Past Seminars

Fall 2008 Geometry & Topology Seminars

3- and 4- Manifold Seminar - Meeting time: Wednesdays, 4:10 - 5:00, A304 Wells Hall
Date Details
Sept 10 Jack Calcut, 'Artin presentation theory: A discrete group-theoretic theory of simply connected smooth 4-manifolds'
Sept 17 Lawrence Roberts, 'Finding bounds for the Heegaard-Floer τ-invariant of a satellite knot'
Sept 24 Johanna Mangahas, U. Michigan, 'Uniform uniform exponential growth of subgroups of the mapping class group'
Oct 1 Robert Bell, 'Davis manifolds and boundaries of CAT(0) groups'
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Oct 15 Yvonne Lai, U. Michigan, 'An effective compactness theorem for Coxeter groups'
Oct 22 Gordana Matic, U. Georgia, 'The contact class in sutured Floer homology'
Oct 29 Stefano Vidussi, U.C. Riverside, 'Twisted Alexander polynomials and fibered 3-manifolds'
Nov 5 John Baldwin, Princeton U., 'Khovanov homology, open books, and tight contact structures'
Nov 12 Yi Ni, MIT, 'Dehn surgeries that reduce the Thurston norm of a fibered manifold'
Nov 19 Jonathan Yazinski, Indiana U, 'Fundamental groups of symplectic 4-manifolds'
Geometric Analysis Seminar - Meeting time: Tuesdays, 4:10 - 5:00, A304 Wells Hall
Date Details
Sept 23 Celso Doria, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, 'Variational principle for the Seiberg-Witten equations'
Sept 30 Steve Rosenberg, Boston U., 'Characteristic Classes on Loop Spaces'
Oct 9 John Lott, UC Berkeley, 'Optimal transport and Perelman's reduced volume' Special day, time, and place: Thursday 2 pm - 3 pm A 517 WH
Oct 16 Charles Epstein, U. Pennsylvania, 'Boundary value problems for the Dirac operator and the Atiyah-Singer Theorem' Special day, time, and place: Thursday 2 pm - 3 pm A 517 WH
Oct 21 Richard Siefring, 'Asymptotics and intersection theory of punctured pseudoholomorphic curves'
Nov 4 Xiaodong Wang, 'Boundary effects and rigidity on compact manifolds with nonnegative or positive scalar curvature'
Nov 11 Jens von Bergmann, 'Compactness for H--holomorphic maps and open book decompositions'
Graduate Student Seminar - Meeting times: Tuesdays, 1:50 - 2:40, A517 Wells Hall
Date Details
Sept 2 Jeff Chapin, 'Seiberg-Witten invariants and you'
Sept 9 Chris Hays, 'Symplectic toric manifolds'
Sept 16 Oh Hoon Kwon, 'Stein manifolds'
Sept 23 Tom Jaeger, 'Khovanov homology of tangles'
Sept 30 Andrew Cooper, 'Can you really call that a 'maximum'?: Hamilton's Principle for systems'
Oct 7 Kyungbae Park, 'The Thom conjecture'
Oct 14 Harrison Cheuk-Man Hwang, 'Estimates used in Seiberg-Witten theory'
Oct 21 Cheryl Balm, 'The h-cobordism theorem'
Oct 23 Gordana Matic, U. Georgia, 'Open books on 3-manifolds and contact invariants'
Special RTG Lecture  Special day, time, and place: Thursday 1:50 pm - 2:40 pm A 517 WH
Oct 28 Kwang Ho Choi, 'Harmonic map heat flow from surfaces'
Oct 28 Stefano Vidussi, U.C. Riverside, 'Symplectic 4-manifolds with trivial canonical class'
Special RTG Lecture  Special time, and place: Tuesday 4:10 - 5:00 pm A 304 WH
Oct 30 Harrison Cheuk-Man Hwang, 'Spin and spinc manifolds'
Nov 4 Chris Cornwell, 'Introduction to topics for John Baldwin's talk'
Nov 11 Carlos Vega, 'How to bury dirt'
Nov 18 Dan Smith, 'Introduction to Reidemeister torsion'
Nov 25 Nathan Sunukjian, 'Monopole Floer homology and lens space surgery '
Student Seminar - Math 868
Date Details
Sept 16 Adam Joseph Giambrone, Tianran Chen, 'Group Actions on Manifolds'
Oct 7 Nikolaos Pattakos, Manousos Maridakis, 'Integration of Vector Fields'
Oct 21 Martin Kell, 'More constructions with vector bundles'
Nov 4 Henrik Nils Jansson and Jingguo Lai, 'Hamiltonian systems'
Nov 11 David Thaddeus Krcatovich, 'The Lie Derivative'
Nov 11 Elizabeth Carole Wilson and Daniel Patrick Barkley, 'The Hodge star operator'
Symplectic Geometry Seminar - Meeting time: Fridays, 4:00 - 5:00, A204A Wells Hall
Date Details
Oct 17 Jens von Bergmann, 'Compactness results for H-holomorphic maps'
Oct 24 Jeff Chapin, 'Broken trajectories from compactification in symplectizations'
Nov 14 Jens von Bergmann, TBA
Topology Seminar - Meeting time: Mondays, 4:10 - 5:00, A304 Wells Hall
Date Details
Sept 15 Jack Calcut, 'Noncompact codimension-1 real-algebraic manifolds'
Sept 29 Selman Akbulut, 'Corks, plugs and exotic smooth structures'
Oct 20 Selman Akbulut, 'The Dolgachev surface'


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