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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#### From the Other Side: What I Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve Done Better

###### Dr. Rebecca García (Sam Houston State University)

Abstract: Almost fifteen years ago, I remember thinking, “Maybe I’ll never make it out of here with my doctoral degree. Maybe I’m not cut out for this.” We have all been there. Some of us feel this way now. Then, two years later, after sending out my application materials for tenure-track positions, I thought, “Maybe no one will hire me. What if I’m not cut out for this?” Six long years later, more hoops came bounding toward me. “What if I don’t get tenure? Where will we go from here?” These are some pivotal moments in the professional life of a mathematician in the academy. I would like to talk about some of the ways I survived these experiences, what I wish I could’ve done differently, and what I would advise my former self to do, knowing what I now know about this academic life.

4:00 pm in Altgeld Hall 141,Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#### Representation and Character Variety of 3 Manifolds

###### Xinghua Gao   [email] (UIUC)

Abstract: I'll start with defining $SL_2(\mathbb{C})$ representation/character variety of 3 manifold groups. Then I'll talk about how twisted cohomology is used to determine smoothness of these varieties, followed by some applications.