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Fall a busy, special time on our campus

When checking my calendar a few days ago, I was hit by the realization that this
semester is racing by, and it is hard to believe that October is already here.
Fall is a busy time of year on our campus, and has always been my favorite
season. Like you, we have been working hard in the Office of Research and
Economic Development, and we are very excited about the opportunities that
Mississippi State is a part of thanks in part to your contributions to our
research efforts. Please let me share a few of them with you.

International food security conference a success
Our university hosted a conference titled "Technology Implementation at the
Local Level: Food Security for the Future" in September that was organized by
the MSU International Institute. It featured President Mark Keenum, U.S. Sen.
Thad Cochran and several of the world's leading experts in international
development and food security, including Dr. Raj Shah, administrator of the U.S.
Agency for International Development; Dr. Daniel Yohannes, CEO of the Millennium
Challenge Corporation; and Dr. Daniel Gustafson of the Food and Agriculture
Organizations of the United Nations. Drs. Bohach, Mikel, and I have followed up
with several contacts that we made at the conference, and I believe that we have
an excellent opportunity to engage in funded international research work as a
result. As often is the case when we bring high-level visitors to Mississippi
State, they leave very impressed with our campus, its people, and our

SPA DAWG program underway
The Department Administrator Working Group (DAWG) offered by our Sponsored
Programs Administration Office kicked off its first meeting Sept. 13 with a
meet-and-greet. The major goal of DAWG is the development and application of
knowledge and skills in the area of sponsored project administration.
Participants are paired with a mentor during the year and meet on a monthly
basis. I would like to offer my congratulations to following individuals who are
members of the first DAWG class: Courtney Blaylock, Dean's Office, Bagley
College of Engineering; Lisa Clardy, Extension Administration; Carly Cummings,
Dean's Office, College of Arts and Sciences; Kay Davidson, Forest Products
Department; Carol Ellington, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and
Biotechnology (IGBB); Kelly Kolb, Plant and Soil Sciences; Veronica Leonard,
CMREC/Brown Loam Experiment Station; Reatha Linley, Department of Chemistry; and
Carol Martin, Dean's Office, Bagley College of Engineering. For more information
about the DAWG program, contact Robyn Remotigue at robyn@spa.msstate.edu.

Research Park continues to grow
I'm sure that all of you are familiar with our Thad Cochran Research, Technology
and Economic Development Park, but did you know that this 272-acre park is home
to nine buildings and 1,500-plus employees, and represents some $100-million-
plus of investment? We are expecting to open a second entrance to the park in
the near future, and on Sept. 17th, I was proud to join with other Mississippi
State officials and U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and U.S. Rep. Gregg
to celebrate the grand opening of the newest building in the park — a
20,000-square-foot building that is now home to a new business incubator, as
well as operations for II-VI Inc., a Pennsylvania-based firm with manufacturing
facilities, distributors and agents around the world. It is recognized as a
global leader in engineered materials and optoelectronic components and brings
new opportunities to our community.

Kudos and congratulations
* Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Darling, who has been named the new director of
the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State. Lynn has worked with the ECI
in different roles over the past 10 years, and she has served as its interim
director since 2011.

* Mr. Dennis Sankovich, executive director for the MSU Riley Center for
Education and Performing Arts in Meridian, was commended recently by the
executive director of South Arts for his success in a three-year dance tour
initiative that had been funded by the organization.

* Ms. Robyn Remotigue, assistant director of the Office of Sponsored Programs
Administration, has been asked to serve on the program committee for the
National Council of University Research Administrators' 2014 annual meeting. She
will be co-chairing the pre-award track.

Thank you for taking a few moments and reading this month's Dear Colleagues
letter. Please feel free to contact me at any time with your suggestions,
comments or concerns at dshaw@research.msstate.edu — I do enjoy hearing from
you. As always, I appreciate the work you do on behalf of the Mississippi State
University research enterprise.

Go Dawgs!

David Shaw
Vice President for Research and Economic Development


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