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posted on February 20, 2015
Graduate student Julia Quindlen, who is a member of the MSI research group of Professor Victor Barocas (Biomedical Engineering - College of Science and Engineering), has been awarded a 2015-16 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship. Ms. Quindlen is a fourth-year PhD student. She will be completing her project, “Mechano-to-Neural Transduction of the Pacinian Corpuscle” under the advisement of Professor Barocas and Professor Martha Flanders (Neuroscience - Medical School) at the Institute for Engineering in Medicine.
Ms. Quindlen was a Grand Prize Winner at the 2014 MSI Research Exhibition for her poster “Multi-scale mechanical modeling of the Pacinian corpuscle.”
posted on February 18, 2015
Professor James Bradeen, an MSI PI and Head of the Department of Plant Pathology (College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences), is featured in a recent story by the Big Ten Network about the U’s preeminence in developing improved crops for the benefit of the world’s food supply. The story discusses the legacy of Norman Borlaug and the continuing work by U researchers in the field. Professor Bradeen uses MSI to support his genomics research into wild relatives of crop plants, with the goal of discovering the genes that provide these plants with defenses against disease. You can read the BTN story on their website.
posted on February 16, 2015
Professor Marlene Zuk (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior - College of Biological Sciences) has been named the 2015 winner of the EO Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists. Professor Zuk is being recognized for her research into the mating behavior of invertebrates as well as for her science writing for the public. She uses MSI resources to support her genetics research; her current work at MSI involves studies of genetic mutations in Pacific field crickets. See more about Professor Zuk and this award on the CBS Connect blog.
posted on February 13, 2015
Professor Michael Tsapatsis (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science - College of Science and Engineering [CSE]) has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. This is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to an engineer. Professor Tsapatsis is being recognized for his work in the design and development of zeolites, which are specialized nanomaterials with applications in industry. Some of this research uses MSI resources (Tsapatsis group's current MSI project). More information can be found on the U’s Discover blog and on the CSE website.
posted on February 11, 2015
Regents Professor David Tilman (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; College of Biological Sciences) has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Ecology and Conservation Biology. This international award is given in recognition of his groundbreaking research, which shows the value of biodiversity to the health of the world’s ecosystems. Professor Tilman is the director of the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR), an ecological research site. MSI has been working with the CCESR for several years to host an online database that houses the data generated and makes it available to other researchers and the public. Professor Tilman also won the Balzan Prize in 2014.
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