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May 14, 2013

Preproposals wanted for EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track II

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Mississippi State University faculty, researchers and other personnel may be interested in submitting a white paper for the EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 (RII Track-2) that was released last October.

Since Louisiana and Mississippi are currently participants in an existing Track-2 project, these states were not eligible to submit a proposal under the terms of the solicitation for the Jan. 30, 2013, deadline, but they are eligible to submit a proposal for the Jan. 29, 2014, deadline.

The primary drivers for RII Track-2 investments are 1) consortium-based science and engineering research and 2) development of a diverse workforce. It is expected that these drivers will be sustained beyond the project period. The project description must include a strong rationale for the establishment of the consortium and place the project in a regional, national, or thematic context. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully study the RII Track-2 Program Description in Section II of solicitation NSF 13-509.

This solicitation seeks collaborative proposals from teams that must include investigators from both states. It is the responsibility of the proposers to assemble a consortium that can collaboratively undertake a project that show that the consortium is well positioned to produce project results that cannot be obtained by any single partner working independently. The proposal must clearly address the Track-2 program description as outlined in Section II of solicitation NSF 13-509 in relation to the following theme, which is based on regional research strengths and interests in Louisiana and Mississippi:

Strengthening the scientific basis for decision making within the context of manufacturing. The proposed research should tie to next generation component design that may include material synthesis, non-destructive evaluation and testing with emphasis on physics-based models and associated computational aspects.

Funding for Track-2 projects is $1.5 to 2 million per year per consortium for three years. NSF anticipates funding four awards, depending upon the quality of proposals and availability of funds.

Specific questions concerning this RFP and the requirements set forth herein should be directed in writing to Jim Gershey, by sending an email to jim.gershey@la.gov. Questions will be accepted and answered through Sept. 20, 2013.

The deadline for proposals is Oct. 2, 2013. To download the RFP, please click here.

May 21, 2013

Environmental Health and Safety Office director finalists named; campus forums set

Mississippi State University will host three finalists for director of the Environmental Health and Safety Office over the next several weeks.

During their visits, each candidate will deliver a public presentation where they will share their vision for the office, as well as discuss their leadership style. Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend.

The finalists, and date, time and location information for their public forums, are:

Michael Parsons [C.V.] [Itinerary]: Thursday, May 23, 1 p.m., Colvard Student Union, Fowlkes Auditorium;

Margaret Naugle [C.V.] [Itinerary]: Friday, June 7, 1:30 p.m., McCool Hall, Room 126;

James Banks [C.V.] [Itinerary]: Thursday, June 13, 3:15 p.m., McCool Hall, Room 126.

May 31, 2013

Public presentations set for associate VP candidates

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After a nationwide search, the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University will host three finalists for the position of associate vice president for research in June.

During their visits to Starkville, each candidate will deliver a public presentation. Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend these sessions.

The three candidates are:

Drew Hamilton, who is currently Alumni Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn University and director of the Auburn Cyber Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University. Dr. Hamilton's presentation takes place June 5 at 2 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's Grisham Room.

Alan Tree, who is currently a professor of chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. Dr. Tree's presentation takes place June 7 at 10 a.m. in McCool Hall's Taylor Auditorium.

Robin McCarley, who is currently an LSU Faculty Fellow, Barbara Womack LSU Alumni Association Professor, professor of analytical and materials chemistry, director of the NIEHS Superfund Training Core, and director of materials initiatives for the Center for Biomodular Multi-Scale Systems at Louisiana State University. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina. Dr. McCarley's presentation takes place June 13 at 2 p.m. in the Swalm Suite.

Ray Vaughn, who served previously as associate vice president for research at MSU, was named vice president for research at the University of Alabama-Huntsville in March.

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