May 7, 2019

Thank you for your contributions to research and economic development

We have concluded another outstanding academic year here at Mississippi State, and I'd like to say "thank you" to all of you for your contributions to the university's research enterprise and economic development initiatives.

As many of you know, after nearly three decades of service at MSU, Sandy Williamson, our executive director of research fiscal affairs, is retiring in June. I can't say enough about the remarkable impact Sandy has had as our research programs have grown so significantly over the past decade -- a time period that has also seen an increasingly competitive funding environment. Throughout these uncertain and often challenging times, she has been a steady leader and a true friend. Sandy -- we thank you and wish you the best as you begin this exciting new chapter in your life.

We will also welcome a familiar face as our new executive director of research fiscal affairs. Brandy Akers, who currently serves as director of business operations for the High Performance Computing Collaboratory, will step into this position in the next few weeks. She brings a keen understanding of research funding and administration, and we look forward to her joining the Office of Research and Economic Development team.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

New Giles Distinguished Professors
Congratulations to our newest William L. Giles Distinguished Professors: Mohsen Razzaghi and Merrill Warkentin. Dr. Razzaghi is professor and head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Dr. Warkentin is the James J. Rouse Endowed Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business. Both have outstanding records of research, teaching, and service, and are most deserving of this honor. Learn more about the Giles Distinguished Professors at https://www.giles.msstate.edu.

Applications sought for SEC visiting faculty travel grants
Let me encourage you to think about applying for the SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program. We will be awarding 10 grants this year of $1,000 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus. Assistant, associate and full professors are eligible. The application deadline is June 28, and you can find additional information about it at https://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=6225 or contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu with questions.

CDC seeks poliovirus information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. National Authority for Containment of Poliovirus are asking research centers and institutes across the country to complete a survey in support of a national inventory of materials that potentially contain poliovirus. The Office of Research Compliance has reached out to principal investigators about completing this survey, and I'd encourage you to complete it by the June 3rd deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Trent Peacock, the university's biosafety officer, at tp1230@msstate.edu or (662) 325-0620. Additional information is available at https://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=6227.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Congratulations to Trey Breckenridge, the director of the High Performance Computing Collaboratory, who has been named a "Top in Tech" leader by the Mississippi Business Journal.

* Kudos to Adele Crudden, professor and interim head of the Department of Sociology, who has been named 2019 Social Worker of the Year by the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2019/04/msu-professor-named-mississippi-s-social-worker-year.

* Congratulations to the winners of the President's Commission on the Status of Women's annual awards: LaShan Simpson, Outstanding Faculty Award; Leah Beasley, Outstanding Staff Award; Morgan Green, Outstanding Graduate Student Award; Shelby Baldwin and Katelyn Jackson, Student Leadership Awards. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2019/04/msu-president-s-commission-status-women-holds-annual-awards-ceremony.

* Kudos to Just Cebrian, associate director of the Northern Gulf Institute, whose research is featured in the prestigious journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2019/04/nature-ecology-evolution-publishes-msu-study-marine-exotic-species.

* Welcome to Daniel Barnard, the new executive director of the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2019/04/daniel-barnard-becomes-new-executive-director-msu-riley-center.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Congratulations to all of our new graduates and Hail State!

April 5, 2019

Celebrating faculty, staff, student research success

On March 29th, we joined together with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine to celebrate Mississippi State's outstanding faculty, staff, and student researchers during the annual research awards banquet at the Hunter Henry Center. It is a highlight of the year for me, and one that I look forward to every spring. This year, we honored Steve Demarais with the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award, the university's highest honor for research achievement. Dr. Demarais is most deserving of this recognition, which is a memorial to Dr. Powe, an MSU alumnus and longtime research vice president.

We were pleased that President Mark Keenum and more than 200 honorees and guests could join us for this special event. Thanks very much to Carmen Kelly, Elizabeth Nicholson, and Lynn Taylor for putting it all together. Read more about Dr. Demarais and all of our award winners at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2019/04/mississippi-state-celebrates-research-success-annual-banquet or take a look at the banquet program created by Heather Rowe in the Office of Public Affairs at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/awards.php.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

Applications sought for Academic Leadership Program
The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will be leading a newly restructured Academic Leadership Program in the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year for faculty who aspire to be administrators. This program has been very successful in the past, and many of its graduates have gone on to become outstanding leaders on our campus. The changes we are making to the program will make it even better and more effective. For additional information, please see https://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=6197.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Congratulations to Raja Reddy, a research professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, who is Mississippi State's 2019 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award winner. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=5012.

* Kudos to all who have worked so hard to gain a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Mississippi State and to those students who were inducted into this prestigious academic honor society last week. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2019/04/phi-beta-kappa-society-installs-gamma-mississippi-chapter-msu.

