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Spring Central Sectional Meeting
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
April 27-28, 2013 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1090

Associate secretaries:

Georgia Benkart, AMS benkart@math.wisc.edu


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 hotel tax. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at Iowa State 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.

There will be shuttle service between some of the hotels and campus. Shuttle schedule can be found here.

Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames, IA 50014, 515-292-8600; www.gatewayames.com/. Rates are US$109 per night for single/double occupancy. Please note that hotel tax in Ames is 12%. Amenities include free wireless Internet in rooms; heated indoor swimming pool; sauna and whirlpool; fitness facility featuring treadmills, weight machines, and ellipticals; Business Center with work station; and The IowaStater Restaurant on site with room service available. Free parking is available. The hotel is located a little over 2 miles from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and is on the local campus shuttle route. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Checkin time is 4:00 p.m.; checkout time: 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 27, 2013.

Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites, 2500 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50010, 515-296-2500; bestwesterniowa.com/hotels/best-western-plus-university-park-inn-and-suites. Rates are US$109 per night for doubles and US$104 per night for singles. Please note that hotel tax in Ames is 12%. Amenities include guestrooms equipped with a refrigerator, cable satellite television, and free high-speed Internet access. Guests will wake each morning to a complimentary full hot breakfast. This pet-friendly Iowa hotel also features an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, 24-hour business center, and meeting facilities. This property is located a little over 2 miles from the campus and is on the local campus shuttle route. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Checkin time is 3:00 p.m. and checkout time is 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 27, 2013.

Holiday Inn Ames Conference Center, 2609 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50010, 515-268-8808; www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/ames/amwia/hoteldetail. Rates are US$129 per night for single/double occupancy. Please note that hotel tax in Ames is 12%. Amenities include free high-speed Internet access, indoor heated pool and children's wading pool open 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., business center, and health and fitness center. All rooms have a work desk with an ergonomic chair or work area with two side chairs, microwave, and refrigerator. This property is located a little over 2 miles from the campus by car and is on the local campus shuttle route. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 27, 2013.

AmericInn & Suites, 2507 SE16th Street, Ames, IA 50010, 515-233-1005; www.americinn.com/hotels/IA/Ames. Rates are US$72 per night for single and double occupancy. Please note that hotel tax in Ames is 12%. Amenities include indoor pool; free hot, home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast; and free hotel-wide high-speed Internet. This property is located approximately 5 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Checkin time is 3:00 p.m. and checkout time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 27, 2013.

Country Inn & Suites, 2605 SE 16th Street, Ames, IA 50010, 515-233-3935; www.countryinns.com/ames-hotel-ia-50010/iaames. Rates are US$99 per night for single and double occupancy. Amenities include indoor pool, on-site parking, high-speed wireless Internet access, a Read It & Return® lending library, Business Center, and a complimentary daily breakfast. This is a 100% smoke free property. This property is located approximately 4 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Checkin time is 2:00 p.m.; Checkout time is 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 27, 2013.

Microtel Inn & Suites, 2216 SE16the Street, Ames, IA 50010, 515-233-4444; www.microtelames.com/. Rates are US$65 per night for doubles (US$55 for singles are SOLD OUT). Amenities include free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi Internet access, fitness center, and free parking. 24-hour front desk service and guest laundry facilities. Some hotel rooms feature 32-inch flat-screen TVs, microwaves, refrigerators, and sofa beds. This property is located approximately 5 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Checkin time is 3:00 p.m.; checkout time is 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 27, 2013.

Food Services

On Campus: Union Drive Marketplace is located on the west side of campus in the Union Drive neighborhood and is open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for dinner. This-all-you-can-eat dining center is US$10.50 per person (US$7.25 for under 10) and offers the following dining options: Country Cuisine, Wok Your Way, Oregano’s, Backyard Grill, Farmer’s Market, Fresh Choice Deli, and Sweet Temptations. The Memorial Union Food Court is open Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Options include: Cy’s & Fries, Burrito Works, Panda Express (also open Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.), Subway, Sunset Strips, and World Bistro.

Off Campus: There are many choices for dining convenient to campus and hotels.

