MSI PI Martin Saar (Earth Sciences), MSI Fellow Thomas Kuehn (Mechanical Engineering), and postdoctoral fellow Jimmy Randolph have invented a process by which carbon dioxide can be used as a renewable, green power source. The process, called the CO2-plume geothermal (CPG) system, shows great promise in computer models. The U has applied for international patents; testing should begin next year. You can read more in “Clean energy from CO2?” on the UMNews website.
MSI PI Anindya Bagchi (Genetics, Cell Biology, and Genetics and Masonic Cancer Center) is highlighted in a story by the Minnesota Medical Foundation about research that may one day lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. In diabetes, insulin-making cells in the pancreas die. Along with University researcher Mari Firpo (Stem Cell Institute and Schulze Diabetes Institute), Professor Bagchi is investigating how cell death happens and how it can be stopped. 
The Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE), a national virtual education organization partially funded by the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation, is offering three courses during Summer 2012. These courses, which include instruction in programming for many-core processors and heterogeneous systems and leveraging cloud systems, are designed for graduate and doctoral students from all disciplines.
Jeff McDonald, Assistant Director of HPC Operations, and Bill Hellriegel, Assistant to the Director, were interviewed at the Minnesota High Tech Association's Spring Conference on April 25, 2012. Jeff and Bill talked about MSI's resources and the MSI services that are available to Minnesota companies. You can see the video at the TECHdotMN website.
Beginning March 15 2012, the University is not allowing Remote Desktop from outside the UMN IP ranges. See the MSI FAQ for instructions on VPN use and gaining sponsored accounts if needed.
Three MSI researchers, C. Daniel Frisbie (CEMS), Claudia Schmidt-Dannert (BMBB), and Jian-Ping Wang (ECE) have received 2012 Distinguished McKnight Professorships. This program recognizes outstanding mid-career faculty at the University of Minnesota. Recipients receive the title of Distinguished McKnight Professor, which they retain for as long as they stay at the University of Minnesota, plus a five-year, $100,000 grant.
MSI Principal Investigator Dan Keefe’s work at the LMVL is highlighted in the OVPR’s Research blog. Work on virtual-reality modeling of medical devices by members of Professor Keefe's research group was highlighted in the Fall 2010 MSI Research Bulletin. Another member of Professor Keefe's group, Kyungyoon V.
You can watch a short video about MSI by the Office of Business Relations on the OVPR Business blog.
MSI PI Robert Zink (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) is highlighted in a story on the College of Biological Science website. Professor Zink uses his combined expertise in ornithology and outdoor sports to communicate with the non-scientific public in periodicals aimed at outdoor sports enthusiasts.
MSI is pleased to announce the availability of Cascade, our new GPGPU (General Purpose Graphical Processing Unit) resource. For more information, please see our Cascade page and our Cascade Quickstart Guide.
A Q&A with MSI PI Art Erdman (Mechanical Engineering; Director, Medical Devices Center) appears on the OVPR’s Research blog. A story about some of the 3D visualization work done at the LMVL by Professor Erdman, his research group, and his collaborators appeared in the Fall 2010 MSI Research Bulletin.
The MSI Research Informatics Support Systems (RISS) program is hosting a Meet and Greet on March 22, 2012. The event will take place on the fourth floor of Walter Library, 1:00-3:00. Members of the University research community are invited to meet the RISS staff and learn about MSI's informatics resources. Light refreshments will be served.
MSI will host a Research Exhibition on April 13, 2012. Visitors will be able to talk to MSI researchers and see posters of their work. Light refreshments will be served. Information can be found on the event website.
MSI regrets to announce that the 2012 REU program was not funded, and therefore we have had to cancel it. We hope to be able to hold a program in Summer 2013. We will post information on our website in Fall 2012.
Ken Chen, a graduate student in Alexander Heger’s (Physics and Astronomy; MSI Fellow) group, has been awarded the Stanwood Johnston Fellowship for 2012-13. Mr. Chen was the Grand Prize winner at the 2011 MSI Research Exhibition and an article about his research appeared in the Spring 2011 Research Bulletin.
A 2001 MSI summer undergraduate intern, Zack Garbow, is the co-founder of a company that provides web-based technologies to the funeral industry. Mr. Garbow was an MSI intern in the group of MSI Fellow David Yuen (Earth Sciences) and worked with Professor Yuen’s group until 2004. A description of Mr. Garbow’s internship project appears in the Winter 2002 Research Bulletin.
MSI PI Nikos Papanikolopoulos (Computer Science and Engineering) was featured on the Big Ten Network’s “Impact the Future” program on February 28. This show highlighted Professor Papanikolopoulos's work with robots for the military. More information about Professor Pananikolopoulos’s work can be found on UMNews.
MSI Associate Fellow Tim Griffin (BMBB) and his colleagues are featured in a UMNews story about research that may result in a simple saliva test for cancer. Professor Griffin uses MSI resources for proteomic analysis.