April 10, 2018

Annual Research Awards Banquet coming up April 16

We've had a busy spring in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and like many of you, we are making a final push to the end of another successful semester at Mississippi State. Please let me take a few minutes to give you an update.

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

Annual Research Awards Banquet coming up April 16
On April 16 at 11:30 a.m., we will co-host the Annual Research Awards Banquet with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at the Hunter Henry Center. This special event is a highlight of the academic year, and I'm looking forward to spending some time with our award-winning faculty, staff and student researchers and research support team members. Look for additional information about this year's honorees in next month's letter.

Grant to help fund new building for I2AT
In mid-March, the Economic Development Administration awarded the MSU Research and Technology Corporation a $1.8-million grant that we will use to build a new state-of-the-art building for the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies in our Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. This new facility for I2AT will enhance our industry partnerships and enrich research experiences for faculty and students. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4541.

NSPARC data center opening April 20
And staying in the Research Park, the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center will celebrate the opening of its new data center on April 20. The campus and local community are invited to join Executive Director Mimmo Parisi and the NSPARC team from 1:30-4:30 p.m. for an open house. The new center can store more than 400 terabytes of data, and is comprised of 40 racks holding 20 servers and 60 CPUs running 567 virtual servers. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4540.

Smith to lead Advanced Composites Institute
We were very pleased to announce last month that Dennis Smith, the head of the Department of Chemistry, has agreed to add a new role to his professional portfolio as director of the university's Marvin B. Dow Advanced Composites Institute. We believe that Dr. Smith's collaborative vision for ACI will position this cutting-edge research institute as a valuable partner for a range of industries and other stakeholders. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4530.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have come to my attention the past few weeks:

* Congratulations to my former Ph.D. student and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences colleague, Al Rankins, the current president of Alcorn State University, who will begin serving as Mississippi's new Commissioner of Higher Education in July. We look forward to working with Dr. Rankins in this new role. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4538.

* Kudos to Steve Demarais, the Dale H. Arner Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management, who received the prestigious Deer Management Career Achievement Award during the 41st annual meeting of the Southeastern Deer Study Group. Dr. Demarais and our students swept the competition this year -- the first time in the conference's history that one school has achieved that remarkable feat. Well done! Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4552.

* Congratulations to James Fowler, a professor and graduate program director in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who was named MSU's winner of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4553.

* Kudos to Jennifer Easley and Stephanie Hyche, both of whom are serving in leadership roles for the Society of Research Administrators International. Jennifer is president-elect of the Southern Section, and Stephanie is president-elect of the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4531.

* Congratulations to Kimberly Wood, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, who has been selected for the American Meteorological Society's Early Career Leadership Academy. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/04/msu-geosciences-faculty-member-receives-early-career-recognition.

* Kudos to Daniel Holt and Kincy Madison in the Department of Management and Information Systems -- the winners of the 2018 Family Business Review Best Article Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4558.

* Congratulations to Rachel Allison, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, who recently received an Early Career Gender Scholar Award from Sociologists for Women in Society-South. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4554.

* Kudos to Cindy Bethel, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who has been named a Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4539.

* Congratulations to Trey Martindale, an associate professor and head of the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, who received the Best in Strand research award for his paper presentation at the 2017 Online Learning Consortium Conference. Read more at http://www.iswd.msstate.edu/connections/news/article.php?id=5774&year=2018&itk=99067b0177fbdae5d12c49f70896daff.

* Kudos to Office of Public Affairs photographer Russ Houston, who recently announced his retirement after serving the university for three decades. Russ has been a great friend to the Office of Research and Economic Development, and we wish him all the best as he begins this new chapter in life. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4532.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. As always, feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu with any questions or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development activities.

March 6, 2018

Busy spring: new associate VP, Japanese partnerships, College View -- and more

It's hard to believe that Spring Break is almost here. Before it starts, I'd like to give you 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 associate vice president for research
We were pleased to announce last month that Allen Parrish will be joining us as associate vice president for research in May. Dr. Parrish brings a national caliber research portfolio and extensive leadership experience from the University of Alabama, where he served as associate vice president of research and was the founding director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety, and from the United States Naval Academy, where he serves as professor and founding chair of the Department of Cyber Science. As I stated in the university's news release, I believe Allen will be a visionary leader who can help us achieve even greater levels of success. I hope you'll join me in welcoming him to campus. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/02/parrish-named-new-associate-vice-president-research-msu.

