News

  MSI is sorry to note that MSI Principal Investigator Professor John Riedl (Computer Science and Engineering) passed away on July 15, 2013 at the age of 51. He had battled cancer for three years.  
The problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is major, and one that is receiving a great deal of attention from researchers around the world. The Research blog (read the full article) of the Office of the Vice President for Research recently published an article about University faculty who are involved in this research. Some of these faculty members are MSI Principal Investigators:
  Vice President for Research Brian Herman gave a presentation to the University Regents at their meeting on July 10 that outlined his goals for the University’s research agenda and discussed several initiatives. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is working closely with the University President’s office on strategic planning to advance the University’s research mission.  
  A recent study co-authored by MSI Principal Investigator Katy Kozhimannil (Health Policy and Management) shows that many physicians specializing in family practice, rather than specialists such as obstetrician-gynecologists, provide care to women before and during pregnancy. This research has implications for medical schools, which are implementing new family-medicine residency programs that have an option for less maternity-care training.  
The NIH Big Data to Knowledge Program (BD2K) is soliciting feedback from the research community on the development of a biomedical data catalog to make biomedical research data findable and citable, as PubMed does for scientific publications.   All responses must be submitted via email to data-catalog@mail.nih.gov by June 25, 2013.   Below is the wording of the NIH announcement:  
  The OVPR’s Business blog recently posted a story about services that MSI is providing to a research and development team at Cargill. The project involves a problem related to poor aeration in a fermenting process. MSI assisted Cargill staff to license and install specialized software on one of the supercomputers, and are using the system to model possible solutions.  
  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.