* Congratulations to Darrin Dodds, the new head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=5008.

* Kudos to Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt for being elected a regional leader of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=5010.

* Congratulations to Yang Zhao, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, who has been awarded a $123,937 grant by the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association Foundation for his research proposal, "Evaluation of Welfare, Behavior, and Health as Affected by Growth Rate of Broiler Chickens."

* Kudos to Catherine Pierce, an associate professor in the Department of English, who has been awarded a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4988.

* Congratulations to Rachel Allison, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, who has been awarded a $15,000 scholarship from the Federation Internationale de Football Association to study the atmosphere and community of women's soccer fans. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4989.

* Kudos to Kathy Sherman-Morris, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences and director of Geoscience Distance Learning Programs, who has been recognized both regionally and nationally by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. She received the 2019 UPCEA Excellence in Teaching Award in March and the 2018 UPCEA South Region Continuing Education Faculty Award (Credit) last fall. Read more at https://upcea.edu/upcea-announces-2019-association-award-recipients and http://conferences.upcea.edu/SUPER18/South-awardsrecipients.html.

* Congratulations to all of this year's Diversity Award winners: Elizabeth Englebreston, Tyler Daniel, Karina Zelaya, and the Society for African American Studies. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=5014.

Final words
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this month's letter. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities or visit https://www.research.msstate.edu.

March 11, 2019

National Science Foundation program officers visiting campus

I hope that each one of you is having a great Spring Break this week and a productive semester. Although many of you are away from campus for a few days, I'd still like to give you a brief update from the Office of Research and Economic Development.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

Are you part of The Conversation?
Last summer, Mississippi State joined The Conversation -- a terrific online platform where the nation's leading universities and scholars can share their research success stories and showcase faculty expertise on important issues of the day. Since July, we've had 18 articles published on The Conversation's website, and they've generated 1,040,544 reads and counting. Additionally, a number of the articles have been picked up by media outlets here in the state and around the country too, including PBS, CNBC, Newsweek, Marketwatch, Business Insider, Houston Chronicle, Science Alert, The Sun Herald, among others. If you haven't seen them, they're online at https://theconversation.com/institutions/mississippi-state-university and if you're interested in writing for The Conversation, I'd encourage you to contact Allison Matthews at amatthews@opa.msstate.edu or Harriet Laird at hlaird@opa.msstate.edu in the Office of Public Affairs for details.

Federal program officers visiting campus
As the research funding environment becomes more competitive, relationships with federal agency program officers are essential. Faculty, as well as graduates students and post-docs, will have the opportunity to hear from two National Science Foundation program officers next week. Cesar Nufio, the program director for the Division of Environmental Biology in the Directorate for Biological Sciences, and Dena Smith, the program director for the Division of Earth Sciences in the Directorate of Geosciences, will provide an overview of funding opportunities on March 21 at 11 a.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium. During their visit to campus, they also will be available for one-on-one sessions for faculty to pitch a proposal idea and receive immediate feedback. Please contact Lynn Taylor at ltaylor@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3168 to schedule an appointment. They will also have a presentation for graduate students and post-docs at 2 p.m. in Room 329 in the Union. I invite you to learn more about the two seminars at https://www.research.msstate.edu/seminars.

Parisi taking leave of absence to lend expertise to Italian government
Congratulations to Mimmo Parisi, who is taking a year-long, unpaid leave of absence from the university to serve as director of an Italian government agency charged with improving unemployment in that country. Dr. Parisi and the NSPARC team have had great success developing the Mississippi Works app that connects people to available jobs in our state, and I'm sure his expertise will be a great asset to the Italian government. I'm also confident that NSPARC will continue its outstanding work under the leadership of Associate Vice President Allen Parrish during this interim period. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Parrish at allen.parrish@msstate.edu or 662-325-3570. Read more at https://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=6173.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Kudos to Matthew Brown, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, whose research developed using an $832,000 NSF grant is gaining international attention in Current Biology, a leading scientific journal. Dr. Brown and his team focused on linking ancient fossils to modern living organisms using a new method, advanced in his lab, which bypasses genome sequencing. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4985.

* Congratulations to Laura Allen, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Language of Learning Lab, who has been honored by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences with an early career impact award. The award recognizes her research on cognitive processes that drive multiple text comprehension. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4967.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities or visit https://www.research.msstate.edu.

