On Saturday, January 29, MSI staff represented us at the "Amantes de la Ciencia” event at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The event introduces attendees to science and education professionals from the Twin Cities' Latino/a and Hispanic communities. MSI showed how supercomputing plays a valuable role in all research areas at the University of Minnesota, from 3-D visualizations of hemoglobin to circuit boards. Attendees could even "build” their own molecules. See photos from the event here.

MSI’s newest HPC resource, Koronis, is now operational and we are accepting proposals for its use. See our press release for more information about the Koronis system. Koronis users must have NIH funding or be performing research that will lead to an NIH grant proposal. See the Koronis webpage for complete proposal instructions.

MSI is pleased to announce that Jeff McDonald is the new MSI Assistant Director of HPC Operations, effective January 26, 2011.

The December 18 issue of The Economist highlights the work being done by the not-for-profit Planetary Skin Institute (PSI), created by Cisco Systems and NASA, on measurement of the extent and health of the world's forests. Key to that effort has been the data-mining work led by Professor Vipin Kumar (MSI Fellow, Computer Science and Engineering). Professor Kumar and his collaborators participated in the United Nations recent climate change conference in Cancun and gave a joint presentation there with the PSI and NASA. Other articles about Professor Kumar's work appear in the Fall 2008 MSI Research Bulletin and in the 2010 Annual Research Highlights.

MSI Principal Investigator and Associate Fellow Elizabeth Amin, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was highlighted in the OVPR's Research News Online. You can read the article on the OVPR website.