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


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


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


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

April 7, 2015

Applications sought for Faculty Leadership Program

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

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

Applications sought for faculty leadership training
My office will join with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President to lead Mississippi State's Faculty Leadership Program in the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year. This leadership orientation program for selected faculty has been very successful in the past, and many of its participants serve in key university leadership positions today. To apply, interested faculty should send a one-page summary addressing their future career plans, a current abbreviated CV (3-5 pages maximum) and a one-page nomination letter from their center director, department head or dean. The nomination letter should provide detailed insight as to why this faculty member should be selected. Applications are due May 29, and additional information is available at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4078.

NIH now requires new biosketch format
Many of you attended the "Jump Start! Tips on Writing an NIH R01 Application" seminar presented by Kathy Grzech from the University of Kentucky in late March. During her presentation, she provided an update about the new -- and required -- NIH biosketch format. For anyone who did not attend, please be aware that the new biosketch format is for all competing and non-competing applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25. Biosketch format pages, instructions, samples and FAQs are available on NIH’s SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm#format and according to NIH, applicants may use Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) to generate their biosketches faster and in the right format. A YouTube video with instructions for using SciENcv is online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRWy-3GXhtU.

Responsible conduct of research sessions drawing to a close
The final Responsible Conduct of Research live session will be held Thursday [April 9] at 3 p.m. at the Franklin Furniture Institute. Ron Cossman, associate research professor and research fellow with the Social Science Research Center, will lead an informative presentation on data integrity. Please contact Kacey Strickland, director of the Office of Research Compliance, at 662-325-7474 with any questions about Responsible Conduct of Research. To register or to see additional details, please visit
https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php.

Federal patent examiner visiting campus
The Office of Technology Management will host Asad Nawaz, a supervising examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Office of Innovation Development, on Monday [April 13], and I encourage you to attend his public presentation, "The Value of Intellectual Property and Its Protection" from 2:30-4 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library’s auditorium. Read more about his visit at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4097.

French named Stennis Institute executive director
As many of you know, Eddie French is now serving as the executive director of the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development, which reports to my office and the College of Arts and Sciences. I believe that Dr. French has a unique combination of knowledge of government at all levels in Mississippi, a rapport with constituents in the state, and the respect within and external to the university -- the perfect choice to lead Stennis. We are looking forward to working with him.

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:

* Congratulations to Matthew Berg, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who has been awarded a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation -- one of the agency's most competitive and prestigious research grants. Dr. Berg is also a researcher with the Center for Computational Sciences in the High Performance Computing Collaboratory.

* Kudos to Mimmo Parisi and the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center team for partnering with the State of Mississippi and others to land a $20-million USDA grant. Dr. Parisi and NSPARC have developed an innovative program that will assist Mississippians with skills training and employment. Read more about it at hwww.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7145.

* Congratulations to Alicia Musselwhite, the university safety officer in the Environmental Health and Safety Office, who has been appointed to serve on the Codes, Standards and Technical Research Committee of the Center for Campus Fire Safety -- a national organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire on campuses in the U.S.

* Kudos to Heather Jordan, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, who has received a grant from the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Justice Department's research, development and evaluation agency, for her three-year project, "Utilization of Microbial Structure and Function in Investigations of Criminal Justice." Read more about her collaborative work with Michigan State scientists at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7155.

* Congratulations to Jeremiah Dumas, the director of parking, transit and sustainability and a former researcher at the Geosystems Research Institute, who was recently honored by the Mississippi Business Journal as a Top 40 Under 40. The program recognizes the best and brightest of our state's young leaders.

* Kudos to Gnaneswar Gude, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, on two recent recognitions. First, he received the 2015 Chi Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Award for the Southwest District. This qualified him for consideration at the national level, and he subsequently was awarded the 2015 National James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award. These recognitions were based on a compilation of information demonstrating creativity, progressive teaching pedagogy and dedication to the education of the next generation of engineers.

