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On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to various MSI systems. Primary Storage, Mesabi, and Itasca will be unavailable throughout much of the day. A global system reservation will start at 5:00 a.m. on May 1. Jobs that cannot be completed before 5:00 a.m. on May 1 will be held until after maintenance and then started once the system returns to production status. May maintenance will include:
U-Spatial, one of MSI’s Research Computing partners in the Office of the Vice President for Research, is featured on the OVPR’s Inquiry blog. U-Spatial provides expertise in geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial computing.
Research by MSI PIs from the Department of Pediatrics and the Masonic Cancer Center, Professor Logan Spector, Assistant Professor Erin Marcotte, and Associate Professor Jenny Poynter, has shown that the rates for 11 pediatric cancers increased worldwide during the period 1988 - 2012. The study used data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization.
MSI PI Jeffrey Bishop (associate professor, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology) is featured in a story about using genetic testing to determine which drugs are best to treat a patient’s mental illness. Testing determines how a patient metabolizes a given drug; this will affect the dosage size, or whether a drug would be effective at all.
MSI PI Maria Gini (professor, Computer Science and Engineering) has received the A. Nico Haberman Award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions in support of underrepresented groups in computing research. An article about Professor Gini and this award appears on the department website: Professor Gini Receive Award for Championing Underrepresented Members in Computer Science.
MSI PI Logan Spector (professor, Pediatrics; Masonic Cancer Center) is featured in a University Research Brief about a large study that sought to determine if babies born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) are more likely to develop cancer. This is the largest such study ever performed. It was published recently in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
MSI PI Jay Austin (professor and head, UMD Physics and Astronomy) is featured in an article about research being done at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory (LLO), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. LLO is the only institution in the world that is dedicated to studying all the earth’s large lakes.
MSI PI Jason Hill (associate professor, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering) is the lead author on a recently published study that shows how the production of corn contributes to air pollution. The study, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, determined that 4,300 premature deaths each year can be attributed to air pollution caused by corn production. Corn is the largest agricultural crop in the U.S.
On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to various MSI systems. Primary Storage, Mesabi, and Itasca will be unavailable throughout much of the day. A global system reservation will start at 5:00 a.m. on April 3. Jobs that cannot be completed before 5:00 a.m. on April 3 will be held until after maintenance and then started once the system returns to production status. April maintenance will include:
Research by MSI PI Tim Starr (Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health) is featured in the Spring issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s magazine Discovery. Professor Starr studies the genetic changes that cause cancer to form, and uses resources available through MSI for these genetic studies.