AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/Etc. Information

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Spring Western Sectional Meeting

Portland State University, Portland, OR
April 14-15, 2018 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1137

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

Advance Registration is Open

Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice. Special discounted rates were negotiated with the hotels listed below. Rates quoted do not include the Oregon state hotel tax (13.3%), Tourism Improvement District assessment fee (2%), local taxes and other hotel fees may apply. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society's (AMS) Spring Western Sectional Meeting to receive the discounted rate. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. Hotels have varying cancellation and early checkout penalties; be sure to ask for details.

Portland Marriott City Center, 520 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205; (503) 226-6300; www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxct-portland-marriott-city-center/. Rates are US\$159 per night for a standard room. Amenities include fitness center, coin operated laundry facilities on-site and complimentary wireless internet in lobby and public areas. The current valet parking rate is US\$45 daily. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about a 7-minute drive to campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 2, 2018.

Residence Inn Portland Downtown/RiverPlace, 2115 SW River Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201; (503) 552-9500; www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/pdxri-residence-inn-portland-downtown-riverplace/. Rates are US\$165 per night for a room. Reserve a room here. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, free high-speed internet, fitness center and indoor pool. The current parking rate is US\$35 a day and guests in the AMS block receive US\$10 off prevailing rates. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. This property is located within walking distance to PSU or 3 stops on the Portland Streetcar Line (across street from hotel). The deadline for reservations at a reduced rate is by March 14, 2018.

Residence Inn Portland Downtown Lloyd Center, 1710 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR 97232; (503) 288-1400; www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxlc-residence-inn-portland-downtown-convention-center/. Rates are US\$159 per night for a room. Reserve a room here. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, free high-speed internet, fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. The current parking rate is US\$15 a day and guests in the AMS block receive US\$10 off prevailing rates. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about a 11-minute drive from the campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at a reduced rate is March 14, 2018.

Hotel Rose, 50 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204; (503) 221-0711; www.hotelroseportland.com/. Rates are US\$139 per night for a king bed or double bed room. Reserve a room here. Amenities include high-speed wireless internet, custom yellow beach cruisers to explore the city, unlimited in-room bottled water, fitness center and afternoon delights in the lobby with local coffee, and signature pineapple cupcakes. The amenity fee of US\$10 plus tax per night will be waived for guests in the AMS block. The current self-parking rate is US\$25 per night. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located approximately 1 mile from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 13, 2018.

AC Hotel Portland Downtown, 888 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204; (503) 223-2100; achotels.marriott.com/hotels/ac-hotel-portland-downtown. Rates are US\$139 per night for a standard king bed room. Amenities include fitness center and free high-speed internet. This hotel offers a limited number of parking spaces available on a first come, first served basis. Current valet parking rates are US\$18 daily and US\$40 overnight with unlimited in/out privileges. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about 1 mile from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 14, 2018.

DoubleTree by Hilton, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232; (503) 281-6111; doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/oregon/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-portland-RLLC-DT/index.html. Rates are US$155 per night for a standard queen bed room. A charge of US\$15 per person/per room will be assessed for triple and quadruple occupancy. Amenities include seasonal outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, on-site restaurants, and location adjacent to MAX light rail with access to many downtown businesses. The current on-site self parking rate is US\$15 per day and the current valet parking rate is US\$25 per day. These rates are subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about a 11-minute drive from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 14, 2018.

Mark Spencer Hotel, 409 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205; (503) 224-3293; www.markspencer.com/. Rates are US\$120 per night for a studio room or US\$130 for a 1 bedroom room. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness room and evening wine tasting reception held daily from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The current self-parking rate is US\$25 per day. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about 10-minutes from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 13, 2018.

Hotel Modera, 515 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201; (877) 484-1084; www.hotelmodera.com/. Rates are US\$179 for a premiere king room. Amenities fee of US\$20 plus tax per night includes two bottles of water, US\$15 food and beverage credit, day passes to 24 Hour Fitness (located one block away), use of cruiser bikes, and business center with complimentary printing. The current valet parking rate is US\$38 per night, per vehicle. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about 1 mile from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 14, 2018.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton-Pearl District, 354 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209; (503) 222-5200; hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/oregon/hampton-inn-and-suites-portland-pearl-district-PDXPDHX/index.html. Rates are US\$189 for a standard 2 queen or single king room. Amenities include coin laundry, business center, pool and snack shop. This property is located about a 10-minute drive from campus. The current valet parking rate is US\$39 a night. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 13, 2018.

