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MSI PI Alik Widge (assistant professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) is the principal investigator on a new $6.6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health that funds the development of a new device that will be able to sync or unsync brain waves in patients with mental health disorders. Professor Widge and his group have previously developed methods that bring brain waves into or out of synchronicity.
A new research institute aimed at discovering how biological variation influences ecosystem and biosphere dynamics launched this month.
Two MSI PIs in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering have been studying the water systems in University of Minnesota Twin Cities buildings to determine if they harbor deadly strains of Legionella. When the campus closed to nearly all the UMN community in mid-March, Professors Raymond Hozalski and Timothy LaPara took the opportunity to study whether the buildings’ water systems would become breeding areas for Legionella bacteria.
MSI PI Samuel Myers, Jr. (professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs ; director, Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice) was interviewed recently about his research into the Minnesota Paradox, which states that, while Minnesota is one of the best places to live for whites, it’s one of the worst, relatively speaking, for Blacks. Professor Myers sees a way for this disparity to be overcome.
MSI PI Cara Santelli (associate professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences) has been named to the 2020-21 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program. In this program, an interdisciplinary team of faculty members develop ways to include global, international, and intercultural learning into course design and delivery.

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