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July 2014

Medical Faculty: Over 10 Department Chairs to 2018

The Rectorate at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is inviting members of the medical profession at the future Kepler University Hospital to the JKU for an information and discussion session (dates: July 29th, 30th, or 31st) to report on and discuss topics pertaining to the current state of affairs regarding the Medical Faculty.

Success Story "JKU Open Lab" - Hands-On Research for Kids

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz strongly support programs designed to get young people interested in technology and science. Based on an initiative by State Minister Doris Hummer and together with Borealis AG, the "JKU Open Lab" opened in January 2013 and in a short time, the lab has become a huge success. 3,252 school-age students have conducted research and experiments and the number of participating girls has been higher than the number of boys (1713 to 1539).

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

Computer Olympics in Vienna: "Victory in Logic" for the JKU

The Vienna University of Technology held “The First Olympic Games of Logic". Computer programs developed by researchers from around the world competed against each other in the "Vienna Summer of Logic". The programs competed in 14 disciplines a clear winner emerged: Prof. Armin Biere (Institute of Formal Models and Verification, JKU Linz) took home six of the 43 possible medals and was named multiple Olympic champion of logic. Assist. Prof. Martina Seidl of the same institute also brought home one medal.

Photo:

Credit: TU Vienna

Caption: This is what a champion looks like: Prof. Armin Biere (r) from the Institute of Formal Models and Verification at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz won 6 medals at the first Olympic Games of Logic in Vienna; Assist. Prof. Martina Seidl (l) from the same institute brought home one medal.

See:
http://www.tuwien.ac.at/aktuelles/news_detail/article/8876/ for more info on the games
Institute Info + Contact to Prof. Biere and Prof. Seidl: http://fmv.jku.at/

KinderUni at the JKU: Clever Kids on Campus

The new Upper Austria KinderUni summer activity program for children kicked off in July! The KinderUniSteyr, KinderUniLinz, KinderUniWels, KinderUniHagenberg, KinderUniEnnstal and the KinderUniAlmtal took part; the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz coordinated the program. The program was an enormous success: over 390 children ranging in age from 5 and 16 years old took part in various courses at the JKU.

See press release below for detailed information.

Photos free of charge, credit: JKU. Additional photos in print quality, also credit: JKU, see Dropbox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yepa8f4na9py2hf/AAAOPndr-KOJ1t_tMv-FjlUca

 

Please note the blocking period to today, Friday, July 18, 3:00 PM!

JKU Researchers Create Highly Entangled Photons from Semiconductor Nanostructures: An Important Step Towards Secure Online Data Transmission Using Quantum Enryption

A research team under Assist. Prof. Dr. Rinaldo Trotta and Univ. Prof. Dr. Armando Rastelli (Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics, JKU Linz) have developed sources of entangled photons which could revolutionize the security of online data transmissions.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos and images free of charge; credit: JKU.

Ready for the Future: The First Graduates of Polymer Engineering Technologies at the JKU

Upper Austria is land of polymer engineering – approximately 220 local companies provide over 34,000 jobs in the field. Experts in the area are in high demand – reason enough for the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz - in cooperation with Borealis and OMV - to introduce degree programs in Polymer Engineering Technologies at the JKU in 2009. The project has always been very important to JKU Rector Richard Hagelauer from the very beginning and he can now congratulate the first students who have successfully completed the program.

See press release for detailed information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU.
 
Photo1: from left: Rector Richard Hagelauer, Winoj Balasooriya, MSc, Prof. Reinhold Lang
Photo2: DI David Hummelberger

Identical Teacher Education Programs for Upper Austria and Salzburg

Nine universities and colleges in Upper Austria and Salzburg have joined forces to create an educational region, “Österreich Mitte”, designed to jointly develop education degrees to qualify educators to teach at secondary schools. The proposal for the model of cooperation was signed in Linz on July 10. 2014. A press conference followed in regards to the next steps and included a report on the importance of this structural change in regards to educating future teachers.t.

New Cooperation Agreement with Research Studio Forschungsgesellschaft

Prof. Alois Ferscha (Institute Pervasive Computing, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) has managed the Research Studio "Pervasive Computing Applications" (PCA) since 2006. PCA rapidly evaluates research for R&D collaboration efforts that shows a high potential of industrial innovation. A new cooperation agreement between the JKU and the Research Studio Austria Forschungsgesellschaft (RSA FG) will provide the Research Studio with a total budget of €400,000 of funding during 2014 and 2015 to facilitate accelerated knowledge transfer.

Two JKU Researchers Rank as “Most Cited” Worldwide

Outstanding recognition for the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) of Linz: Two JKU researchers appear in a Reuter’s ranking of the world’s most cited scientists. Both Prof. Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci (Institute for Organic Solar Cells, LIOS) and Assist. Prof. Markus Clark Scharber (Institute for Physical Chemistry) were ranked among 3200 of the most internationally influential researchers.

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

Approval of FFG Qualification Network "SmaPro"

Together with 13 partners - four academic partners, four small and mid-size companies as well as five large companies - RISC Software Ltd. received approval for “SmaPro”, a qualification network that is part of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency’s program titled “Forschungskompetenzen für die Wirtschaft”. "SmaPro" aims to help companies face the future challenges of the German government’s high-tech strategy program Industry 4.0 to, for example, advance digital production processes.

application/pdfPress Release: "SmaPro" Program (191KB, German only)

Historical Day at the JKU: First Entrance Examination for Medical Studies

342 candidates registered for the entrance test to vie for 60 spots in the Johannes Kepler University’s new medical degree program. On Friday, July 4, 2014, 244 (= 71%) applicants were divided up and placed into five different classrooms on the JKU campus to take the examination. This is a new first at the university and after thorough preparation, everything ran smoothly.

Rector Hagelauer on his Future Plans

After his second term at the end of September 2015, Rector Richard Hagelauer has announced he will not seek re-election to the position of Rector of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. He has made the decision due to personal reasons. At a recent press conference, Rector Hagelauer spoke about his personal plans for the future, looked back at his seven year period in office and spoke about the university’s challenges ahead.