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Two MSI Principal Investigators head projects that have received funding through the Minnesota Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) at the U. MITPPC was established by the State of Minnesota last year with funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The projects contribute to the Center’s goal of finding new ways to manage invasive species in Minnesota. A total of four projects have received funding. The MSI PIs and their projects are:
MSI Fellow and Regents Professor Donald Truhlar (Chemistry) has been awarded the 2016 Earl K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics. This prestigious award is presented by the American Physical Society and is made in recognition of Professor Truhlar’s outstanding work and accomplishments in dynamics. Professor Truhlar and his research group use MSI’s supercomputers for a large number of projects in computational chemistry.
A new program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is designed to develop new tools for investigating how environmental exposures affect children’s heath. The Masonic Cancer Center has been awarded $5.1 million over four years as part of this project.
On Wednesday, October 7, 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:• Mesabi will be offline for Infiniband testing• Citrix systems will be unavailable for updates• NX will be unavailable for configuration changes• Ceph/S3 filesystem will be upgraded to a new version• MSI CentOS systems will be upgrade to CentOS 6.7 (if not already upgraded)• MSI Debian systems will be updated
The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), a multi-institution research center based at the University of Wisconsin Madison, has received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation. MSI Principal Investigator Christy Haynes (Chemistry) is the Center’s associate director.
MSI Principal Investigator Paul Venturelli (assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology) has been in the Minnesota news recently for his research into how a changing climate and invasive species affect the fish populations in Minnesota lakes. Sport fishing is of huge economic importance to the state.
The University of Minnesota’s Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) has received funding from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Science Foundation to create the first publicly available, high-resolution satellite-based elevation maps of Alaska and the arctic. The Alaska map will be available in mid-2016, and the all-artic map by mid-2017.
MSI Principal Investigator Carol Ishimaru has been named a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society.
The Users Bulletin provides a summary of new policies, procedures, and events of interest to MSI users. It is published quarterly.
The Office of the Vice President for Research recently announced that a record 16 start-up companies based on University research and inventions were formed in Fiscal Year 2015, which ended on June 30, 2015. This tops the previous record of 15 start-ups, set in 2014.
Several MSI Principal Investigators were selected to receive Research Infrastructure Investment Program Awards for 2015 by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The awards are intended to facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships and strengthen the University’s research infrastructure.
Two MSI PIs, Assistant Professor Pinar Karaca-Mandic (Health Policy and Management) and Assistant Professor Paul Ma (
The University of Minnesota today announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded it $500,000 to build a dedicated research and computing network enabling researchers on its Twin Cities campus to more easily collaborate and innovate with research institutions around the world in their pursuit of new knowledge.
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):