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March 2014

8th Karl Vodrazka Colloquium at the JKU

On behalf of the business faculty, JKU professors Gerhard Wührer and Helmut Pernsteiner extended an invitation to the 8th Karl Vodrazka Colloquium on March 31, 2014 at the Uni Center. Prof. Bernadette Kamleitner (Vienna University of Economics) was invited as a special guest speaker and held a presentation titled "Wo Nutzen ist, da müssen auch Kosten sein?". The lecture was followed by a intensive discussion.

Inspiration from the Animal Kingdom: The World’s First Flexible, Transparent Image Sensor Now Calculates an Object’s Depth

In 2013, Prof. Oliver Bimber and Alexander Koppelhuber M.Sc. (Institute of Computer Graphics, JKU) presented innovative new technology to the world: the first bendable and completely transparent image sensor. In cooperation with Microsoft Research, both researchers from Linz are now working on another breakthrough: an image sensor capable of calculating an object’s depth. Inspired by nature and the jumping spider, JKU researchers will have the results of their new technology published in the renowned scientific journal “Optics Express”.

Deadline to Enroll in Medicine at the JKU Draws to a Close

Prospective applicants interested in enrolling in the medical degree program at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz have until midnight on Monday, March 31 to register online for the 2014 application procedure. So far, 214 prospective applicants have registered to take the Austria-wide entrance examination on July 4.

“National Innovation Award” Presented to Hearing Implant Technology Made in Austria

It is technology that has conquered the world in less than two years: For many hearing impaired people, the "Bonebridge" hearing implant system can re-open the world of hearing. The results based on research cooperation between the Austrian hearing implant manufacturer MED-EL, "Linz Center of Mechatronics" (LCM), and the Institute of Electrical Drives and Power Electronics at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz caused large (sound) waves in the professional world. Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner (Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy) presented MED-EL with the “2014 National Innovation Award” – a great tribute to the successful collaboration of three research partners.

Getting Kids Excited About Technology: Girls’ Day Junior at the JKU

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz once again took part in the 2014 Girls’ Day program. The Girls’ Day Junior pilot program is for 3rd and 4th graders in elementary school classes and aims to get kids – especially girls - interested in technology and naturally sciences.

zukunft.jku – JKU Rectorate Supports the New JKU Austrian Students’ Union Initiatives

The Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz represents JKU students’ interests on campus. Since Winter Semester 2013/2014, ÖH representatives have been asking students questions such as: What issues concern students? How can studies at the university be improved? The answers have been compiled in a report titled “zukunft.jku” and the JKU Rectorate and the head representative for the JKU Austrian Students’ Union are currently working together to address student concerns and requests.

Strong Number of Applications for Medical Studies at the JKU

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz has been accepting applications for admission to the new medical degree program since March 1. The numbers are strong: 128 applicants have registered to take the Austria-wide entrance examination on July 4. Prospective applicants still have until March 31 to register.

Underground Economy, Welfare Fraud and Tax Evasion in Austria: Who is the Biggest Culprit?

New figures introduced by Prof. Friedrich Schneider (Institute of Economics, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) show that welfare fraud now amounts to over 1.1 billion euros (in other words, 1.32% of total expenditures for social benefits) between 2011 and 2013. Tax evasion/tax avoidance (resulting in a loss of revenue for the state and social benefit contributions) is a result of unreported employment and amounts to 2.96 billion euros (or, 2.35% of tax revenue or social benefit contributions). Common tax evasion between 2011 and 2013 averaged 1.86 billion euros (or, 2.18% of all tax revenue).

Scientists On the Trail of Molecules: Research Breakthrough at the JKU

Atoms and molecules are jittery and constantly in motion as well as extremely small and almost impossible to grab a hold of. They vibrate constantly and measuring them accurately is one of the greatest challenges in applied physics. Research at the Department of Solid State Physics at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz has led to a new, unique global breakthrough: a new method to measure molecules and atoms. The results will be published in the scientific journal “Physical Review Letters”.

JKU Professor Appointed to Federal Chancellor's Bioethics Committee

JKU's competence in medicine and law has been confirmed once again: The Austrian Chancellor has appointed members to its bioethics committee and one of its 25 members hails from the JKU. Prof. Alois Birklbauer (Institute for Criminal Law) will actively take part in commission activities for the next three years

Recent Developments in the Microscopic World: Mirrored Molecules in the Fight Against Cancer and Insects

One of chemistry’s greatest secrets is that although a number of molecules occur in two variants, an original and its mirror image, we also often find only one species in nature. The reason as to why nature is happy to dispense with its mirror image has still not been sufficiently explored. Research currently being conducted at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is focusing on the use of synthetic approaches as a way to best address this phenomenon.