Moves & Milestones

bridges vol. 18, July 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.

Peter Zoller Peter Zoller
research director, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, and professor, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck, was recently elected a foreign associate by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). NAS elects the scientists on the basis of their "distinguished and continuing achievements in original research." The organization has approximately 2,100 members and 380 foreign associates and being elected into its ranks is one of the highest scientific honors.

Zoller had previously been awarded the Max Planck Medal 2005 and the Dirac Medal 2006 and is also a Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

More information about Peter Zoller and his research can be found at with the corresponding NAS press release being available at .


Gregor Weihs Gregor Weihs
is moving back to Austria in July to take on a full professor position at the Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck.

Weihs had previously worked at the University of Vienna, Stanford University, and Tokyo University before becoming head of the Photonic Entanglement Group at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo.

Please visit for more information about Gregor Weihs.

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Christian KoeberlChristian Koeberl

professor at the Center of Earth Sciences, University of Vienna, recently co-published the findings of  his impact research on the crater at Chesapeake Bay in the latest edition of Science.

As part of the Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure Deep Drilling Project, scientists from the United States, Germany, and Austria are collaborating to gain a better understanding of the processes during and after the impact occurred. To that end, a 2.2-km-deep core-hole was drilled in close proximity to the 35 million-year-old crater.  Koeberl and his colleagues are involved in the detailed analysis of the cores recovered during the process.

Further information about Christian Koeberl can be found at while information about the ICD program is
available at


Christoph Lengauer
Christoph Lengauerreturned to Europe after 14 years in the United States to assume his position as vice president and therapeutic department head of oncology at sanofi-aventis in Paris.

Lengauer had previously served as head of early drug discovery in oncology at Novartis. Before that he was assistant professor of Oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Cell Imaging Core Facility at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Heidelberg.

More information about Christoph Lengauer is available at


Gernot Wagner Gernot Wagner
recently joined the Environmental Defense Fund as an economist in the Climate and Air Program. His work focuses on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by developing viable climate policies.

Before joining the EDF, Wagner worked for the Boston Consulting Group and also contributed editorials to the Financial Times as a Peter Martin Fellow. In 2003 he also wrote a satirical book called Der Rest der Welt (The Rest of the World: A Travel Guide for Homebodies) about Austrians and their perception of people in popular tourism destinations. He received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University in 2007.

Please visit and for more information about Gernot Wagner.

Christian Forst
Christian Forstrecently joined the faculty of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. There his main task is to establish a computational systems biology group studying host-pathogen interactions.

Previously Forst worked as a staff scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He received his doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the University of Vienna in 1993.

To learn more about Christian Forst please visit,2358,100215,00.html.


Christiane Zehl Romero Christiane Zehl Romero
Tübingen Professor of German and Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric at Tufts University finished her forthcoming edition of The Letters of Anna Seghers. 1924–1952. The work contains a collection of letters from the German author Anna Seghers to colleagues such as Herman Hesse, Berthold Brecht, and Peter Suhrkamp.

Please visit for more information about Christiane Zehl Romero and for an excerpt of her latest work (in German only).

Nikolaus Gantner
Nikolaus Gantnera Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental Biology and Toxicology, University of Guelph, recently completed a paper which was accepted by Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and will be published soon. The focus of his current research is to determine the factors which influence the accumulation of mercury in lake food webs in the Canadian Arctic.

He was also recently awarded the John Kelso Scholarship in Environmental and Fisheries Science from the Awards Committee at University of Guelph.

For more information about Nikolaus Gantner please visit


Peter Hahn Peter Hahn
adjunct associate professor of systems engineering in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, had several recent publications in the Operations Research literature, some of which are considered groundbreaking. An upcoming paper called "An algorithm for the generalized quadratic assignment problem" is set to appear in the journal Computational Optimization and Application.

His current research focuses on the quadratic assignment problem which encompasses a variety of problems when it comes to combinatorial optimization. The results of this field of research are applicable in a variety of scenarios, from minimizing wiring to planning transportation networks.

More details about Peter Hahn can be found at where his publications are also available for download.

Erik Vogt
Erik Vogtprofessor of philosophy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, recently published and co-edited his latest book called Derrida und Adorno – Zur Aktualität von Dekonstruktion und Frankfurter Schule (Derrida and Adorno – On the Actuality of Deconstruction and the Frankfurt School). The book focuses on the often overlooked relationship between Derrida and Adorno, their differences and similarities (only available in German).

Additionally Vogt translated Slavoj Žižek’s foreword of For They Know Not What They Do into German; the text is scheduled for publication in late 2008 or early 2009.

Please visit for more information on Erik Vogt and his work.

Roland Faber Roland Faber
founder and executive director of Whitehead Research Project and professor of process theology and religion at the Claremont School of Theology recently completed his latest book called God as Poet of the World: Exploring Process Theologies. The book will be presented and discussed during an event in Chicago on October 31.

Faber is also co-organizing the 2nd International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project on “Beyond Metaphysics? Transcontinental Explorations in Whitehead's Late Thought,” to be held in December 2008.

Please visit and for more information about
Roland Faber and his work.