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No summer slowdown for research, economic development

Summer activities are underway at Mississippi State, and like many of you, we have not seen a slowdown in the Office of Research and Economic Development since the spring semester ended. At the moment, I am traveling with other MSU officials to Italy, where we will meet with counterparts at several institutions and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to discuss research and outreach opportunities, faculty and student exchanges, and other partnerships to enhance further our university’s global presence and international reputation. Please let me share a few other items of interest with you.


David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

Gelston to lead corporate engagement effort
By now, many of you have seen the news that MSU alumna and Mississippi Development Authority CFO Kathy Gelston will be joining us as associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development in August. Special thanks to Associate Vice President for Research Drew Hamilton and his search committee for identifying three outstanding finalists. As I have said, our researchers, resources and leadership are playing vital roles as our economy grows and diversifies, and working to meet the needs of business and industry by connecting them with our research enterprise is a priority at Mississippi State. I am very pleased that Kathy will be leading these efforts. Read more about her at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6654.

Critical changes made to RCR training requirements
I urge you to pay special attention to changes in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements for principal investigators, co-PIs, and other project personnel on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Of particular importance to PIs and co-PIs on projects funded by one of these three agencies is a new requirement to have completed a short training module in myCourses and the online RCR modules via CITI before an award will be made by Sponsored Programs Administration. These changes are being implemented to ensure MSU's good standing with these federal funding agencies and to demonstrate our commitment to excellence by promoting and supporting ethical and responsible conduct of research across all disciplines. Please contact Kacey Strickland at 662-325-7474 for additional information or visit the Office of Research Compliance's website at http://orc.msstate.edu/conduct.

SPA concludes DAWG program's second year
Congratulations to the 18 MSU staff members who completed the professional development program offered by Sponsored Programs Administration: Criss Bell, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Christy Bischoff, Sponsored Programs Administration; Hannah Burnett, Sponsored Programs Administration; Mary Dikes, Coastal Research and Extension Center; Nicole Ivancic, Computer Science and Engineering; Davern Jones, Center for Safety and Health; Paula Jones, Sociology; Karin Lee, International Institute; Jo McKenzie, Raspet Flight Research Lab; Roslyn Miller, Research and Curriculum Unit; Shlynn Morris, Graduate School; Toni Roberson, College of Veterinary Medicine Basic Science; Teresa Stewart, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Janie Taylor, Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station; Tan Tsai, International Institute; Heather Wainwright, Plant and Soil Sciences; Casey Watts, Human Sciences; and Lorie White, Dean of Education. Year two of the Departmental Administrator Working Group — DAWG, for short — provided participants a nine-month curriculum designed to develop sponsored-project administration skills and foster networking opportunities with their campus peers.

Kudos and Congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you. Here are a few that have come across my desk recently:

* Congratulations to Jun Liao, associate professor of biomedical engineering, who has been elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

* Kudos for the team effort that secured the university’s recertification as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research, including Dave Dampier, Wesley McGrew and Ram Ramkumar from computer science and engineering; Tommy Morris from electrical and computer engineering; and Robert Crossler and Merrill Warkentin from management and information systems. Read more about it at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6658

* Congratulations to Michael Galaty, head of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, whose work — "Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania" — recently won the Society for American Archaeology’s Book Award in the Scholarly Category. Read more about this notable achievement at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6672.

Final words
Thank you for taking time to read this month’s letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about Mississippi State’s research and economic development activities, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Go Dawgs!



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