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  The Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE) is holding two courses this summer. These courses are open to graduate students, post-docs, and young professionals who want to expand their skills with advanced computational resources. The courses are offered at institutions around the country, allowing participants to go to the most convenient location.  
  The OVPR’s Research blog recently posted an article about the University Imaging Centers. MSI collaborates with the Imaging Centers to store their enormous data files.   The article describes some of the Imaging Centers’ projects and includes some stunning pictures created with their high-powered imaging equipment.
  Professor Gary Muehlbauer (Agronomy and Plant Genetics and Plant Biology) is among the five faculty members who have been named as the 2013 Distinguished McKnight University Professors. This program recognizes the University’s most outstanding mid-career faculty.  
  Professor Chris Cramer (Fellow, Chemistry) has been named the College of Science and Engineering’s new associate dean for academic affairs, the college announced on April 9, 2013. The appointment will become effective on July 1, 2013. You can read the announcement on the chemistry department’s website. 
  The OVPR’s Research blog has highlighted some new developments at MSI. These include the new Panasas storage system, upgrades to Cascade (the Institute’s GPU cluster), and expanded consulting services.  
  MSI recently purchased a new storage system and changed the way that storage at MSI is allocated and accounted for. MSI is now preparing to move the Galaxy storage to the new system and account for Galaxy files in the overall quota for groups. Just as each individual's Unix home directory is attributed to the total group quota usage, each user's Galaxy usage will count towards the group quota. Please refer to the Panasas Migration Guide for information about these changes.  
Both the OVPR’s Business and Research blogs recently published articles discussing the research of MSI PI Jian-Ping Wang, a Distinguished McKnight professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  The OVPR’s Research and Business blogs periodically publish lists of University researchers who have been awarded patents. The most recent list includes a patent that relates to work that the faculty members are doing using MSI resources.  
  Three MSI PIs have received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education, which recognizes excellence in teaching.   Professor Jerry Cohen (Horticultural Science) uses MSI as part of a project to develop robust methods for stable isotope labeling of plant proteins.  
SGI in Eagan, Minnesota has internships available for undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science or similar degree programs. You can see details at the SGI website:   Performance Engineering Intern Linux Software Engineer Intern   For more information, contact Shelly Zavoral at zavoral@sgi.com or 651-683-3016.
  Training available for students in US, Europe, and Japan at International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences  
  MSI Principal Investigator Connie Lu (Chemistry) has received a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for her research project, Configuring New Bonds Between First-Row Transition Metals. She uses MSI for this research.  
  MSI Principal Investigator John Ohlfest (Masonic Cancer Center, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurosurgery) passed away on January 21, 2013. Professor Ohlfest’s research concerned the treatment of brain tumors using gene therapy and novel immunotherapies intended to boost a patient’s immune system to attack cancer. He used MSI for bioinformatics tools and sequencing software to support this research.  

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