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1998 Spring Central Section Meeting
Manhattan, KS, March 2728, 1998
Meeting #932
Associate secretaries:
Susan J Friedlander, AMS
susan@math.northwestern.edu
Special Session on Quantum Topology

Friday March 27, 1998, 8:00 a.m.10:55 a.m.
Special Session on Quantum Topology, I
Room 130, Cardwell Hall
Organizers:
David N. Yetter, Kansas State University dyetter@math.ksu.edu
Louis Crane, Kansas State University crane@math.ksu.edu

8:00 a.m.
Discussion

8:45 a.m.
Kauffman bracket skein modules and the noncommutative torus.
Razvan Gelca*, University of Michigan
Charles Frohman, University of Iowa
(93257106)

9:30 a.m.
Vassiliev's knot invariants and the lower central series of the pure braid groups.
Theodore B Stanford*, US Naval Academy
(93257194)

10:15 a.m.
The Kauffman Bracket Skein Module at Roots of Unity, and Reduced Observables.
Doug Bullock, Boise State University
Charles Frohman*, The University of Iowa
Joanna KaniaBartoszynska, Boise State University
(93257188)

Friday March 27, 1998, 2:30 p.m.5:25 p.m.
Special Session on Quantum Topology, II
Room 130, Cardwell Hall
Organizers:
David N. Yetter, Kansas State University dyetter@math.ksu.edu
Louis Crane, Kansas State University crane@math.ksu.edu

2:30 p.m.
How to integrate a knot.
Charles Frohman, University of Iowa
Joanna KaniaBartoszynska*, Boise State University
(93257191)

3:15 p.m.
Discrete Physics and Topological Quantum Field Theory.
Louis H. Kauffman*, Univ of IL at Chicago
(93255173)

4:00 p.m.
Diagrammatic Moves Associated to Higher Category Structures .
J. Scott Carter*, University of South Alabama
Louis H. Kauffman, University of Ill, Chicago
Masahico Saito, University of South Florida
(93257134)

4:45 p.m.
State sums for triangulated $4$manifolds and their diagrammatics.
J. Scott Carter, University of South Alabama
Louis H. Kauffman, University of Illinois at Chicago, 851 S. Morgan St. Chicago, Illinois 606077045
Masahico Saito*, University of South Florida
(93257131)

Saturday March 28, 1998, 8:00 a.m.10:55 a.m.
Special Session on Quantum Topology, III
Room 130, Cardwell Hall
Organizers:
David N. Yetter, Kansas State University dyetter@math.ksu.edu
Louis Crane, Kansas State University crane@math.ksu.edu

8:00 a.m.
Discussion

8:45 a.m.
Discussion

9:30 a.m.
State sum models for quantum gravity.
John W Barrett*, University of Nottingham
(93283209)

10:15 a.m.
State Sum Models, Spin Foam Models, Quantum Gravity .
Carlo Rovelli*, Pittsburgh University
(93283116)

Saturday March 28, 1998, 2:30 p.m.4:40 p.m.
Special Session on Quantum Topology, IV
Room 130, Cardwell Hall
Organizers:
David N. Yetter, Kansas State University dyetter@math.ksu.edu
Louis Crane, Kansas State University crane@math.ksu.edu

2:30 p.m.
Cabling HOMFLYVassiliev knot invariants.
Sergei Chmutov, Program System Institute, PereslavlZalessky, Russia
Oliver T. Dasbach, Columbia University
Arkady Vaintrob*, New Mexico State University
(93257184)

3:15 p.m.
${\cal S}_{2,\infty}(H_n\# H_m;Z[A^{\pm 1}],A)$.
J\'ozef H Przytycki*, George Washington University
(93257210)

4:00 p.m.
Lattice Gauge Field Theory.
Doug Bullock*, George Washington Univ.
Charles Frohman, University of Iowa
Joanna KaniaBartoszynska, Boise State University
(93257125)
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