Portland Marriott Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201; (503) 226-7600; www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxor-portland-marriott-downtown-waterfront/. Rates are US\$159 for a studio king room. Amenities include fitness facility and complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas. The current valet parking fee is US\$39 a night. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about 1 mile from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 23, 2018.

Portland Residence Inn Downtown Pearl District, 1150 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209; (503) 220-1339; www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxpd-residence-inn-portland-downtown-pearl-district/. Rates are US\$159 for a studio king room. Amenities include free breakfast, free high-speed internet, grocery shipping service, coin operated laundry, and newspaper in lobby. The current valet parking rate is US$39 a day. This rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. This property is located about a 10-minute drive from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 23, 2018.

Food Services

On Campus: The below restaurants are scheduled to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. Please visit dineoncampus.com/PSU for the most up-to-date list of university restaurants and hours.

  • Victor’s Dining Center, open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays; all-you-care-to-eat dining hall serving grilled favorites, baked entrees, pizza, pasta and more.
  • Smith’s Place, first floor of the Student Union; open 7:00 am to 10:00 pm on Saturdays and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays; serves specialty coffee, salads, wraps and sandwiches.
  • Branford’s Bean, Miller Library; open 10:30 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays and noon to 11:00 pm on Sundays; serves specialty coffees, on-the-go sandwiches, salads and parfaits.
  • The Meetro, alongside King Albert Residence Hall; open 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Sunday; serves Mediterranean food from Bashas, espresso and freshly brewed coffee, on-the-go sandwiches and snacks.
  • Lincoln Station Grill, University Place Hotel; open 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays; serving Northwest regional craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails and a comprehensive dinner menu.

Off Campus: America’s best food city, per the Washington Post, offers farm-to-table dining, innovative food carts, acclaimed craft beer, stellar coffee and more. For an interactive directory of downtown restaurants and attractions visit www.travelportland.com/directory/region/downtown/.

Some options for coffee include:

  • 40 LBS Coffee Bar, 824 S.W. 2nd Ave, Portland; (503) 329-5782; www.40lbscoffee.com/; a true Portland coffee bar experience.
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 128 S.W. Third Ave, Portland; (503) 295-6144; www.stumptowncoffee.com/; coffee house emphasizing direct trade and highlights the different flavor profiles of coffee varietals.
  • Case Study Coffee, 802 S.W. 10th Ave, Portland; (503) 477-8221; www.casestudycoffee.com/; roasted-on-site beans expertly prepared in coffee and espresso drinks.
  • Some options for downtown dining include:
  • Alderman’s Portland Tavern, 71 S.W. Second Ave, Portland; (971) 229-1657; www.aldermanspdx.com/; serving local brews, classic cocktails and happy hour specials.
  • Alto Bajo, 310 S.W. Stark St, Portland; (971) 222-2100; altobajopdx.com/; modern Mexican restaurant with a distinct culinary perspective on traditional Mexican dishes.
  • Aquariva, 0470 S.W. Hamilton Court, Portland; (503) 802-5850; www.riversedgehotel.com/experiences/; serving a collection of locally sourced comfort food with outdoor patio and bar.
  • Cafe Yumm!, 1806 S.W. 6th Ave, Portland; (614) 261-4686; www.cafeyumm.com/portland; uniquely Northwest menu features vegetarian and vegan options with organic ingredients.
  • Bistro by Truss, 1401 S.W. Naito Pkwy, Portland; (503) 226-7600; www.travelportland.com/directory/bistro-truss/; open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also offers a selection of eight local and seasonal beers on tap, as well as a coffee bar in the mornings with breakfast sandwiches and Starbucks coffee.
  • Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steak House, 930 S.W. Sixth Ave, Portland; (503) 241.0900; fogodechao.com/location/portland; menu includes delectable cuts of grilled meats carved table side as well as a variety of traditional Brazilian side dishes and desserts.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration: Save time and register NOW online! You may register for this meeting through Tuesday, April 10, 2018. After this date, you may register at the meeting (see below). Fees are US\$61 for AMS members, US\$90 for nonmembers, and US\$10 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Participants may cancel registrations made in advance by e-mailing mmsb@ams.org. 100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by Saturday, April 14, 2018. After this date, no refunds will be issued.

