posted October 22, 2014

MSI Principal Investigator Jakub Tolar, an associate professor of pediatrics in the Medical School, has an ally in Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. Professor Tolar studies a rare skin disorder called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). This painful, disfiguring disease causes very fragile skin that blisters or breaks easily. Vedder is the co-founder of a non-profit organization called EB Research Partnership, which is raising funds to help find a cure. Professor Tolar uses MSI resources for his research into EB, especially the mechanisms of the pain and itching associated with it.

Mr. Vedder and bandmate Stone Gossard toured the University’s facilities last week. In return, Professor Tolar was honored onstage at the Pearl Jam concert in St. Paul on Saturday night. NBC’s Today show featured Pearl Jam’s visit to the U and Professor Tolar’s work. An article, including videos, can be found on their website.

posted on October 13, 2014

MSI Principal Investigator Marc Hillmyer, a chemistry professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers, appeared recently on the Twin Cities television station WCCO as part of their “Good Question” series. Professor Hillmyer’s topic was “Why do we use so much plastic?” An article as well as video of the television segment appear on the WCCO website.

posted on October 10, 2014

MSI Fellow Professor David Yuen (Earth Sciences) is one of the organizers of the Impact of Waves Along Coastlines workshop being held at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications on October 14-17, 2014. Professor Yuen and colleagues from across the country have put together this workshop, which features discussions of computer modeling and simulation of tsunamis and other coastal waves and how these simulations can be improved for better risk assessment and prediction. A description can be found on the IMA website.

Professor Yuen has been a Fellow of the Supercomputing Institute since its early days in the 1980s. His research at MSI addresses fundamental problems in both geophysics and biofluid dynamics. Articles about earlier work can be found in the MSI Research Bulletin: WebViz: A Collaborative Visualization System for Large-Scale 3D Data; Interactive Supercomputing.


posted on October 8, 2014

The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research has received two federal grants under the BRAIN Initiative. One of these projects is co-headed by MSI Principal Investigator Michael Garwood, a professor of radiology (Medical School) along with radiology professor Thomas Vaughn. The grant will help fund the development of a small, portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device.

Articles about this award can be found in the University Brief and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Professor Garwood uses MSI resources to create accurate simulations of novel frequency swept pulse sequences for MRI.

posted on September 30, 2014

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) has issued a Call for Proposals for allocations on the Blue Waters system. Information about this system can be found on the National Center for Computing Applications 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.

The GLCPC is seeking innovation proposals that fall into four categories:
• Scaling studies
• Multi-GLCPC-institutional projects addressing focused scientific projects.
• Proposals for applications well-suited to the Blue Waters system architecture.
• Proposals from non-traditional and underserved communities.

The GLCPC anticipates 3-8 projects/allocations annually.

The deadline for allocation proposals is midnight EST November 3, 2014. The review process is expected to be complete by early January 2015, and allocations will be available for use beginning April 1, 2015. Allocations will expire after one year.

The Call for Proposals can be found on the GLCPC website. It includes eligibility information, submission instructions, and the proposal format:

Blue Waters Call for Proposals