The American Austrian Foundation

NEWSLETTER 6/2015

1. MILTON WOLF SEMINAR 2015

Launched in 2001, the Ambassador Milton Wolf Seminar Series deals with developing issues in diplomacy and journalism. The American Austrian Foundation partners with The Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and The Diplomatic Academy. The 2015 Milton Wolf Seminar entitled: Triumphs and Tragedies: Media and Global Events in 2014 examined this extraordinary year.

The faculty, led by Monroe Price from UPENN consisted of journalists from the New York Times, France24, and the BBC, academics from UPENN, Ohio State, MIT, City University London, Central European University and Kyiv University and representatives from NGO’s ranging from the OSCE, The German Marshall Fund, National Iranian American Council, International Press Institute, Broadcasting Board of Governors, Global Voices as well as representatives from the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs who grappled with these questions and were challenged by a select group of emerging scholars from UPENN, Rutgers, Georgetown, George Washington University, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, University of Texas at Austin, Tel Aviv University and ESPM, Sao Paulo.

The group spent an exciting three days in Vienna pursuing a rigorous academic program punctuated by two wonderful evenings at the US Deputy Chief of Mission’s residence and a typical Viennese Heurigen.

Thanks to the Wolf Family for their ongoing support of this very important program.


2. AAF/SEEBACHER PRIZE FOR FINE ARTS

Each year, thanks to the generosity of AAF Board Member Gerhard Seebacher and his wife, Angelika AAF sponsors four young artists (recent graduate school graduates) to attend the Salzburg Summer Academy, founded by Oskar Kokoschka in the 1950’s as the School of Seeing.

Applicants are reviewed by an eminent jury consisting of: Herwig Kempinger (President of the Secesssion – first president was Gustav Klimt) Luca Lo Pinto (Curator, Kunsthalle Wien) Adriana Czernin (artist and professor at the Summer Academy) and Hildegund Amanshauser (President of the Summer Academy), who make the final selection.

This year’s winners are: Alteronce Grumby/Yale School of Art, Aaron Meyers/U. Texas at Austin, Jeffly Molina Briceno/Art Institute of Chicago and Jessica Ruiz/University of Wisconsin.

Each Seebacher fellow will pursue a course of his/her choice at the Summer Academy taught by internationally renowned artists.

3. THE AAF YOUNG CONDUCTORS FELLOWSHIP

Was awarded to Justin Pambianchi of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Robert Kahn of John’s Hopkin’s University. Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra reviewed 23 applicants before making a decision.

These two young conductors will spend several weeks at the Salzburg Festival observing the world’s leading conductors during orchestra and opera rehearsals and performances. They will also meet members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and have the opportunity to spend time with them to understand their unique sound.

4. DEAN LAURIE GLIMCHER AT SCHLOSS ARENBERG

On April 28, 2015, Dr. Laurie Glimcher, Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York visited Schloss Arenberg. Dr. Michael G. Stewart, MD, Vice Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College and Course Director of Otolaryngology seminar was instrumental in organizing the visit.

Dean Glimcher was welcomed by Salzburg's Governor Dr. Wilfried Haslauer, the Board of Trustees of the Salzburg Foundation of AAF, seminar faculty and fellows at a reception and dinner in her honor.

Many academic partners,sponsors and friends gathered together to underline the importance of the medical education worldwide and the benefits of supporting international healthcare professionals by the AAF medical programs.
On the behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy Mag. MA Barbara Weitgruber spoke about the project success and Ministry financial support.
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l-r: Dr. Wilfried Haslauer, Dr. Laurie Glimcher, Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky

5. NEW CEO AT THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA AND LAUNCH OF CHOP OPEN

Dr. Stephen Altschuler will be succeeded by Madeline Bell as CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) effective July 1, 2015.  Dr. Altschuler, a pediatric gastroenterologist, was a faculty member for several years before becoming CEO and is also a member of the AAF’s Board of Trustees.

Ms. Bell currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of CHOP and will be its first woman CEO. She has been involved with the Salzburg CHOP Seminars as a spouse, her husband, Dr. Louis Bell is our long-standing General Pediatrics Course Director.

AAF’s relationship with CHOP has grown steadily over the years. In addition to conducting eight CHOP seminars per year, CHOP and AAF recently launched CHOP OPEN an internet platform, which is an Open Educational Resource (OER) providing free pediatric medical education to health care professionals from around the world.

The lectures are prepared by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia faculty for the Salzburg-CHOP seminars in affiliation with the American Austrian Foundation, Open Medical Institute whic are presented in Salzburg, Austria. CHOP Open-access Medical Education is supported by a generous grant from the Leir Foundation.


6. MARKUS MUELLER ELECTED NEW DEAN OF THE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, the University Council appointed Univ. Prof. Dr. Markus Mueller as Dean of the Medical University of Vienna. His four-year term begins on October 1. He succeeds Univ. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schütz..

Since 2011, the 47-year old has served as Vice Dean for Research and since 2004 as head of the clinical pharmacology department at the Medical University of Vienna.

Markus Mueller is a strong supporter of the AAF’s medical programs and is looking forward to new joint initiatives promoting medical excellence around the world.

The American Austrian Foundation wishes Prof. Mueller all the best as Dean of the Medical University of Vienna.
More information about Markus Müller.

7. BENEFIT CONCERT WITH THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

In December 2014 the Vienna Boys Choir agreed to become CHOP’s Goodwill Ambassadors and will perform a benefit concert at Verizon Hall on December 10, 2015. This should be an annual event in Philadelphia in the years to come.

8. MUSIC FOR MEDICINE BENEFIT

Our annual benefit will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 with a concert performed by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (including a harpist for the first time!) at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall. We hope for a grand turnout!

9. ARENBERG OPERA CAMPS FOR CHILDREN

This year’s Arenberg Opera camps are sold out! The three camps are: Fidelio, Il Trovatore and Rosenkavalier. Children aged 8-17 meet in the rarefied atmosphere of Schloss Arenberg and during the course of one week, under the leadership of Hanne Muthspiel, her team and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra analyze, understand and ultimately create and perform their version of an opera. More information about the opera camps.

The Salzburg Stiftung of the AAF has been instrumental in conceiving and implementing this program, which attracts children from all over Europe and the United States.


10. OMI SEMINARS: March 22 - May 9

SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Ophthalmology
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Anesthesiology
SALZBURG CHOP SEMINAR: Neonatology
SALZBURG CHOP SEMINAR: Applied Clinical Research
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Otolaryngology
SALZBURG CHOP SEMINAR: Pediatric Urology
SALZBURG CLEVELAND SEMINAR: Pathology
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