Five MSI Principal Investigators are among the eight faculty members at the University of Minnesota so have been named McKnight Land Grant Professors for 2016-18. They are: Meggan Craft (Veterinary Population Medicine - College of Veterinary Medicine); Jed T.
A recent study by NASA and the National Science Foundation concluded that lakes are warming faster than the oceans, and that Lake Superior is one of the fastest-warming lakes on the planet. Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) interviewed MSI PI Jay Austin to explain why this is.
Associate Professor Peter Snyder (Soil, Water, and Climate), who uses MSI for investigations into climate change, was recently interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio as part of a story about the mild winter of 2015-16 and how it’s affecting the state’s winter sports industry. Fall 2015 was very mild, and was followed by one of the warmest Decembers on record, causing lakes in the region to remain ice-free late into the season.
A profile of Professor Craig Packer, an MSI Principal Investigator from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, recently appeared in the New York Times. Professor Packer is a world-renowned expert on lions.
The School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota has received two awards recognizing vision and achievement. The ADEAGies Foundation named the Dental School as one of the recipients of the 2016 Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by a Public or Private Partner for efforts to advance dental therapy education. Several MSI Principal Investigators are faculty in the Dental School.
IT’s annual data center maintenance is scheduled for January 9-10, 2016. Many services will be affected, including the license servers for several software products of interest to MSI users. These include:
On Wednesday, January 6, from 5am – 4pm CST, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. During the January 2016 maintenance, MSI’s maintenance will be global and site-wide as we will take the central storage offline to attempt to finalize a file system merge. Additionally, MSI will perform a security point update to the NX server and corresponding clients. Maintenance during this period will impact the following systems:
MSI PI Roger Ruan, a professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The ASABE is an international professional association for professionals specializing in sustainable solutions to population growth. Professor Ruan uses MSI to support research into using scum as a source of lipids to create biodiesel.
The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has presented MSI Robert Stupar with their Outstanding Young Crop Scientist Award. Stupar is an associate professor on the faculty in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics. The CSSA is an international scientific society that advances a number of disciplines of crop science. Professor Stupar uses MSI for various next-generation sequencing projects involving soybeans and barley.
Professor Shri Ramaswamy, MSI PI and Head of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has published a list of patents that have been awarded to University researchers during the past few months. Several MSI Principal Investigators, shown below, are on this list. The complete list can be found on the OVPR's Inquiry blog post, "Patent roll call, fall 2015." 
The research of MSI PI George Weiblen has been in the news lately – both New Yorker magazine and the UK newspaper The Guardian have run articles that discuss his research. Professor Weiblen, a faculty member in the Department of Plant Biology and interim science director of the Bell Museum of Natural History, has been studying the forests of Papua New Guinea for many years.
Two MSI Principal Investigators were co-leads on a study that shows how temperatures can vary from cities to surrounding areas with less pavement and cement. The researchers, Peter Snyder and Tracy Twine, are both associate professors in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate.
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On November 21, 2015, MSI participated in the College of Science and Engineering's annual Math and Science Family Fun Fair. Over 1,500 people attended this year's event. The Fun Fair allows participants to learn about math and science in a fun, hands-on way. People who visited MSI's table got to build a model of a molecule, either salt or methane, from gumdrops and toothpicks. They could then put on 3D glasses and see how scientists build models using computers.
Three MSI PIs were among the U of M faculty who received Fall 2015 Mini Grants from the Institute on the Environment. The grants are awarded to interdisciplinary projects that focus on environmental themes. Besides funding, the award includes space for workshops, meetings, and conferences and some administrative support for a year. The MSI PIs who received Mini Grants are:
On Wednesday, December, from 4am – 4pm, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.  Maintenance during this period will impact the following systems:
The annual supercomputing conference, SC15, was held the week of November 16-20, 2015 in Austin, Texas. MSI participated in one of the sub-meetings, a “Birds of a Feather” meeting on Ceph in HPC Environments. Several organizations discussed how they use Ceph to address issues associated with big data and data-intensive research. Jim Wilgenbusch and Ben Lynch of MSI gave presentations; other organizations who presented included Red Hat, Intel, CADRE, MIMOS Berhad, and the University of Alabama.
Three MSI Principal Investigators are among the University of Minnesota faculty featured in the U’s latest Driven to Discover campaign. Drive to Discover highlights how researchers are the U are benefitting the State of Minnesota and the world. The MSI PIs appearing in this year’s campaign are: Amy Kircher; Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute
Rendong Yang of MSI’s Research Informatics Solutions group recently received a Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award. The awards are given to researchers who show potential for high-impact research. The awardees are mentored by leaders in the field of prostate-cancer research. Dr. Yang’s mentor is Associate Professor Scott Dehm of the Masonic Cancer Center.