MSI PI Laura Gagliardi, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been elected to be a Fellow of the American Physical Society. This award recognizes Professor Gagliardi's groundbreaking work in electronic-structure methods. An article about this award appears on the chemistry department's website.
MSI PI Vipin Kumar, a Regents Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been named to receive the Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award from the IEEE Computer Society. Professor Kumar is being recognized for foundational work on understanding scalability, and highly scalable algorithms for graph partitioning, sparse linear systems, and data mining.
MSI PI Craig Packer, who is a world-renowned expert on lions, was interviewed recently by National Geographic’s Cat Watch blog. Professor Packer is a faculty member of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and is the director of the University of Minnesota Lion Center in the College of Biological Sciences.
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has posted a conversation with MSI PI Peter Sorensen, a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and member of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. Professor Sorensen spoke at the annual statewide conference on invasive species in early October. His presentation concerned setting aside “freshwater preserves” or “stewardship areas” in lakes and rivers to protect their ecosystems.
Assistant Professor Candice Hirsch (Agronomy and Plant Genetics) is featured in the U’s Fall 2016 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor Hirsch is part of the “Abolish Hunger” section of the campaign. She uses MSI resources in studies of genotypic and phenotypic variations that exist in maize (corn), with the ultimate goal of improving maize as a crop.
Two MSI PIs, Professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos (Computer Science and Engineering) and Professor Nathan Springer (Plant Biology) have been named McKnight Presidential Endowed Professors by the University of Minnesota. This is one of the University’s highest honors.
MSI PI Jason Hill, an associate professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute on the Environment, led research published in the journal Energy Policy that shows a “fuel market rebound effect” from the use of biofuels, especially ethanol. This effect is so strong that emissions can actually increase with the use of ethanol.
MSI PI Eric Newman, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience, and his colleagues have published a paper showing that glial cells have functions in information processing and signaling. Previously, they were thought to have only “housekeeping” functions. This research was the cover story in a recent issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.
Assistant Professor Jed Elison (Institute of Child Development) is featured in the U’s Fall 2016 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor Elison is part of the “Close the Opportunity Gap” section of the campaign. He is studying the development of infants’ and childrens’ brains and uses MSI resources for MRI analysis.
Associate Professor David Masopust, an MSI PI in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, has been named one of the first group of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholars.
Fifteen of the 29 Grand Challenges Research grants announced by the University of Minnesota on September 29 are being led by MSI Principal Investigators. These grants are a new initiative to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations that will address critical challenges facing the state and the world. They are part of the U’s overall strategic plan, Driving Tomorrow. There are five areas of focus, four of which include projects headed by MSI PIs.
MSI PI Mo Li, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and members of his research group have succeeded in measuring the torque (twisting force) that is generated by light on a silicon chip. Light’s torque comes from the spin angular momentum of photons. This research is on a smaller scale than previous such measurements and has implications for such devices as miniaturized gyroscopes and torsional sensors.
On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 8:00am – 4:00pm CDT, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various MSI systems. Please note that the Tier 2 storage will be unavailable for much of the day while we update that system. October maintenance will impact the following systems:
Professor James Bradeen (Head, Plant Pathology) is featured in the U’s Fall 2016 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor Bradeen’s research is part of the “Abolish Hunger” section of the campaign. His work concentrates on developing genetic solutions to crop diseases. He is using MSI resources for genetic investigations of wild plants to study disease-resistance genes and plants’ defense responses.
MSI PI Reuben Harris (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics; Masonic Cancer Center; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator) and his colleagues reported recently that they have discovered an enzyme, APOBEC3H-I, that is most likely the cause of previously unexplained mutations in breast cancer cells. The enzyme is also implicated in other forms of cancer.
MSI PI Dan Voytas (Genetics, Cell Biology and Development; Director, Center for Genome Engineering) has received the first award from the Hackett Fund for Genome Engineering. The award recognizes Professor Voytas’s work and leadership in the field of genome engineering. He uses MSI resources for high-throughput DNA sequencing.
MSI PI Jed Elison (Institute of Child Development) is one of the University of Minnesota co-PIs on a new project, funded by a $4 million National Institutes of Health grant, to study the development of the brain from infancy through early childhood.
MSI PI Jay Austin (UMD, Large Lakes Observatory) appeared on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) to discuss Lake Superior’s near-record warmth during the summer of 2016. Researchers have found that surface-water temperatures on the Great Lakes are rising, a phenomenon that is related to the amount of ice the lakes develop during the winter.
MSI PIs David Odde and David Largaespada are co-leaders for a $8.2M grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a method to predict how cancer cells spread. The third co-leader, Steven Rosenfeld, is from the Cleveland Clinic. The grant funds a collaboration between the University of Minnesota, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Mayo Clinic.
The Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School announced recently that Professor Jakub Tolar, an MSI Principal Investigator in the Department of Pediatrics, has been named the Medical School’s executive vice dean. In this position, he will implement the School’s strategic plans for scholarship and research.