Research Spotlights Digest

A Data-Driven Approach to Investigating Climate Change

People have always talked about the weather, but these days weather and climate have become a major topic for discussion. Extreme weather events throughout the country and the world lead news stories and many people are concerned with what is causing these events and how the climate may be changing.

Assistant Professor...Read more

graph of interaction relative to water Understanding Cosolute Interactions With RNA and DNA

Associate Professor Jeff Schwinefus, who is a faculty member at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, is a physical chemist investigating the role of naturally occurring organic molecules in the hydration and stability of nucleic acids. He and his students perform...Read more

Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Oxide Materials

Electronic and magnetic materials are enormously valuable in a number of technologies. Professor Chris Leighton (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) and his research group and collaborators are at the forefront of research into these materials. They are especially...Read more

Using Computational Chemistry to Solve Energy Challenges

The challenge of finding “green” energy resources to replace non-renewable fossil fuels is a topic of great interest for researchers. Chris Cramer (Distinguished McKnight Professor of Chemistry; MSI Fellow) and his research...Read more

Global Experiments to Solve Ecological Problems

Photo credits:
Left: Jos Moore, University of Melbourne (Australia)/Monash University (Australia)
Right: T. Michael Anderson and T. Morrison

Human activities, such as farming and burning fossil fuels, have more than doubled the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus,...Read more

2014 Research Exhibition

MSI researchers will present posters of their work at the 2014 MSI Research Exhibition on Thursday, April 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m., on the fourth floor of Walter Library. This is the fifth year that MSI has held this event.

Everyone is invited! This is an excellent...Read more

particle size distribution and plasma Cyber Enabled Discovery and Innovation

The research group of Professor Steven Girshick (MSI Fellow; Mechanical Engineering) uses MSI to support their development of computational models of gas plasmas in which nanoparticles nucleate and grow. These plasmas have...Read more

diagrams of genes in Chlamydomonas and humans Seeking the Causes of Ciliary Dyskinesia

Cilia and flagella are small, hairlike protrusions that are found on the surface of a cell body. They can be sense organs, or they can move, beating in a coordinated motion to either move the cell or to move liquids or small solids across the cell surface. A disease known as primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) can cause a number of human disorders. One of these is chronic destructive airway...Read more

picture of Bengt Svensson Interview: Bengt Svensson

Bengt Svensson is a Research Associate in the group led by Professor David Thomas (MSI Fellow; Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics...Read more

Fighting A Wheat Pathogen

Stem rust, caused by a number of varieties of the fungus Puccinia graminis, is a serious disease of wheat and barley. One variety of wheat stem rust, called Ug99, is particularly virulent, causing up to 100% crop losses. This pathogen affects most varieties of wheat that are grown today. Ug99 has spread throughout eastern Africa, and has also been detected in Yemen and Iran. While...Read more

Fighting Prostate Cancer

Among different types of cancers, prostate cancer  has the highest incidence rate among men, and the second-highest death rate. In early stages of prostate cancer, radiation and surgical resection represent the standard of care, and often lead to good outcomes. In advanced cases, various forms of androgen depletion therapies can achieve effective control of the disease. This is because...Read more

Solving Chemical Master Equations

Above: Random events may tip the fate of living organisms. Master equations can be used to understand these random events.

Biology is full of randomness – as random molecular events take place in organisms, populations evolve. Master probability equations can provide a complete model of this probabilistic behavior in biomolecular networks. These equations purport to...Read more