Knots in Washington IX

Friday-Saturday (September 24-25, 1999) ,
Place: George Washington University,

We will start from the Plenary Talk at the Topology Seminar:
Friday,  September 24, Time:  2:30 PM
Speaker:  Witold Rosicki,  Gdansk University
Title:  Coloring and other Quandle invariants of surfaces in 4-manifolds
Place:   Funger  Hall Room 307

The Departmental Colloquium before the conference is of interest as well:
Speaker: Bill Minicozzi, The Johns Hopkins University
Title:  Embedded minimal surfaces and three manifold topology
Place:  Funger Hall Room 223
Coffee and cookies will be served in Funger 223 before the talk
(about 11:30 we will go with both speakers for lunch)

We will continue,on Saturday in Funger 428 (seminar room).

10:00 - 10:30am  Coffee and refreshments

10:30 - 11:20 Ted Stanford (U.S. Naval Academy),
              Knots and links modulo braid subgroups

11:30 - 11:55 Mike Veve (GWU),
              Open problems in billiard knots

12:05 - 12:30 Mark E. Kidwell (U.S. Naval Academy),
              Solution to a conjecture of Stoimenow about plane curves

12:30 -  2:00 Lunch

 2:00 -  2:25 Maxim Sokolov (GWU),
              Dichromatic skein modules and invariants of 3-manifolds

 2:30 -  2:55 Tatsuya Tsukamoto (GWU and  Waseda Univ.)
              The fourth skein module, the Montesinos-Nakanishi
              conjecture and n-algebraic links.

 2:55 -  3:15 Coffee break

 3:15 -  3:40 Adam Sikora (UMD),
              Skein modules at the 4-th roots of unity

 3:45 -  4:10 Jozef H.Przytycki (GWU and UMD),
              Positive knots and their properties.

 4:15 -  4:40 Yongwu Rong (GWU)
              Mutations and the Alexander polynomial
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