AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/Etc. Information

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Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting

Northeastern University, Boston, MA
April 21-22, 2018 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1139

Associate secretaries: Steven H. Weintraub, AMS shw2@lehigh.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 tax of 14.45% per room (5.7% MA State Tax, 6% City Tax, and 2.75% (CCF) tax). Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at Northeastern University 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.

Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02116; (617) 236-5000, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosco-boston-marriott-copley-place/. Rates are US\$249 per night for a guest room, this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. To reserve a room at these rates online please use this booking link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/49559410/owner/249/home. To reserve a room over the phone please contact the hotel directly at 877-901-2079 and identify the block of rooms for the American Mathematical Society Spring Sectional Meeting. Amenities include complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access in sleeping rooms, fitness center, 24-hour business center, Champions on-site restaurant (offering room service), Connexion Lounge, and self-parking by the hour is available off-site for US\$40 daily and valet parking is available for US\$60 daily. Check-in is at 4:00 pm, check-out is at noon. This property is located less than .5 miles 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.

The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02116; (617) 424-7000,(800) 962-3030, www.colonnadehotel.com/. Rates are US\$269 per night for a guest room with single or double occupancy; US\$299 for a guest room with triple occupancy; and US\$329 for a guest room with quad occupancy. To reserve a room at these rates online please use this booking link: Book this hotel. To reserve a room over the phone please contact the hotel directly at (800) 962-3030 and identify the block of rooms for the AMS Spring Sectional Meeting. Amenities include complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet access in sleeping rooms, fitness center, 24-hour business center, Brasserie JO on-site restaurant (offering room service), in-room safes and mini fridges, and self-parking by the hour (rate varies) and US\$48 overnight, in a covered lot. This property is pet-friendly. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at noon. This property is located less than .5 miles 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 30, 2018.

Courtyard by Marriott Brookline, 40 Webster St, Brookline, MA, 02446; (617) 734-1393, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosbl-courtyard-boston-brookline/. Rates are US\$239 per night for a guest room with single or double occupancy with one king bed. To reserve a room at this rate online please use this booking link: Book this hotel. To reserve a room over the phone please use the Marriott Reservations line at (866) 296-2296 and identify the block of rooms for the American Mathematical Society Room Block. Amenities include complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access in sleeping rooms, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, 24-hour business center, the Bistro on-site restaurant, mini fridges, and self-parking is available at a discounted rate of US\$35 per night. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at noon. This property is located approximately 2.6 miles 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 21, 2018.

Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02116; (617) 262-8739; www.midtownhotel.com/. Rates are US\$189 per night for a guest room with single or double occupancy in a room with two double or one king bed. To reserve a room at this rate online please visit the property's website at www.midtownhotel.com/ and type in the group block code: SESMNEU. Be sure to use the box for group code, not promo code. To reserve a room over the phone please contact the hotel directly at (800) 343-1177 and identify the block of rooms for the Eastern Spring Sectional Meeting. Amenities include complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access in sleeping rooms, pull-out sleeper sofas, in-room microwaves and mini fridges, on property hair salon, and on-site parking at a rate of US\$29 daily. This property is pet-friendly. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at noon. This property is located less than .5 miles 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 April 6, 2018.

Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Back Bay/ Fenway, 125 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA, 02215; (617) 236-8787, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosfn-residence-inn-boston-back-bay-fenway/. Rates are US\$259 per night for a studio suite with a city view, this rate is applicable for single or double occupancy. To reserve a room at this rate online use this booking link: Book this hotel. To reserve a room over the phone please contact the hotel directly at 800-331-3131 and identify the block of rooms for the American Mathematical Society. Amenities include complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access in sleeping rooms, complimentary breakfast buffet, fitness center, heated indoor pool, 24-hour business center, fully equipped kitchen with full sized appliances, and valet parking is available for US\$48 daily in underground garage. This property is pet-friendly with a US\$150 fee for pets. Check-in is at 4:00 pm, check-out is at noon. 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 20, 2018.

