Winter 2012 Wasatch Topology Conference

The Mathematics departments of the University of Utah and Brigham Young University along with the National Science Foundation are sponsoring the 31st Semiannual Wasatch Topology Conference to be held December 14th to 16th, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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

All talks are in LCB 323 on the University of Utah campus.


Yael Algom-Kfir, Yale
    Mapping tori of small dilatation automorphisms

Grigori Avramidi, U of Chicago
    Symmetries of aspherical manifolds

Jon Chaika, U of Chicago
    Quantitative shrinking targets for IETs and rotations

Vaibhav Gadre, Harvard
    Word length statistics for Teichm├╝ller geodesics and singularity of harmonic measures

Eriko Hironaka, Florida State
    Quasi-periodic mapping classes

Ilya Kapovich, U of Ilinois, Urbana Champaign
    On the Cannon-Thurston map for hyperbolic free-by-cyclic groups

Michelle Lee, U of Maryland
    Dynamics on the PSL(2, C)-character variety of certain hyperbolic 3-manifolds

Sang Rae Lee, Technion
    Variation of Houghton's groups and its applications

Ben McReynolds, Purdue
    Distinguishing metrics via spectral properties

Justin Moore, Cornell
    Nonassociative Ramsey theory and the amenability problem for Thompson's group

Kasra Rafi, U of Toronto
    Geometry of Teichm├╝ller space



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 University Guesthouse on the campus of the University of Utah. Participants should contact the organizers to reserve a room.

Past Conferences:

Winter 2011
Summer 2011
Winter 2010
Winter 2005
Spring 2005
Winter 2004
Spring 2004