Summer 2011 Wasatch Topology Conference

The Mathematics departments of the University of Utah and Brigham Young University along with the National Science Foundation are sponsoring the 29th Semiannual Wasatch Topology Conference to be held August 15th to August 17th, 2011 in Kimball Junction, Utah.

The conference is being organized by Mladen Bestvina, Ken Bromberg, Greg Conner, Jessica Purcell, Eric Swenson and Kevin Wortman.


Ian Biringer, Yale
    Growth of Betti numbers in higher rank locally symmetric spaces

Jeff Brock, Brown
    The Weil-Petersson metric and the geometry of hyperbolic 3-manifolds

Dick Canary, Michigan
    Dynamics on character varieties

Indira Chatterji, Ohio State and Université d'Orléans
    Distortion and bounded cohomology for Lie groups

Matt Clay, Allegheny
    The geometry of right-angled Artin subgroups of the mapping class group

Guillaume Dreyer, USC
    Length functions for Hitchin representations

Steve Kerckhoff, Stanford
    Complex projective surfaces bounding 3-manifolds

Joseph Maher, CUNY Staten Island
    Exponential decay in the mapping class group

Jing Tao, Utah
    Geodesics in Teichmuller space equipped with Thurston's Lipschitz metric


If you are interested in attending the conference please contact the organizers at Some funding is available for graduate students and post-docs. Those interested should also contact the organizers at

The conference will be held at the Newpark Resort in Kimball Junction. Participants should contact the organizers to reserve a room.

Room rates are:

Deluxe room: $89/night
Luxury suite: $119/night