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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.
MSI PIs Dan Knights (Computer Science and Engineering - College of Science and Engineering) and Michael Sadowsky (Soil, Water, and Climate - College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences), are co-authors on a recent study supporting the value of fecal transplantat
A new study in the prestigious journal Science examined 28 years of data collected from the University’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR) and showed that biological diversity may be the key to keeping ecosystems stable.
On Wednesday, May 6, 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. 
MSI PI Christy Haynes (Chemistry - College of Science and Engineering) will receive the 2015 Advising and Mentoring Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly at a ceremony on May 7. Professor Haynes was nominated by her students for this award. You can see more on the chemistry department website.
Regents Professor Donald Truhlar (Chemistry - College of Science and Engineering; MSI Fellow) has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). The AAAS honors those in academia, the arts, business, and public affairs who are preeminent in their fields. You can read more about this award and Professor Truhlar’s work on the chemistry department website.
posted on April 20, 2015
posted April 17, 2015 Professor Timothy Kehoe, an MSI Principal Investigator from the Department of Economics, has been awarded a 2015-16 Guggenheim Fellowship. These Fellowships are awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and, according to the Foundation, are presented “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise” in various fields of study. A notice about this award appears on the College of Liberal Arts website.
MSI Principal Investigator Wayne Gladfelter, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the 2015 George W. Taylor Award of Distinguished Service by the College of Science and Engineering. The award recognizes outstanding service to the University and voluntary public service.
The OVPR’s Inquiry blog recently featured work headed by MSI PI Larry Wackett (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics; BioTechnology Institute). Professor Wackett is the lead researcher on a MnDRIVE project that is creating computer models that will predict how bacteria and chemicals interact.
Principal Investigator Professor William Pomerantz (Chemistry - College of Science and Engineering) recently received a Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research. These awards are given to scientists in the early stages of their research careers who are involved in cancer research. You can read more on the chemistry department website.
MSI Principal Investigator Professor Jakub Tolar (Pediatrics - Medical School) has been named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. This award recognizes outstanding faculty members who recently achieved full professor status. The announcement appears on the Scholars Walk website.
On Wednesday, April 1, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.
Associate Professor Mohamed Mokbel (Computer Science and Engineering - College of Science and Engineering) has created a platform that handles very large sets of spatial data on Apache Hadoop. This platform, an open-source project, has been distributed online. Professor Mokbel’s group uses MSI resources to experiment with the platform for various operations.
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, spring 2015." 
Principal Investigator Daniel Voytas (Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development; Director, Center for Genome Engineering) is part of a research team that was recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of the ten Breakthrough Technologies of 2015.
The expertise of MSI Principal Investigator Carol Cardona, a professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (College of Veterinary Medicine), has been called on extensively during the past week in articles about the avian influenza outbreak among Minnesota turkeys. Professor Cardona is an expert in infectious disease in domestic poultry. Publications in which she is quoted include:
Several MSI PIs are serving on the newly formed Grand Challenges Research Strategies Group, which has been formed to help shape research priorities under the University’s Strategic Planning initiative.