Exploring new opportunities, expanding partnerships in Japan
In late February, I visited Japan for meetings with colleagues at Nagoya University, one of Japan's leading academic and research institutions. While there, I signed an agreement to establish a new partnership between Nagoya and our Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. We are also working to expand the partnership we have with Tokyo's Nihon University, including the possibility of new exchange programs. These collaborative relationships with Japanese institutions are very important as we continue to grow our work with Nissan, Toyota, Yokohama Tire and other Japanese companies. This work has a major research impact here at Mississippi State, and it also plays a significant role in the state's economic development initiatives as more global companies consider Mississippi to locate or expand operations.

Groundbreaking for College View P3 project
And speaking of economic development, work is underway on our new College View project -- a public-private partnership (P3) with Memphis-based EdR, one of the nation's leading collegiate housing management and development specialists. This start comes after about three years of work assessing our options, exploring possibilities, and extensive due diligence. I'm confident that College View will be a transformative addition to not only our campus, but to the larger Starkville-Oktibbeha-Golden Triangle community. It will be an asset to our students, faculty, staff, friends and alumni. Look for news about our official groundbreaking ceremony later this month, and you can read more about College View at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/02/groundbreaking-horizon-college-view-project-msu.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have come to my attention the past few weeks:

* Kudos to Sid Salter and his Office of Public Affairs team for their big communications and marketing wins. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District III recently awarded MSU its top award for the "We Ring True" branding initiative, along with a Grand Award and two Awards of Excellence, during the organization's recent annual conference. Well done! Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/02/msu-communications-and-marketing-team-named-best-southeast-case-iii-awards.

* Congratulations to Katherine Flowers, an assistant professor in the Department of English, who has been honored by the Conference on College Composition and Communication with the James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award, a major research award in writing studies. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4451.

* Kudos to the Bagley College of Engineering's Jenny Du, who was recently named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Lesley Strawderman, who is the university's first recipient of the International Paper Endowed Chair in Engineering. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4493 and http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4492.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. I hope each one of you has a great Spring Break and strong finish to the semester. And if you haven't had a chance, let me encourage you to pay a visit to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Williams Collection of Lincolniana. They are truly remarkable resources for researchers, as well as anyone with an interest in this pivotal time in our nation's history. I applaud my friend John Marszalek and his colleagues for their outstanding research, scholarship and outreach efforts. Learn more about the Grant Presidential Library at http://www.usgrantlibrary.org.

As always, feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu with any questions or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development activities.

February 7, 2018

Spring semester racing ahead at Mississippi State

The spring semester is racing ahead in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a moment to give you a quick update.

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

Nominations for Powe and research awards wanted
As I mentioned last month, one of the highlights of my year is the annual research awards banquet in April when we join with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine to honor faculty, staff, and students for their outstanding research achievements. I encourage you to make a nomination this year, and to do so, please see http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5744.

FDP faculty workload survey underway
I also want to encourage all of our principal investigators and co-PIs with federal projects to participate in the Federal Demonstration Partnership's Faculty Workload Survey, which is a very important tool that's used to gauge the significant impact that administrative work has on research productivity. You will be receiving email notification about the survey this month. Results from past surveys have provided support for revisions and improvements, and it's a good way to make your voice heard on this critical subject. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Jennifer Easley at jeasley@osp.msstate.edu.

Funding opportunity: Mississippi NASA EPSCoR RID Seed Grants
Applications are now being accepted for the Mississippi NASA EPSCoR RID Seed Grants, and I think we can be very competitive due to the high level and quality of work of our faculty and researchers. The amount of Space Grant funding is $32,500 per award. There is a 1:1 cost share requirement. It is expected that MS NASA EPSCoR will award three projects, and the period of performance is June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. Please notify the Office of Sponsored Projects as soon as possible at http://osp.msstate.edu/servicerequestportal if you plan to submit a proposal. The deadline to send your proposal to Sponsored Projects for submission is Feb. 27, 2018. The solicitation can be found at http://msnasaepscor.org or downloaded directly from http://msnasaepscor.org/docs/RIDgrantsSolicitationY18A.pdf.

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 come across my desk recently:

* Congratulations to Angie Chrestman, who has been named director of the MSU Career Center. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4437.

* Kudos to Thomas R. Gregory III, a community planner in the Carl Small Town Center, who has been elected to serve a one-year term as president-elect of the American Planning Association's Mississippi Chapter. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4442.

