Topology Seminar 2010-2011


Seminar meets: Mondays from 4pm-5pm in HB 427
Tea in the math commons room before the talk (3:30-4pm)
Contacts:    Tim Cochran    Shelly Harvey   John Hempel    Andy Putman

Spring 2011

DateNameInstitutionTitle (click for abstract if available)
1-10Kate KearneyIndiana UniversityObstructions to a knot bounding a Mobius band in B4
1-17MLK - no classes
1-19*Moshe CohenBar-Ilan UniversityA dimer model for the Jones polynomial of pretzel knots
1-24Daniel TannerRice UniversityObstructions to being homology cobordant to a Seifert-fibered 3-manifold
1-26*Elena PavelescuRice UniversityOn Legendrian Graphs
1-31Colloquium - no seminar this week
2-7Henry WiltonCaltechOn the difficulty of presenting groups
2-9*Adam LowranceUniversity of IowaKhovanov homology, ribbon graphs and quasi-trees
2-16*Cody ArmondLSURogers-Ramanujan type equalities and the head and tail of the colored Jones polynomial
2-21Jen HomUniversity of PennsylvaniaConcordance and the knot Floer complex
2-28Spring Break
3-14Constance LeidyWesleyan UniversityOperads in Knot Theory
3-23*Chris CornwellMichigan State UniversityLegendrian and transverse knots in lens spaces with a universally tight contact structure
3-28Andy PutmanRice UniversityFinite subgroups of the mapping class group
4-4Joshua GreeneColumbia UniversityLattices, graphs, and Conway mutation
4-18Allison GilmoreColumbia UniversityTBA
4-25Ben McReynoldsUniversity of ChicagoTBA
5-4*Aaron AbramsEmory UniversityTBA

Fall 2010

DateNameInstitutionTitle (click for abstract if available)
8-23Bridget FranklinRice UniversityInfection and the n-solvable filtration
8-30Danielle O'DonnolRice UniversityKnotting and Linking in the Petersen family
9-6Labor Day - no seminar
9-13Tim CochranRice UniversityFiltrations of Smooth concordance classes of topologically slice knots
9-20Chris DavisRice UniversityLocalized metabelian rho invariants as obstructions to torsion in the knot concordance group
9-27Tim CochranRice UniversityConcordance and homology cobordism in the rational world (joint work with P. Horn and B. Franklin)
10-4Carolyn OttoRice UniversityThe (n)-Solvable Filtration of the Link Concordance Group and Milnor's Invariants
10-11Midterm Recess - no seminar
10-15 (Fri)Shea Vela-VickColumbia UniversityRecovering HFK- from sutured Floer homology and contact invariants for open 3-manifolds
10-18Andy PutmanRice UniversityEquivariant homological stability for congruence subgroups
10-25Matt HeddenMichigan State UniversityInstantons, concordance, and Whitehead doubling
11-2**Spencer DowdallUniversity of ChicagoDilatation vs self-intersection number for point-pushing pseudo-Anosovs
11-8Andy PutmanRice UniversityAbelian quotients of subgroups of the mapping class group and higher Pyrm representations.
11-15Richard KentUniversity of Wisconsin at MadisonMapping class groups at different levels
11-17*Roland van der VeenUC BerkeleyHyperbolic polyhedra and the Jones polynomial
11-22Kevin WortmanUniversity of UtahIsoperimetric functions of arithmetic groups
11-29Asaf HadariUniversity of ChicagoCharacter varieties and Algebraic entropy

*Virtual seminar with partipants from LSU, Rice, University of Miami and Univeristy of Iowa. It will be held in HB 355 from 3:40-4:40pm.
** Will be held on Tuesday at 1pm.

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