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December 2009

JKU Researcher and Scientist Develops Mirror Correction Software for the E-ELT Large Telescope

Austria’s admission to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on July 1, 2008 not only provided a strong boost of support to the area of national astronomy, but in the area of mathematics as well: researchers from universities in Linz, Vienna and Innsbruck, as well as the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, were awarded very important research contracts. One of these contracts, endowed with 2 million Euros, will be coordinated by Ronny Ramlau of the Institute of Industrial Mathematics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) and will address methods of improving the analysis of astronomical observations. The project aims to develop an effective mirror correction software program intended for the future European Extremely Large Telescope, the world’s largest telescope for observations in the area of visible and infrared light. The project will be financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF).

European Commission Honors a JKU University Seminar

The university seminar “Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries” offered by the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Organizational Development was honored as one of the top three “Good Practice Premium cases” for entrepreneurship during the 2009 Conference on the European Charter for Small Enterprises to the Small Business Act.

Upper Austrian Government Awards the State Silver Cross of Merit

In the presence of Upper Austrian governor Dr. Josef Pühringer, Joachim Klaus was presented with the State Silver Cross of Merit by the Upper Austrian government in recognition for his services and dedication to the JKU and state of Upper Austria. He was honored in particular for his role in the founding and development of the JKU Institute of Integrated Studies. The Institute of Integrated Studies researches and implements management and technology programs designed to help disabled students access and manage their universities studies.