February 8, 2017

Full speed ahead through a very busy spring semester

I hope you saw the news last month about the recognition our International Institute garnered from the Institute of International Education for the university's innovative dual-degree program with the Universite International de Rabat in Morocco. The organization awarded Mississippi State the 2017 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for International Partnerships, and I'm very proud of the work done by so many of you on this initiative. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor. Read more about the Heiskell Award at http://international.msstate.edu/news/indexmock.php?recid=5222&type=news.

As many of you know, going more global is an important priority for us. Last week, I visited Spain and France where we had very productive meetings and signed two memorandums of understanding with the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia -- the Polytechnic University of Valencia -- and with FAAR Industry, an international engineering company with expertise in autonomous vehicles. These partnerships will provide numerous research possibilities across a range of disciplines, as well as faculty exchanges and student study-abroad opportunities.

Like many of you, we are full speed ahead through a very busy spring semester in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a few minutes to give you a quick update.

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

Plan now: Advancing Mississippi Conference this summer
The University Research Center in Jackson will be hosting its 2nd-annual Advancing Mississippi Conference on June 8, and it's a great opportunity for Mississippi State's researchers to contribute to a brighter future for our fellow Mississippians. Here are a few more details from the URC: Researchers from across the state will present papers addressing long-term economic challenges facing the state. These challenges include any topic that could inhibit and/or enhance economic growth in the state including but not limited to education, health, criminal justice, family dynamics, and public policy. Ideally, policy makers, business leaders, and community activists should be able to use the research presented at this conference to uncover productive ways to overcome challenges and foster growth in Mississippi. I encourage you to consider participating in this year's conference. You can find additional information at www.mississippi.edu/urc or send questions to Sondra Collins at sonda.collins@mississippi.edu.

NSPARC releases Starkville retail survey results
It's no secret Mississippi State and the surrounding community have experienced significant growth over the past decade, and now we have a much better understanding of that economic impact thanks to the results of a survey by MSU's National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center. Working with the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, NSPARC found that students, faculty and staff, alumni, local residents and visitors spend $554 million annually at Starkville retailers. That's a tremendous amount of buying power, and one that could pay dividends in the future as other businesses consider our community to open or expand their operations. You can learn more about the survey results at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/01/msu-report-half-billion-starkville-retail-spending-alone

Insitu executives visit Research Park
We were pleased to visit with executives from Institu last month when they were here for the MSU Career Fair and to build other connections with the campus and local community, including our UAS researchers. Since May, Insitu has been developing plans that will allow the company to capitalize on its office in the Industrial Partners Building in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, and we believe the company will be able to utilize our aerospace leadership and expertise, including the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory and the MSU-led FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Let me also mention that the Research Park is nearing full occupancy, and we're currently evaluating a number of options to expand and create new opportunities for public and private investment in this economic development asset that truly has a statewide impact.

'Research Ethics and the Graduate Student' RCR session this month
The next Responsible Conduct of Research training session of the spring semester will take place Feb. 27 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in 1405 IMC Presentation Room at Mitchell Memorial Library. Deborah Lee, the coordinator of Graduate Student Services for MSU Libraries and the co-director of the Maroon & Write MSU Quality Enhancement Plan, will lead the "Research Ethics and the Graduate Student" seminar, and registration is available at www.orc.msstate.edu/training.

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 the past few days:

* Congratulations to Michael Galaty, who has been named director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/02/galaty-named-director-msu%e2%80%99s-cobb-institute-archaeology

* Kudos to the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the Mississippi Development Authority for their recent memorandum of understanding formalizing their partnership to leverage higher education assets to recruit business and industry to our state. My office and our university work closely with both IHL and MDA on major economic development efforts, and I believe this collaborative effort is key to the long-term growth and prosperity of Mississippi. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3883.

* Congratulations to Lurleen Walters, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, who was recently honored by the Food Distribution Research Society with the Patrick J. Byrne Emerging Leadership Award. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/02/food-marketing-distribution-group-honors-msu-faculty-member.

Final words
Many of you have questions and concerns about the recent presidential executive order on immigration and its impact on our international students, faculty, visitors, and research engagement. On Thursday [Feb. 9], the university will host Elaine Kimbrell, the managing partner of the Ware Immigration law firm, for an information session beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Foster Ballroom, and I encourage you to attend. The International Institute team is also available to provide information and answer questions. Learn more at www.international.msstate.edu.

And if you haven't already done so, please don't forget to register for the 2017 SEC Academic Conference -- "The Future of Water" -- that we're hosting at The Mill at MSU next month -- www.secconference.msstate.edu.

Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about our research and economic development activities.

January 10, 2017

Kick off spring semester with ORED's seminar series

The beginning of a new semester is always an exciting time to be on our campus, and I hope your spring semester is off to a great start. Please let me take a few minutes to give you a quick 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.

Spring's Research Seminar Series starts this week
We have a solid lineup of presentations and speakers scheduled for ORED's Research Seminar Series this spring, and I encourage you to join us. The first session -- "Using Real-World Problems in the Classroom to Grow Industry Partnerships," led by Kathy Gelston, associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development, and Reuben Burch, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering -- takes place on Wednesday [Jan. 11] from 2-3:30 p.m. in the theater at Bost Extension Center. For additional information about the seminars, visit http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops/ResearchSeminarSeriesSpring2017_Website.pdf or http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops.

