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Resources available to help you achieve funding success

As many of you know, the funding environment for research is growing much more competitive. The Office of Research and Economic Development is here to help faculty and staff achieve funding success, and we have a number of resources available to you. One of our most effective offerings is the Research Seminar Series. The fall series is ongoing through the end of the semester, and it delves into topics like fellowships, funding challenges and opportunities, grant management, security, international travel, and much more -- all of it delivered by experts in their fields. I encourage you to learn more or register at www.research.msstate.edu/workshops.

Please let me take a moment to update you about a few of our recent activities.


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

Pre-proposals sought for EPSCoR Track 1 competition
We are now accepting pre-proposals from researchers for the National Science Foundation's FY 2017 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 competition. RII Track-1 awards provide up to $20 million total for 5 years to support physical, human, and cyber infrastructure improvements in research areas selected by the jurisdiction's EPSCoR steering committee as having the best potential to improve future R&D competitiveness of the jurisdiction. The pre-proposal deadline is Nov. 18. Additional information is available at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/pre-proposals-sought-epscor-track-1-competition.

Faculty Leadership Program off to a great start
Members of the 2016-17 Benjamin F. Hilbun Faculty Leadership Program at Mississippi State have started this year's program, which honors the memory of our 11th president, and I believe it will be a very valuable experience for each one of them. The program -- a partnership between ORED and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President -- is designed to help develop the next generation of campus academic leaders, and I am pleased to be a part of this initiative. This year's participants are Amy Crumpton, Darrin Dodds, Deborah Eakin, Jeffrey Eells, Yong Fu, Jeffrey Haupt, Alexandra Hui, Melissa Moore, Andy Perkins and Edwin Webster. Learn more about the Faculty Leadership Program at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/leadership-program-taps-10-msu-faculty

SEC visiting faculty travel grants awarded
We had very strong proposals for the SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant program this year, and announced the university's eight recipients late last week: Heather Alexander, Lei Chen, Jean-Magloire Feugang, Rinat Gabitov, David Hoffman, Leslie Hossfeld, Rosangela Sebba and Te-Ming Paul Tseng. Each one will receive a $1,250 grant to fund travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research, meet with peers and students, and give lectures or other presentations. Read more about this innovative program at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/eight-msu-awarded-sec-visiting-faculty-travel-grants.

October is National Biosafety Stewardship Month
The National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies have designated October as National Biosafety Stewardship Month, and it's the perfect time for all of our laboratories on campus handling biohazardous material to review lab-specific biosafety procedures, including lab-specific biosafety training, autoclave verification program and correct autoclave usage, lab accident reporting, safe use and maintenance of centrifuges, and housekeeping and decontamination procedures. For additional information, please visit the Office of Biosafety and Biosecurity's new website at www.biosafety.msstate.edu or contact biosafety officer Patricia Cox at biosafety@research.msstate.edu or call 662-325-0620.

Human Research Protection Program re-accredited
The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has announced the re-accreditation of the university's Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). In late September, the nonprofit organization announced that Mississippi State has earned full accreditation through September 2021. The AAHRPP accreditation demonstrates our commitment to protecting the community engaged in human subjects research through the thoughtful application of ethical and safe practices. The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) and the Office of Research Compliance thank the MSU research community for their commitment to high ethical standards and for their assistance in our effort to obtain re-accreditation.

Responsible conduct of Research opportunity Oct. 21
You are invited to join the Office of Research Compliance for a Responsible Conduct of Research training session on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon in the theater at Bost Extension Center. Lori Bruce, dean of the Graduate School and Giles Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will lead the program, "Mentor and Mentee Responsibilities." Please visit www.orc.msstate.edu/training to register for this RCR live session.

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 recently:

* Kudos to the High Performance Computing Collaboratory publishing team for its recent recognition from the Southern Public Relations Federation. HPC2 was honored with several awards during SPRF's Lantern Awards ceremony last month, including a Certificate of Merit for a publication promoting the Mississippi State-led Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), which is the FAA's Center of Excellence for UAS Research; an Award of Excellence for the HPC2 2015 Super Computing Conference booth; and an Award of Excellence for the Mississippi State Geosystems Research Institute annual report.

* Congratulations to Sarah Lee, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Vemitra White, the director of educational outreach and support programs in the Bagley College of Engineering. The National Science Foundation recently awarded them a $300,000 grant to encourage young women to enter science-based computing fields. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/msu-researchers-awarded-nsf-grant-encourage-women-computing.

* Kudos to Shelly Hollis, a project manager with the Research and Curriculum Unit, who was in Washington, D.C., last month touting the value of teaching computer science and the Computer Science for Mississippi pilot program at two national events, including one organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that examined the current state of computer science in K-12 education. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3709.

* Congratulations to Missy Hopper, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, who has been elected president-elect of Phi Kappa Phi's national board of directors. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/10/msu%e2%80%99s-hopper-named-president-elect-phi-kappa-phi-board-directors.

* Kudos to Alicia Hall, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, who is part of a three-year international investigation into the variables that affect human happiness and well-being. The $5.1-million grant is funded largely by the John Templeton Foundation with additional support from St. Louis University. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/msu-researcher-chosen-major-%e2%80%98happiness-well-being%e2%80%99-study.

* Congratulations to Dominic Lippillo, an assistant professor of photography in the Department of Art, who has been awarded a $4,500 visual arts grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/msu-professor-receives-mississippi-arts-commission-fellowship-grant.

* Kudos to Chip Templeton, the director of the MSU Small Business Development Center and former telehealth education manager with the MSU Extension Service, who was presented with the Curtis L. Lowery Telehealth Champion Award at the fourth annual South Central Telehealth Forum, which was held recently in Nashville. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/09/templeton-announced-telehealth-champion-south-central-telehealth-forum.

Final words
By now, most of you know that Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin has made a few well-deserved headlines of his own the past few weeks. I congratulate Scott on being named athletics director at the University of Florida, and thank him for his dedicated service to Mississippi State. He is an outstanding leader, and a great friend. Scott, all of us wish you, Anne, Abby and Sophie the very best as you all begin a new chapter in Florida.

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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