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August 8, 2011

'Dear Colleague': a research and eco dev update

With a new semester about to begin and activity picking up on campus, now is a good time to update you on progress we are making in the Office of Research and Economic Development and share a few of our success stories.

But first, I want to offer a welcome to two newcomers to the Mississippi State family: Dean Sharon Oswald in the College of Business, and Dr. Steve Brown, who recently accepted the position of Dean and Associate Vice President of the MSU Meridian campus. I also want to congratulate Dr. George Hopper on his selection as the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Forest Resources, and director of both the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

We look forward to working with each of you as you engage in research and economic development activities.

Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety moves on campus

For some time now, the Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety has been located off campus on Stark Road. This was not an ideal location, given the interaction required between faculty and Regulatory Compliance staff.

I am pleased to report that ORC&S has been relocated to 53 Morgan Ave. on campus. This location now houses staff for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Biosafety, General Safety and Lab Safety personnel. Radiological Safety and Hazardous Waste staff members remain in Dorman Hall.

The mail stop for 53 Morgan Ave. is 9563 and the fax number is 325-8776. Please feel free to contact Ms. Kacey Strickland at kstrickland@research.msstate.edu if you have questions about the move or the services that the office provides.

Hosting program managers

Our office is always willing to host program managers from funding agencies here at MSU. Our campus and research programs always impress visitors, and when we can get a program manager from one of our funding agencies to visit, I believe it helps us obtain future grants. We are continually looking for a diversity of speakers, so if you have a particular program manager that you would like us to consider inviting to the university, please let Dr. Teresa Gammill know about it. She would appreciate you emailing suggestions to her at tgammill@research.msstate.edu.

Dr. Gammill has also arranged for the National Science Foundation to present a free workshop at MSU titled, "Science: Becoming the Messenger." This is a communication skill-building workshop that will be held Aug. 29 in the Colvard Student Union Foster Ballroom.

Principal investigators, early-career researchers and engineers, graduate students, post-docs, and public information officers from public and private colleges, universities, and community colleges in the state of Mississippi are invited to attend this workshop to learn more about communicating research advancements and scientific discovery to the media and general public. For more information, see http://www.research.msstate.edu/sciencemessenger/.

Click here to register for "Science: Becoming the Messenger." Registration ends Aug. 22, 2011.

Paperless initial trial sees success

I continue to be pleased with our efforts to move toward electronic processing of documents instead of paper forms. The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration has completed an initial trial using an electronic internal approval sheet instead of the more labor-intensive paper version. The trial was successful, and SPA is now working with the Bagley College of Engineering to implement it within engineering departments prior to moving it to campus-wide use. This move should accelerate processing of the IAS, and parallelize it rather than remaining locked in the sequential processing of the past.

Key research areas and kick-offs

I am working with my staff, as well as Vice Presidents Greg Bohach and Jerry Gilbert, to identify key research focus areas for MSU. Once we have developed the draft list, we will be sharing it with deans and center directors for comment. From there we are looking to share it campus wide. At every step we will be seeking and carefully considering feedback so that it is truly representative of the best our campus has to offer. It will be incredibly important to formally outline the university's key research focus areas and concentrate support in those areas.

I simply can't adequately put into words how much I appreciate the research efforts of our faculty. Our rating as a "very high research productivity" university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching would not be possible without your efforts. As we see decreases in federal initiatives and overall federal research funding, we will be relying on faculty more than ever to retain our high research productivity levels.

As the fall semester begins, activities on campus will hit a fever pitch. It is always the true start of our new year, and this one looks to be our best ever. And, I'm personally looking forward to the opening home game against LSU on Thursday evening, Sept. 15. I hope to see you at Davis Wade Stadium as another winning season kicks off.

Go Dawgs!

David Shaw
dshaw@research.msstate.edu
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

August 19, 2011

ORED's Research Seminar Series kicks off Aug. 29

"From Idea to Conception: How to Turn Your Idea Into a Proposal" kicks off the 2011-12 Research Seminar Series presented by the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at Mississippi State.

The opening session takes place Aug. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Grisham Room.

Throughout the academic year, the free seminars on research-related topics are designed to assist faculty and researchers with conducting research and securing funding. Participants may register online at http://www.tfaforms.com/191959.

Here's the lineup:

Fall 2011

FROM IDEA TO CONCEPTION: HOW TO TURN YOUR IDEA INTO A PROPOSAL
Presented By Sponsored Programs Administrators
MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011
TIME: 11:30-1 p.m.
LOCATION: MITCHELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY-JOHN GRISHAM ROOM

SUCCESSFUL GRANT WRITING
(FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES, PROPOSAL AND BUDGET PREPARATION)

Dr. Sandra Harpole, Director, CSMT
Ms. Sandy Williamson, Director, Research Fiscal Affairs, ORED
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
TIME: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: FOWLKES AUDITORIUM, COLVARD UNION

SUBMISSION PROCESS: HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
Presented By Sponsored Programs Administrators
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
TIME: 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
LOCATION: CAVS SEMINAR ROOM

PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES ON CAMPUS
Mr. Terry Coggins, Radiological Safety/Chemical Hygiene Officer
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
TIME: 2-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: FOWLKES AUDITORIUM, COLVARD UNION

POWER UP YOUR RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY USING SCOPUS
Dr. Deborah Lee, Professor, Mitchell Memorial Library
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
TIME: 2-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: GILES COMPUTER LAB, MITCHELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

