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April 2014

13th JKU 2014 Wilhelm Macke Award Presented to Richard Wollhofen

The JKU places great emphasis on both outstanding scientific performance and teaching. Under the motto "Out of the Ivory Tower", on Thursday, April 24 at the JKU, three of this year's Macke Award finalists presented their research to an audience of high school students. The students voted for the best presentation and Richard Wollhofen from Linz was the winner of this year's Wilhelm Macke Award.

Nano 3D Printer – Smaller Than Light Allows?

Advances in nanotechnology have seen the computer evolve from a massive, heavy device to a handheld smartphone that is many times more powerful than could have ever been imagined in the beginning. Incredibly precise manufacturing methods require highly focused lasers. Nano 3D printers at the JKU have improved in leaps and bounds and the Austrian Physical Society has recognized the institute's successes by presenting an award for the best Diploma degree thesis from the past year.

Researchers from Around the World Hit the Books Again in Hagenberg

55 international researchers, scientists and students took part in the 3-day PRACE Spring School program at Schloss Hagenberg. The goal was to bring users and developers in academia together with industrial partners and learn more about effective software development for high performance computing (HPC) research infrastructures.

JKU Research Project Wins Houska Award

The winners of this year’s Houska Awards were announced at a gala event on April 10. The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz was nominated through a research project conducted at the Institute of Signal Processing. Their scientific and academic commitment won them an €10,000 award. The project is a cooperation effort between the JKU, the Alpen Adria University of Klagenfurt (AAU) and Infineon Technologies in Villach.

From the Playroom to the Lab: What LEGO® Blocks Can Teach Us

Learning about research in physics through play? Most people consider playing games to be the opposite end of science: a way to pass the time when there is nothing else to do. At first, the association between playing games and serious research seems puzzling but a closer look reveals a playful approach to science. Play can be a learning tool and often drives scientific progress. Research does not follow any kind of daily regiment and even Einstein believed: "Play is the highest form of research" - one reason why JKU researchers reached for those little interlocking blocks.

Computer Chip Skid Marks – Using Atoms to Play Pool

Ions are electrically charged atoms or molecules and can be found everywhere: in boiling water, batteries, lightening, and inside of stars. The forces between them create ionic scattering. Dietmar Roth, a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Experimental Physics, explains: “It’s like a game of pool using atoms.” Light ions are the “projectiles” (like billiard balls) that are shot towards “object balls”, meaning the atoms from the materials being analyzed. Like a pool queue stick, the initial velocity delivers a high voltage particle accelerator which can be several hundred thousand volts.

Applications to the Medical Degree Program: Majority of Applicants are from Upper Austria

Prospective applicants interested in the new Bachelor’s degree program in Human Medicine at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz were able to apply for the program online from March 1-31, 2014. A total of 342 applications were submitted and of those, 60 students will be admitted to the program for the 2014/2015 academic year. 80% of the applicants earned their Matura diploma in Austria and 80% of those applicants reside in Upper Austria.