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 later this week.

Responsible Conduct of Research session Jan. 30
Three federal agencies require training and oversight in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the USDA-National Institutes of Food and Agriculture. To help you comply with these requirements, the Office of Research Compliance hosts at least one seminar per month during the fall and spring semesters that satisfy the face-to-face component of the training. If you have questions about RCR training, visit the ORC website at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/conduct or contact Kacey Strickland at 662-325-7474. The first Responsible Conduct of Research training session of the spring semester will take place Jan. 30 from 3-4 p.m. in 1405 IMC Presentation Room at Mitchell Memorial Library. Deborah Lee, the coordinator of Graduate Student Services for MSU Libraries and the co-director of the Maroon & Write MSU Quality Enhancement Plan, will lead the "Developing a Literature Review" seminar, and registration is available at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/training.

Reminder: Register today for SEC Academic Conference
I want to remind you that registration is open for the 2017 SEC Academic Conference that the university will host March 27-28 at The Mill at MSU. The new academic event focused on SEC university research collaboration will examine "The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines, and Watersheds." The conference will be a great opportunity to showcase the innovative research that's taking place at Mississippi State, and will provide faculty, staff and students with opportunities to connect with their peers from around the region. For details, please see http://www.secconference.msstate.edu.

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 the past few days:

* Congratulations to Alix Hui, an associate professor in the Department of History, who has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Scholars. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3858.

* Kudos to Meghan Millea, a professor of finance and economics in the College of Business, and Margaret Khaitsa, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, whose work recently received the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference Poster Award for their outstanding poster presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3862.

* Congratulations to Hal Schramm, a U.S. Geological Survey fisheries research biologist and adjunct fisheries professor, who has been designated a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society in recognition of his four decades of service. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3851.

* Kudos to the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development team for their work on the Alabama and Mississippi Community College Policy Fellows Program, which has received national media attention recently, including coverage by Inside Higher Ed -- https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/12/21/community-college-leaders-take-civil-rights-bus-tour-goal-solving-problems-today.

Final words
As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development initiatives, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

December 14, 2016

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, but before it draws to a close, please let me share a brief update with you.

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

NSF survey: MSU highest-ranked research university in the state
We were very pleased to see the results of the new NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2015, which the National Science Foundation released last month. The survey placed us at 94th overall among public and private institutions in the country, based on $226.4 million in total research and development expenditures. We're ranked 59th among non-medical school institutions, and 64th among public institutions. The survey found that our research accounts for 55 percent of the total $408.2 million of expenditures reported by all Mississippi institutions. Read more about our research rankings at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/nsf-survey-msu-highest-ranked-research-university-state.

Blackjack Road traffic and safety improvements
I hope you saw the recent story about the university's efforts to work with Oktibbeha County to improve traffic and safety for drivers and pedestrians on Blackjack Road. This project has been a priority for us for some time, and I'm confident that we're making real progress. I'm very encouraged about the direction our partnership is going, and I appreciate Kathy Gelston's -- our associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development -- hard work on this initiative. Read more about the project at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/mississippi-state-announces-partnership-oktibbeha-county-blackjack-road.

Registration open for March SEC Academic Conference

I want to remind you that registration is open for the 2017 SEC Academic Conference that the university will host March 27-28 at The Mill at MSU. The new academic event focused on SEC university research collaboration will examine "The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines, and Watersheds." The conference will be a great opportunity to showcase the innovative research that's taking place at Mississippi State, and will provide faculty, staff and students opportunities to connect with peers from around the Southeast. For complete conference details, please see http://www.secconference.msstate.edu

HRPP revises standard operating policies and procedures
The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has recently revised its standard operating policies and procedures to better align with the myProtocol submission system. Investigators now have access to an operating manual that contains sections covering HRPP policies, activities, and the Institutional Review Board, among other topics. The PDF document is also searchable. For any questions or concerns about human subjects research, please contact the HRPP at irb@research.msstate.edu or (662) 325-3994.

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 recently:

* Kudos to the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory team and director Ashli Brown for achieving ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation -- a significant achievement that represents the MSCL's commitment to quality and excellence. Well done!

* Congratulations to the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures Associate Professor Jimmy Hardin and Assistant Professor Kate McClellan for their work to win a prestigious overseas-study award from the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program. The grant will fund a five-week seminar project examining connections among museums, memory and heritage in the Middle East. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/us-department-education-awards-middle-east-study-abroad-grant-msu.

* Kudos to John Bickle, professor and head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and a fellow of the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies, who will be delivering two lectures next month at the Bar-Hillel Colloquium for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science in Israel. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/12/msu%e2%80%99s-bickle-speak-prestigious-israeli-colloquium.

* Congratulations to Angi Bourgeois, head of the College of Architecture, Art and Design's Department of Art; Teresa Jayroe, associate dean of the College of Education; Melissa Moore, head of the College of Business' Department of Marketing, Quantitative Analysis and Business Law; and Scott Willard, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who were recently named 2016-17 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/12/msu-administrators-faculty-named-sec-academic-leadership-development.

