February 11, 2016

Busy semester with seminars, program officer visits, more

We have a seminar coming up this month that many of you will have an interest in: "Establishing Effective Working Relationships between Faculty and Students in the Laboratory" will be led by Jan Chambers on Feb. 18 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the theater at Bost Extension Center. Her presentation will help both faculty and students understand their roles, responsibilities and expectations to achieve optimal research progress and student training. I encourage you to attend and to invite your students. This session will also count for Responsible Conduct of Research training credit. Register or learn more at http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops.

Like you, we have been busy in the Office of Research and Economic Development this semester, 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.

Cross-college collaborative research grants awarded
We are pleased to announce the latest recipients of our cross-college, collaborative research grants in conjunction with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. This marks the sixth year we have funded these grants, and we are very pleased to be able to provide additional resources that help faculty move their work forward. I appreciate Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill leading this effort. Thanks to all who submitted a proposal, and congratulations to our recipients: Stamatis Agiovlasitis, Harish Chanderm, Lei Chen, Linda Coats, Steven Elder, Yuhua Farnell, Michael Galaty, Jennifer Gambino, Leslie Hossfeld, Richard Ingram, Mohammad Marufuzzaman, Emily McGlohn, Deb Mlsna, Amy Moe Hoffman, Jean Mohamadi-Aragh, Robert Moorhead, Brittney Oliver, Courtney Siegert, Nima Shamsaei, Brian Shoup, LaShan Simpson, Colleen Sinclair, Elizabeth Tofte, Te-Ming Paul Tseng and Hui Wan. For additional information, please see http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4642.

International Institute awards faculty grants
The International Institute has awarded eight faculty grants as part of its inaugural International Working Group program. Successful proposals coincided with the university's strategic research focus areas, including environmental sustainability, food safety and health, and international development. Awards ranging from $2,500 to $4,000 were designed to stimulate international interdisciplinary research and outreach, while also serving to catalyze MSU's partnerships with other universities and organizations abroad. Congratulations to the recipients: Peter Allen, Craig Capano, Chih-Chia Chen, Lei Chen, Matthew Freeman, Margaret Khaitsa, Margaret Ralston and Timothy Schauwecker. Read more about their projects at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3298.

Federal program officers visiting campus
As the research funding environment becomes more competitive, relationships with federal agency program officers are essential. Later this month, faculty will have the opportunity to meet with two officers: Katherine Jung and Abraham Bautista from the National Institutes of Health will lead a presentation on Feb. 24 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Bost Extension Center, and also will be available for one-on-one sessions for researchers who would like to pitch a proposal. They will offer immediate feedback. The individual sessions begin at 8 a.m. that day and will run on 15-minute intervals. Please contact Lynn Taylor at ltaylor@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3168 to schedule an appointment. Register or learn more about the seminar at http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops.

University hosting IACUC-focused conference in April
We are looking forward to the Office of Research Compliance hosting a Shining a Light on Issues Affecting the Animal Care and Use Community conference in conjunction with Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research on April 29 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center. The meeting will include presentations from the USDA, NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Care International, and FBI. Online registration is available at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/animalcare/iacuc/annual/registration and the $25 fee includes lunch. Please contact Trina Smith at tsmith@orc.msstate.edu with any questions.

May site visit scheduled for HRPP accreditation
In September 2013, the university's Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) received full accreditation for a three-year period from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). The site visit for re-accreditation has been scheduled for May 16-17, and if successful, we will achieve five-year accreditation. Administrators, researchers, staff and key personnel from around campus will be asked to meet with the AAHRPP site visit team in May to answer questions about MSU's HRPP, and we will provide more details with you as the time nears. If you have any questions about the site visit or Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) submissions, 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:

* Congratulations to Renee Clary, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences and director of the Dunn-Seiler Museum, who has been named the Mississippi Academy of Sciences 2016 Science Teacher of the Year. Well done!

* Kudos to Cody Coyne, professor of molecular pharmacology and immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Basic Sciences and president of the Robert Holland Faculty Senate, who was named MSU's 2016 HEADWAE faculty honoree. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3293.

* Congratulations to 2015 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award winner Brent Funderburk, a professor in the Department of Art, whose work has received recognition in the fine art category of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design's Best 100 Annual 2015. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3299.

* Kudos to Pedro Mago, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the Tennessee Valley Authority's Regional Energy Resource Council. In addition to ME department head and professor, Dr. Mago fills the position of MSU PACCAR chair and serves on the ASME Mechanical Engineering Department Head Executive Committee. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3284.

Final words
As many of you know, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has altered its criteria for classifying the country's research universities every five years, and in fact, Carnegie transferred responsibility for the program to Indiana University in 2015, with the Lumina Foundation underwriting an update of the program to reflect "an evolving higher education landscape." The latest review was released this month, and MSU is now classified as a "higher research activity" institution in the new system. We were very surprised to learn of this status change, as were many of our peers around the country who saw changes at their institutions. There is a great deal of uncertainty about the specific values assigned to the rating criteria because the formula is not public. However, we are working through that process and expect to have a clearer understanding of the new Carnegie methodology soon.

While I do not want to understate my concern, I feel compelled to reassure you that our university's research enterprise is robust and growing. In the most recent National Science Foundation survey, Mississippi State research expenditures totaled $210 million in FY 2014, accounting for more than half of the total $410 million in research and development expenditures reported by all Mississippi institutions. We were also ranked among the nation's top 100 research institutions, and came in at No. 8 in agricultural sciences R&D expenditures. The FY 2015 numbers look well ahead of 2014, and that is a credit to the hard work and commitment of our faculty, staff and student researchers -- you will never know how much I appreciate your efforts.

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

Go Dawgs!

-- David

January 15, 2016

Tackling challenges, opportunities in the new year

The beginning of a new semester is an exciting time to be on our campus, and I hope your spring semester is off to a terrific start. Last week, the Office of Research and Economic Development team and our colleagues from throughout the research division spent some time talking about where we are, where we need to go, and how we are going to get there. It was a very productive session, and I appreciated the candid feedback from the folks who often work behind the scenes, but are nonetheless critical to the success of Mississippi State's research enterprise. The challenges and opportunities before us in the new year are many, and we are looking forward to tackling them. Please let me take a moment to give you a brief update from around ORED.

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

Nominations sought for Powe and research awards
One of the highlights of my year is the annual research awards banquet in April when we honor our faculty, staff and students for their outstanding research achievements. We are now taking nominations for the awards, and I encourage you to make your submissions as soon as possible. Forms and additional information are posted on our website at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4600.

HORNE Cyber Solutions opens office in Research Park
We recently welcomed HORNE Cyber Solutions to the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, and look forward to a productive partnership with this Mississippi business success story. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/01/horne-cyber-solutions-selects-research-park-new-office.

Monthly RCR seminar coming up Tuesday
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 seminar of the spring semester will be on Tuesday [Jan. 19] from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater, and it is not too late to sign up. Robert Green will facilitate a research ethics discussion. Register online at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php.

Reminder: IRB training required for human subjects researchers
With the start of classes and course-related projects, the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) would like to remind everyone that Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) training is required in order to conduct human subjects research. The HRPP is available to assist faculty and students in determining if their study requires IRB oversight:

-- If you need to complete or update your IRB training, several options are available at www.orc.msstate.edu/humansubjects/training.

-- To assist you with your IRB submission planning, view a timeline flowchart about the review process at www.orc.msstate.edu/humansubjects/forms

Please feel free to contact Jodi Roberts, Nicole Cobb or Ashley Massey at 662-325-3294 with any questions or concerns about your human subjects research projects.

Process for inviting international research scholars on J-1 visas updated
The process for inviting an international research scholar on a J-1 visa has been updated to encompass authorizations from both the Office of Research Security and for Procurement and Contracts, as well as a fully executed official visitor agreement coordinated by ORED. In addition to these steps, a complete visitor packet must also include the DS-2019 request form as required by the International Services Office for immigration document issuance. The DS-2019 request form was recently revised to incorporate changes in federal immigration regulation. For more information on inviting an international research scholar or student intern, please contact Caroline Hearnsberger or review the process at http://international.msstate.edu/current/services/visschol/invite.php.

NSF has new public access plan
As we move into a new year, we wanted to remind you of the new public access plan that the National Science Foundation has developed for all NSF-funded research. The plan -- "Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries" -- is designed to encourage data sharing and the effective communication of research results. Read more about this requirement at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/public_access.

Spring Research Seminar Series underway
We have a solid lineup of presentations and speakers scheduled for ORED's Research Seminar Series this spring, and I encourage you to participate. View an online brochure at http://www.web.ur.msstate.edu/web/temp/newsfiles/OREDSeminarSeriesSpring2016Web.pdf or visit the registration website at http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops.

Kudos to newest certified research administrators
Congratulations to the newest Certified Research Administrators (CRAs) on campus: Brandy Akers, High Performance Computing Collaboratory; Becky Bassett, Sponsored Programs Administration; Chris Bell and Cheryl Woody, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Nicole Cobb, Office of Research Compliance; and Kate Teasler, Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies. I appreciate SPA facilitating a study group for the CRA exam, which is another way we are promoting research and creativity by providing optimum administrative support for faculty and staff. It is worth noting that 22 of the 38 CRAs in the state of Mississippi are at MSU.

