Moves & Milestones

bridges vol. 12, December 2006 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

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

Christine Mrakotsky, Edda Fiebiger, & Ingeborg Friehs

Mrakotsky_etal_smallwere selected as Eleanor and Miles Shore 2006 Scholars in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and received the Children's Hospital Boston Faculty Career Development Award. The award supports promising young faculty for their advancement of science. The recipients were selected from a pool of over 50 applicants.

Dr. Mrakotsky is instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and is on the neuropsychology faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston. Her research focuses on endocrine and immune influences on brain development. The award recognized Dr. Mrakotsky for a longitudinal project on the effects of steroids and inflammation on memory development in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Fiebiger is instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and is on the faculty in the Gastrointestinal Cell Biology Laboratories at Children's Hospital Boston. Her research focuses on understanding the cell biologic basis of immune events in the gut. The award was granted for the investigation of activation of the immune system during food allergy and food hypersensitivity.

Dr. Friehs is Instructor in surgery at Harvard Medical School and is on the faculty in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Children's Hospital Boston. The award recognized Dr. Friehs for a project on endogenous angiogenesis inhibitors to prevent capillary growth in hypertrophic myocardium.

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Ernst Zinner

Zinner_Ernst_smallwill be honored for his lifelong contributions in the field of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and its applications in the earth and space sciences with a symposium named after him "SIMS in the Space Sciences: The Zinner Impact." The symposium will take place February 3-4, 2007, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Throughout his career, Prof. Zinner has received several remarkable honors, as well as the very distinguished J. Lawrence Smith Medal for investigations of meteoric bodies in 1997.

Details on the symposium can be found at

Andreas Beilhack

Beilhack_Andreas_smallrecipient of last year's €25,000 International ADMO Award for his contributions to hematopoietic cell transplantation, will join the Department of Medicine of Prof. Dr. Hermann Einsele at Würzburg University, Germany.

Andreas Beilhack received his M.D. from University of Vienna, Austria. During his postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Robert S. Negrin at Stanford University, he developed novel tools to noninvasively track stem cells and immune cells using bioluminescence imaging.

His new research team will continue to investigate immune effector mechanisms in stem cell transplantation and cancer. Beilhack's most recent work has been recognized and selected for two oral presentations at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Orlando, Florida, in December 2006.

Johannes Rojahn

Rojahn_Johannes_final_small co-edited the Handbook of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Jacobson, J. W., Mulick, J. A., & Rojahn, J. (Eds.), which was published in October 2006 by the Springer publishing house in New York.

He was also recently named editor of the new Journal of Mental Health Research in Developmental Disabilities, published by Taylor & Francis in cooperation with the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed. The first edition will appear in 2007.

Johannes Rojahn is professor of psychology and director of the Center for Behavioral & Cognitive Development at George Mason University in Virginia. He is also currently serving as elected president of Division 33 (Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities) of the American Psychological Association.

Michael Schlossmacher

Schlossmacher_Michael_smallwas awarded the Canada Research Chair in Parkinson's Disease (tier II) at the University of Ottawa in October 2006. As of August, Prof. Schlossmacher moved his laboratory operations from Harvard Medical School to the University of Ottawa, where he is associate professor of neurology.

Along with heading research studies funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and NIH, among others, Schlossmacher's proposal to the US Department of Defense for a four-year study on Parkinson's Disease was recently accepted and will begin in March of 2007.

For further information, please visit the University of Ottawa's website at

Wolfgang Stürzlinger

stuerzinger_wolf_smallpresented his new system "User Interface Facades" at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology , held in Montreux, Switzerland, in October 2006. The system allows end users to quickly and easily adapt graphic user interfaces to suit their needs.

Wolfgang Stürzlinger is associate professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at York University in Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on man-machine interaction, virtual reality, and computer graphics. Many of his results have addressed current problems with technically innovative solutions.

He is also chair of the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces 2007.

For more information about Prof. Stürzlinger, please visit

Franz Franchetti

Franchetti_Franz_smallwas part of a research team that won a 2006 Gordon Bell Award, presented to innovators who advance high-performance computing. Their winning publication, "Large-Scale Electronic Structure Calculations of High-Z Metals on the BlueGene/L Platform," was selected for the award under the category of "peak performance based on sustained floating point operations per second."

Franz Franchetti is a systems scientist (special faculty) with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on the development of high performance DSP algorithms and he is a member of the interdisciplinary SPIRAL team that investigates the question of whether computers can be taught to write fast code.

For further information, please visit

Anton Korinek

Korinek_Anton_small will finish his Ph.D. in economics at Columbia University at the end of the current academic year. His dissertation is on the topic of "Excessive Dollar Borrowing in Emerging Markets: Balance Sheet Effects and Macroeconomic Externalities."

He is currently participating in the academic job market for Ph.D. Candidates in Economics and will also attend the meetings of the American Economic Association in January 2007.

For more information please visit

Hans Reichenfeld

Reichenfeld_portrait_smallhas published his first book, On the Fringe, a Sort of Autobiography, for which he is not only the writer but also the publisher as well as the distributor. The book documents his memoirs as a psychiatrist who grew up in Freud's Vienna, as a Nazi-fighter and as a Jewish refugee.

Prof. Reichenfeld has been semi-retired for several years as a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.

For further information, and to order a copy of the book, please contact Hans Reichenfeld at hans[dot]reichenfeld[at]sympatico[dot]ca

Peter Fierlinger

fierlinger_peter_smallgave a talk entitled "The Enriched Xenon Observatory for double beta decay" (EXO), an experiment in the field of neutrino physics, at the Stefan Meyer Institute for Subatomic Physics at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna on November 3, 2006.

Peter Fierlinger is a postdoctoral fellow and member of Prof. Giorgio Gratta's research group at the Department of Physics at Stanford University.

For more information on the EXO at Stanford, please visit