To register online, go to https://www.ams.org/meetreg?meetnum=2248. You will be required to create a web account, if you do not already have one. This will be a quick setup process, requiring only a username (email address), password, name and address. Once you create the account, you will be able to continue on to register for the meeting. The same username and password may be used to register for all future sectional meetings. If you have already set up a web account with the American Mathematical Society, you should use your current username and password. You DO NOT have to set up a new account.

Your badge and program will be ready for pickup when you arrive at the meeting; simply go to the registration desk (see below) at the hours indicated. It is helpful if you bring a copy of your receipt.

We hope that you will find this system easy to use. Once your information is in our system, you will not have to enter your contact information for any future sectional meetings, unless it has changed; thus making your registration faster and easier. For any questions or concerns about this process, please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau at mmsb@ams.org or toll free at 800-321-4267, ext. 4144 or 4137.

On-site Information and Registration: The registration desk, AMS book exhibit, and coffee service will be located in L101, the Hoffman Hall main lecture hall lobby. The Invited Address lectures will be located in room 109, the Hoffman Hall main lecture hall. Special Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions will take place in the nearby classrooms. Please look for additional information about specific session room locations on the web and in the printed program. For further information on building locations, a campus map is available at www.pdx.edu/campus-map.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, April 14, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, April 15, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The same fees listed above apply for on-site registration and are payable with cash, check or credit card.

Other Activities

Book Sales: Stop by the on-site AMS bookstore to review the newest publications and take advantage of exhibit discounts and free shipping on all on-site orders! AMS members receive 40 percent off list price. Nonmembers receive a 25 percent discount. AMS Members receive additional discounts on books purchased at meetings, subscriptions to Notices and Bulletin, discounted registration for world-class meetings and conferences, and more!

Complimentary Coffee will be served courtesy of the AMS Membership Department.

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 wish to discuss with the AMS, please stop by the book exhibit.

Special Needs

It is the goal of the AMS to ensure that its conferences are accessible to all, regardless of disability. The AMS will strive, unless it is not practicable, to choose venues that are fully accessible to the physically handicapped.

If special needs accommodations are necessary in order for you to participate in an AMS Sectional Meeting, please communicate your needs in advance to the AMS Meetings Department by:

  • Registering early for the meeting
  • Checking the appropriate box on the registration form, and
  • Sending an email request to the AMS Meetings Department at mmsb@ams.org or meet@ams.org

AMS Policy on a Welcoming Environment

The AMS strives to ensure that participants in its activities enjoy a welcoming environment. In all its activities, the AMS seeks to foster an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. The AMS supports equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants, regardless of gender, gender identity, or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or veteran status.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the campus of the Portland State University. A campus map can be found at www.pdx.edu/campus-map. Information about the Portland State University Mathematics Department can be found at www.pdx.edu/math/home. Please visit the university website at www.pdx.edu/ for additional information on the campus.

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Parking

Portland State University offers several visitor parking options on campus. Hourly pay-by-plate parking is available to any guest, student, or employee of the University. Payment is required all hours, all days, except for official university holidays. Self-service pay stations do not provide change. Visit www.pdx.edu/transportation/sites/www.pdx.edu.transportation/files/17-18%20Hourly%20%26%20Daily%20Parking%20Handout.pdf for a campus parking map of all hourly & visitor parking locations and rates.

The main meeting area in Hoffman Hall is conveniently located two blocks from Parking Structure 3 on SW 12th. The lower floor is public parking and the fee is currently US\$2.50 per hour or US\$10 per day, US\$6 on Saturdays and Sundays. Public parking is payable by credit card at kiosks or by cash at an attended booth. There are also a number of US\$2 per hour, 5 hour max metered parking spots on 12th Avenue.

Additional information about parking on campus can be found at www.pdx.edu/transportation/visitors-0. Please call the PSU Transportation and Parking Office at (503) 725-3442 or email psupark@pdx.edu with parking inquiries.

Travel

This meeting will take place on the main campus of the Portland State University located in Portland, Oregon.

By Air:

The Portland International Airport (PDX) is about 20 minutes from the Portland State University and is the most convenient air travel choice. Please note, the drive could take longer during rush hour traffic. Please visit the airport web site for a list of airlines and lists of cities with daily direct flights; www.flypdx.com/PDX.

