Georgia Topology Conference*

May 14-18, 2007

Athens, Georgia





*Disclaimer: It may come as no surprise to colleagues, students, and friends of Ron Stern, that on the occasion of his 60th birthday, Ron has rebutted many attempts to hold a conference in his honor. Thus given Ron's long and very distinguished career we simply state that this conference is not in his honor. In particular, the first day of the conference should in no way be confused with a celebration of his 60th birthday.

The 2007 Georgia Topology Conference will be held in Athens,Georgia, on May 14-18, 2007.  The conference is hosted by the University of Georgia and sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Georgia.

The focus of this year's conference will be 3 and 4 dimensional topology and geometry.

Confirmed Speakers:

Anar Ahmadov (Georgia Tech)
John Baldwin (Columbia University)
Scott Baldridge (Louisiana State)
Ron Fintushel (Michigan State University)
Paolo Ghiggini (UQAM, Montreal)
Elisenda Grigsby (Columbia University)
Matthew Hedden (MIT)
Andras Juhasz (Princeton University)
Joan Licata (Yale University)
Thomas Mark (University of Virginia)
Tom Mrowka (MIT)
Swatee Naik (University of Nevada Reno)
Yi Ni (Princeton University)
Burak Ozbagci (Koc University, Turkey
Daniel Ruberman (Brandeis University)
Sucharit Sarkar (Princeton University)
Zoltan Szabo (Princeton University)
Dylan Thurston (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Michael Usher (Princeton University)
Jiajun Wang (Columbia University)
Hao Wu (University of Massachusetts)

Tentative Schedule

Coffee and bagels will be served each morning at 8:15 in room 409 Boyd.

Talks will be in Boyd 328 with the exception of the afternoon talks on
Thursday, May 17, which will be in Room 304, Boyd.
May 14, 2007

May 15, 2007
May 16, 2007

May 17, 2007
May 18, 2007
Coffee Break
Coffee Break
Coffee Break
Coffee Break
Coffee Break
Free Afternoon
Problem Session
Coffee Break
Coffee Break
Coffee Break
Coffee Break
Problem Session
BBQ and Party at Hollingsworth's
Party at McCrory's
Party at Cantrell's
Party at Kazez's

 Titles and Abstracts

Confirmed out of town participants:

Inanc Baykur (Michigan State University)
Jonathan Bloom (Columbia University)
Elena Bogdan(University of Pennslyvania)
Tim Cochran (Rice University)
Tolga Etgu (Koc University, Turkey)
John Etnyre (Georgia Tech)
Josh Greene (Princeton)
Shelly Harvey (Rice University)
Jen Hom (University of Pennsylvania)
Zhen Huan(Indiana University, Bloomington)
Keiko Kawamuro(Rice University)
Constance Leidy(University of Pennsylvania)
Thomas Leness (Florida International University)
Adam Levine (Columbia University)
Helge Moller Pedersen (Columbia University)
Ina Petkova (Columbia University)
Reza Rezazadegan(Rutgers University)
Clay Shonkwiler (University of Pennsylvania)
Margaret Symington (Mercer University)
Ron Stern (UC Irvine)
Zhixu Su (Indiana University)
Anh Tran(GA Tech)
Cornelia Van Cott (Indiana University)
David Shea Vick (University of Pennsylvania)
Jonathan Williams(University of Texas)


Rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn, Athens. The rooms are $75.00 per night with 2 Double beds. To reserve your room please call (706) 549-4433 or 1-800-Holiday and ask for the UGA Math Department Topology Conference block or code "TOC". Guest need to call before April 23, 2007 to make sure you receive your reservations for the discounted rate, anyone who calls after that date will receive the regular hotel rates.


All major airlines fly to Atlanta.  From there, a shuttle service, AAA Airport Express (800-354-7874), can provide the 90 minute trip to Athens for $40 one way.  You should contact them directly to make a reservation. AAA Airport Express drops off and picks up at the Holiday Inn.

The only airline that flies to Athens is US Airways (800-428-4322),which flies to Athens only from Charlotte.  There are three flights a day from Charlotte to Athens, and there are many flights toCharlotte from the Northeast.  The Athens airport is very close totown, and taxi service from the airport.

On the map you'll find Boyd Graduate Studies S05.


There is no registration fee, but please let Julie McEver know if you are planning to come.


Some money may be available for graduate students.  To apply for support, please contact e-mail your information to, 

Please include the following information.  What is your subject of study in graduate school?  If it is not topology, what is your interest in topology?  When do you expect to get the  Who is your faculty adviser?

Additional Activities

Monday, May 14, 2007

Banquet - 6:00pm
East-West Bistro
351 East Broad Street
Athens, GA

Where: 245 Olgethorpe Ave, Athens (map)
Hosted by: Clint and Sue McCrory
Time: 8:00pm

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Where: 344 Milledge Circle
Hosted by: Jim and Nancy Cantrell (map)
Time: 8:00pm

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Canoe trip

Where: Adams Clark Rd., Ila (map)
Hosted by: John and Elsie Hollingsworth
Time: 7:00pm

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Where: 275 Oakbend Dr., Athens (map)
Hosted by:
Will and Sybilla Kazez
Time: 8:00pm

Amazingly, one can do things in Athens other than the conference.  Check out the Flagpole (Athens alternative newspaper) for information about local music, bars, restaurants, and goings-on.  There is also a nice article about Athens in the Friday 10 May 2002 edition of the NewYork Times, written by someone with good taste.

Additional information

Here are some potentially relevant links: UGA Math Department, information about Athens, Flagpole (Athens alternative newspaper), the Red and Black (UGA student newspaper).

Previous years' conferences:






2001(A big one)