posted on June 30, 2014

On Wednesday, July 2, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:
• The MSI central filesystem, Panasas, will be upgraded to the latest software version. Clients may experience long IO waits during the upgrade and most MSI resources will be unavailable during this period.
• MSI will be moving and patching our SU accounting server (a pause in scheduling will be in place on all MSI SU accounted systems).
• NX, the no-machine server, will be upgraded to the latest version.
• The Calhoun system will be retired to comply with the B40 construction schedule, which will prepare the space for a new HPC system.
• Portions of the MSI lab queue will be unavailable for several days following the downtime as the physical systems are moved to a new space.

Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email


posted on June 25, 2014

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has published a list of patents that have been awarded to University researchers during the several months. Several MSI Principal Investigators are on this list. The complete list can be found on the OVPR's Inquiry blog post, "Patent roll call, spring 2014."

The PIs' group pages on the MSI website are linked from their names. Clicking on the Project Title on the page will take you to an abstract of the researchers' project(s) at MSI.

Michael Garwood (Center for Magnetic Resonance Research) and colleagues:

Adiabatic Magnetization Preparation for B1 and B0 Insensitive High Contrast MRI


Pulse gap cycling for improved SWIFT

Thomas Hoye (Chemistry) and colleague:

Calixarene-based peptide conformation mimetics, methods of use, and methods of making

Marnie Peterson (Pharmacy) and colleague:

Compositions and Methods for Controlling Infections

Jakub Tolar (Stem Cell Institute) and colleagues:

Cell therapy for the treatment of lysosomal storage disorders

Georgis Giannakis (Director, Digital Technology Center; Electrical and Computer Engineering) and colleagues:

Estimating frequency-offsets and multi-antenna channels in MIMO OFDM systems - two patents of the same name, 8588317 and 8718185

Michael Tsapatsis (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) and colleagues:

Layered zeolite materials and methods related thereto

Jian-Ping Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and colleague:

Magnetic tunnel junction device

Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari (Pediatrics) and colleague:

Mapc generation of lung tissue

Aditya Bhan (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science), Michael Tsapatsis (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) and colleagues:

Method and apparatus for producing a fuel from a biomass or bio-oil

Lincoln Potter (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics) and colleague:

Chimeric natriuretic peptides without hypotensive inducing capability

Wei-Shou Hu (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) and colleague:

Non-static suspension culture of cell aggregates

Carston Wagner (Medicinal Chemistry):

Protein nanorings

David Lilja (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Jian-Ping Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and colleagues:

Systems and methods for direct communication between magnetic tunnel junctions

Dan Voytas (Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development) and colleagues:

TAL effector-mediated DNA modification - two patents of the same name, 8586363 and 8697853

Gunda Georg (Director, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development; Medicinal Chemistry), Ashok Saluja (Surgery) and colleagues:

Triptolide prodrugs



posted on June 24, 2014

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) announced yesterday that the Department of Chemistry has been awarded a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to lead an Energy Frontier Research Center aimed at accelerating scientific breakthroughs in energy research. Professor Laura Gagliardi, an MSI Principal Investigator, will head the center. Five other professors from the department will also be involved: Professor Christopher Cramer, Assistant Professor Connie Lu, Associate Professor Lee Penn, Professor Andreas Stein, and Regents Professor Donald Truhlar. Professors Cramer, Lu, and Truhlar are MSI PIs. Professors Cramer and Truhlar are also MSI Fellows.

The new University center will be known as the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center. It will focus on the discovery of a new class of energy-science-relevant catalytic materials for energy- and atom-efficient conversion of shale-gas components. Center partners include Northwestern University, University of Washington, University of California - Davis, Clemson University, Argonne National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Dow Chemical Company.

Articles about this grant and the new center appear on the CSE (see: University of Minnesota receives $12 million grant for energy research) and chemistry department (see: New $12 million grant focuses on energy research) websites.

posted on June 23, 2014

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has launched a new blog, called Inquiry, that will tell stories about the research being done at the University of Minnesota. From the OVPR announcement: "Inquiry is designed to promote U of M research excellence and innovation to a broad audience and tap into the collective knowledge of our research community to generate and share new ideas."

Inquiry replaces two former OVPR blogs, Research @ the U of M and Business @ the U of M, and will be a unified channel to highlight exciting stories about University research, innovation, entrepreneurship, partnerships, and University-wide collaboration.

The OVPR produced a short video about the importance and value of University research, which is available on YouTube. Why University Research?

Inquiry can be found on the OVPR's website. You can also subscribe to the Inquiry monthly newsletter.


posted June 17, 2014

MSI PI Elizabeth Amin (Medicinal Chemistry) is featured in the latest Every Day video from the Academic Health Center. Professor Amin is an amateur radio operator who is interested in security preparedness. She uses MSI resources in her research into countermeasures for agents used in biological and chemical warfare. You can see the video on YouTube.