* Congratulations to Dan Seale, who has been named the inaugural James R. Moreton Endowed Fellow in the College of Forest Resources. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4449.

* Kudos to Merrill Warkentin, the James J. Rouse Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business, who is ranked 20th in the world in the Association for Information Systems annual Scholar Rankings.

* And please join me in welcoming Riley McCormick to the Office of Research Compliance as our new compliance administrator. Starting next week, he'll be working full-time with the Institutional Review Board and Human Research Protection Program.

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 www.research.msstate.edu.

January 23, 2018

New programs, projects on horizon as spring semester starts

It's great to be back on campus and getting the spring semester underway. We have a number of programs and projects on the horizon in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a moment to share a few of the details with you.

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

Evolution of RTC and ARDC in a competitive funding environment
As Mississippi State's research portfolio has grown over the past decade, the resources and tools we utilize to support our faculty and staff have evolved. We strive to be as responsive as possible to funding opportunities as these opportunities become ever more competitive. Our most recent innovation was the launch of the ASSURE Research and Development Corporation (ARDC) to act as a new contracting agent to help us facilitate what, at times, can be very complex working relationships with external sponsors, especially with private and non-profit groups. The MSU Research and Technology Corporation (RTC) continues to provide complementary services, but with a sharper focus on developing the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, our assets at Stennis Space Center and on the Gulf Coast, and other infrastructure and physical resources. Both RTC and ARDC are focused on protecting university personnel, intellectual property, and other assets as we continue to support and grow MSU's overall research enterprise. Please contact the Office of Sponsored Projects at 662-325-7404 to learn more about how ARDC can work for you and your contracting needs.

Nomination period for Powe and research awards set to open
One of the highlights of my year is the annual research awards banquet in April when we join with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine to honor faculty, staff and students for their outstanding research achievements. In the next few days, we'll begin accepting nominations for the awards, and I encourage you to consider making a nomination this year. We'll have all the details posted at http://www.research.msstate.edu and on Maroon Research social media in the next week or so.

Interim final rule for human subjects regulations published in 11th hour
As most of you know, changes to the human subject protection regulations -- the Common Rule -- were set to kick in this Friday (January 19). However, late Wednesday (January 17), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will be releasing an interim final rule that delays the effective date to July 19, 2018. The delay will provide IRBs additional time to prepare for the revisions and will give federal departments time to issue helpful guidance regarding interpretation of the new regulations. As we learn more, the Office of Research Compliance will keep researchers informed through their website and with informational sessions. Please feel free to contact ORC with any questions you may have at 662-325-3294.

RCU growing computer science education in state's schools
It's great to see the Research and Curriculum Unit team continue to assist the Mississippi Department of Education implement and improve computer science offerings throughout the state's public schools. Almost 50 school districts are participating in the second year of the Computer Science for Mississippi -- CS4MS -- pilot program, while RCU-facilitated training initiatives for teachers continue to grow. The RCU recently received a three-year, $700,000 National Science Foundation grant to supplement professional development, and the organization was named a Code.org regional partner. The Code.org distinction allows the RCU access to more resources to aid training initiatives, network with other regional partners and share additional materials with schools. Well done!

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 come across my desk recently:

* Kudos to Todd French, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, who has served as faculty representative for the Federal Demonstration Partnership the past few years. We appreciate his service, and now welcome David May, a professor in the Department of Sociology, as the new FDP faculty representative, and Barbara Kaplan, an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Basic Science Department, as alternate. The Federal Demonstration Partnership is an association of federal agencies and academic research institutions with administrative, faculty and technical representation, and research policy organizations that work to streamline the administration of federally sponsored research.

* Congratulations to Nicole Cobb, who is our new Human Research Protection Program officer in the Office of Research Compliance.

* Kudos to Sam Winer, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, who has been named a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science -- a very prestigious early career honor.

* Congratulations to the Office of Sponsored Project's Jennifer Easley -- a recent selection for the Leadership Mississippi program's class of 2018.

* Kudos to Michael Parsons, director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, who recently attained the Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP) designation from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4421.

* Congratulations to Kevin Enroth, a senior grants and contracts administrator in the Office of Sponsored Projects, and Schanna Beckham, a contract and grant specialist in the College of Business, for recently earning the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation from the Research Administrators Certification Council.

* Kudos to Renee Clary, as associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, who was recently honored with the Geological Society of America's History and Philosophy of Geology Division's Gerald and Sue Friedman Distinguished Service Award. Read more about this prestigious recognition at http://community.geosociety.org/histphildiv/awards/dsa.

