Moves & Milestones

bridges vol. 25, April 2010 / 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.

Walter Munk

munk_walter_small.jpg has been awarded the 2010 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences for his research on ocean circulation by Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences. He will receive the 4 million kronor ($560,000) prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on May 11, 2010, in the presence of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf, where the Crafoord award has been given annually since 1982 for scientific research in areas not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

Born in Vienna, Munk moved to the US in 1932. A professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 1954, he made numerous important contributions to the field of oceanography, among others, over the course of his career, earning him memberships in over a dozen professional societies, including the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London. Munk has been both a Guggenheim Fellow (three times) and a Fulbright Fellow, and has received numerous awards and honors.

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Wolfgang Winkelmayer

winkelmayer_mh_010710_small.jpg was appointed director of clinical research and associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Winkelmayer received his medical degree from the University of Vienna. He was trained in general internal medicine and nephrology in Vienna, where he served as director of dialysis at the Kaiser Franz Josef-Hospital prior to coming to the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998. There he received his Master's in Public Health in health care management and a Sc.D. in health policy and management. Most recently, he has been assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research focus is comparative effectiveness research in kidney disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.


Manfred Einsiedler

einsiedler_mh_033010_small.jpg was appointed full professor at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, Department of Mathematics.

Einsiedler received his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna in 1999 and habilitated in the field of algebraic dynamics in 2001. He was a Schrödinger Fellow at Pennsylvania State University and has held assistant and visiting professor positions at the University of Washington, Princeton University, and Université Lyon. After a tenured appointment at Ohio State University as associate and later as full professor, he moved to Switzerland in the summer of 2009.

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halaschek-wiener_mh_032910_small.jpg was appointed director of research at InspireHealth, an integrated cancer clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Dr. Halaschek-Wiener holds a M.Sc. in molecular genetics and a Ph.D. in molecular oncology, both from the University of Vienna, Austria. He recently completed his senior postdoctoral fellowship program at the Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. He has published one book chapter and more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Astrid Kaltenböck

kaltenboeck_small.jpg was appointed head of the Clinical Development Center Gaithersburg at Intercell USA, Inc. a subsidiary of Austrian biotechnology company Intercell AG based in Vienna.

Since 2002, Kaltenböck has been working in clinical development of vaccines, first at Baxter AG and then at Intercell AG, both in Vienna.  Before pursuing her career in the pharmaceutical industry, she was assistant professor at the University of Pharmacy in Innsbruck.

Kaltenböck earned her Ph.D. focusing on molecular modeling of G-protein-coupled receptors at the Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck in collaboration with Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. She studied pharmacy at the University of Innsbruck.


Christian Köberl

koeberl_mh_032510_small.jpg was appointed director general of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna.

Köberl received his Ph.D. in astronomy and chemistry at the University of Graz. From 1994 to 2000 he was an adjunct professor at Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire. He is the author of 16 books as well as hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and has received numerous international awards, among them the Antarctica Service Medal of the United States, and the Barringer Medal and Award of the Meteoritical Society. He had an asteroid named after him in 2007.


Manfred Laubichler

laubichler_mh_032910_small.jpg was named an AAAS Fellow in 2010.

A full professor of theoretical biology and history of biology at Arizona State University, Laubichler holds a M.Sc. in zoology from the University of Vienna, a Ph.D. in biology from Yale, as well as a M.A. in history from Princeton University. He has held fellowships at Princeton, Yale, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and is currently a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

For his work he has received numerous achievement awards and research grants. His areas of interest include theoretical, developmental, and evolutionary biology and the history of biology.


Jörg Hermann Fritz

fritz_small.jpg has been appointed assistant professor within the Complex Traits Group and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

After earning his Ph.D. in the Department of Microbiology and Genetics at the University of Vienna, Fritz moved to the Institut Pasteur in Paris and to the University of Toronto to obtain his postdoctoral training on innate immune recognition. He will start his faculty position at McGill University in 2011.

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Otto Vogl

Vogl_Otto_small.jpg was awarded the Distinguished Honorary Alumni Award 2010 by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Vogl received his doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Vienna in 1950 and was an instructor there for several years. In 1953, he accepted a position as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Michigan and then at Princeton University, after which Vogl began a 13-year industrial career with DuPont. He joined the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1970 and concluded his career as the first endowed (Hermann F. Mark) chair in polymer science at Polytechnic University in New York. Vogl is now a professor emeritus of both institutions.

Vogl was chairman of the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry and president of the Pacific Polymer Federation. He is a foreign member of Austrian and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the recipient of numerous awards and medals, including the Exner Medal and  Honorary Cross for Arts and Science of Austria. He is also an honorary member of the Austrian Chemical Society. His extensive writings include over 640 articles and scientific papers. He was for many years the editor-in-chief of Progress in Polymer Science, the leading review journal in polymer science.