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2010 Fall Central Section Meeting
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN, November 5-7, 2010 (Friday - Sunday)
Meeting #1064

Associate secretary:
Georgia Benkart, AMS


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 sales tax of 13%. 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 Notre Dame group. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation.

The Inn at Saint Mary's, 53993 US Route 31, South Bend, IN, 46637, (574) 232-4000, Toll Free: 1-800-94ST-MAR, Fax: (574) 289-0986,; Rates are US$99 single/double and include a full breakfast. This hotel is not within easy walking distance of the meeting. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations is October 5, 2010.

The Morris Inn at Notre Dame, Notre Dame Avenue, Notre Dame, IN 46556, (574) 631-2000, Fax: (574) 631-2017,; Rates are US$132 - US$152 single/double and include a full breakfast. Located on campus across the street from McKenna Hall/CCE – easy walk to the meeting. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations is October 5, 2010.

Suggested Lodging Alternatives:

Ivy Court Inn and Suites, 1404 Ivy Road, South Bend, IN 46637, (574) 277-6500, Fax: (574) 271-0586,

Residence Inn by Marriott-South Bend, 716 North Niles Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617, (574) 289-5555, Fax: (574) 288-4531,

Hilton Garden Inn-South Bend, 53995 Indiana State Route 933, South Bend, IN 46637, (574) 232-7700, Fax: (574) 232-7711,

Food Service

A list of on-campus and off-campus restaurants will be available at the registration desk.

Local Information

Please visit the websites maintained by the University of Notre Dame at and the department of mathematics at

Other Activities

Book Sales: Examine the newest titles from the AMS! Many of the AMS books will be available at a special 25% 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.


The walking time from the conference lot to the Notre Dame Conference Center is approximately five minutes. If you approach the lot from the North, exit Interstate 80/90 at Exit 77 and turn right onto Michigan Ave. (Indiana 933).

Turn left at the fourth stop light onto Angela Blvd. Then turn left at the second stoplight onto Eddy St. Follow Eddy to the stop sign and turn right into the conference parking lot. If you approach the lot from the South, take US 31 North which becomes Indiana 933 just south of South Bend. Stay on Indiana 933 then turn right onto Angela Blvd. (second stop light north of the St. Joseph River). Continue on Angela then take a left at the second stop light onto Eddy St. Follow Eddy to the stop sign and turn right into the conference parking lot. When you get to the conference center at McKenna Hall, be sure to ask for a free parking token which you will need to get out of the lot.


The Department of Mathematics will host a reception for all conference participants on Saturday evening in McKenna Hall (CCE). The AMS thanks the department for its gracious hospitality.

Registration and Meeting Information

The registration desk will be located on the first floor of the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall) and will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00  p.m. on Saturday. All talks will take place in McKenna Hall and DeBartolo Hall.

Registration Fees: Fees are US$50 for AMS or CMS members, US$70 for nonmembers; and US$5 for students/unemployed/emeritus, payable on site by cash, check, or credit card.


The Notre Dame Conference Center is located in McKenna Hall on Notre Dame Avenue, near the main entrance to the campus and directly across from the Morris Inn. The Center's phone number is 574-631-6691. Messages for conference participants can be left at this number. The fax number is 574-631-8083. The Center can also be contacted at the email address:

The university is easily accessible from various methods of transportation:

If you are driving: the campus is located just South of the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90). From the Toll Road, use Exit 77, which is the South Bend/Notre Dame-St. Mary's exit. Turn right (south) onto Indiana 933 (Michigan Street). Turn left (east) onto Angela Blvd. (the 4th light). Drive approx. 1 mile and turn left (north) at the first light, which is Notre Dame Avenue. The Center is the third building on the right.

If you are flying into South Bend Regional Airport: The campus is a 10-minute taxi ride away. The fare is around US$15.00. Many car rental agencies are located in the airport if you are planning on renting a car.

Driving directions to campus from the airport: Exit the airport, and turn left (east) on to US20 (Lincolnway). Turn left (north) on Bendix Drive. Stay on Bendix Drive to Cleveland Road. Turn right (east) on Cleveland. Turn right (south) onto Indiana 933 (Michigan Street). Turn left (east) onto Angela Blvd. (the 4th light), drive approx. 1 mile and turn left (north) at the first light, which is Notre Dame Avenue. The Center is the third building on the right

If you are flying into Chicago's O'Hare or Midway Airports: Chicago, IL, is 90 miles west of Notre Dame, IN. Most airlines have connecting schedules to the South Bend Regional Airport.

There is frequent bus transportation to campus from the Chicago airports by Coach USA. Information of their services, schedules and fares can be obtained at their website: or at their toll free number 800-833-5555. Travel to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway is easily obtained using Coach USA bus service with bi-hourly departure schedules.

If you choose to drive to South Bend from Chicago, follow the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90) instructions as stated above to campus.

The South Shore Line trains run directly from the Chicago Loop to Michiana Regional Transportation Center (airport) in South Bend.

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 Avis Discount Number (J098887) and meet Avis rate requirements to receive the discount. (Rate discounts are available at all corporate and participating licensee locations.) The best rates are available by calling 800-331-1600 or online at

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.


The weather in November is variable, with daytime temperatures from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and occasional rain with a remote possibility of snow.

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 and If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to

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 websites above for the most up-to-date information.


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