Regents Professor Donald Truhlar, MSI Fellow, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Truhlar is the first member of the U’s Department of Chemistry faculty to be so honored. He is an internationally known computational chemist and has been one of MSI’s major users for decades. 
The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) recently received a $1 million grant to use “big data” and predictive analytics to identify disease outbreaks and improve health-care supply chains. The grant is from the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program.
  What if my group is running out of SUs or storage before the end of the year? Please visit the FAQ page for up-to-date information on this topic. Who reviews SU and storage allocation requests?  Please visit the FAQ page for up-to-date information on this topic.
MSI PI Laura Gagliardi (Chemistry) and her research were recently profiled by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Professor Gagliardi is using MSI’s newest supercomputer, Mesabi, for a number of projects in computational chemistry.
MSI PI Professor Monica Luciana and her colleague Regents Professor William Iacono, both in the Department of Psychology, will be part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to investigate the effects of substance abuse on the developing adolescent brain. This longitudinal study will follow approximately 10,000 children, beginning at ages 9 and 10. The U is one of 11 sites in this study.
The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) has issued a Call for Proposals for allocations on the Blue Waters system. The Call for Proposals can be found on the GLCPC website. Proposals should focus on the scale and unique capabilities of the Blue Waters system. Projects that could be completed on one of the other NSF-sponsored systems as part of the XSEDE program are not encouraged for Blue Waters allocations.
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.