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.
MSI Principal Investigator Dan Keefe (Computer Science and Engineering) is one of the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship awardees for 2012-14. Information about Professor Keefe’s research can be found at the OVPR website.
MSI PI Michael Travisano (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) is the lead author on a paper about how multicellular organisms developed, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. These researchers use MSI resources for genome sequencing related to their work with yeast. Read more about this research and watch a video on the UMNews website.
The Research blog of the Office of the Vice President for Research has recent posts that feature MSI Principal Investigators: the research of Mark Distefano (Chemistry); patents issued to Courtney Aldrich (Medicinal Chemistry), David Pui (Mechanical Engineering), Ronald Siegel (Pharmaceutics), Daniel Frisbie (Chemical Engineering and
An MSI Principal Investigator, Professor Bin He (Biomedical Engineering), was featured on the premiere episode of "Impact the World," a new series on the Big Ten Network. Read more about Professor He’s research and see videos from the program at the University’s News release.
In the past, the MSI resource allocation committee has reviewed requests for supplemental service unit (SU) allocations for Itasca throughout the year as they are submitted. To more efficiently and fairly manage the allocation of resources, we are altering this policy. The MSI resource allocation committee will review requests for supplemental allocations three times per year.
On Saturday, January 28, MSI participated in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Amantes de la Ciencia, an annual event designed to introduce visitors to science and education professionals in the Latino/a community. Visitors to the MSI booth got to build molecules with marshmallows and pretzels and see how researchers make molecule simulations on a computer.
A video presentation by Fotis Sotiropoulos (MSI Fellow) and Trung Le of St. Anthony Falls Laboratory and Daniel Keefe (MSI Principal Investigator) and Dane Coffey of Computer Science and Engineering won a prestigious award at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Mechanics.
MSI Principal Investigator Aditya Bhan (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) is highlighted in a UMNews story about a new partnership program between the University and Dow Chemical Co. Dow is collaborating with and providing grants to U researchers in chemical and materials sciences. Another story about this partnership appears on the CSE website.
As a reward for winning the OVPR contest for "highest increase in participation" in the 2011 Community Fund Drive, the MSI staff was treated to a serenade by Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy on December 1. VP Mulcahy, in appropriate attire, performed a song set to the music "La donna e mobile" from the opera Rigoletto by Verdi.
  The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) has installed a new graphics processing unit (GPU) system that it hopes will enable researchers to take advantage of this new technology for innovation and improved performance for research.  
Kevin Mohsenian, a senior in the biomedical engineering department and a researcher in the group of MSI Principal Investigator Matt Johnson, recently won the Biomedical Engineering Society's Undergraduate Research Award for 2011. The award was for his simulation work, "Computational Modeling of Pedunculopontine Nucleus Deep Brain Simulation," which is part of the Johnson group's work highlighted in the December Research Spotlight (see sidebar on left of page) and in the MSI Annual Research Highlights 2011.
Recent research by MSI Principal Investigator David Tilman (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) discusses the possibility that global food demand could double by 2050. This could have serious effects on the environment, but could be avoided by changes in agricultural practices. UMNews has published a news release about this research. Professor Tilman's work is also featured in MSI's Annual Research Highlights 2011.
A UMNews article about the research of MSI Associate Fellow Nevin D. Young is featured on the U website. Professor Young and his collaborators recently published a paper in Nature (November 16) concerning their genomic research with legumes. This research increases our knowledge about how legumes produce natural nitrogen fertilizer, which is important to sustainable agriculture.
An interview with MSI Associate Fellow Gunda Georg (Director, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development) appears on the "Giving to the U of M" website. Professor Georg and other researchers at the ITDD use MSI resources for their drug discovery and development projects.
An article about Karen Gran’s (Geological Sciences, Duluth) research into river sediment, shown in the November Research Spotlight (see sidebar), appeared in a recent issue of Environmental Science and Technology. It has also been selected as an Editor’s Choice article by Science.