MSI is holding an Open House on Wednesday, November 4, 11:30-4. The event is free and open to the public. Activities include a panel discussion, talks about MSI and supercomputing, software and hardware demonstrations, displays of research at MSI, and tours. We will also have goody bags, food and drinks, and door prizes. For complete information, please see the Open House website.
MSI researchers are on a team that was recently awarded a $2.2 million grant from the Department of Energy for a project investigating using bacteria to produce biofuel. The lead investigator, Professor Larry Wackett (BMBB), is an MSI Associate Fellow and Principal Investigator. Other researchers on this project with MSI ties are Regents Professor Lanny Schmidt (MSI Associate Fellow) and Assistant Professor Aditya Bahn (MSI Principal Investigator), both of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
TROPIX, a joint project between MSI and Mayo’s Bioinformatics group, is featured on the front page of the cagrid website. The link to the article is in the top right-hand corner of the page. TROPIX allows collaborators to efficiently share datasets and data-analysis tools. The project was funded by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics.
On September 26, MSI participated in the Math and Science Family Fun Fair at Coffman Memorial Union. This annual event, organized by the Institute of Technology’s Office of Diversity and Outreach, allows children to participate in fun, hands-on activities designed to teach them about math, science, and engineering. Visitors to the MSI booth could view 3-D computer graphics of molecules and could touch and examine the working parts of a computer.   Daniel Sosa explains the role of hemoglobin in the blood.
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