Final words
If you haven't had an opportunity to tour The Kinsey Collection now on display in Mitchell Memorial Library's Grisham Room, I encourage you to do so before it closes June 20. It is exceptional. 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

March 9, 2015

OTM director named; export compliance sessions set

While we’ve had our fair share of winter weather on campus recently, we reach a milestone in the semester this week with Spring Break, and I hope that each of you is having a good one. Please let me take a moment 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.


McCandless named Office of Technology Management director
After a successful search, we are pleased to welcome attorney Kris McCandless to the Office of Technology Management as director this week. Kris brings a wealth of experience, as well as extensive knowledge about Mississippi State’s research enterprise, to this important leadership position. Special thanks to Associate Vice President Kathy Gelston for leading our search, and to RTC Director Marc McGee, who led the office as interim director during this transition period. Additionally, please join me in welcoming Jim Mitchell as OTM’s newest licensing associate. I know that both Kris and Jim are looking forward to working with faculty and staff to move inventions, new products, and processes developed at the university into the marketplace.

Experts to lead export control sessions
As most of you know, export compliance is an important issue at Mississippi State and other major research universities around the country, as well as for U.S.-based companies operating internationally. Next week, my office joins the Office of Research Security to sponsor two days of export control training sessions. We have two experts leading these sessions March 18-19. Suzanne Palmer and Lisa Bencivenga with Export Compliance Solutions LLC of Annapolis, Maryland, will be presenting important information, including a basic understanding in Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC), and the Export Control Reform Initiative. For additional information or to register, please see http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4040.

'Safety stand-down' phase one deadline this Friday
As I have mentioned over the past few months, the White House has directed all federal departments and agencies -- including the USDA, NIH, CDC, FDA, EPA and others -- that operate facilities that possess, use or transfer human, animal or plant infectious agents and toxins and/or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids to perform a “Safety Stand-Down.” In a continuing effort to meet best practices at Mississippi State, the university is supporting this endeavor via a phased approach in order to ensure that everyone has sufficient time to respond. MSU is requiring all principal investigators who conduct research at Biosafety Level 2 to participate in a phased plan to accomplish the tasks at hand. The deadline for phase one is this Friday [March 13]. For additional information, please visit http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored/2014/10/safety_standdown_plan_in_place.html.

Responsible conduct of research sessions this month
The university’s Responsible Conduct of Research live sessions continue with a seminar on “Responsible Authorship and Publication Practices” on March 23 at 3 p.m. in Thompson Hall, as well as a session on “Developing Data Management Plans and Individual Development Plans” on March 25 at 2:30 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library’s auditorium. Please contact Kacey Strickland, director of the Office of Research Compliance, at 662-325-7474 with any questions about Responsible Conduct of Research. To register or to see the full spring schedule, please visit
https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php.

MSU Libraries a resource for writing DMPs
At the end of the month, the MSU Libraries team will be previewing their scholarly communication initiatives during the Research Seminar Series session about developing data management plans (DMPs). Their focus encompasses many facets related to scholarly communication including open access/author rights, copyright, the development of an institutional repository, and data management services. Increasingly, DMPs are an essential component of research projects and are now required by the National Science Foundation for its funding proposals. We are very appreciative of the library for coordinating the DMP process for faculty and researchers, and I encourage you to attend the March 25 seminar to learn more. Additional details are online at http://www.msstate.edu/web/calendar/detail.php?id=12011.

Per diem charges for animals updated
Dr. Lucy Senter, the director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources, would like to remind faculty and staff that animal per diem charges have been updated. The new rates should be applied to all new grants and projects as of March 1, 2015, but will not be applied retroactively to pre-existing grants or contracts. The rates are available online at http://www.lar.msstate.edu/perdiem.

Final words
With every letter, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and this month I’d like to congratulate Dan Reynolds, who has been selected to hold the Edgar E. and Winifred B. Hartwig Endowed Chair in Soybean Agronomy. Dr. Reynolds is an award-winning professor in my home department — Plant and Soil Sciences — and well deserving of this honor.

Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. 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.

Go Dawgs!

