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MSI Principal Investigator Reuben Harris (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics) has been awarded a $10 million grant for his research into the human antiviral protein APOBEC3G, which has potential to treat HIV and other diseases. See more at the UM News website. Professor Harris’s work has also been highlighted in the 2008-09 MSI Annual Research Highlights and the Fall 2008 MSI Research Bulletin.
Prospective students visiting the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) on March 7 saw a three-dimensional simulation of blood flow on the PowerWall in the LCSE-MSI Visualization Laboratory. Members of Assistant Professor Dan Keefe’s (Computer Science and Engineering and MSI PI) research group showed the visualization, created in a cooperative effort by Computer Science, the Medical Devices Center, and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, to high-school students and their families. Tours sponsored by the Office of Admissions allow students to see working laboratories on campus and learn about opportunities at the University. Additional groups of prospective CSE students visited the LMVL on March 21 and 28.
MSI has transitioned to a yearly renewal cycle for most users. Renewals occur in the fall for the following calendar year. All currently active accounts will remain active through 2011, and there is no need to complete the online renewal form to maintain your access. PIs who may need significant SU allocations have already been contacted about requesting them.
On Saturday, Feb. 19, Senator Al Franken (DFL-MN) was at the LCSE-MSI Visualization Lab as part of a visit to the Medical Devices Center (MDC). Sen. Franken is interested in the U’s contributions to the medical-device industry in Minnesota. An article about the visit can be found at MinnPost.com. The article includes a picture of the Senator using a virtual-reality simulation that MDC researchers developed with technology available through MSI.