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Moves & Milestones

bridges vol. 28, December 2010 / 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.

Maria Christina Binz-Scharf

maria_binz-scharf.jpgMaria Binz Scharf

was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at the City College of New York (CUNY), where she heads the Management Program.

In the broadest sense, her research examines how individuals search for and share knowledge to accomplish work. More in particular, she is interested in understanding how innovations are diffused throughknowledge networks within and across bureaucratic organizations, as well as how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are used to support processes of knowledge sharing and innovation. Currently, she is studying the collaboration behavior of biologists working in university labs, the referral patterns of primary care physicians, and a network of practice among DNA forensic scientists with grant support from the NSF and the NIH.

Dr. Binz-Scharf holds a PhD in Business Economics from the University of St. Gallen and a BA/MA from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

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Alexander Rauscher

alexander_rauscher.jpgAlexander Rauscher

was appointed assistant professor at the  UBC MRI Research Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in November 2010.

His research is mainly focused on the advancement of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His most recent studies investigate the use of MRI in multiple sclerosis and Parkinson disease. Rauscher works on the development of a new technology with increased sensitivity to microstructure and iron content of brain tissue, which results in more detailed images of the brain than did previous technology.

Prior to joining the MRI Research Centre, Rauscher worked as a researcher at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany and at the Exzellenzzentrum Hochfeld-MR (MR Center of Excellence Hochfeld) at the Vienna Medical University in Austria.

Rauscher holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Technical University of Vienna.

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