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Don't miss Uniform Guidance seminar Aug. 24-25

What an exciting time to be on the Mississippi State campus. We are anticipating the start of a new academic year at our state's flagship research university, and I hope that you will be able to join the Office of Research and Economic Development for a one-and-a-half day seminar on the federal Uniform Guidance initiative Aug. 24-25. This workshop is designed to provide attendees with important information about the changes incorporated in Uniform Guidance, and how these changes impact research administration policies and procedures, and will familiarize them with Uniform Guidance and agency implementations. Visit www.research.msstate.edu/workshops for additional details and to register.


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

In addition, this fall's Responsible Conduct of Research live sessions are now posted at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php, and I would remind you that my office, as well as the Office of Research Compliance, can assist with special training needs, research planning meetings and protocol completion assistance, among other services. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are committed to helping you achieve success in your research endeavors.

Don't miss: Argonne-MSU energy storage symposium this week
We are very excited about a special Argonne National Laboratory-led Joint Center for Energy Storage Research symposium on Wednesday [Aug. 12] and Thursday [Aug. 13] at The Mill at MSU conference center. Small businesses and industry, utility companies, academic and government researchers, economic developers, and policymakers will have ample opportunities to learn and network. Complete details and registration are online at http://www.ei.msstate.edu/jcesrsymposium or contact the MSU Energy Institute's Michele Anderson at manderson@abe.msstate.edu or 662-325-2107.

SEC faculty travel grants available again
The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research, consult with faculty and/or students, offer lectures or symposia, or engage in whatever activities are agreeable to the visitor and host unit. Mississippi State can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2015-2016 travel grants of $1,250 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Aug. 21, and an application form and additional details about the program are online at =www.msstate.edu/web/memo/story.php?id=3012.

National expert on tap for MSU's COBRE Seminar Series
As I mentioned last month, our colleagues in the College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting a national expert on Aug. 18 as part of the MSU COBRE Seminar Series. Rita Scheman, the director of publications and executive editor of the American Physiological Society in Bethesda, Maryland, will present a seminar in the Tait-Butler Classroom on the second floor of the Wise Center from 11 a.m. to noon.

Research compliance update
The Office of Research Compliance plays a critical role at Mississippi State, and skilled staffers and dedicated volunteers make its success possible. This month, we say thank you to Katie Myhand and Nicole Morse for their service to the office, and wish them the best as each relocates with their families to pursue new opportunities. As we begin searches to fill their positions, the office will be reviewing your IRB applications as quickly as possible, but there may be slight delays.

I'd also like to thank a number of committee members who have completed terms on the IRB, IACUC, and IBC: Ed Swan, Computer Science and Engineering; Kevin Ennis, Meridian Campus; Chris Brooks, Biological Sciences; Ray Iglay, Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture; Patty Lathan, College of Veterinary Medicine; Rama Nannapaneni, Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion; and Tim Morgan, CVM. Your contributions to these important committees are very much appreciated.

Final words
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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