I hope that your summer is off to a great start. We have been busy in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a few minutes to give you an update.
David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.
Partnership School moving forward
As many of you know, Mississippi State has been working with the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, state and local elected officials, and other stakeholders to create a new Partnership School to serve all sixth- and seventh-grade students in the district. Thanks to a tremendous team effort, this project is moving forward quickly. Most recently, district funding was secured with no opposition, and we are taking steps toward construction. In late May, school district and university representatives met with architects to discuss design ideas, and we had a very productive discussion. If you have any questions about the Partnership School, please contact Devon Brenner, who recently joined ORED as assistant to the vice president for education initiatives, at email@example.com.
New name, additional services for sponsored projects office
In May, we were pleased to announce a new name and additional services for Mississippi State's sponsored projects office after a thorough review and planning process. Known previously as Sponsored Programs Administration, the new Office of Sponsored Projects has a renewed focus on streamlining the research administration process and helping researchers write successful funding proposals in addition to its other sponsored-project administration responsibilities.
Later this summer, Sponsored Projects will be opening a one-stop shop for faculty and staff in need of assistance with writing a competitive funding proposal. The new proposal development office on Morgan Ave. will provide resources, staff expertise, space to work, and other amenities. I appreciate Jennifer Easley and her team for undertaking these challenges to help our researchers achieve their goals. Read more about this initiative at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3471.
Research Compliance launches new protocol submission software
The Office of Research Compliance recently launched new software to accept Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols online. The system is part of our division-wide effort to enhance customer service and automate, streamline, and accelerate the research administration process. Kacey Strickland and the Research Compliance team are happy to help you get started with the new software. They are offering a variety of training opportunities with the new system, including demonstrations to your department and personal online sessions. The IRB module went live in late May, and the IACUC modules will follow in mid-July. Please contact ORC at 662-325-3294 with any questions or visit http://www.orc.msstate.edu.
Updated policy for unmanned aircraft systems on campus
The university's Executive Council has approved a new unmanned aircraft policy, and I encourage anyone with an interest in operating unmanned aircraft on campus to review this policy carefully. The policy is based on best practices and current law, and I am confident that it addresses many of the questions and concerns people have about unmanned aircraft. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3487.
Institutional Repository now online, accepting submissions
As many of you know, MSU Libraries has been investing in a Scholarly Communication Initiative, and a new component of that program is now online and accepting submissions. The new MSU Institutional Repository -- available at http://ir.library.msstate.edu -- is a central digital archive for collecting, organizing, preserving, and sharing Mississippi State's history, intellectual and scholarly creations, and research data. For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Julie Shedd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications sought for SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grants
Applications for the Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program are now being accepted. The program was created to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Mississippi State can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2016-2017 travel grants of $1,250 each, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 19. Additional information is available at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3493.
Kudos and congratulations
I always look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk in the past few weeks:
* Kudos to Veera Gnanewswar Gude, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who was awarded the Outstanding New Faculty Researcher Award by the American Society for Engineering Education's Southeastern Section. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3410.
* Congratulations to Giselle Thibaudeau, who has been named associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences after a very successful stint as interim. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/05/thibaudeau-begins-associate-dean-research-role-msu.
* Kudos to Tim Schauwecker, an associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, who was named 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the National Association of Landscape Professionals Academic Excellence Foundation. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3460.
* Congratulations to Zach Rowland, who has been named interim director of the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/05/rowland-named-interim-director-mississippi-state%E2%80%99s-i2at.
* Kudos to the Northern Gulf Institute team that was recently honored with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2016 Sam D. Hamilton Award for Transformational Conservational Science. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3464.
* Congratulations to Larry Strout, an associate professor in the Department of Communication, who is one of six recipients of a prestigious Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor in Social Media Program grant. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3486.
As chair of the search committee for Mississippi State's new provost and executive vice president, I would like to again thank the committee members and the larger university community for their many contributions to this process. It was a truly constructive and collaborative effort, and I am looking forward to working with Judy Bonner when she joins us later this summer.
And please join me in welcoming Rick Nader to campus as our new associate vice president for international programs and executive director of the International Institute at MSU. As the university's focus on international initiatives grows, I am confident that he will build on the successful foundation we have in place and lead us to greater achievements and impact.
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities.