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On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrade to various MSI systems. Primary Storage, Mesabi, and Mangi will be unavailable throughout much of the day. A global system reservation will start at 5:00 a.m. on April 1. Jobs that cannot be completed before 5:00 a.m. on April 1 will be held until after maintenance and then started once the system returns to production status. April maintenance will include:
The Office of the Vice President for Research has instituted a grants program to fund research that informs near real-time decision making for professionals tasked with making operational response decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant is intended for researchers outside the Medical School. Grants will be for $5,000 - $10,000 for 12 months. These grants are available to full-time faculty and P&A researchers.
UPDATE, March 18, 2020: Are you working on research related to COVID-19? The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic are changing fast and MSI staff want to do what we can to support and accelerate research and development that is directed toward solutions to this epidemic. If you are engaged in COVID-19 research, please contact us with a synopsis of your research and briefly describe how staff expertise or additional computational and data storage resources can help to advance and accelerate your research.
MSI PI Marc Jenkins (professor, Microbiology and Immunology) is receiving the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020. The award is the highest honor given by the AAI and recognizes a career of scientific achievement and contributions to the AAI and the field of immunology. The award will be presented at the AAI’s annual meeting in May.
On April 1, 2020, the Basic Sciences Computing Lab (BSCL) in 1-280 Nils Hasselmo Hall will be closed. The Linux workstations in the BSCL are old and at the end of life. MSI is repurposing the space for a new protected data compute cluster (HIPAA Cluster) and will begin retrofitting the room for this cluster in mid-April 2020. On April 1, users’ U Card access to this space will be terminated.
MSI PI Eric Shook (assistant professor, Geography, Environment, and Society) was interviewed in a story by the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Professor Shook is using geospatial computing to develop a map of all farm fields in the state of Minnesota. This information can then be used by researchers and policy-makers to improve agricultural practices and develop partnerships. Professor Shook is also developing a geospatial programming language.
Research by MSI PI Anna Prizment (associate professor, Medicine) is featured in the Winter 2020 issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s publication Legacy. Professor Prizment is studying whether ginger, which has anti-inflammatory properties, might reduce the chance of colorectal cancer by impacting gut bacteria. An upcoming study will involve participants from throughout the state of Minnesota.

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