On Wednesday, August 2, 2023, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to various MSI systems. MSI’s storage, compute clusters, and front-end servers will be unavailable for some portion of the day. Reminder: any SLURM batch job submitted that has a time limit beyond the beginning of maintenance (5 a.m. Wednesday, August 2) will not be queued to start until after maintenance is completed. Software license reservation calendars are again available for the following packages: Imaris, Materials Studio, USEARCH, Graphpad Prism, COMSOL, Abaqus, and Mimics.
U-Spatial has named the winners for their 2023 Mapping Prizes. This annual event, which is open to students at the University of Minnesota, honors provocative and innovative map-making. See the winners on the Spatial University website: U-Spatial Mapping Prize. Submissions for the 2024 competition are due on May 10, 2024. The link to the submission information is on the U-Spatial Mapping Prize page linked above.
Six MSI PIs have received awards from the 2023 Research Infrastructure Investment Program. This Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) program is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships and strengthen the University’s research infrastructure. OVPR made 19 awards this year. Below are the MSI PIs who received awards:
MSI PI Nadja Strobbe (assistant professor, Physics and Astronomy) is featured in a recent story on the College of Science and Engineering’s website. Professor Strobbe is working with data from the world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider. Professor Strobbe is using MSI for this research, which involves the creative use of machine learning to design physics analysis that is both highly sensitive and robust, and for event reconstruction for high-energy physics.
MSI PI Kate Adamala (assistant professor, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development) and colleagues have developed a breakthrough in biological computing (biocomputing), which uses systems of biologically derived molecules that perform computational processes. Trumpet, or Transcriptional RNA Universal Multi-Purpose GatE PlaTform, is a platform for DNA-based molecular computing that uses biological enzymes as catalysts.
Several MSI PIs are among the inaugural winners of the University’s new Awards for Academic Unit Service. These awards recognize faculty for exceptional service that has strengthened the functioning and climate of a local unit or department and are a collaboration between the Provost’s Office and the Faculty Consultative Committee. The awards include the Provost’s Unit Service Award (one winner; $15,000), the University of Minnesota Unit Service Award (five winners; $5,000 each), and the Award for Excellence in Academic Unit Service (40 winners, $500 each).