Distinguished Women in Mathematics Lecture Series

Upcoming Speakers

Fall 2020

Maggy Tomova

Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, The University of Iowa.

Field: Topology

Seminar

Date and Time: Monday, November 30th at 2:00 PM

Zoom link: TBA

Talk: Generalizing classical invariants to achieve additivity

Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss joint work with Scott Taylor where we generalize tunnel number, bridge number, and width of knots to find invariants that have wider applicability in the study of knots, graphs, and 3-manifolds.

Colloquium

Date and Time: Monday, November 30th at 4:00 PM

Zoom link: TBA

Talk: Properties of Knots in Thin Position

Abstract: Width is a knot invariant introduced by Gabai in the 80's as an ad hoc method to study foliations of 3-manifolds. In this talk, I will discuss some of the uses of thin position that have been developed in the last 30 years as well as some cool results about the behavior of thin position and how it compares to other knot invariants.