The Cafe, 2616 Northridge Pkwy, 515-292-0100; offering good food, good drink, and good company, and utilizing some of the most rewarding ingredients life has to offer by buying directly from the people who grow them. Open Friday and Saturday 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, 1614 S Kellogg Ave. #101, 515-232-8383; offering the personalized experience of having your choice of succulent seafood, tender chicken, juicy steaks, and fresh vegetables grilled to delicious perfection in an extraordinary theater that will feed the senses and entertain the appetite. Open Friday and Saturday for lunch from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and dinner from 2:00 p.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Lucullan’s Italian Grill, 400 Main Street, 515-232-8484; for 33 years we have been feeding the friends and families of Ames and ISU. We have a rich history of incredible authentic Italian food, rich sauces, aged steaks, and baked breads. Friday and Saturday for dinner from 4:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Olde Main Brewing Company, 316 Main Street, 515-232-0553; is located in downtown Ames’ quaint Main Street district and offers handcrafted foods, brews, and atmosphere which will make you feel right at home. The restaurant is open daily for dinner from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Saturday lunch 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Pub is open daily from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.

Hickory Park, 1404 South Duff Avenue, 515-232-8940; established in 1970, and since its inception has become an Ames tradition! Hickory Park’s reputation has flourished from an expansive menu filled with a variety of hickory smoked meats served in generous portions. There is certainly something for everyone with over 100 menu selections. Open Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sunday10:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Please visit www.visitames.com/shop_and_dine/dining.aspx, for more casual and fine dining options in Ames.

Registration and Meeting Information

Registration and the AMS book exhibit will be located in the Room 305 of Carver Hall. Special Sessions and all Invited Addresses will be held in Carver Hall. The Erdős Memorial Lecture will be held in Room 2055 of Hoover Hall. Please refer to the campus map www.math.iastate.edu/Events/2013AMS/getting.html for specific locations.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, April 27, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Fees are US$53 for AMS members, US$74 for nonmembers; and US$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on site via cash, check, or credit card; advance registration is not available.

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.

Friday Poster Session: The Department of Mathematics will be hosting a Graduate Student Poster Session Friday, April 26, 2013 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Sun Room and South Ballroom of the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served. Easels, backing boards, and clips provided. Submission deadline is March 31, 2013. Address inquiries to Luis Garcia at lagarcia@iastate.edu. For more information please visit http://www.math.iastate.edu/Events/2013AMS/posterinfo.html.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the Ames Campus of Iowa State University. A campus map for all of Iowa State University can be found at www.math.iastate.edu/Events/2013AMS/getting.html. Information about the Iowa State University Department of Mathematics may be found at http://www.math.iastate.edu/. Please check back for additional information on this meeting. Please visit the Iowa State University website at www.iastate.edu/ for additional information on the campus.

Parking

Visitor parking is available in the garages on campus. The following link directs you to a map which shows where the Parking Ramp (hourly fees apply) and Parking Lot 50B (free parking) are in relation to Carver Hall: http://www.math.iastate.edu/Events/2013AMS/mapMeeting.pdf. For information on hourly and daily rates for the Parking Ramp please visit: http://www.mu.iastate.edu/index.cfm?nodeID=21695&audienceID=1.

Travel

Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa. The Des Moines International Airport is 40 miles south of Ames.

Shuttle: The University has organzied a shuttle from the airport to Ames for US$55 roundtrip/person. Plese visit the link to reserve your shuttle: https://www.visitames.com/2013-Math-Society-Spr-Mtg.

By Car: From I-35: Take exit 111B, merging onto U.S.-30W toward Ames/Iowa State. On U.S.-30W, take exit 146, merging onto University Boulevard. Continue on University Boulevard 1.4 miles to Lincoln Way. Turn left (west) onto Lincoln Way and continue .6 miles to the Union parking ramp entrance on your right.

Car Rental

Hertz is the official car rental company for the meeting. To make a reservation accessing our special meeting rates online go to www.hertz.com, click on the box “I have a discount”, and type in our convention number (CV): 04N30003. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (U.S. and Canada) or 405-749-4434 (other countries). At the time this announcement was prepared, rates were US$24.00 to US$74.00 per day on the weekend. 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.

Local Transportation

CyRide: The CyRide bus system serves the Iowa State campus and city of Ames. ISU students ride free. Regular fare for others is US$1, with reduced fares for seniors, K-12 students, and others.

Weather

The average high temperature for April is approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain can be common in for this time of year. Visitors should be prepared for inclement weather and check weather forecasts in advance of their arrival.

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 sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/visas/ and 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 mkl@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.


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