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September 2014

JKU Algorithm for the World's Largest Telescope

The exploration of space is one of the most exciting fields of physics research. Using giant telescopes, researchers can learn more about the past and future of the universe. To help further expand our knowledge, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) plans to build a new telescope: the "European Extremly Large Telescope (E-ELT)" with a mirror of over 39 meters across. Part of the mathematical algorithms to control the world's largest telescope were developed together by the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM), the Industrial Mathematics Competence Center (IMCC) and the Institute for Industrial Mathematics at the University of Linz (JKU). The research work will continue for an additional three years.

Please see the press release below for more information. Photos (artists' impressions) free of charge, credit: ESO. See for additional photos. Credit for the photo of Prof. Ramlau: JKU

"Out of Sight, Out of Mind" - Criminal Law Experts Criticize the Treatment of Mentally Ill Prisoners

The number of mentally ill prisoners has doubled in the past ten years. The reason for the alarming rise in numbers: fear and insecurity in society. From September 24-25, 2013, criminal law experts will hold discussions and presentations at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz to discuss why this is not necessarily productive.

See the press release below for more information: Photo: (Prof. Birklbauer Presentation), free of charge; credit: JKU.

JKU Researcher Among the Top Most Influential Economists in German-Speaking Europe

A ranking list published by the German newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" ranked JKU professor Friedrich Schneider (Institute of Economics, JKU Linz) 23rd among the most influential economists in German-speaking Europe.

Over 4000 School Students Attend the 2013 Studies Information Fair (SIM)

Over 4000 upper level secondary school students attended the 14th annual Studies Information Fair held at the JKU Linz campus from September 18-20. Students learned about the broad range of educational opportunities available in Upper Austria.

See press release below for more information. Photos free of charge.

Photo MG 6494: Rector Richard Hagelauer, Student Union Chairman Michael Obrovsky, LR Doris Hummer. Credit: Land OÖ/Kauder.
Photo 2: Academic advising services at one of over 60 stands

Sociologists Warn: "The Welfare State is Under the Threat of Destruction"

The job, economic and welfare state crises will be the subject of a panel discussion featuring international guests on September 25, 2013 at the VHS Linz (6:00 PM, Wissensturm). JKU experts will also present their research results for discussion. They warn: it's 5 minutes to 12 - if not addressed soon, the extensive destruction of the welfare state could be imminent.

JKU at the Forefront of Semiconductor Research

Everyone knows that computers, once large machines that took up almost the entire space of a desk, now fit in to mobile phones. New materials make it possible to meet the ever increasing demands of modern high-tech development. Scientists at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz are working on conducting research on increasingly efficient materials - and with great success.

Austrian President Fischer Honors Sub Auspiciis Graduates at the JKU

On September 13, DI Clemens Gunter Raab and Mag. DI Heidrun Zellinger (Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences, Johannes Kepler University Linz) graduated with doctorate degrees in Technical Sciences under the auspices of the Austrian Federal President. Graduating “sub auspiciis” is the highest academic distinction for academic work completed in Austria and each graduate received a special ring presented by President Fischer. To meet the criteria to graduate sub auspiciis, students must complete all subjects at upper level secondary schools and at university with an average grade of no less than 100 – the highest grade possible.

SIM 2013 – Educational Opportunities in Upper Austria

Organized and sponsored by the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz and the Upper Austrian government, the 14th annual Studies Information Fair (SIM) will be held on campus from September 18-20, 2013. Upper level secondary school students can visit over 60 information stands to learn more educational opportunities in Upper Austria.

application/pdfPress Release: SIM 2013 (25KB, German only)

JKU Study Shows Foreigner-Unfriendly Election Posters Can Affect Teens From Immigrant Families

Right-wing populist parties such as the FPÖ in Austria or the extreme right-wing NPD party in Germany strongly criticize topics regarding immigration as well as co-existing with people who have other cultural backgrounds. At election time, these critical attitutudes can often be very pointedly expressed. A study at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) has studied the impact these election posters can have.