February 8, 2019

Productive discussion about research enterprise, strategic investment

Many of you were able to join me last month for a very productive discussion about the university's research enterprise and areas we are targeting for strategic investment. I appreciate all of your questions, comments, and suggestions. If you missed my presentation, it's available online at https://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/pdf/21stcentury.pdf and I welcome your feedback at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

Breaking ground: SEC universities all receive highest research designation
In a first, all 14 member universities of the Southeastern Conference have achieved Carnegie R1-Very High Research Activity classification. It's another reminder that in athletics, academics, and in research, "It Just Means More" rings true in the SEC. I invite you to read more about this achievement in The Chronicle of Higher Education at https://bit.ly/2MUFC1o.

MSU, UIR continue to grow successful partnerships
The university's partnerships with the Universite Internationale de Rabat in Morocco continue to grow. Our work with UIR is a great example of MSU's global engagement efforts. You can read more about the latest developments at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4921.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Congratulations to Chief Human Resources Officer Judy Spencer, who recently announced that she is retiring this spring. Judy, it has been an honor to work with you, and all of us in the Office of Research and Economic Development wish you the very best.

* Kudos to Michele McDonnall, the director of the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, who has been honored by the American Foundation for the Blind with the 2019 Corinne Kirchner Research Award. Additionally, former director and long-time MSU faculty member and administrator Elton Moore has been honored by the AFB with a Migel Medal. Read more at https://prn.to/2I71XKy.

* Congratulations to Steve Demarais, Dale H. Arner Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, who as been named the Taylor Chair in Applied Big Game Research and Instruction in the College of Forest Resources. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4918.

* Kudos to Gnaneswar Gude, an associate professor in the Bagley College of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who has been elected as an American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow.

* And a welcome to Chris Jenkins, who will be joining the Office of Research Security as export control officer in mid-March.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. You can learn more about our research and economic development initiatives at https://www.research.msstate.edu or keep up with us on social media at http://www.facebook.com/MaroonResearch or http://www.twitter.com/MaroonResearch.

January 15, 2019

R1 Carnegie Classification and your very high research activity

I hope your new year is off to a terrific start, and I also hope that you've seen the great news about the university's R1-Very High Research Activity classification by the Carnegie Foundation. This classification represents the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting universities in the country, and it is a true testament to the remarkable work and contributions of so many of you. As you'll recall, we are also the highest ranked university in the state in the recently released National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2017 with more almost $241 million in R&D expenditures. Read more about the R1 Carnegie Classification at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/12/mississippi-state-again-recognized-one-nation-s-top-research-universities.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

Join me for strategic research investments discussion
Our Spring Research Seminar Series is well underway, and on January 30th at 2 p.m., I'm looking forward to leading a discussion with many of you about how the university's targets for strategic research investment could affect your research. I look forward to seeing you there. You can learn more about the entire seminar series and pre-register for a session at https://www.research.msstate.edu/seminars.

Watching Washington
As you'd imagine, we are closely monitoring the ongoing federal government shutdown and any potential impacts to the university's research enterprise. If you have questions related to the funding of your work, please contact Kevin Enroth -- the director of our Office of Sponsored Projects -- at (662) 325-7404 or enroth@osp.msstate.edu.

Changes to human subjects research regulations
As a final reminder, the regulations governing human subjects research have been updated, and these changes are scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 21, 2019. This revision includes changes to the categories of research that are considered "exempt" as well as elimination of continuing review for "expedited" categories of research. As I've mentioned, the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) team will shift their efforts from continuing review to expand the post-approval monitoring (PAM) program.

And on a related note, the HRPP staff will have a skeleton crew with Nicole Cobb on maternity leave from January through mid-March and Riley McCormick on military leave from mid-January through mid-May. Please bear with us as the remaining staff do their best to keep things running as smoothly as possible. If you have questions or would like additional information, please feel free to contact the Office of Research Compliance at 662-325-3294 or irb@research.msstate.edu.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Kudos to all of the newest graduates of the Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals program, including Bailey Anderson, a senior accountant here in the Office of Research and Economic Development. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/12/msu-staff-graduate-leadership-excellence-accomplished-professionals-program.

* Congratulations to Steve Demarais, the Dale H. Arner Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, who has been named the Taylor Chair in Applied Big Game Research and Instruction in the College of Forest Resources. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2019/01/msu-wildlife-professor-named-taylor-chair-applied-big-game-research-and.

* Kudos to Shane Miller, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, who was recently honored with the C.B. Moore Award at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference's 75th annual meeting. The award was established by members of the Lower Mississippi Survey in 1990. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/12/msu-educator-receives-regional-archaeology-honor.

* Congratulations to Robert Grala in the College of Forest Resources for being named the Department of Forestry's first James R. Moreton Endowed Fellow. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/12/msu-professor-named-james-r-moreton-fellow-forestry.

