The Valley Geometry Seminar


September 11 Organizational meeting
September 18 Paul Hacking, University of Massachusetts Amherst Smoothing surface singularities via mirror symmetry
September 25 Alexei Oblomkov, University of Massachusetts Amherst Gromov-Witten/Donaldson-Thomas correspondence with descendants
October 2 Tom Braden, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Dualities between hypertoric varieties defined by Gale dual arrangements
October 9 Eriko Hironaka, Florida State University Small dilation pseudo-Anosov mapping classes coming from the simplest pseudo-Anosov braid
October 16 Ivan Losev, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Deformation quantization and W-algebras
October 23 Adam Ginensky, WH Trading Determinantal Equations for Curves and their Secant Varieties
October 30 No VGS AGNES
November 6 Alina Marian, University of Illinois, Chicago The moduli space of stable quotients
November 13 Maksym Fedorchuk, Columbia University Spaces of hyperelliptic curves with simple singularities
November 20 Jarek Buczynski, Texas A&M University Maps of toric varieties in homogeneous coordinates
December 4 David Cox, Amherst Collge Rees algebras and singularities of rational plane curves


The Valley Geometry Seminar meets Friday afternoons in 1634 LGRT at the University of Massachusetts. It is a five-college seminar (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts). The seminar generally is 4:00-5:00 PM with refreshments at 3:45.

The topics include geometry in all its various forms (algebraic and differential geometry, geometric representation theory, topology, combinatorics, symbolic computation, commutative algebra, applications to and from physics, etc.) as well as other topics. The talks are intended for a general audience with geometric interests of some form or other.

The webpage is maintained by Jessica Sidman (email: jsidman at mtholyoke dot edu). Information about past seminars.