bridges vol. 20, December 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.

Daniel Grumiller


received the START award of the Austrian Academy of Sciences on November 10, 2008. His project, "Black Holes in Anti-deSitter space, in the universe and in analog systems" will be funded with €1.2 million.

The understanding of black holes is considered to be a milestone on the way towards quantum gravity and has various implications for other disciplines such as cosmology or even solid state physics. This project allows for the establishment of an active and internationally competitive "Viennese School of Gravity."

Daniel Grumiller holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Technical University of Vienna. He joined the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Leipzig, Germany, as an Erwin-Schrödinger fellow from 2004 until 2006. In December 2008, after a two-year stay at MIT, he returns to the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Technical University of Vienna.

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Julia K. Baker,


a native of Graz, has joined the foreign languages department at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN.

Baker's academic interests include contemporary German and Austrian literature and film, German-Jewish life-writing, women's studies, madness in literature, and transcultural literature. Recent publications include an article on Binjamin Wilkomirski's memoir, Fragments, and Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt's fictional life-writing. It will be published in Trajectories of Memory: Intergenerational Representations of the Holocaust in History and the Arts (Cambridge Scholars Press) forthcoming in 2009.

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joined the Law Faculty at the University of Cambridge, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Downing College as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2008.

His main interests are international economic law, international finance, and the settlement of international disputes.  He is currently writing a book on financial crises in international law.

Waibel holds a Dr. iur. in international law from the University of Vienna.

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Werner Benger


has recently published an article in the New Journal of Physics.

Benger is a research programmer at the Center for Computation and Technology of Louisiana State University. He works on visualizing colliding galaxies, rotating neutron stars, and merging black holes. The algorithms he uses consider data sets as fiber bundles, which are mathematical objects often used in topology and geometry.

A significant amount of the data was provided by the University of Innsbruck, where Benger also received his master's degree in astronomy.

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