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Students participate in debate workshop with British Ambassador

On Friday 22nd February, three students from the Alpen-Adria University (AAU), Magdalena Mitterberger (BA Applied Economics), Linda Valentin-Mullen (BA English and American Studies) and Neira Delalic (MA English and American Studies) participated in an English-language debate workshop hosted at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Vienna.

The workshop was organised by the British Embassy to give students studying in Austria an opportunity to broaden their understanding of debating and practise their public speaking skills in a friendly and professional environment. The workshop was convened by an experienced debater from the Oxford Union, who was previously a semi-finalist in the World University Debating Championships. Throughout the session, students learnt the foundations of debating excellence, including debate structure, how to deliver a convincing and confident speech and the importance of being a good listener.

During the afternoon, students worked in small groups and critically discussed a variety of contemporary topics such as zoos, academic streaming and the environment. For the final round of debates, students were divided into proposition and opposition groups and were given the motion “this house believes that individuals who are serious about fighting climate change should give up eating meat.” Students debated in front of a panel of judges, including The British Ambassador, Leigh Turner, EU Lobbyist and Head of the Austrian London School of Economics Alumni Society, Richard Lax, and Senior Lecturer at the AAU, Natilly Macartney. Students received constructive feedback from the panel and were each awarded a certificate of participation. Later in the evening, the workshop attendees had the opportunity to talk personally with the Ambassador and other members of staff working for the Embassy and enjoyed a range of drinks and sandwiches.

Engaging students in debates is important, because it gives students the opportunity to develop a range of valuable skills that they will need throughout their studies and in their future careers. Most notably, debating requires students to analyse and consider issues from multiple perspectives, this skill is becoming increasingly more important in a world where opinions can be shared instantly on social media and fake news spreads quickly. All the students who participated in the workshop said that their confidence increased throughout the day, and they now feel more positive about speaking in front of an audience.

Thank you to the British Embassy for organising this exciting event and for offering students in Austria an opportunity to better understand and engage in debating. 

Der Beitrag Students participate in debate workshop with British Ambassador erschien zuerst auf University of Klagenfurt.

Source: AAU TEWI

Sekretärin / Sekretär am Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Administratives Personal | Jeanette Dietl/Fotolia.com

Die Universität Klagenfurt schreibt folgende Stelle zur Besetzung aus:

Sekretärin / Sekretär

an der Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, im Beschäftigungsausmaß von 100 % (Uni-KV: IIb www.aau.at/uni-kv), befristet auf die Dauer einer Karenzierung (vorauss. für die Dauer eines Jahres). Das monatliche Mindestentgelt für diese Verwendung beträgt € 1.939,60 brutto (14 x jährlich) und kann sich auf Basis der kollektivvertraglichen Vorschriften durch die Anrechnung tätigkeitsspezifischer Vorerfahrungen auf maximal € 2.122,40 brutto (R1) erhöhen. Voraussichtlicher Beginn des Anstellungsverhältnisses ist der 2. Mai 2019.

 

Der Beitrag Sekretärin / Sekretär am Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik erschien zuerst auf University of Klagenfurt.

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Reduced opening hours on state holiday of Carinthia: Mar 19, 2019

Öffnungszeiten Bibliothek | Foto: Andrea Bem

Tuesday, Mar 19 – state holiday of Carinthia: open from 08:30 to 16:00

 

University members have unrestricted access to the library‘s reading rooms.

Registration for the 24-hour library is possible via the campus system under “My settings” >> 24-hour library.
Please register at least one day before you plan to use this service for the first time. Accounts are activated every day at

Der Beitrag Reduced opening hours on state holiday of Carinthia: Mar 19, 2019 erschien zuerst auf University of Klagenfurt.

Source: AAU TEWI

Alpen-Adria Visiting Professorship 2019 – Welcome, Prof. Tanja Oblak Črnič, PhD

We are pleased to welcome Professor Tanja Oblak Črnič, PhD from the University of Ljubljana at the department of Media and Communications, as an Alpen-Adria Guest Professor of the Faculty of Humanities for the spring semester of 2019.