* Kudos to Courtney Thompson, an assistant professor in the Department of History, who has been named a 2017 recipient of the New York Academy of Medicine's Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health. As a Helfand Fellow, she will participate this coming summer in a month-long residency in New York City. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/12/msu%e2%80%99s-thompson-receives-new-york-academy-medicine-grant.

* Congratulations to Alison Collis Greene, an assistant professor in the Department of History, whose book -- "No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta" (Oxford University Press) -- has been honored with the Southern Historical Association's Charles S. Sydnor Award for the best book in southern history published in 2015. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/msu-author-honored-southern-historical-association-award.

* Kudos to Federico Hoffman, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, whose research is featured in a recent issue of Science. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/msu-bioinformatics-researcher%e2%80%99s-avian-natural-selection-study-published-.

* Congratulations to the team led by Dana Franz, an associate professor in the College of Education's Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, which was recently awarded a nearly $900,000 National Science Foundation grant. The award supports a collaborative partnership with Bagley College of Engineering, Department of Biological Sciences, Office of Research and Economic Development, and Research and Curriculum Unit, and other off-campus partners. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/improved-stem-training-goal-new-federal-funding-msu.

* Kudos to the Mississippi State team whose work on the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum's SuperUse Pavilion is part of an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The exhibition, "By the People: Designing a Better America," is open through Feb. 26, 2017. Read more about the project at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/05/msu-led-design-project-selected-prominent-new-york-exhibition and the exhibit at https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2016/04/19/cooper-hewitt-to-present-by-the-people-designing-a-better-america.

* Congratulations to Jan Chambers, director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences and Giles Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine, who has been appointed to a three-year term on the EPA's Scientific Advisory Board. Read more at https://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabpeople.nsf/WebPeople/ChambersJanice%20E.?OpenDocument.

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 Go Dawgs!

November 17, 2016

Momentum continues to build with latest UAS announcement

We were pleased to announce last week that the state of Mississippi is now a member of the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex, one of the FAA's seven unmanned aircraft system test sites, and Mississippi State will lead the program -- solidifying our state and our university as the clear leaders in the emerging field of unmanned aircraft, both from development and applications standpoints. Having the leadership on FAA research and development, and now a designation as an official test site, creates a situation in which we are seen as unparalleled leaders. I applaud Robert Moorhead and the Geosystems Research Institute, Dallas Brooks and the Raspet Flight Research Lab, and Marty Rogers and the ASSURE team for their hard work and commitment to this initiative. You can read more about this news at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/mississippi-added-full-member-pan-pacific-uas-test-range-complex.

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.

NSF issues call for EPSCoR RII Track 4 proposals
The National Science Foundation has issued a call for proposals for the FY 2017 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-4 competition, and we would like to submit three strong, competitive proposals. RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation's premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Additional information about this funding opportunity are available at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5103.

White papers sought for NASA EPSCoR funding
I'd like to bring another federal funding opportunity to your attention: The Mississippi jurisdiction may submit two proposals to the 2017 NASA EPSCoR program for three years of funding for a maximum $750,000 per award, or roughly $250,000 a year. This announcement is to solicit a two-page white paper from potential proposers at Mississippi universities. Two of these papers will be selected by the Mississippi Research Consortium (MRC) for development into a full proposal to this NASA EPSCoR program. Learn more about this call for white papers at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5104.

Responsible Conduct of Research opportunity Nov. 14
The Office of Research Compliance will offer the fall semester's final Responsible Conduct of Research training session on Nov. 14 from 3-4 p.m. in the theater at Bost Extension Center. Bart Moffatt, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, will lead the program, "Responsible Authorship and Publication Practices." Please visit http://www.orc.msstate.edu/training to register for this RCR live session.

Search underway for MWRRI director
As many of you know, the search for a director of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute director is currently underway. I invite you to review the job description on Human Resources Management's website -- http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/cw/en-us/job/493949/director-mississippi-water-resources-research-institute -- and share the information with any potential candidates you would recommend.

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 recently:

* Congratulations to Clay Walden and the CAVS Extension team who were recently awarded a $490,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Authority to lead an effort to spur job growth and economic development in 18 counties in central and southern Mississippi. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3745.

* Kudos to John Bickle, the head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, who has been appointed to serve as the American Philosophical Association's representative to the neuroscience section of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. In this role, Dr. Bickle -- who is also a Fellow of MSU's Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies (I2AT) -- will have the opportunity to assist philosophers worldwide learn more about neuroscience relevant to their research and teaching interests and help to develop more opportunities for philosophers to interact with neuroscientists.

* Congratulations to Mark Lawrence, associate dean and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Basic Science Department, who has been appointed to serve as the American Veterinary Medical Association representative to the USDA's National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. The board "provides advice to the Secretary of Agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics."

* Kudos to Isaac Howard, an associate professor in Bagley College of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who was named Mississippi's 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Engineer of the Year during the section's annual meeting in Biloxi last month.

* Congratulations to Adam Skarke, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, who is among 10 recipients of the prestigious Early Career Research Fellowship awarded by the Washington, D.C.-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3758.