Final words
As many of you know, David Thompson, the Airbus Helicopters Inc. Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has joined us in ORED for a one-year administrative internship as special assistant vice president. I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Thompson, and believe he will provide keen insight and be a valuable part of our leadership team. David will be focusing his efforts on providing a faculty perspective on how we can improve ORED support for faculty research development and enhance Mississippi State's competitive grants success.

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 Mississippi State's research and economic development activities.

-- David

December 7, 2015

Research proposals and the upcoming break

Season's greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development. We find ourselves near 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.

Research proposals and the upcoming break
I need to begin with a reminder to anyone working on research proposals that may be due during MSU's winter break between Dec. 22-Jan. 1. The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration closes along with the rest of the university, and so if you have a special need for SPA support over the holidays, please coordinate that with SPA Director Jennifer Easley prior to the break. Her e-mail address is jeasley@spa.msstate.edu or call 662-325-3751.

Proposals sought for international working group grant program
As you know, developing international research opportunities and relationships is a priority at Mississippi State. With that goal in mind, the International Institute is requesting proposals from faculty and research and extension staff interested in creating interdisciplinary, cross-college international working groups at MSU. Grants will be awarded up to $2,500 and have a 12-month duration. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, and additional information is online at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4551.

Space heater questions? EH&S Office has answers
It's that time of year when it gets cold -- even in Mississippi. Many of you will be using space heaters in your offices over the coming months, and I urge you to contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office with any concerns about heaters that are allowed on our campus. EH&S serves as the liaison for the university with the State Fire Marshal's Office, and all questions pertaining to purchase or usage of heaters should be communicated through MSU's EH&S Office. Portable, electric space heaters are allowed only if the requirements of MSU OP 95.502 are met. The State of Mississippi has adopted NFPA standards and ICC codes. Therefore any heater in use in a state-owned facility, including MSU facilities, must be UL approved. Procurement and Contracts and EH&S have assembled a list of UL-approved space heaters available for purchase, and a copy of this list can be obtained by contacting Alicia Musselwhite at amusselwhite@ehs.msstate.edu. or 662-325-4607.

NRTC awarded major grants to expand mission
Congratulations to the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, which is receiving two new federal grants totaling more than $7.3 million. The funding supports six new university research projects under its Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments. Read more about this achievement at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2015/11/msu-blindness-center-awarded-major-grants-expand-mission.

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!

-- David

November 16, 2015

Positive feedback for university's 'We Ring True' campaign

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.

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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 tgammill@research.msstate.edu 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.

Final words
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 dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Go Dawgs!

-- David

October 14, 2015

Cross-college mini-grant program returns

I hope that you can join us Oct. 19 for the official grand opening of The Mill at Mississippi State University. Beginning at 11 a.m., we will celebrate with special remarks from Gov. Phil Bryant, Congressman Gregg Harper, President Mark Keenum, Mayor Parker Wiseman and developer Mark Castleberry, and have building tours and a reception. The Mill is a major economic development milestone for our university and community, and it represents the tremendous potential of partnerships.

Please let me take a moment to give you a brief update on other Office of Research and Economic Development activities:

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

Cross-college mini-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. This program has been a very popular research facilitation tool, and one that has demonstrated a strong return on our investment. Proposals should be forwarded no later than Oct. 31 through the appropriate associate dean for research to Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill and Research Fiscal Affairs Executive Director Sandy Williamson. A committee will review all submissions. 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 for a new undergraduate research support program that will create innovative undergraduate research opportunities. To apply for a first time undergraduate research grant, faculty should submit a request not to exceed two pages to ORED that details the proposed undergraduate research effort, the approximate number of undergraduates involved and a budget. A wide range of projects will be considered as long as the budget explicitly supports undergraduate research. Proposals should be forwarded no later than Oct. 31 through the appropriate associate dean for research to Dr. Gammill. Learn more about this initiative at http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds

New CV guide available
My office has been working with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and MSU Libraries to develop a curriculum vitae guide for faculty and graduate students, and we are pleased to report that resource is now available at http://www.provost.msstate.edu/pdf/curriculum_vita_guide.pdf

New federal life sciences research policy
In late September, the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern went into effect. The issue of DURC is a shared responsibility between the federal government and institutions receiving funding for life science research. Mississippi State University, through the Institutional Biosafety Committee, has been reviewing research using biohazardous material for dual use potential since 2011. Based on the federal DURC policy, a subset of the IBC called the Institutional Review Entity will now officially review this type of research. Additional information about the policy and its effects on research at Mississippi State is on the ORED website at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4401

'Liabilities in the Lab' RCR session this month
The Office of Research Compliance will present a "Liabilities in the Lab" seminar on Oct. 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Bost Extension Center. Joan Lucas, the university's general counsel, 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

New licensing associate joins Office of Technology Management

The Office of Technology Management recently welcomed MSU alumnus Jeremy Clay as its newest licensing associate. A graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law and member of the Mississippi Bar, he has extensive experience in patent law and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and all federal and state courts of Mississippi. Jeremy graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in wildlife science.