— David

February 11, 2015

Busy days for research, economic development this spring

As many of you know, Mississippi State has been developing a collaborative relationship with the Universite Internationale de Rabat in Morocco over the past several months, and after a recent visit there, I am very excited about the new research and academic opportunities for our students, faculty and staff. I encourage you to learn more about this partnership at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7047 and www.international.msstate.edu/research/events/presentations/morocco.pdf.

With the spring semester racing forward, we have been busy in the Office of Research and Economic Development. Please let me take a moment to share a few details with you.


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


International Institute awards grants
In addition to the Moroccan initiative, the university’s other international programs continue to grow. Recently, the International Institute awarded 14 grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to support interdisciplinary research and outreach as part of its inaugural International Working Groups program. Successful proposals corresponded closely to four of MSU’s research focus areas: materials science and engineering, natural resources and environmental sustainability, food safety and health, and international development. MSU researchers will team with experts from partner institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America on these projects.

Responsible Conduct of Research session this month
The university’s Responsible Conduct of Research live sessions continue with an important seminar this month. A session on “Conducting Research with Human Subjects” will take place on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. in 115 Franklin Center. Please contact Kacey Strickland, director of the Office of Research Compliance, at 662-325-7474 with any questions about Responsible Conduct of Research. To register for the session and to see the full spring schedule, please visit
https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php/

Spring research seminar series underway
This week, the Research Seminar Series presents “Can One Lab Accident Change the World?” on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater. This panel discussion will explore the repercussions from several recent lab accidents that have taken place around the country, and how these incidents affect individual lives, as well as institutions and agencies. This session will also count for RCR training. Online registration is available at www.research.msstate.edu/workshops and the complete complete series lineup is available online at www.msstate.edu/web/temp/newsfiles/SeminarsSpring2015Web.pdf.

Update from the Human Research Protection Program
Investigators engaged in research with human subjects should be aware of a few updates from MSU’s Human Research Protection Program. First, the project end date an investigator reports on the Institutional Review Board application will now become the expiration date. If needed, the study may be extended -- not to exceed five years. Second, when completing an IRB application, please indicate the external funding source, if any, for the study. This information is important for reporting purposes. Third, if you are interested in having the HRPP staff attend a departmental meeting to talk about human subjects research, please do not hesitate to contact them. And finally, a new training option in myCourses has been added that allows investigators to complete both initial and refresher training. HRPP staff are also available for live training sessions on an as-requested basis. Additional information about the HRPP is online at www.orc.msstate.edu/humansubjects or by calling 662-325-3294.

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:

* Congratulations to Xiaopeng Li, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who has been granted a $500,000 CAREER award by the National Science Foundation for his project, “Pathway to a Driverless Highway Transportation System: A Behavior Analysis and Trajectory Control Approach.” The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. Well done!

* Kudos to Dan Peterson, director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology and professor of plant and soil sciences, and Federico Hoffman, an IGBB researcher and assistant professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology, whose work is featured in a recent issue of the prestigious journal Science. Read more about their research and notable publication achievement at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7049

* Congratulations to Henry Wan, associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, who has been awarded a National Institutes of Health RO1 grant to develop better ways of determining new flu vaccines. Read more about Dr. Wan’s work at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7058

* Kudos to Patricia Cox, biosafety officer and assistant director of Environmental Health & Safety, who has been elected to the advisory board for Decontamination Professionals International. As a board member, Dr. Cox will provide direction, advice and technical knowledge in the areas of biosafety, decontamination and disinfection, biological weapons of mass destruction, indoor environmental quality and industrial hygiene.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. 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.

Go Dawgs!

— David

January 16, 2015

New initiatives on horizon with spring semester underway

It is great to be back on campus with a new semester underway. We have a number of initiatives on the horizon in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I’d like to take a moment to share a few of the details with you.


