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Spring calendar filling up with research events

Although many of you are away for spring break this week, I still wanted to take a few minutes and provide a brief update from the Office of Research and Economic Development. We have several important events coming up that you will not want to miss.


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

New initiative tackling health disparities
In April, I hope that you will join us for a celebration officially launching a new initiative between Mississippi State, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities. Dr. Rick deShazo, UMMC distinguished professor of medicine, pediatrics and immunology, and a host for "Southern Remedy" on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, will be the keynote speaker as we sign a memorandum of understanding creating this innovative partnership on April 18 at 11 a.m. in the Hunter Henry Center's Parker Ballroom.

University hosting IACUC-focused conference in April
As I mentioned last month, we are looking forward to the Office of Research Compliance hosting a Shining a Light on Issues Affecting the Animal Care and Use Community conference in conjunction with Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research on April 29 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center. The meeting will include presentations from the USDA, NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Care International, and FBI, and I encourage you to attend. Online registration is available at www.orc.msstate.edu/animalcare/iacuc/annual/registration and the $25 fee includes lunch. Please contact Trina Smith at tsmith@orc.msstate.edu with any questions.

Reminder: May site visit scheduled for HRPP accreditation
The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) site visit for re-accreditation has been scheduled for May 16-17. Administrators, researchers, staff and key personnel from around campus will be asked to meet with the AAHRPP site visit team to answer questions about MSU's HRPP. If you have any questions about the site visit or Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) submissions, please feel free to contact the HRPP team at irb@research.msstate.edu.

SPA here to help with proposal development
Sponsored Programs Administration and my office work closely together to help faculty find the resources they need to support their work. We realize that writing grants can seem like a daunting task, and that is why we are committed to offering assistance. We have a number of exciting enhancements planned for this area, and look forward to sharing details with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you need help with creating your proposal budget, completing Grants.Gov forms, or other administrative tasks such as these, please contact SPA director Jennifer Easley at jeasley@spa.msstate.edu or 662-325-3751.

Federal program officers visiting campus
As the research funding environment becomes more competitive, relationships with federal agency program officers are essential. Faculty will have the opportunity to meet with two officers next month. Steve Ellis, the Physiological and Structural Systems program director in the National Science Foundation's Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, will lead a presentation on April 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the theater at Bost Extension Center. On April 11, Tingyu Li from the Division of Chemistry in the NSF's Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences/Chemistry will visit and offer a presentation from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Bost theater. Each official also will be available for one-on-one sessions for researchers who would like to pitch a proposal. Learn more about this opportunity at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3358.

Global Engagement Series to explore 'Inviting an International Scholar'
The International Institute will host a forum on "Inviting an International Scholar" as part of its Global Engagement Series on March 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium. The seminar will explain the process of inviting an international visitor -- including scholar, researcher or intern -- to campus and obligations of the host department to the visitor during their stay. Considerations that will be discussed include housing, immigration (DS-2019 form assistance), export control compliance, letters of invitation, and funding. Additional information is online at http://memo.msstate.edu/announcement.php?id=2066.

The International Institute has also released the newest edition of Global Insight magazine, and I encourage you to take a look at it -- http://international.msstate.edu/pdf/GIfall2015.pdf.

Kudos and congratulations
I always look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk in the past few weeks:

* Congratulations to Merrill Warkentin, professor of management information systems and Drew Allen Endowed Fellow in the College of Business, who spoke during the 2016 NATO Advanced Training Course -- Countering the South-East European Terrorist Threat -- in Macedonia last month. The training course promotes regional cooperation between NATO and partner countries in developing resilient responses, effective prevention of terrorist activities and significant counter radicalization processes. Read more about his presentation at www.business.msstate.edu/archive/index.php?uid=844&itk=1a88674b9d39d3beea3b4e32d3e4db88.

* Kudos to Dallas Brooks, the director of the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory and ASSURE associate director of research, who is serving on the FAA's Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee. According to the agency, the rulemaking committee will develop recommendations for performance-based standards for the classification and operation of certain UAS that can be operated safely over people; identify how UAS manufacturers can comply with the requirements; and propose operational provisions based on the requirements. The FAA will draft a rulemaking proposal after reviewing the committee's report.

* Congratulations to Renee Clary, an associate professor of geology and director of the Department of Geoscience's Dunn-Seiler Museum, who was recognized in February as the Mississippi Academy of Sciences' 2016 Science Teacher of the Year. Read more about this honor at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3321.

Final words
The spring issue of Maroon Research magazine is now available on our website, and printed issues will be mailed later this week. If you'd like to read it online, visit www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/pdf/MaroonResearchSpring2016Web.pdf.

Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about any of our research and economic development activities.


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