Moves & Milestones

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

bridges, vol. 34, July 2012 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

Peter Mascher

Peter Mascherhas been inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Members of the Academy are nominated and elected by their peers to honorary fellowships, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

Mascher, one of Canada's leading researchers in photonics, is a professor and William Sinclair Chair in Optoelectronics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. As of July 1, 2012, Mascher added responsibilities as Acting Associate Vice-President for International Affairs to his current portfolio as Associate Dean for Research and External Relations in McMaster's Faculty of Engineering.

Mascher first came to McMaster University in 1989 after obtaining a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from Austria's Graz University of Technology in 1984, and completing four years as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate at the University of Winnipeg.


Franz Franchetti

Franz Franchetti has been promoted to associate research professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior to this, he was assistant research professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2006 he was member of the team winning the Gordon Bell Prize (Peak Performance Award) and in 2010 he was member of the team winning the HPC Challenge Class II Award (most productive system).

Franchetti is Thrust Leader of the Security Thrust in Carnegie Mellon's SRC Smart Grid Research Center and Faculty Senator for the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon. He is CTO and co-founder of SpiralGen, Inc., a Pittsburgh, PA startup company. He is leading the Western Pennsylvania chapter of Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America (ASCiNA).

Franchetti holds a Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc., 2000) degree in Technical Mathematics and the Dr. techn. (Ph.D., 2003) degree in Computational Mathematics, both from the Vienna University of Technology.

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Maximilian Kasy

Maximilian Kasyhas been appointed assistant professor of economics at Harvard University. Before this appointment, Kasy was assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Among his research interests is the identification and parameters of interest in microeconometrics.

Kasy holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Web site: Maximilan Kasy

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Tom A. Henzinger

Tom A. Henzinger received a 2012 Wittgenstein Award, which is Austria's most prestigious scientific award. The Wittgenstein Award is associated with up to €1.5 million of financial support and is awarded each year by an international jury based on international evaluations.

Henzinger is a computer scientist and currently leads a research group of five postdocs and two doctoral students. Henzinger's particular scientific interests are mathematical models for the improvement of software quality. From 2004 to 2011, Henzinger was adjunct professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently he is president of the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria.

Henzinger holds a Master of Science in computer and information sciences from the University of Delaware, and was awarded his doctorate in computer science at Stanford University.

IST-Austria Web site: Tom A. Henzinger

Alexander Rauscher

Alexander Rauscher has been awarded the CIHR New Investigator Award by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The award is worth $300,000 and will enable further research on signal formation in the presence of magnetically inhomogeneous tissues, such as nerve fibers or blood vessels.

Rauscher is a researcher at UBC MRI Research Centre and collaborates with various researchers from the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Radiology, Neurology, and Pathology. Since November 2010, he has been assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of British Columbia.

Rauscher holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Technical University Vienna, Austria.

Further information: Alexander Rauscher

Oliver Hauser

Oliver Hauser received a grant from The John Templeton Foundation, together with Martin Nowak and Benjamin Allen. This grant, entitled "Foundational Questions in Evolutionary Biology," will fund their research on the evolution of cooperation through the lens of mathematics.

Last fall Hauser was awarded the Herbert S. Winokur Fellowship of the Applied Sciences of Harvard University. Awarded annually by the dean, the fellowship goes to the best students in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Hauser holds a Master of Science (physical biology) from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science (physics) from the University of Innsbruck.

Personal Web site: Oliver Hauser


Stefan Dollinger

Stefan Dollinger accepted a position as guest professor for Canadian studies at the English Seminar of the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany, for the 2012 summer term.

The Canadian guest professorship has been awarded since 1982 to foster the exchange between Canadian-based and German scholars. Dollinger is assistant professor of English language in the Department of English, Unversity of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Dollinger holds a teaching degree for secondary schools in English/German and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Vienna.

