Special session on low-dimensional topology
AMS-SMM Conference
Fourth Joint Meeting of the
American Mathematical Society-Sociedad Matematica Mexicana
May 19-22, 1999
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Special session on low-dimensional topology

The official schedule of talks is now out; you can look here to find the schedule for the low-dimensional topology session, as well as the invited address by Francisco González Acuña, which is slated for the last invited address slot of the conference.

This page is intended to provide information for speakers and attendees of our little get-together this coming May. What this page will evolve into is anybody's guess at this stage; it is likely that in the end it will serve in large part as a clearing house for questions sent to the organizers, which makes a good place to start! This session is being organized by

Mark Brittenham britten@unt.edu
Francisco González Acuña fico@math.unam.mx
Luis Valdez-Sanchez valdez@math.utep.edu

To communicate with all of the organizers simultaneously, you can send email to the mail alias dentonldt@unt.edu

The math department at UNT has already built a web page for the conference, including directions to Denton from all points of the compass, and links to the various attractions in the vicinity of Denton, TX (translation: Dallas and Fort Worth. North of Denton is alot of nothing all the way to Oklahoma, and then there is more of nothing. I guess the indian reservation might have a casino up there.... but if you're into that stuff, you should go to the Las Vegas meeting.). This page should probably be treated as a supplement to that page, for things of this sort.

First off, you probably want to know who will be giving the talks in the special session.

Once you decide that you can't possibly miss out on such an outstanding collection of talks, you will no doubt want to know how to get to Denton, where to stay in Denton, and what to do in Denton (besides attend talks).

Conference schedule

As of this writing, the basic schedule of the conference is planned to be:

Wednesday, May 19, 7pm: opening ceremony and plenary address, followed by a reception.
Thursday, May 20: Special sessions, followed by plenary talks, morning and afternoon.
Friday, May 21: special sessions and plenary talk, morning, special sessions afternoon; the conference organizers have arranged a `Night in Fort Worth' for the evening (see the AMS page for more details).
Saturday, May 22: Special sessions all morning, special sessions and plenary address in the afternoon, with a closing banquet in the evening.

So unlike most AMS meetings, this meeting does not end at noon of the last day. Of course, you will probably want to stay over Saturday night anyway, in order to grab those rock-bottom airfares....

The official schedule of talks is now out; you can look here to find the schedule for the low-dimensional topology session, as well as the invited address by Francisco González Acuña, which is slated for the last invited address slot of the conference.

Where things are at UNT

The mathematics department is located on the fourth floor (which is deceiving; the ground floor is the second floor) of the General Academic Building (GAB - building 9 on the campus map), where one of the fragments of Avenue B meets one of the fragments of Mulberry Street (neither is continuous). There are several sizable parking lots where Avenue C meets Mulberry; I do not know if parking will be allowed there or not, at this time. (It might be significant that the department's web page gives directions to the parking garage...) It is doubtful that the talks will take place in GAB; the last thing that I heard suggested that the talks would take place in the university union (which might explain the parking garage directions). The meeting information currently provided by the AMS does indicate that the bulk of the talks will take place in the University Union (building 2 on the campus map, where Prairie and Chestnut turn into one another). The parking garage is in that Prairie/Chestnut loop. The science library is adjacent to GAB (in building 4 - Info Sciences), and actually has a very decent selection of journals, the only problem being that their layout is highly non-intuitive.

I ought to mention that the map that those links up there send you to is a little out of date; there has been recent work around Ave D, Ave E and Eagle to sort of push all of the traffic over to Ave E.

More information will be forthcoming, as events warrant!