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A study using data from the global research project Nutrient Network (NutNet), which was founded by MSI PI Eric Seabloom and Elizabeth Borer (both associate professors in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior), shows that higher levels of nutrients tend to favor the proliferation of exotic
On Wednesday, August 5, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. During this maintenance period, MSI will be performing the following updates:
MSI PIs George Weiblen and M. David Marks, both professors in the Department of Plant Biology, have published research that identifies a gene that distinguishes hemp from marijuana. This research could have implications for future industrial uses of hemp. Currently, legal restrictions affect both the growing of hemp and marijuana.
MSI Principal Investigator Art Erdman (Director, Medical Devices Center; Mechanical Engineering) was quoted in a recent article about how a Western bias in the development of medical devices can affect thei
Two MSI Principal Investigators are featured in a recent post on the University’s Discover blog about deep brain stimulation (DBS), a therapy to alleviate tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease and other disorders. DBS uses electrodes inserted into a patient’s brain to electrically stimulate brain circuits, which causes the tremors to be greatly reduced or disappear completely.
Two MSI Principal Investigators are featured in an article in the latest issue of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences publication Solutions.
The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced that two projects have been awarded Minnesota Futures grants for 2015. These grants fund cross-disciplinary research. Both of these projects, which address new approaches to treating disease, are being led by MSI Principal Investigators. The projects include (MSI PIs are in bold):
Two MSI Principal Investigators have received awards from the New York-based Simons Foundation, a foundation funding research in basic science and math.
A national team of researchers including MSI PI Julian Marshall (Fellow, Institute on the Environment; Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering) recently published a study in which they showed that improving air quality in both “clean” and “dirty” areas could result in 2.1 million fewer air pollution-related deaths per year.
On Wednesday, July 1, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. This downtime will be a global, system-wide maintenance to upgrade the network components providing Panasas connectivity. 
Vipin Kumar (MSI Fellow; Head, Computer Science and Engineering) is among three University professors who have been named Regents Professors.
MSI PI Dan Knights, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and member of the BioTechnology Institute, was featured recently in a story on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). The story discusses a new area of medical research, the gut microbiome.
On June 8, 130 attendees participated in a Symposium on Precision Medicine, held at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Jian-Ping Wang, an MSI PI from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Science and Engineering), is developing a handheld device that will allow farmers to detect diseases in their livestock. This will be useful because it will allow farmers to react to disease before it has time to infect an entire herd or flock.
MSI PI Larry Wackett, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics and member of the BioTechnology Institute
MSI PI Paul Venturelli (Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences) has created an app that allows anglers to record their catches
On Wednesday, June 3, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. This downtime will be a global, system-wide maintenance to upgrade the network components providing Panasas Connectivity.  During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:• Mesabi will be unavailable for firmware and network updates.• Lab systems, login nodes, and Galaxy will be offline briefly for OS updates.• Citrix/Xen Active Directory will be offline for failover testing.
MSI Principal Investigator Reuben Harris, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, has been selected to be a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator. His five-year term will begin in September.
A new study has linked the use of antibiotics in infants to diseases in adults. The study includes a new model that could help measure healthy development of gut bacteria in children. MSI PI Dan Knights, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is a co-author on the paper, which was published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. The research may have implications for how doctors prescribe antibiotics to children.
MSI PIs were on five of the six teams recently awarded research grants by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics. The grants were awarded based on competitive applications and are intended to provide a means for innovative research projects to get started. The Minnesota Partnership is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and the state of Minnesota. Each research team includes members from the University and Mayo.