Further information: Fellowship Canadian Guest Professor

Personal Web site: Stefan Dollinger


Katja Bratrschovsky

Katja Bratrschovsky received a Harvard Sheldon Fellowship for the academic year 2012-2013 to support her research on water management policies and law in the Middle East. As Louis B. Sohn Fellow for the Center of International Environmental Law in Washington, DC, she will also deal with environment, climate change, investment, and human rights-related issues.

During her two years at Harvard, Bratrschovsky concentrated on energy, water, and environmental issues and completed her LLM thesis, Water Management in the Colorado River Basin - Dealing with Scarcity and Uncertainty in the Face of Population Growth and Climate Change, with honors. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Bratrschovsky worked extensively on the Colorado River Basin as a Harvard Water Security Initiative Fellow. This summer she is a teaching assistant for the water diplomacy workshop of MIT-Tufts and is preparing to take the New York State Bar Examination.

Bratrschovsky recently graduated from both the Master of Public Administration program of the Harvard Kennedy School and the Master of Laws program of Harvard Law School. She holds a master's degree in law from the University of Vienna.

Barbara Herdy

Barbara Herdy published a paper in the April 2012 issue of Nature Immunology, "Translational control of NF-kappaB activation and type I interferon production by eIF4E phosphorylation." Type I interferon is an integral component of the antiviral response, and its production is tightly controlled at the levels of transcription and translation.

Herdy is currently a postdoc at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and, prior to this assignment, was a member of Dr. Nahum Sonenberg's lab at McGill University in Montreal.


Herbert C. Kelman

Herbert C. Kelman was elected honorary president of the Institute for Integrative Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in Vienna, which was also renamed the "Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation" in Professor Kelman's honor.

The institute, an independent nonprofit NGO registered and based in Austria, follows in the tradition of Kelman, as he trained several generations of students in the scholar-practitioner model and has integrated students into all aspects of the enterprise. Kelman is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, emeritus, at Harvard University and directed the Program for International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs from 1993 until 2003.

Kelman holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University.

Further information: Harvard Gazette: Institute renamed after Kelman


Andrea Korenjak

Andrea korenjakreceived the Theodor Körner-Prize 2012 for her project: "Klänge als 'psychische Curmethode' - Zur Rolle der Musik in der Psychiatriegeschichte unter besonderer Berücksichtigung Wiens."

Korenjak has been a Max Kade Fellow (2011-2012) and a visiting scholar (2010) in the Department of Music, at Harvard University. She holds doctoral degrees in musicology and psychology, and has a graduate degree in flute performance.

Personal Web site: Andrea Korenjak


Julia M. Puaschunder

Julia M. Puaschunderreceived a six-month extension of her current Max Kade Foundation Scholarship at Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Puaschunder plans to use her scholarship extension for collaboration with the Mapping Globalization Project at Princeton University.

While her current research at the Harvard University Center for the Environment focuses on intergenerational equity in the environmental sustainability domain, Puaschunder will address the topic "Financial Social Responsibility as a means to avert emergent risks and imbue trust in economic markets in the aftermath of the 2008/09 World Financial Crisis," at the Mapping Globalization Project.

Puaschunder holds master's degrees in philosophy and psychology (University of Vienna), in business administration (Vienna University of Economics and Business), and in public administration (Maxwell School, Syracuse University). She also holds doctorates in social and economic sciences (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and in natural sciences in the field of psychology (University of Vienna).

Personal Web site: Julia Puaschunder


Peter K. Pabisch

Peter K. Pabischreceived the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class, from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research. Pabisch is professor emeritus in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at The University of New Mexico.

Pabisch was also recently awarded the prestigious Robert L. Kahn Prize 2012 for poetry in German, which is given by the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German (SCALG). He cofounded the German Summer School at The University of New Mexico and is author of numerous scholarly publications.

Pabisch received his doctoral degree in German literature from University of Vienna and a Master of Arts in modern German literature from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Further information: Peter K. Pabisch


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