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April 2, 2012

NSF official provides faculty, staff and students writing advice


Last month, Karen Cone, a program director in the Divison of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences with the National Science Foundation, spoke to Mississippi State University faculty, staff and students via WebEx.

"The nice thing about this is that they can sit in the comfort of their home or office and participate," said Teresa Gammill, assistant vice president for research.

The Office of Research and Economic Development sponsored the free two-hour webinar March 22.

Cone provided writing strategies and examples of how to write a successful post-doc mentoring plan, data management plan, intellectual merit and broader impact sections.

An archived video of her presentation is available at http://blip.tv/mississippi-workforce-webtv/successful-writing-strategies-for-nsf-proposals-6043222

April 9, 2012

'Dual Use Dilemma in Biological Research' training April 10


On Tuesday, April 10 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 328 of Colvard Student Union, the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State will host a session for the Responsible Conduct of Research series titled "The Dual Use Dilemma in Biological Research."

Join Patricia Cox, the university's biological safety officer, and FBI Special Agent Brandon Grant, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) coordinator, for an enlightening discussion of the current issues and controversies surrounding certain types of biological research that could be misused to threaten public health or agriculture.

Topics will include federal government actions, the current controversy surrounding the request for redaction of information for publication in two scientific journals — Science and Nature — involving highly pathogenic avian influenza, and how researchers should assess their own research in terms of dual use.

Grant will discuss the FBI's involvement with dual use research, and how the agency is developing strategies to enhance communication between academia and law enforcement.

Please register to attend this at https://www.research.msstate.edu/trainingnew/rcr/index.php

If you have questions, please contact ORED at 662-325-3570.

April 12, 2012

NSF program officer discussing funding via WebEx April 18


Mississippi State University's Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs will host National Science Foundation (NSF) program officer Claudia Rankins via WebEx on Wednesday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Rankins will discuss funding opportunities inside the NSF Education and Human Resource Directorate (EHR/HRD) and outside her directorate, including funding for undergraduate and graduate students, IGERT, Bridge to Doctorate, Disabilities in Education, S-STEM, CAREER Awards and more.

She will also address the recently published Dear Colleague Letter - Prepare, Engage and Motivate a Diverse STEM Workforce - Design Proposals to Develop a Broadening Participation in STEM Resource Network.

Registration is limited, so please register early at http://www.tfaforms.com/241529. The first 15 registrants are invited to watch the webinar in 611 Allen Hall with a free lunch provided by ORED.

Upon a completed registration, detailed information will be provided via e-mail to each participant.

For additional information, contact ORED at 662-325-3570.

April 17, 2012

Contributions to education earn kudos for ORED

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at Mississippi State University has been recognized for its work to enhance opportunities for students and educators in the Magnolia State.

ORED received a Partnership Award from the Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools (PREPS) at its recent statewide conference.

“We appreciate all of the efforts that PREPS puts forth to work with school districts to help them improve their instructional and administrative practices, and ORED is pleased to be able to work collaboratively with their team. They are an excellent group of people who have a true passion for improving education in our state,” said assistant vice president for research Teresa Gammill, who accepted the award at the Jackson event.

PREPS is a private non-profit consortium of school districts whose purpose is to develop and implement educational products and services that help manage and support districts’ efforts to demonstrate improvement in their instructional programs.
PREPS is supported by the College of Education at MSU, and is housed in the Center for Educational Partnerships, the service division of the college.


Richard Blackbourn (left to right), dean of the College of Education at Mississippi State; Teresa Gammill, MSU assistant vice president for research; and Lee Childress, PREPS president and Corinth School District superintendent.

Fonash presents 'Cyber Ecosystem' overview in Fowlkes


Mississippi State University hosted Peter Fonash, chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) cybersecurity and communications organization, on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Starkville, but the wet weather did not deter a large crowd from attending his lecture in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium.

Fonash is the architect of the current DHS cyber ecosystem approach to computer and network security.

"We appreciated the opportunity to hear an in-depth presentation from a senior technical official with Homeland Security on the current blueprint for a secure cyber future and the plan for trustworthy cyberspace. This plan is directly relevant to our research activity at MSU — particularly in the area of security for critical infrastructures," said Ray Vaughn, associate vice president for research and William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering.

Dr. Fonash's presentation is available for download by clicking here

April 23, 2012

NOAA exploration command center opens at MSU at Stennis


What mysteries lie in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico? The Gulf’s hidden world is being revealed live and in high definition this month at Stennis Space Center thanks to a long-standing partnership between Mississippi State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The new MSU Science and Technology Center at Stennis is now home to the only NOAA Exploration Command Center in the Southeast. An exploration command center is a state-of-the-art communication hub that provides a two-way communication system that allows scientists on research vessels at sea to collaborate with scientists on shore as they all view live, high-definition video streams of secrets of the sea.

The MSU High Performance Computing Collaboratory and NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center, a division of NOAA’s National Oceanographic Data Center, provided technical support for the team effort that made this exploration command center possible.

The Northern Gulf Institute, a NOAA cooperative institute led by MSU, is participating with NOAA’s Office Ocean Exploration and Research to coordinate the first use at Stennis of this cutting-edge technology as NOAA exploration flagship Okeanos Explorer explores the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico through the month.

“The MSU Science and Technology Center at Stennis is the perfect place to house the new NOAA Exploration Command Center,” said Steve Ashby, associate director of the Northern Gulf Institute. “Stennis is known for innovative research and collaboration among its agencies. We were able to set up the exploration command center very quickly because MSU and NOAA work well together here. This is a good example of the kind of cooperation that exists at Stennis.”

The center at Stennis is only the seventh in the United States. The idea behind NOAA Exploration Command Centers began in 2003 when NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research partnered with Robert Ballard, who envisioned scientists participating in ocean exploration through “telepresence technology.” This technology, now used in the Exploration Command Centers, allows the scientists aboard exploration vessels to be in constant contact with shore-based scientists through a combination of high-definition cameras, remotely operated underwater vehicles and state-of-the-art networking including an Internet-enabled intercom system for real-time voice communication as the ship’s remotely operated vehicles send a continuous stream of live video and data.

“The key is that this method of communication offers a unique, real-time data exchange that enables the shipboard science party to 'reach back' to scientists on shore to take advantage of a broader range of expertise,” said Russell Beard, director of NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center.

Scientists from across the region are traveling to Stennis to participate in the current expedition of NOAA’s exploration flagship, the Okeanos Explorer, in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Okeanos Explorer is the only ship in the NOAA fleet able to utilize telepresence, and has been providing live images from the seafloor over satellite and high-speed Internet. The public can watch live as the Okeanos explores the Gulf of Mexico depths by visiting http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/media/exstream/exstream_04.html.

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