MSI PI George Weiblen (professor, Plant and Microbial Biology; Science Director and Herbarium Curator, Bell Museum; Resident Fellow, Institute on the Environment) is featured in a story about the commercial growth of hemp in Minnesota, published in the Winter 2020 issue of Minnesota Alumni, a magazine published by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
MSI PI Gabriel Chan (professor, Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy) is quoted in a recent story from National Public Radio (NPR) about the work of faith communities to partner with developers building solar gardens in low-income neighborhoods. Churches, temples, and mosques are working with the solar-energy industry to install solar panels; community members can then subscribe to the system and reduce their energy costs.
Two MSI PIs from the chemistry department are celebrating significant anniversaries at the department and the University of Minnesota. An article appears on the department’s website: Two Professors Celebrate Decades of Research, Teaching, and Service.
MSI PI Craig Packer (professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; director, The Lion Center) is one of two University of Minnesota researchers named as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Professor Packer is being honored for his research that studies African lions.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrade to various MSI systems. Primary Storage, Mesabi, and Itasca will be unavailable throughout much of the day. A global system reservation will start at 5:00 a.m. on December 4. Jobs that cannot be completed before 5:00 a.m. on December 4 will be held until after maintenance and then started once the system returns to production status.December maintenance will include:
MSI PIs Forest Isbell (associate director, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR)) and Peter Reich (Regents Professor, Forest Resources), are co-authors on a recent paper that shows that abandoned agricultural land fails to regain biodiversity after nearly a century of disuse. The study examined abandoned agricultural land and compared its biodiversity compared to land that had never been plowed.