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


Cross-college, collaborative research grants awarded
We are excited to announce the latest recipients of our cross-college, collaborative research grants. This marks the fifth 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 Associate Vice President for Research Drew Hamilton leading this effort. A $2,000 grant to each of the teams will support the initiation of proposals, as well as help enhance multi-disciplinary collaboration of existing projects. Thanks to all who submitted a proposal, and congratulations to our recipients: Frank Adams, Stamatis Agiovlasitis, Peter Allen, Stephanie Bennett, Linkan Bian, Harish Chander, Ron Cossman, Steven Elder, Yuhua Farnell, Masoud Gheisari, Robert Grala, Stacy Haynes, Brien Henry, Trey Howell, Richard Ingram, Kristin Javorsky, Brenda Kirkland, Jun Liao, Hugh Medal, Mabel Okojie, Raj Prabhu, Mark Shankle, Scott Thompson, Kelley Wamsley, Joseph Witt and Tung-Lung Wu.

Momentum building for new Partnership School
As many of you know, I served on the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure as the Legislature’s mandate to merge the city and county school districts moved forward. While there have been challenges since this process started, I am very optimistic about the many opportunities consolidation will provide students and our community as a whole. It is exciting to see support building for a key component of the consolidation plan: the MSU-Starkville-Oktibbeha CSD 6-7th Grade Partnership School, which is outlined in a news release this week from the Office of Public Affairs at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7016.

Responsible Conduct of Research session next week
The spring Responsible Conduct of Research live sessions get started on Jan. 21 with Dr. Jan Chambers and a discussion of “Collaborative Research.” The session will be held at 3 p.m. in 115 Franklin Center. Please contact Kacey Strickland, director of the Office of Research Compliance, at 662-325-7474 with any questions about Responsible Conduct of Research. To register for the first session and to see the full spring schedule, please visit
https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php.

Seminar series kicks off in February
After a very successful fall, the Research Seminar Series returns for a spring semester run next month. On Feb. 6, we will host “Professional Development for Research Administrators” at 2:30 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater. This panel discussion will feature a number of research administrators from around campus. The complete series lineup is available online at www.msstate.edu/web/temp/newsfiles/SeminarsSpring2015Web.pdf.

International Institute grant program garners interest
In October, I was pleased to see the International Institute launch the International Working Group Grant Program. This competitive seed grant program garnered substantial interest from across campus, according to Jon Rezek, the institute’s interim executive director and interim associate vice president for international programs. Twenty-three proposals were submitted by members of all eight academic colleges. The program is designed to expand Mississippi State’s global profile by stimulating interdisciplinary international research and outreach efforts, particularly collaborative work involving universities and organizations with which the university has formal partnerships. Look for funding announcements later this month.

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

* Kudos to Robert McMillen, associate director of the Social Science Research Center’s Tobacco Control Unit and associate professor in the Department of Psychology, who earlier this month testified before the New Orleans City Council about the economic impact of smoke-free laws on restaurants and casinos at the request of the American Lung Association.

* Congratulations to Bill Elmore, interim director of the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, who recently received the 2014 Outstanding Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association. Read more about this well-deserved recognition at www.bagley.msstate.edu/news/hunter-henry-chair-receives-national-advising-award.

* Kudos to MSU’s newest Certified Research Administrators: Mary Ann Latham, MAFES contract and grants specialist, and Jennifer Easley, director of Sponsored Programs Administration, earned the CRA credential in December.

* Congratulations to Jenny Du, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bobby Shackouls Endowed Professorship in the Bagley College of Engineering, who has been named a fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics for achievements in optical hyperspectral imaging and analysis in remote sensing.

* Kudos to Jodi Roberts, Mississippi State’s IRB officer and assistant director of Research Compliance, who recently earned the Certified IRB Manager designation. The CIM certification process is designed specifically for professionals who are responsible for oversight of human research protection programs.

* Congratulations to Erin Kiess, the university’s chemical hygiene officer, for achieving the credential of Certified Safety Professional. CSP qualifications are based on professional safety practice in the U.S. The general CSP requirements include education, professional safety experience, demonstrating knowledge of professional safety practice and passing rigorous board exams.

