June 6, 2017

Summer kicks off with Partnership School groundbreaking celebration

We kicked off summer in the Office of Research and Economic Development with a very special event.

On May 17, the university and the Starkville Oktibbeha School District broke ground on the new Partnership School -- a school that we expect to revolutionize how children learn and teachers teach. As I told our standing-room only crowd at the groundbreaking, I'm hard-pressed to think of any project that I am more proud of than the Partnership School -- it really is the perfect example of what we can accomplish when we work together.

I'm glad that so many of you could join us for the occasion. And if you couldn't be there, you can read more about the project atwww.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/05/msu-sosd-move-education-forward-partnership-school-groundbreaking.

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

New class graduates from Departmental Administrator Working Group
Congratulations to this year's Departmental Administrator Working Group graduates: Bailey Anderson, Sponsored Programs Accounting; Renee Brannon, National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision; Sarah Brown, High Performance Computing Collaboratory; Ginger Cavinder, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences; Donna Edwards, Department of Psychology; LeeAnn Funderburg, Stennis Institute of Government; Christy Green, College of Veterinary Medicine; Webb Jennings, Sponsored Programs Accounting; Chris Kolb, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Caty McCluskey, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Tiffany Middleton, College of Education; Kristen Nichols, Delta Research and Extension Center; Ashley Patterson, Extension Southwest Region; Kim Rayborn, College of Arts and Sciences; Koretta Reed, Cobb Institute of Archaeology; Jessie Schmidt, Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute; and Kay Travis, Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station. Read more about the DAWG program at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/05/dawg-program-grads-hone-sponsored-project-administration-skills.

International Institute launches Global Discovery seed grant program
The International Institute has launched a new Global Discovery seed grant program with funding from my office and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. This new initiative has been designed to "catalyze international activities with high potential to leverage external funding and promote high impact, scalable, scholarly, & creative activities or capacity building, while creating international education opportunities for students." I invite you to learn more about the Global Discovery grants at http://international.msstate.edu/research/GDSGP/index.php or contact Shauncey Hill at shill@international.msstate.edu.

Human subjects training now good for five years
The Office of Research Compliance has this good news to share: Effective May 1, 2017, the expiration date for human subjects training has been extended from three years to five years. (Please note: Any training completed prior to this date still has the three-year expiration date.) We hope this change will alleviate some of the refresher training requirements and simplify the process for submitting Institutional Review Board protocols. Please contact the Human Research Protections Program office at 662-325-3994 if you need additional information.

Final words
I don't have to tell you that we continue to face a very tough research funding environment -- and it looks like it's only going to get tougher. For those of you writing proposals, please let us know how we can help you. The Office of Sponsored Projects is a great resource, and I encourage you to work with them. I'd also like to remind those of you who've received funding to be mindful of your sponsor's requirements and deadlines -- you never know how those simple but essential details could affect future funding.

Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities or visit www.research.msstate.edu.

May 4, 2017

Celebrating research success as spring semester concludes

The end of the spring semester and another academic year is here again, and I'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of our work in the Office of Research and Economic Development. It's been a great year for our overall research enterprise, and last week we celebrated with many of you at the Annual Research Awards Banquet, which we co-host with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine every April.

This year, we honored Dr. Henry Wan -- a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Basic Sciences -- with the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award, the university's highest honor for research achievement. The Powe Award is a memorial to Dr. Powe, an MSU alumnus and longtime research vice president who passed away in 1996. It is selected at the university level from nominations received from the campus community.

We were pleased that members of the Powe family and more than 200 honorees and guests could join us to celebrate the university's research success stories. Thanks very much to Carmen Kelly, Jessica Northcutt and Lynn Taylor for putting together a very special event. Read more about Dr. Wan and all of our award winners at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/04/mississippi-state-celebrates-research-success-annual-banquet or take a look at the banquet program put together by Hayley Gilmore in the Office of Public Affairs at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/pdf/2017ResearchAwardsProgram.pdf.

