Moves & Milestones

bridges vol. 30, July 2011 / 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.



Wolfgang Stuerzlinger

was appointed full professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is a leading researcher in three-dimensional user interfaces and virtual reality and has been at York since 1998.

Professor Stuerzlinger received his Ph.D. in 1993 from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria, and had been working at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.

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Martin Raubal

was appointed professor of geoinformation engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests lie in the area of cognitive engineering for geospatial services. More specifically, he focuses on representing and modeling people's cognition and spatiotemporal behavior, and integrating such models into geospatial applications to enhance people's decision-making support.

He was previously associate professor and vice-chair of the Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, and junior professor at the University of Münster.

Professor Raubal received his Ph.D. in geoinformation from Vienna University of Technology in 2001 with honors. He holds a M.S. in spatial information science and engineering from the University of Maine and a Dipl.-Ing. in surveying engineering from Vienna University of Technology.

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Peter Mayr

has been appointed professor at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. He also chairs Chemnitz UT’s Welding Department.

Mayr received his Ph.D. in 2007 at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Austria, and since then has been working as an assistent professor in Graz. In 2009/2010 he was a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Max Kade scholar.

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Erik M. Vogt

was appointed Gwendolyn Miles Smith Chair of Philosphy at Trinity College. He has been a Trinity professor since 2002.

He also has published a book “Žižek und die Gegenwartsphilosophie,” as well as several articles:

  • "Raszmisljanjla o odosnu med umetnostjo in etiko: Badiou, Ranciere, Zizek," trans. Maja Lovrenov. Borec 62, no. 672-675 (2011): 158-189.
  • "Against Ethicizing Art? Badiou and Ranciere." Cultural Perspectives. Journal for Literary and British Cultural Studies, no. 15 (2010): 205-223.
  • "Technoscience, Neuroscience, and the Subject of Politics." The European Legacy 15, no. 6 (2011): 709-720.
  • "Weak Subjectivities – Identity Formation in the Age of Globalized Communication." Interstudia no. 6 (2010).
Professor Vogt received his Ph.D. from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1992 and qualified as docent in 2003. Since then he has taught at the University of Vienna’s department of philosophy as well as Wadham College, University of Oxford, UK, and Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, US, among other institutions. He has been a Trinity College faculty member since 2002 and was appointed full professor in 2007.

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Alexander Brandl

joined the faculty of the Radiation Protection and Measurement Section in the Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences Department at Colorado State University as an assistant professor in October 2010.

Supported by a grant from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture , he has been conducting research into the management of agricultural animals in a radiological or nuclear incident. The Fukushima nuclear disaster spurred their efforts, so he and his team have summarized their first findings in a paper that will soon be publicly available.

Brandl received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, US, in 2002, and worked at Nuclear Engineering Seibersdorf, a part of the Austrian Institute of Technology (formerly Austrian Research Centers). He is interested in the computer simulation of radiatation fields, shielding, detector efficiencies, radionuclide transport, environmental and workplace monitoring, as well as internal dosimetry.

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Hermann Zschiegner

was one of six finalists in the Eyebeam Data Viz Challenge, a competition in visualizing the United States federal budget. His contribution showcases the breakdown of the federal budget over the last 25 years, categorized by government functions as well as by the various agencies.

He is principal at Two-N, a New York-based design studio working at the cross section of new media, graphic design, and the built environment.

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Andreas Gollner

has published a paper in Nature with Prof. Scott A. Snyder and Maria I. Chiriac called “Regioselective reactions for programmable resveratrol oligomer synthesis.” It reports a synthesis of the resveratrol family – credited with being responsible for apparent health benefits – e.g., in red wine – via a three-stage design. There is also a “News & Views” article in Nature about the paper.

Andreas Gollner is currently a postdoctoral Schroedinger fellow in Columbia University’s Department of Chemistry. Before coming to Columbia, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Cyprus and the University of Vienna, where he received his Ph.D. in 2009.

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Wolfgang Wagner

is the first author of an article recently published in Nature Cell Biology called “Myosin-Va transports the endoplasmic reticulum into the dendritic spines of Purkinje neurons.” Wagner and colleagues were able to define the mechanism by which the cytoskeletal motor protein myosin-Va functions in the Purkinje neurons of the cerebellum to facilitate synaptic plasticity. Synaptic plasticity is thought to underlie learning and memory formation. An image from Wagner's work, depicting a cultured Purkinje neuron, was featured on the cover of Nature Cell Biology.

Wagner holds a diploma and doctoral degree in genetics from the University of Vienna, Austria.




Daniel Kiener

has published a paper in Nature Materials called “In situ nanocompression testing of irradiated copper,” introducing a newly developed method that will substantially improve testing of reactor material. Testing how radiation-induced defects alter mechanical properties is important in designing materials for radiation environments, e.g., nuclear power plants.

The paper is the result of Kiener’s postdoctoral work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, as an Erwin Schroedinger fellow. He has recently taken a position as an assistant professor at the University of Leoben, Austria, where he also received his Ph.D. in materials science in 2007.

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Daniel Schramek

joined the Rockefeller University in New York City, US, as a postdoctoral fellow, where he will be working on novel strategies to identify and characterize novel mediators of epithelial tumorigenesis and metastasis.

Prior to joining Rockefeller University, he was working at the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology and received his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Vienna, Austria. Schramek has also authored three papers, one of which was just published in Nature Genetics.




Saadet Mahmutoglu

published a paper in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism called “Late-onset nonketotic hyperglycinemia caused by a novel homozygous missense mutation in the GLDC gene.” It is the first report of late-onset NKH with a confirmed underlying genetic effect.

She currently is a clinical assistant professor in the  at the Division of Biochemical Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.