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Western Spring Sectional Meeting
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
April 5-6, 2014 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1099

Associate secretary:

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


Advance Registration is now over. Onsite Registration will be located in the first floor lobby of the Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC) which is on the far west side of the main campus.

 

UNM-Zimmerman

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 University of New Mexico 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.

Plaza Inn, 900 Medical Arts Avenue, N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87102, 800-237-1307; http://www.plazainnabq.com. Rates are US$56 per night for single/double occupancy. Please note that hotel tax is 13%. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, free wireless Internet in rooms, indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub, complimentary guest parking, fitness center, guest laundry, and shuttle service. The hotel is located 1.3 miles from campus. 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 April 1, 2014.

Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown, 6510 America’s Parkway NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, 505-944-0300; http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-mexico/hilton-garden-inn-albuquerque-uptown-ABQUPGI/index.html. Rates are US$89 per night for singles/doubles. Please note applicable taxes are 7% state tax, 6% lodger’s tax, and US$3.78 per room night hospitality surcharge. Amenities include complimentary wireless access, 24-hour business center, complimentary fitness center and a full-service restaurant on the property, and complimentary guest parking. This property is located within 6 miles of campus. 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 March 14, 2014.

Hyatt Place Airport, 1400 Sunport Place SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106, 505-242-9300; http://albuquerqueairport.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html. Rates are US$95 per night for single and double occupancy. Please note that hotel tax is 13%. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, free wireless high-speed Internet access, and complimentary business center. This property is located approximately 3 miles from the campus. 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 March 21, 2014.

Food Services

On Campus–Food can be purchased at the UNM Student Union:

  • Satellite Coffee–Offering freshly roasted coffee, lattes, or one of many teas, sweet treats or grilled sandwiches made to order. Open Saturday 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Sonic–Sonic offers a variety of menu items including sandwiches, footlong quarter pound Coney, onion rings, and Tater Tots. Open Saturday 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Chick-fil-A–Variety of chicken options including nugget entrees and combos, chicken strip meals, grilled chicken sandwiches and grilled chicken salad, as well as a variety of sides including waffle fries, a fruit cup, or brownies. Open Saturday 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Outakes (On-Campus Convenience Store)–is a multi-faceted solution to your convenience needs, providing an upscale convenience store or a scaled down dining center.

Off Campus–There is a wide variety of restaurants and fast food within walking distance to the main campus.

  • Artichoke Cafe, 424 Central Ave SE. (1.1 miles). Fine dining, beer and wine.
  • 66 Diner, 1405 Central Ave NE. (0.4 miles) offers nostalgia diner food.
  • Yasmine’s Cafe, 1600 Central Ave SE. (0.3 miles). Middle Eastern. Closed Sunday.
  • Coaches Sports Grill, 2929 Monte Vista Blvd NE. (0.4 miles). Burgers, sandwiches, Buffalo wings, beer.
  • El Bandido Hideout, 2128 Central Ave SE. (0.4 miles). Mexican food, beer.
  • Grandma’s Mexican Diner, 1606 Central Ave (0.3 miles). Mexican and American food.
  • Pita Pit, 2106 Central Ave SE. (0.4 miles). Sandwiches on flatbread. Lunch only.
  • Times Square Deli, 2132 Central Ave SE. (0.4 miles). New York style sandwiches, plus baklava. Closed Sunday.
  • Pericos de Albuquerque, 109 Yale Blvd SE. (0.4 miles). Family owned taco shop.
  • Olympia Cafe, 2210 Central Ave SE. (0.5 miles). Greek food. Closed Sunday.
  • Brickyard Pizza, 2216 Central Ave SE. (0.5 miles). Pizza and beer.
  • Winning Coffee, 111 Harvard Dr SE. (0.5 miles). Coffee, light breakfast, and lunch.
  • Rocka Taco, 115 Harvard SE. (0.5 miles). Seafood and other tacos, beer.
  • El Patio de Albuquerque, 142 Harvard Dr SE. (0.6 miles). New Mexican food, beer.
  • Frontier Restaurant, 2400 Central Ave SE. (0.6 miles). New Mexican food in a landmark student hangout. Open late.
  • Saggios Restaurant, 107 Cornell Dr SE. (0.6 miles). Pizza and beer. Closed Sunday.
  • Bailey’s on the Beach, 2929 Monte Vista Blvd NE. (1.0 miles). Seafood, burgers, beer, wine. Breakfast too.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration

Advance registration is now closed. 100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by Saturday, April 5, 2014. After that date, no refunds will be issued.

If you have already preregistered, your badge and program will be ready for pickup when you arrive at the meeting at the registration desk in the first floor lobboy of the Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC).

Onsite Information and Registration

Registration and the book exhibit will be located in the first floor lobby of the Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC) which is on the far west side of the main campus. Please see building 14 on the campus map. Special Sessions will be held in Mitchell Hall which is located in building 23 on the campus map. The Invited Adresses will be held in the Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC) Auditorium which is located in building 14 on the campus map. You can find the campus map here: http://iss.unm.edu/PCD/SM/doc/VisitorMapCentral_Numeric.pdf

The onsite registration desk will be open on Saturday, April 5, 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, 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.