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:

* Congratulations to Alicia Musselwhite, the university's fire and life safety officer, who has been named Inspector of the Year by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

* Kudos to the teamwork that led to a $20,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant that is funding a green infrastructure demonstration project at MSU. A collaborative effort between faculty and students in the university's landscape architecture, civil and environmental engineering, and art departments, the project involves construction of a 1,500 square-foot bioretention basin -- rain garden -- that will be the first of its kind on campus. Read more about this project at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2015/09/msu-receives-federal-support-%E2%80%98rainworks%E2%80%99-demonstration-project

* Congratulations to Kris Hood, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, who was recently awarded a two-year award totaling more than $280,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health for her project titled "Increasing rural substance-using African American women's access to evidenced-based HIV intervention." Read more about this funding award at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3117

* Kudos to Emily Roush-Elliott for her selection to the Outstanding Young Persons Program of Osaka's Junior Chamber International organization. She is the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at the Fred Carl Small Town Center, the research arm of MSU's School of Architecture. Read more about her experience at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3118

* Congratulations to Dr. David Smith, who holds the Mikell and Mary Cheek Hall Davis Endowed Professorship in the College of Veterinary Medicine, for being honored with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners' Award of Excellence. Read more about his recognition at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2015/09/msu-veterinary-researcher-teacher-receives-national-award

* Kudos to Brent Funderburk, W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art and 2015 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award winner, who received the first prize award in the 42nd Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Read more about this achievement at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3099

* Congratulations to Todd Mlsna, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at Mississippi State, and MSU alumnus Dinesh Mohan, a professor in the School of Environmental Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, who were recently awarded one of eight institutional partnership projects through the Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative. Read more about their funding award at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3070

* Kudos to Cindy Bethel, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, whose research is featured in the latest edition of Inside Unmanned Systems magazine. The article, "Using Ground Robots for a Tactical Advantage," is available online at http://insideunmanned.epubxp.com/i/562514-aug-2015/69

* Congratulations to Mimmo Parisi and the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center team for winning a $6.5-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to examine best practices in early-childhood educational services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education. Read more about this funding award at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2015/09/federal-grant-enables-msu-led-study-early-childhood-data

Final words

Thank you for taking a few minutes to read this month's letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about research and economic development at Mississippi State, please do not hesitate to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu

Go Dawgs!

-- David

September 9, 2015

ORED committed to helping faculty develop proposals

I hope you were able to attend or watch the fall General Faculty meeting last week. President Mark Keenum provided an excellent overview of where we are as a university, including details about many of our significant research initiatives. In case you missed it, the video is online at www.facultysenate.msstate.edu/broadcasts via a link in the lower portion of the webpage.

Please let me take a few minutes 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.


A few changes
I am continually looking at how we can better assist faculty in developing more competitive proposals for funding opportunities. As part of that ongoing process, I am shifting responsibilities for several members of the ORED leadership team. Drew Hamilton, because of his background and record of successful grantsmanship in security- and defense-related funding, will focus his efforts in developing relationships with the relevant agencies in this arena to explore new opportunities. As a part of this effort, he will be taking a leadership role in the Center for Battlefield Innovation at MSU. Other members of your ORED team will be assuming many of the existing responsibilities that Dr. Hamilton has held. In addition, Teresa Gammill will be working with Katie Echols in our office to develop something we have been discussing for quite some time: a proposal support unit that can assist faculty with every aspect of writing more competitive proposals.

University hosting FAA public meeting Sept. 15
If you would like to learn more about Mississippi State's leading role in the new FAA National Center for Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, I invite you to join us Sept. 15 for a public meeting where we will discuss opportunities to partner with the center as well as remarks by the FAA's Southern Region Administrator Dennis Roberts. Members of the local community, media, and students, faculty and staff are welcome, and we have details about it posted at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4337

Research Seminar Series underway
Our newest Research Seminar Series started last month, and we have a number of very important sessions scheduled throughout the semester. The fall lineup delves into fellowships, funding challenges and opportunities, grant management, security, international travel, and much more -- all of it delivered by experts in their fields. Learn more or register at www.research.msstate.edu/workshops.

Responsible Conduct of Research seminar this month
The Office of Research Compliance will present a "Keeping a Lab Notebook" seminar on Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater. The session will be led by Lucy Senter, the director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources and university veterinarian, and Kris McCandless, the director of the Office of Technology Management. You may register for this seminar and other RCR training at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php.

