Regents Professor Donald Truhlar, MSI Fellow, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Truhlar is the first member of the U’s Department of Chemistry faculty to be so honored. He is an internationally known computational chemist and has been one of MSI’s major users for decades. 
The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) recently received a $1 million grant to use “big data” and predictive analytics to identify disease outbreaks and improve health-care supply chains. The grant is from the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program.
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MSI PI Laura Gagliardi (Chemistry) and her research were recently profiled by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Professor Gagliardi is using MSI’s newest supercomputer, Mesabi, for a number of projects in computational chemistry.
MSI PI Professor Monica Luciana and her colleague Regents Professor William Iacono, both in the Department of Psychology, will be part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to investigate the effects of substance abuse on the developing adolescent brain. This longitudinal study will follow approximately 10,000 children, beginning at ages 9 and 10. The U is one of 11 sites in this study.
The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) has issued a Call for Proposals for allocations on the Blue Waters system. The Call for Proposals can be found on the GLCPC website. Proposals should focus on the scale and unique capabilities of the Blue Waters system. Projects that could be completed on one of the other NSF-sponsored systems as part of the XSEDE program are not encouraged for Blue Waters allocations.
Two MSI Principal Investigators head projects that have received funding through the Minnesota Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) at the U. MITPPC was established by the State of Minnesota last year with funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The projects contribute to the Center’s goal of finding new ways to manage invasive species in Minnesota. A total of four projects have received funding. The MSI PIs and their projects are:
MSI Fellow and Regents Professor Donald Truhlar (Chemistry) has been awarded the 2016 Earl K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics. This prestigious award is presented by the American Physical Society and is made in recognition of Professor Truhlar’s outstanding work and accomplishments in dynamics. Professor Truhlar and his research group use MSI’s supercomputers for a large number of projects in computational chemistry.
A new program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is designed to develop new tools for investigating how environmental exposures affect children’s heath. The Masonic Cancer Center has been awarded $5.1 million over four years as part of this project.
On Wednesday, October 7, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.  During this maintenance period, MSI will be performing the following updates:• Mesabi will be offline for Infiniband testing• Citrix systems will be unavailable for updates• NX will be unavailable for configuration changes• Ceph/S3 filesystem will be upgraded to a new version• MSI CentOS systems will be upgrade to CentOS 6.7 (if not already upgraded)• MSI Debian systems will be updated
The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), a multi-institution research center based at the University of Wisconsin Madison, has received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation. MSI Principal Investigator Christy Haynes (Chemistry) is the Center’s associate director.
MSI Principal Investigator Paul Venturelli (assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology) has been in the Minnesota news recently for his research into how a changing climate and invasive species affect the fish populations in Minnesota lakes. Sport fishing is of huge economic importance to the state.
The University of Minnesota’s Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) has received funding from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Science Foundation to create the first publicly available, high-resolution satellite-based elevation maps of Alaska and the arctic. The Alaska map will be available in mid-2016, and the all-artic map by mid-2017.
MSI Principal Investigator Carol Ishimaru has been named a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society.
The Users Bulletin provides a summary of new policies, procedures, and events of interest to MSI users. It is published quarterly.
The Office of the Vice President for Research recently announced that a record 16 start-up companies based on University research and inventions were formed in Fiscal Year 2015, which ended on June 30, 2015. This tops the previous record of 15 start-ups, set in 2014.
Several MSI Principal Investigators were selected to receive Research Infrastructure Investment Program Awards for 2015 by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The awards are intended to facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships and strengthen the University’s research infrastructure.
Two MSI PIs, Assistant Professor Pinar Karaca-Mandic (Health Policy and Management) and Assistant Professor Paul Ma (
The University of Minnesota today announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded it $500,000 to build a dedicated research and computing network enabling researchers on its Twin Cities campus to more easily collaborate and innovate with research institutions around the world in their pursuit of new knowledge.
A study using data from the global research project Nutrient Network (NutNet), which was founded by MSI PI Eric Seabloom and Elizabeth Borer (both associate professors in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior), shows that higher levels of nutrients tend to favor the proliferation of exotic