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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.
Three MSI PIs are among the six University faculty members who have been named Distinguished McKnight University Professors for 2017. They are:
ACM SIGHPC and Intel are launching a new international program of graduate fellowships in computational and data science. The goal of this new graduate fellowship is to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, including women as well as students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field.
MSI PI Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos (Computer Science and Engineering) and his research group are featured in the magazine New Scientist in a story about a new kind of drone they have developed. This drone takes off vertically, like a helicopter, but then changes configuration into a flat, winged vehicle. The drone also has solar panels so that it can fly for extended periods.
The SC17 Student Volunteers program is now accepting applications. SC17, the annual Supercomputing Conference, will be held November 12-17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The application deadline is June 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (AoE). Acceptance notifications will be sent by the end of June 2017. Advantages and benefits for students:
MSI PI Traian Dumitrica, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a Fellow in the Energy area at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) (Institute of Advanced Studies). During his Fellowship, Professor Dumitrica will work at the HWK with collaborators from the Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science at the University of Bremen.
In a new study, researchers have found an explanation about why more diverse stands of trees are more productive than stands with only one species. Two MSI PIs, Associate Professor Jeannine Cavender-Bares (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) and Professor Peter Reich (Forest Resources), were part of this study.
Professor George Weiblen, an MSI PI in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the College of Biological Sciences, was interviewed recently by the magazine American Scientist. The interview discusses Professor Weiblen’s research into Cannabis sativa, the species that includes hemp and marijuana.
MSI PIs are among the authors of a paper that announces a new technique for warming cryofrozen tissues. Although it is possible to freeze tissues and organs without harm, thawing them usually causes damage. The method described in the paper uses iron oxide nanoparticles that surround the frozen tissue and warm when activated by an external magnetic field. This method may eventually help keep organs viable for transplant for a much longer time than is currently possible.
MSI PI Jakub Tolar, a professor in the pediatrics department of the UM Medical School, is known for his work aiming to find a cure for the debilitating disease epidermolysis bullosa (EB). In this genetic disease, a person’s skin sloughs off at the slightest touch. It is painful, disfiguring, and can be fatal.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various MSI systems. During this month's scheduled maintenance period MSI staff will be applying a Primary Storage (Panasas) update. This update IS disruptive, and as a result Primary Storage will be unavailable throughout the day. March maintenance will include:
Three MSI faculty users are principal investigators on a project to increase collaboration between University of Minnesota researchers and their counterparts in Latin America. The network, which is funded by an OVPR International Capacity Building grant and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, aims to establish a number of projects with colleagues in several Latin American countries.
MSI PI Pinar Karaca-Mandic, an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year that investigated prescription practices of opioids to Medicare patients. Professor Karaca-Mandic is interested in understanding the current opioid-abuse epidemic and trying to figure out ways to fight it.
MSI PI Traian Dumitrica, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is part of the new Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP), funded by NASA. The Institute focuses on the rapid development of technologies critical for extending human presence deeper into our solar system.
The research of graduate student Pajau Vangay, who is in the group of Assistant Professor Dan Knights, an assistant professor at the Biotechnology Institute and Department of Computer Science and Engineering), was featured on the website Quartz. Ms. Vangay is studying how the microbiomes of Hmong and Karen immigrants in Minneapolis and St. Paul change after they come to the U.S.