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A Conference in Honor of
the First Anniversary of
Ronald Fintushel's 60th Birthday

November 10-12, 2006

Location: Tulane University, New Orleans

This conference is jointly supported by Louisiana State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Tulane University


General Information

We are very pleased to re-announce a weekend conference in honor of Ronald Fintushel. This site will be periodically updated to reflect newly available information; any questions regarding the conference can be directed to one of the organizers below via email.

The conference dates are November 10-12, 2006. Lectures will begin late in the afternoon of Friday the 10th, to accommodate participants who are travelling that day. Likewise, talks will finish by noon on Sunday the 12th. More specific information regarding the schedule can be found below.

While the slate of speakers is full, there will be a preprint table for participants to display recent work: we especially encourage graduate students and recent Ph.D.'s to take advantage of this.


Confirmed Speakers
  • Denis Auroux (M.I.T.)
  • Yakov Eliashberg (Stanford University)
  • Elisenda Grigsby (Columbia University)
  • Peter Kronheimer (Harvard University)
  • Peter Ozsvath (Columbia University)
  • Jongil Park (Seoul National University)
  • Ronald Stern (U.C. Irvine)
  • Andras Stipsicz (Renyi Institute)
  • Margaret Symington (Mercer University)
  • Clifford Taubes (Harvard University)

Talks will be 50 minutes with a 25-minute break between each, except Sunday. The tentative schedule can be found here.

The Fintushel Conference is being held in Tulane University's Law School, Weinmann Hall, room 110 located in the center of the campus, a five minute walk from the streetcar stop. Registration and breaks will be in room 106. A campus map is available here; Weinmann Hall is building #32.

There will be a conference banquet on Saturday evening at the Bon Ton Cafe, a New Orleans restaurant on Magazine Street not far from the French Quarter. The cost for unsupported participants is $35 per person (payable at the conference or by check payable to Tulane Math Department, mailed to Geralyn Caradona, Math Department, Tulane University, New Orleans LA 70118); the menu will offer a choice of three entrees plus a vegetarian option.


There is no registration fee. However, we ask that if you plan to attend, please fill out our registration form. If you registered for the original incarnation of this conference, we ask that you submit the registration form again as a reconfirmation of your plans.


Please click here for a list of registered participants.


Limited NSF funding will be available for travel and lodging expenses; priority will be granted to postdocs and graduate students. Our funds will go further if participants can obtain partial funding from other sources. Where appropriate we will work with you to coordinate support sources; most convenient for us is to provide local support for a participant who can obtain travel funds from another source. At this point all of our support funds have been allocated.

Preprint Table

Participants, particularly graduate students and recent Ph.D.'s, are encouraged to bring preprints or copies of recent papers for display outside the lecture hall. Copying facilities will be available, but we encourage you to bring at least two paper copies to the conference. For further details on the preprint table, please contact Scott Baldridge.

Local Information

New Orleans is served by Louis Armstrong International Airport. Shuttle service is available from the airport into New Orleans at a fare of $13 each way to the Garden District Hotel or any other central New Orleans hotel. Reservations can be made online or you can buy tickets in the airport. It is also possible to fly into Baton Rouge airport, about an hour by car from New Orleans. If you take this option, let us know if you need assistance finding transportation to New Orleans, or if you can offer a ride to others in a similar situation.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Garden District Hotel (2203 St. Charles Ave.) for conference participants. The conference rate of $110 per night (single or double occupancy) plus $1 occupancy tax is guaranteed until October 10, 2006, after which time the rooms will be released, the rate may change, and it may be difficult to find accommodation. To make a reservation please call the hotel at 800-686-5935 and ask for the "Tulane math--Fintushel meeting" rate (we recommend you call between 8am and 5pm central time, Monday through Friday). Note that rooms are reserved for the nights of November 10 and 11, with the anticipation that conference participants will arrive the 10th and depart the 12th. The hotel is located on the corner of Jackson and St. Charles Avenue, and is a 20-30 minute bus ride from Tulane (unfortunately, the streetcar along St. Charles was disabled by the hurricane and is not expected to be operational by conference time).

Other hotels convenient to Tulane include:


The organizers would like to thank the NSF for their generous support of this conference (NSF grant number DMS-0506737), Tulane University for hosting this conference, and Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, for their support. Our appreciation also goes out to all those whose kind thoughts, inquiries, and assistance helped make the rescheduling of this conference possible after the disaster of hurricane Katrina.

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