* Congratulations to Bronson Strickland, who has been named the St. John Family Endowed Professor of Wildlife Management in the College of Forest Resources. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4411.

Final words
News travels fast on a college campus, and by now I'm sure that many of you have heard that Jennifer Easley, the director of our Office of Sponsored Projects, will be joining the Bagley College of Engineering as Business Manager II in February. Jennifer has been instrumental in enhancing customer service, streamlining administration, and launching new initiatives, and we wish her all the best as she moves into a new position that allows her to more closely pursue her professional passions, including accounting and fiscal management. I know she'll be a true asset for Bagley as its research portfolio grows and diversifies. I'd also like to thank Associate Director Tina Hood for accepting the interim director's role with Sponsored Projects as we begin this transition. She is well qualified to lead Sponsored Projects with more than 17 years of service to our research community, and I appreciate her willingness to serve.

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 www.research.msstate.edu.

December 13, 2017

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 again at the end of another semester at Mississippi State University, but before it draws to a close, please let me share a quick 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
We were very pleased to see the results of the new NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2016, which the National Science Foundation released at the end of November. The survey placed us at 93rd overall among public and private institutions in the country, based on $239.4 million in total research and development expenditures. We're ranked 60th among non-medical school institutions, and 64th among public institutions. The survey found that our research accounts for more than half of the total $455 million of expenditures reported by all Mississippi institutions in FY16. Read more about our research rankings at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5693.

Research proposals and winter break holiday
As I mentioned last month, please keep in mind 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, please coordinate that with Jennifer Easley prior to the break. Her e-mail address is jeasley@osp.msstate.edu or call 662-325-3751.

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 come across my desk the past few weeks:

* Kudos to Jonas King, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, who is receiving a new innovator grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4395.

* Congratulations to Nicole Rader, who has been named associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences after serving in an interim role. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4397.

* Kudos to George Hopper, MAFES director and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who was recently recognized with a 2017 Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors ESS Excellence in Leadership Award during the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' annual meeting. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4388.

* Congratulations to Wendy Herd, an associate professor in the Department of English, who was selected as the university's 2017 Humanities Teacher of the Year. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4374.

* Kudos to Will Evans, the head of the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, who recently received the Sarah Mazelis Award for outstanding performance by a practitioner at the American Public Health Association annual meeting. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4373.

* Congratulations to Emily Salmon-Wall, a research engineer at the Institute for Systems Engineering Research, who recently received a scholarship for graduate study from the Gulf Region Intelligent Transportation Society. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4379.

* Kudos to MSU's Campus Landscape team, whose work was recognized for the third consecutive year by the Professional Grounds Management Society Green Star Award program for exceptional grounds maintenance. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4361.

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 or visit http://www.research.msstate.edu.

Merry Christmas and Hail State!

November 17, 2017

Valuable faculty feedback for research priorities update

The deadline to provide your feedback on Mississippi State's research priorities is coming up at the end of the week. I encourage you to review them at https://w.msstate.edu/research-focus-areas/priorities/index.php and offer your thoughts before the online survey closes on Friday. We've received very good comments so far, and will be considering all of them as we move toward finalizing the priorities in the next month or two.

Please let me take a moment to give you a brief update on a few of our other activities in 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.

Sponsored Projects names new DAWG class
Congratulations to the Office of Sponsored Projects' newest class of Departmental Administrators Working Group (DAWG) class: Latara Arterberry, T.K. Martin Center; Belinda Betts, University Television Center; Natalie Carpenter, Office of Sponsored Projects; Michelle Martin, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Valisa McNeil, Extension-Delta Region; Lester Mitchell, Coastal Research and Extension Center; Lori Staggs, College of Education; Laikyn Starkey, Poultry Science; Kelsey Stewart, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing & Biotechnology; Yolanda Tate, Center for America's Veterans; Kristen Thompson, Delta Research and Extension Center; and Stephen Williams, Student Leadership and Community Engagement. The primary goal of DAWG is the development and application of knowledge and skills in the area of sponsored project administration. It also helps departmental administrators grow professionally and create relationships with their peers across campus.

Research proposals and the winter break holidays
It's that time of the 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 Jennifer Easley prior to the break. Her e-mail address is jeasley@osp.msstate.edu or call 662-325-3751.

