Therese von Bayern Foundation
Awards for outstanding female researchers
Five exceptionally gifted female academics have been selected to receive the 2015 Therese von Bayern Prizes for their achievements in research.
The stated aim of the Therese von Bayern Foundation is to further the advancement of women in the sciences at LMU Munich. In pursuance of this aim, every three years the Foundation presents prizes to outstanding female academics at LMU who have distinguished themselves in their particular fields of research. In addition to exceptional achievements in research, the selection committee also considers the degree to which the candidates can serve as inspirational role models for younger women who are contemplating an academic career for themselves. The Foundation was founded at LMU in 1997. It was named after Therese von Bayern (1850-1925), who was a strong supporter of higher education for women, and who made notable contributions to ethnology and natural history during her extensive travels in Europe and America. In 1897 she became the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from LMU.
The 2015 Therese von Bayern Prizes will be awarded to the five winners in the fields of Law, Economics and Social Sciences on April 14th, 2016.
Prof. Dr. Nadja Dwenger was appointed to the Chair of Economics with a focus on Finance at Hohenheim University in 2015. Her research is mainly concerned with how individuals react to statutory ordinances and institutional structures that impinge directly on their lives, e.g. those relating to tax compliance. She studied Business Administration in Tübingen and at the Institut Européen d’Études Commerciales Supérieures in Strasbourg, and obtained a doctorate in Economics at the Free University in Berlin. In 2010 Dwenger moved to LMU and also served as Research Officer at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich. Her research interests have also taken her to the University of California in Berkeley and to Harvard University, and have been supported by grants from, among other agencies, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the LMUMentoring excellence program. Her lecture courses and seminars have also received many awards.
Dr. Birke Häcker is a Research Officer at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich, where she is currently writing a monograph on Legacy Law. She lectures at the LMU’s Faculty of Law and is working on her Habilitation. She studied both German and English Law in Tübingen, Bonn and Oxford. After graduating in the latter subject in 2001, she was elected as an Examination Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University. In 2004 she took the First State Examination in Law at the Court of Appeals in Cologne, in 2007 she obtained her doctorate from Oxford and in 2011 she successfully completed the Second State Examination in Law at the Court of Appeals in Munich. In 2009 she was enrolled in the LMUMentoring excellence program. In 2015 she accepted the offer of a professorship at Oxford University, and will formally become Linklater Professor of Comparative Law on September 1st 2016. As her academic education suggests, she is particularly fascinated by the challenge of fusing the Continental legal tradition, which derives largely from the heritage of Roman Law, with the Anglo-American concept of law, which is rooted in the evolution of the Common Law.
Dr. Veronika Karnowski is a Course Coordinator at the Institute for Communications Sciences and Media Research at LMU. She studied Communications Sciences, Political Science and Business Administration at LMU, and obtained her PhD at the University of Zürich. From 2012 until 2014 she was enrolled in the LMUMentoring excellence program. She is currently Joint Leader of a project, funded by the Federal Health Ministry, which looks at ways of reducing children’s passive exposure to cigarette smoke. She was a Founding Editor of the international journal “Mobile Media & Communication”, which first appeared in 2013, and remains a member of its Editorial Board. Her research focuses principally on aspects of how consumers conceptualize and utilize mobile phones, online services and social media.
Prof. Dr. Michaela Pfundmair is Interim Professor of Social Psychology at LMU. She studied Psychology at the Paris-Lodron University in Salzburg, where her graduate thesis was awarded a special distinction. In 2012 she was a Visiting Scholar at DePaul University in Chicago. She obtained her doctoral degree (summa cum laude) at LMU in 2013, and completed her Habilitation with a thesis on “Psychological Effects of Social Exclusion and the Hormone Oxytocin.” She also teaches Social Psychology at the Armed Forces University in Munich. Michaela Pfundmair is currently involved in several national and international collaborations devoted to investigating the interplay between ostracism and the hormone oxytocin, and elucidating the hormone’s mechanism of action at the neuropsychological level.
Prof. Dr. Amelie Wuppermann is Junior Professor of Microeconometrics in the Faculty of Economics at LMU. Sie studied Economics in Göttingen and Munich. As a member of the DFG-funded Graduate School in Markets, Institutions, and the Scope of Government, she obtained her doctorate (summa cum laude) for research done at LMU and the RAND Corporation, a well-known American think-tank. She subsequently did a postdoc at the Chair of Statistics and Econometrics at Mainz University, before being appointed as Junior Professor of Microeconometrics in the Faculty of Economics at LMU in the Winter Term of 2102. In the same year she became a member of LMU‘s “Mentoring excellence” program. During the years 2013-2015, with financial support from the LMUexcellent Junior Research Fund, she carried out a project on “Determinants of Health Plan Choice in the German Social Health Insurance”. Her primary research interests lie in the areas of education and child health, and the economics of healthcare and health insurance.