Special Needs

It is the goal of the AMS to ensure that its conferences are accessible to all, regardless of disability. AMS shall 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
  • Sending an email request to the AMS Meetings Department at mmsb@ams.org or meet@ams.org.

Other Activities

Book Sales: Stop by the onsite 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.

Local Activities: Prior to the Spring Meeting of the AMS Western Section, the following two conferences will be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque:

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the Central Campus of the University of New Mexico. A campus map can be found at http://iss.unm.edu/PCD/SM/doc/ VisitorMapCentral_Numeric.pdf. Information about the The Department of Mathematics and Statistics may be found at http://www.math.unm.edu/. Please visit the university's website at http://www.unm.edu/ for additional information on the campus.

Parking

Questions about parking on the University of New Mexico Campus can be addressed to the UNM Parking and Transportation Office (505-277-1938).

Core Campus Parking: Parking restrictions are enforced Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Anyone who parks in core campus parking without a legal pass is subject to receiving a ticket and/or being towed.

Hourly Parking: University of New Mexico operates a system of hourly paid parking across campus. The parking rate is currently US$1.75 per hour, for both surface and structure lots. There is no incremental rate for part of an hour, i.e., if a customer stays any part of an hour, the fee will be for the entire hour. Daily and weekly permits are available for purchase, see details here: http://pats.unm.edu/permits/students/index.html

Cornell Parking Structure: The Cornell parking structure is located on Redondo Rd. The Cornell parking structure is open during events. Pay stations in Cornell accept both credit cards and cash, otherwise there is a US$7.00 charge for parking in the structure during events. Handicap parking is available. Parking regulations are enforced Monday–Saturday.

Yale Parking Structure: The Yale parking structure is accessed from Lomas Blvd. heading east, or Yale Blvd. heading south from Lomas Blvd. The Yale parking structure is open 24 hours per day. Visitor parking is available on levels 1–3. Pay stations in Yale accept only credit cards—no cash. Handicap parking is available. Parking regulations are enforced Monday–Saturday.

Handicap Parking is available throughout the campus. Visitors with a vehicle displaying a handicap placard may park in designated handicap parking or any regular parking spot free of charge. Do not park in any spot with a reserved sign or spots designated for UNM departments or personnel. UNM does not require registration of your handicap placard, therefore a UNM permit is required.

Travel

The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, NM. The Albuquerque International Sunport (code: ABQ) is located approximately 2.5 miles south of the university.

By Car: From the Albuquerque Airport (Sunport): Take Sunport Loop to Yale Blvd. Follow Yale Blvd to Central Ave. Cross over Central onto the UNM Campus. The main road that circles the campus is Redondo Drive. The Yale parking structure is to your left (see parking instructions.) The Cornell parking structure is to your right (see parking instructions.)

From Interstate 40 (I-40): Exit to Interstate 25 (I-25) traveling south toward Las Cruces. Exit at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. and follow MLK Jr. Ave. to University Blvd. Cross over University onto the UNM Campus. The main road that circles the campus is Redondo Drive. The Yale parking structure is to your left (see parking instructions).The Cornell parking structure is to your right (see parking instructions).

From Interstate 25 (I-25): Exit at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, and follow MLK Jr. Ave, to University Blvd. Cross over University onto the UNM Campus. The main road that circles the campus is Redondo Drive. The Yale parking structure is to your left (see parking instructions). The Cornell parking structure is to your right (see parking instructions).

By Train: The Amtrak station is located approximately 2 miles from the University of New Mexico Campus. Information for Amtrack can be found here: http://www.amtrak.com/home.

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): 04N30004. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (U.S. and Canada) or 405-749-4434 (other countries).

Local Transportation

A wide variety of ground transportation serves Albuquerque International Sunport. Contact the companies listed below for more information. You can find approximate cost from airport to local hotels here: http://sunportshuttle.com/hotels.pdf.

Local Shuttle Service: Sunport Shuttle, 505-883-4966 or http://sunportshuttle.com.

Local Bus Service: ABQ Ride, 505-243-7433 or http://www.cabq.gov/transit.

You can find information about Albuquerque’s public transit system here: http://www.cabq.gov/transit/bus-routes-and-schedules. Visit website for bus service times and routes.

Roadrunner Shuttle & Charter: Daily door-to-door shared ride shuttle and private ride charters from the Albuquerque International Sunport to Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espanola, and surrounding areas. Information can be found here: www.RideRoadRunneR.com or 505-424-3367.

Taxi Service: Albuquerque Cab Company, 505-883-4888.

Weather

During the month of April the average high temperature is in the low 70s and the average low temperature is in the low 40s. Generally, the weather can be windy but rarely will you have more than 10% chance of rain. The average humidity during April is 33%. Springtime can bring out allergies for those who are susceptible. Pollen counts for Ash, Cottonwood, and Juniper can be very high during this time of the year.

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.


Inquiries: meet@ams.org