There are several options available for transportation to and from the airport.

Commercial and transportation network vehicles are available on the lower roadway outside of baggage claim on islands 1, 2 and 3. Please see the lower roadway map for specific locations at https://popcdn.azureedge.net/pdfs/Upper-Lower%20Roadway%20as%20of%20Nov%209%202017.pdf.

On airport rental car companies include Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. For phone numbers and further information visit www.flypdx.com/PDX/GroundTransportation.

MAX Red Line light rail service connects Portland International Airport, E/NE Portland, Portland City Center and Beaverton. The trip to/from downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes and costs US\$2.50 for adults. The first train of the day arrives at PDX at 4:57 am on weekdays and weekends. The last train departs PDX at 11:49 pm, daily. The MAX station and ticket machines are located near baggage claim on the lower level. For the MAX system map and schedules visit trimet.org/schedules/maxredline.htm.

Visit the TriMet trip planner at trimet.org/#/planner to plan your trip to campus ahead of time. Simply enter Portland State University as your destination and you will get step-by-step transit directions with available bus or train options.

By Bus:

For a list of TriMet bus stops near Portland State University visit trimet.org/ride/stop_select_form.html. The closest bus stop is SW 6th & Mill Northbound served by bus lines 8,9,17 and 66.

Portland Streetcar operates three lines around 16-miles of track in Portland's Central City. Visit the Ride Guide at portlandstreetcar.org/ride-guide/how-to-ride for step-by-step instructions for using the streetcar. For schedules and maps visit https://portlandstreetcar.org/schedules.

Also, visit the interactive campus map at map.pdx.edu/#/map?zoom=17&lat=45.5112589&lng=-122.6838359&b=road&l= for details on where TriMet bus, MAX light rail, and Portland Streetcar stops are located on campus.

By Car:

From Portland International Airport: Head northwest on NE Airport Way and use the left lane to stay on NE Airport Way. Take a slight left to stay on NE Airport Way and continue straight to stay on NE Airport Way. Keep right to stay on NE Airport Way and use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly right onto the Interstate 205 S ramp to Interstate 84/Portland/Salem. Merge onto I-205 S and take exit 21B to merge onto I-84 W/US-30 W toward Portland. Use the left 2 lanes to take the exit toward Salem. Merge onto I-5 S. Use the left lane to keep left at the fork, continue on I-405 N and follow signs for Beaverton/Interstate 405/US 26. Take exit 1C to merge onto SW 6th Ave. Merge onto SW 6th Ave and turn left onto SW Mill St. Turn left onto SW Broadway and destination will be on the right.

Car Rental: Hertz is the official car rental company for the meeting. To make a reservation accessing our special meeting rates online at www.hertz.com, click on the box “I have a discount”, and type in our convention number (CV): CV#04N30008. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (US and Canada) or 1-405-749-4434 (other countries). At the time of reservation, the meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and you will be quoted the best comparable rate available.

For directions to campus, inquire at your rental car counter.

Local Transportation

The PSU campus is a hub of bus, lightrail, and streetcar lines that get you here from any part of the city.

Visit the interactive campus map at map.pdx.edu/#/map?zoom=17&lat=45.5112589&lng=-122.6838359&b=road&l= for details on where TriMet bus, MAX light rail, and Portland Streetcar stops are located on campus.

Bike Share: The BIKE TOWN system is designed with convenience in mind, for quick trips with no need to wait for traffic or transit. Just join and choose your plan, unlock a bike using your 6-digit account number or Member Card and your 4-digit PIN and place the U-lock in the holster before you take off. To end your ride, lock your bike to any BIKE TOWN station. You can also lock it to a public rack nearby for a small fee. Pricing details and sign up information can be found at www.biketownpdx.com/pricing.

Other options: Other local transportation options include Uber; www.uber.com and Lyft; www.lyft.com.

Weather:

Portland averages a daily maximum temperature for April that’s between 59 and 65 °F (15 to 18 °C). The minimum temperature usually falls between 41 and 45 °F (5 to 7 °C). The days at Portland warm most quickly during April. Attendees are advised to dress in layers and prepare for rain.

Social Networking:

Attendees and speakers are encouraged to use the hashtag #AMSmtg to tweet about the meeting.

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 US found at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html. If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to cro@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 US 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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