Moves & Milestones

Bridges vol. 39, May 2014 / Moves and Milestones

By Karolina Begusch-Pfefferkorn

Eva Fast

graduated with a Ph.D. in biology from Boston University in May 2013. Since August 2013 she has been a postdoctoral fellow in Leonard Zon’s lab in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University. In her project, she will elucidate novel pathways controlling self-renewal in hematopoietic stem cells using zebra fish as a model organism.

Eva graduated with a Dipl-Ing (FH) in biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) Krems. In 2012 Eva received the ASciNA Young Scientist Award. For more information, see:





Barbara Gluck

received the Ben and Zelda Cohen Fellowship which included an invitation to come to Washington DC and connect sources relating to the Mauthausen concentration camp found at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She is particularly interested in researching recorded interviews with former prisoners held at Mauthausen and one of its sub camps in the museum’s database. Dr. Glück intends to build a comprehensive catalogue of sources and interviews in order to better educate visitors of the Mauthausen Memorial and to better understand the workings of the Holocaust in Austria, especially Mauthausen and its sub camps.

She will be in residence at the center through June 30, 2014.


 Christoph Haselwandter

recently was awarded the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics, which recognizes and supports the most outstanding young scientists working today in the U.S. and Canada. He was recognized for his past research accomplishments and future promise in theoretical biological physics. Christoph Haselwandter is a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and focuses on the basic physical processes underlying the organization, shape, function, and signaling properties of cell membranes.

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Michael Hirschbrich

launched Updatemi at the end of 2013. This new business is a web service that introduces a new format of information to the media world and helps people get to-the-point news. Find more about the venture, which is currently in closed beta, at:

Hirschbrich is an Austrian serial entrepreneur who has been involved in launching technology-based businesses all over the globe, including in Palo Alto, Los Angeles, New York, London, Mumbai, and Upper Austria. In addition to cofounding Updatemi, Hirschbrich is a cofounder of Talenthouse, Inc., and has been serving as its chief technology officer since 2009. He is also a founding partner and advisor of MoveTransportation, and additionally serves as chief executive officer of Kronomy Inc. and IWA Technologies Inc.; all three are companies he cofounded in the past decade.

Hirschbrich holds a master’s degree in politics and history from the University of Salzburg, Austria, a Master of Business Administration from the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, and participated in an international MBA program which has taken him to Hong Kong, Seville, Brussels, Georgia, New York, and Washington, DC.


Manfred Nowak

will receive the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold for his outstanding merits in promoting peace, humanity, and improving common understanding among nations, in particular for his commitment to advance human rights. The ceremony will take place in Berlin on December 17, 2014. The Medal is named after the German nuclear chemist and 1944 Nobel Laureate Otto Hahn, in memory of his worldwide involvement in the politics of peace and humanitarian causes. Previous prizewinners include Tadatoshi Akiba (2012), Japanese mathematician, politician, former mayor of Hiroshima, and cofounder of the Mayors for Peace Organization; Daniel Barenboim (2010), the Israeli Argentine-born pianist and conductor; and Simon Wiesenthal (1991), the Austrian writer and founder of the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna.

Manfred Nowak graduated from the Vienna Law School (1973) and from Columbia University, New York (1975). He has been a professor at the Institute of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Vienna since 1986. He was a member of the Austrian Delegation to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (1986 and 1993) as well as director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) at the University of Utrecht (1987-1989). In 1989, he founded the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna. From 1996 to 2003, Nowak was a judge at the Human Rights Chamber in Bosnia. He was appointed as a U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment from 2004 to 2010.

Currently Manfred Nowak is a visiting professor at Stanford University until July 2014.
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Helmut Reimitz 

has been appointed full professor of history at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton in September 2008, he was head of the Early Medieval Department at the Institute for Medieval Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, one of the European Centers for Early Medieval Studies.

Reimitz holds a Master of Philosophy (with honors) in the fields of history and communication science as well as a Ph.D. (with honors) in history, both from the University of Vienna.




 Anton Zeilinger

was inducted into the American National Academy of Sciences in April as a Foreign Associate. He was one of 21 Foreign Associates from 14 countries elected in April 2013 in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Foreign Associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States. 

Joining Konrad Lorenz, Peter Schuster, Walter E. Thirring, and Peter Zoller, Anton Zeilinger is the sixth Austrian scientist to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. Previous elected members to NAS include the Austrian Angelika Amon in 2010. 

Since 1999 Anton Zeilinger has been professor of experimental physics at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna. Previously, he studied physics and mathematics at the University of Vienna, where he also received his Ph.D. He was then a visiting professor at several universities, including Munich, Berlin, Melbourne, Oxford, Innsbruck, Linz, Grenoble, MIT in Cambridge (Massachusetts), and the Collège de France in Paris. In 2004 he became director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), a branch of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Since 2006 he has been vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) and, since 2010, a board member of the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ).

In March 2013 he was elected president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
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