Meeting time: Wednesdays, 4:10  5:00, A304 Wells Hall 
Sep 8 
Organizational Meeting 
Sep 15 
Matt Rathbun, ' High Distance Knots in Closed 3Manifolds' 
Sep 22 
Matt Rathbun, 'Tunnel One, Fibered Links' 
Sep 29 
William Breslin, U. Michigan, 'Short geodesics and Heegaard surfaces in hyperbolic 3manifolds' 
Oct 13 
Joshua Greene, Columbia U, 'The lens space realization problem' 
Oct 20 
Ian Biringer, Yale U, 'Extending pseudoAnosov maps into handlebodies' 
Nov 3 
Thomas Jaeger, 'KhovanovRozansky homology and mutation' 
Nov 10 
Juan Souto, U. Michigan, 'Homomorphisms between mapping class groups' 
Dec 1 
Roland vander Veen, UC Berkeley, 'Hyperbolic polyhedra and the Jones polynomial' 

Meeting
time: Tuesdays, 4:10  5:00, A304 Wells Hall 
Sep 7 
Ben Schmidt, 'Closed geodesics without proper chords' 
Sep 14 
SongYing Li, UC Irvine, 'Rigidity problems and theorems associated to the solutions of degenerate partial differential equations' 
Sep 21 
Dave Constantine, U. Chicago, 'Group actions and compact forms of homogeneous spaces' 
Oct 5 
Chris Connell, Indiana University, 'Harmonic measures on laminations by locally symmetric spaces' 
Oct 19 
Tom Parker, 'Convergence of the heat flow for geodesics' 
Oct 26 
Gabriel Nagy, 'The problem of initial data in general relativity' 
Nov 2 
Xiaodong Wang, 'Local gradient estimate for pharmonic functions on riemannian manifolds' 
Nov 16 
Michael Jablonski, U. Oklahoma, 'Existence of Einstein metrics on Lie groups' 
Nov 29 
Ovidiu Calin, Eastern Michigan U, 'A geometric method for finding heat kernels for elliptic and subelliptic operators' (Monday, 4:10  5:00, A117 Wells Hall) 

Meeting
time: Thursdays, 2:30  3:20, A304 Wells Hall 
Sep 9 
Thomas Jaeger, 'Asurvey of knot homology theories' 
Sep 16 
Chris Cornwell, 'Grid diagrams and ThurstonBennequin numbers' 
Sep 23 
Cheryl Balm, 'Link genus and Conway moves' 
Sep 30 
Andrew Cooper, 'Mean curvature flow of mean convex hypersurfaces' 
Oct 12 
Josh Greene, Columbia U, 'The sliceribbon conjecture' (Tuesday, 4:10  5:00, A304 Wells Hall) SPECIAL RTG LECTURE 
Oct 14 
Daniel Smith, 'Entropy and no local collapsing' 
Oct 21 
Dan Barkley, 'The biinvariant metric on a compact Lie group' 
Oct 28 
Luke Williams, 'Some basics of symplectic topology and Kähler manifolds' 
Nov 4 
Faramarz Vafaee, 'Knot Floer Homology of generalized 2bridge knots' 
Nov 11 
Aykut Arslan, 'Gluck construction and fourmanifolds' 
Nov 18 
Adam Giambrone, 'Two flavors of lens spaces: Dehn surgery and branched coverings' (A106 Wells Hall) 
Dec 2 
David Krcatovich, 'Khovanov homology and the slice genus' 
Dec 9 
Chris Hays, TBA 

Meeting
time: Thursdays, 4:20  5:20, A117
Wells Hall 
Sep 30 
Ryan McCombs, 'The Grassmannian manifold' 
Oct 2 
Indra Shottland, 'The Implicit Function Theorem' 
Oct 21 
Qinbo Liu, "Some tensor bundle constructions' 
Nov 4 
Jamil alUbaidi, 'The degree of a map' 
Nov 11 
Michael Horning, 'The index sum' 
Nov 18 
Nektarios Orfanoudakis, 'The PoincareHopf theorem' 



