A team led by researchers at the University of Minnesota, including MSI PI Patrick Kelly (associate professor, Physics and Astronomy), has published a paper in Nature that describes a red supergiant star, using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and Large Binocular Telescope. The star is much farther away than supernovae that have been previously studied.
Two MSI PIs are among the interdisciplinary research group that have received a $21M grant from the National Institutes of Health to study vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). VNS is used to treat epilepsy and depression; the three-year study will investigate functional effects of VNS across the human body.
MSI PI Nidhi Kohli (professor, Educational Psychology) and colleagues in the School of Public Health have received a $2.5 million grant for their project, “Training the Long-Term Services and Supports Dementia Care Workforce in Provision of Care to Sexual and Gender Minority Residents.” Professor Simon Rosser (Epidemiology and Community Health) is the project PI and Associate Professor Tetyana Shippee (Health Policy and Manager is co-PI. Professor Kohli will lead the quantitative methodology for the project.
Several MSI PIs from the School of Physics and Astronomy and their colleagues and students are constructing two sets of extremely fast telescopes that will allow researchers to get astronomical data much more quickly than current telescopes allow. The group has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for this three-year project, called Total-Coverage Ultra-Fast Response to Binary-Mergers Observatory (TURBO).
MSI PI Cara Santelli (associate professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences) has received the 2022 “Post Tenure” Outstanding Geobiologist Award from the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division of the Geological Society of America. Professor Santelli’s work is featured on the EES website: Get to Know: The Santelli Environmental and Applied Biogeochemistry Lab.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease affecting deer in Minnesota and elsewhere. It is highly contagious, and the prions causing the disease can be shed by sick and dead deer into the soil, where they remain infectious for years. MSI PI Tiffany Wolf (assistant professor; Veterinary Population Medicine) will lead a team that will optimize soil testing for CWD prions.
An interdisciplinary team led by MSI PI Matthew Clark (associate professor, Horticultural Science) has been awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue research that seeks to cultivate disease-resistant grapes. The researchers are using state-of-the-art technologies to develop grape varieties that can be grown with less pesticide and fossil-fuel use.