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA; (617) 834-2231, www.sheratonbostonhotel.com/. Rates are US\$259 per night for a guest room with single or double occupancy; US\$299 for a guest room with triple occupancy; and US\$339 for a guest room with quad occupancy. To reserve a room, do one of the following: a) Call the Reservation’s Center at 1.888.627.7054 and give either your group name or the group code ‘AD20AC’ and give the hotel name (Sheraton Boston Hotel); or b) Go to https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/AES0418 or https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1802022086&key=6C32727. This property has indoor access to the Prudential Center and Copley Place shopping centers. Amenities include complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access for SPG members booking online, fitness center, 24-hour business center, indoor-outdoor pool, on-site Green Tangerine Spa and Salon, on-site dining options include SideBar and Apropos, and self-parking is available for US\$42 daily and valet parking is available for US\$58 daily. This property offers a discounted rate on shuttle service to Logan International Airport; inquire with the hotel. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at noon. This property is located less than .5 miles 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 at 5:00 pm EST.

The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA; (617) 262-9600, www.westincopleyplaceboston.com/. Rates are US\$309 per night for a guest room with single or double occupancy; US\$339 for a guest room with triple occupancy; and US\$369 for a guest room with quad occupancy. To reserve a room over the phone please contact the Starwood Central Reservations Office at (888) 627-7216 and identify the block of rooms for the AMS Eastern Spring Sectional Room Block. This property has indoor access to the Prudential Center and Copley Place shopping centers. Amenities include complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access for SPG members, fitness center, 24-hour business center, in-room safe, mini fridges, on-site Gretacole Spa, on-site dining options include Bar 10, The Huntington, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, and ShabuMaru, and valet parking is available for US\$61 daily. This property is pet-friendly. Check-in is at 3:00 pm, check-out is at noon. This property is located less than .5 miles 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 at 5:00 pm EST.

Food Services

On Campus: There are various options which are anticipated to be open on campus during the meeting. The hours of operation are listed below and are subject to change.

Curry Student Center:

  • On the Go, Saturday 9:00 am–9:00 pm ; Sunday 11:00 am–9:00 pm (grab-and-go selections)
  • UBurger, Saturday 11:00 am–7:00 pm ; Sunday noon –7:00 pm (burgers)
  • Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Saturday 10:30 am–8:00 pm ; Sunday noon–7:00 pm (fried chicken and sides)
  • Starbucks, Saturday 8:00 am–9:00 pm ; Sunday 10:00 am–6:00 pm (coffee, beverages, pastries, light snacks)

Nearby on Campus:

  • Argo Tea, Sunday 1:00 pm–8 pm (teas, beverages, and light fare)

Off Campus: Downtown Boston is a major metropolitan area with array of dining options throughout the Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods. For more information on dining throughout the neighborhoods please visit, www.bostonusa.com/

Some dining options nearby to the Main Campus include:

  • Amelia’s Taqeria, 309 Huntington Ave, at Gainsborough St, Boston (617) 266-0040, serving lunch and dinner; Mexican fare.
  • Au Bon Pain, 369 Huntington Ave, (617) 578-0711, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am–10:00 p.m; serving bakery items, soups, salads, sanwiches, coffees, and beverages.
  • B Good, 359 Huntington Ave, Boston (857) 277-1693, Saturday 11:00 am–10:00 pm and Sunday, 11:00 a.m–9:00 p.m; locally sourced, sustainable sandwiches, salads, burgers, smoothies.
  • California Pizza Kitchen, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St, Boston, (617) 247-0888, Saturday 11:00 am–11:00 p.m; Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm.; serving pizza, salads, California cuisine.
  • Chicken Lou’s, 50 Forsyth St, Boston (617) 859-7017, Saturday 7:30 am–2:30 pm, closed Sunday; family owned diner-style restaurant with 25 year history.
  • 5 Napkin Burger, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St, Boston, (617) 375-2277, Saturday 11:00 am–12:00 am and Sunday 11:00 am–11:00 pm; full-service burger restaurant.
  • Mumbai Spice, 251 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, (857) 350-4305, serving lunch and dinner; Indian and Vegetarian cuisine.
  • Pho Basil, 177A Massachusetts Ave, Boston (617) 262-5377, Saturdayand Sunday 11:30 am–10:00 pm; Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill, 393 Huntington Ave, Boston, (617) 450-0910, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm ; Chain restaurant serving made to order Mexican fare.
  • Summer Shack Boston, 50 Dalton St., Boston, (617) 867-9955. Serving brunch and dinner; specializing in seafood and New England style dishes.
  • Symphony Sushi, 45 Gainsborough St, Boston, (617) 262-3888, Saturday 11:30 am–10:15 pm and Sunday, 12:00 p.m–10:00 pm; Sushi and Japanese fare.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration:Save time and register NOW online! You may register for this meeting through Tuesday, April 17, 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 21, 2018. After this date, no refunds will be issued.

