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An article about Professor David Blank (MSI Associate Fellow; Chemistry) on the College of Science and Engineering’s website highlights his outstanding teaching and his methods of inspiring his students to their best efforts. His teaching methods include his promise to do pushups if a student catches him in an error on the blackboard. Professor Blank studies thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. His research group uses MSI resources to simulate the nonlinear optical observables associated with their experimental work.
Jeff McDonald, Assistant Director of HPC Operations, and Bill Hellriegel, Assistant to the Director, were interviewed at the Minnesota High Tech Association's Spring Conference on April 25, 2012. Jeff and Bill talked about MSI's resources and the MSI services that are available to Minnesota companies. You can see the video at the TECHdotMN website.
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.