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Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
October 12-13, 2013 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1093

Associate secretaries:

Steven H. Weintraub, AMS shw2@lehigh.edu

 

Temple U campus

 

Advance Registration is now closed for this meeting. Please register at the meeting.

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. At the time of publication current Philadelphia sales tax per room per night was 15.2%. It is anticipated that effective July 1, 2013 this rate will increase to 15.5%. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 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.

SOLD OUT AT THE AMS RATE - The Hampton Inn Center City Philadelphia Hotel, 1301 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA, (215) 665-9100; http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/pennsylvania/hampton-inn-philadelphia-center-city-convention-center. Rates are US$139 per night for single/double occupancy. Amenities include complimentary full hot American breakfast buffet, complimentary wireless throughout the hotel, complimentary beverage area, business center on-site, fitness center and indoor pool. Secured parking provided by 3rd party vendor is available at the rates of US$25 for self-parking and US$35 valet parking per day. This property is located approximately 2.1 miles from the campus by car and approximately 16 minutes by public transportation (walking and subway). Check in time is 4:00 p.m.; check out time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 11, 2013.

The Windsor Suites, 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103, (215) 981-5678; http://www.thewindsorsuites.com/philadelphia-hotel-suites.aspx. Rates are US$159 per night for single/double occupancy. Amenities include fully equipped kitchen, complimentary wireless Internet access, business center, 24-hour fitness center, two full-service restaurants, room service, complimentary newspaper, and parking on-site. Valet parking is available to hotel guests for a rate of US$34.80, inclusive of tax and this rate includes in/out privileges. This property is located approximately 2.4 miles from the campus by car and approximately 21 minutes by public transportation (walking and subway). 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 11, 2013.

Club Quarters, 1628 Chestnut St (at 17th St), Philadelphia, PA, 19103, (215) 282-5000; http://www.clubquarters.com/philadelphia. Rates are US$149 per night for single occupancy, with an extra US$15 charge per extra person, per room. Please identify yourself as a participant at the American Mathematical Society (AMS) meeting at Temple University and use the group code TU1011. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet throughout the hotel; Private Club Living Room with complimentary coffee, tea, newspapers, magazines and games; complimentary purified bottled water; fitness center; and complimentary self-serve laundry facilities. Parking is available at the Parkway Garage at Liberty Place for US$24.00 for up to 24 hours, there are no in and out privileges. Please inquire for additional details about parking when reserving this property. This property is located approximately 2.7 miles from the campus by car and approximately 23 minutes by by public transportation (walking and subway). Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 noon. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 11, 2013.

The Embassy Suites, 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103, (215) 561-1776; http://embassysuites3.hilton.com. Rates are US$159 per night for single/double occupancy in a room with a king or two double beds. All suites include wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker. Amenities include complimentary morning newspaper, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, complimentary beverage area, fitness center, wireless Internet access for a fee, business center, and parking on-site. Valet parking is available to hotel guests for a rate of US$45.60 inclusive of tax and this rate includes in/out privileges. This property is located approximately 2.5 miles from the campus by car and approximately 22 minutes by public transportation (walking and subway). Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 noon. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 11, 2013.

Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, (215) 893-1600; http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/index.html. Link for reservations is here. Rates are US$169 per night for single/double occupancy. Amenities include discounted Internet (US$5), business center, indoor pool, fitness room, and room service. There are two restaurants on property. Secured parking is available at the rates of US$25 for self-parking and US$38 for valet parking per day, with in/out privileges available. This property is located approximately 2.6 miles from the campus by car and approximately 17 minutes by by public transportation (walking and subway). 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 11, 2013.

Food Services

On Campus: At the time of publication it appears that there will not be any Temple-operated dining options open on weekends in the vicinity of the buildings hosting the meeting. As an urban campus, the neighborhoods surrounding the campus offer a multitude of dining options.

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

Jimmy Johns, 1601 N 15th St., (215) 765-8800, open Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m.–3 a.m., http://www.jimmyjohns.com; serving sandwiches, delivery available.

Cityview Pizza, 1434 Cecil B. Moore, (215) 769-7437, open Saturday11a.m.–11:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m., http://cityviewpizzaandgrill.com; serving pizza, sandwiches, and Italian specialities.

The Fresh Grocer, 1501 N. Broad St., (215) 531-9333, Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m.–12-a.m.; supermarket with prepared foods.

Koja Grille, 1600 N. Broad St., (215) 763-5652, open Saturday 12 p.m.–11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.–9 p.m., http://www.kojagrille.com/menu; serving Korean and Japanese food for dine-in and take-out.