* Kudos to Adrian Sescu, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, who recently presented at the 13th International Conference on Flow Dynamics on a project funded by MSU's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and the Institute of Fluid Science at Tohoku University in Japan, where we're exploring other partnership opportunities.

* Congratulations to Raj Prabhu, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, whose work with a colleague at Cardiff University in Wales was recently funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's Doctoral Training Partnership, which funds doctoral training for UK research organizations. Dr. Prabhu and Dr. Sescu's efforts are excellent examples of the international research collaborations we are striving to develop.

* Kudos to Sundar Krishnan and Kalyan Srinivasan, both associate professors in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who are working with several partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, to develop high-fidelity, system-level simulations and lead the design effort to achieve a high-efficiency, one-kilowatt, spark-assisted compression ignition natural gas generator. The project's goal is to develop technology in the next three years that could power an entire home, including electricity, hot water, heating and cooling for 1/8th of the cost. Read more at http://www.anl.gov/articles/novel-way-power-greener-homes.

* Congratulations to Kari Babski-Reeves, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the Bagley College of Engineering, who has been invited to participate on the Center for Disease Control's National Occupational Research Agency's Musculoskeletal Health Council. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3730.

* Kudos to Stephen Brain, an associate professor in the Department of History and a two-time recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, who has been honored as the 2016 Humanities Teacher of the Year by the university and the Mississippi Humanities Council. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3756.

Final words
As we look forward to a short break at the end of the month, 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.

October 4, 2016

Resources available to help you achieve funding success

As many of you know, the funding environment for research is growing much more competitive. The Office of Research and Economic Development is here to help faculty and staff achieve funding success, and we have a number of resources available to you. One of our most effective offerings is the Research Seminar Series. The fall series is ongoing through the end of the semester, and it delves into topics like fellowships, funding challenges and opportunities, grant management, security, international travel, and much more -- all of it delivered by experts in their fields. I encourage you to learn more or register at www.research.msstate.edu/workshops.

Please let me take a moment to update you about a few of our recent activities.

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

Pre-proposals sought for EPSCoR Track 1 competition
We are now accepting pre-proposals from researchers for the National Science Foundation's FY 2017 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 competition. RII Track-1 awards provide up to $20 million total for 5 years to support physical, human, and cyber infrastructure improvements in research areas selected by the jurisdiction's EPSCoR steering committee as having the best potential to improve future R&D competitiveness of the jurisdiction. The pre-proposal deadline is Nov. 18. Additional information is available at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/pre-proposals-sought-epscor-track-1-competition.

Faculty Leadership Program off to a great start
Members of the 2016-17 Benjamin F. Hilbun Faculty Leadership Program at Mississippi State have started this year's program, which honors the memory of our 11th 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 Amy Crumpton, Darrin Dodds, Deborah Eakin, Jeffrey Eells, Yong Fu, Jeffrey Haupt, Alexandra Hui, Melissa Moore, Andy Perkins and Edwin Webster. Learn more about the Faculty Leadership Program at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/leadership-program-taps-10-msu-faculty

SEC visiting faculty travel grants awarded
We had very strong proposals for the SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant program this year, and announced the university's eight recipients late last week: Heather Alexander, Lei Chen, Jean-Magloire Feugang, Rinat Gabitov, David Hoffman, Leslie Hossfeld, Rosangela Sebba and Te-Ming Paul Tseng. Each one will receive a $1,250 grant to fund travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research, meet with peers and students, and give lectures or other presentations. Read more about this innovative program at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/eight-msu-awarded-sec-visiting-faculty-travel-grants.

October is National Biosafety Stewardship Month
The National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies have designated October as National Biosafety Stewardship Month, and it's the perfect time for all of our laboratories on campus handling biohazardous material to review lab-specific biosafety procedures, including lab-specific biosafety training, autoclave verification program and correct autoclave usage, lab accident reporting, safe use and maintenance of centrifuges, and housekeeping and decontamination procedures. For additional information, please visit the Office of Biosafety and Biosecurity's new website at www.biosafety.msstate.edu or contact biosafety officer Patricia Cox at biosafety@research.msstate.edu or call 662-325-0620.

Human Research Protection Program re-accredited
The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has announced the re-accreditation of the university's Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). In late September, the nonprofit organization announced that Mississippi State has earned full accreditation through September 2021. The AAHRPP accreditation demonstrates our commitment to protecting the community engaged in human subjects research through the thoughtful application of ethical and safe practices. The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) and the Office of Research Compliance thank the MSU research community for their commitment to high ethical standards and for their assistance in our effort to obtain re-accreditation.

Responsible conduct of Research opportunity Oct. 21
You are invited to join the Office of Research Compliance for a Responsible Conduct of Research training session on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon in the theater at Bost Extension Center. Lori Bruce, dean of the Graduate School and Giles Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will lead the program, "Mentor and Mentee Responsibilities." Please visit www.orc.msstate.edu/training to register for this RCR live session.

