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Moves and 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. 36, December 2012 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

Franz HuberFranz Huber

has accepted a tenure-track position and, as of January 2013, will be assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

He is currently director of the Emmy Noether junior research group Formal Epistemology, funded by the German Research Foundation. His areas of specialization are formal epistemology, general philosophy of science, and philosophical logic. His areas of competence are metaphysics, philosophy of language, and metaphilosophy.

Franz Huber did his undergraduate studies in philosophy, German philology, general linguistics, and mathematics at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He pursued graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Erfurt, Germany, and received his doctoral degree (Ph.D., summa cum laude) in philosophy with a doctoral dissertation in philosophy of science.

For more information, see:  http://philosophy.utoronto.ca/faculty/huber/

Fritz GesztesyFritz Gesztesy


On November 1, 2012, Fritz Gesztesy was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) as part of the inaugural class.

The program's initial year is 2013, and the inaugural class of 1119 Fellows represents over 600 institutions worldwide. The designation “Fellows of the AMS” recognizes members who have made contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Among the goals of the program are: creating an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and honoring excellence.

Gesztesy is a Houchins Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Missouri. In 1976, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Graz, Austria, and in 1988 joined the University of Missouri faculty.

For more information, see: http://www.ams.org/profession/fellows-list 



Paul WinklerPaul Winkler

returned to Austria in August 2012, after completing a research stay on an Erwin-Schrödinger Fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, US.

He now works as a university assistant on the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna. His research focuses on nucleation and condensation processes on airborne nanoparticles, using experimental techniques to investigate physical and chemical properties of newly formed nanoparticles. His latest paper, entitled "Identification of the biogenic compounds responsible for size-dependent nanoparticle growth," appeared this October in the Geophysical Research Letters. http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2012/2012GL053253.shtml

Winkler graduated from the University of Vienna in the field of meteorology and holds a doctorate in experimental physics from the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna.

Christian MoestlChristian Möstl

returned to the University of Graz in September 2012, as a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute of Physics, after completing one year at the Space Science Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, US.

While in Berkeley with a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, he worked on improving predictions of the weather in space. Specifically, he improved techniques for forecasting the arrival and effects of solar eruptions on the Earth and other planets. He is the author of more than 30 publications in refereed journals, has presented a number of posters, and has given talks at international conferences. While in California, he also visited and gave seminar talks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, and Lockheed Martin Solar Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL) in Palo Alto.

Möstl received his master’s degree in natural sciences (physics, with an emphasis on astrophysics) as well as his Ph.D. from the University of Graz, Austria.

For more information, see: http://www.uni-graz.at/~moestlc/



Michaela DenkMichaela Denk

was appointed senior information management officer in the Statistics Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in September 2012. She is now responsible for metadata standards, international standards for statistical data and metadata exchange, and business processes for data dissemination.

Prior to this appointment, she had been projects officer in the Statistics Department of the IMF for three years and had worked at Statistics Austria and the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on statistical metadata management, data modeling, and data integration.

Michaela earned a Ph.D., summa cum laude, in social and economic sciences (with a concentration in statistics) from the University of Vienna (2002).


Friedrich PrinzFriedrich Prinz

was awarded the Wilhelm Exner Medal 2012.    

Friedrich Prinz is Finmeccanica Professor and Robert Bosch Chair of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering at Stanford University. He is also chair of the Research Board of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.    

Prinz's current work focuses on scaling effects and quantum confinement phenomena for energy conversion. In his laboratory, prototype fuel cells, solar cells, and batteries are used to test new concepts and novel material structures.

He obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1975.

For more information, see: http://npl-web.stanford.edu/



Peter NagelePeter Nagele

was awarded the 2012 Presidential Scholar Award by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The Presidential Scholar Award is the highest recognition for mid-career physician-scientists with a specialty in anesthesiology. Peter Nagele is the first European to receive this award. 

He is currently chief of the Section of Trauma Anesthesiology and assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology and Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. From 2008 to 2011 he was president of ASciNA (Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America). Nagele’s main research interests include pharmacogenomics, heart disease, and resuscitation research.

He holds an M.D. from the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria, as well as master’s degrees in clinical research and in genetic epidemiology from Washington University. Peter Nagele completed his medical training at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria.

