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December 17, 2003

2004 Joint Mathematics Meetings "Mathematical Art Exhibit": Various hours, Wednesday through Saturday, organized by Robert Fathauer, Tesselations Company; Nat Friedman, ISAMA and University at Albany; and Reza Sarhangi, Bridges Conference, Towson University. A new feature at this year's meeting, the Mathematical Art Exhibit, provides a break in your day. On display are paintings, prints, and sculpture by artists whose work is inspired by mathematics and by mathematicians who use visual art to express their findings. Fractals, symmetry and tiling, topology, polyhedra, optical illusions and unusual perspective systems are some of the ideas at play here. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

The hours of the exhibit will be Wednesday - noon to 5:30 p.m., Thursday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday - 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Audio-Visual Equipment: Standard equipment in all session rooms is one overhead projector and screen. (Invited 50-minute speakers are automatically provided with two overhead projectors.) Blackboards are not available. Organizers of sessions that by their nature demand additional equipment (e.g., VCR and monitor or projection panel) and where the majority of speakers in the session require this equipment should contact the audio-visual coordinator for the meetings at the AMS office in Providence at 401-455-4140 or by email at to obtain the necessary approvals. Individual speakers must consult with the session organizer(s) if additional equipment or services are needed. If your session has no organizer, please contact the audio-visual coordinator directly. All requests should be received by November 4.

Equipment requests made at the meetings most likely will not be granted because of budgetary restrictions. Unfortunately no audio-visual equipment can be provided for committee meetings or other meetings or gatherings not on the scientific program.

Shuttle: Shuttle service for meeting participants will be provided, courtesy of the City of Phoenix. new!Click here for schedule.

Special Atlanta Hotel and Registration Raffle: A raffle for a free hotel room and a free registration at the Atlanta meeting in 2005 will be held at the meeting for those participants who turn in a completed questionnaire by noon on Friday, January 9, 2004. Questionnaires may be turned in at the Transparencies section of the Registration Desk or at the Exhibits Coordinator Desk in the exhibit area. You need not be present to win.

ribbon cuttingAll participants are invited to the Grand Opening of the Joint Mathematics Meetings Exhibits on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 12:15 p.m. There will be refreshments and/or giveaways at participating exhibits. Join us in making this a special and exciting event!

Childcare: Many hotels will provide recommendations for in-room childcare for guests through their concierge or front desks. Call as early as possible for the best service, and at least one day in advance. Arrangements represent a contractual agreement between each individual and the child-care provider. The Joint Meetings assumes no responsibility for the services rendered.

Email Services: Limited email access for all Joint Meeting participants will be available. The hours of operation will be published in the program.

Information Distribution: Tables are set up in the exhibit area for dissemination of general information of possible interest to the members and for the dissemination of information of a mathematical nature not promoting a product or program for sale.

If a person or group wishes to display information of a mathematical nature promoting a product or program for sale, they may do so in the exhibit area at the Joint Books, Journals, and Promotional Materials exhibit for a fee of $58 (posters are slightly higher) per item. Please contact the exhibits manager, MMSB, P.O. Box 6887, Providence, RI 02940, for further details.

The administration of these tables is in the hands of the AMS-MAA Joint Meetings Committee, as are all arrangements for Joint Mathematics Meetings.

Local Information: See for information about the city.

Petition Table: At the request of the AMS Committee on Human Rights of Mathematicians, a table will be made available in the exhibit area at which petitions on behalf of named individual mathematicians suffering from human rights violations may be displayed and signed by meetings participants acting in their individual capacities. For details contact the director of meetings in the Providence office at 401-455-4137 or by email at

Signs of moderate size may be displayed at the table but must not represent that the case of the individual in question is backed by the Committee on Human Rightsunless it has, in fact, so voted. Volunteers may be present at the table to provide information on individual cases, but notice must be sent at least seven days in advance of the meetings to the director of meetings in the Providence office. Since space is limited, it may also be necessary to limit the number of volunteers present at the table at any one time. The Committee on Human Rights may delegate a person to be present at the table at any or all times, taking precedence over other volunteers.

Any material that is not a petition (e.g., advertisements, résumés) will be removed by the staff. At the end of the exhibits on Saturday, any material on the table will be discarded, so individuals placing petitions on the table should be sure to remove them prior to the close of exhibits.

Telephone Messages: The most convenient method for leaving a message is to do so with the participant's hotel. Another method would be to leave a message at the meetings registration desk from January 7 through 10 during the hours that the desk is open. These messages will be posted on the Math Meetings Message Board; however, staff at the desk will try to locate a participant in the event of a bona fide emergency. The telephone number will be published in the program

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