While we’ve had our fair share of winter weather on campus recently, we reach a milestone in the semester this week with Spring Break, and I hope that each of you is having a good one. Please let me take a moment to give you an update from the Office of Research and Economic Development.
David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.
McCandless named Office of Technology Management director
After a successful search, we are pleased to welcome attorney Kris McCandless to the Office of Technology Management as director this week. Kris brings a wealth of experience, as well as extensive knowledge about Mississippi State’s research enterprise, to this important leadership position. Special thanks to Associate Vice President Kathy Gelston for leading our search, and to RTC Director Marc McGee, who led the office as interim director during this transition period. Additionally, please join me in welcoming Jim Mitchell as OTM’s newest licensing associate. I know that both Kris and Jim are looking forward to working with faculty and staff to move inventions, new products, and processes developed at the university into the marketplace.
Experts to lead export control sessions
As most of you know, export compliance is an important issue at Mississippi State and other major research universities around the country, as well as for U.S.-based companies operating internationally. Next week, my office joins the Office of Research Security to sponsor two days of export control training sessions. We have two experts leading these sessions March 18-19. Suzanne Palmer and Lisa Bencivenga with Export Compliance Solutions LLC of Annapolis, Maryland, will be presenting important information, including a basic understanding in Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC), and the Export Control Reform Initiative. For additional information or to register, please see http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4040.
'Safety stand-down' phase one deadline this Friday
As I have mentioned over the past few months, the White House has directed all federal departments and agencies -- including the USDA, NIH, CDC, FDA, EPA and others -- that operate facilities that possess, use or transfer human, animal or plant infectious agents and toxins and/or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids to perform a “Safety Stand-Down.” In a continuing effort to meet best practices at Mississippi State, the university is supporting this endeavor via a phased approach in order to ensure that everyone has sufficient time to respond. MSU is requiring all principal investigators who conduct research at Biosafety Level 2 to participate in a phased plan to accomplish the tasks at hand. The deadline for phase one is this Friday [March 13]. For additional information, please visit http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored/2014/10/safety_standdown_plan_in_place.html.
Responsible conduct of research sessions this month
The university’s Responsible Conduct of Research live sessions continue with a seminar on “Responsible Authorship and Publication Practices” on March 23 at 3 p.m. in Thompson Hall, as well as a session on “Developing Data Management Plans and Individual Development Plans” on March 25 at 2:30 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library’s auditorium. Please contact Kacey Strickland, director of the Office of Research Compliance, at 662-325-7474 with any questions about Responsible Conduct of Research. To register or to see the full spring schedule, please visit
MSU Libraries a resource for writing DMPs
At the end of the month, the MSU Libraries team will be previewing their scholarly communication initiatives during the Research Seminar Series session about developing data management plans (DMPs). Their focus encompasses many facets related to scholarly communication including open access/author rights, copyright, the development of an institutional repository, and data management services. Increasingly, DMPs are an essential component of research projects and are now required by the National Science Foundation for its funding proposals. We are very appreciative of the library for coordinating the DMP process for faculty and researchers, and I encourage you to attend the March 25 seminar to learn more. Additional details are online at http://www.msstate.edu/web/calendar/detail.php?id=12011.
Per diem charges for animals updated
Dr. Lucy Senter, the director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources, would like to remind faculty and staff that animal per diem charges have been updated. The new rates should be applied to all new grants and projects as of March 1, 2015, but will not be applied retroactively to pre-existing grants or contracts. The rates are available online at http://www.lar.msstate.edu/perdiem.
With every letter, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and this month I’d like to congratulate Dan Reynolds, who has been selected to hold the Edgar E. and Winifred B. Hartwig Endowed Chair in Soybean Agronomy. Dr. Reynolds is an award-winning professor in my home department — Plant and Soil Sciences — and well deserving of this honor.
Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about Mississippi State’s research and economic development activities, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.