New biosafety officer joins team
Please join me in welcoming Trent Peacock as the university's new biosafety officer. Dr. Peacock earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from N.C. State, and has worked for the Army as a clinical and research microbiologist in a variety of national and international locations. He replaces Patricia Cox, who announced her retirement earlier this fall. We appreciate her outstanding service to Mississippi State, and wish her the best as she begins a new chapter. Thank you, Pat!

Delay in Common Rule changes announced
An update from September's letter: Revisions to the human research regulations known as the Common Rule came out in January 2017. They gave institutions like MSU a year to prepare for the changes. Soon thereafter, the White House implemented a regulatory freeze to review all last-minute rules released by the previous administration. Based on information posted in October on the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs website -- https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eoDetails?rrid=127614 -- it appears that the effective date of the revised policy may be delayed by one year. Additional information isn't available at this time, but our Office of Research Compliance will update MSU's research community as the situation moves forward.

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 come across my desk the past few weeks:

* Kudos to Dave Marcum, chief scientist at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who was recently honored with the International Meshing Roundtable 2017 Fellow Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4317

* Congratulations to Kari Babski-Reeves, Wes Burger, Will Evans and Leslie Hossfeld for selection to the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4345.

* Kudos to Dongmao Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, who was recently named Chemist of the Year by the American Chemical Society's Mississippi Section. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4337.

* Congratulations to Jeffrey Leffler, an assistant professor in the Division of Education at MSU-Meridian, and Brad Skelton, a project manager for the Research and Curriculum Unit, who are participating in the Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4341.

* Kudos to Dan Petrolia, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, who has been named an editor of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4331.

* Congratulations to Brent Funderburk, Giles Distinguished Professor of Art and 2015 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award winner, whose watercolor "Angelus Vitae" was recently featured in the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition in Evergreen, Colorado. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4328.

* Kudos to the Northern Gulf Institute team for their work with the Mississippi River-Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force that was cited recently in a report to Congress -- www.epa.gov/ms-htf/hypoxia-task-force-reports-congress?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

Final words
As we look forward to a short break next week, I hope that each 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 17, 2017

Faculty, staff feedback wanted for research priorities

Over the course of the past few months, discussions have been underway about how Mississippi State will invest its resources in research in the future. We've developed an initial draft with input from deans, associate deans, and center directors. That draft is now available online, and I invite you to share your thoughts and concerns about the university's research priorities. Please visit https://w.msstate.edu/research-focus-areas/priorities/index.php and leave your feedback. As I mention on the website, this is the next and most important step in the process. This is similar to the process we used five years ago, and last time we received invaluable input from faculty that substantially revised the initial version. I expect the same this time, and I encourage you to share whatever ideas you have.

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

Proposal Services celebrates new location
It was great to see many of you at our ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the new Office of Proposal Services at 140 Morgan Avenue last month. As part of the Office of Sponsored Projects, we've set up Proposal Services to assist researchers throughout the development of compelling funding proposals. Proposal Services can help identify funding opportunities; manage large, multi-collaborative projects; locate internal and external collaborators; offer learning opportunities relating to grant writing, proposal components, letters of support or commitment, data management plans and formatting; as well as provide individual proposal assistance through mentoring and peer review. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4279.

RCR training opportunity in November
As I've mentioned in previous letters, the progress of our research enterprise depends on maintaining integrity in the process of conducting research. The next opportunity for Responsible Conduct of Research training is coming up on Nov. 2. Jeremy Clay, director of the Office of Technology Management, will lead a session on "Student Intellectual Property Rights: University Policy and Procedures" from 3-4:30 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium. Attendees can earn one hour of RCR credit, and you can register at www.orc.msstate.edu/training.

Institutional Repository: MSU Libraries building central digital archive
The popularity and reach of the digital environment and internet of things (IoT) or Internet of Everything (IoE) are impacting many aspects of academic and educational practices because of their central responsibility and significant role in supporting research, learning, information, and knowledge activities in our universities and libraries. One aspect of this is the transformation from closed to public access in an effort to capture, preserve, and freely disseminate intellectual knowledge. As researchers and faculty try to determine their approach to public access, I encourage you to contact our MSU Libraries experts. They can provide guidance and information about storing, sharing, and preserving scholarly research, data, and history through our MSU Institutional Repository (IR). Any MSU-affiliated faculty member, researcher, clinician, staff member, or student may submit their original material for inclusion in this central digital archive. The advantages to using the IR are many, and you can learn more by contacting Claudia Holland at 662-325-8548 or cholland@library.msstate.edu and by visiting http://ir.library.msstate.edu/page/about.

