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For more information about the Seminar, or to suggest speakers, contact Jim Hoste , Dave Bachman , Sam Nelson , Erica Flapan or Vin de Silva.
Date  Speaker  Title and Abstract 
Tuesday
Sept 6 3:00 pm 
Organizational Meeting  Meet at Some Crust Bakery for organizational meeting. 
Tuesday
Sept 13 3:00 pm 
Christopher Tuffley Massey University Manawatu 
Title: Intrinsic linking in higher
dimensions, and with linking numbers divisible by q.
Abstract: In 1983 Conway and Gordon proved that every embedding of the complete graph K_6 in 3space contains a pair of disjoint cycles that form a nonseparable link  a fact that is expressed by saying K_6 is intrinsically linked. Since then, a number of authors have shown that embeddings of larger complete graphs necessarily exhibit more complicated linking behaviour, such as links with many components and/or large pairwise linking numbers. With some adaptions to the proofs, similar results can be established for embeddings of large ncomplexes in (2n+1)space. We will look at some of the adaptions required, in the context of proving the existence of two component links with linking number a nonzero multiple of a given integer q. In the course of this we will obtain an improved bound for n greater than or equal to 1 on the number of vertices needed to force a two component link with linking number at least q in absolute value. 
Tuesday
Sept 20 3:00 pm 
Catherine Pfaff UC Santa Barbara 
Title: When Outer Space behaves like a hyperbolic space &
how we can use this to understand the group Out(F_n). Abstract: A common strategy for studying a group is to study some object that it acts on and how it acts on this object. My favorite group is the outer automorphism group of the free group (or Out(F_n)). I will introduce this group and the object, CullerVogtmann Outer Space, that it acts on. I will also relate the study of this group acting on CullerVogtmann Outer Space to the study of the group SL(2,Z) acting on the hyperbolic plane. 
Tuesday
Sept 27 3:00 pm 
Dave Bachman Pitzer College 
Title: Heegaard Genus is NPHard Abstract: In joint work with Ryan DerbyTalbot and Eric Sedgwick, we show that the problem of determining the Heegaard genus of a 3manifold is NP hard. 
Tuesday
Oct 4 3:00 pm 
Jieon Kim Osaka City University 

Tuesday
Oct 11 3:00 pm 
Brittany Fasy Montana State University 

Tuesday
Oct 18 
No Meeting  Fall Break 
Tuesday
Oct 25 3:00 pm 
Amanda Curtis UC Santa Barbara 

Tuesday
Nov 1 3:00 pm 
Jim Hoste Pitzer College 
Title: Diagramatic Moves on 3diagrams Abstract: The classical theory of knots and links is often approached via link diagrams and Reidemeister moves. The important result is that two diagrams represent the same link if and only if they are related by a sequence of Reidemeister moves. Recently, several papers have explored the topic of link diagrams with multicrossings. In these diagrams, n strands are allowed to cross at a single point in the plane, creating what is known as an ncrossing. Many of the obvious results analogous to classical diagrams have been proven. For example, given any n>1, every link has an ndiagram, that is, one with only ncrossings. However, until now, no analog of the Reidemeister moves have yet to be found for multicrossing diagrams. In this talk I will describe a set of 3diagram moves and prove that they are sufficient to pass between any two 3diagrams of the same knot. This is joint work with Colin Adams and Martin Palmer. 
Tuesday
Nov 8 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Nov 15 3:00 pm 
Danielle O'Donnol University of Indiana. 

Tuesday
Nov 22 3:00 pm 
Jose Ceniceros Louisiana State Univ. 

Tuesday
Nov 29 3:00 pm 
Kanako Oshiro Sophia University 

Tuesday
Dec 6 3:00 pm 

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Jan 31 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Feb 7 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Feb 14 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Feb 21 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Feb 28 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Mar 7 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Mar 14 
No Meeting  Spring Break 
Tuesday
Mar 21 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Mar 28 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Apr 4 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Apr 11 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Apr 18 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
Apr 25 3:00 pm 


Tuesday
May 2 3:00 pm 
