Professor and MSI Fellow Chris Cramer (Chemistry) received a 2010-11 Morse Alumni Award for distinguished teaching. Read about this award on the University Alumni Association website. Professor Cramer has been a Fellow of the Institute since 1996.
The cover article of the September 2011 issue of Drug Metabolism and Disposition was written by MSI Principal Investigator Yuk Sham (Center for Drug Design) and his research group. The article is called "pH-Dependent Transport of Pemetrexed by Breast Cancer Resistance Protein."
  The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) is happy to announce that it has added 550 TB of usable disk space for its flagship Itasca system with the addition of a Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution (HSS). This is a complete Lustre appliance including hardware, file system and the Terascala ISIS management solution. The HSS consists of 360 2-TB disk drives configured in Raid 5 storage with small raid sets, three pairs of data movers, and a pair of meta-data servers, all with redundancy and managed failover capabilities.
  U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen, who represents Minnesota's 3rd District, visited the LCSE-MSI Visualization Laboratory on September 26, 2011. Rep. Paulsen was on campus to meet with officials from the Office of Technology Commercialization and a start-up company spun out of the University to talk about the U's process for moving research innovations from the lab to the marketplace.
The University's new President, Eric Kaler, and his wife, Karen Kaler, visited the LSCE-MSI Visualization Lab during their visit to the College of Science and Engineering on September 21. The Kalers saw a 3D virtual-reality demonstration that is part of a medical-device development project headed by MSI Principal Investigators and CSE Professors Fotis Sotiropoulos, Art Erdman, and Dan Keefe.
MSI participated with the Medical Devices Center (MDC) at the Minnesota State Fair on September 1. We showed off some of the work we do with the MDC. The University of Minnesota Building is at the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street. More information about the U's activities at the Fair, including a daily calendar, can be found at the U's State Fair website.
Twin Cities Public Television recently aired a documentary about the architect who designed the building in which MSI resides, Walter Library. An outtake from the show dealing with the renovation of Walter (scroll down to "Walter Library Renovation") also shows MSI's LMVL. The visualization of Rayleigh-Taylor instability at the end of the video clip is by Professor Paul Woodward (Astronomy, MSI Fellow).
MSI Associate Fellow Elizabeth Amin (Medicinal Chemistry) has been awarded the Hewlett-Packard Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for 2011 by the American Chemical Society. Professor Amin will receive the award at the ACS 2011 National Meeting. She will present her research as part of the Division of Computers in Chemistry poster session.
You can read an article about the LMVL on the OVPR Research Blog. The article includes several pictures of the 3-D visualization wall in use.
An article by the research group of MSI Fellow Don Truhlar (Chemistry) appeared in a recent issue of Chemical and Engineering News. See a description of this research at the chemistry department's webpage.
MSI will provide supercomputer time and consulting support to Lucy Fortson (Physics and Astronomy) on a project that was recently awarded a 2011-2013 Minnesota Futures Grant.
MSI Fellow Professor Steven Girshick (Mechanical Engineering) is mentioned in a recent University News Service article about University of Minnesota startup company Rushford Hypersonic. Professor Girshick uses MSI to develop computational models of plasmas used in industrial applications. He is working with Rushford Hypersonic to evaluate hypersonic plasma particle deposition (HPPD) coatings on medical devices.
The 11th National Congress on Computational Mechanics was held in Minneapolis on July 25-29, 2011. To get more information, see the Congress website.
Professor Emeritus Daniel D. Joseph, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, passed away on May 24, 2011. Professor Joseph was an MSI Principal Investigator for many years, and had been an MSI Fellow since 1999. More information can be found on the AEM website. The staff of the Institute express their deepest condolences to Professor Joseph's family, friends, and colleagues.
MSI Principal Investigator Aditya Bhan (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) has been named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor. You can read about Professor Bhan in the OVPR Research News Online.
A recent paper by MSI Fellow Don Truhlar (Chemistry) and his group was featured in a YouTube video by Professor Martyn Poliakoff of the University of Nottingham, UK. The paper, "Kinetic Isotope Effects for the Reactions of Muonic Helium and Muonium With H2," appeared in Science magazine (Science 331, 448-450 (2011)).
An article about the work of MSI Fellow Renata Wentzcovitch (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) appears in the May 2011 issue of Physics Today.
A study of the economic impact of the University on the state economy and society was recently completed. The results of the study are available.
The Institute for Computing in Science hosted eight workshops this summer in Park City, Utah. Each week-long workshop was organized by leaders in computational science, mathematics, and computer science. The goal of ICIS is to build ties between these fields through an annual series of intensive workshops aimed at examining deep questions that lie at the intersection of computation and science. More information can be found on the ICIS website.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering held a Tech Tune Up course series on several days between May 23 and June 9. This was an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations, to advance your skills, and to network with campus professors. More information can be found on the ECE website.