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Learn more about research resources on Aug. 28

Like you, we are anticipating the start of a new academic year at Mississippi State. Fall is a busy time on our campus, but I hope that you will be able to join the Office of Research and Economic Development team on Aug. 28 for a special presentation about the resources available to MSU researchers.

We are committed to helping you achieve success in your research endeavors, and have scheduled a brief overview in the Bost Extension Center theater from 2-3:30 p.m. about funding assistance, grant administration, training, the current regulatory environment, intellectual property and other related topics. You will also have the opportunity to meet our directors and their staffs and to visit with them at the conclusion of the program.

You may pre-register for this seminar at http://www.tfaforms.com/336417


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

Corporate engagement and economic development
At the beginning of the month, we welcomed Kathy Gelston to our office as the new associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development. As the state’s economy grows and diversifies, our researchers, resources and leadership are playing vital roles. Working to meet the needs of business and industry by connecting them with our research enterprise is a clearly-defined priority at Mississippi State, and I am pleased that Kathy will be leading this effort.

Responsible conduct of research sessions kick off Aug. 21
The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program is a critical component of Mississippi State’s research compliance portfolio. Three federal funding agencies — the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture — have RCR training requirements as a condition of funding. These agencies expect substantial face-to-face discussions as part of RCR training, and we have scheduled monthly sessions on a variety of topics to help our researchers meet their RCR requirements. The first session of the fall semester — “Research Misconduct” — takes place on Aug. 21 from 3-4 pm. in the MSU Energy Institute auditorium in the Cochran Research Park. I encourage you to attend this very important seminar by registering at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php.

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 to my attention recently:

* Congratulations to John E. Forde, head of the Department of Communication on selection of a research article for the top faculty paper award in an international conference. He is the lead author with five colleagues from four other universities on "Public Relations Alumni in the Profession: Why They Stay, Why They Go, and What Educators and Practitioners Need to Know." The article will be presented during the Educators Academy research sessions as part of the Public Relations Society of America 2014 International Conference in Washington in October.

* Kudos to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety’s Alicia Musselwhite, our university safety officer, who has achieved the Certified Safety Professional credential. The general CSP requirements include education, professional safety experience, demonstrating knowledge of professional safety practice and passing a comprehensive examination.

* Congratulations to Ratneshwar “Ratan” Jha, the director of the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, who has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In the aerospace division of the ASME, Dr. Jha has worked as chair, co-chair or technical chair for several conferences. He currently serves on the nondestructive structural diagnosis technical committee.

* The Social Science Research Center received several new extramural funded projects during June with a total of just over $1.8 million. These awards included Angela Robertson's Mississippi TRIALS Research Center, National Institutes of Health, $485,404, and Robert McMillen's Tobacco Control Surveillance and Evaluation, Mississippi Department of Health, $887,143. Additional grants were received by Linda Southward, KIDS COUNT, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Anne Buffington, Education and Health Policy, Annie E. Casey Foundation; and Nell Valentine, Mississippi Youth Tobacco Survey, Mississippi Department of Health. Well done!

Final words
As you know, our office works closely with the MSU Foundation because private contributions are an important research funding source. It was very good to see recently that Mississippi State had its most successful fundraising year ever for the just-ended fiscal year with $106 million in gifts and pledges. Read more about the foundation’s record year and the Infinite Impact capital campaign at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6714

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!

— David


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