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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.
The School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota has received two awards recognizing vision and achievement. The ADEAGies Foundation named the Dental School as one of the recipients of the 2016 Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by a Public or Private Partner for efforts to advance dental therapy education. Several MSI Principal Investigators are faculty in the Dental School.
IT’s annual data center maintenance is scheduled for January 9-10, 2016. Many services will be affected, including the license servers for several software products of interest to MSI users. These include:
On Wednesday, January 6, from 5am – 4pm CST, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. During the January 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:
MSI PI Roger Ruan, a professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The ASABE is an international professional association for professionals specializing in sustainable solutions to population growth. Professor Ruan uses MSI to support research into using scum as a source of lipids to create biodiesel.
The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has presented MSI Robert Stupar with their Outstanding Young Crop Scientist Award. Stupar is an associate professor on the faculty in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics. The CSSA is an international scientific society that advances a number of disciplines of crop science.
Professor Shri Ramaswamy, MSI PI and Head of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has published a list of patents that have been awarded to University researchers during the past few months. Several MSI Principal Investigators, shown below, are on this list. The complete list can be found on the OVPR's Inquiry blog post, "Patent roll call, fall 2015." 
The research of MSI PI George Weiblen has been in the news lately – both New Yorker magazine and the UK newspaper The Guardian have run articles that discuss his research. Professor Weiblen, a faculty member in the Department of Plant Biology and interim science director of the Bell Museum of Natural History, has been studying the forests of Papua New Guinea for many years.