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Tackling challenges, opportunities in the new year

The beginning of a new semester is an exciting time to be on our campus, and I hope your spring semester is off to a terrific start. Last week, the Office of Research and Economic Development team and our colleagues from throughout the research division spent some time talking about where we are, where we need to go, and how we are going to get there. It was a very productive session, and I appreciated the candid feedback from the folks who often work behind the scenes, but are nonetheless critical to the success of Mississippi State's research enterprise. The challenges and opportunities before us in the new year are many, and we are looking forward to tackling them. Please let me take a moment to give you a brief update from around ORED.

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

Nominations sought for Powe and research awards
One of the highlights of my year is the annual research awards banquet in April when we honor our faculty, staff and students for their outstanding research achievements. We are now taking nominations for the awards, and I encourage you to make your submissions as soon as possible. Forms and additional information are posted on our website at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4600.

HORNE Cyber Solutions opens office in Research Park
We recently welcomed HORNE Cyber Solutions to the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, and look forward to a productive partnership with this Mississippi business success story. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/01/horne-cyber-solutions-selects-research-park-new-office.

Monthly RCR seminar coming up Tuesday
Three federal agencies require training and oversight in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the USDA-National Institutes of Food and Agriculture. To help you comply with these requirements, the Office of Research Compliance hosts at least one seminar per month during the fall and spring semesters that satisfy the face-to-face component of the training. If you have questions about RCR training, visit the ORC website at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/conduct or contact Kacey Strickland at 662-325-7474. The first seminar of the spring semester will be on Tuesday [Jan. 19] from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater, and it is not too late to sign up. Robert Green will facilitate a research ethics discussion. Register online at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php.

Reminder: IRB training required for human subjects researchers
With the start of classes and course-related projects, the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) would like to remind everyone that Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) training is required in order to conduct human subjects research. The HRPP is available to assist faculty and students in determining if their study requires IRB oversight:

-- If you need to complete or update your IRB training, several options are available at www.orc.msstate.edu/humansubjects/training.

-- To assist you with your IRB submission planning, view a timeline flowchart about the review process at www.orc.msstate.edu/humansubjects/forms

Please feel free to contact Jodi Roberts, Nicole Cobb or Ashley Massey at 662-325-3294 with any questions or concerns about your human subjects research projects.

Process for inviting international research scholars on J-1 visas updated
The process for inviting an international research scholar on a J-1 visa has been updated to encompass authorizations from both the Office of Research Security and for Procurement and Contracts, as well as a fully executed official visitor agreement coordinated by ORED. In addition to these steps, a complete visitor packet must also include the DS-2019 request form as required by the International Services Office for immigration document issuance. The DS-2019 request form was recently revised to incorporate changes in federal immigration regulation. For more information on inviting an international research scholar or student intern, please contact Caroline Hearnsberger or review the process at http://international.msstate.edu/current/services/visschol/invite.php.

NSF has new public access plan
As we move into a new year, we wanted to remind you of the new public access plan that the National Science Foundation has developed for all NSF-funded research. The plan -- "Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries" -- is designed to encourage data sharing and the effective communication of research results. Read more about this requirement at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/public_access.

Spring Research Seminar Series underway
We have a solid lineup of presentations and speakers scheduled for ORED's Research Seminar Series this spring, and I encourage you to participate. View an online brochure at http://www.web.ur.msstate.edu/web/temp/newsfiles/OREDSeminarSeriesSpring2016Web.pdf or visit the registration website at http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops.

Kudos to newest certified research administrators
Congratulations to the newest Certified Research Administrators (CRAs) on campus: Brandy Akers, High Performance Computing Collaboratory; Becky Bassett, Sponsored Programs Administration; Chris Bell and Cheryl Woody, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Nicole Cobb, Office of Research Compliance; and Kate Teasler, Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies. I appreciate SPA facilitating a study group for the CRA exam, which is another way we are promoting research and creativity by providing optimum administrative support for faculty and staff. It is worth noting that 22 of the 38 CRAs in the state of Mississippi are at MSU.

Final words
As many of you know, David Thompson, the Airbus Helicopters Inc. Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has joined us in ORED for a one-year administrative internship as special assistant vice president. I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Thompson, and believe he will provide keen insight and be a valuable part of our leadership team. David will be focusing his efforts on providing a faculty perspective on how we can improve ORED support for faculty research development and enhance Mississippi State's competitive grants success.

Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development activities.

-- David

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