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Fall Central Sectional Meeting
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
October 18-20, 2013 (Friday - Sunday)
Meeting #1094

Associate secretaries:

Georgia M. Benkart, AMS benkart@math.wisc.edu


Advance Registration for the meeting is now over. Please register at the meeting.

Washington U campus

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 Washington University or "AMS Meet Me in St. Louis" 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.

Knight Center, 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, 314-933-9400; www.ahl-knightcenter.com/. Rates are US$139 per night for single/double occupancy. Please note that hotel tax in St. Louis includes a 7.25% convention tax as well as a 6.925% city tax. Amenities include free wireless Internet in rooms, continental breakfast, complimentary guest snack pantry, garage parking, in-room dining, fitness center, guest laundry, and 24-hour business center. The hotel is located on the campus of Washington University. Cancellation and early check out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 26, 2013.

SOLD OUT! Crowne Plaza/St. Louis–Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105, 314-726-5400; www.cpclayton.com. Rates are US$109 per night for singles/doubles. Please note that hotel tax is 15.43%. Amenities include complimentary wireless access, a hot breakfast buffet, as well as a heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness and business centers. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and the immediate Clayton business district, daily from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. This property is located within 2 miles of campus. Cancellation and early check out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 17, 2013.

SOLD OUT! Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis, 7730 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105, 314-863-0400; www.sheratonclaytonhotel.com/. Rates are US$104 per night for single/double occupancy. Please note that hotel tax is 7.25% occupancy tax and 7.33% sales tax. Amenities include complimentary fitness facility, indoor heated pool, business center, and complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport (call for details.) Self-parking is US$14/day and valet parking is US$22/day. In-room fee for Internet is US$9.95/24 hours; complimentary Internet access in the lobby. This property is located within 2 miles of campus. Cancellation and early check out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 17, 2013.

The Comfort Inn, 4630 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108, 314-361-4900; www.comfortinn.com/ hotel-saint_louis-missouri-MO310. Rates are US$89 per night for single and double occupancy. Please note that hotel tax is 15.2%. Amenities include free wireless high-speed Internet access, business center, free hot breakfast. This property is located approximately 3 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 27, 2013.

Drury Inn & Suites, St. Louis Forest Park, 2111 Sulphur Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63139, 314-646-0770 or 800-325-0720; Drury Inn & Suites near Forest Park - $102/night. Rates are US$102 per night for single and double occupancy. Please note that there is an 8.491% hotel tax and 7.25% city tax. Reference LTI Group Number: 2162009 for rate. Amenities include indoor/outdoor pool, free breakfast, free wireless Internet, on-site parking, 24 hour fitness center. This property is located approximately 4.6 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 24, 2013. Book online.

Pear Tree Inn–St. Louis Union Station, 2211 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103, 314-241-3200 or 800-325-0720; Pear Tree Inn Union Station - $63/night. Rates are US$63 per night plus 15.741% tax. Reference LTI Group Number: 2162024 for this rate. Amenities include free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi Internet access, and indoor pool. This property is located approximately 7.7 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is at 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 24, 2013. Book online.

Drury Inn – St. Louis Union Station, 201 South 20th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103, 314-231-3900 or 800-325-0720 ; Drury Inn Union Station - $79/night. Rates are US$79 per night plus 15.96% tax. Reference LTI Group Number: 2162025 for this rate. Amenities include free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi Internet access, and indoor pool. This property is located approximately 8.2 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 24, 2013. Book online.

The Parkway Hotel, 4450 Forest Park Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63108, 314-256-7777; www.theparkwayhotel.com/about-us. Rates are US$119 per night plus approximatly US$21 in tax. Amenities include free hot breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby, free shuttle service within a five-mile radius (ask front desk for hours).This property is located approximately 3.4 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check out policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Check in time is at 4:00 p.m.; and check out time is at 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 27, 2013.

Food Services

On Campus: The Danforth University Center (DUC) offers a food court featuring Asian, Mediterranean, Latin, vegan, vegetarian, and specialty grill selections. It also houses Bergson Café, which is a convenient stop for coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and cold drinks as well as pastries, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. Another dining option in the DUC is Ibby’s, a bistro offering a unique selection of menu items. Most options are open Friday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Whispers Café in Olin Library provides an eclectic selection of sandwiches, salads, and pastries. Enjoy gourmet coffee while checking your email or surfing the Web in the café’s wireless environment. Café hours are Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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

Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, 314-727-4444. St. Louis landmark filled with pop culture memorabilia. Voted #1 hamburger and #1 décor. Open Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m.

Eclipse Restaurant, 5177 Delmar, 314-726-2222. Offering creative, cosmic twist of casual fine dining cuisine. Open daily 6:30 a.m.- 3:00 a.m.

