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1998 Joint Mathematics Meetings
Baltimore, MD, January 710, 1998
Meeting #930
Associate secretaries:
Robert J Daverman, AMS daverman@math.utk.edu
Donovan H Van Osdol, MAA dv@christa.unh.edu
AMS Special Session on Quantum Gravity and LowDimensional Topology

Wednesday January 7, 1998, 8:00 a.m.10:50 a.m.
AMS Special Session on Quantum Gravity and LowDimensional Topology, I
Organizers:
John C. Baez, University of California Riverside baez@math.ucr.edu
Stephen F. Sawin, Fairfield University ssawin@fair1.fairfield.edu

8:00 a.m.
Discrete physics.
Louis H. Kauffman*, University of Illinois at Chicago
(9308382)

8:30 a.m.
Quantum Theory of Riemannian Geometry.
Abhay Ashtekar*, Penn State
(93081924)

9:30 a.m.
A survey of cohomological physics.
Jim Stasheff*, UNC  Chapel Hill
(93018798)

10:00 a.m.
Kontsevich integrals, knot invariants and TQFT.
Roger Picken*, Instituto Superior T\'{e}cnico, Lisbon, Portugal.
(93055650)

10:30 a.m.
The space of states of canonical quantum gravity, diffeo invariance vs field theory.
Joge Pullin*, Penn State
(93083617)

Wednesday January 7, 1998, 2:15 p.m.6:05 p.m.
AMS Special Session on Quantum Gravity and LowDimensional Topology, II
Organizers:
John C. Baez, University of California Riverside baez@math.ucr.edu
Stephen F. Sawin, Fairfield University ssawin@fair1.fairfield.edu

2:15 p.m.
Perturbative strings from perturbations of evolving spin networks.
Lee Smolin*, Penn State University
(930831024)

2:45 p.m.
The homotopy algebraic structure of topological gravity.
Alexander A. Voronov*, M.I.T.
(93081665)

3:15 p.m.
Quantum gravity: path integrals and state sums.
John W Barrett*, University of Nottingham
(93057808)

3:45 p.m.
A State Sum Formulation for Quantum General Relativity.
Louis Crane*, Kansas State University
(93083164)

4:15 p.m.
QDeformed Loop Representation for Quantum Gravity: Structure and Open Problems.
Seth A Major*, Center For Gravitational Physics and Geometry
Roumen Borissov, Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry
(930001214)

4:45 p.m.
The Kauffman Bracket Skein Module as a C*algebra.
Charles D Frohman*, The University of Iowa
Joanna KaniaBartoszynska, Boise State University
(93057365)

5:15 p.m.
Spin Networks, ChernSimons Theory and Black Holes.
Kirill V Krasnov*, Penn State University
(93086238)

5:45 p.m.
Loop Constraints: A Habitat and their Algebra.
Donald M Marolf*, Syracuse University
Jerzy Lewandowski, Instytut Fizyki Teoretycznej, Warsaw, Poland and MaxPlanckInstitut f\"ur Gravitationsphysik, Potsdam, Germany
(93083601)

Thursday January 8, 1998, 8:00 a.m.11:50 a.m.
AMS Special Session on Quantum Gravity and LowDimensional Topology, III
Organizers:
John C. Baez, University of California Riverside baez@math.ucr.edu
Stephen F. Sawin, Fairfield University ssawin@fair1.fairfield.edu

8:00 a.m.
Grist for a 4D StateSum Mill: Examples of Monoidal Bicategories.
David N Yetter*, Kansas State University
(93018530)

8:30 a.m.
From Loop Quantum Gravity to a Sum over Surfaces.
Carlo Rovelli*, University of Pittsburgh
(93083386)

9:00 a.m.
Path Integrals Linking ChernSimons and WZW Partition Functions.
Dana S Fine*, University of Massachussetts, Dartmouth
(93081438)

9:30 a.m.
2Tangles as a Free Braided Monoidal 2Category with Duals.
Laurel T Langford*, University of Wisconsin at River Falls
John C Baez, University of California at Riverside
(93054317)

10:00 a.m.
Quantum Space and Causality.
Fotini G Markopoulou*, Penn State University
(930831155)

10:30 a.m.
Tautological Classes and Cohomological Field Theories in Genus One.
Alexandre Kabanov, Michigan State University
Takashi Kimura*, Boston University
(93014876)

11:00 a.m.
Lattice Gauge Field Theory and deformation quantization.
Doug Bullock, Boise State University
Charles Frohman, University of Iowa
Joanna KaniaBartoszynska*, Boise State University
(93057711)

11:30 a.m.
Einstein manifolds, spacetime foam, and the cosmological constant .
Steven J. Carlip*, University of California at Davis
(93083114)
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