* Kudos to Mimmo Parisi and the NSPARC team for their recent recognition at the Starkville PRAM Chapter PRism Awards program. Among their honors: the Top Dawg Award -- the highest honor at the chapter level -- for the Data Summit 2018; a PRism Award for the Data Summit; and Awards of Excellence for the Fall 2018 issue of Nexus magazine, the 10 Years of Data Science in Action coffee table book, and their 10-year anniversary video. They will compete at the state level this spring.

Final words
By now, I'm sure that most of you are aware that Dr. Judy Bonner will be retiring this year after a most distinguished career in higher education. She has been an outstanding leader and colleague as our provost and executive vice president, and it has been an honor for me to work with her to move Mississippi State University forward. Judy, all of us wish you the very best as you begin this new chapter in your life.

Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities or visit https://www.research.msstate.edu.

December 11, 2018

Season's greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development

Season's greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development. We find ourselves at the end of another semester at Mississippi State, but before it draws to a close, please let me share an update with you.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

NSF survey: MSU again the highest-ranked research university in state
In late November, we were very pleased to see that Mississippi State remains the highest-ranked research university in the state by a wide margin, according to the new NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2017. Overall, we're ranked 94th nationally, with nearly $241 million in R&D expenditures -- accounting for more than half of all expenditures by Mississippi institutions. We also have the largest total number of research personnel, including more than 600 principal investigators. For the sixth consecutive year, we lead the Southeastern Conference in social sciences and are ranked 17th nationally with $34.6 million in expenditures. At $109 million, our expenditures in agricultural sciences and natural resources and conservation place us at No. 9 nationally. For other highlights from the survey, please visit https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/12/msu-remains-highest-ranked-research-university-mississippi-according-latest.

Reminder: Research proposals and the winter break holidays
As I mentioned in last month's letter, please remember that for those of you working on research proposals that may be due during MSU's winter break between Dec. 21-Jan. 1, the Office of Sponsored Projects closes along with the rest of the university. If you have a special need for OSP support over the holidays, it is very important that you coordinate that with Kevin Enroth as soon as possible. His e-mail address is enroth@osp.msstate.edu or you may call 662-325-7404.

ORED, University Libraries partner for ORCID membership
The Office of Research and Economic Development and the University Libraries are pleased to announce a co-sponsored institutional membership with ORCID, a nonprofit organization that offers scholars a mechanism for claiming and aggregating their digital scholarship. Upon registration, an individual researcher is assigned a unique 16-character identifier that facilitates name disambiguation -- an important step for publishers, funders, repository managers, and others who handle digital assets. Digital Measures (DM), MSU's platform for collecting data about scholarship produced by its faculty and researchers, is also an ORCID member and recently integrated ORCID into its workflow. What this means for our community is an easier and more efficient way to populate DM records through this ORCID connection.

* More information about ORCID and how to import your ORCID data into DM is available at http://lib.msstate.edu/scholcomm/orcid and http://guides.library.msstate.edu/orcid/start

* To register for a free ORCID iD, simply go to https://orcid.org

Please feel free to contact the University Libraries with any questions you might have about ORCID and for assistance with populating your ORCID and DM records.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Kudos to Drew Hamilton, the director of the Center for Cyber Innovation and a professor of computer science and engineering, who was recently awarded the 2018 SIGAda Distinguished Service Award by ACM. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4877.

* Congratulations to Merrill Warkentin, the James J. Rouse Endowed Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business, who has been named a Distinguished Member for Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Computing by ACM. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4868.

* Kudos to Grant Presidential Library scholars John Marszalek, David Nolen and Louis Gallo for being recognized with the Mississippi Library Association's 2018 Writer's Award for Non-Fiction for their work editing "The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition." Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4853

* Congratulations to Matt Thomas, chemical hygiene officer in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, on his achievement of becoming a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. The CHMM certification program is administered by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management and is accredited by both the American National Standards Institute and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Board. Candidates must meet certain prerequisites and successfully pass a national examination. Certification must be renewed every five years to ensure holders remain current with advancements in technology and changes in compliance requirements that occur frequently in hazardous materials management and related fields.

* Kudos to Melanie Loehwing, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, who is featured in a series focusing on the character and quality of public discourse in politics and culture. Her book, "Homeless Advocacy and the Rhetorical Construction of the Civic Home," reconsiders typical characterizations of homelessness, citizenship and democratic community through unconventional approaches to homeless advocacy and assistance. Read more at http://www.memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4866.

Final words
During this special time of year, we wish you happy holidays and all the best in the upcoming new year. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development activities, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Merry Christmas and Hail State!

November 5, 2018

Gelston set to retire; Martin named new associate vice president

By now, I'm sure that most of you have seen the great news about the new Center for Cyber Education and its focus on enhancing cyber education in Mississippi's K-12 schools. In mid-October, C Spire announced a $550,000 gift to the university to support the center's first official project. This program will train 30 teachers and connect 150 students from selected schools with job opportunities after completing two years of computer science coursework in high school and one year in community college. It's a terrific project to launch the center, and I appreciate those of you who are serving on its advisory board for your commitment to its success. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4830.