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 recently:

* Kudos to the High Performance Computing Collaboratory publishing team for its recent recognition from the Southern Public Relations Federation. HPC2 was honored with several awards during SPRF's Lantern Awards ceremony last month, including a Certificate of Merit for a publication promoting the Mississippi State-led Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), which is the FAA's Center of Excellence for UAS Research; an Award of Excellence for the HPC2 2015 Super Computing Conference booth; and an Award of Excellence for the Mississippi State Geosystems Research Institute annual report.

* Congratulations to Sarah Lee, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Vemitra White, the director of educational outreach and support programs in the Bagley College of Engineering. The National Science Foundation recently awarded them a $300,000 grant to encourage young women to enter science-based computing fields. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/msu-researchers-awarded-nsf-grant-encourage-women-computing.

* Kudos to Shelly Hollis, a project manager with the Research and Curriculum Unit, who was in Washington, D.C., last month touting the value of teaching computer science and the Computer Science for Mississippi pilot program at two national events, including one organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that examined the current state of computer science in K-12 education. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3709.

* Congratulations to Missy Hopper, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, who has been elected president-elect of Phi Kappa Phi's national board of directors. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/10/msu%e2%80%99s-hopper-named-president-elect-phi-kappa-phi-board-directors.

* Kudos to Alicia Hall, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, who is part of a three-year international investigation into the variables that affect human happiness and well-being. The $5.1-million grant is funded largely by the John Templeton Foundation with additional support from St. Louis University. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/msu-researcher-chosen-major-%e2%80%98happiness-well-being%e2%80%99-study.

* Congratulations to Dominic Lippillo, an assistant professor of photography in the Department of Art, who has been awarded a $4,500 visual arts grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/msu-professor-receives-mississippi-arts-commission-fellowship-grant.

* Kudos to Chip Templeton, the director of the MSU Small Business Development Center and former telehealth education manager with the MSU Extension Service, who was presented with the Curtis L. Lowery Telehealth Champion Award at the fourth annual South Central Telehealth Forum, which was held recently in Nashville. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/templeton-announced-telehealth-champion-south-central-telehealth-forum.

Final words
By now, most of you know that Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin has made a few well-deserved headlines of his own the past few weeks. I congratulate Scott on being named athletics director at the University of Florida, and thank him for his dedicated service to Mississippi State. He is an outstanding leader, and a great friend. Scott, all of us wish you, Anne, Abby and Sophie the very best as you all begin a new chapter in Florida.

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.

September 6, 2016

Applications sought for cross-college research grant program

A new semester is underway at Mississippi State, and like you, we are anticipating a busy fall in the Office of Research and Economic Development. Please let me take a few minutes of your time for a quick update.

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

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 for Research for the college of the principal investigator no later than Sept. 26. Additional information is available at http://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. 26. Learn more about this opportunity at http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds

IRB, IACUC protocol submission system now online
We are pleased to report that the online submission system for Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols to the Office of Research Compliance is now fully operational. All faculty, staff, and active students should have access to the system using a netID and password by clicking on the myProtocol link at http://www.orc.msstate.edu and MSU affiliates with a netID can be given access upon request. Since we have so many students serving as PIs on IRB protocols, there are two upcoming training sessions about how to complete and submit an application. The first takes place on Sept. 7 from 2-3:30 p.m., and the second one is set for Sept. 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. Each one will be held in 205 Bost. Seating is limited to 20 per class, and if interested, please register at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/training or email irb@research.msstate.edu or call 662-325-3294 to request one-on-one training or web-based training.

Sept. 15 deadline for NSF EPSCoR Track II seed grants
Mississippi State researchers are invited to submit a proposal for seed grants for "Feeding and Powering the World: Solar Water Splitting/Catalysis for Solar Fuels and Fertilizers." These grants will be awarded under the 2015-2019 collaborative Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama EPSCoR Track II award (OIA-1539035) from the National Science Foundation. There are three research focus areas: development of efficient solar cells for fuel production, including dye synthesis and combined photo-catalytic systems for efficient light energy harvesting and conversion; development of catalysts for efficient light energy chemical transformation and storage, such as water reduction/oxidation, CO2 reduction, and N2 reduction; and, computational approaches to development of chromophores and catalysts for solar fuels. Proposals should be contained in a single PDF file and sent as an email attachment to nhammer@olemiss.edu with a copy to me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu and Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu. Proposals are due by midnight on Sept. 15. For additional information about the program, please see www.feeding-and-powering-the-world.org

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 recently:

* Kudos to John Marszalek, Giles Distinguished Professor of history emeritus and executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and Library, whose recently published work, "The Best Writings of Ulysses S. Grant," is among six books recognized by the Army Historical Foundation for excellence in writing on U.S. Army history. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/msu%e2%80%99s-marszalek-recognized-collection-grant%e2%80%99s-writings

* Congratulations to Keith Coble, who has been named head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/risk-management-expert-named-head-msu-agricultural-economics

* Kudos to Mimmo Parisi, executive director of the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center and professor in the Department of Sociology, who has been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board. Dr. Parisi was also honored recently with the Rural Sociological Society's 2016 Excellence in Research Award. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/msu%e2%80%99s-parisi-serve-southern-regional-education-board and http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/society-honors-msu%e2%80%99s-parisi-research-excellence-award

Final words
On a personal note, I'd like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers after the loss of my father last month. My family and I appreciate your kind words and support.

