Professor Gunda Georg (Medicinal Chemistry) will receive the Volwiler Research Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) for her outstanding research and contributions to the field of synthetic medicinal chemistry. The award will be presented at the AACP Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois in July. An article about this award appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal,  which was included in the April 30, 2013 “U in the News” summary on the University’s website.


Professor Georg is the Director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Design and is Head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. She and other faculty at the ITDD use MSI resources for their cutting-edge drug-discovery and development research.


Update, 5/7/13: An article about Professor Georg appears in the Minnesota Daily.


The OVPR’s Research blog recently posted an article about the University Imaging Centers. MSI collaborates with the Imaging Centers to store their enormous data files.


The article describes some of the Imaging Centers’ projects and includes some stunning pictures created with their high-powered imaging equipment.


Professor Renata Wentzcovitch (MSI Fellow; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) has been named to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is one of 198 newly elected members of the Academy who will be inducted in October 2013. More details can be found on the University News site.


Professor Wentzcovitch has been a Principal Investigator at MSI for many years and has been a Fellow since 2001. She and her research group are investigating problems in the area of computational mineral physics. They use MSI resources for the large-scale, first-principles calculations involved in studies of the magnetic, thermodynamics, and thermal-elastic properties of solids, primarily minerals. The group is also involved in developing software that can be used for distributed computing on the internet.




Professor Gary Muehlbauer (Agronomy and Plant Genetics and Plant Biology) is among the five faculty members who have been named as the 2013 Distinguished McKnight University Professors. This program recognizes the University’s most outstanding mid-career faculty.


Professor Muehlbauer uses genomics to study plant function and agricultural productivity. He is an internationally known leader in this field, with many publications in prestigious journals. He uses resources at the Computational Genetics Laboratory in his studies of the barley, wheat, soybean, and maize genomes.


Descriptions of all the recipients of the 2013 Distinguished McKnight University Professorships can be found on the University’s Scholars Walk website



Professor Chris Cramer (Fellow, Chemistry) has been named the College of Science and Engineering’s new associate dean for academic affairs, the college announced on April 9, 2013. The appointment will become effective on July 1, 2013. You can read the announcement on the chemistry department’s website


The College of Science and Engineering has also awarded Professor Cramer with the 2013 George W. Taylor Award of Distinguished Service. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding service to the University and to the public at large. You can read more about this award on the chemistry department's website.


Professor Cramer has been an MSI Principal Investigator since he joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1992. He was appointed a Fellow of the Institute in 1996. His research at MSI focuses on developing, coding, and applying novel and established classical and quantum-mechanical methodologies to model chemical structures, properties, and reactivities. These various phenomena are of chemical, biological, and environmental interest.


Professor Cramer is also a member of the Chemical Theory Center group in the Department of Chemistry. In Fall 2012, the group received two grants from the Department of Energy (DOE). The first of these is providing funding to create the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center (NMGC), which will study metal-organic frameworks, which are a type of nanoporous material. The other grant is funded under DOE’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program. This project involves a collaboration of the University of Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and will study excited-state processes of molecules and excited state dynamics, applying these to the use of solar energy. Professor Cramer gave an interview about these grants to MSI in Fall 2012.