Final words
On Jan. 20, the Moroccan ambassador to the United States, Rachad Bouhlal, will be on campus and speak at a public event in Colvard Student Union’s Fowlkes Auditorium at 3 p.m., and I encourage you to attend his presentation. Read more about his visit at www.msstate.edu/web/media/announcement.php?id=2334.

Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. 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.

Go Dawgs!

— David

December 3, 2014

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 near the end of another semester, and what a semester it has been for all of us at Mississippi State University. But before it draws to a close, please let me share a few words 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 the Mississippi State winter break of Dec. 23-Jan. 2. 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.

SPA awarding travel grants to upcoming NCURA workshop
Speaking of SPA, the office is providing two travel awards for departmental research administrators at MSU to attend the Departmental Research Administration workshop offered by the National Council of University Research Administrators on Feb. 4-6, 2015, in New Orleans. Each award is $1,500, and should be very close to covering the full cost of this trip. A recipient’s department will be responsible for any remaining travel expenses, and awardees must submit a brief report sharing their learning experience within 30 days of the end of the workshop. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Dec. 10. Forms are available for download at http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored/SPA-NCURATravelAwardApp.pdf and should be submitted to jeasley@spa.msstate.edu

New partnerships
One of my favorite responsibilities is in developing relationships with other universities, federal agencies and private entities to create new strategic opportunities. For example, this past year many of you had the opportunity to meet with scientists from Argonne National Laboratory. This partnership has now developed to the point that Mississippi State will be hosting a meeting next year for the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research for the entire southeastern region. We are developing similar partnerships with key programs around the nation, as well as internationally, that will make 2015 a very exciting year for our university.

Statewide planning group honors The Mill at MSU
In mid-November, the American Planning Association-Mississippi honored The Mill at MSU’s master plan as the Best Project/Outstanding Project for 2014. A $40-million economic development project, The Mill at MSU is transforming the historic John M. Stone Cotton Mill, formerly MSU's E.E. Cooley Building, into a state-of-the-art conference and meeting complex. Once completed, The Mill will be a 21st century economic asset for the local community and the larger region, and I believe catalyze significant investment and development for years to come.

Mississippi State-developed plant earns Mississippi Medallion
As many of you know, our Office of Technology Management works closely with researchers on campus to facilitate commercialization and licensing. Earlier this fall, a piece of the university’s intellectual property portfolio received statewide recognition. The Delta Jazz crape myrtle, a new crape myrtle that was developed at Mississippi State, received a Mississippi Medallion from the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. The Mississippi Medallion program is designed to increase awareness of plant materials and to promote sales and production of ornamental plants in the state. For additional information about the Delta Jazz crape myrtle, visit http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg14/sg20141027.html

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you. Here are a few that have crossed my desk over the past few weeks:

* Congratulations to Cyprianna Swiderski, associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, who has been named chair of the Morris Animal Foundation’s Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board. The foundation relies on its board members to review research proposals and select which projects to fund. Read more at http://msucares.com/news/releases/14/nr20141107.html

* Kudos to Chris Snyder, dean of the Shackouls Honors College and professor in the Department of History, who has been named an Affiliated Faculty Member in the Globalising and Localising the Great War Programme at the University of Oxford. He will be conducting research at Oxford in May and June 2015 for his next book, “Gatsby's Oxford: Americans in the City of Dreaming Spires.”

* Congratulations to Diana Outlaw, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, who has been awarded a $10,000 National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration grant for her proposal titled “Mosquito vectors of avian malaria in Mississippi.”

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 10, 2014

Many reasons to be thankful at Mississippi State this fall

What an exciting time to be a part of the Mississippi State family. From Starkville to Jackson and Washington, D.C. — and every place in between — folks can’t get enough of our top-ranked Bulldogs, and that is drawing favorable attention to so many other aspects of our university, including research and economic development. Please let me take a few minutes to give you an update.