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

Mississippi State team to lead Homeland Security's UAS test site
After a multi-year effort and a very competitive review process, we were excited to announce last month that Mississippi State will be leading the partnership for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's new Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demonstration Range Facility. This win is the latest example of how Mississippi is becoming a national hub for unmanned aircraft R&D, and this university -- your university -- is leading the way. Congratulations to Dallas Brooks and his team at the Raspet Flight Research Lab for their outstanding work to land this game-changing initiative. As President Keenum said, this really is a great win for not only our university, but for the entire state of Mississippi. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/04/mississippi-state-selected-lead-homeland-security-uas-test-site.

Leadership transition for technology management
We introduced Jeremy Clay as the interim director of the Office of Technology Management during the patent recognition segment of the Research Awards banquet last week, and I'd like to thank him for taking on this important role as we move through a leadership transition. I'd also like to thank Kris McCandless for her work as OTM director over the past several years. We wish her the very best as she starts a new chapter in her life later this summer.

Faculty Leadership Program applications due May 26
My office and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will again be conducting an academic leadership program for selected faculty during the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. The program consists of two-hour seminar sessions once per month from August to April with senior leaders covering a wide variety of topics. We've seen a lot of success with this initiative, and many of our Faculty Leadership Program participants are now serving in key leadership positions on campus. Please see https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/nominations-sought-faculty-leadership-program for eligibility requirements, nomination details and other program information. Nomination packages are due no later than May 26.

Project request portal training sessions this month
I mentioned last month that a pilot group has been testing a new Sponsored Projects request portal the past few months, and we are on track to go live with it on July 1st. The portal is designed to quickly give you the information you need, provide transparency throughout the request process, facilitate cross-college collaboration, and allow us to identify bottlenecks in the process and then fix them, among other added benefits. We are offering three training sessions for the request portal this month -- May 16 at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. and on May 17 at 2 p.m. -- and I encourage you to sign up. Online registration is available at https://mississippistate.pageuppeople.com by clicking on Learning Library under the My Community tab. After that, click on OSP Request Portal Training and complete the registration. Additional training resources will be provided over the next few weeks, and if you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Easley at 662-325-3751 or jeasley@osp.msstate.edu.

Thank you for HRPP feedback
I'd like to thank everyone who completed the Class Climate evaluation of our Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) that was sent to every investigator who submitted an Institutional Review Board protocol last semester. Your feedback is very important as we work to enhance the services we offer. We will be sending another evaluation for the spring semester, and I encourage you to take a few minutes and complete the survey. If you have any comments, questions, suggestions or concerns about HRPP, please contact me or Jodi Roberts at jroberts@orc.msstate.edu or 662-325-2238.

Wanted: Your ideas for the research seminar series
We are in the process of finalizing the 2017-2018 Research Seminar Series. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see us cover, please send the details -- and an explanation of why you think it would be beneficial -- to Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu by May 15.

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 the offices of Sponsored Projects and Sponsored Programs Accounting! A targeted review by the National Science Foundation of the university's internal controls related to sub-award monitoring recently concluded, and auditors noted no concerns. As you know, compliance is absolutely essential to the success of research at Mississippi State, and I appreciate very much the efforts of everyone working to ensure that we are good stewards of the external funding we receive.

* Congratulations to the College of Architecture, Art and Design's Hans Herrmann, Alexis Gregory, Emily McGlohn and Michele Herrmann. They were recently recognized for their work by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4048.

* Kudos to Dipangkar Dutta, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who is the principal investigator leading a part of a National Science Foundation project examining an alternate material to measure G, Isaac Newton's gravitational constant, also known as "Big G." Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4051.

* Congratulations to Jan Chambers, William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine and the director for the Center for Environmental Health Sciences, who is a winner of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4024.

* Kudos to David Buys, an assistant extension/research professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, who was recently honored by the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with its Magnolia Award. The Magnolia Award recognizes individuals outside of the dietetics profession who make significant contributions to the field. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4035.

