Bahar Acu

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Poster of 2012 Women in Math Program at IAS, Princeton

I am primarily interested in the topology and geometry of higher-dimensional contact and

symplectic manifolds and their interactions with several theories such as symplectic

field theory and mapping class group theory.

Publications & preprints:

- Symplectic mapping class group relations generalizing the chain relation

(Joint w/ R. Avdek), Internat. J. Math. 27 (2016), no. 12, 27 pages, arXiv:1412.3789

- The Weinstein conjecture for iterated planar contact structures

Submitted, arXiv:1710.07724

- Planarity in higher-dimensional contact manifolds

(Joint w/ A. Moreno) Submitted, arXiv:1810.11448

- Remarks on iterated planar contact manifolds

(Joint w/ J. B. Etnyre and B. Ozbagci) Draft available upon request.

- Relations in symplectomorphism groups from the geometry of Lefschetz pencils

(Joint w/ R. Avdek) Draft available upon request.

- On foliations of higher-dimensional symplectic manifolds and symplectic mapping class group relations, PhD Thesis, 2017.

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Awards & Honors in Research:

- Leibniz Fellowship, Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics, 2019
- Edward and Dolores Blum Research Prize, USC, 2016
- AWM Advance Grant for Women in Contact and Symplectic Geometry and Topology, 2019
- USC Women in Science and Engineering Travel Grant, 2016
- AMS Graduate Student Travel Grant, 2016
- AWM Travel Grant, 2016
- Summer Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2011-2016

Atilim Geometry Topology Workshop, 2015

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Upcoming Invited Talks

- Special Session on Knots and Links in Low-Dimensional Topology, AMS Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting, March 13-15, 2020, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
- AMS-AWM Special Session on Women in Symplectic and Contact Geometry II, Joint Mathematics Meeting, January 15-17, 2020, Denver, CO

Invited Research Talks

- 2019

- AWM Research Symposium, Special Session: New advances in symplectic and contact topology, April 6-7, 2019, Rice University, TX
- Workshop on symplectic and contact mapping class groups, January 2019, Seoul National University, South Korea

- 2018

- Twenty-fifth Gökova Geometry Topology Conference, May 2018, Gökova, Turkey
- Geometry Topology Seminar, April 2018, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
- Symplectic Geometry, Gauge Theory, and Categorification Seminar, April 2018, Columbia University, New York, NY
- Geometry and Topology Seminar, April 2018, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
- Midwest Women in Mathematics Symposium, April 2018, Purdue University, Indiana, IN
- Geometry & Physics Seminar, February 2018, Northwestern University, IL

- 2017

- Tech Topology Conference, Lightning Talks Session, December 2017, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
- Berkeley Topology Seminar, November, 2017, UC Berkeley, CA
- Invited Paper Session on Low Dimensional Symplectic and Contact Topology, MAA MathFest, July 2017, Hilton Chicago
- Kylerec 2017, Symplectic Fillings of Contact Manifolds Workshop, May 2017, Truckee, CA
- Underrepresented Students in Topology/Algebra Research Symposium, Distinguished Graduate Speaker, April 2017, Amherst College
- Symplectic Geometry Seminar, February 2017, Stanford University
- The 10th Annual Symposium for Women in Mathematics (WiMSoCal), February 2017, University of Southern California
- Claremont College Topology Seminar, January 2017, Pomona College, CA
- Geometry/Topology Seminar, January 2017, Duke University, Durham, NC
- Special Session on Symplectic Geometry, Moment Maps and Morse Theory II, 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 2017, Atlanta, GA
- Special Session on Women in Topology, 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 2017, Atlanta, GA
- AWM Workshop, 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 2017, Atlanta, GA

- 2016

- Tech Topology Conference, Lightning Talks Session, December 2016, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
- AMS Fall Central Sectional Meeting, Special Session on Symplectic and Contact Geometry, October 2016, Univ. of St. Thomas, MN
- Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar, October 2016, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
- Geometry and Topology Seminar, October 2016 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
- Topology Students Workshop, June 2016, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

- 2015

- The 9th Annual Symposium for Women in Mathematics in Southern California, November 2015, Pomona College, CA
- Senior Math and Physics Colloquium, September 2015, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
- IMBM Geometry Topology Workshop, June 2015, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
- Geometry Seminar, June 2015, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey
- Geometry and Topology Seminar, June 2015, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
- Atılım Geometry Topology Workshop, May 2015, Atılım University, Ankara, Turkey
- AMS Spring Western Sectional Meeting, Special Session on Contact Geometry, April 2015, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
- The 13th Annual Graduate Student Geometry Topology Conference, March 2015, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, IL

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Since Fall 2018, I am co-organizing Geometry&Physics seminar at

Northwestern University.

In Fall 2014, I organized the Graduate Joint LA Geometry and Topology

Seminar which gathered graduate students studying geometry and topology

at Caltech, UCLA and USC.

In Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, I was the organizer of Graduate Geometry

Topology Seminar at USC.

Seminar Talks at UCLA

- Quivers, Floer cohomology, and braid group actions, Winter 2017, UCLA
- Introduction to cluster algebras, Spring 2016, UCLA
- PL structures on smooth manifolds, Fall 2014, UCLA
- Compactness in symplectic field theory, Spring 2014, UCLA
- Gromov compactness, Winter 2013, UCLA

Seminar Talks at USC

- Symplectic camel problem, Graduate Geometry and Topology Seminar, Spring 2017
- A geometer's attempt to study the topology of manifolds: Open book decompositions, Graduate Topology Seminar, Spring 2016
- Introduction to moduli spaces of J-holomorphic curves Part I, Graduate Geometry Topology Seminar, Fall 2015
- Introduction to moduli spaces of J-holomorphic curves Part II, Graduate Geometry Topology Seminar, Fall 2015
- Giroux correspondence, Ph.D. Candidacy Oral Exam, Fall 2013
- Existence and uniqueness of Stiefel-Whitney classes, Topology Working Seminar, Spring 2013

Notes and Slides:

- Here you can find slides of my AMS talk (2015) on symplectic mapping class group relations.

Miscellaneous:

- How to give a talk by Bryna Kra