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March 2014

JKU Physicists Can Explain Collective Fermion Behavior

Particles in nature are much like people in that some tend to socialize and others are very independent, preferring to be on their own. In regards to the latter, measurements taken by French scientists exhibited an inexplicable result. Under Prof. Eckhard Krotscheck, physicists at the Johannes Kepler University Linz can now theoretically explain these observations for the first time. Their evidence will even soon be published in the renowned scientific journal “Nature”.

Trust Prevails – A JKU Study Confirms Online Customers React Strongly to Quality Seals

Although an increasing number of people are choosing to take advantage of the convenience online shopping can offer, online shopping often lacks direct communication with a sales person. Together with the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the Johannes Kepler University conducted a study on how certification and user feedback can impact online purchases by consumers. The study observed price offers by 911 retailers; of those, 297 are shops based in Austria. The results showed that good customer feedback and quality seals can increase online sales up to a staggering 44%.

Controlling Expert Prof. Jürgen Weber at the JKU’s 6th Annual Karl Vodrazka Colloqium

The room was filled to capacity at the 6th annual Karl Vodrazka Colloquium on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 with an audience of over 200 guests to hear Prof. Jürgen Weber’s presentation titled: "Öffentliches Controlling 2.0 – und es bewegt sich doch".

New JKU Study “Questions” PISA Study Results

Results from a new PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) study are published every three years. In 2012 school students in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) areas will test literacy in three competence fields: reading, mathematics, and science. In Austria, as well as in other countries, the ensuing results always seem to spark explosive debates, particularly in matters of educational policy. A study conducted by the JKU carefully examined the accuracy of the PISA study – and the study’s authors are sounding a note of caution.

Young Muslims Today Caught Between Two Worlds

A study on the lives of young Muslims in Germany today indicate a high degree of cultural shifting (approximately 78 % of German Muslims support integration efforts whereas only 22% prefer to retain their home culture), but at the same time, many young Muslims feel they are not considered “real” Germans. Instead, many Muslims feel the image of Islam is often portrayed negatively, making them a scapegoat when it comes to reported acts of violence in the name of Islam.

Prof. Wolfgang Wagner (Institute of Education and Psychology, JKU) estimates that in general, the results of this study also apply in Austria.

For more information, please see the press release below as well as Prof. Wolfgang Wagner's detailed evaluation of the study.

Official Study: http://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/DE/Broschueren/2012/junge_muslime.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

Inquiries:

Prof. Wolfgang Wagner, Institute for Education and Psychology

Ph.: 0732/2468-8577

E-Mail: Wolfgang.Wagner(/\t)jku.at