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Research, economic development stakeholder events a success

Like many of you, we have had a full schedule in the Office of Research and Economic Development this summer, including two important events for ORED stakeholders. In June, we hosted our Research and Technology Advisory Council for a two-day summit, and the feedback from this group of professionals in economic development, business and industry, and state and federal government was exceptional. They let us know what we are doing well, where we can do better, and identified several new opportunities to further diversify Mississippi State's research enterprise that we plan to explore.

We also held a one-day retreat for all of the administrative and support personnel within our division last month. The sessions were very productive, and I think everyone who participated has a greater understanding of our focus on customer service that is designed to streamline the administration process and let researchers focus on their research. Special thanks to Jennifer Easley and Kacey Strickland for leading this effort.

Please let me give you a brief update about a few of our other activities.

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

Rollout continues for new protocol submission software
As I mentioned last month, the Office of Research Compliance recently launched new software to accept Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols online. Kacey Strickland and the Research Compliance team are offering a variety of training opportunities with the new system, including demonstrations to your department and personal online sessions. The IRB module went live in late May, and the IACUC modules will be up this month. Please contact ORC at 662-325-3294 with any questions or visit http://www.orc.msstate.edu.

Mid-August deadline for SEC visiting faculty travel grants
Please remember that applications for the Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program are now being accepted, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 19. Mississippi State can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2016-2017 travel grants of $1,250 each. The program was created to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Additional information is available at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3493.

Sponsored Projects concludes DAWG program's fourth year
Congratulations to the 11 MSU staff members who graduated recently from the Office of Sponsored Projects' professional development program: Holly Coker, Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory; Jeremiah Elliott, School of Human Sciences; Andrew Fox, Institute for Clean Energy Technology; Ellen Harpole, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Casey Moss, Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station; Judy Norwood, Delta Research and Extension Center; Janet Petty, Center for Environmental Health Sciences; Madison Poole, International Institute; Carl Smith, High Performance Computing Collaboratory; Natalie Smith, Bagley College of Engineering; and Mary Thomas, Institute for Systems Engineering Research. The fourth edition of the Departmental Administrator Working Group -- D.A.W.G., for short -- provided participants a nine-month curriculum designed to develop sponsored-project administration skills and foster networking opportunities with their campus peers. Applications for the next class will be made available later this summer.

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:

* Kudos to Nancy Reichert, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, who is the 2016-2017 president-elect for the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. She will serve as the 45th president of the national organization. CAST, which was established in 1972, consists of committed scientists whose goal is to "bring science-based information to policymaking and the public." Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3526.

* Congratulations to Donna Reese, head and professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who has been selected as a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. She becomes the first honoree to represent the Computer Science and Engineering department and the sixth Bagley College faculty member to be named to ASEE's Academy of Fellows. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3538.

* Kudos to the Department of Geosciences' Brenda Kirkland, who was honored in June by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists with the Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award. The award, bestowed on a professional who has significantly contributed to geological education, emphasizes the recipient's success in teaching, guiding student research, and other university and professional research and involvement. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3528.

* Congratulations to Stephen Grado, who holds the George L. Switzer Professorship in Forestry in the College of Forest Resources, for being among this year's Phi Kappa Phi's Love of Learning award recipients. In addition to his honor, MSU's PKP organization was designated yet again as a chapter of excellence. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3515.

Final words
During its annual awards luncheon in Jackson last month, the Mississippi Main Street Association honored Mark Castleberry with the Outstanding Economic Impact Project award for The Mill at MSU. And last week, the Mississippi Municipal League honored Starkville with its overall Municipal Excellence Award because of the public-private partnership that worked together to take The Mill from possibility to reality. I can't tell you how pleased I am about this recognition for The Mill. It honors the outstanding teamwork of so many folks on our campus, in the local community, and the developer, architect, engineering and construction team, and lenders.

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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