IACUC, Research Compliance hosting conference
Mississippi State's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Office of Research Compliance, and my office will host a one-day "Shining a Light on Issues Affecting the Animal Care and Use Community" conference on Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center. The meeting will include four 45-minute presentations, lunch, and a roundtable discussion, and we appreciate the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research's Regional Connections program providing additional support for the conference. Online registration is available at www.orc.msstate.edu/animalcare/iacuc/annual/registration or contact Trina Smith at tsmith@orc.msstate.edu with questions. Cost per person is $25.

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:

* Congratulations to Farshid Vahedifard, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who had a letter published -- "Drought threatens California's levees" -- in the Aug. 21 issue of Science magazine. You may read it at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6250/799.1.full.

* Kudos to Pat Fitzpatrick, an associate research professor with the Geosystems Research Institute, whose work is featured on the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative website at http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/study-reviews-forecast-system-used-during-deepwater-horizon.

* Congratulations to Nitin Sukhija, an assistant research professor with the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute, who has been selected as a National Science Foundation Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. Dr. Sukhija will work with the National Institute for Computational Sciences and Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the project, "Designing of Experiments and In-Situ Big Data Analytics for Energy Efficient Buildings."

* Kudos to the faculty, staff and students whose work appears in the article, "International Focus Enhances Mississippi State Opportunities," which was recently published in World Agriculture Outlook 2015. The story is available online at http://issuu.com/faircountmedia/docs/wag15 and begins on page 52.

* Congratulations to K.C. Morrison, professor and head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, who recently received the 2015 Frank Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service from the American Political Science Association. The award is named in honor of the APSA's first president, and recognizes scholars for career contributions of scholarship, teaching and service.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about research and economic development at Mississippi State, please do not hesitate to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Go Dawgs!

-- David

August 11, 2015

Don't miss Uniform Guidance seminar Aug. 24-25

What an exciting time to be on the Mississippi State campus. We are anticipating the start of a new academic year at our state's flagship research university, and I hope that you will be able to join the Office of Research and Economic Development for a one-and-a-half day seminar on the federal Uniform Guidance initiative Aug. 24-25. This workshop is designed to provide attendees with important information about the changes incorporated in Uniform Guidance, and how these changes impact research administration policies and procedures, and will familiarize them with Uniform Guidance and agency implementations. Visit www.research.msstate.edu/workshops for additional details and to register.


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In addition, this fall's Responsible Conduct of Research live sessions are now posted at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php, and I would remind you that my office, as well as the Office of Research Compliance, can assist 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.

Don't miss: Argonne-MSU energy storage symposium this week
We are very excited about a special Argonne National Laboratory-led Joint Center for Energy Storage Research symposium on Wednesday [Aug. 12] and Thursday [Aug. 13] at The Mill at MSU conference center. Small businesses and industry, utility companies, academic and government researchers, economic developers, and policymakers will have ample opportunities to learn and network. Complete details and registration are online at http://www.ei.msstate.edu/jcesrsymposium or contact the MSU Energy Institute's Michele Anderson at manderson@abe.msstate.edu or 662-325-2107.

SEC faculty travel grants available again
The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research, consult with faculty and/or students, offer lectures or symposia, or engage in whatever activities are agreeable to the visitor and host unit. Mississippi State can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2015-2016 travel grants of $1,250 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Aug. 21, and an application form and additional details about the program are online at =www.msstate.edu/web/memo/story.php?id=3012.

National expert on tap for MSU's COBRE Seminar Series
As I mentioned last month, our colleagues in the College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting a national expert on Aug. 18 as part of the MSU COBRE Seminar Series. Rita Scheman, the director of publications and executive editor of the American Physiological Society in Bethesda, Maryland, will present a seminar in the Tait-Butler Classroom on the second floor of the Wise Center from 11 a.m. to noon.

Research compliance update
The Office of Research Compliance plays a critical role at Mississippi State, and skilled staffers and dedicated volunteers make its success possible. This month, we say thank you to Katie Myhand and Nicole Morse for their service to the office, and wish them the best as each relocates with their families to pursue new opportunities. As we begin searches to fill their positions, the office will be reviewing your IRB applications as quickly as possible, but there may be slight delays.

I'd also like to thank a number of committee members who have completed terms on the IRB, IACUC, and IBC: Ed Swan, Computer Science and Engineering; Kevin Ennis, Meridian Campus; Chris Brooks, Biological Sciences; Ray Iglay, Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture; Patty Lathan, College of Veterinary Medicine; Rama Nannapaneni, Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion; and Tim Morgan, CVM. Your contributions to these important committees are very much appreciated.

