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Cross-college mini-grant program returns

I hope that you can join us Oct. 19 for the official grand opening of The Mill at Mississippi State University. Beginning at 11 a.m., we will celebrate with special remarks from Gov. Phil Bryant, Congressman Gregg Harper, President Mark Keenum, Mayor Parker Wiseman and developer Mark Castleberry, and have building tours and a reception. The Mill is a major economic development milestone for our university and community, and it represents the tremendous potential of partnerships.

Please let me take a moment to give you a brief update on other Office of Research and Economic Development activities:


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

Cross-college mini-grant program returns
ORED and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine are again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus. This program has been a very popular research facilitation tool, and one that has demonstrated a strong return on our investment. Proposals should be forwarded no later than Oct. 31 through the appropriate associate dean for research to Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill and Research Fiscal Affairs Executive Director Sandy Williamson. A committee will review all submissions. Additional information is available at http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds

Faculty proposals sought for ORED undergrad research program
In addition to the cross-college grant program, we are soliciting proposals from faculty for a new undergraduate research support program that will create innovative undergraduate research opportunities. To apply for a first time undergraduate research grant, faculty should submit a request not to exceed two pages to ORED that details the proposed undergraduate research effort, the approximate number of undergraduates involved and a budget. A wide range of projects will be considered as long as the budget explicitly supports undergraduate research. Proposals should be forwarded no later than Oct. 31 through the appropriate associate dean for research to Dr. Gammill. Learn more about this initiative at http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds

New CV guide available
My office has been working with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and MSU Libraries to develop a curriculum vitae guide for faculty and graduate students, and we are pleased to report that resource is now available at http://www.provost.msstate.edu/pdf/curriculum_vita_guide.pdf

New federal life sciences research policy
In late September, the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern went into effect. The issue of DURC is a shared responsibility between the federal government and institutions receiving funding for life science research. Mississippi State University, through the Institutional Biosafety Committee, has been reviewing research using biohazardous material for dual use potential since 2011. Based on the federal DURC policy, a subset of the IBC called the Institutional Review Entity will now officially review this type of research. Additional information about the policy and its effects on research at Mississippi State is on the ORED website at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4401

'Liabilities in the Lab' RCR session this month
The Office of Research Compliance will present a "Liabilities in the Lab" seminar on Oct. 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Bost Extension Center. Joan Lucas, the university's general counsel, will lead the session. You may register for this seminar and other Responsible Conduct of Research training at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php

New licensing associate joins Office of Technology Management

The Office of Technology Management recently welcomed MSU alumnus Jeremy Clay as its newest licensing associate. A graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law and member of the Mississippi Bar, he has extensive experience in patent law and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and all federal and state courts of Mississippi. Jeremy graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in wildlife science.

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 over the past few weeks:

* Congratulations to Alicia Musselwhite, the university's fire and life safety officer, who has been named Inspector of the Year by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

* Kudos to the teamwork that led to a $20,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant that is funding a green infrastructure demonstration project at MSU. A collaborative effort between faculty and students in the university's landscape architecture, civil and environmental engineering, and art departments, the project involves construction of a 1,500 square-foot bioretention basin -- rain garden -- that will be the first of its kind on campus. Read more about this project at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2015/09/msu-receives-federal-support-%E2%80%98rainworks%E2%80%99-demonstration-project

* Congratulations to Kris Hood, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, who was recently awarded a two-year award totaling more than $280,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health for her project titled "Increasing rural substance-using African American women's access to evidenced-based HIV intervention." Read more about this funding award at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3117

* Kudos to Emily Roush-Elliott for her selection to the Outstanding Young Persons Program of Osaka's Junior Chamber International organization. She is the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at the Fred Carl Small Town Center, the research arm of MSU's School of Architecture. Read more about her experience at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3118

* Congratulations to Dr. David Smith, who holds the Mikell and Mary Cheek Hall Davis Endowed Professorship in the College of Veterinary Medicine, for being honored with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners' Award of Excellence. Read more about his recognition at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2015/09/msu-veterinary-researcher-teacher-receives-national-award

* Kudos to Brent Funderburk, W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art and 2015 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award winner, who received the first prize award in the 42nd Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Read more about this achievement at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3099

* Congratulations to Todd Mlsna, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at Mississippi State, and MSU alumnus Dinesh Mohan, a professor in the School of Environmental Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, who were recently awarded one of eight institutional partnership projects through the Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative. Read more about their funding award at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3070

* Kudos to Cindy Bethel, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, whose research is featured in the latest edition of Inside Unmanned Systems magazine. The article, "Using Ground Robots for a Tactical Advantage," is available online at http://insideunmanned.epubxp.com/i/562514-aug-2015/69

* Congratulations to Mimmo Parisi and the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center team for winning a $6.5-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to examine best practices in early-childhood educational services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education. Read more about this funding award at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2015/09/federal-grant-enables-msu-led-study-early-childhood-data

Final words

Thank you for taking a few minutes to read this month's letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about research and economic development at Mississippi State, please do not hesitate to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu

Go Dawgs!

-- David


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