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Exceptional year for research, economic development efforts

Another academic year is drawing to a close, and what an exceptional year it has been for Mississippi State's research enterprise and economic development efforts thanks to the outstanding work of so many of you. Late last month, we celebrated the achievements of our student, faculty and staff researchers with the annual research awards banquet. Congratulations to Professor Brent Funderburk in the College of Architecture, Art and Design for winning the 2015 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award — the university’s top research honor. For more about this year’s award recipients, please see www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7227.


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

Faculty Leadership Program application deadline
As I have mentioned, applications for the 2015-2016 Faculty Leadership Program are due May 29, and I encourage you to consider applying. This leadership orientation program for selected faculty has been very successful in the past, and many of its participants now serve in key university leadership positions. Learn more about the application process at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4078.

Wanted: Your ideas for the Research Seminar Series
We are in the process of putting together the 2015-2016 Research Seminar Series, and if you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see us cover, please send it to Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu.

F.D.P. membership pays dividends
We are committed to enhancing "how research gets done" at Mississippi State, and an integral component of this effort is reducing roadblocks by simplifying the research administration process within the current regulatory environment. Our membership in the Federal Demonstration Partnership provides valuable resources for achieving this goal. The F.D.P.'s members "work to streamline the administration of federally sponsored research," and it "offers a forum for individuals from universities and nonprofits to work collaboratively with federal agency officials to improve the national research enterprise." Learn more about the F.D.P. at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/fdp or contact Jennifer Easley, director of Sponsored Programs Administration, at jeasley@spa.msstate.edu or 662-325-3751.

Animal use certification session this month
If you are a faculty, staff or student researcher who will be using animals in the coming months or are in need of a refresher course, please plan to attend the Office of Research Compliance's animal user certification training session on May 20. All personnel listed on active animal projects must be certified, and certification must be completed every four years. For additional information or to register for this live session, visit http://orc.msstate.edu/quicklinks/training.php.

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 recently:

* First, a clarification from last month's letter: Congratulations to Steven Daniewicz, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who has been named a Fellow of ASTM International and honored with the organization's Award of Merit. Previously known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM "is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards."

* Congratulations to Drew Hamilton, associate vice president for research and professor of computer science and engineering, who has been named a fellow of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International. Read more about this honor at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7216.

* Kudos to Dr. Lanny Pace, executive director of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory System, who has been recognized by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture for his dedication to animal agriculture, specifically for involving the organization in aquaculture. Read more about this recognition at www.msstate.edu/web/memo/story.php?id=2798.

* Congratulations to Achille Messac, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, who has been elected to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics board of directors. Dr. Messac is one of two academics elected by the A.I.A.A.'s international membership to serve on the board of the world's largest aerospace professional society.

* Kudos to the High Performance Computing Collaboratory's publishing group for winning two awards from the Public Relations Association of Mississippi recently. Diane Godwin, Bethany Stroud, Cliff Abbott and Lindy Nelson received an Award of Excellence for website design for their work on the ASSUREUAS.org website, and Diane Godwin, Diane Janus and Public Affairs photographer Megan Bean received an Award of Excellence for the Geosystems Research Institute annual report.

* Congratulations to Jodi Roberts, the university's Institutional Review Board officer and assistant director of Research Compliance, who has earned the Certified I.R.B. Professional credential. C.I.P. certification was developed to promote ethical research practices and programs by ensuring that professionals charged with their administration have demonstrated an advanced level of knowledge, understanding and experience.

Final words
As many of you know, our office works closely with the MSU Foundation on a number of projects, and I was very pleased to see that the university's Infinite Impact capital campaign has surpassed the $500 million milestone and is closing in on the overall goal of $600 million. Read more about the campaign's progress at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7186.

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.

Congratulations to all of our new graduates and go Dawgs!

— David


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