* Congratulations to Caleb Lemley, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, who received the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist in Research Award from the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4025.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities or visit http://www.research.msstate.edu.

Congratulations to all of our new graduates and Hail State!

April 4, 2017

Annual Research Awards Banquet coming up April 27

It's hard to believe that the end of another semester is only a few short weeks away. Like you, we've had a busy one in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a few minutes of your time for an update.

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

Annual Research Awards Banquet coming up April 27
On April 27 at 11:30 a.m., we will co-host the Annual Research Awards Banquet with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at the Hunter Henry Center. This special event is a highlight of my year, and as always, I'm looking forward to spending some time with our award-winning faculty, staff and student researchers and research support team members. Look for additional information about this year's honorees in next month's letter.

Nominations sought for Faculty Leadership Program
As we have done in past years, my office and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will again be conducting an academic leadership program for selected faculty during the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. The program consists of two-hour seminar sessions once per month from August to April with senior leaders covering a wide variety of topics. We've seen a lot of success with this initiative, and many of our Faculty Leadership Program participants are now serving in key leadership positions on campus. Please see https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/nominations-sought-faculty-leadership-program for eligibility requirements, nomination details and deadline, and other program information.

New project request portal set to launch in July
One of our office's most important priorities is to streamline the research administration process so that Mississippi State's researchers can focus on their work. We've been able to implement a number of "customer service" enhancements over the past few years and are on schedule to launch a new one this summer. A pilot group has been testing a new Sponsored Projects request portal the past few months, and we appreciate their feedback as we work toward launching the portal in July. The portal is designed to quickly give you the information you need, provide transparency throughout the request process, facilitate cross-college collaboration, and allow us to identify bottlenecks in the process and then fix them, among other added benefits. Special thanks to the Office of Sponsored Projects team for their work on this innovative solution. Be on the lookout for additional information about the request portal and training opportunities in May. If you have any questions, please contact OSP Director Jennifer Easley at 662-325-3751 or jeasley@osp.msstate.edu.

Rogers named director of UAS Center of Excellence
We were pleased to announce late last month that Marty Rogers is the new director of the Mississippi State-led Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence, more commonly known as ASSURE, which is the Federal Aviation Administration's Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Marty joins us from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but he has deep roots in our state and we're happy to welcome him home. I'm confident he will help lead ASSURE forward as it continues to grow its successful partnerships with the FAA and aerospace companies as unmanned aircraft are integrated safely into the nation's airspace. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/rogers-named-director-msu-led-uas-center-excellence.

April RCR session to examine chemical security in labs
The next Responsible Conduct of Research training session of the spring semester will take place April 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Bost Extension Center in the Building B Theatre. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety will lead the "Laboratory Chemical Security" session, and registration is available at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/training.

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

* Kudos to the College of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach -- and co-principal investigators Sharon Oswald and Eric Hill -- for winning a $495,300, five-year Innovation Corps Sites Program from the National Science Foundation. NSF I-Corp Sites provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. I-Corps Sites also strengthen innovation locally and regionally and contribute to the National Innovation Network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.

* Congratulations to Ra'Sheda Forbes, who has been named assistant vice president for multicultural affairs. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/forbes-named-assistant-vice-president-multicultural-affairs-msu

* Kudos to Farshid Vahedifard, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering, whose letter examining lessons from the Oroville dam situation in California was published in the March 17 issue of Science. Read more about Dr. Vahedifard and his colleagues' work at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/msu%e2%80%99s-vahedifard-examines-%e2%80%98lessons-oroville-dam%e2%80%99-science.

* Congratulations to Eddie French, who was recently named head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/french-named-msu-political-science-public-administration-department-head.

* Kudos to Penny Wallin, an assistant professor of educational leadership at MSU-Meridian, who will give the featured address at this week's National Field Experience Conference, which will feature information, practices, policies and research about teacher candidates' experiences in school settings. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/msu-meridian-professor-be-keynote-speaker-national-conference.