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 come across my desk the past few weeks:

* Congratulations to the College of Business, which has been ranked at No. 6 in the world for the impact of its entrepreneurship research, and to Jim Chrisman, who has also been ranked as the No. 6 leading individual contributor to entrepreneurship research, by the Journal of Small Business Management. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4309.

* Kudos to Chief Communication Officer Sid Salter, who is among this year's selections for an MSTop50 Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4304.

* Congratulations to Jay McCurdy, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, who has been honored by the Crop Science Society of America with its 2017 Early Career Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4286.

* Kudos to Dongmao Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, who was recently recognized as one of the most prolific contributors to an international professional publication: the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4259.

* Congratulations to Merrill Warkentin, a professor in the Department of Management and Information Systems, who was recently named the James J. Rouse Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business. Dr. Warkentin is also one of five scholars worldwide recently awarded an International Federation for Information Processing Outstanding Service Award -- http://www.ifip.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=85&Itemid=475.

* Kudos to Younghan Lee, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, who is the overseas research collaborator for new research funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea titled "Investigation of Leisure Sport Participants' Well-being and HIP (Holistic Intervention Program) Development: An Interdisciplinary Approach."

Final words
My office is taking nominations for the Southeastern Universities Research Association's 2018 Distinguished Scientist Award. The nomination deadline is November 3, and you can learn more at www.research.msstate.edu/limitedsubmissions.

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 www.research.msstate.edu.

September 12, 2017

Join us for Proposal Development ribbon-cutting and open house

We've had a great start to the fall semester in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take just a few minutes of your time for a brief update.

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

Cross-college research grant, undergrad research programs deadline
As I mentioned last month, we are accepting proposals for ORED and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine's cross-college research grant program and ORED's undergraduate research program. Proposals for either program must have a signature of approval from the Associate Dean for Research for each participating college. To apply, faculty should submit an application to the Associate Dean of Research for the college of the principal investigator no later than this Monday, Sept. 11. Additional information is available at http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds or you may contact Special Assistant Vice President David Thompson at dthompson@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3570 with any questions.

Faculty Leadership Program kicks off
Members of the 2017-18 Dean Wallace Colvard Faculty Leadership Program at Mississippi State have started this year's program, which honors the memory of our 12th president, and I believe it will be a very valuable experience for each one of them. The program -- a partnership between ORED and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President -- is designed to help develop the next generation of campus academic leaders, and I am pleased to be a part of this initiative. This year's participants are Shrinidhi Ambinakudige, Brian Baldwin, Cindy Bethel, Guihong Bi, Stephen Brain, Jenny Du, David Hoffman, T.J. Jankun-Kelly, Bindu Nanduri, Michael Seymour, Lesley Strawderman and John Wyatt. Learn more about the Faculty Leadership Program at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/08/leadership-program-taps-dozen-msu-faculty
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RCR training and oversight essential
In August, the National Science Foundation posted a notice -- https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=in140 -- to remind institutions submitting proposals of the requirement set forth in the 2007 America COMPETES Act to provide appropriate training and oversight in the ethical conduct of research to all undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. The National Institutes of Health and USDA-NIFA also have RCR training requirements. The progress of our scientific research enterprise depends on maintaining integrity in the process of conducting research. Please help the university foster research integrity in the new generations of researchers and stay in compliance with these funding agencies by ensuring appropriate training for your project personnel. If you have any questions about these requirements or resources available, don't hesitate to contact Kacey Strickland at kstrickland@orc.msstate.edu or 662-325-7474.

Are you ready for Common Rule changes?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other federal departments and agencies in January issued final revisions to the Common Rule to update the regulations that safeguard individuals who participate in research. Most of the provisions in the new rule go into effect January 19, 2018. In anticipation of the pending changes, the MSU Human Research Protection Program is updating its policy and procedures for determining an exemption. Federal regulations state that when an exemption has been granted, further oversight by the HRPP is not required. Therefore, when an exemption has been granted, the HRPP will inactivate that study in the university's system. While the study has been inactivated, it means that recruitment, enrollment, data collection, and/or data analysis can continue, but personnel and procedural amendments to the study are no longer required. However, if at any point the risk to participants increases, you must contact the HRPP immediately with that information. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance at 662-325-3294 with any questions.

