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Category: ASciNA Virtual Talk

New Insights into Quantitative MRI of the Brain

Quantitative MRI is a vast growing field and allows to map and estimate biophysical properties of tissue. In the human brain quantitative MRI techniques to assess iron and myelin content are of special interest to study various neurological disorders or changes of the brain during aging.

A Sweet Secret— recovering the voices of Michael Feuerstein and Hansi Niese from a 1920ies Vienna

The celebrated Austrian play, Ein Süsses Geheimnis (A Sweet Secret) from 1927, which later became a popular German film with the Meryl Streep of the day, Hansi Niese, brings to life a forgotten feminist comedy from pre-Holocaust Vienna, where diversity and progressive thought were still possible. This romantic comedy centers around a self-determined matriarch, Therese, helping her three daughters navigate the expectations of rigid, societal beliefs – often leading by example – as they find their way into adulthood. Moving back and forth between the archive of its time both through the re-appropriation of Nazi newsreels and propaganda films, as well as ephemeral films of the time (Baker Archives), and the new staging of the play, this new film by Bernadette Wegenstein, currently in development, will take the audience inside a theater space where a vibrant environment of escapism smashes against the harsh reality of its time, which is as vivid as it was 80 years ago.

Immune responses induced by COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccination and infection are two different paths to immunity. Understanding human immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 RNA vaccines is of interest for a panoply of reasons. mRNA vaccines have demonstrated impressive protection from COVID-19; however, durability of immunity has been a major unknown.

In response to the pushback by @sfb_dioe following Stefan Dollinger’s ASciNA-talk, please see the following one-page clarification by the speaker.

Indeterminate Nature of Crypto-Governance: Does Law Matter?

Intertwined phenomena such as human-induced climate change, global rise of authoritarian systems alongside the demise of democratic structures, and crypto-technological developments are inducing significant and differential shifts in the conditions of human and non-human existence, providing a fertile ground for experiments in organizing, governing, and imagining societies differently. Consequently, modes of private tech-governance (such as start-up societies, seasteading micronations, smart cities, and space colonies) are on the rise. This talk traces the ontological and epistemological assumptions of such projects and asks how – and if – law can matter differently.

Laughing Gas to Treat Major Depression

The discovery that anesthetic agents like ketamine and nitrous oxide provide rapid and lasting improvement in major depression is considered as one of the most important findings in depression research in the last 50 years. In this talk, we will discuss the history of this discovery and highlight the latest findings.

Does Nuclear Energy Have a Future?

Does nuclear energy have a future? During this talk, we will try to answer this question by looking at nuclear energy and other forms of energy generation.

Österreichisches Deutsch oder Deutsch in Österreich? Über einen Problemfall, seit 1848, der Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Sprechen wir Österreichisches Deutsch oder Deutsch in Österreich? Die Antwort ist eigentlich ganz klar, nur nicht in der Germanistik. Die Sachlage rollt nun neuerdings Dollingers Sachbuch auf nach dem Motto, wenn die Wissenschaft versagt, muss die Bevölkerung informiert werden. Und es funktionert: dieses sachliche, witzige und auch goscherte Buch zeigt nicht nur, wie man Steuermilliionen vergeuden kann, und zwar über Jahrzehnte, sondern vor allem warum man endlich, in der Germanistik, in der Lehrer:innenausbildung und in der Schule zum österreichischen Hochdeutsch stehen sollte, ohne Wenn und Aber und ganz ohne Minderwertigkeitskomplex.

Public Transport for All? Migrant’s Views on One of Europe’s Top Public Transport Cities.

Several studies have identified public transport in Vienna, Austria as exemplary in Europe based on its geographic coverage, cost, and ridership levels. However, these studies do not differentiate the quality of public transport for minority groups such as immigrants. In 2020 immigrants, who were born abroad or who have at least one parent who was born abroad, accounted for 41 % of Vienna’s population.

In vivo veritas – using CRISPR to find novel cancer genes and drug targets

Finding the genes that are on the one hand responsible for tumor development and on the other hand those genes essential for a tumor cell to survive is one of the oldest goals of cancer research. Genes that are essential and fall into classes, which allow drug development to suppress their function, lie at the heart of finding novel therapies to combat cancer.