August 8, 2016

Mississippi State playing vital role in research, economic development

It's hard to believe that a new academic year will be starting in a few days. This past month, I've had a number of opportunities to see first-hand the vital role that your university is playing at the local, state, national, and international levels in economic development and research. I continue to be extraordinarily proud of the reputation that Mississippi State has and continues to build. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our faculty, staff, and students, we are achieving unprecedented levels of success, and I am very proud to be a part of it. We have had a busy and productive summer in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a few minutes to give you a brief update.

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

New policies address research scientists, research engineers
After a thorough development and review process, Mississippi State has implemented a new policy establishing a consistent set of titles for full-time research personnel engaged in research scientist activities and the promotion criteria and approval process for these positions. This policy complements the policy for research engineers approved by the Executive Council last fall. We believe these changes will help to promote research on campus and further enhance the university's position as one of the nation's leading research institutions. I appreciate the input we received during this process, as well as the widespread support for the new policies.

Mid-August deadline for SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grants
Please remember that applications for the Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program are now being accepted, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 19. Mississippi State can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2016-2017 travel grants of $1,250 each. The program was created to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Additional information is available at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3493.

Education Policy Fellowship Program seeks applicants
The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a programmatic partnership between the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, D.C., the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development, and the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State. The MSU cohort will be working towards building the capacity of the institution to engage in research and outreach around rural education, and if you are interested in applying to the program, please visit http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3592 for additional information.

Laser registration process underway
The Environmental Health and Safety Office has developed a new laser safety program to assist departments and units with general laser safety. MSU Radiation Safety Officer Donna Rogers will serve as our laser safety officer, and she is currently compiling an inventory of all laser devices on campus. Please note that this does not include laser pointers or laser printers. Please begin the registration process by contacting Donna by Aug. 15 at 662-325-4594 or drogers@ehs.msstate.edu.

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 recently:

* Kudos to the Northern Gulf Institute team. In July, NOAA reaffirmed NGI as its cooperative institute for the Gulf of Mexico region. The NOAA award comes with a commitment of $7 million for the first year of a five-year award that can be renewed for another five years based on successful performance. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3563.

* Congratulations to Jennifer Easley, the director of the Office of Sponsored Projects, who has been named president-elect of the Alabama/Mississippi Chapter of the Society of Research Administrators International. Mississippi State will host the chapter's annual meeting in 2017, and we are looking forward to having our colleagues from around Mississippi and Alabama on campus for a great educational and networking event.

* Kudos to Donna Reese, department head and professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who has been selected as a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. She becomes the first honoree to represent CSE and the sixth Bagley College of Engineering faculty member to be named to ASEE's Academy of Fellows. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3538.

* Congratulations to Lauren Wright, who has been named director of the MSU International Institute's International Services Office, which advises students, research scholars, visiting professors, and MSU faculty and administrators about rules and regulations regarding immigration and the maintenance of a person's non-immigrant status. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3590.

* Kudos to Adam Skarke, assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, who has been selected to participate in a University National Oceanographic Laboratory System Chief Scientist Training Cruise Program. Over the course of the cruise, Skarke and his 23 fellow early career scientists will be using manned and robotic submarines to study seafloor methane seeps that he helped discover in 2013. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3584.

Final words
The Office of Research and Economic Development 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 $103.2 million in FY2016. It marked the third highest fundraising year in school history, as well as three years running in which institutional fundraising surpassed $100 million. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/07/msu-again-tops-100-million-private-support-consecutive-year.

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.

July 14, 2016

Research, economic development stakeholder events a success

Like many of you, we have had a full schedule in the Office of Research and Economic Development this summer, including two important events for ORED stakeholders. In June, we hosted our Research and Technology Advisory Council for a two-day summit, and the feedback from this group of professionals in economic development, business and industry, and state and federal government was exceptional. They let us know what we are doing well, where we can do better, and identified several new opportunities to further diversify Mississippi State's research enterprise that we plan to explore.

We also held a one-day retreat for all of the administrative and support personnel within our division last month. The sessions were very productive, and I think everyone who participated has a greater understanding of our focus on customer service that is designed to streamline the administration process and let researchers focus on their research. Special thanks to Jennifer Easley and Kacey Strickland for leading this effort.

Please let me give you a brief update about a few of our other activities.

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

Rollout continues for new protocol submission software
As I mentioned last month, the Office of Research Compliance recently launched new software to accept Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols online. Kacey Strickland and the Research Compliance team are offering a variety of training opportunities with the new system, including demonstrations to your department and personal online sessions. The IRB module went live in late May, and the IACUC modules will be up this month. Please contact ORC at 662-325-3294 with any questions or visit http://www.orc.msstate.edu.

Mid-August deadline for SEC visiting faculty travel grants
Please remember that applications for the Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program are now being accepted, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 19. Mississippi State can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2016-2017 travel grants of $1,250 each. The program was created to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Additional information is available at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3493.

