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AMS Meeting #940 (Gainesville)

The Special Session in Ergodic Theory & Dynamical Systems came off quite successfully.
    Further below, as an archive, I have the original webpage for our Special Session.

Open problems (As of 11Apr1999)

Below you will find a partial list of open problems stated during the problem session.
    Conference attendees: You can either email me your question in plain text (no attachments nor MIME -I can't read this) or, preferred, email me the URL of the webpage you have put your question on.

{Open Problems}
Adam Fieldsteel:
    Two questions that were mentioned, but not so loudly, and so might be overlooked were:
  1. Which groups admit mixing actions that are not mixing of all orders? [I (prob'ly JK) asked]
  2. Which groups admit zero entropy mixing actions? (Dan asked)
Karl Petersen:
    Conjecture: Let z be a complex number and k(n) (for n=0,1,2,...) a sequence of integers such that k(0)=0 and k(n+1)-k(n) is either 0 or 1 for all n. Denote by C(n,k) the binomial coefficient n choose k. If z to the power C(n,k(n)) tends to 1 as n tends to infinity, then z=1.
    This conjecture is much stronger than weak mixing of the Pascal adic transformation with respect to any Bernoulli measure on the 2-shift.
    For more details and references, see Terrence M. Adams and Karl E. Petersen, Binomial-coefficient multiples of irrationals, Monats. f. Math. 125 (1998), 269-278.

Roger Jones
    Open questions on Convolution Powers.

Pre-conference webpage (Archival)

I am was the organizer for the Special Session in Ergodic Theory & Dynamical Systems at the AMS Southeastern Sectional Meeting will be held here, University of Florida, on 12-13 March1999 (Friday & Saturday). The first talk of the Special Session starts at 8AM on Friday, and the last talk ends at 6PM on Saturday.

   The 17 Speakers

Terrence Adams
Ethan Akin
Joe Auslander
Fons G.M. Daalderop
Stanley Eigen
Eli Glasner
Eugene Gutkin
Roger Jones
Andres del Junco
Blair F. Madore
Randall McCutcheon
Mahesh Nerurkar
Don Ornstein
Karl Petersen
Raj Prasad
Dan Rudolph
Cesar Silva

In addition, here are folks who've told me that they are coming to our Special Session.

Some attendees
Ken Berg
Jack Feldman
Adam Fieldsteel
Valerio De Angelis
Ayse Sahin
I am maintaining a local copy of the schedule the abstract titles, and the abstracts text format, you can download them rapidly.
    All our talks will be in Room 223 (2nd floor, west wing, north side) in Little Hall, the math building. This room has two large blackboards. I have been told that we will have an overhead projector.
    Here is the official AMS schedule of the ET&DS Special Session links to the abstracts and titles of the talks. The AMS has a list of special sessions. The AMS also maintains a conference header page.

YOUR TRAVEL PLANS: Some of you may wish to stay in Gainesville through Sunday, or Monday (March 14,15). On March 15, the first Erdos Colloquium will be held here. The speaker is Ron Graham of A T & T Labs Research.
    On Sunday, 13March, I'm hoping that a number of us can have a post-conference gathering and BBQ at Ginny or Poe Springs (there are three springs within a 25 minute drive). In addition to providing a pleasant environment for mathematics, these Springs have year-round 72degree swimming, volleyball facilities, hiking trails, rental canoes. At Ginny Springs one can go tubing.
    The tentative plan is to leave for the Springs around 10AM on Sunday, and drive back around 4PM. Naturally, some cars might leave earlier to get some folks to the airport.

TRAVEL, WEATHER, ETC., can be found on our local conference-webpage Of the several listed, I am familiar with two:
    The Holiday Inn—University Center hotel is the closest to the math dept.; perhaps a 3 minute walk. It has a Denny's restaurant downstairs, which I am not particularly fond of, but there are several other restaurants within a 5 minute walk. I like the nearby Chaucer's restaurant, which has a limited, but good, menu, and which is open for breakfast/lunch/dinner. There is also a bagel place right across the street from the hotel, as well as Leonardo's pizza, both of which are pretty good. The latter is something of a student hangout; it serves various fancy forms of coffee. There is also a good, interesting, Berkeleyesque (but tiny) restaurant called Rhapsody across the street from the Holiday Inn.
    The Radisson Hotel is a long walk from the department; there is a free shuttle for conference participants. I've not dined at its restaurant, but I've been at a catered event at the hotel, and the food was quite good.

WEATHER: In March, the days are usually sunny and brisk. You may want a sweater for evenings. Available is the average weather conditions for March, as well as a forecast of Gainesville weather for the week to come.

(Past: The absolute drop-dead deadline for abstracts was 20 January 1999.)

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