OST Network & ASciNA Activities

bridges vol. 9, April 2006 / News from the Network

The OST network of Austrian scientists abroad was established by the Office of Science & Technology (OST) at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, and focuses on the outreach of government-related agencies to Austrian scientists in North America. Its main objective has been to support the scientific community with information and specific advice wherever necessary and requested.

Encouraged by the OST, an independent association - ASciNA (Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America) - was founded in 2002 with local chapters being established throughout the US and Canada. For further information about ASciNA, please visit www.ascina.at .

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On March 9, 2006, ASciNA President Eva Schernhammer called an extraordinary general meeting, in which chapter-internal issues as well as matters of importance throughout the association were discussed. A new Chapter "San Francisco Bay Area," to be led by Susanne Pangratz-Fuehrer and Monika Trebo, is in the process of formation. There was also a vote regarding the introduction of a small membership fee and a discussion about Web site updates of www.ascina.at . The date of the next Board Meeting was agreed on.

ASciNA Greater Boston
Contact: Christine Mrakotsky at greater.boston(at)ascina.at

With a well-attended Christmas party (see picture), the Boston Chapter finished the old year and jumped right into activities for 2006. The chapter continues to hold meetings the second Thursday of every month. Again this year we are pleased to host a series of very interesting talks from medical to basic sciences to technology (for an updated program see http://www.ascina.at greater Boston chapter). As always, meetings are followed by a social gathering and have been well attended.

Also planned for this year are social events such as a trip to NY. For more information, please contact Christine Mrakotsky at the address above.


ASciNA New York

Contact: Maria Christina Binz-Scharf or Anton Korinek at greater.NY(at)ascina.at

The ASciNA Chapter Greater New York organizes meetings the first Thursday of every month. The next meeting will be held Thursday, May 4, starting at 8 p.m. at the Penthouse Bar at the Library Hotel, 299 Madison Avenue (at 41st Street). Friends and/or significant others are welcome.

For more information, or to be added to the mailing list, please contact
Maria Christina Binz-Scharf or Anton Korinek at the e-mail address indicated above.

ASciNA Washington, DC
Contact: Ruth Pfeiffer at greater.DC(at)ascina.at

On January 17, 2006, Daniel Aletaha from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH, gave a lecture on "Rheumatoid Arthritis: Epidemiology and Therapeutic Challenges."

On the occasion of Ilona Reischl's and Martin Hoffmann's forthcoming return to Austria, there was a farewell brunch on January 28, 2006, for the two Austrian repatriates.

On February 28, 2006, a lecture was given by Elke Wagner from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH. The lecture was entitled "Cholesterol Transport and its Role in Lipid-Associated Diseases Related to Atherosclerosis."

An extraordinary general meeting via conference call took place on March 9, 2006.

ASciNA Canada, Montreal
Contact: Gregor Kos at gregor.kos(at)mcgill.ca

The ASciNA Canada group in Montreal has started holding regular meetings the last Thursday of each month in a bistro on the Plateau Mont-Royal. Details concerning date, time, and location are available on the Web page of ASciNA Canada http://ascina.at/canada/ which is up-to-date with recent contact information and upcoming meetings and events.

ASciNA Pacific North

Contact: Julius Halaschek-Wiener at pacific.north(at)ascina.at

The next scientific/social meeting of the Vancouver (sub)group is scheduled for April 2006 (after the long Easter weekend). Meeting point is the new Michael Smith Building at UBC (Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall Vancouver) next to the UBC library. Also see http://www.sunsite.ubc.ca/UBCMap/ubcmap.html).

Sandra Goritschnig, a grad student at the Department of Botany at UBC, will give a seminar on the topic "An important role for protein modification in plant innate immunity." Please check at the ASciNA homepage for the exact date and time. Following the seminar, the group will head out for dinner and drinks. {/access}