posted on January 15, 2015

Professor Vipin Kumar (Head, Computer Science and Engineering; MSI Fellow) was featured in the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Annual State of Research Report. VP Brian Herman presented this report to the University Regents in December 2014.

Professor Kumar was the recipient of an OVPR Minnesota Futures grant; these seed grants help faculty advance new ideas and foster interdisciplinary research. Professor Kumar’s Futures project uses images collected by earth-observing satellites to understand changes in forest cover. This seed grant helped the Kumar group receive two additional grants: a $3.2 million grant from the Planetary Skin Institute and a $10 million “Expeditions in Computing” grant from the National Science Foundation.

Professor Kumar uses MSI to develop high-performance data-mining algorithms and tools for mining large-scale datasets in a variety of applications. The huge size of these datasets and their complexity require the use of the high-performance computing resources provided by MSI. Besides the project above, the Kumar group is also developing data-mining techniques for analyzing biomedical data.

You can read the entire Annual State of Research Report on the OVPR website. A more detailed story about Professor Kumar’s research also appears in the "Research excellence in practice" post on the OVPR’s Inquiry blog.


posted on January 13, 2015

Professor Joseph Metzger, an MSI Principal Investigator and Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, is the Principal Investigator for a $2.6 million NIH grant that will fund research into new treatments for heart attacks. The Metzger group uses MSI for molecular dynamics simulations as part of their research into proteins that affect the contraction of the heart.

Other lead investigators include Dr. Demetris Yannopolous (Medical School) and Regents Professor Frank Bates (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science). An article about the grant and the research it will fund can be found on the AHC’s HealthTalk blog.


posted on January 12, 2015

Several MSI PIs were featured in 10 most-viewed stories that appeared in the OVPR’s Inquiry blog during 2014. An article listing these stories can be found on the blog.

Stories that featured MSI PI research were highlighted on the MSI website. See:

MSI PIs Investigate Using Bacteria to Treat Diabetes (Inquiry story #1)

Early Disease Detection (Inquiry story #2)

Patent Awards to MSI PIs (Inquiry story #8)

posted on January 9, 2015

In December, Vice President for Research Brian Herman presented the annual state of University research report to the University Regents. The U’s research enterprise is strong, with growth in nearly all performance measures during FY14.

You can see VP Herman's summary of the report on the OVPR Inquiry blog. The article also includes a link to the complete report.


posted on January 6, 2015

The U’s Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) was featured in a video recently on the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation website. Two MSI Principal Investigators from the Center are featured in the video: Professor Marc Hillmyer (CSP Director; Chemistry) and Professor Chris Cramer (MSI Fellow; Chemistry). Researchers at the CSP are developing methods of using sustainable materials, rather than petroleum, to create plastics. Both Professors Hillmyer and Cramer use MSI to support their research in polymer chemistry.

Watch the video at the Science Nation website.