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By Julia Lane

Established in 2005, the SciSIP program aims at advancing evidence-based science and innovation policy by creating and supporting a scientific community that uses and develops new and improved datasets.


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By Michael Hofer & Daniela Frischer

The private nonprofit funding organization  promotes high quality science and research in Vienna. WWTF explicitly supports promising young researchers with a special emphasis on fostering international collaborations.

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bridges spoke with the retired chairman and  CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, who is also a former member of the US President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.


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By Juliet M. Beverly

Over 100 scientists, policy makers, and R&D managers attended the lecture on June 29th at the Austrian Embassy. Ferreira discussed allergies - a topic that affects 25 percent of people in Europe, 20 percent of people in the US, and millions around the world.
 
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By Philipp Asen

Roman Scharf and Daniel Mattes are two successful Austrian entrepreneurs who founded JAJAH Corporation. Their company is one of the most promising IT-start ups of recent years, with its headquarters right in the heart of California's famous Silicon Valley.


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By Gerhard Holzapfel

At the time of Johann W. von Goethe, network thinking was not relevant in science; an individual fighting spirit characterized the everyday life of a scientist. Today, cooperation in engineering science is necessary to provide answers to interdisciplinary issues.


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By Juliet M. Beverly

After a postdoc fellowship in the Rudolf Jaenisch lab at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Marius Wernig went west and is now  associate professor of pathology at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University.


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By Linda Krempl

Gerlinde Wernig is currently finishing her surgical pathology medical training. The energetic woman works at the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute at Stanford University, where  her husband Marius is also doing research.  


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Learn about the accomplishments of outstanding Austrian scientists and scholars in North America.
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Feature Articles
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Not long ago, America’s global leadership in technology innovation was taken as a given. Research from US corporate, academic, and government laboratories reeled off a string of transformative innovations, ranging from transistors to genetic sequencing. But other countries have since closed the innovation gap, and in many cases far outpaced the US.


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By David Goldston & Josh Trapani

The use of science in the formulation of regulatory policy has been a political flashpoint in the U.S. in recent years.  While the issue came to a head and garnered more public attention during the Bush administration, some of the problems at the intersection of science and policy are systemic; they will not magically vanish with a change of administrations or a shift in the composition of the Congress.

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Being the newest member of the European Union’s BILAT projects, BILAT-USA started on October 1st, 2009. It will complement the Link2US project, coordinated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which aims to support EU access to national research and/or innovation programs of the US. 


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By Hans Kordik

Environmental protection is a growing market globally and increasingly contributes to creating new jobs. Because of its long history in environmental policy, and especially its valuable environmental technology industry, Austria has the potential to answer the growing US demand for green technologies.
 
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By Tim Conley, Astrid Fellner & Klaus Heissenberger

Every year, a large number of US students travel to Austria and other European countries to experience international cultural exchange.  However, many of them bring their own faculty and never actually get to interact with local students. This means that both sides miss out on opportunities to learn from each other, reduce prejudice, and have a truly cross-cultural experience.


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By Stefan Eichberger

"Under Crisis Conditions – Using Research and Technology as a Means to Step Out of the Crisis" was the theme of the 6th annual Austrian Science Talk that took place this year in New Orleans. More than a hundred Austrian scholars and scientists gathered on October 3rd to meet with a delegation from Austria and to share with their peers the different experiences  as Austrian scientists working in North America.


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Pielke's Perspective
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By Roger Pielke Jr.
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A Sudden Trip to Pyongyang


By Norman P. Neureiter

 

Letter from Brussels

 

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by Alan Hecht, et al.
 

The US Environmental Protection Agency celebrates its 40th anniversary, an opportunity to take stock of its past successes and future challenges. Sustainability science suggests that effective environmental protection requires an integrated systems approach for the 21st century.


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by Heimo Aichmaier

Policymakers worldwide have to reset the organizational, logistic, and R&D framework of national transportation systems to stimulate  more responsible and sustainable system-integrated transport solutions. E-mobility is considered by many to be a  promising option for today's transportation issues.


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by Philipp Marxgut

This October, the 1st Canadian Science Policy Conference was organized, aiming to establish a (missing) link between scientists and policy makers to build a science policy network in Canada.


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ASciNA Awards 2009 Ceremony in Washington DC - an Event Report

by Dietrich Haubenberger

For the second time, the ASciNA Awards were awarded to young Austrian scientists for their excellent research conducted at North American research institutions.

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by Klaus Taschwer

"Mathematics and theatre should only cross paths when it comes to accounting." states one of the protagonists of "Verrechnet!". So how to rise to the challenge and put mathematics on stage? The paradox solution is self-reflection - or writing a play about writing a play on how to stage a notorious mathematical dispute.  


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by Juliet M. Beverly

Azra Aksamija is an architect and Ph.D. candidate in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. Born in Sarajevo, she relocated with her family to Austria because of the Balkan War. Today, she researches the evolution of the meaning of the mosque and how cultural memory and identity were erased and reinvented after the destruction of mosques in the Balkan War. 


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by Markus Pichler

Vienna-born Markus Wagner is a serial entrepreneur and Business Angel. In 2007, he founded  i5invest, a so-called "new business incubator" for bringing start-ups to the point-of-proof more quickly and efficiently.


