I appreciate that so many of you could join us for the grand opening of The Mill at MSU, which saw a standing-room only crowd of university and local community members last month. The Mill will be a transformational economic development project for town and campus, and perfectly illustrates what we can achieve by working together.
And likewise, I hope that most of you had a chance to attend the launch of the university's branding initiative Oct. 13. I have had several opportunities to screen the new "We Ring True" video that showcases our university's excellence with several audiences, and the feedback has been very positive. I encourage each one of you to serve as an ambassador for our institution -- always looking for ways to promote Mississippi State and enhance our image. Learn more about the overall brand campaign at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2015/10/mississippi-state-launches-new-branding-initiative-during-campus and view the video online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVW862-vicI.
Please let me take a moment to give you a brief update on a few of our activities in the Office of Research and Economic Development.
David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.
Mississippi Research Consortium issues call for working group proposals
The Mississippi Research Consortium is charged with increasing research capacity in the state and enhancing collaborative funding opportunities for researchers at its member institutions -- Mississippi State, Jackson State, the universities of Southern Mississippi and of Mississippi, and the UM Medical Center. Earlier this month, the MRC issued a call for working group proposals to identify potential statewide research initiatives enabling multi-disciplinary research programs that capitalize on existing and potential strengths in our state. I encourage you to consider taking advantage of this opportunity. Details are available on the ORED website at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4503 and you may contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at email@example.com or 662-325-3570 with questions.
SPA names new DAWG class
Congratulations to Sponsored Programs Administration's newest Departmental Administrators Working Group (DAWG) class: Holly Coker, Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory; Jeremiah Elliott, Human Sciences; Andrew Fox, Institute for Clean Energy Technology; Shavonte Hammond, Sponsored Programs Accounting; Ellen Harpole, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Casey Moss, Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station; Judy Norwood, Delta Research and Extension Center; Madison Poole, International Institute; Janet Ray, Center for Environmental Health Science; Carl Smith, High Performance Computing Collaboratory; Natalie Smith, Computer Science and Engineering; and Mary Thomas, Institute for Systems Engineering Research. The primary goal of DAWG is the development and application of knowledge and skills in the area of sponsored project administration.
'Using Animals in Research' RCR session this month
The Office of Research Compliance will present a "Using Animals in Research" seminar on Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater. Trina Smith, compliance administrator in the Office of Research Compliance, will lead the session. You may register for this seminar and other Responsible Conduct of Research training at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php.
Massey, Cobb join Office of Research Compliance
Two Mississippi State alums are new members of the Office of Research Compliance. Ashley Massey, the assistant compliance coordinator, will provide support for animal research, human research protections, financial conflict of interest and responsible conduct of research, and be the first point of contact for new protocol submissions. She will also send reminders about expiration notices and training updates. Nicole Cobb, compliance coordinator for the Human Research Protection Program, will work with investigators conducting human subjects research, and provide training and guidance for project development, and protocol creation and review.
Shurden joins International Institute
The International Institute recently welcomed Meagan Shurden as the director of the Office of International Engagement, which facilitates global academic and research partnerships. A graduate of Mississippi State's Department of Communication, she was recently awarded Accredited in Public Relations (APR) certification by the Universal Accreditation Board.
Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk over the past few weeks:
* Kudos to Jennifer Easley, the director of Sponsored Programs Administration, who is now a Certified Financial Research Administrator after successfully completing a rigorous certification process. Mississippi State is the only university in the state with a CFRA on staff.
* Congratulations to Jenny Du, the Bobby Shackouls Endowed Professor in Engineering, who has been named the new editor-in-chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS). Read more about this achievement at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3127.
* Kudos to Tan Sawadpong Glendowne, an assistant research professor for the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute, whose paper, "Software Defect Prediction Using Exception Handling Call Graphs," has been accepted for presentation at the 17th IEEE High Assurance Systems Engineering Symposium.
* Congratulations to Li Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who was an inaugural speaker for the 2015 Transportation Systems Engineering Seminar Series at the University of Buffalo. Read more about his presentation at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3157.
* Kudos to Diane Godwin, the publications manager for the High Performance Computing Collaboratory, who has achieved Accredited in Public Relations (APR) certification from the Universal Accreditation Board.
By now, most of you know that Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert has made a few headlines recently. I congratulate Dr. Gilbert on being named president of Marshall University, and thank him for his dedicated service to Mississippi State. Our loss is their gain. He is an exceptional leader, and a great friend. Jerry, all of us wish you and Leigh the very best as you begin this new chapter in West Virginia.
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. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about research and economic development, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.