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February 2014

Following in the Footsteps of Great Researchers: Scientists Duplicate Wilhelm Röntgen’s Experiments Using Modern Methods

The discovery of “X-rays” made physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923) a household name. A scientist ahead of his time, he had no shortage of other ideas and conducted numerous experiments. To the amusement of his fellow colleagues, he would spray electric charges on an elastic band thereby expanding the length considerably. Due to nonexistent instruments at the time, Röntgen was unable to further pursue his experiments and therefore unable to fathom the range and scope of his experiments. Today, almost 100 years later, these experiments provided the groundwork for additional experiments of using modern methods to foster the advancement of artificial muscle science.

Newly Appointed Professors at the JKU: Inaugural Lectures Provide an Overview of Respective Fields of Teaching and Research

Traditionally, the inaugural lectures series featuring newly appointed faculty members at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences and the Faculty of Law provide insight into each newly hired professor’s subject area as well as exposure to science and research, the business community, and local political and community leaders. Four newly appointed professors from the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences will hold their inaugural lectures on topics within their respective subject areas of plastics engineering on March 1 and March 15, 2010 at 4 pm.

Three Universities – One Academic Program: Application deadline for an international Masters Program on May 1, 2010

Together with the Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania) and the University of Tampere (Finland), the Department of Social and Societal Policy at the Johannes Kepler University has developed a joint Masters program in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare. The international Masters program is two years and will begin this September. The application deadline is May 1, 2010.

Detecting Antigens Molecule by Molecule

Researchers at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) under a.Univ.Prof. Dr. Gerhard J. Schütz of the Institute of Biophysics and researchers at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, under Prof. Dr. Mark M. Davis of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford, have succeeded in applying a new imaging strategy to observe the central process in the detection of antigens. Researchers propelled themselves into a nanoworld of individual molecules, tracking the central protein – or so-called T-Cell receptor – for signs of antigens.

Steady Rise in the Number of Working Students: The JKU Wins Points for Offering Flexible Forms of Study

In cooperation with the Fernuniversität Hagen in Germany, academic degree programs designed for students who work full- or part-time are becoming increasingly popular. Approximately 2,200 students Austria-wide are currently taking advantage of these programs. These students are mentored and supervised by the Distance Learning Center at JKU. Students can enroll for the coming semester now. The enrollment deadline is February 15, 2010.

FIT – Information Fair 2010 at the JKU

For the 11th year in a row, the FIT Information Fair will take place at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz from February 8 – 9, 2010. This “Open House” event is aimed at female school students from the 9th level on, as well as all women interested in learning more about the various academic degree programs available in the fields of engineering and natural sciences at the JKU and at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Upper Austria. Participation is free.