtown for 3 miles. One block past the Hyatt Regency Hotel, turn left at the light onto Maxwell Street. At the 5th light, turn right onto Rose Street. At the next light, turn right. Just past Papa John's is Memorial Coliseum and two parking lots within walking distance of the White Hall Classroom Building.

North on I-75

Follow I-75 North to Exit 104 (marked Athens/Lexington). Turn left off of the ramp onto Athens- Boonesboro Road. Follow for 8.2 miles to downtown. Turn left onto Rose Street.

At the 4th light, turn right onto Avenue of Champions. Just past Papa John's is Memorial Coliseum and two parking lots within walking distance of the White Hall Classroom Building.

South and Southwest on Bluegrass Parkway

Follow the Bluegrass Parkway to Lexington. Turn right off the ramp onto Route 60 (Versailles Road). Follow until it becomes a one-way street, West Maxwell. At the 6th light, turn right onto Rose Street. At the next light, turn right. Just past Papa John's is Memorial Coliseum and two parking lots within walking distance of the White Hall Classroom Building.

Car Rental

Avis Rent A Car is the official car rental company for the meeting. Depending on variables such as location, length of rental, and size of vehicle, Avis will offer participants the best available rate which can range from 5%-25% discount off regular rates. Participants must use the assigned Meeting number (J098887) and meet Avis rate requirements to receive the discount. (Rate discounts are available at all corporate and participating licensee locations.) Reservations can be made by calling 800-331-1600 or online at http://www.avis.com.

All car rentals include unlimited free mileage and are available to renters 25 years and older. Renters must also meet Avis's driver and credit requirements. Return to the same rental location or additional surcharges may apply. Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges.

Weather

March temperatures in Lexington range from a minimum of 35 degrees F to a maximum of 55 degrees F, with an average temperature of 45. The adage is "if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes" as it changes often.

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.


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