Final words
As always, thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about research and economic development at Mississippi State, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Go Dawgs!

— David

July 9, 2015

No summer slowdown for research, economic development

While summer activities are well underway on campus, like many of you, we are anticipating the start of a new academic year and the return of all of our students. Offering undergraduates and grad students unique research opportunities is a priority at Mississippi State, and it is one very important aspect of the overall student experience that sets us apart from our peers. If you are interested in including students in your research activities, I encourage you to visit http://www.urcd.msstate.edu or contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu.

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.


APLU recognizes Mississippi State for innovation, economic development
As many of you know, we play a unique role in economic development throughout our state and beyond as Mississippi's flagship research university. Late last month, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity recognized these contributions by designating MSU an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. We are among 18 leading universities receiving this designation, and one of only two Southeastern Conference institutions in the third-annual class. Special thanks to Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement and Economic Development Kathy Gelston for leading us through the intensive review process with the APLU to earn this honor. Read more about it from the Office of Public Affairs at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7319

New class named for Faculty Leadership Program
My office is pleased to work with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President to offer an annual academic leadership orientation program for selected faculty. As I have noted, this program has been very successful in the past, and many of its participants serve in key leadership positions on campus today. In August, another outstanding class of participants will begin the 2015-2016 Fred Tom Mitchell Faculty Leadership Program. Congratulations to Janet R. Donaldson, associate professor, biological sciences; Kimberly R. Hall, associate professor, Meridian Division of Education; Dean Jousan, associate Extension professor, animal and dairy science; Deborah Lee, professor, general library and co-director, Maroon & Write Quality Enhancement Plan; Shien Lu, associate professor, biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology; Bonnie Carr O’Neill, associate professor, English; Amanda Clay Powers, associate professor, general library; Kathy Sherman-Morris, associate professor, geosciences; Jack Smith, acting associate dean and associate professor, pathobiology and population medicine; Lisa Wallace, associate professor, biological sciences; Lakiesha N. Williams, associate professor, agricultural and biological engineering; and Joe D. Wilmoth, associate professor, School of Human Sciences.

Mark your calendars: Uniform Guidance sessions
The Office of Management and Budget has streamlined the federal government’s guidance on administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements for federal awards through the Uniform Guidance streamlining initiative. The release of the Uniform Guidance and agency implementations impacts existing institutional policies, federal sponsor guidelines, and the terms and conditions expressed in federal awards. My office will be hosting a one-and-a-half day seminar on Uniform Guidance on Aug. 24-25, and I encourage you to save the date on your calendars. This workshop is designed to provide attendees important information about the changes incorporated in Uniform Guidance, and how these changes impact research administration policies and procedures, and familiarize them with Uniform Guidance and agency implementations. Look for more information in August when new Research Seminar Series brochures are delivered or visit www.research.msstate.edu/workshops for additional information and registration.

Lab safety stand-down moving to next phase
After several recent biosafety and biosecurity incidents in federal laboratories, all federal agencies that possess, use or transfer human, animal or plant infectious agents and toxins and/or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids participated in a safety stand-down. In a continuing effort to meet best practices at Mississippi State, Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine Greg Bohach and I supported this endeavor. Phase I was completed last March by all BSL-2 investigators, and we appreciate your participation. We are now moving into Phase II comprised of an online general biosafety training course called "Biological Safety: Principles and Practices" offered through myCourses. It is accessed through the self-enrollment option. The IBC/biosafety program underwent an external audit in April, and a major deficiency noted was the lack of required training. To rectify that finding and comply with the federal stand-down program training conditions, Phase II training will become effective on Aug. 1. Dr. Bohach and I will provide detailed information later this month pertaining to the myCourse instructions and timelines for completion.

Don't miss: Joint Center for Energy Storage Research symposium
Next month, Mississippi State will host a regional symposium in conjunction with the Argonne National Laboratory-led Joint Center for Energy Storage Research examining the challenges and opportunities of energy storage technology for the electric grid in the Southeast. We are very excited about this special event, and I encourage you to register for it soon. During the symposium, small businesses and industry, utility companies, academic and government researchers, economic developers, and policymakers will have ample opportunities to explore energy storage and major applications in the region at both the transmission and distribution level. Learn more about the symposium at www.ei.msstate.edu/jcesrsymposium.

National expert on tap for MSU's COBRE Seminar Series
Our colleagues in the College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting a national expert on Aug. 18 as part of the MSU COBRE Seminar Series. Rita Scheman, the director of publications and executive editor of the American Physiological Society in Bethesda, Maryland, will present a seminar in the Tait-Butler Classroom on the second floor of the Wise Center from 11 a.m.-noon, and we are looking forward to a very informative presentation from her. The NIH's Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE, program provides competitive grants in support of multidisciplinary centers that strengthen institutional biomedical research capacity.

