Bahar Acu

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:

(7) Symplectic mapping class group relations generalizing the chain relation

Internat. J. Math., [Journal], [arXiv] (Joint w/ R. Avdek)

(6) Planarity in higher-dimensional contact manifolds

Int. Math. Res. Not. IMRN, [Journal], [arXiv] (Joint w/ A. Moreno)

(5) Contact open books and symplectic Lefschetz fibrations

Advances in Mathematical Sciences, [Journal]

(4) An introduction to Weinstein handlebodies for complements of smoothed toric divisors

(Joint w/ O. Capovilla-Searle, A. Gadbled, A. Marinković, E. Murphy, L. Starkston, and A. Wu) [Journal], [arXiv]

Proceedings of the Research Collaboration Conference for Women in Symplectic Geometry and Contact Topology, to appear.

(3) The Weinstein conjecture for iterated planar contact structures

Submitted. [arXiv]

(2) Generalizations of planar contact manifolds to higher dimensions

Submitted. [arXiv] (Joint w/ J. B. Etnyre and B. Ozbagci)

(1) Weinstein handlebodies for complements of smoothed toric divisors

(Joint w/ O. Capovilla-Searle, A. Gadbled, A. Marinković, E. Murphy, L. Starkston, and A. Wu) Submitted. [arXiv]

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

Edited Books

- Research Directions in Symplectic Geometry and Contact Topology, 2021, Springer

Editoral Board: B. Acu, C. Cannizzo, D. McDuff, Z. Myer, Y. Pan, L. Traynor - Proceedings of the 2019 AWM Research Symposium, 2020, Springer

Editoral Board: B. Acu, D. Danielli, M. Lewicka, A. N. Pati, Saraswathy RV, M. I. Teboh-Ewungkem

Translation:

- E. Giroux's 2002 ICM paper in French: Géométrie de Contact: de la Dimension Trois vers les Dimensions Supérieures

Translation to English: Contact Geometry: From Dimension Three to Higher Dimensions

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Awards & Honors in Research:

- Summer Collaborators Fellowship, IAS, Princeton
- Leibniz Fellowship, Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics, 2019
- USC Edward and Dolores Blum Research Prize, 2016
- USC Summer Research Fellowship, 2011-2016

Research & Travel Grants

- NSF-AWM Travel Grant, 2019
- 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

Atilim Geometry Topology Workshop, 2015

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Upcoming Talks

- 2022

- Members' Colloquium, IAS, Princeton, NJ
- Low-Dimensional Topology, Gauge Theory, and Symplectic Geometry Seminar, Stony Brook University and the Simons Center, NY
- Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar, University of Minnesota, MN
- AMS Special Session on Knots and Links in Low-Dimensional Topology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Invited Research Talks

- 2021

- Symplectic topology, contact topology, and interactions, Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, France

- Young Faculty Speaker, Graduate Student Topology and Geometry Conference, Indiana University Bloomington, IN
- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Colloquium, Louisiana State University, LA
- Junior Symplectic Geometry Seminar, Spring 2021, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
- Short Talks by Postdoctoral Members, Fall 2021, IAS, Princeton, NJ
- Geometry graduate colloquium, Fall 2021, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

- 2020

- Symplectic Geometry Seminar, Fall 2020, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
- UCGEN, Fall 2020
- AMS-AWM Special Session on Women in Symplectic and Contact Geometry, Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 2020, Denver, CO

- Special Session on Knots and Links in Low-dimensional Topology, AMS Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting, March 2020, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
- Special Session on Computational Aspects of Symplectic Topology, AMS Central Sectional Meeting, April 2020, Purdue University
- Geometry and Topology Seminar, April 2020, Michigan State University
- Young Faculty Speaker, Graduate Student Topology and Geometry Conference, April 2020, Indiana University Bloomington
- Special Session on Low-dimensional Topology, AMS Spring Central Sectional Meeting, April 2020, Purdue University
- Iowa Topology Seminar, Spring 2020, University of Iowa
- Geometry and Topology Seminar, May 4, 2020, University of California, Irvine
- Iberoamerican Congress on Geometry, June 2020, Morelia, México

- Canceled talks due to CoViD-19 pandemic.

- 2019

- Symplectic Geometry Seminar, ETH Zürich, December 2019, Zürich, Switzerland
- Nantes-Orsay Seminar on Symplectic and Contact Geometry, University of Nantes, December 2019, Nantes, France
- Uppsala Geometry and Topology Seminar, Uppsala University, November 2019, Uppsala, Sweden
- Lyon Geometry Seminar, Université de Lyon I, October 2019, Lyon, France
- 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 (two talks)
- 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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I co-organized Geometry&Physics seminar at Northwestern University from 2018 - 2020.

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

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Miscellaneous:

- How to give a talk by Bryna Kra