In This Issue

Written by  Juliet M. Beverly

bridges vol. 38, August 2013 / In This Issue


As Washington is now experiencing the "real" summer days that are typical this time of the year, we can't help being reminded of the Sun – which gives us the perfect opportunity to congratulate Team Austria for being selected to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon of the US Department of Energy this October in Irvine, California! Even though the country has experienced a rather cool summer, we expect that Team Austria, led by the Vienna University of Technology, will bring the heat to its competitors. Isabella Zwerger provides the details on Team Austria, the LISI house, and how Austria has become an international forerunner in energy-efficient buildings.

While we're talking about building, bridges presents a Q&A with President and CEO Karl Rudisser from the Austrian company, Blum, Inc., a leading manufacturer of functional hardware for the cabinet and furniture industry. Together with Swiss industrial component supplier, Daetwyler Corporation, they began developing their "own workforce" in their US subsidiaries in North Carolina in a program called "Apprenticeship 2000." Read how these European companies have created a local US apprenticeship model and is making it in the USA.

In "News from the Network," we introduce Austrian Innsbruck native, Esther Lorenz, who, inspired by Jean Nouvel's l'Institut du monde arabe of Paris, studied at the Technical University of Graz, traveled to the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor, and is now a lecturer at the University of Virginia. In the article, author Alfred Lurf captures Lorenz's experience with balancing practical and theoretical architecture, cultural dynamics and urban landscapes. In the words of Esther Lorenz: "architecture has great social and political power..." 

In the mind-set of journeys, our ever-traveling ambassador for S&T in diplomacy, Norman Neureiter, revisits Poland where he is honored by receiving the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit from President of the Republic of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski at Belweder Palace in Warsaw. 

Also, "Innovation Matters" columnist, Stephen Ezell, takes on "the scourge" of forced localization barriers to trade – LBTs – calling for a global effort to push back against forced localization policies that consequently inhibit innovation-based economic growth. Speaking of innovation, AAAS's Matt Hourihan analyzes the US FY2014 R&D Budget request and questions whether current legislators consider investments in science and innovation a priority.

In addition to these, you will find other commentaries and informative pieces on institutions, new programs, "News from the Network," and "Noteworthy Information," in this issue of bridges.

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