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MSI will have an extended downtime period on December 7, 2016. Aside from our usual system maintenance, MSI will be working with a contractor to perform room integrity tests as part of an upgrade to the fire suppression system in our main data center, room B40. The testing will begin at 6am and will require a complete shutdown of all IT equipment in our data center in B40. Most systems should be able to return to service by 5pm. Since all filesystems will be unavailable for much of the day on 7 December, MSI suggests you stage time-critical data as necessary to external systems.
The Blue Waters project has issued a call for applications for its Graduate Fellowship Program for HPC Research. PhD students selected for this program will receive a stipend, tuition allowance, an allocation on the Blue Waters system, and a travel allowance to attend a Blue Waters-sponsored symposium. Preference will be given to applicants who have a multidisciplinary research project.
MSI PI Christy Haynes (Chemistry) is on The Analytic Scientist’s 2016 Power List. This list, the magazine’s first to include all women, features 50 scientists who represent analytical sciences. An article appears on the chemistry department’s website.
Three MSI PIs were featured in a conversation on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) recently.
Professor Samuel Myers (Humphrey School of Public Affairs) is featured in the U’s Fall 2016 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor Myers is part of the “Protect Human Rights” section of the campaign. He has been using MSI’s supercomputers for computer-analysis studies of disparities, discrimination, access, opportunity, and transparency for the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Professor Theresa Reineke, an MSI PI in the Department of Chemistry, and colleagues have published a paper that describes a new method of creating excipients, the materials that help medicines dissolve in the body. This has significant implications for drug development, since the efficacy of new drugs can be limited by their lack of solubility. The paper was published in the journal ACS Central Science.
A three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will be used to fund fundamental research into materials, work that could have implications for technologies such as data storage, superconductors, fuel cells, and electrical power plants. MSI PI Rafael Fernandes (Physics and Astronomy) is a member of the new Center for Quantum Materials, which is an interdisciplinary center that will study complex oxides.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, from 6am - 4pm CDT, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various MSI systems. Please note that the Tier 2 storage will be unavailable for much of the day while we update that system.  November maintenance will affect the following systems:
Long-time MSI PI Sean Garrick, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the new Faculty Development Fellow for the Institute of Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Kelvin Lim (Psychiatry) is featured in the U’s Fall 2016 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor Lim is part of the “End Addiction” section of the campaign. He uses MSI resources for analysis of fMRI and MRI data as part of multiple projects to examine brain structure, connections, and function in brain disorders.
Associate Professor Yuqing Ren, an MSI PI from the Department of Information and Decision Sciences, has received a $919,979 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and test a computational theory of online communities. Professor Ren’s collaborators on the grant are from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan.
MSI PIs Chad Myers, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Carol Lange, a professor at the Masonic Cancer Center, are on the interdisciplinary team that has won one of the two Grand Prizes in the National Cancer Institute’s Up for a Challenge (U4C) Breast Cancer Challenge Award.
MSI PI Erin Carlson (Chemistry) has been selected to receive a 2017 Rising Star Award from the American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee. This award recognizes early- to mid-career women chemists. An article about Professor Carlson’s work appears on the chemistry department’s website.
Regents Professor Vipin Kumar (Computer Science and Engineering) is featured in the U’s Fall 2016 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor Kumar is part of the “Abolish Hunger” section of the campaign. He uses MSI’s supercomputers for data-mining projects in climate science, earth science, and bioinformatics.
MSI PI Laura Gagliardi, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been elected to be a Fellow of the American Physical Society. This award recognizes Professor Gagliardi's groundbreaking work in electronic-structure methods. An article about this award appears on the chemistry department's website.
MSI PI Vipin Kumar, a Regents Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been named to receive the Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award from the IEEE Computer Society. Professor Kumar is being recognized for foundational work on understanding scalability, and highly scalable algorithms for graph partitioning, sparse linear systems, and data mining.
MSI PI Craig Packer, who is a world-renowned expert on lions, was interviewed recently by National Geographic’s Cat Watch blog. Professor Packer is a faculty member of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and is the director of the University of Minnesota Lion Center in the College of Biological Sciences.
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has posted a conversation with MSI PI Peter Sorensen, a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and member of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. Professor Sorensen spoke at the annual statewide conference on invasive species in early October. His presentation concerned setting aside “freshwater preserves” or “stewardship areas” in lakes and rivers to protect their ecosystems.
Assistant Professor Candice Hirsch (Agronomy and Plant Genetics) is featured in the U’s Fall 2016 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor Hirsch is part of the “Abolish Hunger” section of the campaign. She uses MSI resources in studies of genotypic and phenotypic variations that exist in maize (corn), with the ultimate goal of improving maize as a crop.
Two MSI PIs, Professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos (Computer Science and Engineering) and Professor Nathan Springer (Plant Biology) have been named McKnight Presidential Endowed Professors by the University of Minnesota. This is one of the University’s highest honors.