Noshery Gourmet Cafe, 1600 N. Broad St., Suite 7, (215) 769-1289, open Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; serving sushi, sandwiches, and salads.

Qdoba, 1600 N. Broad St., Suite 12, (215) 763-4090, open Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; serving Mexican fast food options.

Draught Horse Pub, 1431 Cecil B. Moore Ave., (215) 235-1010, open Saturday 12 p.m.–11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.–7 p.m., http://www.draughthorse.com; serving craft beer and pub food.

Eddie’s Pizza, 1200 W. Berks St., (215) 763-8028, open Saturday 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; serving pizza.

Orient Express, 1835 N 12th St., (215) 236-5191, open Saturday 12:30 p.m.–4 p.m.; serving Asian cuisine.

Tai’s Vietnamese Food, 1835 N. 12th St., (215) 232-3711, open Saturday 12:30 p.m.–4 p.m; serving Vietnamese cuisine

Subway, 1511 N. 15th St, (215) 769-7827, open Saturday 8 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; national sandwich chain.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration

Advance Registration for this meeting is now closed.

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 will be located in the lobby of Tuttleman Learning Center. The AMS book exhibit will be located in the same building on the fourth floor in the Tuttleman Owl’s Nest Lounge, also know as room 409. Special Sessions will be held in Tuttleman Learning Center and in Barton Hall B. All Invited Addresses will be given in Gladfelter Lecture Hall 13. Please refer to the campus map for the Main Campus at http://temple.edu/sites/temple/files/uploads/documents/TUMain_map.pdf for specific locations.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, October 12, 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 13, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.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.

Information for Students

The AMS, with support from a private gift, is accepting applications for partial support for full-time doctoral students to participate in this meeting. To see more information and to submit an application, please visit www.ams.org/programs/travel-grants/grad-students/emp-student-JMM. Applications will be accepted between June 6 and July 18, 2013, only.

Other Activities

AMS Book Sale: Stop by the onsite AMS bookstore and celebrate the AMS’s 125th Anniversary. You can browse new titles, buy a new 125th t-shirt, enter to win a US$125 AMS Bookstore Gift Certificate, pick up some 125th giveaways, become an AMS member, or pay your dues. Not only will you receive a 25% discount from the list price on most AMS titles, you may also purchase any AMS title, even if it is not on display, at the exhibit discount.

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.

There will be a reception for participants on Saturday evening immediately following the Erdős lecture, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Please watch for more details on this event on the AMS website and at the registration desk on site at the meeting. The AMS thanks our hosts for their gracious hospitality.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the Main Campus of Temple University. A campus map can be viewed at http://temple.edu/sites/temple/files/uploads/documents/TUMain_map.pdf. Information about the Temple University Department of Mathematics may be found at https://math.temple.edu/. Please watch this page for additional information on this meeting. Please visit the Temple University website at www.temple.edu for additional information on the campus.

Parking

Visitor parking on campus is only available in the garage on campus. If you’re interested in parking, please use the Liacouras Garage, located at 1776 N. Broad Street. The rate at the time of publication is US$14 and is cash only.

Additional information on visitor parking can be found at http://www.temple.edu/parking/.

Travel

Temple University is located in the heart of Philadelphia, PA. The campus is approximately 2 miles away from the Center City area of Philadelphia and the heart of the city’s historical landmarks and cultural treasures.

By Air: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is the closest airport to Temple University. It is located just 7.2 miles southwest of downtown Philadelphia and is conveniently accessible by I-95, I-76, and Route 291 as well as public transit.

The Airport Line Regional Rail train provides service to Philadelphia International Airport every 30 minutes from about 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. each day. To get to campus take SEPTA Airport Line (R1) to the Temple University stop. The fare is approximately US$6.50. Bus Routes 37 and 108 service Philadelphia International Airport as well.

Taxi services can be accessed at Zone 5 on the Commercial Transportation Roadway. All taxi rates are based per trip, not per person. There is a US$10.00 minimum fare from the airport to any destination and a US$28.50 flat rate from the airport to the central Philadelphia area. All taxis accept credit cards. For additional information, contact the Ground Transportation Hotline at 215-937-6958. The approximate cost for a taxi from the airport to Temple University Main Campus is at least US$30.00 plus tip.

Rental cars are available through a number of rental agencies at the airport and information phones are available at all baggage claim areas for each of the on-airport car rental agencies. To pick up your vehicle from the airport, please proceed to Zone 2 outside the baggage claim area.

