Oxtoby Centennial Conference

Bryn Mawr College

Saturday and Sunday, October 30 - 31, 2010

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Portrait of John Oxtoby by Bern Schwartz

General Information

Bryn Mawr College hosted a conference on the occasion of John Oxtoby's centennial on the Bryn Mawr campus. The Saturday conference had three parts. The first part consisted of morning talks in dynamics addressed to mathematicians, the second part consisted of two early afternoon talks addressed to a general audience, with undergraduate students especially encouraged to attend. The third part consisted of mid to late afternoon research talks in Dynamics, including a session of talks by Ph.D. students. The Sunday conference consisted of a morning session of talks in dynamics.

The organizers were Joe Auslander (University of Maryland, College Park), Leslie Cheng (Bryn Mawr), Aimee Johnson (Swarthmore), Paul Melvin (Bryn Mawr), and Cesar Silva (Williams).

Partially supported by an NSF conference grant.


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338 Park Hall

8:50 AM Welcome and Introduction

9:00 - 9:50 Dan Mauldin (University of North Texas), "Some problems and techniques inspired by John C. Oxtoby"

10:00 - 10:50 Susan Williams (University of South Alabama), "Oxtoby and Toeplitz minimal systems: An excursion"

11:00 - 11:50 V.S. Prasad (University of Massachusetts, Lowell) "Continuous versions of the homeomorphic measures theorem"

1902 Lecture Fund talks primarily addressed to undergraduates

Thomas Great Hall

Group Picture 1:30 - 2:20 Robert Devaney (Boston University), "The Fractal Geometry of the Mandelbrot Set"

2:30 - 3:20 Fern Hunt (National Institute of Standards and Technology), "A Model of Routing in Computer Networks"

3:30 - 4:00 Reception

Ph.D. student talks

338 Park Hall

4:10 - 4:25 Kathryn Lindsey (Cornell University) "Tight upper bounds on the number of invariant components on translation surfaces by connected component of moduli space"

4:30 - 4:45 Kevin McGoff (University of Maryland), "Random subshifts of finite type"

4:55 - 5:10 Kelly Funk (University of Illinois) "Continuous and smooth realizations of ergodic transformations of finite entropy"

5:15 - 5:30 Bethany Springer (Colorado State University), "Some Results in Almost Continuous Dynamics"

338 Park Hall

5:40 - 6:10 Nelson Markley, "Completing the Weil-Hedlund-Anosov Program"

6:30 Banquet (Wyndham Alumnae House , Bryn Mawr College)


338 Park Hall

9:00 - 9:40 Jane Hawkins (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Families of type III_0 ergodic transformations in distinct orbit equivalent classes",

9:50 - 10:30 Mike Keane (Wesleyan University), "Understanding Ergodicity"

10:40 - 11:20 Ethan Akin (City College, CUNY), "Good Measures on the Cantor Set"

11:30 - 12:10 Tim Austin (Brown University), "The quantitative ergodic theorem and embeddings of groups into Banach spaces"

Traveling to Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr College is located in Bryn Mawr, PA, less than a half-hour drive from Philadelphia. The closest airport is Philadelphia airport.

See also Bryn Mawr's own travel directions .

Hotel Reservations

Please refer to Bryn Mawr College Oxtoby Centennial Conference when making reservations.

Reservations must be made by 10/7/10 (Radnor) and 10/5/10 (Wayne) to receive the special rate (and later for a slightly increased fee): $119.00 per night for single and $129.00 per night for double occupancy. Reservations are not available on line and must be made by phone or fax to: 1) Radnor Hotel, reservations (610)-688-5800, toll free at (800)-537-3000, or by fax at (610)-341-3299, or 2) Wayne Hotel, reservations (800)-962-5850, or fax (610)-687-8387. Both hotels are about 10 - 15 minutes drive from the Bryn Mawr campus. There is a local train line from the hotels to the campus, see www.septa.org and select Regional Rail. There choose the Paoli/Thorndale Line; the Wayne station is a block behind the Wayne Hotel and stops in the Bryn Mawr campus. For other hotels see Accomodations in the area.


Please register for the conference by sending an email to oxtobyconference@gmail.com. Please send the following information: Name, affiliation, and arrival and departure dates. If requesting financial support please send in a short budget. There is NSF grant support for the conference.


If coming to the banquet please send a check for $30 by October 22, 2010 to cover the buffet. Make the check payable to the BMC Math Department and send it to Mathematics Department, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. It will conver a buffet that will inlcude chicken, fish and vegetarian plates. The banquet will be at 6:30 PM on October 30 in Wyndham Alumnae House.


For more information, contact Leslie Cheng, Paul Melvin or Cesar Silva.