MSI Principal Investigator Dan Keefe (Computer Science and Engineering) is one of the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship awardees for 2012-14. Information about Professor Keefe’s research can be found at the OVPR website.
MSI PI Michael Travisano (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) is the lead author on a paper about how multicellular organisms developed, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. These researchers use MSI resources for genome sequencing related to their work with yeast. Read more about this research and watch a video on the UMNews website.
The Research blog of the Office of the Vice President for Research has recent posts that feature MSI Principal Investigators: the research of Mark Distefano (Chemistry); patents issued to Courtney Aldrich (Medicinal Chemistry), David Pui (Mechanical Engineering), Ronald Siegel (Pharmaceutics), Daniel Frisbie (Chemical Engineering and
An MSI Principal Investigator, Professor Bin He (Biomedical Engineering), was featured on the premiere episode of "Impact the World," a new series on the Big Ten Network. Read more about Professor He’s research and see videos from the program at the University’s News release.
On Saturday, January 28, MSI participated in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Amantes de la Ciencia, an annual event designed to introduce visitors to science and education professionals in the Latino/a community. Visitors to the MSI booth got to build molecules with marshmallows and pretzels and see how researchers make molecule simulations on a computer.
A video presentation by Fotis Sotiropoulos (MSI Fellow) and Trung Le of St. Anthony Falls Laboratory and Daniel Keefe (MSI Principal Investigator) and Dane Coffey of Computer Science and Engineering won a prestigious award at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Mechanics.
MSI Principal Investigator Aditya Bhan (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) is highlighted in a UMNews story about a new partnership program between the University and Dow Chemical Co. Dow is collaborating with and providing grants to U researchers in chemical and materials sciences. Another story about this partnership appears on the CSE website.
As a reward for winning the OVPR contest for "highest increase in participation" in the 2011 Community Fund Drive, the MSI staff was treated to a serenade by Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy on December 1. VP Mulcahy, in appropriate attire, performed a song set to the music "La donna e mobile" from the opera Rigoletto by Verdi.
  The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) has installed a new graphics processing unit (GPU) system that it hopes will enable researchers to take advantage of this new technology for innovation and improved performance for research.  
Kevin Mohsenian, a senior in the biomedical engineering department and a researcher in the group of MSI Principal Investigator Matt Johnson, recently won the Biomedical Engineering Society's Undergraduate Research Award for 2011. The award was for his simulation work, "Computational Modeling of Pedunculopontine Nucleus Deep Brain Simulation," which is part of the Johnson group's work highlighted in the December Research Spotlight (see sidebar on left of page) and in the MSI Annual Research Highlights 2011.
Recent research by MSI Principal Investigator David Tilman (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) discusses the possibility that global food demand could double by 2050. This could have serious effects on the environment, but could be avoided by changes in agricultural practices. UMNews has published a news release about this research. Professor Tilman's work is also featured in MSI's Annual Research Highlights 2011.
A UMNews article about the research of MSI Associate Fellow Nevin D. Young is featured on the U website. Professor Young and his collaborators recently published a paper in Nature (November 16) concerning their genomic research with legumes. This research increases our knowledge about how legumes produce natural nitrogen fertilizer, which is important to sustainable agriculture.
An interview with MSI Associate Fellow Gunda Georg (Director, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development) appears on the "Giving to the U of M" website. Professor Georg and other researchers at the ITDD use MSI resources for their drug discovery and development projects.
An article about Karen Gran’s (Geological Sciences, Duluth) research into river sediment, shown in the November Research Spotlight (see sidebar), appeared in a recent issue of Environmental Science and Technology. It has also been selected as an Editor’s Choice article by Science.
MSI Principal Investigator Jon Foley (Director, Institute on the Environment) has a feature article in Scientific American. "Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?” discusses how we can double the amount of food produced by the world’s farmers while also decreasing farming’s adverse effects on the environment. Professor Foley’s MSI research investigates how changes in the Amazon basin affect rainfall patterns.
MSI Associate Fellow Kathryn VandenBosch (Head, Plant Biology) has been selected to be Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison. Professor VandenBosch has been a Principal Investigator at MSI since 2003 and was named an Associate Fellow in 2010.
On November 4, 2011, the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics held a symposium in honor of Regents Professor Emeritus Daniel D. Joseph, MSI Fellow, who passed away on May 24. More information about the symposium can be found on the AEM website.
The new Wind Energy Research Station at the University's UMore Park hosted a commissioning event on October 25 at the U’s UMore Park. MSI is one of the U units participating in the Eolos Wind Energy Consortium with a number of other educational and industry partners.
Professor and MSI Fellow Chris Cramer (Chemistry) received a 2010-11 Morse Alumni Award for distinguished teaching. Read about this award on the University Alumni Association website. Professor Cramer has been a Fellow of the Institute since 1996.