Volume 16 - December 17, 2007 - OpEds & Commentaries

Moves and Milestones

bridges vol. 21, April 2009 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

In its "moves & milestones" section, bridges presents career steps and other outstanding events in the professional lives of Austrian scientists and scholars in the US and Canada.

Hartmut Häffner

haeffner_hartmut_small.jpgHaeffner Hartmutwas appointed assistant professor of physics at the University of
California at Berkeley in August 2008 and recently received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. He researches quantum information processing with trapped ions.
Häffner worked as senior scientist at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Innsbruck, Austria, in the research group of Prof. Blatt from 2001 until 2009. He was part of the group's outstanding success regarding realization of the first quantum bytes and effective teleportation with atoms.
More information about Hartmut Häffner, his research, and the Sloan Research Fellowship can be found at:
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http://physics.berkeley.edu/research/faculty/haeffner.html   and

Elisabeth Maurer-Spurej

maurer_elisabeth_small.jpgMaurer-Spurej Elisabethset up her own early-stage medical device company in November 2008 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  LightIntra Technology Inc.'s core technology is the ThromboLUX, invented by Maurer-Spurej in 2006 (Phys Med Biol.2006;51:3747-3758). ThromboLUX is a dynamic light-scattering device to test the quality and function of platelets for transfusion, and will significantly improve patient care.

Maurer-Spurej, a scientist with Canadian Blood Services, also works as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

For further information on Elisabeth Maurer-Spurej please visit:
http://www.pathology.ubc.ca/html/ClinicalAssocProfessor/Maurer.html   and

Stefan Leutgeb

leutgeb_stefan__small.jpgLeutgeb Stefanreceived a prestigous Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship for his research on the neuronal mechanisms of long-term memory storage. The two-year fellowships are awarded annually for original projects led by outstanding individuals or teams.

Leutgeb is an assistant professor in the Section of Neurobiology at the University of California at San Diego. Before Leutgeb joined UCSD in August 2008, he worked at the Center for the Biology of Memory at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim.

More information about Stefan Leutgeb is available at:
http://www.sloan.org/fellowships/page/19   and

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