MSI PIs Dan Gallaher (professor, Food Science and Nutrition) and Xiaojia Wang (assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering) have received grants from the Office of the Vice President for Research's (OVPR) Minnesota Futures Grant Program. The program promotes cross-disciplinary research.
U-Spatial has named the winners for their 2019 Mapping Prizes. This annual event, which is open to students at the University of Minnesota, honors provocative and innovative map-making. See the winners on the U-Spatial website: Mapping Prize - 2019 Best Maps.
Two MSI PIs, David Pui (Mechanical Engineering) and Marlene Zuk (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior), have been named Regents Professors, the University’s highest level of faculty recognition.
Dr. James (Jim) Wilgenbusch has been named the Director of Research Computing for the Office of the Vice President for Research. Previously, Dr. Wilgenbusch held the position of Senior Associate Director of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI).
MSI PI David Odde (professor, Biomedical Engineering) has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. This honor recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession of medical and biological engineering. The 2019 Fellows will be inducted into the Academy at a meeting in September.
Two MSI PIs are co-leaders on two National Institutes of Health grants awarded to fund projects that aim to develop better ways to diagnose autism in children. Both grants were announced in late May.
Professor Brenda Ogle, an MSI PI from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named head of the department. This promotion takes effect on July 1, 2019. An article about Professor Ogle and her research can be found on the BME website.
The Spring issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine features a story about MSI PI Theresa Reineke (professor, Chemistry). Professor Reineke is investigating methods of delivering gene therapy using polymer-based carriers. Using this method would considerably lower the cost of gene therapy. The Reineke research group uses MSI resources for these studies.
MSI PI Clark Chen (professor and head, Neurosurgery) is featured in a tv news story about a young man who is participating in a clinical trial of a treatment for glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. The treatment uses a genetically engineered virus to kill tumor cells. The story can be found on the KSTP-TV website: Clinical Trial at U of M Brings Hope to One Cancer Patient.