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Research tab goes live in MyState for PIs, co-PIs

During the past month, we had a great conversation with several deans, as well as the directors of the university's centers and institutes and the associate deans for research, about the recent Carnegie Classification changes. Thanks to some top-notch analysis by Don Zant, Tim Chamblee, and their teams, we now have a better understanding of the algorithm used to set the new classifications. Moving forward, there are several short- and long-term changes that we can implement as a university to enhance where we are in the Carnegie metric, but we are in agreement that we will only make changes that make us a stronger institution.

As I stated earlier this spring, Mississippi State's research enterprise is robust and growing. In the most recent National Science Foundation survey, Mississippi State research expenditures totaled $210 million in FY 2014, accounting for more than half of the total $410 million in research and development expenditures reported by all Mississippi institutions. Our discussion last month was only the beginning of what I expect to be a productive process, and we will share more information about it in the coming months.


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

Research tab goes live in MyState
After a lot of hard work by Sponsored Programs Administration and Information Technology Services, principal investigators and co-PIs with active projects or pending proposals now have access to a new Research tab in Banner via the MyState portal. We believe this additional resource will help our researchers manage their sponsored projects, and plan on enhancing its content as we receive feedback from users. If you have any questions, please contact SPA Director Jennifer Easley at jeasley@spa.msstate.edu or 662-325-3751.

You're invited: Partnership celebration April 18
On April 18 at 11 a.m. in the Parker Ballroom at the Hunter Henry Center, we will officially launch 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. I hope to see you there.

Full agenda set for animal care and use conference
On April 29, the Office of Research Compliance is hosting a Shining a Light on Issues Affecting the Animal Care and Use Community conference in conjunction with Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research 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. Online registration is available at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/animalcare/iacuc/annual/registration.

Learn about working with industry (and get RCR credit too)
We have an opportunity this month to learn about the challenges and opportunities that come with working with industry. Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement and Economic Development Kathy Gelston will lead a seminar to help faculty, researchers, staff and students identify ways to establish mutually beneficial industrial collaborations and develop strong strategic partnerships. Her presentation takes place on April 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the theater at Bost Extension Center, and it will also count as a Responsible Conduct of Research credit. To register, visit http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops or contact Lynn Taylor at 662-325-3168 or ltaylor@research.msstate.edu with questions.

International Institute plans study abroad program development session
The International Institute's Office of Study Abroad will be hosting a workshop on April 14 at 3 p.m. in 210 Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Building for Mississippi State faculty and administrators interested in developing a successful faculty-led study abroad program. Participants will learn about the key components that lend themselves to an effective study abroad program. Study abroad is an integral component of the university's focus on international development, and I encourage you to attend this session if you are interested in learning more. Contact Annika Campbell at acampbell@international.msstate.edu with any questions about the workshop.

Reminder: May site visit set 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. Feel free to contact the HRPP team at irb@research.msstate.edu with any questions.

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 Darrin Dodds, an associate extension and research professor, who received the Dr. J. Tom Cothren Outstanding Young Physiologist Award at the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conference. Read more about this honor at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/02/msu-students-and-faculty-honored-beltwide-cotton-conference.

* Kudos to Associate Extension/Research Professor Tom Allen, the 2016 Soybean Researcher of the Year, and to Research Professor Wayne Ebelhar, the 2016 Corn Researcher of the Year. They received their awards at the 19th Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference, Southern Corn and Soybean Conference, Southern Precision Ag Conference and Delta States Irrigation Conference. Read more about the awards and their research at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/03/delta-based-msu-researchers-receive-national-recognitions.

* Congratulations to Mimmo Parisi, the executive director of the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center and professor of sociology, who recently won a 2016 Diversity Award from the President's Commission on the Status of Minorities at MSU. Read more about this recognition at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3396.

* Kudos to Diana Outlaw, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, for winning a $81,712 congressional award from the National Institutes of Health's Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for her innovative work on the specific properties of malaria parasites. Read more about this prestigious funding award at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3391.

Final words
On April 28, we will join the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine to co-host the Annual Research Awards Banquet. This special event is a highlight of my year, and I am looking forward to spending some time with our award-winning faculty, staff and student researchers and research support team members. Look for additional information about this year's recipients in next month's letter.

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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