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September 1, 2011

Are you ready for some football — and research?

Ranked at No. 20 in the Associated Press preseason poll, Mississippi State opens the 2011 college football season tonight on the road against the University of Memphis. Bulldog fans everywhere are anticipating the 7 p.m. kickoff and looking forward to another winning campaign.

Late last month, the Research!America blog ran through the AP Top 25 and offered readers a notable research achievement from each school. Here's what it had to say about Mississippi State:

20. Mississippi State. Higher gas prices mean fewer accidents — one of the few positive byproducts of paying more at the pump. Researchers, led by Guangqing Chi, PhD, analyzed factors leading to auto accidents between April 2004 and December 2008, tracking those numbers with gas prices. Chi and the other researchers noted an overall decline in drunk driving accidents, as well as lower short-term accident rates for younger drives and lower intermediate-term accident rates for older drivers and men.

Read the rest of the story from University Relations at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=1059 and go Dawgs!

September 8, 2011

SURA opportunity targets hydrology and agriculture

The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) has announced plans to develop a Category 1 “incubation grant” that will build on the advances made through the IOOS Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed to address the goals of the joint NSF-National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) program.

Successful proposals will result in projects of one to two years in duration for up to $150,000.

According to SURA, "The intent of Category 1 awards is to hold workshops, develop teams and articulate plans for the establishment of a study site or modeling effort. The intent of a potential SURA-led Category 1 proposal would be to explore extending the IOOS Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed to understand and predict the interactions between the water system and climate change, land use (including agriculture, managed forest and rangeland systems), the built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models in the Gulf of Mexico and on the US Atlantic Coast. We are especially interested in establishing linkages with colleagues in hydrology and agriculture to further advance predictive understanding of the whole water system."

A copy of the full program solicitation is available from the Mississippi State University Office of Research and Economic Development website at http://www.research.msstate.edu/limitedsubmissions.

If you are interested in participating in the development of an NSF-NIFA WSC Category 1 project, please contact Liz Smith (lsmith@sura.org), Don Wright (wright@sura.org) or Mary Ann Ottinger (maotting@umd.edu) by Monday, Sept. 12 and include a statement of your interests as they pertain to this opportunity.

Proposals are due Oct. 19, 2011.

September 13, 2011

ORED seeks proposals for cross-college research teams

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at Mississippi State is again soliciting proposals from MSU faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus.

These grants will be in the amount of $2,000 each and limited to a period of 12 months (renewable one time for a total of 24 months and $4,000). The grants are intended to facilitate interdisciplinary interaction between faculty and students that have a common research theme.

The collaborative teams are expected to meet on a regular basis, share research ideas, and prepare one or more proposals within the first 12 months to a funding agency. Consideration of continued funding for year two will be contingent on the success of the research group during year one as outlined in a progress report to ORED.

In order to apply for a first time research facilitation grant, faculty should submit a request (not to exceed two pages) to ORED that outlines the proposed research topic, the names and departmental affiliations of the faculty who have agreed to participate, identification of what funding agencies would be interested in funding this topic, and whether or not there is international collaborative potential.

If the request is to renew an existing cross-college group, submit the information requested above plus a third page that addresses progress made during the first year of funding. Specifically identify proposals submitted by the research group and their current status (e.g., pending decision, awarded, declined).

Proposals should be forwarded through the appropriate Associate Dean for Research to Dr. Ray Vaughn, Associate Vice President for Research, not later than Oct. 10, 2011 for consideration. Submissions will be reviewed by ORED for funding decisions.

Questions concerning this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Vaughn at vaughn@research.msstate.edu or 325-3570.

September 26, 2011

Mississippi a top 10 state for doing business

Area Development magazine has ranked the best states for doing business, and Mississippi has landed in the top 10:

No. 9 — Mississippi

Mississippi was ranked among the top five spots for its corporate tax environment and incentive programs, overall cost of doing business, and its business friendliness. The state also was #1 for labor costs and placed third (tied) for its overall labor climate.

A big reason is the state’s commitment to a skilled, mostly non-unionized, and plentiful work force. Mississippi provides quality work force training programs tailored to businesses, many developed with the help of the state’s colleges and universities. In fact, Mississippi has created “MissiON,” the $16 million Mississippi research network of expanded broadband technology systems supported by AT&T and designed to serve the state’s research universities and facilities.

“This network will transform our universities’ research capabilities and academic competitiveness on a global scale,” said Governor Haley Barbour. “Researchers will be able to share massive amounts of complex data quickly, enhancing their work in a variety of areas from medicine to manufacturing.”

Click here to read the rest of Mississippi's profile.

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