Sponsored Projects concludes DAWG program's fourth year
Congratulations to the 11 MSU staff members who graduated recently from the Office of Sponsored Projects' professional development program: Holly Coker, Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory; Jeremiah Elliott, School of Human Sciences; Andrew Fox, Institute for Clean Energy Technology; Ellen Harpole, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Casey Moss, Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station; Judy Norwood, Delta Research and Extension Center; Janet Petty, Center for Environmental Health Sciences; Madison Poole, International Institute; Carl Smith, High Performance Computing Collaboratory; Natalie Smith, Bagley College of Engineering; and Mary Thomas, Institute for Systems Engineering Research. The fourth edition of the Departmental Administrator Working Group -- D.A.W.G., for short -- provided participants a nine-month curriculum designed to develop sponsored-project administration skills and foster networking opportunities with their campus peers. Applications for the next class will be made available later this summer.

Kudos and congratulations
I always look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk in the past few weeks:

* Kudos to Nancy Reichert, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, who is the 2016-2017 president-elect for the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. She will serve as the 45th president of the national organization. CAST, which was established in 1972, consists of committed scientists whose goal is to "bring science-based information to policymaking and the public." Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3526.

* Congratulations to Donna Reese, head and professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who has been selected as a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. She becomes the first honoree to represent the Computer Science and Engineering department and the sixth Bagley College faculty member to be named to ASEE's Academy of Fellows. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3538.

* Kudos to the Department of Geosciences' Brenda Kirkland, who was honored in June by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists with the Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award. The award, bestowed on a professional who has significantly contributed to geological education, emphasizes the recipient's success in teaching, guiding student research, and other university and professional research and involvement. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3528.

* Congratulations to Stephen Grado, who holds the George L. Switzer Professorship in Forestry in the College of Forest Resources, for being among this year's Phi Kappa Phi's Love of Learning award recipients. In addition to his honor, MSU's PKP organization was designated yet again as a chapter of excellence. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3515.

Final words
During its annual awards luncheon in Jackson last month, the Mississippi Main Street Association honored Mark Castleberry with the Outstanding Economic Impact Project award for The Mill at MSU. And last week, the Mississippi Municipal League honored Starkville with its overall Municipal Excellence Award because of the public-private partnership that worked together to take The Mill from possibility to reality. I can't tell you how pleased I am about this recognition for The Mill. It honors the outstanding teamwork of so many folks on our campus, in the local community, and the developer, architect, engineering and construction team, and lenders.

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.

June 9, 2016

Summer off to great start for research, economic development

I hope that your summer is off to a great start. We have been busy in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a few minutes to give you an update.

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

Partnership School moving forward
As many of you know, Mississippi State has been working with the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, state and local elected officials, and other stakeholders to create a new Partnership School to serve all sixth- and seventh-grade students in the district. Thanks to a tremendous team effort, this project is moving forward quickly. Most recently, district funding was secured with no opposition, and we are taking steps toward construction. In late May, school district and university representatives met with architects to discuss design ideas, and we had a very productive discussion. If you have any questions about the Partnership School, please contact Devon Brenner, who recently joined ORED as assistant to the vice president for education initiatives, at devon@research.msstate.edu.

New name, additional services for sponsored projects office
In May, we were pleased to announce a new name and additional services for Mississippi State's sponsored projects office after a thorough review and planning process. Known previously as Sponsored Programs Administration, the new Office of Sponsored Projects has a renewed focus on streamlining the research administration process and helping researchers write successful funding proposals in addition to its other sponsored-project administration responsibilities.

Later this summer, Sponsored Projects will be opening a one-stop shop for faculty and staff in need of assistance with writing a competitive funding proposal. The new proposal development office on Morgan Ave. will provide resources, staff expertise, space to work, and other amenities. I appreciate Jennifer Easley and her team for undertaking these challenges to help our researchers achieve their goals. Read more about this initiative at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3471.

Research Compliance launches new protocol submission software
The Office of Research Compliance recently launched new software to accept Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols online. The system is part of our division-wide effort to enhance customer service and automate, streamline, and accelerate the research administration process. Kacey Strickland and the Research Compliance team are happy to help you get started with the new software. They are offering a variety of training opportunities with the new system, including demonstrations to your department and personal online sessions. The IRB module went live in late May, and the IACUC modules will follow in mid-July. Please contact ORC at 662-325-3294 with any questions or visit http://www.orc.msstate.edu.

Updated policy for unmanned aircraft systems on campus
The university's Executive Council has approved a new unmanned aircraft policy, and I encourage anyone with an interest in operating unmanned aircraft on campus to review this policy carefully. The policy is based on best practices and current law, and I am confident that it addresses many of the questions and concerns people have about unmanned aircraft. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3487.

Institutional Repository now online, accepting submissions
As many of you know, MSU Libraries has been investing in a Scholarly Communication Initiative, and a new component of that program is now online and accepting submissions. The new MSU Institutional Repository -- available at http://ir.library.msstate.edu -- is a central digital archive for collecting, organizing, preserving, and sharing Mississippi State's history, intellectual and scholarly creations, and research data. For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Julie Shedd at iradmin@library.msstate.edu.

Applications sought for SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grants
Applications for the Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program are now being accepted. The program was created to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Mississippi State can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2016-2017 travel grants of $1,250 each, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 19. Additional information is available at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3493.