To register online, go to https://www.ams.org/meetreg?meetnum=2252. 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, AMS membership exhibit, and coffee service will be located in the Indoor Quad Pit, in the Curry Student Center. The Invited Addresses will be held in the same building, in the Ballroom, located one floor up from the Indoor Quad Pit. The AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics will take place in the Blackman Auditorium in Ell Hall. Special Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions will take place in Shillman Hall, Ryder Hall and Behrakis Health Sciences Center. These buildings are located around Cenntenial Common, approximately a five-minute walk from the Curry Student Center and Ell Hall.

For additional information on building locations and a printable campus map, visit www.northeastern.edu/campusmap/printable/campusmap15.pdf.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, April 21, 7:30 am–4:00 pm and Sunday, April 22, 8:00 am–12:00 pm The same fees apply for on-site registration, as for advance registration. Fees are payable on-site via 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% off list price. Nonmembers receive a 25% discount. Not a member? Ask a representative about the benefits of AMS membership.

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.

Membership Activities: Join us for appetizers at our Welcome Reception on Friday, April 20th. Please sign up for this event, at no charge, on the meeting registration form. The deadline to sign up for this reception will be Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Please visit this website for more details about this event.

During the meeting, stop by the AMS Membership Exhibit to learn about the benefits of AMS Membership. Members receive free shipping on purchases all year long and additional discounts on books purchased at meetings, subscriptions to Notices and Bulletin, discounted registration for world-class meetings and conferences, and more!

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

AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics

The Einstein Public Lecture will be given by Edward Frenkel, University of California, Berkeley. The title of his talk is Imagination and knowledge. The lecture will be given on Saturday, April 21, at 5:15 pm, in the Blackman Auditorium located in Ell Hall.

A reception in conjunction with this lecture, and hosted by the Northeastern Mathematics Department and the AMS, will take place in the Ballroom in the Curry Student Center. The AMS thanks our hosts for their gracious hospitality.

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 sectional will take place on the Main Campus of Northeastern University. A campus map can be found at www.northeastern.edu/neuhome/about/maps.html. Information about the Northeastern University Mathematics Department can be found at cos.northeastern.edu/mathematics/. For additional information about the University please visit the Northeastern University website at www.northeastern.edu/.

The meeting will occupy space in the Curry Student Center, Ell Hall, Shillman Hall, Ryder Hall and Behrakis Health Sciences Center. For a printable version of the University map please visit www.northeastern.edu/campusmap/printable/campusmap15.pdf

Parking

Northeastern recommends parking facilities for visitors at the Renaissance Parking Garage. Please select the “Maps and Directions” link for driving directions to these parking locations.

General parking is available at the Renaissance Parking Garage, 835 Columbus Avenue. There is an hourly fee to park in this facility; rates start at US\$12 for one hour. A weekend guest rate may be available, please inquire at the garage. This garage is not affiliated with the University.

Travel

Northeastern University is located in the heart of the city of Boston. Logan International Airport is the closest airport to the University. The most common types of transportation used from the airport, are taxis, shuttles, and the public transportation system called the “T”.

By Air: Logan International Airport (BOS) is the closest airport to Northeastern University. Logan Airport is located two miles from the city center and approximately 9 miles from the University. Most Boston and Cambridge hotels are within a 5 mile drive from the airport.

The Logan Express bus offers a service from all terminals to the Back Bay’s Copley Square and the Hynes Convention Center. The bus service will run on a 20-minute schedule (departures occur at :00, :20, :40 past the hour) with departures running between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm each day. A one-way fare costs US\$7.50 and is payable via credit/debit card only, paid upon bus entry.

Taxis can be found at the ground transportation area outside each terminal. Fare to downtown Boston will be approximately US\$35 depending on traffic and the time of day.

The campus can also be reached via mass transit on the MBTA “T” system. Shuttle buses are available to pick up passengers in front of the airline terminals and bring them to the airport subway stop on the Blue Line. Take the Blue Line subway inbound to Government Center Station. At Government Center change to the Green Line utilizing an “E” train. Take the Northeastern stop. For more information on alternate ground transportation please visit http://www.massport.com/logan-airport/to-from-logan/transportation-options/ground-transportation/.

