MSI PI Roger Ruan, a professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The ASABE is an international professional association for professionals specializing in sustainable solutions to population growth. Professor Ruan uses MSI to support research into using scum as a source of lipids to create biodiesel.
The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has presented MSI Robert Stupar with their Outstanding Young Crop Scientist Award. Stupar is an associate professor on the faculty in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics. The CSSA is an international scientific society that advances a number of disciplines of crop science. Professor Stupar uses MSI for various next-generation sequencing projects involving soybeans and barley.
Professor Shri Ramaswamy, MSI PI and Head of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has published a list of patents that have been awarded to University researchers during the past few months. Several MSI Principal Investigators, shown below, are on this list. The complete list can be found on the OVPR's Inquiry blog post, "Patent roll call, fall 2015." 
The research of MSI PI George Weiblen has been in the news lately – both New Yorker magazine and the UK newspaper The Guardian have run articles that discuss his research. Professor Weiblen, a faculty member in the Department of Plant Biology and interim science director of the Bell Museum of Natural History, has been studying the forests of Papua New Guinea for many years.
Two MSI Principal Investigators were co-leads on a study that shows how temperatures can vary from cities to surrounding areas with less pavement and cement. The researchers, Peter Snyder and Tracy Twine, are both associate professors in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate.
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On November 21, 2015, MSI participated in the College of Science and Engineering's annual Math and Science Family Fun Fair. Over 1,500 people attended this year's event. The Fun Fair allows participants to learn about math and science in a fun, hands-on way. People who visited MSI's table got to build a model of a molecule, either salt or methane, from gumdrops and toothpicks. They could then put on 3D glasses and see how scientists build models using computers.
Three MSI PIs were among the U of M faculty who received Fall 2015 Mini Grants from the Institute on the Environment. The grants are awarded to interdisciplinary projects that focus on environmental themes. Besides funding, the award includes space for workshops, meetings, and conferences and some administrative support for a year. The MSI PIs who received Mini Grants are:
On Wednesday, December, from 4am – 4pm, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.  Maintenance during this period will impact the following systems:
The annual supercomputing conference, SC15, was held the week of November 16-20, 2015 in Austin, Texas. MSI participated in one of the sub-meetings, a “Birds of a Feather” meeting on Ceph in HPC Environments. Several organizations discussed how they use Ceph to address issues associated with big data and data-intensive research. Jim Wilgenbusch and Ben Lynch of MSI gave presentations; other organizations who presented included Red Hat, Intel, CADRE, MIMOS Berhad, and the University of Alabama.
Three MSI Principal Investigators are among the University of Minnesota faculty featured in the U’s latest Driven to Discover campaign. Drive to Discover highlights how researchers are the U are benefitting the State of Minnesota and the world. The MSI PIs appearing in this year’s campaign are: Amy Kircher; Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute
Rendong Yang of MSI’s Research Informatics Solutions group recently received a Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award. The awards are given to researchers who show potential for high-impact research. The awardees are mentored by leaders in the field of prostate-cancer research. Dr. Yang’s mentor is Associate Professor Scott Dehm of the Masonic Cancer Center.
Associate Professor Jennifer Powers, an MSI Principal Investigator from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, is a co-author on a recent study that investigated how lianas – the vines that grow on trees in tropical forests – affect the ability of those forests to store carbon. The study was recently published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. (Geertje M.F. van der Heijden, Jennifer S.
MSI PI Carol Cardona (Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences) is featured in the Fall 2015 issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine. Professor Cardona uses MSI to support her group’s research into the mechanisms that underlie respiratory disease in fowl. She has provided expert assistance to the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota poultry industry in tracking the causes of the recent avian influenza epidemic.
Professor William Arnold, an MSI Principal Investigator in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, is the lead researcher on a recently published study of water contaminants. The study involved a multinational team led by the University of Minnesota.
On Wednesday, November 9, from 4am – 4pm, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 
MSI PI Kelvin Lim (Psychiatry) is featured in the Fall 2015 issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine. Professor Lim uses MSI for research into brain function in people with alcohol and drug dependence, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, and epilepsy. This involves analysis of very large datasets. The article can be found on the UM Foundation website.
The United States Golf Association (USGA) and University of Minnesota announced a five-year research partnership on November 2. The partnership involves researchers and resources from throughout the University, including the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.
Regents Professor Donald Truhlar, MSI Fellow, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Truhlar is the first member of the U’s Department of Chemistry faculty to be so honored. He is an internationally known computational chemist and has been one of MSI’s major users for decades.