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Applications sought for Faculty Leadership Program

We have had a busy spring in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and like many of you, are preparing for a final push to the end of another successful semester at Mississippi State. Please let me take a few minutes to give you an update.


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

Applications sought for faculty leadership training
My office will join with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President to lead Mississippi State's Faculty Leadership Program in the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year. This leadership orientation program for selected faculty has been very successful in the past, and many of its participants serve in key university leadership positions today. To apply, interested faculty should send a one-page summary addressing their future career plans, a current abbreviated CV (3-5 pages maximum) and a one-page nomination letter from their center director, department head or dean. The nomination letter should provide detailed insight as to why this faculty member should be selected. Applications are due May 29, and additional information is available at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4078.

NIH now requires new biosketch format
Many of you attended the "Jump Start! Tips on Writing an NIH R01 Application" seminar presented by Kathy Grzech from the University of Kentucky in late March. During her presentation, she provided an update about the new -- and required -- NIH biosketch format. For anyone who did not attend, please be aware that the new biosketch format is for all competing and non-competing applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25. Biosketch format pages, instructions, samples and FAQs are available on NIH’s SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm#format and according to NIH, applicants may use Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) to generate their biosketches faster and in the right format. A YouTube video with instructions for using SciENcv is online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRWy-3GXhtU.

Responsible conduct of research sessions drawing to a close
The final Responsible Conduct of Research live session will be held Thursday [April 9] at 3 p.m. at the Franklin Furniture Institute. Ron Cossman, associate research professor and research fellow with the Social Science Research Center, will lead an informative presentation on data integrity. Please contact Kacey Strickland, director of the Office of Research Compliance, at 662-325-7474 with any questions about Responsible Conduct of Research. To register or to see additional details, please visit

Federal patent examiner visiting campus
The Office of Technology Management will host Asad Nawaz, a supervising examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Office of Innovation Development, on Monday [April 13], and I encourage you to attend his public presentation, "The Value of Intellectual Property and Its Protection" from 2:30-4 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library’s auditorium. Read more about his visit at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4097.

French named Stennis Institute executive director
As many of you know, Eddie French is now serving as the executive director of the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development, which reports to my office and the College of Arts and Sciences. I believe that Dr. French has a unique combination of knowledge of government at all levels in Mississippi, a rapport with constituents in the state, and the respect within and external to the university -- the perfect choice to lead Stennis. We are looking forward to working with him.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk:

* Congratulations to Matthew Berg, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who has been awarded a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation -- one of the agency's most competitive and prestigious research grants. Dr. Berg is also a researcher with the Center for Computational Sciences in the High Performance Computing Collaboratory.

* Kudos to Mimmo Parisi and the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center team for partnering with the State of Mississippi and others to land a $20-million USDA grant. Dr. Parisi and NSPARC have developed an innovative program that will assist Mississippians with skills training and employment. Read more about it at hwww.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7145.

* Congratulations to Alicia Musselwhite, the university safety officer in the Environmental Health and Safety Office, who has been appointed to serve on the Codes, Standards and Technical Research Committee of the Center for Campus Fire Safety -- a national organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire on campuses in the U.S.

* Kudos to Heather Jordan, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, who has received a grant from the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Justice Department's research, development and evaluation agency, for her three-year project, "Utilization of Microbial Structure and Function in Investigations of Criminal Justice." Read more about her collaborative work with Michigan State scientists at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7155.

* Congratulations to Jeremiah Dumas, the director of parking, transit and sustainability and a former researcher at the Geosystems Research Institute, who was recently honored by the Mississippi Business Journal as a Top 40 Under 40. The program recognizes the best and brightest of our state's young leaders.

* Kudos to Gnaneswar Gude, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, on two recent recognitions. First, he received the 2015 Chi Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Award for the Southwest District. This qualified him for consideration at the national level, and he subsequently was awarded the 2015 National James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award. These recognitions were based on a compilation of information demonstrating creativity, progressive teaching pedagogy and dedication to the education of the next generation of engineers.

Final words
If you haven't had an opportunity to tour The Kinsey Collection now on display in Mitchell Memorial Library's Grisham Room, I encourage you to do so before it closes June 20. It is exceptional. As always, thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about research and economic development at Mississippi State, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Go Dawgs!

— David


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