BUDGETING 101
Presented By Sponsored Programs Administrators
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011
TIME: 2-4 P.M.
LOCATION: CAVS SEMINAR ROOM

PUBLIC RECORDS ACT LAW: A CRASH COURSE FOR UNIVERSITY PERSONNEL
Mr. Brandon Jolly, Associate General Counsel, MSU
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011
TIME: 3:30-4:30 P.M.
LOCATION: ROOM 328, COLVARD UNION

CYBERCRIME IN MISSISSIPPI - WhoDUNIT?
Mr. Scott D. Wells, FBI Special Agent, Jackson Cyber Squad
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
TIME: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: ROOM 328, COLVARD UNION

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
Ms. Kacey Strickland, Director, Regulatory Compliance
Mr. Neil Lewis, Director, Office of Research Security
Mr. Richard Swann, Director, Sponsored Programs Administration
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
TIME: 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
LOCATION: MITCHELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY-JOHN GRISHAM ROOM

FROM LAB TO MARKET: THE INVENTOR'S COMMERCIALIZATION TOOLKIT
Mr. Gerald Nelson, Director, Office of Entrepreneurship
and Technology Transfer (OETT)
Mr. Josh Jeanson, Licensing Associate, OETT
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
TIME: 11:30 A.M. - 1 P.M.
LOCATION: UNION, FOWLKES AUDITORIUM

Spring 2012

AWARD PROCESS: THE MONEY IS HERE
Presented By Sponsored Programs Administrators
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
TIME 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
LOCATION: CAVS SEMINAR ROOM

EVERYTHING YOU DID NOT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT EXPORT CONTROL
Mr. Neil Lewis, Director, Office of Research Security
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
TIME: 1:30-2:30 P.M.
LOCATION: UNION, FOWLKES AUDITORIUM

WRITING FOR AN NSF CAREER AWARD
Dr. Sandra Harpole, Director, Center for
Science, Mathematics & Technology
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012
TIME: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: ROOM 328, COLVARD UNION

POWER-UP YOUR RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY USING SCOPUS
Dr. Deborah Lee, Professor, Mitchell Memorial Library
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012
TIME: 2-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: GILES COMPUTER LAB, MITCHELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

MANAGEMENT OF CHEMICAL INVENTORIES AND WASTE ON CAMPUS
Mr. Terry Coggins, Radiological Safety/Chemical Hygiene Officer
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
TIME: 2-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: UNION, FOWLKES AUDITORIUM

SUCCESSFUL WRITING STRATEGIES FOR NSF PROPOSALS
(How To Write A Postdoc Mentoring Plan, Data Management Plan, Intellectual Merit, Broader Impacts, etc.)

Dr. Karen Cone, National Science Foundation
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012
TIME: TBA
LOCATION: 210 LLOYD RICKS BLDG., WATSON ROOM

DOCUMENTING YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INVENTIONS
Mr. Gerald Nelson, Director, OETT
Mr. Chase Kasper, Associate Director, OETT
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012
TIME: 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
LOCATION: UNION, FOWLKES AUDITORIUM

ETHICAL CONDUCT OF RESEARCH
Dr. Deborah Lee, Professor, Mitchell Memorial Library
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
TIME: 3:30-5 P.M.
LOCATION: MITCHELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY AUDITORIUM

I HAVE MY AWARD, NOW WHAT?
(Post Award Process with Sponsored Programs Accounting)

Presented By Sponsored Programs Accounting
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
TIME 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
LOCATION: CAVS SEMINAR ROOM

THE DOs and DON'Ts OF KEEPING AN MSU LAB NOTEBOOK
(Good Lab Practice (GLP), Intellectual Property, Patents, Data Ownership, Confidentiality, etc.)

Dr. Lucy Senter, Director, Animal Research/Attending Veterinarian
Mr. Chase Kasper, Associate Director, OETT
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012
TIME: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: UNION, FOWLKES AUDITORIUM

MYTH BUSTERS: TACKLING YOUR TOUGH QUESTIONS
Sponsored Programs Administrators
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
TIME: 11:30 A.M. -1 P.M.
LOCATION: CAVS SEMINAR ROOM

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PANEL REVIEW ROUNDTABLE
Dr. Victor McCrary, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab
Dr. Dana Franz, College of Education
Dr. Steve Pruett, College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Kari Reeves, College of Engineering
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012
TIME: 11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.
LOCATION: SWALM ENGINEERING PENT HOUSE SUITE (4th Floor)

Please register for each ORED seminar at the following URL:
http://www.tfaforms.com/191959

Responsible Conduct of Research Sessions

Protection and Use of Human Subjects
This session will also serve as an IRB Refresher course.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Union

Publication Practices
Thursday, October 6, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Union

Animal Care and Use in Research (IACUC)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Union

Research Ethics
Thursday, February 23, 2012
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Mitchell Memorial Library Auditorium

The Do's & Don'ts of Keeping an MSU Lab Notebook
(Good Lab Practice (GLP), Intellectual Property, Patents, Data
Ownership, Confidentiality, etc.)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Union

Mentoring/Trainees Responsibilities
Thursday, March 29, 2012
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Room 328, Colvard Union

Dual Use Dilemma in Biological Research
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Room 328, Colvard Union

For additional information, visit the ORED website at www.research.msstate.edu.

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