MSI is holding an Open House on Wednesday, November 4, 11:30-4. The event is free and open to the public. Activities include a panel discussion, talks about MSI and supercomputing, software and hardware demonstrations, displays of research at MSI, and tours. We will also have goody bags, food and drinks, and door prizes. For complete information, please see the Open House website.

MSI researchers are on a team that was recently awarded a $2.2 million grant from the Department of Energy for a project investigating using bacteria to produce biofuel. The lead investigator, Professor Larry Wackett (BMBB), is an MSI Associate Fellow and Principal Investigator. Other researchers on this project with MSI ties are Regents Professor Lanny Schmidt (MSI Associate Fellow) and Assistant Professor Aditya Bahn (MSI Principal Investigator), both of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. The UM News story about this grant can be found here.

TROPIX, a joint project between MSI and Mayo’s Bioinformatics group, is featured on the front page of the cagrid website. The link to the article is in the top right-hand corner of the page. TROPIX allows collaborators to efficiently share datasets and data-analysis tools. The project was funded by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics.

On September 26, MSI participated in the Math and Science Family Fun Fair at Coffman Memorial Union. This annual event, organized by the Institute of Technology’s Office of Diversity and Outreach, allows children to participate in fun, hands-on activities designed to teach them about math, science, and engineering. Visitors to the MSI booth could view 3-D computer graphics of molecules and could touch and examine the working parts of a computer.


Daniel Sosa explains the role of hemoglobin in the blood.


Fair attendees use 3-D glasses to watch a molecule rotate.


Samantha Thomas amazes children and parents with MSI technology.

Professor Jane Davidson (mechanical engineering), MSI Associate Fellow, has been awarded the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar Award for Spring 2009. The award recognizes outstanding women faculty at the University of Minnesota.

MSI researcher Assistant Professor Tian He (computer science andengineering) has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development grant, one of the NSF's most prestigious awards.