posted on May 7, 2015

A new study in the prestigious journal Science examined 28 years of data collected from the University’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR) and showed that biological diversity may be the key to keeping ecosystems stable. Co-authors on the study include three MSI Principal Investigators: Regents Professor David Tilman (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior); Associate Professor Eric Seabloom (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior); and Regents Professor Peter Reich (Forest Resources). The study’s lead investigator was Yann Hautier, a Marie Curie Fellow associated with the College of Biological Sciences and the University of Oxford, U.K.

MSI works with the CCESR to manage the huge datasets that have been collected for decades at the site. These data and metadata are made available to researchers and the general public through the CCESR website.

A story about this research appeared on the University’s Discover blog. The article appears on the Science website.


posted on May 1, 2015

On Wednesday, May 6, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. This downtime will be a global, system-wide maintenance to upgrade the network components providing Panasas Connectivity. 

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:
• Panasas switch firmware and client updates.
• Infrastructure hardware replacements.
• Kernel updates for Lab and login nodes.
• Citrix/Xen Active Directory switch-over to new server.
• Migration of windows licensed software servers to a new system.

Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email


posted April 30, 2015

MSI PI Christy Haynes (Chemistry - College of Science and Engineering) will receive the 2015 Advising and Mentoring Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly at a ceremony on May 7. Professor Haynes was nominated by her students for this award. You can see more on the chemistry department website.

Professor Haynes uses specialized software available at MSI to create computer models that simulate the diffusion of chemical gradients in microfluidic devices that mimic physiological processes.

posted April 27, 2015

Regents Professor Donald Truhlar (Chemistry - College of Science and Engineering; MSI Fellow) has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). The AAAS honors those in academia, the arts, business, and public affairs who are preeminent in their fields. You can read more about this award and Professor Truhlar’s work on the chemistry department websiteAn article also appears on the University's Discover blog.

Professor Truhlar is one of the top computational chemists in the world. He has used MSI since the 1980s for his research in many aspects of physical chemistry. His current MSI research group includes more than 30 undergrad and grad students, post-docs, and research associates. He also collaborates with several other MSI Principal Investigators and has numerous publications.


posted on April 20, 2015

MSI PI Liliya Williams, a professor at the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (College of Science and Engineering), was part of a team that has discovered dark matter interacting with a force other than gravity. The research, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, was led by researchers at Durham University in the UK. It is significant because it potentially disproves the theory that states that dark matter only interacts with gravity. This story has received considerable media attention, this articles quoting Professor Williams appearing on the websites below.

Professor Williams uses the MSI supercomputers to run code that produces reconstructions of galactic clusters.