Reminder: International activities survey underway
If you are currently engaged in international activities or have plans to do so, I encourage you to take the survey at https://msudafvm.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8BSMx84RpTtfBs1&Q_JFE=0 that is collecting feedback about administrative processes, policies, technologies, and opportunities to identify barriers and improve the support infrastructure for international activities. The survey deadline is Wednesday, September 13.

Frequent flyer: TSA pre-check enrollment at Golden Triangle Regional Airport
Here's some good news if you're a frequent flyer like me: the Golden Triangle Regional Airport is taking enrollment for the TSA Pre-Check expedited screening program September 18-22. This popular program enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. Enrollment is available at GTRA between 8 a.m. and noon and then 1-5 p.m. on the second floor of the aiport terminal. Call 662-327-4422 or visit http://gtra.com to learn more or make an appointment to enroll.

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 come across my desk the past few weeks:

* Congratulations to Lei Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who is one of only 37 recipients of the prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The award provides $5,000 in seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions, along with a matching $5,000 contribution from MSU. Very well done! Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4220.

* Kudos to the Research and Curriculum Unit, which is beginning the next phase of career and technical education assessments for the state's public schools as part of a 10-year, $13.6-million Mississippi Department of Education contract. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4249.

* Congratulations to Rocky Lemus, an associate Extension and research professor, who recently received the 2017 Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4236.

Final words
I hope you can join us at 2 p.m. on Sept. 19 for an official ribbon-cutting and open house at the Office of Sponsored Projects' new Proposal Development unit at 140 Morgan Ave. We're really excited about this new initiative, and I'm confident it will be a terrific resource for anyone writing a funding proposal.

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 www.research.msstate.edu.

August 15, 2017

Kicking off new Research Seminar Series this month

Like many of you, we've had a very busy and productive summer in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and we're looking forward to the start of a new academic year. Please let me take a few minutes of your time for an update.

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

Research Seminar Series kicks off this month
I hope you'll be able to join us for this year's Research Seminar Series. The fall lineup kicks off Aug. 28 with "Campus Resources Necessary for Research Success." Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill will lead this overview of the resources available to Mississippi State's research community, and she'll also introduce you to the Sponsored Projects, Research Compliance, Research Security, Technology Management, Environmental Health and Safety, and Sponsored Programs Accounting teams. Additional information about the seminars and online registration are available at http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops and you can download a series brochure at www.web.ur.msstate.edu/web/temp/newsfiles/ORED_Seminars_Fall_2017_Web.pdf.

Register today for fall Responsible Conduct of Research sessions
In addition to the Research Seminar Series, registration is now open for this fall's Responsible Conduct of Research live sessions. The Office of Research Compliance and my office are here to assist you with special training needs, research planning meetings, and protocol completion assistance, among other services. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are committed to helping you achieve success in your research endeavors. Learn more about RCR training opportunities at www.orc.msstate.edu/training.

Cross-college research grant program returns
ORED and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine are again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus. The objective of this program is to improve research competitiveness by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration that is focused on a common research theme and leads directly to the submission of a competitive proposal to an external funding agency. The proposal must have signature of approval from the Associate Dean for Research for each participating college. To apply, faculty should submit an application to the Associate Dean of Research for the college of the principal investigator no later than Sept. 11. Additional information is available at www.research.msstate.edu/funds.

Faculty proposals sought for ORED undergrad research program
In addition to the cross-college grant program, we are soliciting proposals from faculty to create innovative, faculty-directed research opportunities for talented undergraduate students. A wide range of projects will be considered as long as the budget explicitly supports undergraduate research. The ideal project will produce results that can be incorporated into a publication or serve as preliminary results for a proposal submission. To apply, faculty should submit an application with an attached description of the proposed research not to exceed two pages in length, including the budget, to the appropriate Associate Dean for Research no later than Sept. 11. Learn more about this opportunity at www.research.msstate.edu/funds.

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 come across my desk the past few weeks:

* Kudos to Lei Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who has received the prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Since joining the Bagley College of Engineering in 2015, Dr. Chen has already won two competitive National Science Foundation external funding awards for his cutting-edge research. Well done! Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/08/msu-engineering-professor-receives-ralph-e-powe-junior-faculty-enhancement.

* Congratulations to Wes Burger, associate director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center and MAFES, who is one of only three selections this year for a National Quail Symposium Award of Excellence -- a career tribute from the Tennessee-based National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and Bobwhite Technical Committee. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/07/wes-burger-msu-honored-again-quail-science-leadership.

* Kudos to Checky Herrington, a senior member of the Office of Public Affairs, who was inducted into the Southern Public Relations Federation's Hall of Fame this summer. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/07/herrington-msu-public-affairs-inducted-southern-public-relations.

