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MSI PI Suo Yang (associate professor, Mechanical Engineering) is studying how coronavirus travels through the lungs. Professor Yang’s primary research, for which he uses MSI resources, includes first-principles based modeling and simulation of reacting flows, including combustion, turbulence, soot aerosols, and plasma physics, and their multiscale interactions. This expertise translates to simulations of how SARS-CoV-2 travels through the respiratory system.
Two MSI PIs are leading a project to create systems that use food waste to create heat, energy, and fertilizer.
MSI PI and Vice President for Research Chris Cramer (Chemistry) has received a 2021 Arthur C. Cope Late Career Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award recognizes VP Cramer’s excellence in organic chemistry. A story about his research and this award appears on the chemistry department website: Christopher Cramer Receives ACS Arthur C.
Two MSI PIs from the School of Public Health (SPH), Professors Baolin Wu (Biostatistics) and Jim Pankow (Epidemiology and Community Health), are leading a project that will seek to identify which parts of the human genetic code are associated with diabetes. This will help researchers develop personalized treatment for the disease.
The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, a multi-institutional research center, has received a five-year, $20M grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their research.
MSI PI Chris Hogan (professor, Mechanical Engineering) was interviewed by tv station KSTP recently to talk about using UV light to kill the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Several companies, such as the airline JetBlue, M Health Fairview, and HVAC companies are trying out various systems that use a type of UV light called ultraviolet germicidal irradiation on equipment and surfaces.
Particulate matter, tiny particles of sulfates, nitrates, and carbon found in air pollution, is a serious health hazard. MSI PI David Pui (Regents Professor, Mechanical Engineering) and his team are working with researchers in India to install 60-foot towers that will filter these particles out of the air. This project continues research that involved modeling such towers in locations around Beijing, China.
The University of Minnesota and Massachusetts General Hospital have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to create a new Engineering Research Center (ERC). NSF awarded $26 million over five years to fund the ERC for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio).
MSI PI Wei-Shou Hu (professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) and members of his research group are working with researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School to develop a method to grow SARS CoV-2 spike proteins. These spike proteins, which cover the outside of the virus and allow the virus to attach to cells, are used by researchers across the world to understand the properties of the novel coronavirus and to develop vaccines.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII), which is a partner with MSI in the Research Computing group, will be part of a new Center for Neural Circuits in Addiction.
On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrade to various MSI systems. Primary Storage, Mesabi, and Mangi will be unavailable throughout much of the day. A global system reservation will start at 5:00 a.m. CDT on August 5. Jobs that cannot be completed before 5:00 a.m. on August 5 will be held until after maintenance and then started once the system returns to production status. August maintenance will include:
In a new partnership agreement, NASA will provide funding to the Zooniverse.org teams at the University of Minnesota and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago for two years. Zooniverse is the world’s largest citizen-science platform and was co-founded by MSI PI Lucy Fortson (professor, Physics and Astronomy).
MSI PI Ted Pedersen (professor, Computer Science, U of M Duluth) is an expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and facial recognition. He recently spoke to the UMD News team about developments in AI related to COVID-19 tracking, reporting, and research. Professor Pedersen uses MSI for a project to develop a method for computers to accurately determine the exact meaning of a word based on its usage.
Trumpeter swans were nearly extinct in the lower 48 U.S. state during the last century.  Thanks to the efforts of wildlife conservationists, the species has made a comeback with thousands of birds living in Minnesota. MSI PI David Andersen (Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology) is among the researchers who are studying the swans to learn more about them.
U-Spatial has named the winners for their 2020 Mapping Prizes. This annual event, which is open to students at the University of Minnesota, honors provocative and innovative map-making. See the winners on the U-Spatial website: Mapping Prize - 2020 Best Maps.
A story on the College of Science and Engineering website describes the work of MSI PI Rhonda Franklin (professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Institute for Engineering in Medicine) in creating the MNmask Style 3. This face mask is designed for use by the general public, rather than medical teams.
A strain of swine flu has recently been receiving media attention as a possible new pandemic that cold appear while the world is still fighting COVID-19.
A multidisciplinary team that included three MSI PIs has successfully used 3D printing to create a centimeter-scale working heart pump. The structure, which is hollow and allows fluid to enter and exit, will allow researchers to better study heart function and test medicines and therapeutics. This research was the cover story of a recent issue of the journal Circulation Research, which is published by the American Heart Association.
MSI PI Peter Kennedy (associate professor, Plant and Microbial Biology) was featured recently on the Bell Museum’s blog. Professor Kennedy is curator of fungi at the Bell. You can read the story about the collection and Professor Kennedy’s research on the Bell Museum’s website: Putting Mushrooms on the Map.
Two MSI PIs from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor Jiarong Hong and assistant professor Suo Yang, are studying how indoor ventilation systems affect the transmission of COVID-19. Their early research, which is being prepared for publication, modeled virus spread in elevators, classrooms, supermarkets. Future research will include other common indoor settings, such as restaurants.

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