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November 8, 2010

Getting defensive — behind the wheel

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Safe driving is simple. Isn’t it? You’re a good driver. Aren’t you?

It’s easy to assume that we’re careful, focused and safe drivers, but everyone stands to benefit from a refresher course in driver’s ed — with a little extra emphasis on driving defensively in the age of the distracted driver.

You can do just that Dec. 15 when the Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety at Mississippi State offers the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course at no charge to MSU employees, including student workers. The session runs from 1-5 p.m. in Room 119 at the Life Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, and is limited to 15 participants.

After participating in the one-day session, attendees will receive a nationally recognized certification from the National Safety Council. The NSC's certifications are accepted in more states than any other driver improvement or driver education program for insurance discounts.

Register online at http://orc.msstate.edu/quicklinks/training.php

For questions or additional information about the course, contact MSU Safety Officer Alicia Musselwhite.

November 22, 2010

Merck sponsors science scholarships through UNCF

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Applications are being accepted for the 2011 UNCF/Merck Science Initiative Research Scholarships and Fellowships through Dec. 1, 2010. Each award can be from $30,000 to $92,000.

According to the UNCF, the program is "dedicated to supporting the training of world-class African-American biological and chemical scientists and engineering toward achieving the complementary goals of national economic competitiveness and social diversity."

Applications must be submitted online at http://umsi.uncf.org.

Kingstone seminar video available online

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During a Nov. 16 appearance at Mississippi State sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Facility Security, Florida businessman, consultant and advocate Brett Kingstone warned his audience that the U.S. must protect its intellectual property and innovative technology.

Kingstone also shared war stories from his own battle against trade-secret piracy and counterfeiting. In September 2002, he and his company won $42 million, the largest jury verdict in the history of the State of Florida for an intellectual property crime, for a case against a group of counterfeiters based in Shanghai, China, that took three years to bring to civil trial and also was pursued by the FBI.

A video archive of Kingstone's presentation, "The Real War: Technology Theft," is available online at http://www.msworkforceuniversity.com/ored/?p=98, but a password is required. If you are interested in viewing the video, please contact MSU Facility Security Officer Neil Lewis at (662) 325-8682.

November 23, 2010

Homeland Security undergrad scholarship opportunities

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Know a Mississippi State undergrad student interested in basic science and technology innovations that could be applied to the security mission of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security? The federal agency is taking applications for its scholarship program through Jan. 5, 2011. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The DHS scholarship funding will be available for fall 2011, and includes full tuition and monthly stipends, as well as a 10-week summer internship at a federal research facility or DHS Center of Excellence.

Complete information is available online at http://www.orau.gov/dhsed.

Busy fall for research, economic development at MSU

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By DAVID SHAW | Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Signs of the season are all over our campus these days. Autumn leaves are falling. The Junction has been decorated for Christmas. And students, faculty and staff are rushing to finish the semester’s business as winter break approaches. But before we get there, we take a couple of days to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, and I want to take this opportunity to share several success stories we’ve seen the past few months.

The Social Science Research Center recently celebrated its 60th anniversary — an incredible milestone. The SSRC is the oldest center at Mississippi State, and one of the largest centers that focuses on social sciences in the nation. I add my congratulations for the tremendous reputation that the faculty and leadership have garnered for the SSRC and the university.

I know that many of you have been anticipating an announcement about the Cotton Mills Marketplace development in Starkville. In late October, the Board of Trustees of Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning gave its approval to an MSU proposal to advance development on the site that sits across Highway 12 from our campus. This project will bring a world-class conference facility to the Golden Triangle, and several of our research centers will lease space when it is complete.

One of our startup company success stories began a new chapter last month. SemiSouth, which was born from research right here at Mississippi State, and Silicon Valley-based Power Integrations have entered a strategic partnership that includes a capital infusion that will bring news jobs to the Thad Cochran, Research, Technology and Economic Development Park and provide tremendous opportunities for both companies.

And while we are in the Research Park, if you haven’t seen Dr. Mark Keenum’s “Presidential Update” from the park, I encourage you to watch it now. In it, Dr. Keenum details its history and provides a vision for the park’s future as it plays a growing role in the economic vitality of the state. There is extra activity in the Research Park this week as we prepare our new building for tenants to move in Dec. 1, and anticipate breaking ground on another building in early 2011.

As you can see, we have many achievements for which to be thankful. Mississippi State is positioning itself to continue to grow our research and economic development efforts and to provide leadership for our state, nation and world.

Happy Thanksgiving — and go Dawgs!

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