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by Astrid Roemer

Currently a Marie Curie Fellow at UC Berkeley, the mathematician works with time-frequency analysis and noncommutative geometry to improve the audio signals in wireless communication.  


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Letter from Brussels  Neureiter on S&T in Diplomacy
  Norman P. Neureiter

Pielke's Perspective
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by Patrick J. Clemins


News from the Network

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Feature Articles
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by Mathias Hoebinger
 

Cloud computing is still a relatively new technology. This article introduces some of the currently available applications and services based on cloud computing, highlighting the anticipated benefits and discussing some of the inherent challenges for providers, consumers, and governments.

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by Johannes Divjak

 

The 2003 electricity blackout was one of the largest in US history, leaving 50 million people without power and providing ample proof that the aging US power grid is in need of an update. A possible solution involves specific upgrades of the old grid to a so-called Smart Grid. 

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by Philipp Marxgut

In January, the NSB published the nineteenth in its series of biennial science indicators reports, which are widely regarded as an authoritative source for analyses of key aspects of the scope and quality of the US science and engineering enterprise in the context of global S&T.

 
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Pyongyang University of Science & Technology: An Educational Experiment

by Caroline Adenberger

After more than a decade of preparation, the first private international university of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will open its doors this May, with 150 undergraduate and 60 graduate students, an international faculty, and even Internet access.

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by Simone Poetscher

WHO estimates that 400,000 of India's citizens die prematurely every year due to the harmful effects of biomass fuel used in households. An Austrian physicist, Wolfgang Scheffler, has been providing his expertise in parabolic concentrator solar cooking for 16 years, with no compensation, to help improve this situation. 


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by Juliet M. Beverly

Julia Neubauer is CFO and current site director for the Ashraya Initiative for Children, a home for street children that she co-founded in 2004. Originally from Rohrbach, Austria, she decided to leave her life as a financial analyst at Princeton for a life of charitable work in Pune, India.


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"Smart Power" Nuclear Diplomacy

by Siegfried S. Hecker

As the world becomes more globally connected and technologically complex, issues such as nuclear security, cyber security, biosecurity, and energy will require scientists to exercise “smart power” to help governments move toward a safer and better world.

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Five Days in Myanmar – Science Diplomacy at 46.8 Degrees C.

by Norman P. Neureiter

During the initial exploratory science diplomacy visit to Myanmar, the AAAS delegation met with scientists and officials in substantive areas in which best chances exist for finding common interests and opportunities for real cooperation.

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Return of the Austrians

by Sascha Cocron

While the Austrian school of economics has gradually fallen out of favor since the middle of the last century, becoming increasingly marginalized by academia into the category of "heterodox economics,"  the recent financial crisis and current recession have changed all that. 

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by Roger Pielke, Jr.

The selection and appointment of committee members to advise policy makers  is a largely unstudied aspect of science policy. However, it is an area with significant importance for understanding the role of expertise in decision making and the intersection of science and politics.

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People in the Spotlight  Letter from Brussels
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Physics with Rudi Grimm: a (Very) Cool Adventure

Meet Austrian Scientist of the Year and experimental physicist Rudolf Grimm who uses laser light to cool atoms and other particles to extremely low temperatures.

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News from the Network
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Introducing Pascale Ehrenfreund

Meet the Austrian astrobiologist who investigates how life began. 

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Germany's newest center for research and innovation opened its doors in New York City.
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The Civilian Research & Development Foundation

CRDF, an Arlington-based non profit is now in its fifteenth year of promoting international scientific and technical collaboration.
 

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Special Focus: International Higher Education

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by Philip G. Altbach and Patti McGill Peterson
 
Higher education is in a period of significant transformation globally, with universities influenced by market forces and everywhere asked to be responsive to demands from students, the society, and the state.

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by Jamil Salmi

 

How does one explain the passion for university rankings, despite the fact that they have so many conceptual and methodological limitations? This article examines this question and how to use comparative data in a constructive and critical way.

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by Patty McAllister, Nathan Bell, and Belle Woods

The US' system of graduate education attracts talented students from around the globe. A recently published report warns that the US needs to redouble its efforts if it wants to sustain a strong competitive position in the international arena.

 
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Jonathan Rameseder: "Fulbrigther for Life" - Austria's 1st International Fulbright S&T Award Fellow

by Juliet M. Beverly

After receiving one of the prestigious Fulbright S&T awards in 2008, Rameseder began his graduate studies in computational and systems biology at MIT, where he investigates the complex signaling networks that determine the outcome of stem and cancer cells. 

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 Pielke's Perspective
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by Roger Pielke, Jr.


Norman P. Neureiter

Letter From Brussels
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Bills in Brief - US S&T Policy News

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News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad
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Crossing Borders: The Austrian Science Talk Goes North
Apply now for travel grants to attend the Austrian Science Talk 2010 in September in Vancouver, Canada.
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OST Scientist Network & ASciNA Activities
ASciNA is now accepting applications for its 2nd Mentoring Cycle 2010/2011.  

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The European Research Council:
Next call for starting grants for young researchers opens in July 2010.

More than €6 billion is available for research and technology projects in all areas of FP7.

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