Research by MSI PI Jian-Ping Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) is highlighted on the OVPR Business blog. Professor Wang has developed a new biomedical sensor technique that uses magnetic nanoparticles and a sensor incorporating giant magnetoresistance. The Wang group uses MSI resources for their calculations related to research into magnetization.  


MSI PI Steven Koester is highlighted in a recent OVPR Research blog article. Professor Koester is working on a new kind of glucose monitor that uses graphene. A video about this research appears at the bottom of the linked page.


Professor Koester and other University researchers will be participating in the upcoming Innovation Showcase: Software and Physical Sciences, hosted by the Office for Technology Commercialization. This free event will take place on Thursday, September 27 at the McNamara Alumni Center.


MSI Principal Investigators Randall Victora (MSI Fellow; Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Art Erdman (Mechanical Engineering) were among University faculty who were awarded patents during the past quarter.


The OVPR Research Blog includes links to the patents’ details. The website of the OVPR’s Office for Technology Commercialization has instructions for reporting inventions.

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) has issued a call for proposals for allocations on the Blue Waters High-Performance Computing System. Please see the GLCPC website for details on the call for proposals.

Note that only principal investigators affiliated with an institutional member of the GLCPC are eligible to submit a proposal. The University of Minnesota / Minnesota Supercomputing Institute is a member institution. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 31, 2012.


An article featuring MSI Principal Investigator Lucy Fortson (Physics and Astronomy) recently appeared in the Summer 2012 edition of the College of Liberal Arts Reach magazine and was reposted on the College of Science and Engineering website. The project, called Ancient Lives, uses the help of amateurs to translate ancient writing. This project invites the general public to translate documents from Egypt, the majority from the first and second centuries CE. The documents are mostly written in ancient Greek, which was the official language of Egypt at that time. Dozens of volunteers may work on a single fragment; most don’t speak Greek, so they use pattern recognition to identify the letters and words.


MSI’s role in this project is to help Professor Fortson develop software that will take the volunteers’ results and use the most common translations for a given fragment to create a master transcription. One of the project’s goals is to create computational statistical methods for data-mining the texts, basing these methods on similar ones used in other sciences. The MSI manager for this project is Dr. Anne-Francoise Lamblin, the Research Informatics Support Systems Program Director. She and MSI user consultants are working with Professor Fortson to develop the software. This project falls under MSI's new Consulting Services program, which provides technical support for long-term projects.