MSI researchers Professor Larry Wackett (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics) and Professor Michael Sadowsky (Soil, Water, and Climate) are two of the principal investigators on a project to develop innovative biotechnology to purify hydraulic fracturing (fracking) wastewater. The project has received a $600,000 grant under the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation (NSF-PFI) program, which creates partnerships between academic researchers and companies to produce new technologies for public benefit. This is the first NSF-PFI grant awarded in Minnesota. More information can be found at the UMNews website.


Professor Wackett’s research group uses MSI resources for research into novel biocatalysis. Professor Sadowsky’s team is producing a database cataloging the biodiversity and functions of microbial life in the Mississippi River.


MSI PI Christy Haynes (Chemistry) has been named to the Popular Science “Brilliant 10,” a list that honors young scientists with outstanding research. Professor Haynes was recognized for her work studying blood platelets. An article appears on the UMNews website. You can read Popular Science’s profile of Professor Haynes on the PopSci website


The Haynes group uses MSI resources to study the diffusion and transport of molecules using fluid dynamics methods. This research supports their investigations of the cellular-level mechanisms of the immune system.


The University included Professor Haynes in the October 19, 2012 edition of "This Week @Minnesota," which highlights STEM education.


The November 19, 2012 issue of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune ran a feature article about Professor Haynes.

MSI is augmenting the capabilities of Itasca with an addition of 51 Intel SandyBridge nodes. The expansion includes 39 nodes with 16 cores per node, 64 GB of memory, and a 146 GB hard drive. There are also eight nodes with 128 GB of memory and 8 nodes with 256 GB of memory. The higher-memory nodes will also include larger local disk drives of 600 GB each. The larger memory and large local disk nodes target users with greater demands of per-core of node memory and also users who need large local scratch drives. All new nodes will use Itasca's Infiniband fabric and high-performance Lustre storage system.


Users wishing to take advantage of these nodes will need to have a current Service Unit (SU) allocation or obtain an SU allocation from MSI. Please see the MSI Allocations page for more information on requesting SU allocations.


posted September 5, 2012

Two MSI Principal Investigators in the Department of Plant Biology, Peter Tiffin and Nathan Springer, appear in a recent article on the College of Biological Sciences website. The article discusses Professors Springer and Tiffin’s collaborative genomics research into the domestication of maize.

Professor Springer uses MSI resources to study the role of epigenetics in contributing to phenotypic variation. (Epigenetics describes heritable variation that is not attributable to differences in DNA sequence.) His work appeared in MSI’s Annual Research Highlights 2011. Professor Tiffin uses MSI for genomics research of the model legume Medicago truncatula (barrel medic) to identify the genetic basis of ecologically and economically important traits.


MSI Principal Investigator Bin He (Biomedical Engineering and Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine) is the senior author of a paper that appeared recently in Brain, a leading journal of neurology. The paper explains a new type of non-invasive brain scan that can help physicians diagnose and treat epilepsy. This study, which involved scans done immediately after a seizure instead of during it, is the first of its kind. The new scan, a form of EEG, uses over twice as many electrodes as most earlier types of scans.


Professor He uses MSI resources for computer simulations of the brain’s bioelectromagnetic field. To read a longer story about the recent paper, see the College of Science and Engineering website.