Tanja Oblak Črnič graduated in Sociology (1996), received her Master’s degree (1999) and Doctor’s degree (2001) in Communication Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences with her thesis “Images of electronic democracy: communication technologies and changes in communication and participation processes”. During the course of the master’s degree, she took advanced academic study courses at the University of Essex and the University of Oxford (UK). After her doctorate, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki (FI), and in 2012, she was as a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley (USA). She has been employed at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana since 1996. Since 2015, she is a full professor of Communication at the University of Ljubljana. As a regular member of the Chair of Media Studies, she teaches courses such as Communication and New Technologies, Communication Research Seminar, Introduction to Communication Research and Research Practice. She also teaches in the Multimedia programme at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (University of Ljubljana) and in the Media studies programme at the University of Montenegro.
Her research interest lies in Internet studies, political communication and new media audience research within different cultural and social contexts. Recently, she has focused her research on the issues of digital citizenship and digital media usage, primarily among the youth and within their changing everyday and family lives. The results of her research are regularly published in Slovene and in International publications and presented at different scientific conferences. Tanja Oblak Črnič will be holding a course on “Digital culture, politics and youth” at master level, starting on March, 7 and giving a lecture on “Life on the Screen? Challenges and Controversies of Digital Youth” (June, 18, 4 pm, HS 1).

 

Der Beitrag Alpen-Adria Visiting Professorship 2019 – Welcome, Prof. Tanja Oblak Črnič, PhD erschien zuerst auf University of Klagenfurt.

Source: AAU TEWI

Paper Acceptance at the 2019 Frontiers in Service Conference in Singapore!

Christina-Franca Feyertag has just recently received the honor of acceptance for her abstract entitled “Coalitions, Social Exclusion and Recovery in Trilateral Service Failure Constellations” at the Frontiers in Service Conference 2019 in the vibrant city of Singapore! The Frontiers in Service Conference is the world’s leading service conference , featuring a unique international mix of business people and academics, and a cross-functional list of topics, including service science, service innovation, service marketing, service operations, service human resources, service information technology, e-service, service innovation, and customer relationship management. Speakers at the conference include many of the world’s leading service experts, including high-ranking executives and prominent academics. Numerous high quality submissions have been made.  We look forward to having Mrs. Feyertag represent the AAU and our department and are confident that the conference will be exciting, stimulating and provide innovative ideas for future research.

Der Beitrag Paper Acceptance at the 2019 Frontiers in Service Conference in Singapore! erschien zuerst auf University of Klagenfurt.

Source: AAU TEWI

Reduzierte Öffnungszeiten am Faschingsdienstag (05.03.2019)

Die Universitätsbibliothek ist für externe BenutzerInnen, die Leihstelle für alle Benutzergruppen am “Faschingsdienstag“ wie folgt geöffnet:

Dienstag, 05.03. „Faschingsdienstag“: 08:30 – 12:00 Uhr

 

Für Universitätsangehörige bleibt der unbeschränkte Zugang zu den Lesesälen der Bibliothek aufrecht.

Die Registrierung für die 24h-Bibliothek erfolgt über das Campus-System unter „Meine Einstellungen“ >> 24-Stunden-Bibliothek.
Bitte registrieren Sie sich mindestens einen Tag vor der ersten geplanten Nutzung dieses Services. Ihr Account wird täglich erst um 24 Uhr freigeschaltet.

Der Beitrag Reduzierte Öffnungszeiten am Faschingsdienstag (05.03.2019) erschien zuerst auf University of Klagenfurt.

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Reduced opening hours on ‘Shrove Tuesday’: Mar 05, 2019

Öffnungszeiten Bibliothek | Foto: Andrea Bem

Tuesday, Mar 05 „Shrove Tuesday“: open from 08:30 to 12:00

 

University members have unrestricted access to the library‘s reading rooms.