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


Collaborative research initiative with ERDC in Vicksburg
Late last month, I joined President Mark Keenum in Vicksburg where he signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create the Institute for Systems Engineering Research at the Engineer Research and Development Center's Information Technology Laboratory. Our partnership will create a hub to develop advanced systems that enhance existing industries, attract new jobs, and bolster national defense capabilities. The collaboration with ERDC will utilize a range of the university's research assets, including our expertise in systems engineering and high performance computing. We are very pleased about opening this new chapter in our decades-long relationship with one of the nation’s premier research centers. For additional information, please see the Office of Public Affairs news release at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6887

Grants Resource Center information, tools available
Representatives of the Grants Resource Center presented a series of programs in October to introduce MSU faculty and staff to a new tool for learning about and preparing for external funding opportunities. The GRC, a subscription service of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, provides comprehensive and personalized support in many forms, including databases of sponsor and discipline-specific funding opportunities and funded proposals, agency fact sheets and a faculty alert system for notifying faculty of opportunities and updates. GRC also offers a series of publications for grant seekers, templates and toolkits for research, proposal development and award management, as well as opportunities for professional development, networking and collaboration. If you have questions about this service or would like to learn more, please contact Sponsored Programs Administration director Jennifer Easley or your SPA administrator. You can access the GRC website and MSU’s institutional login credentials through the GRC link on SPA’s website at www.spa.msstate.edu/grc and the GRC website is also accessible directly at www.aascu.org/GRC

SEC visiting faculty travel grants awarded
After carefully reviewing the 19 applications for the 2015 SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program, my office recently joined the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine to announce this year’s recipients from Mississippi State: Todd Archer, assistant professor of small animal medicine; Linkan Bian, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering; Charles Freeman, School of Human Sciences assistant professor; and Lindsey Peterson, assistant professor of sociology. Each will receive a $2,500 grant intended to enhance faculty collaborations that stimulate scholarly initiatives between SEC universities.

Applications sought for international working group grants
The International Institute is requesting proposals from faculty and research and Extension staff interested in creating interdisciplinary, cross-college international working groups at Mississippi State. Grants will be awarded up to $2,500 and have a 12-month duration. The main goal of this competitive program is to encourage interdisciplinary international research among MSU faculty. A secondary goal of the program is to expand and catalyze established international partnerships. Applications are due Dec. 15. Visit www.msstate.edu/web/memo/story.php?id=2519 for additional information.

Reminder: 'Safety Stand-Down' plan in place for Biosafety Level 2 labs
As I mentioned last month, the White House has directed all federal departments and agencies -- including the USDA, NIH, CDC, FDA, EPA and others -- that operate facilities that possess, use or transfer human, animal or plant infectious agents and toxins and/or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids to perform a “Safety Stand-Down.” In a continuing effort to meet best practices at Mississippi State, the university is supporting this endeavor via a phased approach in order to ensure that everyone has sufficient time to respond. MSU is requiring all principal investigators who conduct research at Biosafety Level 2 to participate in a phased plan to accomplish the tasks at hand. The deadline for phase one is March 13, 2015, and I ask that you review the information we have posted at http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored/2014/10/safety_standdown_plan_in_place.html

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you. Here are a few that have come to my attention recently:

* Congratulations to Mike Brown, state climatologist and Department of Geosciences professor, who received the National Weather Association’s 2014 Public Education Award for "providing significant contributions to increase the public's weather awareness."

* Kudos to Mississippi State's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders and faculty adviser Dennis Truax, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering head and professor, who were recognized recently for their work in Zambia. Read more about their outstanding efforts at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6897

* Congratulations to Terry Amburgey, a retired Giles Distinguished Professor and professor emeritus in the College of Forest Resources, who received the 2014 Award of Merit from the Railway Tie Association for his contributions to the industry and lifetime of service.

Final words
It has been a busy and productive fall at Mississippi State, and we have many reasons to be thankful. As we look forward to a short break at the end of the month, I wish each of you and your families all the best and hope you enjoy a very happy Thanksgiving.

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.

Go Dawgs!

— David

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