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The University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has received a $17.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Over a dozen MSI Principal Investigators are participating faculty at the Center (see list below). The mission of the Center is to enable “important areas of future technology, ranging from biomedicine, separations, and plastic electronics to security, renewable energy, and information technology” (from the MRSEC website).
Professor Robert Tranquillo, Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (College of Science and Engineering), has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. This honor is in recognition of his international contributions to the field.
Graduate student Julia Quindlen, who is a member of the MSI research group of Professor Victor Barocas (Biomedical Engineering - College of Science and Engineering), has been awarded a 2015-16 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship. Ms. Quindlen is a fourth-year PhD student.
Professor James Bradeen, an MSI PI and Head of the Department of Plant Pathology (College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences), is featured in a recent story by the Big Ten Network about the U’s preeminence in developing improved crops for the benefit of the world’s food supply. The story discusses the legacy of Norman Borlaug and the continuing work by U researchers in the field.
Professor Marlene Zuk (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior - College of Biological Sciences) has been named the 2015 winner of the EO Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists.
Professor Michael Tsapatsis (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science - College of Science and Engineering [CSE]) has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. This is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to an engineer.
Regents Professor David Tilman (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; College of Biological Sciences) has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Ecology and Conservation Biology.
MSI PI Allison Hubel, a professor of mechanical engineering (College of Science and Engineering), has developed technology that is the basis for start-up company MesoFlow. The company manufactures devices that remove preservation chemicals from stored cells, such as blood cells and stem cells, before they are used.
MSI PI Perry Hackett, a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development (College of Biological Sciences and Medical School), is featured in a recent post on the College of Biological Science’s Connect blog.
The University of Minnesota Foundation has featured MSI PI Paul Iaizzo, a professor of surgery in the Medical School, in a recent article on their website. By studying bears and their hibernation habits, Professor Iaizzo is learning about how the bears’ physiology allows them to hibernate without developing medical problems, such as blood clots, that occur in bedridden patients.
MSI Principal Investigators are among researchers from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) who are studying ancient wild grains. These researchers hope that some of the grains will have resistance to diseases that affect modern agriculture; they could then be cross-bred with crops to provide them with that resistance. An article about this work appeared recently in the CFANS publication Solutions.
Four MSI Principal Investigators are among the eight assistant professors at the University of Minnesota so have been named McKnight Land-Grant Professors for 2015-17.