2002 Illinois Number Theory Conference
May 17 - 18, 2002
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Information for Participants





Harold and Nancy Diamond will host a party on Thursday, May 16, 8 pm - 10 pm, in the Commons Room (Room 321) of Altgeld Hall.


Registration will be Friday, 5/17, 8:30 am - 9:00 am, in the hallway outside the Room 314 Altgeld Hall, where the lectures will be held. There is no registration fee.


All talks will be given in Room 314 Altgeld Hall. The room has a large blackboard, and two overhead projectors will be available. Speakers are encouraged to prepare transparencies for their talks since the blackboard may be hard to read from the back of the room. A limited number of transparencies and pens will be available at the registration desk for those who have not prepared transparencies in advance. A tentative schedule of talks is available under this link.

Featured survey talks. The conference will feature three longer survey talks, covering rather different subjects, one by Harold Diamond and the other two by former students of his. We hope that these talks will appeal to a broad audience.

Contributed talks. The remaining talks have been scheduled in half hour blocks. To allow time for breaks and questions, we ask that speakers do not exeed 20 - 25 minutes.


The conference banquet will be Friday, May 17, at 6:30 pm, on the second floor of the Levis Faculty Center. Banquet tickets had to be reserved in advance, but a few extra tickets may become available due to cancellations. We are using the same caterer as last year, Classic Events Catering, which received rave reviews from conference participants.

The banquet will honor Harold Diamond, who for many years has been involved in the organization of this conference and is retiring from of the University of Illinois at the end of this semester. Several of Harold's students, friends, and colleagues will give short speeches at this occasion.

The banquet will offer a choice of a red meat entree (8oz strip steak), a white meat entree (grilled breast of duck), and a vegetarian entree (goat-cheese filled portabella mushroom cap). These entrees will be accompanied by rice, grilled and roasted veggies, and a salad of field greens with roasted pears, candied pecans, and crumbled gorgonzola. Desert consists of apple tarts with cinnamon ice cream, (For a more detailed - and mouth-watering - description of these items click here.)

The vegetarian entree is only available to those who had requested so on their registration form. Tickets for the two meat entrees will be distributed at registration on a first-come-first-served basis to those who have reserved a ticket. We have ordered 30 steak and 20 duck entrees, and we hope that most participants will be able to get their first choice of entree.

The deadline for banquet reservations has expired; however, we will have a few extra tickets available for those who have not made reservations in advance.


Continental breakfast (coffee, juice, fruit, donuts, bagels, etc.) will be available at 8:00 am on Friday and Saturday in the Commons Room of Altgeld Hall. For those staying at Hendrick House, there is a convenience store located across the street on Lincoln Ave., where coffee, (instant) cappuccino, donuts, sandwiches, and other basic food items can be purchased. Inside the Illini Union, on the first floor, is the Quad Shop, a small convenience store, and the Espresso Royale, a gourmet coffee shop.

The campus area houses many restaurants and coffee shops, mostly of the fast food variety. The registration packet will include a list of restaurants in the campus area, and a map. See also the section "Maps and Visitor Information" below for a link to a listing of restaurants in the Champaign-Urbana area.


For participants arriving Thursday at the Champaign airport who have notified us of their travel schedule, we will try to provide transportation to the Hendrick House dormitory, the Illini Union, or the Historic Lincoln Lodge. In case we miss your arrival, or if you arrive on Friday, there is a door-to-door shuttle service which has a desk at the airport near the baggage claim area.


Directions to Hendrick House. From I-74, take the Lincoln Avenue exit in Urbana and proceed south for about 1.5 miles, then turn right onto Green Street. Hendrick House is the highrise building located immediately to your right at the northwest corner of Lincoln Avenue and Green Street. Those staying at Hendrick House can use the Hendrick House parking lot. Parking passes are available at the front desk, for $3 per day. All conference venues are within easy walking distance from Hendrick House

Check-in procedures at Hendrick House. Guests arriving at Hendrick House during regular business hours, 8:00am-7:00pm, Monday through Friday, can check in at the front desk. Guests will be issued an entry key for the building and a key to their room. Bed linen will be laid out on the bed for the guest to make the bed upon arrival. Towels, soap and a cup are also provided. All bathrooms are shared with another guest of the same gender. The building is completely air conditioned. There is no smoking allowed.

After hours check-in at Hendrick House. Guests arriving after 7 pm can gain entry by following the directions posted on the front door. A sign will be posted with the name and phone number of the resident advisor (R.A.) on duty. Use the telephone adjacent to the front door of the building to call the R.A. The R.A. will then come to the door to check you in.

Directions to campus parking. Altgeld Hall and the Illini Union are located about a half mile west of Hendrick House, at the southeast corner of Green and Wright Streets. Unfortunately, parking in the campus area is very limited, and expensive, and has become more complicated because of ongoing construction work. In particular, Green Street is closed from Wright Street to Fourth Street in Champaign. (This does not affect those staying and parking at Hendrick House.)

If you are staying at Hendrick House, we suggest that you leave your car at the Hendrick House lot and walk the few blocks to the conference venues. If you are staying at a motel off campus and need to park on campus, we suggest that you use the University parking garage at John and 6th Streets, located one block west of Altgeld Hall; the top floor of the garage has metered spaces (at $0.75 per hour) for visitors. Parking in the garage is free on Saturday, and after 5 pm during the week. To reach the entrance of the parking garage, we suggest the following route: Follow the directions above to Hendrick House, but continue westbound on Green Street until the next light (at Goodwin Avenue), then detour the closed part of Green St. by turning right on Goodwin Avenue, left (= west) on Springfield Ave. (which parallels Green St.), and after about half a mile turn left (= south) to Fourth Street. Cross Green Street, and take the first left, which is John Street; the parking garage is 1.5 blocks down John Street, between 5th and 6th Streets. Refer to the campus parking map for a location of parking lots. (The John Street Parking Garage is marked C7.)



Information: For more information please contact A.J. Hildebrand (ajh@uiuc.edu, 217-244-7721).

Conference web page (this page): http://www.math.uiuc.edu/~hildebr/nt02/. We will post updates, changes, and additional information, on this page, so please revisit the page as we get closer to the conference.

Last modified Tue May 14 11:52:03 2002 ajh@uiuc.edu