News

The Bell Museum of Natural History has begun the process of moving its famous dioramas to its new location on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. A story about the move appears on the Fox 9 website: Bell Museum carefully moves from Minneapolis to St. Paul.
MSI PI R. Roger Ruan and a PhD student in his group, Erik Anderson, have developed a process that converts scum, a byproduct of wastewater treatment, into biodiesel. A story about the process appears on the University of Minnesota News site: U of M wastewater treatment pilot promises to turn scum into profit.
MSI PI David Blank has been named to be the Head of the Department of Chemistry. The appointment begins on September 1, 2017. Professor Blank will take over the position from Professor William Tolman, also an MSI PI, who has served as the department head for the past eight years.
MSI PI Bethanie Stadler (professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering) is the Principal Investigator for a project that has received a 2017 Minnesota Futures Grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research.
U-Spatial has named the winners for their 2017 Mapping Prizes. This annual event, which is open to students at the University of Minnesota, honors provocative and innovative map-making. This year’s competition included 51 entries and prizes were awarded to nine maps. See the winners on the U-Spatial website.
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to various MSI systems. During this month's scheduled maintenance period, Primary Storage, Mesabi, and Itasca will be unavailable throughout much of the day. June maintenance will include:
MSI PI Andrew Odlyzko (Mathematics) was featured on KARE-11 television recently in a story about Bitcoin, the digital currency. You can see the story on the KARE-11 website: Breaking Down Bitcoin.
MSI PI David Odde, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and member of the Masonic Cancer Center, is featured in the spring issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine. The story describes Professor Odde’s computational modeling of cancer-cell metastasis.
MSI PI Craig Packer (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Institute on the Environment) is featured in a new book about wildlife conservationists (Wild Lives: Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love, by Jori Robinson and Janie Chodosh).
MSI PI Peter Reich, a Regents Professor in the Department of Forest Resources (College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences), is featured in a story about using the University Libraries’ University Digital Conservancy. Professor Reich studies how climate change affects ecosystems, especially those of central North America.
The research of MSI PI Paul Iaizzo, a professor in the Department of Surgery and Principal Investigator of the Visible Heart Lab, was featured recently on Twin Cities tv station KMSP-TV. Professor Iaizzo and his team are studying hibernating black bears to try to understand how they can survive several months of complete inactivity without experiencing physical decline. The researchers hope this research will provide insights that will advance human medicine.
Professor David Redish, an MSI PI in the Department of Neuroscience, is featured in an interview on the University of Minnesota Foundation’s website. Professor Redish uses MSI for investigations into the information processing associated with complex decisions. He is also a poet, author, and playwright.
MSI PI David Tilman, a Regents Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and Director, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, has been elected as a foreign member of the prestigious Royal Society of London. The Royal Society was founded in 1660 and is dedicated to promoting excellence in science.
On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to various MSI systems. During this month's scheduled maintenance period, Primary Storage, Mesabi, and Itasca will be unavailable throughout much of the day.  May maintenance will include:
Two MSI PIs have been named to the 2017 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This organization is one of the most prestigious honorary societies in the country. The new class will be inducted in October.
MSI PIs Nicholas Phelps and Jeff Forester, both assistant professors in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, have co-authored an article on the news outlet MinnPost.com that describes ways to fight aquatic invasive species.
MSI PI Vipin Kumar, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was interviewed by Sierra magazine recently. Professor Kumar discussed using data-driven methods to track deforestation. The interview can be found on the Sierra Club’s website: The “Big Science” Behind Climate Change.
Four MSI Principal Investigators from the Department of Chemistry are receiving awards from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Those honored on April 4, 2017 at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California include:
On Wednesday, 5 April 2017, from 8:00am – 4:00pm CDT, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to various MSI systems. This month's maintenance will include: Update Mesabi compute nodes: Update to patched version of Torque on compute nodes Windows updates: Install Windows updates on all Windows machines CentOS and Debian updates for Lab machines Systems status is always available on our Status page.
MSI PI Michael Sadowsky (Director, BioTechnology Institute) and colleagues have published a new study indicating that bacteria and fungi from land-based sources may be damaging coral reefs. Earlier studies have failed to find the same land-based microbes on other reefs, suggesting that that the microbes are invasive on the reefs. The researchers are planning additional experiments to test the hypothesis.