* Congratulations to Madison Poole, who is the new director of international partnerships and protocol for the MSU International Institute. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4002.

* Kudos to Dave Marcum, chief scientist for computational fluid dynamics at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who has been awarded an Inria International Chair for 2017-2021. Inria is the French national institute for computer science and applied mathematics. During his work with colleagues on two- to three-month visits over the next five years, Dr. Marcum will continue his research of unstructured mesh generation for computational simulation and design of automotive, aerospace and industrial vehicles and devices. His achievement is a great example of Mississippi State's ongoing efforts to expand our robust global partnerships. Learn more at https://www.inria.fr/en/institute/recruitment/inria-international-chairs/international-chairs.

Final words
I'd like to thank everyone who had a hand in last week's "The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines and Watersheds" at The Mill at MSU. From the organizing committee -- to our panelists and moderators -- to the Office of Public Affairs -- and so many others -- thank you all for your incredible work, support and promotion of this very special event. It was truly a university-wide effort to host the first-ever on-campus SEC Academic Conference, and the entire Mississippi State family should take pride in its success. Thank you!

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

March 10, 2017

Register today for 2017 SEC Academic Conference at The Mill at MSU

After months of planning, Mississippi State is ready to host the Southeastern Conference's first-ever on-campus academic symposium in just a few short weeks. The 2017 SEC Academic Conference -- "The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines and Watersheds" -- takes place March 27-28 at The Mill at MSU, and you can learn more about the outstanding lineup of special events and speakers -- and register -- at www.secconference.msstate.edu.

Before we begin Spring Break, I'd like to give you a brief update about a few of our other activities in the Office of Research and Economic Development.

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

CAVS Extension to continue role in manufacturing partnership
We were pleased to learn that the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension in Canton will continue to play a key role in the state's Manufacturing Extension Partnership with additional federal funding in place for this very productive collaborative program. CAVS-E helps approximately 50 small and midsize manufacturing companies every year by providing technical assistance and expertise on the manufacturing process. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3963.

MEDC recognizes CAVS Extension, FFI and NSPARC
Speaking of CAVS Extension, it -- along with its partners, including MSU's Franklin Furniture Institute and National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center -- received the Community Economic Development Award from the Mississippi Economic Development Council for their work to bring advanced manufacturing jobs back to America. During the three-year effort, the project team worked with Mississippi manufacturers to reshore jobs back to the U.S. from other countries and to prevent any additional offshoring. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3947.

Grant to fund collaborative research with Cardiff University
As many of you know, Mississippi State and Cardiff University in Wales have a very productive relationship, and our collaboration took another step forward recently with a $400,000, four-year grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to increase understanding of infant head trauma. It's a great example of our focus on developing international opportunities, and you can read more about it at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/grant-will-fund-msu-and-uk-research-advance-understanding-infant-head.

RCU launches K-12 innovation podcast
The Research and Curriculum Unit launched a new podcast this week focused on K-12 innovations in our state. The new monthly production is a terrific resource for administrators and teachers, as well as local and state officials and economic development leaders. Read more about it at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/msu-based-education-research-center-begins-podcast-focus-k-12-innovations or visit www.rcu.msstate.edu/MSEDTalk.

April RCR session to examine chemical security in labs
The next Responsible Conduct of Research training session of the spring semester will take place April 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Bost Extension Center in the Building B Theatre. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety will lead the "Laboratory Chemical Security" session, and registration is available at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/training

Reminder: Advancing Mississippi Conference this summer
The University Research Center in Jackson will be hosting its 2nd-annual Advancing Mississippi Conference on June 8, and it's a great opportunity for Mississippi State's researchers to contribute to a brighter future for our fellow Mississippians. Please consider participating in this year's conference. You can find additional information at http://www.mississippi.edu/urc.

