Four MSI PIs have been named as 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows. Two of the PIs are have been recognized by the AAAS Section of Engineering and two by the Section of Biology: Section of Biology: David A. Bernlohr (Head, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics)
MSI PI Pinar Karaca-Mandic, an associate professor in the Carlson School of Management, has received a $1.6 million grant to lead a multidisciplinary team that will study how physicians make the decision to stop using treatment procedures when information comes out showing that they are unsafe or ineffective. The team is made up of researchers from the U of M School of Public Health, Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, and Yale University, plus subject-matter experts in several fields.
MSI PI Laura Gagliardi (Chemistry) is part of a new National Nuclear Security Administration Actinide Center of Excellence. The Center, which is led by the University of Notre Dame and includes scientists from several universities including the University of Minnesota, will conduct research supporting nuclear weapons security and operations.
MSI PI Tim Griffis (Soil, Water, and Climate) is a co-author on research recently published in the prestigious journal Science that describes a new method of measuring photosynthesis. A NASA satellite measures a process that takes place only during the photosynthesis process; these measurements have been validated using measurements taken by University of Minnesota researchers, including Professor Griffis. The research has uses for agriculture and climate studies.
Air pollution in urban environments causes many premature deaths each year, and that number will grow as urban populations increase. MSI PI Anu Ramaswamy (Humphrey School of Public Affairs) led an international research team that recently published a study showing that using the heat generated from industrial processes for heating and cooling other buildings in a city. This re-use would result in fewer pollutants being generated by cities.