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July 2014

Open Presentation by Nobel Prize Winner Serge Haroche at the JKU’s Physics Conference

The Joint Annual Meeting of the Austrian Physical Society and the Swiss Physical Society will take place at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz from September 3 – 6, 2013. The event is most likely the largest meeting of physicists in the history of Linz. High-profile guests include the 2012 Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Serge Haroche as well as Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus, former Secretary of Energy under US President Bill Clinton.

Cooperation between Japan and Linz Leads to the Development of the World’s Most Ultrathin Light-Emitting Diodes

As reported last week, ultrathin plastic sensors developed jointly by researchers at the University of Tokyo (Japan) and researchers at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz are being considered a scientific breakthrough. The large-scale research project has also cleared the way for additional research success and together with colleagues from Japan, scientists at the Institute for Physical Chemistry (JKU Linz) have developed new light-emitting diodes. Only two micrometers in size, these are now the world’s most ultrathin polymer-based light-emitting diodes (PLEDs).

Researchers in Japan and Linz Develop Revolutionary Plastic Sensors

27 times lighter than a sheet of paper and 10 times thinner than plastic food wrap, super-thin, flexible, high-tech sensors developed by researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan and the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz could not only revolutionize fields of medicine and sports, but find applications in numerous other areas.

See press release below for more information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU. Please contact us if you would like additional photos.

Virtual Agents – Language Instructors of the Future?

Many people would like to learn a foreign language and speak it well but the road to doing so can be a difficult one. Neuroscientist Dr. Manuela Macedonia (Institute of Computer Science) explains how body movements and a virtual agent named “Billie” can lead to success in language learning. Students can learn a language easier and faster than by conventional instruction.

Millions in Funding for “Exotic Physics” at the JKU

The advances in microelectronics have been tremendous with everything becoming smaller, faster and more powerful. Still, one increasingly encounters the limits of physical possibility. There are ideas on how to move beyond limitations and the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is eagerly trying to work with germanium structures from a different perspective. The European Research Council is now supporting this research with € 1.67 million in funding.

See press release below for more information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU

“Sly Foxes” Graduate at the JKU

After three days on campus, approximately 120 children and young teens between the ages of 10 and 15 were given official certificates of completion. A graduation ceremony was held at the JKU for the little researchers who took part in the “Sly Fox Academy” program from July 8-10. Among those in attendance included Prof. Friedrich Roithmayr (Vice-Rector for International Affairs, JKU) and Doris Hummer (Upper Austrian State Minister for Education, Science and Research, Women and Youth).

See the press release below for more information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU.

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From left: Andreas Kupfer, MBA (Rector of SchlauFuchsAkademien, IFAU), Dr. Arthur Hagg (Communications, voest alpine), Mag. Doris Hummer (Upper Austrian State Minister for Education, Science and Research, Women and Youth), Mag. Anke Merkl-Rachbauer (OÖ Technologie- und MarketinggesellschaftmbH), oUniv. Prof. Dr. Friedrich Roithmayr (Vice-Rector for International Affairs, JKU) among Sly fox Academy participants.
 
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Children enthusiastically taking part.

JKU – An Established Leader in Medical Law and Aging Research

The upcoming new Medical Faculty at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz will provide numerous JKU institutes with a wealth of cooperation opportunities in existing fields of research together with the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (nanotechnology, biophysics and mechatronics) as well as the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business & Economics (health economics) and the Faculty of Law (medical law).

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The New Medical Faculty Needs Temporary Arrangements Regarding an Interim Director

Given the debate on the upcoming university law reform, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz has stated that it will not make use of the debatable transitional provision (in accordance with Government Bill 2435 dB XXIV. GP version of § 32 Sec. 3 University Law). The JKU believes a transitional provision would sufficient, enabling the establishment of a medical university/faculty to gradually integrate with departments in the clinical area of the university hospital. Integration of this kind should only be done when the respective appeals process has been completed and an appointed university professor is available to serve as hospital director.