Kudos and congratulations
I always look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk in the past few weeks:

* Kudos to Veera Gnanewswar Gude, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who was awarded the Outstanding New Faculty Researcher Award by the American Society for Engineering Education's Southeastern Section. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3410.

* Congratulations to Giselle Thibaudeau, who has been named associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences after a very successful stint as interim. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/05/thibaudeau-begins-associate-dean-research-role-msu.

* Kudos to Tim Schauwecker, an associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, who was named 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the National Association of Landscape Professionals Academic Excellence Foundation. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3460.

* Congratulations to Zach Rowland, who has been named interim director of the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/05/rowland-named-interim-director-mississippi-state%E2%80%99s-i2at.

* Kudos to the Northern Gulf Institute team that was recently honored with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2016 Sam D. Hamilton Award for Transformational Conservational Science. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3464.

* Congratulations to Larry Strout, an associate professor in the Department of Communication, who is one of six recipients of a prestigious Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor in Social Media Program grant. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3486.

Final words
As chair of the search committee for Mississippi State's new provost and executive vice president, I would like to again thank the committee members and the larger university community for their many contributions to this process. It was a truly constructive and collaborative effort, and I am looking forward to working with Judy Bonner when she joins us later this summer.

And please join me in welcoming Rick Nader to campus as our new associate vice president for international programs and executive director of the International Institute at MSU. As the university's focus on international initiatives grows, I am confident that he will build on the successful foundation we have in place and lead us to greater achievements and impact.

Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities.

May 9, 2016

Working with UMMC? Please let us know

One of the highlights of the year for me is the Annual Research Awards Banquet, which the Office of Research and Economic Development co-hosts with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine every April.

This year, we honored Wes Burger -- associate director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, associate director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Dale Arner Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, and Grisham Master Teacher in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture -- with the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award for his many contributions to Mississippi State's research enterprise.

We were pleased that President Mark Keenum, members of the Powe family, and more than 200 guests -- one of our largest crowds ever -- could join us to celebrate the university's research success stories and their significant impact on our state. Thanks very much to Carmen Kelly, Jessica Northcutt and Lynn Taylor for putting together an outstanding event. Read more about Dr. Burger and all of our award winners at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/04/mississippi-state-celebrates-research-success-annual-banquet or view our banquet book designed by the Office of Public Affairs' Heather Rowe at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/pdf/2016ResearchAwardsProgram.pdf.

As I write this month's letter, we are wrapping up interviews of the candidates for provost and executive vice president. I have been reminded yet again how great this institution is, as seen through the eyes of the candidates and those who have participated in the interviews. If you have not done so, please view the videos of the candidates open sessions at http://www.provostsearch.msstate.edu.

And of course, please provide your feedback of each candidate's strengths, weaknesses, and overall fit for MSU by May 9.

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

Working with UMMC? Please let us know
Many of you were able to join us last month when we officially launched a new initiative between Mississippi State, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities. We discussed several existing projects underway between our institutions during the celebration, but we would like to gather additional information about other collaborations. If you have ever worked with UMMC, are currently working with UMMC, or have plans to work with UMMC on joint research or outreach in the future, please take a few minutes before May 14 to complete our brief survey at https://msudafvm.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3P2tAPjQd14muKF.

Insitu opens office in Research Park
Please join me in welcoming Insitu to the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park this month. A subsidiary of Boeing, Insitu develops unmanned systems and software technology. MSU Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement and Economic Development Kathy Gelston joined the Mississippi Development Authority and company officials for the announcement during the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's XPONENTIAL 2016 industry show in New Orleans this week. We are looking forward to working with a new corporate partner in the park. Read more at http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/insitu-to-open-new-facility-at-mississippi-state-university-in-support-of-commercial-uas-industry-300262619.html.

Site visit for HRPP accreditation this month
The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) site visit for re-accreditation takes place May 16-17, and administrators, researchers, staff, and key personnel from around campus have been asked to meet with the AAHRPP site visit team to answer questions about MSU's HRPP. If you have any questions about the site visit, please feel free to contact the HRPP team at irb@research.msstate.edu.

Kudos and congratulations
I always look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk in the past few weeks:

* Kudos to Trey Breckenridge, the director of high performance computing at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory, for his appointment as Honorary Commander of the 14th Communications Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base.

* Congratulations to Adam Skarke, assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences and research fellow with the Geosystems Research Institute, who has been selected as an Early-Career Research Fellow with the Gulf Research Program.

* Kudos to Alicia Musselwhite, the university's fire and life safety officer, who has earned the Certified Fire Protection Specialist designation. The CFPS credential is offered jointly by the CFPS Board and the National Fire Protection Association. She is one of only 11 in the state to achieve this distinction.

* Congratulations to Bettina Beech, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion and executive director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, who has been named an American Council on Education Fellow.

Final words
As many of you know, our office works closely with the MSU Foundation on a number of projects, and I was very pleased to see that the university's Infinite Impact capital campaign has surpassed its initial goal of $600 million ahead of schedule and has been reset at $1 billion -- a historic fundraising amount and a first for any institution in the state. Read more about the campaign's new target at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/04/support-%E2%80%98infinite-impact%E2%80%99-soars-mississippi-state-extends-fundraising.

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.

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