By Train: The Boston region is served by Amtrak and by the MBTA commuter trains. Reservations can be made on Amtrak at www.amtrak.com. Information about regional trains on the MBTA commuter lines can be found at www.mbta.com/schedules/commuter-rail. If traveling by rail, you will arrive at South Station, located at Summer Street & Atlantic Avenue, or North Station, located at 135 Causeway Street. Some commuter trains make an additional stop at the Ruggles station on the Orange Line, please reference the MBTA website for details. From South Station you can you can board the MBTA “T” Red Line and transfer to the green line at Park St. Station utilizing an “E” train to travel to the campus and then take the Northeastern stop. From North Station you can board the Green Line directly, looking for an “E” train and utilize the Northeastern stop. Both stations also offer taxis and buses. Ruggles Station, on the orange line, is located adjacent to the Northeastern campus.

Please reference the Local Transportation listing below for walking directions from these stations to campus.

By Bus: The Boston region is served several regional bus lines including Bolt Bus, Greyhound, and Peter Pan. All intercity/interstate buses depart from and arrive at South Station. Ticket counters are located on the third level of the Transportation Center. For information, call the South Station Bus Terminal at 617-737-8040 or visit www.south-station.net/regional-bus. The MBTA’s Red and Silver Lines stop at South Station, connecting travelers to the Orange and Green lines to access Northeastern’s campus. For ground transportation options via these subway lines please see the Local Transportation listing below.

By Car: All directions to Northeastern will direct drivers to a final destination of the Renaissance Parking Garage.

From the north (via Route I-93 or Route 1):

Take the Storrow Drive exit, and proceed to the Fenway exit. Follow signs for Boylston Street inbound, and bear right onto Westland Avenue. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue, proceed to the third traffic light, and turn right onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

From the west (via Route I-90, Massachusetts Turnpike):

Take Exit 22 (Copley Square), and bear right. Proceed to the first traffic light, and turn right onto Dartmouth Street. Take the next right onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

From the west (via Route 9):

Proceed east on Route 9; it will become Huntington Avenue. Turn right onto Ruggles Street. At the fourth traffic light, turn left onto Tremont Street. At the second set of lights, turn left onto Melnea Cass Boulevard, and then turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

From the south (via I-93, Route 3):

Take Exit 18 (Massachusetts Avenue/Roxbury/Frontage Road). Turn left at the third light, staying in one of the two left lanes. Proceed straight onto Melnea Cass Boulevard. Continue for approximately two miles and turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

Local Transportation

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): 04N30008. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (US and Canada) or 405-749-4434 (other countries). At the time of your reservation, the meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and you will be quoted the best comparable rate available. Meeting rates include unlimited mileage and are subject to availability. Advance reservations are recommended, blackout dates may apply.

Taxi Service: Licensed, metered taxis are available throughout Boston. To find information on authorized cab associations please visit bpdnews.com/authorized-taxi-companies/. Both Lyft and Uber also operate in the Boston area.

Bus and Subway Service: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, known as the “T” in Boston), offers access to Northeastern University. The meeting will be held on the Main Campus of Northeastern University. This campus is accessible by subway via the Green Line of the MBTA. From downtown Boston, take an “E” train outbound to the Northeastern stop, the first stop above ground. Upon exiting the station cross Huntington Avenue in the direction of the Krentzman Quadrangle. The campus can also be reached from downtown via the Orange Line by taking any train going outbound to Forest Hills and getting off at Ruggles Station. From Ruggles Station, exit the station toward Forsyth St.

Commuter rail lines connect with the Orange Line at Ruggles Station, Back Bay Station, and North Station. More information can be found here www.mbta.com/.

A one-way ticket costs US\$2.75, a one-day pass costs US\$12, and a seven-day pass costs US\$21.25. Any amount of money for one-way fares or passes (one-day, seven-day) can be purchased as a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket at fare vending machines found at all subway stations. CharlieCards and CharlieTickets can be used for subway and bus fares.

For additional information about bus fares and schedules please visit www.mbta.com/schedules/bus.

Weather

The average high temperature for April is approximately 58 °F and the average low is approximately 40 °F. Rain is common in Boston for this time of year. Visitors should be prepared for inclement weather and check weather forecasts in advance of their arrival.

Social Networking

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

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 mac@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.

Inquiries: meet@ams.org


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