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Three MSI PIs are among the six University faculty members who have been named Distinguished McKnight University Professors for 2017. They are:
ACM SIGHPC and Intel are launching a new international program of graduate fellowships in computational and data science. The goal of this new graduate fellowship is to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, including women as well as students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field.
MSI PI Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos (Computer Science and Engineering) and his research group are featured in the magazine New Scientist in a story about a new kind of drone they have developed. This drone takes off vertically, like a helicopter, but then changes configuration into a flat, winged vehicle. The drone also has solar panels so that it can fly for extended periods.
The SC17 Student Volunteers program is now accepting applications. SC17, the annual Supercomputing Conference, will be held November 12-17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The application deadline is June 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (AoE). Acceptance notifications will be sent by the end of June 2017. Advantages and benefits for students:
MSI PI Traian Dumitrica, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a Fellow in the Energy area at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) (Institute of Advanced Studies). During his Fellowship, Professor Dumitrica will work at the HWK with collaborators from the Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science at the University of Bremen.
In a new study, researchers have found an explanation about why more diverse stands of trees are more productive than stands with only one species. Two MSI PIs, Associate Professor Jeannine Cavender-Bares (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) and Professor Peter Reich (Forest Resources), were part of this study.
Professor George Weiblen, an MSI PI in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the College of Biological Sciences, was interviewed recently by the magazine American Scientist. The interview discusses Professor Weiblen’s research into Cannabis sativa, the species that includes hemp and marijuana.
MSI PIs are among the authors of a paper that announces a new technique for warming cryofrozen tissues. Although it is possible to freeze tissues and organs without harm, thawing them usually causes damage. The method described in the paper uses iron oxide nanoparticles that surround the frozen tissue and warm when activated by an external magnetic field. This method may eventually help keep organs viable for transplant for a much longer time than is currently possible.
MSI PI Jakub Tolar, a professor in the pediatrics department of the UM Medical School, is known for his work aiming to find a cure for the debilitating disease epidermolysis bullosa (EB). In this genetic disease, a person’s skin sloughs off at the slightest touch. It is painful, disfiguring, and can be fatal.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various MSI systems. During this month's scheduled maintenance period MSI staff will be applying a Primary Storage (Panasas) update. This update IS disruptive, and as a result Primary Storage will be unavailable throughout the day. March maintenance will include:
Three MSI faculty users are principal investigators on a project to increase collaboration between University of Minnesota researchers and their counterparts in Latin America. The network, which is funded by an OVPR International Capacity Building grant and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, aims to establish a number of projects with colleagues in several Latin American countries.
MSI PI Pinar Karaca-Mandic, an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year that investigated prescription practices of opioids to Medicare patients. Professor Karaca-Mandic is interested in understanding the current opioid-abuse epidemic and trying to figure out ways to fight it.
MSI PI Traian Dumitrica, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is part of the new Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP), funded by NASA. The Institute focuses on the rapid development of technologies critical for extending human presence deeper into our solar system.
The research of graduate student Pajau Vangay, who is in the group of Assistant Professor Dan Knights, an assistant professor at the Biotechnology Institute and Department of Computer Science and Engineering), was featured on the website Quartz. Ms. Vangay is studying how the microbiomes of Hmong and Karen immigrants in Minneapolis and St. Paul change after they come to the U.S.
MSI PI Jed Elison, an assistant professor in the Institute of Child Development, is a co-author on a nationwide study that used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to discover biomarkers for future development of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) in infants. The results of the study, published this week in the prestigious journal Nature, studied the brains of babies who had older siblings with autism. They were able to predict development of ASD with 80 percent accuracy.
MSI PI Jaime Modiano, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, is a co-author on a study that showed that a new UMN-developed drug significantly lengthened the life of dogs with a fast-spreading and incurable cancer called hemangiosarcoma. The researchers are excited about this result and hope that it can eventually be extended to treatment for human cancers.
MSI PI Rhonda Franklin (Electrical and Computer Engineering) has been selected for a 2017 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The awards will be presented at the annual Tate Conference and Award Ceremony on March 9, 2017. Professor Franklin and her group use MSI resources to help design and test the performance of microwave antennas and circuits.
Six MSI PIs are among the nine faculty members who have been named 2017-2019 McKnight Land-Grant Professors. The goal of this program is to advance the careers of new assistant professors and includes a research grant of $25,000 in each of the two years of the award. The MSI PIs who have received this award are:
The University of Minnesota is participating in a team of academic institutions, private companies, government agencies, and non-profits from across the country to create the new National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). This group aims to transform biopharmaceutical manufacturing in the U.S.
Professor Bin He, an MSI PI from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine is featured in Minneapolis’s City Pages. The special issue is called “People Issue 2017: 18 Who Make Minnesota a Better Place to Live.”