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bridges vol. 19, October 2008 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

In its "moves & milestones" section, bridges presents career steps and other outstanding events in the professional lives of Austrian scientists and scholars in the US and Canada.


Konrad Hochedlinger
was selected by MIT's Technology Review as one of the 35 leading young innovators under 35. He was recognized for his work in biotechnology, refining the "reprogramming" process of turning adult cells into stem cells.

Before directing his own lab at Harvard University, Hochedlinger completed his Ph.D. and postdoctoral work at MIT.

To learn more about Konrad Hochedlinger and his work, please visit
 http://www.massgeneral.org/regenmed/research_hochedlinger.htm .

Michael Schlossmacher


discovered a link between a gene involved in Parkinson's disease and genes that regulate iron metabolism during production of red blood cells. This discovery was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Schlossmacher holds the Canada Research Chair in Parkinson's disease at the Ottawa Health Research Institute and the University of Ottawa (Faculty of Medicine), and is a neurologist at The Ottawa Hospital.

More information about Michael Schlossmacher is available at
 http://www.ohri.ca/profiles/schlossmacher.asp .


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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
recently became director of the Information & Innovation Policy Research Center at the National University of Singapore. He was previously associate professor of public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger will publish a book called Useful Void: The Value of Forgetting in the Digital Age in summer 2009. His contribution to the book Goodbye Privacy - Grundrechte in der digitalen Welt - Grundrechtstage 2007 was called "Nützliches Vergessen" and discusses the same issue.

For more information about Goodbye Privacy, please visit the web site of the publisher .

To learn more about Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, please visit http://www.vmsweb.net/ .

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Isabella Graef


is organizing the conference "Wiring the Brain ," which will take place in Adare, Ireland, in April 2009.  This conference will bring together scientists from diverse areas to discuss fundamental processes underlying brain wiring and the effects of variation in neurodevelopment genes.

Isabella Graef is assistant professor at the Stanford School of Medicine. To learn more about her work, please visit http://graeflab.stanford.edu/ .



Patrick Trojer
recently joined the start-up Constellation Pharmaceuticals as the company's first founding scientist. Constellation, a drug discovery company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, develops therapeutics based on recent research results in epigenetics.

Trojer previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biochemistry, New York University School of Medicine.
For more information about Constellation Pharmaceuticals, please visit
 http://www.constellationpharma.com .

Brigitte Muehlmann


received the 2008 Deloitte/American Taxation Association Teaching Innovation Award for "The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global World of Taxation."

Muehlmann developed an approach to teaching multi-jurisdictional taxation following the life of a T-shirt, based on the award-winning book by Pietra Rivoli. The book tells the life story of a T-shirt, from a Texas cotton field to a Chinese factory to a used clothing market in Tanzania via Maryland and New York.

Muehlmann is associate professor of taxation at Suffolk University in Boston and visiting professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU).

Please visit http://www.suffolk.edu/business/22785.html for more information about Brigitte Muehlmann.



Philipp Schnabl
recently joined New York University's Stern School of Business as assistant professor of finance.  His work focuses on corporate finance, financial intermediation, and banking.  His most recent work examines the transmission of credit supply shocks across countries and the impact of credit supply shocks on access to finance, investment, and economic growth.

Before joining the Stern School of Business, he worked as a consultant for the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank, and the Boston Consulting Group. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2008.

For more information about Philipp Schnabl, please visit
http://w4.stern.nyu.edu/faculty/facultyindex.cgi?id=475 .

Franz Franchetti


was promoted to research scientist with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on automatic performance tuning and program generation for emerging parallel platforms.

Franz Franchetti holds a Master of Science in technical mathematics and a Ph.D. in computational mathematics, both from the Vienna University of Technology.

Please visit http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~franzf
  or  http://www.ece.cmu.edu/directory/details/1197 
 for more information on Franz Franchetti's research focus and his educational background.

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Eva-Maria Rumpfhuber
recently finished her doctoral degree in geological sciences with a focus on geophysics at the University of Texas at El Paso / University of Oklahoma, and in July joined the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Houston, Texas, as a research geophysicist. She is in the process of publishing her dissertation titled An integrated analysis of controlled and passive source seismic data, which focuses on the integration of various geophysical datasets to gain a better understanding of the subsurface of the Earth.

Eva-Maria Rumpfhuber received her Dipl. Ing. from the Vienna University of Technology in 2002.

More information on her work can be found at http://www.geo.utep.edu/pub/eva/ .

Charles F. Dunkl


professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Virginia, wrote a survey article "Reflection Groups in Analysis and Applications," describing developments arising from his work. The article will appear in the Fall 2008 issue of the Japanese Journal of Mathematics, the official journal of the Mathematical Society of Japan .

Dunkl constructed mathematical objects now called Dunkl operators, the Dunkl transform (an extension of the Fourier transform), and the Dunkl kernel, in the mathematical literature. His work has been used in algebra, analysis, mathematical physics, and probability.

Dunkl is a fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP) and founder of the Activity Group on Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

More information can be found at http://people.virginia.edu/~cfd5z



Clemens Ruthner


was appointed German studies lecturer at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Ruthner was previously a visiting professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and completed his Ph.D., and a postdoc dealing with Austria-Hungary in 1867-1918, at the University of Vienna.

Kosta Cvijovic


is building a research cooperation between the  University of Vienna and two Canadian universities, the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. 

He is a Ph.D. student enrolled at the University of Vienna with Dr. Walter Jaeger, and his research project in Canada is being supervised by Dr. Heather  Boon at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy  http://pharmacy.utoronto.ca/ in collaboration with Dr. Sunita Vohra  from the University of Alberta.

Kosta Cvijovic holds a master's degree in clinical pharmacy from the University of

For more information about Kosta Cvijovic, please visit
http://merian.pch.univie.ac.at/pch/kc_info.html .


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