Please let me take a moment of your time to share a few other items of interest from the Office of Research and Economic Development.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

Martin to lead corporate engagement and economic development
I invite all of you to join me in welcoming James F. Martin back to Mississippi State as our new associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development. A 1985 professional accountancy graduate, Jim joins us from Kearney & Company, one of the nation's top firms providing a range of financial management services to the federal government. Prior to that, he rose to the rank of major general in the U.S. Air Force. At the time of his retirement from active duty, he was deputy assistant secretary for budget at the Pentagon. I could not be more pleased to have this outstanding Bulldog returning home to lead economic development and corporate engagement for us. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4860.

And I also congratulate another outstanding Bulldog -- Kathy Gelston -- on her upcoming retirement as our associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development. During her time with us, and throughout her distinguished career in state government, Kathy has been committed to making Mississippi better through efficient and effective economic development projects and programs. We appreciate everything she's done and wish her the very best as she begins this new chapter.

Research proposals and the winter break holidays
It's once again that time of year when we need to remind those of you working on research proposals that may be due during MSU's winter break between Dec. 21-Jan. 1 that the Office of Sponsored Projects closes along with the rest of the university. If you have a special need for OSP support over the holidays, please coordinate that with Kevin Enroth prior to the break. His e-mail address is enroth@osp.msstate.edu or you may call 662-325-7404.

Changes to human subjects research regulations
As you may recall, the regulations governing human subjects research have been updated, and these changes are scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 21, 2019. This revision includes adjustments that will streamline administration. For example, continuing review of "expedited" categories of research has been eliminated. In order to maintain the high quality of research here at Mississippi State and to maximize protections for participants, the university's Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) team will shift their efforts from continuing review to expand the post-approval monitoring (PAM) program. With this focus, active, non-exempt studies may be selected for monitoring. If your study is selected, the review team will schedule a time to meet and go over study materials. Once the process is completed, you will receive a report of observations and be given an opportunity to provide feedback on the PAM process. Please feel free to contact the Office of Research Compliance at 662-325-5220 or irb@research.msstate.edu with any questions or for additional information.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Kudos to Kari Babski-Reeves, the Bagley College of Engineering's associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of industrial and systems engineering, who has been elected president of the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4843.

* Congratulations to David Buys, the MSU Extension Service's state health specialist and assistant professor of food science, nutrition, and health promotion, who was recently installed as president of the Mississippi Public Health Association. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4846.

* Kudos to Jay McCurdy, Extension turf specialist and assistant professor of plant and soil sciences, who is leading the outreach effort for a multi-state initiative to address herbicide resistance in annual bluegrass as part of a $5.6-million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funding award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4844.

* Congratulations to faculty advisor Randy Follett, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and the MSU students who have been invited to participate in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, the nation's premier automotive engineering competition. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4847.

* Kudos to Elizabeth Gregory North, the head of the Office of Agricultural Communications, who is the newest member of the Southern Public Relations Federation's Hall of Fame. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4825.

* Congratulations to John Forde, head of the Department of Communication, who has been inducted into the Arthur W. Page Society, a New York-based international public relations society. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4831.

Final words
As we look forward to a short break in a couple of weeks, I hope that each one of you enjoys a very happy Thanksgiving. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities or visit www.research.msstate.edu.

October 10, 2018

Feedback welcome as implementation of research priorities moves forward

It's hard to believe that Fall Break is here. Like many of you, we've had a busy start to the semester in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a moment to share an update.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

MSU leading new USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab
I hope you've seen the news about Mississippi State's leadership of a new $15-million U.S. Agency for International Development initiative. USAID funding over five years will create the Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Fish, which MSU will lead through the university's Global Center for Aquatic Food Security under the direction of Mark Lawrence, associate dean and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. This is an outstanding achievement by the university and an important milestone in the growth of our research portfolio. I applaud the team leading this effort. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4785.

MSU administrative lead for $20M, 5-YEAR NSF EPSCoR grant
We are also very excited about Mississippi State's role as administrative lead for a new $20-million, five-year National Science Foundation funding award, and proud of our researchers who will be participating in this important work. The EPSCoR grant will create the Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics -- an interdisciplinary research program with contributions from all four Mississippi Research Consortium member institutions. In addition to my role as principal investigator, MSU contributors include Santanu Kundu, associate professor of chemical engineering; Dong Meng, assistant professor of chemical engineering; Neeraj Rai, assistant professor of chemical engineering; Colleen Scott, assistant professor of chemistry; and Katie Echols, director of research analysis and support in the Office of Research and Economic Development, who will provide administrative support for the grant. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4796.