Hill named director of international research development for International Institute
On July 1, Shauncey Hill was named the director of international research development for the International Institute at MSU. She has more than 18 years of experience in administering sponsored research initiatives for the university, and I encourage faculty working in all areas of international research and outreach to contact her or Interim Associate Vice President for International Programs Jon Rezek for assistance identifying funding opportunities, developing research proposals, and managing grant submissions. The International Institute is online at www.international.msstate.edu.

Thomas named new chemical hygiene officer
Please join me in welcoming Mississippi State chemical engineering alumnus Matt Thomas to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety as the university's chemical hygiene officer. In this role, he will be responsible for maintaining our laboratory safety program, which entails ensuring compliance with applicable federal, state and local requirements as well as promoting best practices for a safe working environment for faculty, staff and students within campus teaching and research laboratories. Visit www.ehs.msstate.edu for additional information.

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 recently:

* Congratulations to Cory Gallo, associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, and the students, faculty, staff and community volunteers for their work on the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum's rain garden program, which was recently honored with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4's Rain Catcher Award. Learn more about this impressive project at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7308.

* Kudos to Bill Cooke, the Department of Geosciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and all of our faculty, staff and students across campus engaged in geospatial sciences teaching and research. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey have designated Mississippi State as a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences. A key component of the CAE designation is encouraging student research. See more about this prestigious national designation at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7312.

* Congratulations to Devon Brenner, head of the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, who is serving as an education policy fellow for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in Washington. Learn more about her fellowship at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7283.

* Kudos to David Perkes, the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio team, and the College of Architecture, Art and Design. The Architects Foundation recently recognized the studio as a Regional Resilience Design Studio as part of its ongoing National Resilience Initiative, which aims to create a network of Regional Resilience Design Studios across the country. Located in Biloxi, MSU's Gulf Coast Community Design Studio was created to respond to Hurricane Katrina and has evolved from disaster recovery to long-term efforts of resilience. Read more at http://aia.org/press/releases/AIAB106506.

* Congratulations to Mississippi State's newest Certified Research Administrator: Stephanie Hyche, an assistant director for Sponsored Programs Administration.

Final words
In early June, we held a celebratory press conference where state leaders joined our senior leadership, researchers and others to share more information about the university's lead role for the Federal Aviation Administration's new National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. It was an exciting day, and I thank each of you who attended. As I told the standing-room only crowd, this is a very big deal. I encourage you to read more about it at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7286.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about research and economic development at Mississippi State, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Go Dawgs!

— David

June 2, 2015

National, international attention for major research wins

What a month we had in May. Two major aerospace-related research announcements continue to garner national and international attention, and they further affirm Mississippi State's role as our state's flagship research university. On May 8, the FAA announced that our ASSURE team will lead the new National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and a few weeks later on May 28, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and Gov. Phil Bryant jointly announced Boeing's decision to relocate its Stitched Resin Infused Composite Research Center to the Raspet Flight Research Lab.


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Read more about the FAA's announcement at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7237 and see http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7272 for additional information about our collaboration with Boeing.

I could not be more proud of the tremendous effort many of you put forth to achieve this unparalleled success for our university. This Friday [June 5], I hope everyone can join us at 11 a.m. at the A.B. McKay Food and Enology Laboratory for a news conference with President Mark E. Keenum, Gov. Bryant and MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough about the new UAS center of excellence and for a demonstration of an unmanned aerial vehicle in flight.

S.P.A. concludes D.A.W.G. program's third year
Congratulations to the 13 Mississippi State staff members who graduated on May 28 from the professional development program offered by Sponsored Programs Administration: Amanda Baine, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Shonda Cumberland, Computer Science and Engineering; Kimberly Dickey, Sponsored Programs Accounting; Lynn Eiland, Research and Curriculum Unit; Heriberto Gonzalez Lozano, International Institute; Merri Kilpatrick, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Jada McMullen, Sponsored Programs Accounting; Katheryn McTaggart, Human Sciences; Nicole Medeiros, Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture; Dianne Phillips, Mechanical Engineering; Mashala Pulliam, High Performance Computing Collaboratory; Erin Ray, Human Sciences; and Katie Sisk, MAFES/FWRC Administration. Year three 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.

Save the date: Joint Center for Energy Storage Research symposium
In mid-August, we will host a regional symposium in conjunction with the Argonne National Laboratory-led Joint Center for Energy Storage Research examining the challenges and opportunities of energy storage technology for the electric grid in the Southeast. The event will serve as a forum for industry, utility companies, academic and government researchers, and policymakers to discuss energy storage and major applications in the region at both the transmission and distribution level. Learn more about the symposium at www.ei.msstate.edu/jcesrsymposium.