* Congratulations to Dongmao Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, who was recently recognized by the Journal of Physical Chemistry C as one of its most highly prolific authors. Read more at www.chemistry.msstate.edu/news/dr-dongmao-zhang-recognized-journal-physical-chemistry-c.

* Kudos to Drew Hamilton, interim director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute and a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who's been busy recently with an NSA-sponsored cyber certification workshop. The 40-hour program included participants from the Mississippi National Guard, U.S. Navy and academia.

* Congratulations to Lakiesha Williams, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Eric Hill, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach, who are on the Mississippi Business Journal's 2017 "Top in Tech" list. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/07/mbj-top-tech-list-includes-msu-engineering-professor-entrepreneurship.

Final words
As I've mentioned, my office works closely with the MSU Foundation on a number of important initiatives, and I was pleased to see last month that the university had another outstanding year of fundraising -- raising $108.6 million in FY2017. It marked the second highest fundraising year in school history, as well as four years running in which institutional fundraising surpassed $100 million. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/07/msu-fiscal-year-giving-tops-100-million-four-successive-years.

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 www.research.msstate.edu.

July 19, 2017

Funding opportunity: SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program

I hope you're having a great summer -- recharging, preparing for the upcoming academic year, and taking advantage of new opportunities. While many of you are away from campus right now, I'd encourage you to think about applying for the SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program. We can award eight grants of $1,250 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus. Assistant, associate and full professors are eligible. The conference created the program to
enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Unfortunately, we have a very tight application deadline -- July 28. This is a great program, and you can find additional information about it at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5498 or contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu with questions.

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

'Research United' theme for SRA chapter's annual meeting
And speaking of great opportunities, we host the Society of Research Administrators International Alabama-Mississippi Chapter annual meeting on Friday with a theme of "Research United." And then on Saturday, we'll host a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) review session. Learn more about the SRA annual meeting at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/06/mississippi-alabama-research-administrators-coming-campus-july and checkout www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/07/certified-research-administrator-exam-prep-session-july-22 for information about the review. Contact Jennifer Easley, the director of our Office of Sponsored Projects, at jeasley@osp.msstate.edu with any questions.

In early August, we'll also be hosting a regional IRB conference at the Hunter Henry Center. Experts will examine the proposed regulation changes to the "Common Rule," and how these changes may impact your research. Registration for the conference is available at www.eventbrite.com/e/ready-or-not-here-it-comes-revised-common-rule-understanding-the-changes-registration-35637232923 or contact Jodi Roberts at jroberts@orc.msstate.edu with questions.

New leadership for CAVS and OTM
In June, we bid farewell to Roger King, the outstanding director of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Giles Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a great colleague and friend. We wish Roger the best in retirement, and I'm very pleased to announce that Clay Walden is the new director at CAVS. Dr. Walden did a terrific job as leader of CAVS Extension, and I believe he will provide outstanding leadership of one our most productive research centers. I'd also like to welcome Jeremy Clay as the new director of the Office of Technology Management after serving a very successful stint as interim director. Please join me in welcoming Clay and Jeremy to their new roles with the university.

Cappe's opening second location in the Research Park
In another change, I'm pleased to report that Cappe's will be opening in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park in early August. They'll be in the space previously occupied by the Cake Box, and we believe Cappe's breakfast and lunch options are a perfect match for patrons in the Research Park, campus and local community.

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:

* Kudos to Drew Hamilton, professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Center for Cyber Innovation, who has been elected chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Ada. Dr. Hamilton will serve a two-year term as chair. Dr. Hamilton is also currently serving as interim director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute at MSU.

* Congratulations to David Perkes, professor and director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, who has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Knight Cities Challenge for "Witnessing the Beach" in Biloxi. This project is one of 33 winners selected from more than 4,500 applicants.

* Kudos to David Nadorff, assistant professor of psychology, who recently received the Art Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

* Congratulations to Alicia Musselwhite, the university's fire and life safety officer, who was recently honored as Fire Code Official of the Year by the Building Officials Association of Mississippi.

Final words
As many of you know, I recently had surgery, and I appreciate very much your thoughts and prayers during this time -- and a special word of thanks to the outstanding ORED team that covered for me while I was out. I'm happy to report that the procedure went extraordinarily well, and my recovery is progressing quickly. I'm looking forward to being back at full speed in the next few weeks.

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