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A new study led by MSI PI Jeannine Cavender-Bares (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) describes the differences in plant populations in the city of Minneapolis and those in the Cedar Creek Natural History area. The study has been published in the journal Ecology and is described in a story by UMNews. Professor Cavender-Bares uses MSI to study the genetic structure and diversity of live oaks. Her group uses software available through MSI to analyze sequence data from seven different live-oak species and multiple populations within each species.
Three MSI researchers, C. Daniel Frisbie (CEMS), Claudia Schmidt-Dannert (BMBB), and Jian-Ping Wang (ECE) have received 2012 Distinguished McKnight Professorships. This program recognizes outstanding mid-career faculty at the University of Minnesota. Recipients receive the title of Distinguished McKnight Professor, which they retain for as long as they stay at the University of Minnesota, plus a five-year, $100,000 grant. You can read more about this year's recipients and their research on the OVPR Research blog.
MSI Principal Investigator Dan Keefe’s work at the LMVL is highlighted in the OVPR’s Research blog. Work on virtual-reality modeling of medical devices by members of Professor Keefe's research group was highlighted in the Fall 2010 MSI Research Bulletin. Another member of Professor Keefe's group, Kyungyoon V. Kim, was a finalist in MSI's 2012 Research Exhibition, which was held on April 13. Ms. Kim presented a poster entitled "Visualizing Ancient Greek Rhetoric in Immersive Virtual Reality."