Southeast Geometry Conference
Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8, 2011

The 2011 Spring Southeast Geometry Conference will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, at the Department of Mathematics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. The SEGC is an annual conference, in its twenty-first year, covering all areas of geometry consisting of relatively lengthy talks (50 minutes is the norm), both invited and contributed. The conference is free and open to the public. Young researchers and grad students are especially encouraged to participate in the conference, which will include a poster session on the evening of May 7. Registration is not required, but we'd appreciate a quick note if you plan to attend so that we can be sure to have enough coffee to go around. Some NSF support will be available for graduate students, postdocs and junior researchers.

All conference talks will be in Room 412, LeConte (map). Maps and information about parking can be found here.

Schedule for Saturday, May 7.

9:45-11:30 am Pre-conference event:
A stroll along the West Columbia Riverwalk. The entrance is a short walk from the Riverside Inn where several conference participants are staying. Transportation will be provided for others who are interested in the walk.

1:00-1:30 Refreshments, LeConte 410

1:30-2:20 Mohammad Ghomi (Georgia Institute of Technology.)
Directed immersions of closed manifolds.

2:30-3:20 Joe Fu (University of Georgia.)
Integral geometry of real and complex space forms.

3:30-4:20 Jacob Bernstein (Stanford University.)
A variational characterization of the catenoid.

4:20-4:40 Break and coffee LeConte 410

4:40-5:30 Ray Treinen (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.)
Floating Drops: a survey of problems and results.

5:40-6:30 Mike Jablonski (University of Oklahoma)
Ricci solitons on solvmanifolds.

8:30-9:30 Poster session with wine and cheese. LeConte 410

Schedule for Sunday, May 8.

9:00-9:30 Coffee and refreshments LeConte 410

9:30-10:20 John Pardon (Princeton University.)
Gromov's knot distortion

10:30-11:20 Clayton Shonkwiler (Haverford College.)
The Search for Higher Helicities.

11:30-12:20 Jason Cantarella (University of Georgia.)
Distance Subspaces of Configuration Space and the Square Peg Problem.

12:30-1:20 Jason Parsley (Wake Forest University.)
Cohomology reveals when helicity is a diffeomorphism invariant.


Participants are responsible for making their own reservations. The hotels are

Information relevant to the conference:

More information can be obtained from the organizers:
Ralph Howard: howard @
Tom Ivey: iveyt @

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.