Moves & Milestones

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

bridges, vol. 33, May 2012 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

Ulrike Diebold

Ulrike DieboldUlrike Diebold: Image courtesy of Matthias Heisler, WIT Projekt TU Wienrecently received a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant, funded at €2.5 million. Diebold will use the grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to continue her work on metal oxides and research on ternary compounds, which are compounds that contain three different elements. Diebold, a physicist by training, is one of the leading experts in the investigation of metal oxide surfaces. The ERC grant opens up new opportunities as Diebold, who currently studies surface effects in a vacuum, plans to produce high-definition microscopy images of surfaces in liquid solutions. Before joining the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Technology, Vienna, in 2010, Diebold had been at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, since 1993.

Further information:
bridges article about Ulrike Diebold, September 2007, "Introducing Ulrike Diebold – Scanning Devilish Surfaces of Benign Materials" by Johannes Strobl
Vienna Technical University
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Ulrike Dydak

Ulrike DydakUlrike Dydak

recently received one of seven Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Awards (ONES) from NIH/NIEHS, which comes in the form of an R01 grant worth $2,066,765, over five years. Dydak does research on "Neuroimaging for early diagnosis of manganese toxicity in humans and rodents." She is a medical physicist and is working on magnetic resonance imaging/spectroscopy – MRI/MRS. Since 2007 she has been an assistant professor of health sciences at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, with a joint appointment at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

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Robert Seiringer

Robert SeiringerRobert Seiringerof McGill University has received a 2012 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for his work on the mathematical problems surrounding the collective behavior of many particles in quantum mechanics. Every year, NSERC awards up to six Steacie Fellowships that are held for a two-year period. Steacie fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties, so they can devote all their time and energy to research. The fellowship includes a contribution to the university in the amount of $90,000 per year toward the fellow's salary. In recognition of the award's prestige and the increased time available for research, each fellow also receives a research grant of $250,000. Seiringer's research focuses on developing new mathematical tools that will enable scientists to better understand and predict the behavior of "quantum many-body systems," and will shed some new light on interesting quantum phenomena such as superconductivity or Bose-Einstein condensation.

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