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Several MSI PIs are on the Highly Cited Researchers list, which recognizes researchers around the world whose citation records place them in the top one percent of citation counts for their field over a decade. The PIs on the list are:
The research of MSI PI Linda Kinkel (professor, Plant Pathology) was featured on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) recently. The story describes how microbes in the soil interact with each other and how that interaction can affect agriculture. It can be found on the MPR website: Microbes in the Crop Rows: Soil’s Secrets May Yield a New Ag Revolution.
Several MSI PIs have been named as affiliates of the Institute on the Environment (IonE). Affiliates include Fellows, Associates, Educators, and Visiting Scholars. Three MSI PIs are new Fellows and four are new Associates. The Institute on the Environment supports collaborative research among academic disciplines and external partners to solve problems related to climate, energy, food, land use, water management, and more. Fellows
MSI PIs Melania Figueroa (assistant professor, Plant Pathology) and Jim Bradeen (professor and head, Plant Pathology) are featured in a story about the University’s Oat Global program in the Fall 2018 issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine. Professor Bradeen is the director of Oat Global.
MSI PI Forest Isbell (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior) is the lead researcher on a project that has re-introduced a herd of bison into the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR). Dr. Isbell is the Associate Director of CCESR.
MSI PI Jian-Ping Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) will be the director of a new center that will focus on novel materials for advanced computing systems. The new Center for Spintronic Materials in Advanced Information Technologies (SMART) will be housed in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).
On Wednesday, November 7, 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 5:00am on November 7. Jobs that cannot be completed before 5:00am on November 7 will be held until after maintenance and then started once the system returns to production status. November maintenance will include:
Recent research by MSI PI Dan Knights  (associate professor, Computer Science and Engineering; BioTechnology Institute) shows that the gut microbiome of southeast Asian immigrants to the US changes to become more like that of Americans. This change happens quickly, within a year. People in southeast Asia have much more diverse gut microbiomes than people in the US do. A less-diverse microbiome is linked to several health conditions, including obesity.