Angela Gibney is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Georgia, and part of the UGA AGANT (Algebraic Geometry, Algebra, and Number Theory) group. She is joining the math faculty at Rutgers University this fall. Her recent work is focused on conformal blocks, and the development of new methods for their use in studying the geometry of moduli spaces of pointed curves.

**Title**: Algebraic curves and how moduli and parameter spaces help to study them

**Abstract**: Algebraic curves are basic objects studied in many fields of mathematics. We will see how one can use spaces whose points correspond to such curves to answer deep questions about them, including a famous conjecture of Witten, proved by Kontsevich, originally motivated by different models of 2-dimensional quantum gravity.

An undergraduate colloquium talk at PUMS is planned for September 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM at DRL A6.