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MSI PI Kelvin Lim, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, was interviewed last week by local news outlet MinnPost. Professor Lim is an expert in brain disorders and answered questions about traumatic brain injury (TBI). Topics include the long-term effects of TBI and new strategies for treating it.
Assistant Professor Ran Blekhman (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development) has been named a 2016 Sloan Research Fellow. These Fellowships are presented annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to early-career scientists and scholars.
Two University of Minnesota faculty members, both of whom are MSI PIs, are among the persons named as 2016 Cottrell Scholars named by the Research Corporation of America. The Cottrell Scholar program is designed to support research by early-career professionals in chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Both professors are in the College of Science and Engineering.
Associate Professor Erin Carlson (Chemistry) has been named by President Barack Obama to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor presented by the U.S. government to early-career scientists and engineers.
Professor Randall Victora (Electrical and Computer Engineering) is among the recipients of the 2016 Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. Professor Victora uses MSI for simulations of light propagation and electronic structure calculations of magnetic damping. The goal of the research is to improve designs for storage/memory media.
On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from 8:00 – 11:00am CST, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. Maintenance during this period will impact the following systems: MSI login nodes will be updated and rebooted Citrix may be unavailable for brief periods Itasca login nodes will be updated and rebooted Systems status is always available on our Status page.
Three MSI Principal Investigators are among the faculty members featured in a special report by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS). The report, Solutions: The Future is Now, is dedicated to work being done by early-career faculty, grad students, and post-docs.
Four of the spring semester’s Grand Challenge courses are being taught by MSI Principal Investigators. The Grand Challenge Curriculum is designed to bring a solution-driven, interdisciplinary approach to learning while addressing global issues.
MSI Principal Investigator Hideki Aihara and Zhiqi Yin and Ke Shi (both members of the Aihara MSI research group) have published research that may help in the development of anti-retroviral therapies that could improve treatments for HIV and AIDS. The paper, which also has co-authors from Cornell University and St. Louis University, appeared in the February 18 issue of the prestigious journal Nature.
MSI PIs Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari (Pediatrics) and Paul Iaizzo (Surgery; Visible Heart Lab) are featured in a recent story on local tv station KARE-11’s segment, The Next Big Thing. Professors Panoskaltsis-Mortari and Iaizzo discuss the possible future uses of 3D printing in medicine.
MSI PI Morris Kleiner, a professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in early February concerning occupational licensing. Professor Kleiner studies the effects of such licensure, including whether these licenses improve safety or performance.
MSI PI David Pui (Mechanical Engineering) has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. This is one of the highest professional honors that can be awarded to an engineer. An article about this election appears on the College of Science and Engineering website.
MSI Principal Investigator Jason Hill (an associate professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering) has recently been featured on both Minneapolis’s KARE-11 tv and the University’s Minnesota Daily newspaper. Professor Hill’s research investigates the impact of using fossil fuels.
MSI Principal Investigator Mike Smanski, an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry, is featured in the Winter 2016 issue of Minnesota Alumni magazine. Professor Smanski studies microbial genomes to discover genes and pathways that might lead the way to new drugs.
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, from 5:00am - 4:00pm CST, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. During the February 2016 maintenance, MSI’s maintenance will be global and site-wide as we will take the central storage offline to attempt to finalize a file system merge. Additionally, MSI will perform a security point update to the NX server and corresponding clients. Maintenance during this period will impact the following systems:
A new project at the Institute on the Environment, called “Informed water management: Mapping scarcity, threats, and values,” will study Minnesota water supply’s quantity and quality and what risks may affect it in the future. MSI Principal Investigator Tracy Twine (Soil, Water, and Climate) is one of the three co-leads of the project, along with Bonnie Keeler and Kate Brauman.
Five MSI Principal Investigators are among the eight faculty members at the University of Minnesota so have been named McKnight Land Grant Professors for 2016-18. They are: Meggan Craft (Veterinary Population Medicine - College of Veterinary Medicine); Jed T.
A recent study by NASA and the National Science Foundation concluded that lakes are warming faster than the oceans, and that Lake Superior is one of the fastest-warming lakes on the planet. Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) interviewed MSI PI Jay Austin to explain why this is.
Associate Professor Peter Snyder (Soil, Water, and Climate), who uses MSI for investigations into climate change, was recently interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio as part of a story about the mild winter of 2015-16 and how it’s affecting the state’s winter sports industry. Fall 2015 was very mild, and was followed by one of the warmest Decembers on record, causing lakes in the region to remain ice-free late into the season.
A profile of Professor Craig Packer, an MSI Principal Investigator from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, recently appeared in the New York Times. Professor Packer is a world-renowned expert on lions.