Registration for the 24-hour library is possible via the campus system under “My settings” >> 24-hour library.
Please register at least one day before you plan to use this service for the first time. Accounts are activated every day at midnight.

Der Beitrag Reduced opening hours on ‘Shrove Tuesday’: Mar 05, 2019 erschien zuerst auf University of Klagenfurt.

Source: AAU TEWI

Training and introductory courses, summer term 2019

During the summer term, the library again offers training anhd introductory courses to anybody interested.
We offer the following courses:

  • Introduction on how to use the library for students
  • Surf@ubk & e-resources
  • Supervised database and internet research

You can find the dates on our posters in the library, on our homepage and on our facebook account.

Registration:
On the e-learning platform MOODLE (moodle.aau.at) or at the library’s loan deask (Supervised database and internet research).

 

 

Der Beitrag Training and introductory courses, summer term 2019 erschien zuerst auf University of Klagenfurt.

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How do parenthood, marital state and income affect causes of death?

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While the consequences of smoking, drinking alcohol, being active etc. have been carefully researched and are well understood as far as life expectancy is concerned, very few studies explore how individual decisions which result in becoming a parent or getting married influence the probability of dying and causes of death. Miguel Portela (Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal) and Paul Schweinzer (University of Klagenfurt, Austria) have recently conducted studies using data from Great Britain. Their biblically inspired conclusion is: “Let the little children come to me.”

For the purpose of their analyses, the two researchers drew upon data from the “Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study”, which is made up of one per cent of the population of England and Wales. They track 205,277 individuals who were aged between 16 and 50 in 1971 over the course of the five censuses conducted there between 1971 and 2011. By 2011, 39 per cent of these people had died, and for each of these individuals Portela and Schweinzer endeavoured determine the age, time and cause of death, children, marital state, occupation, and social status.

The results reveal, amongst other things, that parents have a dramatically reduced risk of dying in some cases. For instance, compared to women without children, women with children have only a 28 % probability of dying of cancer and a 34 % risk of not surviving heart disease. (The respective total populations have a 100 % risk.) Infectious diseases reveal a similar pattern: When compared to women without children, those with children only have a 53 % probability of dying as a result of an infection. The corresponding reductions of the probability of dying among fathers are similar, though slightly lower.

In contrast to this, married men have a higher probability of dying than unmarried men: 171 % in the case of cancer and 123 % for heart disease. Portela and Schweinzer compare these results with social status variables such as high income and home ownership, for which reduced risks have been comprehensively documented. Surprisingly, the life-prolonging effect of children consistently appears to be more powerful than the effect brought about by high social status. Schweinzer: “Depending on the type of illness, being married can have either positive or negative correlations in terms of death. Certainly, wealthy individuals tend to live longer lives, but we were surprised that the presence of children consistently has a stronger positive effect on the rate of survival than high income and home ownership. According to our results, having children is always associated with a greater reduction in the probabilities of dying than can be stated for any of the other variables we investigated.”

Portela, M. & Schweinzer, P. (2019). The parental co-immunization hypothesis: An observational competing risk analysis. Scientific Reports 9, 2493: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-39124-2.

 

Der Beitrag How do parenthood, marital state and income affect causes of death? erschien zuerst auf University of Klagenfurt.

Source: AAU TEWI

Professor of Statistics (f/m) at the Department of Statistics, Faculty of Technical Sciences

Stellenausschreibung Wissenschaftliches Personal |Foto: kasto/Fotolia.com

The University of Klagenfurt strives to appoint a greater number of qualified women to professorships.

The Department of Statistics at the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Klagenfurt seeks to appoint a

Professor of Statistics (f/m)

in accordance with § 99 of the Austrian Universities Act. This is a full-time position, commencing at the earliest opportunity with a fixed term not exceeding 5 years.

The University of Klagenfurt is a young, vibrant, and innovative university with more than 10,000 students and it forms a gateway between Mediterranean and Alpine cultures, situated in a region with an exceptionally high quality of life. As public university pursuant to § 6 of the Universities Act, the university receives federal funding. The university operates under the motto “Beyond Boundaries!”. According to the QS Top 50 Under 50 University Ranking 2019, the university is ranked as one of the world’s 150 best youngest universities.

