Two MSI PIs from the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering (CEGE), Professor Bill Arnold and Dr. Paige Novak, are part of a team that has received a grant to plan an Engineering Research Center concerned with the management and treatment of water. The planning grant of $94,000 is from the National Science Foundation’s  Engineering Research Center program.
Assistant Professor Tim Kowalewski and Associate Professor James Van de Ven, MSI PIs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, have been awarded a $1.98M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study 3D-printable polyurethane polymers that can be used to create soft robots that can tunnel through a variety of materials, configurations, and designs.
Associate Professor Michael McAlpine (Mechanical Engineering) is featured in the U’s Fall 2018 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor McAlpine’s research group uses MSI resources to support research into 3D printing of functional materials and devices, which requires the use of software for simulation, computer-aided engineering, data visualization, and image processing.
A study just published in the prestigious journal Nature shows that tree growth in northern Minnesota’s forests will slow down as the climate warms. This reduced growth is due to less-frequent (although heavier) rain, which will cause the soil to be drier. The study looked at 11 different tree species in northern Minnesota and was led by MSI PI Peter Reich (Regents Professor, Forest Resources).
Professor Maria Gini (Computer Science and Engineering) is featured in the U’s Fall 2018 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor Gini’s research group studies a variety of problems in artificial intelligence and multi-agent systems. The problems can require machine learning methods, optimization algorithms, search algorithms that work in very large search spaces, image processing, distributed computations, and more.
University President Eric Kaler announced today that Professor Chris Cramer (Chemistry) will take over as Vice President for Research beginning November 12, 2018 and serving until November 12, 2020.
Professor Perry Hackett (Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development) is featured in the U’s Fall 2018 Driven to Discover campaign. The Hackett group uses MSI resources, especially Galaxy, for research concerning applications of Sleeping Beauty transposons. See the story: Sleeping Beauty, Sleeping Giant: A breakthrough treatment in the fight against cancer.    
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed funding for the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR), home to long-term ecological experiments. The funding renewal extends NSF’s support by another six years; they have provided funding to CCESR since 1982. MSI PIs Eric Seabloom and Sarah Hobbie, both of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, are the project co-leaders.