Naval Academy cyber science department chair visiting
We are looking forward to a visit from the chair of the Department of Cyber Science at the U.S. Naval Academy next week. Commander Tracy Emmersen will discuss the Naval Academy's vision of cyber operations as an academic major, including the contributions of many different disciplines -- computer science, electrical and computer engineering, systems engineering, psychology and political science -- as well as the Navy's role in offensive and defensive cyber operations. Her public lecture is set for Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium. Additional information is online at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=6024.

Countdown to the revised Common Rule
Revisions to the federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research are slated to begin on Jan. 21, 2019. These updates will affect both ongoing IRB studies as well as new submissions. In light of this, the HRPP and IRB want to encourage those who are engaged in human subjects research to attend these sessions. You will learn about what to expect in the coming months as they adjust MSU's policies and procedures to maintain compliance with these new regulations, and how that may affect your research. Training sessions will be Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. in McCain 125. A recording of the training will be posted to the Office of Research Compliance website. If you have any questions, please contact the HRPP office at irb@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-5220. Seating is limited, so please register for one of the two live training sessions at www.orc.msstate.edu/training.

Biosafety awareness luncheon coming up Oct. 19
Biosafety Month is observed during the month of October, and our Office of Biosafety and Biosecurity will be hosting an awareness luncheon for principal investigators and laboratory managers that are supported by the office or will be in the future. The lunch and program will take place Oct. 19, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Hunter Henry Center's Parker Ballroom. Please RSVP for the luncheon as soon as possible to MSU Biosafety Officer Trent Peacock at tpeacock@orc.msstate.edu or 662-325-0620. (Note: If you were sent a Doodle Poll to RSVP, please respond accordingly.)

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Kudos to Drew Hamilton, the director of the Center for Cyber Innovation and a professor of computer science and engineering, who was recently recognized by the National Security Agency for his contributions to NSA's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Programs. Read more at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=6025.

* Congratulations to Mark Fincher, an associate professor in MSU-Meridian's Division of Education, who has been elected vice president for research and publication for the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, the leading research organization focused on public two-year colleges. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4793.

* Kudos to Laura Allen, as assistant professor of psychology, who is receiving approximately $2.8 million in external funding to create a tool for writing analytics and feedback, as well as to investigate how students process complex information in today's technology-driven society. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4818.

* Congratulations to Mimmo Parisi, the executive director of the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) and professor of sociology, who was recognized in late August by Gov. Phil Bryant with the Excellence in Local and District Government Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4774.

* Kudos to Anna Linhoss, an assistant professor in the Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, who is now serving as assistant director of the Northern Gulf Institute and the Geosystems Research Institute. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4813.

* Welcome to Lux Luxion, our new director of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence -- the Mississippi State-led national center of excellence for UAS. As I noted in the university's announcement, we are very pleased that Lux will be taking the controls at ASSURE and leading it into a new chapter. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/10/uas-veteran-luxion-named-assure-director.

* And another official welcome to Deana Card, the university's new director of research security. A Mississippi State alumna, she brings extensive experience to this very important role on our campus. Deana and her team are focused on compliance, and also working closely with researchers to streamline the administrative process whenever possible. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4784.

Final words
In late September, Associate Vice President Allen Parrish led a very productive retreat with the university's associate deans for research and other stakeholders to examine our strategic research priorities. As funding continues to grow ever more competitive, these priorities will guide much of our strategic investment in research over the course of the next five years. As a reminder, they're available at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/ResearchFocusAreas.pdf.

We had terrific input from faculty, staff, and administrators as we developed the priorities, and as we move into implementation, we need that same level of feedback. Please feel free to share your suggestions, questions, or concerns about the research priorities or any of our research and economic development activities with me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

September 2, 2018

Kicking off fall with Alan Alda and communicating science

I hope you had a chance to attend Alan Alda's "Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science" lecture last week. It was a great way to get a new academic year started. In addition, a number of faculty and others were able to participate in extraordinarily insightful workshops led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and Kavli Foundation. I'm very appreciative for the Robert M. Hearin Foundation's support of this program, as well as Vice President John Rush and his team at the MSU Foundation, and also thank Leilani Salter in the Office of the President and Courtney Honnoll in the Office of Public Affairs for their tireless behind-the-scenes efforts to make it all a success.

