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1999 Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting
Buffalo, NY, April 2425, 1999
Meeting #943
Associate secretaries:
Lesley M Sibner, AMS
lsibner@duke.poly.edu
Special Session on Knot and 3Manifolds

Saturday April 24, 1999, 8:00 a.m.10:50 a.m.
Special Session on Knot and 3Manifolds, I
Room 2, Diefendorf Hall
Organizers:
Thang T.Q. Le, State University of New York at Buffalo letu@math.buffalo.edu
William W. Menasco, SUNY at Buffalo menasco@tait.math.buffalo.edu
Morwen B. Thistlethwaite, University of Tennessee morwen@math.utk.edu

8:00 a.m.
Constructing horizontal and vertical compositions in cobordism and tangle double categories.
Thomas Kerler*, The Ohio State Univeristy
Volodymyr V. Lyubashenko, Univerity of Kiev
(94357172)

8:30 a.m.
Positive links are strongly quasipositive.
Lee Rudolph*, Clark University
(94357127)

9:00 a.m.
Nontrivial Invariants of Knotted Surfaces.
J. Scott Carter*, University of South Alabama
Daniel Jelsovsky, University of South Florida
Seiichi Kamada, Osaka City University
Laurel Langford, University of Wisconsin at River Falls
Masahico Saito, University of South Florida
(9435794)

9:30 a.m.
Coloring Virtual Knots and Links.
Daniel S. Silver*, Univ. of South Alabama
Susan G. Williams, Univ. of South Alabama
(94357120)

10:00 a.m.
Ordering groups of pure braids and hyperplane arrangements.
Dale P. Rolfsen*, Univ. of BC
Djun M Kim, Univ. of BC
(9435522)

10:30 a.m.
Continuous Fraction expansions for Surface Diffeomorphisms.
Klaus Johannson*, University of Tennessee
(94357117)

Saturday April 24, 1999, 2:30 p.m.5:20 p.m.
Special Session on Knot and 3Manifolds, II
Room 2, Diefendorf Hall
Organizers:
Thang T.Q. Le, State University of New York at Buffalo letu@math.buffalo.edu
William W. Menasco, SUNY at Buffalo menasco@tait.math.buffalo.edu
Morwen B. Thistlethwaite, University of Tennessee morwen@math.utk.edu

2:30 p.m.
Improper group actions and duality.
John Meier*, Lafayette College
Kenneth S. Brown, Cornell University
(94320131)

3:00 p.m.
A contribution of U(1)reducible connections to the colored Jones polynomial and padic properties of quantum invariants.
Lev Rozansky*, Yale University
(94357122)

3:30 p.m.
$n$string Tangles.
John W Emert*, Ball State University
Claus Ernst, Western Kentucky University
(9435716)

4:00 p.m.
qhomotopy skein module of 3manifolds; properties and applications.
Jozef H Przytycki*, GWU
(94357148)

4:30 p.m.
Brunnian braids and links, ntriviality, and group commutators.
Theodore B Stanford*, United States Naval Academy
(94357129)

Saturday April 24, 1999, 2:30 p.m.5:20 p.m.
Special Session on Knot and 3Manifolds, III
Room 4, Diefendorf Hall
Organizers:
Thang T.Q. Le, State University of New York at Buffalo letu@math.buffalo.edu
William W. Menasco, SUNY at Buffalo menasco@tait.math.buffalo.edu
Morwen B. Thistlethwaite, University of Tennessee morwen@math.utk.edu

2:30 p.m.
Kauffman Bracket Skein Module at 4th Root of Unity.
Adam S Sikora*, UMCP and SUNY Buffalo
(94357167)

3:00 p.m.
The subgroup separable property in the braid groups.
Oliver T Dasbach, HeinrichHeineUniversitat
Brian S Mangum*, Barnard College, Columbia University
(94357158)

3:30 p.m.
Group actions on order trees.
Rachel Roberts, Washington University at St Louis
Melanie Stein*, Trinity College
(9435787)

4:00 p.m.
Results on Thin Position.
Curtis Feist*, Marshall University
(9435798)

4:30 p.m.
Extension of incompressible surfaces on the boundaries of 3manifolds .
Michael Freedman, UCSD, Microsoft
Hugh N Howards*, Wake Forest University
Wu YingQing, University of Iowa
(94357134)

5:00 p.m.
Combinatorial Decomposition of Chinese Characters.
Michael E. McDaniel*, Aquinas College
(9435760)

Sunday April 25, 1999, 8:00 a.m.10:50 a.m.
Special Session on Knot and 3Manifolds, IV
Room 2, Diefendorf Hall
Organizers:
Thang T.Q. Le, State University of New York at Buffalo letu@math.buffalo.edu
William W. Menasco, SUNY at Buffalo menasco@tait.math.buffalo.edu
Morwen B. Thistlethwaite, University of Tennessee morwen@math.utk.edu

8:00 a.m.
Knots in nonHaken 3Manifolds.
Marc Culler*, AMS
(94357171)

8:30 a.m.
YangMills measure in the Kauffman bracket skein module.
Doug Bullock, Boise State University
Charles Frohman, University of Iowa
Joanna KaniaBartoszynska*, Boise State University
(94357121)

9:00 a.m.
The Apolynomial from the Noncommutative Viewpoint.
Charles D Frohman*, The University of Iowa
Razvan Gelca, The University of Michigan
Walter LoFaro, Boise State University
(9435754)

9:30 a.m.
Contact Structures On 3Manifolds That Fiber Over $S^1$.
Andrew P Lewis*, UC Berkeley
(94357139)

10:00 a.m.
Constructing tight contact 3manifolds.
John B. Etnyre, Stanford
Robert W. Ghrist*, Geogia Institute of Technology
(9435829)

10:30 a.m.
A dynamics proof that Alexander polynomials multiply under connected sums .
Michael C Sullivan*, Southern Illinois University
(9435809)

Sunday April 25, 1999, 2:30 p.m.5:20 p.m.
Special Session on Knot and 3Manifolds, V
Room 2, Diefendorf Hall
Organizers:
Thang T.Q. Le, State University of New York at Buffalo letu@math.buffalo.edu
William W. Menasco, SUNY at Buffalo menasco@tait.math.buffalo.edu
Morwen B. Thistlethwaite, University of Tennessee morwen@math.utk.edu

2:30 p.m.
The CassonWalkerLescop Invariant and Link Invariants.
Jeff Johannes*, University of Nevada Las Vegas
(9435718)

3:00 p.m.
The CassonWalker invariant for double covers of rational homology 3spheres.
Cynthia L. Curtis*, The College of New Jersey
(9435737)

3:30 p.m.
Comparison among finite type 3manifold invariants.
Stavros Garoufalidis*, Harvard University
Michael Polyak, Tel Aviv University
Mikhal Goussarov, POMI, St. Petersburg, Russia
(9435788)

4:00 p.m.
Finitetype invariants, Massey products and the Johnson homomorphism.
Jerome P Levine*, Brandeis University
Stavros Garoufalidis, Harvard University
(94357103)

4:30 p.m.
Norm duality and hyperbolic 3manifolds.
Steven P Boyer*, Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Xingru Zhang, SUNY Buffalo
(94357119)

5:00 p.m.
On Simple Points Of Character Varieties Of 3Manifolds.
Steven Boyer, UQAM
Xingru Zhang*, SUNY at Buffalo
(9435738)
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