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. View pictures from the event.

Amantes de la Ciencia (Lovers of Science) is an annual event that introduces the public to scientists and educators in the Twin Cities’ Latino and Hispanic communities. This year’s event was held on April 25.

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. Borazjani's work was highlighted in the Spring 2008 issue of the MSI Research Bulletin.

Professor Sotiropoulos is the Director of SAFL and is a Fellow of the Supercomputing Institute.

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.