Nico, 6525 Delmar, 314-222-2258. Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of The Loop. Open Friday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Pi, 6144 Delmar, 314-727-6633. Offering San Francisco’s original deep-dish, cornmeal crust pizza; appetizers & salads. The restaurant is open 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Tavolo V, 6118 Delmar, 314-721-4333. Offering Italian with a vegetarian twist. Hours are daily 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Please visit http://visittheloop.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/2012-Loop-business-directory.pdf, for more casual and fine dining options in St. Louis.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration

Advance Registration for this meeting is now over. For any questions or concerns about advance registration, please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau at mmsb@ams.org or toll free at 800-321-4267 x 4144 or x4137.

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

Onsite Registration

Onsite registration and the AMS book exhibit will be located in Holmes Lounge (on the map, see "Ridgley Hall and Holmes Lounge"). Special Sessions and all Invited Addresses will be held in Samuel Cupples Hall 1, Charles H. Duncker Hall, James B. Eads Hall, Ridgley Hall, Anheuser-Busch Hall, Grace Valle January Hall, Holmes Lounge, and the Benjamin Brown Graham Chapel. The Einstein Lecture will be held in Graham Memorial Chapel. Please refer to the campus map www.wustl.edu/community/visitors/maps/danforthmap.pdf for specific locations.

The registration desk will be open on Friday, October 18, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 19, 7:30 a.m -4:00 p.m.  Sessions will take place Friday 3:30 p.m -6:35 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m.-6:10 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Fees are US$54 for AMS members, US$76 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.

AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics: The Einstein Public Lecture will be given by Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University, on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. at Graham Memorial Chapel. The title of his talk is Bursts, Cascades, and Hot Spots: A Glimpse of Some On-Line Social Phenomena at Global Scale.

A reception hosted by the Department of Mathematics and the AMS will take place between 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. in Holmes Lounge. The AMS thanks our hosts for their gracious hospitality.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the Danforth Campus of Washington University. A campus map for all of Washington University can be found at www.wustl.edu/community/visitors/maps/danforthmap.pdf. Information about the Department of Mathematics may be found at http://wumath.wustl.edu/. Please visit the Washington University website at http://wustl.edu/ for additional information on the campus.

Parking

Visitors are encouraged to use the visitor parking meters located on campus or park in designated visitor parking lots. All visitor parking is indicated in purple on the Danforth Campus parking map found here:.http://parking.wustl.edu/maps/Pages/default.aspx

Visitor parking meters are are located in a variety of locations on campus. The cost is US25 cents for 15 minutes (with a maximum of two hours). The enforcement schedule and time limits are indicated on each meter. Many of the parking meters on campus are double-sided, which means that one parking meter accepts coins and marks time for two separate parking spaces. If you are parking at one of these two-sided meters, please make certain that you select the appropriate space after inserting your coins. Visitor parking meters are designated as purple on the Campus Parking Map.

Hourly parking for visitors is conveniently located in the Danforth University Center Garage. The charge is US$1.00 per hour, with a maximum charge of US$8.00 for the day. Payment will be required upon exiting the garage; cash and credit cards are accepted. The Danforth University Center Garage is designated as number 82 on the Campus Parking Map.

Day passes: Visitors to campus may purchase daily parking permits, which allow for parking in most yellow zones. Daily parking permits are US$5.00, and are available at the office of Parking Services or at the Campus Bookstore. Please note that Daily Permits are not valid in the Danforth University Center Garage. You can contact Parking Services at (314) 935-5601 for further information.

Weekend Parking: Visitors who will be parking on campus during weekends (from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 a.m. Monday) are permitted to park in yellow zones without displaying a parking permit (with the exception of the Danforth University Center Garage).

Travel

Washington Unviersity is located in St. Louis, Missouri. The Lambert St. Louis International Airport is located 11 miles north of Washington University.

By Car: From the Lambert St. Louis International Airport: Take I-70 east toward St. Louis. Merge onto I-170 south via exit 238B, Clayton. Merge onto Forest Park Parkway via exit 1E. Turn right onto Big Bend Blvd. Turn left onto Forsyth Blvd.

By Commuter Train: MetroLink, St. Louis’ light rail commuter train system, has two stops on the Danforth Campus: Skinker station, located at the northeast corner of Skinker and Forest Park Parkway near One Brookings Drive, and University City-Big Bend station, located at the northwest corner of Big Bend and Forest Park Parkway near the Village. To reach these from Lambert St. Louis Airport: Board the light rail train headed toward the Forest Park-DeBaliviere station. Exit at Forest Park-DeBaliviere and board the next train headed for Shrewsbury. Take this train either one or two stops to Skinker station or University City-Big Bend station.

By Bus: MetroBuses also stop outside Malinckrodt Center on Forsyth. Please visit the Metro St. Louis website: www.metrostlouis.org/Default.aspx for the latest schedules and routes.

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): 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.

Weather

The average high temperature for October is approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 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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