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Department of Mathematics, Barnard-Columbia
2990 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Office Hours: by appointment.

Research Interests:knots, braids, 3-manifolds, mapping class groups of surfaces;
related topics in geometric group theory, algorithms, contact geometry, dynamical systems

Curriculum Vitae

Downloadable Publications

Suggested Readings

"A polynomial invariant of pseudo-Anosov maps", talk, 05/23/10

"Lorenz knots and links"; a talk aimed at a general audience of mathematicians 02/13/09

"My Bionic Ear", posted June 1, 2011

"My Favorite Paper"


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