Six MSI PIs have received awards from the 2018 Research Infrastructure Investment Program. This Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) program is designed to support transdisciplinary research and collaboration across the U. OVPR made 19 awards this year. Below are the MSI PIs who have received awards:
Two MSI PIs have been named Regents Professors, the University’s highest level of faculty recognition.
MSI PI Kathryn Bushley (assistant professor, Plant and Microbial Biology) is featured on the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) website for her research that seeks to fight a soybean-destroying roundworm. The soybean-cyst nematode is highly damaging to Minnesota’s soybean crop. The Bushley lab is investigating the use of naturally occurring fungi as a method of fighting these nematodes.
MSI PI Fumiaki Katagiri (professor, Plant and Microbial Biology) was recently interviewed on the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) website. The interview discusses Professor Katagiri’s research, family, and interests. It can be found on the CBS Connect blog: CBSpotlight: Fumiaki Katagiri. Professor Katagiri uses MSI to support research into plants’ immune systems.  
MSI PI Hyun Soo Park (assistant professor, Computer Science and Engineering) is a Principal Investigator for a project that has received a 2018 Minnesota Futures Grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research.
On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to various MSI systems. Primary Storage, Mesabi, and Itasca will be unavailable throughout much of the day. A global system reservation will start at 6am on June 6. Jobs that cannot be completed before 6am on June 6 will be held until after maintenance and then started once the system returns to production status. June maintenance will include:
MSI PI Jian-Ping Wang (professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering) and colleagues have discovered that the element ruthenium (Ru) has magnetic properties at room temperature. Ru is only the fourth element to have this property; the others are iron, cobalt, and nickel. The form of Ru that shows magnetism is a very thin film.
MSI PI Bethanie Stadler (professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)) has been named a Fellow of the Materials Research Society. This honor recognizes her contributions to the field of materials research. An article about Professor Stadler appears on the ECE department website: Prof. Bethanie Stadler Elevated to Fellow of the Materials Research Society.