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MSI Principal Investigator Mo Li, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Science and Engineering), is one of the authors of a paper in the journal Nature Photonics that reveals properties of black phosphorus films that have exciting implications in optics and photonics.
The University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has received a $17.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Over a dozen MSI Principal Investigators are participating faculty at the Center (see list below). The mission of the Center is to enable “important areas of future technology, ranging from biomedicine, separations, and plastic electronics to security, renewable energy, and information technology” (from the MRSEC website).
Professor Robert Tranquillo, Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (College of Science and Engineering), has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. This honor is in recognition of his international contributions to the field.
Graduate student Julia Quindlen, who is a member of the MSI research group of Professor Victor Barocas (Biomedical Engineering - College of Science and Engineering), has been awarded a 2015-16 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship. Ms. Quindlen is a fourth-year PhD student.
Professor James Bradeen, an MSI PI and Head of the Department of Plant Pathology (College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences), is featured in a recent story by the Big Ten Network about the U’s preeminence in developing improved crops for the benefit of the world’s food supply. The story discusses the legacy of Norman Borlaug and the continuing work by U researchers in the field.
Professor Marlene Zuk (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior - College of Biological Sciences) has been named the 2015 winner of the EO Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists.
Professor Michael Tsapatsis (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science - College of Science and Engineering [CSE]) has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. This is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to an engineer.
Regents Professor David Tilman (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; College of Biological Sciences) has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Ecology and Conservation Biology.
MSI PI Allison Hubel, a professor of mechanical engineering (College of Science and Engineering), has developed technology that is the basis for start-up company MesoFlow. The company manufactures devices that remove preservation chemicals from stored cells, such as blood cells and stem cells, before they are used.
MSI PI Perry Hackett, a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development (College of Biological Sciences and Medical School), is featured in a recent post on the College of Biological Science’s Connect blog.
The University of Minnesota Foundation has featured MSI PI Paul Iaizzo, a professor of surgery in the Medical School, in a recent article on their website. By studying bears and their hibernation habits, Professor Iaizzo is learning about how the bears’ physiology allows them to hibernate without developing medical problems, such as blood clots, that occur in bedridden patients.
MSI Principal Investigators are among researchers from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) who are studying ancient wild grains. These researchers hope that some of the grains will have resistance to diseases that affect modern agriculture; they could then be cross-bred with crops to provide them with that resistance. An article about this work appeared recently in the CFANS publication Solutions.
Four MSI Principal Investigators are among the eight assistant professors at the University of Minnesota so have been named McKnight Land-Grant Professors for 2015-17.
On Wednesday, February 4, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:• Network upgrades (4:00 am - 5:30 am)• Upgrades to the Citrix system• Cascade system software upgrades and moab/torque upgrades• MSI-wide system reboot for new system kernel patches Systems status is always available on our Status page.
MSI Principal Investigator Peter Reich (Forest Resources, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences) is the lead author on a new study that shows that the composition of forests may change as the climate warms. In a long-term field study in northern Minnesota, the researchers simulated the effects of warmer temperatures on trees.
MSI Principal Investigator Daniel Bond (Biotechnology Institute; College of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Engineering) is studying how Geobacter microbes use metals for energy.
MSI Principal Investigator Daniel Voytas (Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development; College of Biological Sciences, Medical School) received the Entrepreneurial Researcher Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research at a ceremony in December 2014.
The sixth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences is now accepting applications for this summer’s session, which will be held June 21-26, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. Graduate students and post-docs from Canada, Europe, Japan, and the U.S. are invited to apply. The application deadline is March 11, 2015. Application instructions and complete information about the program can be found on the Summer School website.
Professor Vipin Kumar (Head, Computer Science and Engineering; MSI Fellow) was featured in the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Annual State of Research Report. VP Brian Herman presented this report to the University Regents in December 2014.
Professor Joseph Metzger, an MSI Principal Investigator and Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, is the Principal Investigator for a $2.6 million NIH grant that will fund research into new treatments for heart attacks. The Metzger group uses MSI for molecular dynamics simulations as part of their research into proteins that affect the contraction of the heart.