In accordance with its key strategic road map, the Development Plan, the university’s primary guiding principles and objectives include the pursuit of scientific excellence in relation to the appointment of professors, favourable research conditions, a good faculty-student ratio, and the promotion of the development of young scientists.

At the time of the faculty’s launch in 2007, the existing departments in this field were grouped together to form the Faculty of Technical Sciences. As a result of synergies, the faculty has since expanded to encompass the three specialist fields of computer science, information and communications technology, and mathematics, and is currently endowed with a total of 22 professorships and 20 associate professorships (see www.aau.at/en/tewi/).

We are looking for a highly qualified and internationally recognized scientist who is capable of representing the subject in teaching and research, with high engagement in developing and sustaining an ambitious and innovative research program.

The duties of the position include:

  • Representing the academic field of Statistics through research, with a focus on at least one of the following areas: Mathematical Statistics, Applied Statistics, Computational Statistics, Dependence Modelling, or Analysis of “Big Data”
  • Teaching in the degree program “Mathematics” at Bachelor and Master level, as well as in other relevant degree programs
  • Advising and mentoring of students and junior academic colleagues
  • Competitive research grant acquisition and management
  • Contribution to public relations activities of department and faculty
  • Maintaining and expanding co-operations with industry partners
  • Participation in academic self-governance and university management

Prerequisites:

  • Habilitation or equivalent qualification in statistics/mathematics or a related field
  • Relevant doctoral degree
  • Excellent research and publication record in Statistics
  • Embeddedness in the international research community
  • Excellent English language skills

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven university teaching record
  • Experience in the supervision of academic theses at all graduation levels
  • Experience in the acquisition, implementation, and management of third-party funded research projects
  • International experience
  • Willingness to co-operate with the other research groups at the Department of Statistics, e.g., Spatial and Environmental Statistics, Stochastic Processes.
  • Excellent scientific dissemination skills
  • Capability to undertake interdisciplinary co-operation
  • Competence in the organisation and leadership of teams
  • Competence in the field of gender mainstreaming and diversity management

German language skills are not a formal prerequisite, but proficiency at level B2 is expected within two years. The appointee is required to establish Klagenfurt as central work location.

The university is committed to increasing the number of women among the academic staff, particularly in high-level positions, and therefore specifically invites applications from qualified women.  Among equally qualified candidates, women will receive preferential consideration.

People with disabilities or chronic diseases who meet the qualification criteria are explicitly invited to apply.

The salary is subject to negotiation.  The minimum gross salary for the position is currently € 71,900 per year.

In accordance with the Austrian Income Tax Act an attractive relocation tax allowance can be granted for the first five years in the case of appointments to professorships in Austria.  The prerequisites are subject to examination on a case by case basis.

Please submit your application by e-mail, consisting of a mandatory principal part not exceeding five pages (for more detailed information please refer to www.aau.at/en/jobs/information), a list of publications and lectures and of all courses taught, a research statement, as well as any supplementary documents where applicable (e.g. course evaluations), to the University of Klagenfurt, Office of the Academic Senate, f.a.o. Ms. Sabine Tomicich (sabine.tomicich [at] aau.at) no later than April 3, 2019. Submission of the mandatory principal part mentioned above constitutes a necessary condition for the validity of your application.

For general information please refer to the information leaflet provided at www.aau.at/en/jobs, for specific information about the position please contact Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michaela Szölgyenyi (Tel.: +43 664 883 585 60; Michaela.Szoelgyenyi [at] aau.at).

We regret that the University of Klagenfurt cannot reimburse applicants’ travel and lodging expenses incurred as part of the selection and/or hiring process.

 

Der Beitrag Professor of Statistics (f/m) at the Department of Statistics, Faculty of Technical Sciences erschien zuerst auf University of Klagenfurt.

Source: AAU TEWI