Other options for ground transportation from the airport include shuttle and sedan services. Information on these service providers can be found at http://www.phl.org/passengerinfo/transportationservices/Pages/shuttlesLimousines.aspx. All hotel shuttles pick up in Zone 4, van services pick up in Zone 7, and charter buses pick up in Zone 8.

By Train: The Philadelphia region is served by Amtrak and Acela, reservations can be made at www.amtrak.com. If traveling by rail, you will arrive at 30th Street Station, located in Center City Philadelphia. At 30th Street Station you may take a SEPTA commuter train to Temple University. The ticket price is approximately US$5.00. Another option for transportation to campus is to take a taxi cab for approximately US$15.00, one way.

By Bus: The Philadelphia region is served by Greyhound Lines and Bolt Bus; reservations can be made at www.greyhound.com. Buses for these lines arrive at 1001 Filbert St, Philadelphia. Public transportation is available nearby to this station, and taxi service directly from the station to Temple costs approximately US$20. Megabus also serves the Philadelphia region; information on schedules of service and to purchase tickets online, please visit www.megabus.com. You will arrive at 30th St. Station; for ground transportation options please see the “by train”, listing above.

By Car: If you are driving to campus and using a GPS, please note that Temple University’s GPS Address is 1101 West Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Once you arrive on campus, you may park in the Liacouras Garage, located at 1776 N. Broad Street. This garage is accessible from Norris Street and also from Broad Street, in both the northbound and southbound directions.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike: Take Exit 326 (Philadelphia/Valley Forge). Follow I-76 East (Schuylkill Expy.) approx. 18 miles to Exit 344 (Central Philadelphia/I-676) Note: Exit is on left. Follow I-676 approximately 1 mile to Central Phila./Broad Street exit. Take Broad Street exit (stay to left). In one block go left onto Broad Street. Follow Broad Street to Cecil B. Moore (approx. 2 miles). Turn right onto Cecil B. Moore and right again onto Park Ave. Visitors Parking Lot 3 entrance is on right. You may also park at the Liacouras Center Parking Garage, located at 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue.

From the Northeast Extension Pennsylvania Turnpike: Take Exit 20 to I-476 South to I-76. Exit at I-76 East (approx. 5 miles). Take I-76 East approx. 15 miles to Exit 344 (Central Philadelphia/I-676) Note: Exit is on left. Follow directions from I-676 above. From I-95 North: Take Exit 22 (Central Philadelphia/I-676). Follow Central Philadelphia signs to Broad Street exit. At next intersection (Vine Street) turn left. In one block, turn left onto Broad Street. Follow Broad Street to Cecil B. Moore (approx. 2 miles). Turn right onto Cecil B. Moore and right again onto Park Ave. Visitors Parking Lot 3 is on right. You may also park at the Liacouras Center Parking Garage, located at 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue.

From I-95 South: Take Exit 22 (Central Philadelphia/I-676). Note: left lane exit. I-676 West to Broad Street exit. See above directions from Broad Street exit.

From the New Jersey Turnpike: Take Exit 4 to Route 73 North. Approx. 1 mile to Route 38 West. Follow for 5.5 miles to Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Take I-676 West to Broad Street exit. Follow above directions from Broad Street exit.

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$23.00 to US$73.00 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

Bus and Subway service: SEPTA’s Broad Street Line is a convenient mode of transportation to Temple Main Campus by subway with its Cecil B. Moore stop. If you are taking public transportation, you can find more information at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) website http://septa.org/. Please note, you must take a local train on the Broad St. Line, not an express train to most easily access the Temple campus.

SEPTA also operates bus and trolley routes throughout the city. For more information on utilizing these modes of transportation please visit the SEPTA website.

Customers have a variety of fare options to suit their travel needs. Paying the cash fare of US$2.00 on transit services is the simplest way to ride, however tickets, tokens, and passes offer additional savings. To ride aboard Regional Rail, cash, a ticket, or a pass are accepted forms of payment. The base cash fare for bus, trackless trolley, subway, and trolley service is US$2.00. Cash is accepted for travel on all services. Exact fare must be used. Tokens provide a discount off the base cash fare and cost US$1.55 each. A-one day convenience pass is also available and is valid for eight rides on any bus, trolley, or subway route in one calendar day by one person for US$7.00.

Taxi Service: Licensed, metered taxis are available throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Weather

The average high temperature for October is approximately 67 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is approximately 48 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 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 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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