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 recently:

* Congratulations to Matthew Berg, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who has been awarded a prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program Award. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Berg works with the Center for Computational Sciences at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory. Read more about his research at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7235.

* Kudos to Roger King, director of the Institute for Computational Research in Engineering and Science and Giles Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Richard Weed, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems associate research professor, and David Thompson, who holds the Airbus Helicopters Inc. Endowed Professorship in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, whose work is featured in a recent NATO publication. Read more about this international recognition at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7255.

* Congratulations to Kari Babski-Reeves, an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, who has been elected as a director of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. During her three-year term, she will assist the BCPE president with forging new directions for the certification organization, identifying and testing applications in core competencies, and communicating ergonomics-related issues to the public and within the profession.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about research and economic development at Mississippi State, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Go Dawgs!

— David

May 5, 2015

Exceptional year for research, economic development efforts

Another academic year is drawing to a close, and what an exceptional year it has been for Mississippi State's research enterprise and economic development efforts thanks to the outstanding work of so many of you. Late last month, we celebrated the achievements of our student, faculty and staff researchers with the annual research awards banquet. Congratulations to Professor Brent Funderburk in the College of Architecture, Art and Design for winning the 2015 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award — the university’s top research honor. For more about this year’s award recipients, please see www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7227.


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Faculty Leadership Program application deadline
As I have mentioned, applications for the 2015-2016 Faculty Leadership Program are due May 29, and I encourage you to consider applying. This leadership orientation program for selected faculty has been very successful in the past, and many of its participants now serve in key university leadership positions. Learn more about the application process at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4078.

Wanted: Your ideas for the Research Seminar Series
We are in the process of putting together the 2015-2016 Research Seminar Series, and if you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see us cover, please send it to Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu.

F.D.P. membership pays dividends
We are committed to enhancing "how research gets done" at Mississippi State, and an integral component of this effort is reducing roadblocks by simplifying the research administration process within the current regulatory environment. Our membership in the Federal Demonstration Partnership provides valuable resources for achieving this goal. The F.D.P.'s members "work to streamline the administration of federally sponsored research," and it "offers a forum for individuals from universities and nonprofits to work collaboratively with federal agency officials to improve the national research enterprise." Learn more about the F.D.P. at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/fdp or contact Jennifer Easley, director of Sponsored Programs Administration, at jeasley@spa.msstate.edu or 662-325-3751.

Animal use certification session this month
If you are a faculty, staff or student researcher who will be using animals in the coming months or are in need of a refresher course, please plan to attend the Office of Research Compliance's animal user certification training session on May 20. All personnel listed on active animal projects must be certified, and certification must be completed every four years. For additional information or to register for this live session, visit http://orc.msstate.edu/quicklinks/training.php.

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 recently:

* First, a clarification from last month's letter: Congratulations to Steven Daniewicz, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who has been named a Fellow of ASTM International and honored with the organization's Award of Merit. Previously known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM "is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards."

* Congratulations to Drew Hamilton, associate vice president for research and professor of computer science and engineering, who has been named a fellow of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International. Read more about this honor at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7216.

* Kudos to Dr. Lanny Pace, executive director of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory System, who has been recognized by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture for his dedication to animal agriculture, specifically for involving the organization in aquaculture. Read more about this recognition at www.msstate.edu/web/memo/story.php?id=2798.

* Congratulations to Achille Messac, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, who has been elected to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics board of directors. Dr. Messac is one of two academics elected by the A.I.A.A.'s international membership to serve on the board of the world's largest aerospace professional society.

* Kudos to the High Performance Computing Collaboratory's publishing group for winning two awards from the Public Relations Association of Mississippi recently. Diane Godwin, Bethany Stroud, Cliff Abbott and Lindy Nelson received an Award of Excellence for website design for their work on the ASSUREUAS.org website, and Diane Godwin, Diane Janus and Public Affairs photographer Megan Bean received an Award of Excellence for the Geosystems Research Institute annual report.

* Congratulations to Jodi Roberts, the university's Institutional Review Board officer and assistant director of Research Compliance, who has earned the Certified I.R.B. Professional credential. C.I.P. certification was developed to promote ethical research practices and programs by ensuring that professionals charged with their administration have demonstrated an advanced level of knowledge, understanding and experience.

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 the $500 million milestone and is closing in on the overall goal of $600 million. Read more about the campaign's progress at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7186.

Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about research and economic development at Mississippi State, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Congratulations to all of our new graduates and go Dawgs!

— David

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