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

* Congratulations to Dave Dampier, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who was recently named the Mary Lyn and Niles Moseley Endowed Chair of Cyber Security in the Bagley College of Engineering. Dr. Dampier is also director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute, the Center for Computer Security Research and the National Forensics Training Center. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3937.

* Kudos to James Fowler, a professor and the graduate program director in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who has been elevated to the rank of fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE fellows are chosen from an international pool of candidates working in both academia and industry and are honored annually based upon their contributions and accomplishments to specific IEEE fields of interest. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3922.

* Congratulations to Judy Spencer, the university's chief human resources officer, who was honored by Women in Higher Education-Mississippi Network with its 2017 Leadership Award during the organization's annual conference in Jackson last month. Read more about this well-deserved recognition at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3955.

* Kudos to Mike Pratte, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, whose NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program (R15) funding grant was recently awarded, and to Sam Winer, also an assistant professor in the department, who received a "perfect" score of 10 on his NIH R15 renewal. The R15 program is designed to support biomedical and behavioral sciences research, involve students in research, and strengthen the research environment of the institution. Learn more at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area/area.htm.

Final words
We hosted our first finalist for Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute director last week, and continue with the second candidate Friday, March 10 and the third finalist on Monday, March 13. I encourage you to attend their public presentations. We will also post videos of each presentation online next week. Learn more about the search and our finalists at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3959

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

February 8, 2017

Full speed ahead through a very busy spring semester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 10, 2017

Kick off spring semester with ORED's seminar series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 14, 2016

Season's greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development

Season's greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development. We find ourselves again at the end of another semester at Mississippi State, but before it draws to a close, please let me share a brief update with you.

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

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

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

Registration open for March SEC Academic Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final words
During this special time of year, we wish you happy holidays and all the best in the upcoming new year. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development activities, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Merry Christmas and Go Dawgs!

November 17, 2016

Momentum continues to build with latest UAS announcement

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

Please let me take a moment to give you a brief update on a few of our other activities in the Office of Research and Economic Development.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final words
As we look forward to a short break at the end of the month, I hope that each of you enjoys a very happy Thanksgiving. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities.

October 4, 2016

Resources available to help you achieve funding success

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

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

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

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

Faculty Leadership Program off to a great start
Members of the 2016-17 Benjamin F. Hilbun Faculty Leadership Program at Mississippi State have started this year's program, which honors the memory of our 11th president, and I believe it will be a very valuable experience for each one of them. The program -- a partnership between ORED and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President -- is designed to help develop the next generation of campus academic leaders, and I am pleased to be a part of this initiative. This year's participants are Amy Crumpton, Darrin Dodds, Deborah Eakin, Jeffrey Eells, Yong Fu, Jeffrey Haupt, Alexandra Hui, Melissa Moore, Andy Perkins and Edwin Webster. Learn more about the Faculty Leadership Program at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/leadership-program-taps-10-msu-faculty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 6, 2016

Applications sought for cross-college research grant program

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

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

Cross-college research grant program returns
ORED and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine are again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus. The objective of this program is to improve research competitiveness by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration that is focused on a common research theme and leads directly to the submission of a competitive proposal to an external funding agency. The proposal must have signature of approval from the Associate Dean for Research for each participating college. To apply, faculty should submit an application to the Associate Dean for Research for the college of the principal investigator no later than Sept. 26. Additional information is available at http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds

Faculty proposals sought for ORED undergrad research program
In addition to the cross-college grant program, we are soliciting proposals from faculty to create innovative, faculty-directed research opportunities for talented undergraduate students. A wide range of projects will be considered as long as the budget explicitly supports undergraduate research. The ideal project will produce results that can be incorporated into a publication or serve as preliminary results for a proposal submission. To apply, faculty should submit an application with an attached description of the proposed research not to exceed two pages in length, including the budget, to the appropriate Associate Dean for Research no later than Sept. 26. Learn more about this opportunity at http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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