The splendid Bohacek is a rare species of Austrian ancestry. Although often erroneously associated with Innsbruck, his natural habitat is actually the lovely city of Graz. However, unusual nocturnal study-rhythms and an excessive need for warm temperatures have brought him all the way to the University of New Orleans. Records indicate that he started his 4-year Ph.D. studies at UNO in Fall 2004, in the field of Biopsychology. Unfortunately, little is known about this rare breed, because the Bohacek spends most of his time in dark neuroscience laboratories, examining rodents’ learning and memory performance, analyzing brain tissue, or hiding behind books that often weigh half of his own body weight.
The study of the rare Bohacek has been further complicated by his ungracious habit of persistently avoiding campus-life oriented or politically motivated meetings of any kind. Recent research suggests that the catastrophic events following hurricane Katrina have had a dramatic impact on the rare Bohacek, further endangering his existence. His living space close to UNO was completely submerged, hence he relocated to a new home together with his companion Luis, another rare species originating from Venezuela. Together, this disparate duo keeps each other sane in the face of natural disasters and overwhelming scientific demand.
Further, theflood has forced the rare Bohacek to temporarily move his research to Tulane University, causing highly unstable and demanding lifestyle changes. Only few sources report on the social life of the Bohacek, but it is believed that he maintains a close group of friends and only very occasionally puzzles the scientific community by intense nightly activities in the French Quarter and on Frenchman Street. These reports lack stringent scientific methods, however.
Characteristic of this rare species is the unusual high food intake while repeatedly screaming “FLEISCH!” in ecstasy, and his highly structured lifestyle with daily workout sessions and an elaborate and well-planned weekly work and research schedule. Since the rare Bohacek is now the only remaining Austrian student at UNO, he enjoys a special status at Center Austria and enjoys the fine pleasures of representing his beloved home country.
Nick Mueller Fellow – Stefan Fiedrich