Please let me take a few minutes of your time to share an update from the Office of Research and Economic Development.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

New class for Departmental Administrator Working Group
I was honored to congratulate the recent graduates from our Departmental Administrator Working Group in last month's letter, and this month, I'm privileged to announce our newest class of DAWG participants for 2018-19: Schanna Beckham, College of Business; Doug Bedsaul, Center for Environmental Health Sciences; Meredith Betts, Mechanical Engineering; Stephanie Childress, Dean of Engineering; Coleman Grimmett, Delta Research and Extension Center; Elizabeth Hall, Coastal Research and Extension Center; Rhonda Hannah, Biological Sciences; Mona Howell, Parking and Transit Services; Silas Knox, College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office; Kimberly Lewis, Sponsored Programs Accounting; Ashley Massey, MAFES/FWRC; Janice Nichols, Coastal Research and Extension Center; Anna-Marie Nickels, Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture; Jessica Northcutt, Office of Technology Management; Brittany Oliver, Psychology; Robin Pigg, Biochemistry, Entomology and Plant Pathology; Amanda Reed, Student Leadership and Community Engagement; Sandra Reynolds, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; and Hannah Thach, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory.

Led by the Office of Sponsored Projects, the primary goal of DAWG is the development and application of knowledge and skills in the area of sponsored projects administration. It also helps departmental administrators grow professionally and create relationships with their peers across campus.

ITAR, export control briefing this week
The Office of Research Security will host an ITAR and export control briefing open to all faculty and staff on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. in Conference Room 20 at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory. Jonathan Barnes, a special agent with the Bureau of Industry and Security's Office of Export Enforcement, will lead the one-hour session, and you can learn more about this very important presentation at https://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5924.

Deadline for travel grants and undergrad research grants
The application deadline for fall semester travel grants and for undergraduate research grants is coming up Friday, Sept. 7. Complete details about these programs, including all requirements, are available online at https://www.research.msstate.edu/funds and you may direct any questions about them to Devon Brenner at facultysupport@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3570.

Naval Academy cyber science department chair to visit
We are looking forward to a visit from the chair of the Department of Cyber Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in October, and I encourage you to save the date on your calendar for her visit. Commander Tracy Emmersen will discuss the Naval Academy's vision of cyber operations as an academic major, including the contributions of many different disciplines -- computer science, electrical and computer engineering, systems engineering, psychology and political science -- as well as the Navy's role in offensive and defensive cyber operations. Her lecture is set for Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium. Additional information is online at https://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5979.

Good clinical practice training course
I mentioned last month that NIH has revised its definition of a clinical trial to include studies with a health-related behavioral outcome. The revised definition will cause some social/behavioral research to fall into the clinical trial category and thus trigger the requirement for Good Clinical Practice Training. The Office of Research Compliance is happy to help you work through any questions you have about this change. You can find more information at www.orc.msstate.edu as well as instructions to access the CGP training in myCourses. Feel free to give them a call at (662) 325-5220 or send an email to irb@research.msstate.edu.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Kudos to Mark Horstemeyer, the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Chair in Computational Solid Mechanics in the Bagley College of Engineering's Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Yobel Technologies, LLC, for receiving a HeadHealthTECH Challenge grant from the National Football League and Football Research, Inc. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/08/starkville-company-ties-msu-research-gains-tech-challenge-grant-nfl.

* Congratulations to Mimmo Parisi, the executive director of the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC), who was recently honored with the Excellence in Local and District Government Award from the Mississippi State Personnel Board. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/08/msu-s-parisi-honored-excellence-government-award.

* Kudos to James Chrisman, head of the Department of Management and Information Systems, who was recently recognized as one of the most-cited researchers in business and economics in the world. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/08/msu-college-business-professor-among-most-cited-world.

* Congratulations to Robert Moorhead, the director of the Geosystems Research Institute and the Northern Gulf Institute and professor of electrical and computer engineering, who has been selected for N.C. State University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame.

* Kudos to Jan Chambers, Jesse Grady, Brandon Barton and Christine Calder for contributing fascinating articles about their research to The Conversation this summer. They're online at https://theconversation.com/institutions/mississippi-state-university and if you're interested in writing for The Conversation, I'd encourage you to contact Allison Matthews at amatthews@opa.msstate.edu or Harriet Laird at hlaird@opa.msstate.edu in the Office of Public Affairs for details.

* And welcome to Kevin Enroth, our new director of the Office of Sponsored Projects. Kevin previously served as a senior grants and contracts administrator in OSP. Prior to joining the MSU team, he negotiated grants and contracts on behalf of NASA at Stennis Space Center and provided post-award support. Also, special thanks to Tina Hood for her many contributions as interim director during this leadership transition, and to Associate Vice President Allen Parrish for leading the search committee, which did a terrific job.