For more information, see: http://wuphysicians.wustl.edu/physician2.aspx?PhysNum=3520




Timo ThonhauserTimo Thonhauser

has received the highly-competitive NSF CAREER award 2012.

This Faculty Early Career Development Program is a foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The NSF CAREER award is given to outstanding scientists to build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. The award comes with $426,572 to support Thonhauser's research in hydrogen storage.

Thonhauser is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His research group focuses on the application of condensed-matter theory to currently outstanding problems in physics, biophysics, chemistry, and materials science.

Thonhauser received his Ph.D. from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria.

For more information, see: http://news.wfu.edu/2012/09/27/fueling-a-passion-to-teach or http://www.wfu.edu/~thonhat



 Lisa GfrererLisa Gfrerer

has been awarded a DOC grant by the Austrian Academy of Sciences within the context of her Ph.D. project involving cooperation between the Medical University of Vienna and Harvard Medical School.

Gfrerer is currently a research fellow in academic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School in Boston, where she specializes in investigating the developmental and genetic basis of craniofacial morphogenesis, especially cleft lip and palate (CL/P), in the zebrafish model organism. Her background in medical research and in political science allows her to apply in-depth knowledge in both fields to public health issues that arise in and around health care in third world countries, particularly for helping children with CL/P.

Gfrerer graduated from the Medical University of Vienna in 2011 and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Vienna shortly thereafter.



Michael DavidMichael David

published an article in Nature entitled "Codon-usage-based inhibition of HIV protein synthesis by human schlafen 11," posted online in September 2012.

Michael David is a professor in the Division of Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology Section, at the University of California, San Diego. His research group discovered that a gene called human schlafen 11 encodes a protein that inhibits the replication of HIV in infected human cells by specifically blocking the ability of the host cell to synthesize viral proteins.

David received his Pharm.D, and Ph.D, in pharmacology from the University of Vienna, Austria, and did postdoctoral research at the Center of Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA, in Bethesda, Maryland. He was an Erwin-Schroedinger and a Fogarty Fellow, and received Scholar Awards from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

For more information, see:




Asher BiemannAsher Biemann

published his most recent book, called Dreaming of Michelangelo: Jewish Variations on a Modern Theme, in October 2012 with Stanford University Press.

Dreaming of Michelangelo is the first book-length study to explore the intellectual and cultural affinities between modern Judaism and the life and work of Michelangelo Buonarroti. It argues that Jewish intellectuals found themselves in the image of Michelangelo, frequently engaging in dialogue – literally so – with his sculptures and interpreting the Sistine Chapel ceiling as a manifesto of modern humanism.  

Asher Biemann is associate professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. He received a Master of Arts (M.A.) as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria.

For more information, see: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/religiousstudies/people/ab5j.html


Gerhard ApfelthalerGerhard Apfelthaler

has published the article, "The Role of Export Promotion Service Use on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Goal Achievement: A Multidimensional View of Export Performance," in Vol. 41 of Industrial Marketing Management, one of the leading marketing journals.

His article discusses how the use of various national export promotion programs contributes to various aspects of performance (such as financial success or organizational learning) of internationally active companies. Apfelthaler is a full professor of international business in the School of Management at California Lutheran University. Before joining CLU, he was tenured chair of the Department of International Management at the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences. He previously served as commercial attaché to the Austrian Embassy in Singapore, deputy trade commissioner to the United States, and dean of International Business Studies at FH Kufstein for Applied Sciences. He is also a successful entrepreneur, currently involved in a life sciences technology venture in Southern California.

Gerhard Apfelthaler is a graduate of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

For further Information, see: http://www.callutheran.edu/schools/business/faculty/apfelthaler.php

Further recent publications:

Apfelthaler, G., M. J. Shane, and J. Hruby. “It’s a Jungle Out There. On Managerial Cognition, Change, and Learning during Internationalization.“ International Journal of Global Management Studies 3, no. 2 (2012): 22-54.

Azevedo, A., G. Apfelthaler, and D. Hurst. “Competency Development in Business Graduates: An Industry-driven Approach for Examining the Alignment of Undergraduate Business Education with Industry Requirements.” International Journal of Management Education 10, no. 1 (2012): 12-28

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