A Collection of Contributions to Culture, Knowledge and Curiosity

by Caroline Adenberger

Activity Report 2003-04
Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development

by The Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development
Brochure, 40 p, October 2004
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{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick - all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest} This report provides an overview of the activities of the Austrian Council in 2003-04.
The Austrian Council was established in July 2000, and advises the Austrian federal government, the ministers and the "Länder" (federal provinces) in all matters related to research, technology and innovation. The main focus of this report lies in the definition of a long-term national RTD strategy, the ongoing structural reform of the Austrian R&D landscape and the hidden potential within Austrian Science.

Canadiana oenipontana VI
Austria - Canada: Contributions to Culture and Knowledge Transfer

by Ursula Mathis-Moser
ISBN: 3-901249-74-5, 467 p, 2003
cover: Armin Erger

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Canadian Studies Center at the University of Innsbruck, an international symposium entitled "Culture and Knowledge Transfer Between Austria and Canada. 1990-2000" was held in May 2002. The sixth volume of the canadiana oenipontana series contains the proceedings of this symposium, including reports on the increase in contacts, scientific relations and cultural exchanges.

Elfriede Jelinek: Framed by Language

edited by Jorun B. Johns and Katherine Arens
ISBN: 0929497929, 310 p, 1994

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'Elfriede Jelinek: Framed by Language' was published in 1994 and made Jelinek's fascinating and highly relevant literary world available to an English-speaking audience for the first time. The fifteen essays collected in this book demonstrate the significance of Jelinek's literary voice, addressing the author as a master of modernist prose, of postmodern critique of literary genres, and of stage and screen.

Jelinek is represented with an essay on translation and further introduced with an interview. The remaining contributions by eminent scholars from both Europe and the United States illuminate Jelinek's writings through discussions of her major works.

Biological Resource Centers
Knowledge Hubs for the Life Sciences

by Scott Stern
ISBN: 0-8157-8149-0, 128 p, 2004
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Scott Stern, associate professor of management and strategy and academic director of the Biotechnology Center at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University provides a systematic economic assessment of the impact of biological resource centers (BRC). Through their role in facilitating cumulative knowledge in the life sciences and their role as knowledge hubs, BRCs offer insight into how to develop and evaluate policy proposals that impinge on the control of access to biological materials. The author argues that science and innovation policy must be premised on a clear understanding of the role that knowledge hubs play on policy mechanisms that encourage their sustained growth and effectiveness.

State of the World 2004
A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society

by the Worldwatch Institute
ISBN: 0-393-05860-3, 245 p, 2004
cover: Lyle Rosbotham

"State of the World 2004" is the latest edition of the Worldwatch Institute's flagship publication with a focus on the consumer society. The report presents facts and figures about the growth of a global consumer class, with the United States and Europe leading the way, accounting for 60 percent of total consumption despite having just 12 percent of the planet's population. Furthermore, the report shows different ways that can lead to a more sustainable society, such as ecological tax reforms or possibilities of consumer education.

Observed Impacts of Global Climate Change in the U.S.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change

by Camille Parmesan, The University of Texas at Austin; Hector Galbraith, University of Colorado-Boulder and Galbraith Environmental Sciences

Brochure, 47 p, November 2004
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This report assesses the scientific evidence compiled to date on the observed ecological effects of climate change in the United States and their consequences. It evaluates the strength of that evidence and the relationships between observed biological changes and human activities. There is now strong evidence that this global warming is largely due to human emissions of greenhouse gases from a growing fossil fuel economy. Unless these emissions are checked, additional warming of 2-10 degrees is projected by the end of the 21st century.

Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist

edited by John Brockmann
ISBN: 0-375-42291-9, 256 p, August 2004
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A fascinating and original collection of essays from twenty-seven of the world's most interesting scientists from diverse fields, including physics, psychology, biology, mathematics and robotics about the moments and events in their childhoods that set them on the paths that would define their lives. Illuminating memoir meets superb science writing in essays that invite us to consider what it is—and isn't—that sets the scientific mind apart and into action.