97th AMS Annual Meeting | 22–26 January 2017 | Seattle, WA

All Attendees

Location of Functions and Events

Annual Meeting registration, scientific sessions, poster sessions, short courses, town hall meetings, special sessions, the Annual Meeting Banquet, the Bosart Symposium Luncheon, and exhibits will be held in the Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2310 (Tel: 206-694-5000). AMS committee meetings and the Houze Symposium Dinner will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101, (Tel: 206-621-9000). More info

Statement on Open Meetings

Throughout the week, AMS Committees, Boards, and the Council will be meeting at various times and locations. These meetings are, in principle, open to all members of the Society, although portions of some meetings may be held in executive session when dealing with personnel issues, awards, or other matters of a confidential nature.

As a matter of courtesy and to ensure adequately sized meeting rooms, members wishing to observe a particular Committee, Board, or Council Meeting should contact its chairperson in advance. Members may request a place on the agenda by following a similar procedure. Please feel free to contact Joyce Annese (tel: 617-226-3902; e-mail: [email protected]) at AMS Headquarters for assistance.

Professional and Respectful Conduct at AMS Meetings

AMS is committed to safe and productive meetings for all attendees. Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at any meeting or event associated with the meeting. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Those who violate the standards of professional and respectful conduct may be asked to leave the meeting immediately and without refund, may not be considered for service on AMS Boards and Committees, and may be subject to additional legal action.

Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

 This statement is meant to cover all meeting-associated events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AMS but held in relation to AMS events. This includes the scientific program and exhibitions, as well as receptions, town hall meetings, and other informal or formal gatherings associated with AMS.

 Any attendee who believes he or she may have witnessed or have been subjected to conduct that violates professional and respectful behavior should contact a senior member of the AMS staff. This may be done by talking with any AMS staff (identified with a staff badge) or by sending an e-mail to [email protected] or leaving a message at 617-226-3965 with the appropriate contact information. A senior AMS staff member will be in contact in a timely manner. (In the unlikely event a reply is not received within 12 hours of sending an e-mail or leaving a voice-mail message, follow-up with an AMS staff member at the meeting is advised to ensure that the original message has been received.) Anyone witnessing or experiencing behavior that constitutes an immediate and serious threat is advised to call 911 or the local police first.

 The AMS takes any breach of professional conduct at an AMS meeting or related function very seriously. Attendees are encouraged to report any unprofessional conduct in the knowledge that AMS staff members will do their best to maintain the confidentiality of all parties to the extent possible while taking appropriate actions. In situations for which additional action is warranted, the AMS will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities.

Accessibility at the Meeting

Attendees with a current functional limitation are encouraged to contact the AMS staff ([email protected]) with questions about accessibility or to request accommodations to fully participate in this conference. Four-week advance notice is necessary to ensure seamless action.

Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the Society’s sincere desire to comply fully with both the letter and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. For questions about accessibility such as real-time captioning (communication access real-time translation; CART), special printing needs, reserved seating, or wheelchair-accessible service for the hotel shuttles, please contact AMS staff by e-mail ([email protected]). Four-week advance notice is necessary to ensure seamless action.

If issues arise on site in Seattle, please visit the AMS Registration Desk, located in the Skybridge of the Washington State Convention Center, or contact the AMS staff at 206-219-4501 during the following registration hours: Saturday, 21 January, 7:30–10:00 A.M.; Sunday, 22 January, 7:30–6:00 P.M.; Monday–Wednesday, 23–25 January, 7:30 A.M.–6:00 P.M.; and Thursday, 26 January, 7:30 A.M.–3:00 P.M.

Special housing needs should be requested when hotel reservations are made. AMS wants to ensure that each attendee's stay at the 97th Annual Meeting is a pleasant and productive one.

Accessibility at the Convention Center

The Washington State Convention Center is accessible to patrons with disabilities. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant features include accessible parking (16 spaces in the Main Garage and 16 spaces in the Freeway Parking Garage) and restrooms, automatic door entrances, and assisted listening devices. ADA service animals are permitted into event space at the Washington State Convention Center.  There are two ADA accessible entrances into Level 1 of the Washington State Convention Center from Pike Street and one ADA accessible entrance into Level 1 from Convention Place. Please see the WSCC complete guide on accessibility here.

Wheelchair and Scooter Rentals

Access Medical Equipment rents manual and powered wheelchairs, transport chairs, and scooters.  They can deliver and pick up the equipment.

Address: 7612 Aurora Avenue N., Seattle, Washington

Phone: 206-365-7700

Hours Monday through Friday:  10:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M.

Saturday:  11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. (no deliveries)

Sunday:  Closed

Dietary Requirements

Attendees with special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or kosher meals) should make the proper selection when registering. At the banquet, attendees should notify their server of the preferred meal choice and present the meal ticket included with their registration packet.

Photo Release

From time to time AMS uses photographs of conference events in its promotional materials. Unless this permission is revoked in writing to the AMS, by virtue of their attendance all conference visitors agree to the use of their likeness in such materials.

Child-Care Services

For attendees that are in need of child care while in Seattle,  Annie’s Nannies (http://aniseattle.com/) is available. For ideas on local activites for families, ParentMap (https://www.parentmap.com/) is a great resource.

Attendees may also wish to contact the concierge at their hotel for a list of child-care providers and children’s programs in the area.

Attendee Lists

The AMS will make attendee lists available to any registered attendee. Attendees who do not want their name and address information included on the list must note this at the time of their registration. Please send an e-mail ([email protected]) to request a copy of the attendee list. The list will only be delivered in an electronic format and will contain name, address, and affiliation (if provided). No phone numbers or e-mail addresses will be provided.