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2011 Spring Western Section Meeting
University of Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada, April 30-May 1, 2011 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1071

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


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. Rates quoted do not include sales tax of 12%. 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 the University of Nevada (UNLV) group. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation.

Hyatt Place Las Vegas, 4520 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169; phone: 702-369-3366; fax: 702-369-0009. Rates begin at US$94 single/double and includes complimentary Wi-Fi, free parking, complimentary continental breakfast and fitness center. The hotel is a short walk away from the Math Department--directly across the street. (www.lasvegas.place.hyatt.com) Use booking code: G-AMS1 for our special AMS rate. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations is April 1, 2011.

Fairfield Inn Las Vegas Airport, 3850 South Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169; phone: 702-791-0899; fax: 702-791-2705. Rates are US$89 single/double plus tax. The Fairfield Inn offers complimentary airport shuttle, complimentary breakfast buffet for overnight guests, and complimentary high speed Internet access. The hotel is a half mile away from the Math Department. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations is April 1, 2011. Go to this link--http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lasfi-fairfield-inn-las-vegas-airport/?toDate=5/2/11&groupCode=amsamsa&fromDate=4/28/11&app=resvlink or use group code: amsamsa.

Embassy Suites Hotel Las Vegas Airport, 4315 Swenson Street, Las Vegas, NV 89119; phone: 702-795-2800; fax: 702-795-1520. Rates begin at US$119 single/ double plus sales tax. Use code L-AMS fo get the AMS rates. (http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/en_US/es/hotel/LASESES-Embassy-Suites-Las- Vegas-Nevada/index.do) The hotel is a good walk (1/4 mile) away from the Math Department. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations is April 1, 2011.

Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 8910; phone: 800-693-ROCK. The hotel is a short walk away from the Math Department--across the street. (www.HardRockHotel.com) All rooms are subject to availability. We were not able to confirm a group rate for this property. We are providing this information as a convenience to our meeting guests.

Food Service

The following dining options are available on-campus: Dining Commons, Einstein Bros Bagels, Jamba Juice, Metro Pizza, Panda Express, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Nearby off-campus options include:

To the west, off Swenson & Flamingo Road: Bahama Breeze, Cozymel's Mexican Grill, Firefly on Paradise, Hamada of Japan, P. F. Chang's, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion.

To the east, off Maryland Pkwy & Tropicana Avenue: Boardhouse Serious Sandwiches, Café Rio, Einstein Bros Bagels, In-N-Out, Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches, N&N Oriental, Sushi Boy Desu. A more detailed list and map will be provided at registration.

Also, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is located 1.5 miles east of Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip), which offers an array of dining options housed in hotel/casino atmospheres.

Local Information

Please visit the websites maintained by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, at http://www.unlv.edu/ and the Department of Mathematical Sciences at http:// sciences.unlv.edu/Mathematics/. For Las Vegas tourism information, visit http://www.visitlasvegas.com or http://www.lvchamber.com/.

Parking

Parking Lot N and Black Lot (with parking garage) are closest to Classroom Building Complex Auditorium. A parking permit is not required for Saturday and Sunday. If you are parking on campus on Friday, a pass is required. Please visit the website maintained by Parking and Transportation Services at http://parking.unlv.edu/. To view a campus parking map, please visit http://maps.unlv.edu/PDF/main-parking-color-name.pdf. To view a campus building map, please visit http://maps.unlv.edu/PDF/main-building-color-name.pdf.

Travel

By air:

If you are flying into Las Vegas, McCarran International Airport (LAS) (www.mccarran.com) would be your choice of arrival airports. You will find taxi services are available outside Baggage Claim for the short drive to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Depending on the hotel you choose, a shuttle bus may be available; please ask hotel clerk when making your reservation. McCarran Airport is extremely close to UNLV campus, as well as Las Vegas Blvd.

Driving directions to campus from the airport:

Head North on Swenson Street. Turn right on Tropicana Avenue. Turn left at Wilbur to access Black Lot and parking garage near Thomas & Mack Center. Classroom Building Complex Auditorium is just east of Thomas & Mack. No parking permit is required for Saturday and Sunday. If you are parking on campus on Friday, a pass is required.

If you are driving:

Traveling on Interstate 15: Take exit 37 for Tropicana Ave. Turn east onto Tropicana Ave. (traveling towards Las Vegas Blvd.) Turn left at Wilbur St., into parking lot/garage near Thomas & Mack Center.

Traveling on U.S. Highway 93: Take exit 68 for Tropicana Ave. toward McCarran Airport/LV Blvd./UNLV. Turn west onto Tropicana Ave. Turn right at Wilbur St., into parking lot/garage near Thomas & Mack Center.

Traveling on U.S. Highway 95: U.S. Highway 95 merges onto Interstate 15 at exit 76B. U.S. Highway 95 joins U.S. Highway 93, after exit 76B (I-15 connector). Follow directions as listed above.

Car Rental

Hertz is the official car rental company for the meeting. To reserve your special meeting rates, please provide your CV#, 04N30001, to your corporate travel department, or your travel agent, when making reservations. Details on rates and general instructions can be found at http://www.ams.org/amsmtgs/04N30001.las11.pdf.

You can make reservations online at http://link.hertz.com/link.html?id=23051&LinkType= HZLK&TargetType=Homepage&ret_url=www.ams.org or call Hertz directly:

In the U.S. and Canada: 800-654-2240 or 405-749-4434.

At the time of reservation, the meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and you'll be quoted the best comparable rate available.

Weather

At the end of April/beginning of May, Las Vegas generally experiences an average high temperature of 83 degrees, with lows around 58 degrees. Precipitation is uncommon.

Registration and Meeting Information

The registration desk will be located in the lobby of the Carol C. Harter Classroom Building Complex and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. All talks will take place in the Classroom Building Complex.

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 University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Classroom Building Complex Auditorium is located on the west side of campus off Harmon Avenue. The Department of Mathematical Sciences' phone number is (702) 895-3567. The fax number is (702) 895-4343. Emails can be directed to math@unlv.edu.

Other Activities

Book Sales:

Stop by the on-site AMS bookstore and review the newest titles from the AMS, enjoy up to 25% off all AMS publications, or take home an 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.

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://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/visas/ and http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.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 websites above for the most up-to-date information.


Inquiries: meet@ams.org