Regents Professor David Tilman, an MSI Principal Investigator, has been named the 2008 recipient of the International Prize for Biology for his research proving that biodiversity makes ecosystems more productive and resistant to drought, disease, and pests. His research was carried out at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Tilman and his research group use MSI to host their database and Web page. They also use databases housed at the SDML for organizing decades of data and distributing it to ecology-research communities.
A recent paper by MSI Associate Fellow Professor Traian Dumitrica and his graduate student Mayur Suri has received national attention. The paper publishes the results of computer simulations, performed at MSI, of nanoparticles crashing into a surface at hypersonic speeds. The paper was published in the August issue of Physical Review B (Phys Rev B, 78, 081405).
Teachers from Arlington BioSMART High School in St. Paul visited MSI on September 23. Arlington is a magnet school with a focus in science, math, and technology. Their program, BioSMART (Biology, Science, Math, Academic Rigor, and Technology), introduces students to careers in biotech industries.
Professor Renata Wentzcovitch, Departmen t of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and MSI Fellow, has been awarded "The Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan." The award is presented by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Professor Wentzcovitch will be doing research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan from October through December 2008. More information can be found on the CEMS department Web site.
Professor Steven Ruggles, Minnesota Population Center and a Principal Investigator at MSI, has been elected a University of Minnesota Regents Professor, the University's highest rank. Professor Ruggles specializes in the history of populations, known as historical demography, and he has done considerable research on the American family. He uses MSI core resources to aid in his analyses of population data. More information can be found at the University News site.
Ms. Cherie Christ joined MSI as Communications Coordinator on September 25. She comes to MSI from Augsburg College, where she has been Director of Electronic Communications. We are very happy to welcome Ms. Christ aboard. She will play a central role in ramping up our communications efforts in conjunction with our new and larger institutional role.
MSI Principal Investigator Professor Arthur Erdman, Director of the Medical Devices Center, and Dr. H. Birali Runesha, MSI Director of Scientific Computing and Applications, gave a presentation about virtual reality on September 17. The talk was presented to the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA). They reviewed a project for a virtual reality design system to be used for medical devices. More information about the meeting and presentation can be found at the PDMA Web site.
Donald G. Truhlar, Regents Professor in the Department of Chemistry, MSI Fellow, and former MSI Director, has received the 2009 Dudley R. Herschbach Award for Excellence in Research in Collision Dynamics. The award, named after Harvard University Emeritus Professor and Nobel Prize winner Dudley R. Herschbach, is awarded for "bold and architectural works inspiring and empowering in the field of the dynamics of molecular collisions."
MSI has created extensions for the National Cancer Institute's caGrid system. caGrid supports caBIG, the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid initiative, which links cancer researchers and their data. caGrid provides researchers at different institutions tools that allow them to share and manage this information. The MSI extensions can be found here and here.
On August 28, MSI participated in the Medical Devices Center booth in the University of Minnesota building at the 2008 Minnesota State Fair. Nancy Rowe, a Scientific Visualization Consultant on the MSI User Support staff, showed fair-goers three-dimensional visualizations of human skeletal and circulation systems and a fly-through of a human heart.
On July 14, 2008, Tim Mulcahy, Vice President for Research, announced the appointment of Professor Tom Jones to the position of Interim Director position for MSI. A member of the astronomy department, Tom is familiar with MSI through his use of MSI's services in his research in theoretical and computational astrophysics.
U'S SOLAR VEHICLE PROJECT TEAM FINISHES FIFTH in 2008 North American Solar Challenge, a 10-day, 2,400-mile race. The race began July 13 in Plano, Texas and finished July 22 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The vehicle's development team used MSI supercomputers and visualization labs for computational fluid dynamics modeling to estimate drag, lift, and crosswind effects for their designs.
On June 26, 2008, Brian Ropers-Huilman, MSI Director of Systems Administration and Technical Operations, spoke to a group of seventh-grade students about MSI, high-performance computing, and programming for supercomputers. The students are taking a class in Math and Programming as part of the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth's "Expand Your Mind" program. Mr.
Three MSI Principal Investigators featured in a recent University News Service story concerning nanoparticle film deposition technologies being used by local company Rushford Hypersonic in their facility in Rushford, Minnesota. The three researchers are: Professor Steven L. Girshick, MSI Fellow; Professor Joachim Heberlein, MSI Associate Fellow; and Professor Peter H. McMurry, MSI Associate Fellow. All three are in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The Office of the Provost and the Graduate School has named the 2008 recipients of Distinguished McKnight University Professorships. Two MSI Principal Investigators are on this list:
The Office of the Provost and the Graduate School has named the 2008 recipients of McKnight Land-Grant Professorships. Two MSI Principal Investigators are on this list:
Assistant Professor Ryan S. Elliott (Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics) was recently awarded prestigious NSF CAREER grant partly based on his research using MSI resources.
Professor Renata Wentzcovitch (Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and MSI Fellow) has been elected as a Fellow of the AGU. Not more than 0.1% of members receive this award in any given year.
On June 30, 2008, MSI retired the Netfinity Linux cluster that was operational and in use for nearly eight years. During the first half of 2008, User Support has been assisting users to migrate their work off of the Netfinity. All software available on the Netfinity has already been migrated to other systems. The Netfinity is being replaced in the late summer/early fall of 2008 with a new system specifically designated to run loosely coupled parallel or serial jobs.
Professor David A. Yuen (Department of Geology and Geophysics), a long-time MSI Principal Investigator and Fellow, will be honored by an international symposium at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland in June on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The seminar is entitled Interdisciplinary Constraints on Solid Earth Dynamics From the Crust to the Core.