Professor Jane Davidson (mechanical engineering), MSI Associate Fellow, has been awarded the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar Award for Spring 2009. The award recognizes outstanding women faculty at the University of Minnesota. MSI researcher Assistant Professor Tian He (computer science andengineering) has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development grant, one of the NSF's most prestigious awards.
Five MSI researchers are among the new McKnight Land-Grant Professors for 2009-11 recently announced by the University. They are Arindam Banerjee (Department of Computer Science and Engineering), RyanElliott (Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics), Tian He (Department of Computer Science and Engineering), Julian Marshall (Department of Civil Engineering), and Martin Saar (Department of Geology and Geophysics). The awards are intended to advance the careers of outstanding junior faculty and include a research grant, summer support, and a research leave in the second year.
MSI is hosting a tutorial by Simulia on June 24 in 402 Walter Library. Simulia makes the ABAQUS suite of software. The tutorial, which is free and open to the public, will discuss computer clusters and advances in parallel computing. A complete description and registration information can be found at the Simulia website.
The SC09 Education Program and the National Computational Science Institute are offering a number of workshops over the summer and fall. Workshops are available in a number of fields related to high-performance computing, including parallel and cluster computing, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and computational thinking. All costs except travel and lodging are covered. See NCSI's website for complete information.
Regents Professor H. Ted Davis, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, passed away suddenly on May 17, 2009. Professor Davis had been a Principal Investigator and Fellow of the Institute since its very early days. More information can be found at the Institute of Technology website. MSI's staff and researchers extend their condolences to Professor Davis's family, friends, and colleagues.
Two MSI Principal Investigators, Regents Professor Donald Truhlar, (Chemistry, MSI Fellow), and Professor David Kohlstedt (Geology and Geophysics) have been awarded membership in the National Academy of Sciences. This is one of the highest honors U.S. scientists can receive, and is given in recognition of excellence in scientific research. More information from the Institute of Technology blog.
Attendees at the Amantes de la Ciencia event at the Science Museum in St. Paul got to see how researchers use MSI’s computers to create pictures of molecules. Mr. Yectli Huerta, a Unix Systems Administrator on MSI’s Systems and Operations Staff, showed students three-dimensional visualizations of molecules. Other participants included Dr. Carlos Sosa, an IBM employee who works with MSI, and MSI Principal Investigator Professor Lynda Ellis, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is soliciting requests for supercomputing allocations from NSF-supported university researchers in atmospheric, oceanic, and closely related sciences. Allocations to researchers have more than doubled because of the large capacity of the new IBM Bluefire at NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Information about requesting this resource can be found in the March e-newsletter of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
MSI staff presented several tutorials at the Building Bridges conference on April 16-17, 2009. The tutorials will cover a variety of topics concerning bioinformatics tools, software, and programming. A list of the specific tutorials can be found here. See the conference website for complete information.
Iman Borazjani, a researcher with the group of Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, was one of the winners in the prestigious Gallery of Fluid Motion competition held at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting last November. Dr. Borazjani uses MSI resources to help create computer images of different types of fluid flow. The winning video was called, "Why don't mackerels swim like eels?". Dr.
A recent University News Service video features MSI associate fellow Professor Heinz Stefan (St. Anthony Falls Laboratory). Professor Stefan's group has completed a study showing that road salt is increasing the salinity of lake water in Minnesota. You can view the news video here.
MSI is featured in a recent article on the Academic Health Center's website. The article highlights diabetes research by Professor Jennifer Hall, Department of Medicine. Professor Hall and her team used MSI laboratories to assist in their analysis of the TCF7L2 gene.
An article by MSI Principal Investigator Stuart Goldstein (Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development) and his research group was featured in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of Bacteriology. The researchers analyzed the structure of the Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, using electron cryotomography. A computer image of the spirochete appears on the cover of the journal.
MSI is pleased to host a tutorial from USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, at the University of Minnesota on January 28. The tutorial is "Next Generation Storage Networking: Beyond Conventional SAN and NAS" and is intended for system administrators running day-to-day operations and those who set or enforce budgets.
MSI's new Web Developer, Brian Hayden, started on January 5, 2009. Brian has worked at the U since 2000, most recently in the Office of Information Technology as a software developer; he was the lead on the new Gophermail v2 system. We are very happy to welcome Brian to our team.
The University of Minnesota's Supercomputing Institute showcased the University's research efforts at this year's Supercomputing Conference held November 15-21, 2008 in Austin, TX. The SC Conference is the premier international conference for high performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis. This was the first year that MSI hosted a booth at the conference. Read the full story View photos of MSI at SC08
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.