Final words
As I mentioned last month, I'd encourage you to join me for a Research Resource Fair on Sept. 17 from 1-3 p.m. This come-and-go event in Colvard Student Union's Foster Ballroom, Section S, will give faculty, research staff, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students ample opportunities to discover the many resources available to them, network with colleagues, and visit with me about their research. Our center and institute directors will also be on hand, along with representatives from all of ORED's supporting units. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Additional information is available at https://www.research.msstate.edu/seminars.

Please feel free to share your suggestions, questions, or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities with me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

August 16, 2018

Productive summer leading to start of new academic year

Once again, it's hard to believe we're at the start of a new academic year at Mississippi State. We've had a very productive summer in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I hope you have too.

Before your calendar fills with appointments and events, I'd like to invite you to join me for a Research Resource Fair on Sept. 17 from 1-3 p.m. This come-and-go event in Colvard Student Union's Foster Ballroom, Section S, will give faculty, research staff, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students ample opportunities to discover the many resources available to them, network with colleagues, and visit with me about their research. Our center and institute directors will also be on hand, along with representatives from all of ORED's supporting units. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Additional information is available at https://www.research.msstate.edu/seminars.

Please let me take a moment of your time to share a few other items of interest.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

New class graduates from Departmental Administrator Working Group
Congratulations to this year's Departmental Administrator Working Group graduates: Latara Arterberry, T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability; Natalie Carpenter, Bagley College of Engineering; Michelle Martin, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Valisa McNeil, Delta Research and Extension Center; Lester Mitchell, Coastal Research and Extension Center; Lori Staggs, College of Education; Laikyn Starkey, Poultry Science; Kelsey Stewart, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology; Yolanda Tate, Montgomery Center for America's Veterans; Kristen Thompson; Delta Research and Extension Center; and Stephen Williamson, Student Leadership and Community Engagement. And a special thanks to the Office of Sponsored Projects for leading this program every year.

ITAR, export control briefing set for September
The Office of Research Security will host an ITAR and export control briefing open to all faculty and staff on Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. in Conference Room 20 at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory. Jonathan Barnes, a special agent with the Bureau of Industry and Security's Office of Export Enforcement, will lead the one-hour session, and you can learn more about this very important presentation at https://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5924.

Enhancing the IRB review and approval process
You may have noticed that recruitment materials and consent documents for some human research studies no longer have the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research approval stamp. To streamline the review process, about a year ago, the IRB removed the requirement to stamp documents for "Exempt" studies. If you're asked to display recruitment materials or participate in a study and have a question about whether a study has received proper review by the IRB, please feel free to contact the Human Research Protection Program office at irb@research.msstate.edu or at 662-325-5220.

September deadline for travel grants and undergrad research grants
The application deadline for fall semester travel grants and for undergraduate research grants is coming up Sept. 7. Complete details about these programs, including all requirements, are available online at https://www.research.msstate.edu/funds and you may direct any questions about them to Devon Brenner at facultysupport@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3570.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Kudos to all who contributed to Mississippi State's successful application to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter -- an effort led by Professor Robert West in the Department of English since 2007. What a remarkable achievement! Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/08/mississippi-state-shelter-chapter-phi-beta-kappa-nation-s-most-prestigious.

* Congratulations to Reuben Burch, Harish Chander, Hilary DeShong, Thu Dinh, Hyungsuk Lim, Mohammad Marufuzzaman, Saeed Rokooei, Colleen Scott, Andrea Strzelec and Gregg Twietmeyer. They are recipients of 2018-19 SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grants. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4711.

* Kudos to Yang Zhao, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering, who has been awarded a grant from the Egg Industry Center to study the use of robots in the collection of floor eggs and to determine the effect of the robot's presence on the behavior of the birds. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4710.

* Congratulations to Alexandra Hui, an associate professor in the Department of History, who has been elected to the American Historical Association Council. Additionally, Dr. Hui and Matthew Lavine, also an associate professor of history, have been named co-editors of the History of Science Society's publications, Isis, a quarterly journal, and Osiris, an annual publication. Read more at https://www.history.msstate.edu/news.

* Kudos to Bailey Anderson, a senior accountant in the Office of Research and Economic Development, who recently completed the university's 2018 Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals program. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4747.

Final words
My office works closely with the MSU Foundation on a range of projects, and I was pleased to see last month that the university had another outstanding year of fundraising -- $102.5 million in FY2018. It marked five years running in which institutional fundraising surpassed $100 million. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/07/msu-fundraising-tops-100m-fifth-straight-year.

In fact, I had an opportunity to meet with the Foundation's Board of Directors in July, and we had a very good discussion about the university's updated research priorities. The slides from my presentation -- Research for the 21st Century and Beyond -- are posted at https://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources if you'd like to review them. You can find the research focus areas at https://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/ResearchFocusAreas.pdf.

Thanks for reading this month's update from ORED. I welcome your suggestions, questions, or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

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