News

  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.  
  MSI PI Michael Tsapatsis was profiled by UMNews this week. He and his colleagues are creating zeolite nanosheets, work which has received a great deal of attention and has been published in Science magazine. MSI featured this research last summer in a Research Spotlight.
On January 9, 2013, MSI installed a Panasas ActivStor 14 to provide high-speed, high-capacity storage for home directories and project space.   We want you to know that there may be some effort required on your part. We have created documentation to assist you in determining what you will need to do and instructions on how to do that. This change does not affect Koronis users.  
  Important Information for Command-line Users of MSI Bioinformatics Software On January 14, 2013 several bioinformatics software packages installed at MSI will be upgraded to new versions that are not backward compatible with previous releases. This may potentially affect user workflows, scripts, or pipelines that were operational prior to the upgrade.  Scheduled software packages are listed below. Please note that these upgrades only impact software used in command-line mode.  Tools and workflows in Galaxy will not be affected.   
  MSI Fellow and Principal Investigator Efi Foufoula-Georgiou (Civil Engineering, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory) is one of the lead investigators on a new $720,000 grant just awarded to the University of Minnesota by the National Science Foundation. The University will be the lead organization in an international, multi-university virtual institute, called Linked Institutions for Future Earth (LIFE), which will study Earth-surface systems with emphasis on watersheds and deltas.  
  MSI Principal Investigators in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science were recently awarded a $1.8 million research grant. Michael Tsapatsis is the lead researcher; Prodromos Daoutidis is also on the research team.  
  MSI participated in the College of Science and Engineering’s Family Fun Fair on November 17, 2012. This annual event, which is designed to introduce children to science and math in fun and interactive ways, had nearly 2,500 participants this year. At the MSI booth, hundreds of kids created models of sodium chloride and methane out of marshmallows, pretzels, and toothpicks. The attendees also watched a 3D visualization of a molecule on a 60” monitor.