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Assistant Professor Ryan S. Elliott (Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics) was recently awarded prestigious NSF CAREER grant partly based on his research using MSI resources. Professor Elliott's MSI research concerns the fundamental understanding of solid-sold Martensitic phase transformations (where the atoms comprising the crystalline material undergo a coordinated rearrangement at the nanoscale), which may provide the ability to search for and discover totally new materials that would not be possible as single-phase materials.
On June 30, 2008, MSI retired the Netfinity Linux cluster that was operational and in use for nearly eight years. During the first half of 2008, User Support has been assisting users to migrate their work off of the Netfinity. All software available on the Netfinity has already been migrated to other systems. The Netfinity is being replaced in the late summer/early fall of 2008 with a new system specifically designated to run loosely coupled parallel or serial jobs.
For more information about the Netfinity Linux cluster, please see the June 2008 Users Bulletin.
Professor David A. Yuen (Department of Geology and Geophysics), a long-time MSI Principal Investigator and Fellow, will be honored by an international symposium at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland in June on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The seminar is entitled Interdisciplinary Constraints on Solid Earth Dynamics From the Crust to the Core.
The research of Associate Professor Darrin M. York (Department of Chemistry and MSI Associate Fellow) was featured on the cover of the April 21, 2008 issue of Chemistry and Biology (see M. Martick et al.). The article discusses a joint experimental theoretical study of the hammerhead ribozyme.