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Season’s greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development

Season’s greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development! We find ourselves near the end of another semester, and what a semester it has been for all of us at Mississippi State University. But before it draws to a close, please let me share a few words with you.


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

Research proposals and the upcoming break
I need to begin with a reminder to anyone working on research proposals that may be due during the Mississippi State winter break of Dec. 23-Jan. 2. The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration closes along with the rest of the university, and so if you have a special need for SPA support over the holidays, please coordinate that with SPA Director Jennifer Easley prior to the break. Her e-mail address is jeasley@spa.msstate.edu or call 662-325-3751.

SPA awarding travel grants to upcoming NCURA workshop
Speaking of SPA, the office is providing two travel awards for departmental research administrators at MSU to attend the Departmental Research Administration workshop offered by the National Council of University Research Administrators on Feb. 4-6, 2015, in New Orleans. Each award is $1,500, and should be very close to covering the full cost of this trip. A recipient’s department will be responsible for any remaining travel expenses, and awardees must submit a brief report sharing their learning experience within 30 days of the end of the workshop. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Dec. 10. Forms are available for download at http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored/SPA-NCURATravelAwardApp.pdf and should be submitted to jeasley@spa.msstate.edu

New partnerships
One of my favorite responsibilities is in developing relationships with other universities, federal agencies and private entities to create new strategic opportunities. For example, this past year many of you had the opportunity to meet with scientists from Argonne National Laboratory. This partnership has now developed to the point that Mississippi State will be hosting a meeting next year for the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research for the entire southeastern region. We are developing similar partnerships with key programs around the nation, as well as internationally, that will make 2015 a very exciting year for our university.

Statewide planning group honors The Mill at MSU
In mid-November, the American Planning Association-Mississippi honored The Mill at MSU’s master plan as the Best Project/Outstanding Project for 2014. A $40-million economic development project, The Mill at MSU is transforming the historic John M. Stone Cotton Mill, formerly MSU's E.E. Cooley Building, into a state-of-the-art conference and meeting complex. Once completed, The Mill will be a 21st century economic asset for the local community and the larger region, and I believe catalyze significant investment and development for years to come.

Mississippi State-developed plant earns Mississippi Medallion
As many of you know, our Office of Technology Management works closely with researchers on campus to facilitate commercialization and licensing. Earlier this fall, a piece of the university’s intellectual property portfolio received statewide recognition. The Delta Jazz crape myrtle, a new crape myrtle that was developed at Mississippi State, received a Mississippi Medallion from the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. The Mississippi Medallion program is designed to increase awareness of plant materials and to promote sales and production of ornamental plants in the state. For additional information about the Delta Jazz crape myrtle, visit http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg14/sg20141027.html

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 crossed my desk over the past few weeks:

* Congratulations to Cyprianna Swiderski, associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, who has been named chair of the Morris Animal Foundation’s Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board. The foundation relies on its board members to review research proposals and select which projects to fund. Read more at http://msucares.com/news/releases/14/nr20141107.html

* Kudos to Chris Snyder, dean of the Shackouls Honors College and professor in the Department of History, who has been named an Affiliated Faculty Member in the Globalising and Localising the Great War Programme at the University of Oxford. He will be conducting research at Oxford in May and June 2015 for his next book, “Gatsby's Oxford: Americans in the City of Dreaming Spires.”

* Congratulations to Diana Outlaw, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, who has been awarded a $10,000 National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration grant for her proposal titled “Mosquito vectors of avian malaria in Mississippi.”

Final words
During this special time of year, we wish you happy holidays and all the best in the upcoming new year. 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

Merry Christmas and Go Dawgs!

— David


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