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Momentum continues to build with latest UAS announcement

We were pleased to announce last week that the state of Mississippi is now a member of the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex, one of the FAA's seven unmanned aircraft system test sites, and Mississippi State will lead the program -- solidifying our state and our university as the clear leaders in the emerging field of unmanned aircraft, both from development and applications standpoints. Having the leadership on FAA research and development, and now a designation as an official test site, creates a situation in which we are seen as unparalleled leaders. I applaud Robert Moorhead and the Geosystems Research Institute, Dallas Brooks and the Raspet Flight Research Lab, and Marty Rogers and the ASSURE team for their hard work and commitment to this initiative. You can read more about this news at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/mississippi-added-full-member-pan-pacific-uas-test-range-complex.

Please let me take a moment to give you a brief update on a few of our other activities in the Office of Research and Economic Development.


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

NSF issues call for EPSCoR RII Track 4 proposals
The National Science Foundation has issued a call for proposals for the FY 2017 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-4 competition, and we would like to submit three strong, competitive proposals. RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation's premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Additional information about this funding opportunity are available at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5103.

White papers sought for NASA EPSCoR funding
I'd like to bring another federal funding opportunity to your attention: The Mississippi jurisdiction may submit two proposals to the 2017 NASA EPSCoR program for three years of funding for a maximum $750,000 per award, or roughly $250,000 a year. This announcement is to solicit a two-page white paper from potential proposers at Mississippi universities. Two of these papers will be selected by the Mississippi Research Consortium (MRC) for development into a full proposal to this NASA EPSCoR program. Learn more about this call for white papers at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5104.

Responsible Conduct of Research opportunity Nov. 14
The Office of Research Compliance will offer the fall semester's final Responsible Conduct of Research training session on Nov. 14 from 3-4 p.m. in the theater at Bost Extension Center. Bart Moffatt, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, will lead the program, "Responsible Authorship and Publication Practices." Please visit http://www.orc.msstate.edu/training to register for this RCR live session.

Search underway for MWRRI director
As many of you know, the search for a director of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute director is currently underway. I invite you to review the job description on Human Resources Management's website -- http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/cw/en-us/job/493949/director-mississippi-water-resources-research-institute -- and share the information with any potential candidates you would recommend.

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:

* Congratulations to Clay Walden and the CAVS Extension team who were recently awarded a $490,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Authority to lead an effort to spur job growth and economic development in 18 counties in central and southern Mississippi. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3745.

* Kudos to John Bickle, the head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, who has been appointed to serve as the American Philosophical Association's representative to the neuroscience section of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. In this role, Dr. Bickle -- who is also a Fellow of MSU's Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies (I2AT) -- will have the opportunity to assist philosophers worldwide learn more about neuroscience relevant to their research and teaching interests and help to develop more opportunities for philosophers to interact with neuroscientists.

* Congratulations to Mark Lawrence, associate dean and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Basic Science Department, who has been appointed to serve as the American Veterinary Medical Association representative to the USDA's National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. The board "provides advice to the Secretary of Agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics."

* Kudos to Isaac Howard, an associate professor in Bagley College of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who was named Mississippi's 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Engineer of the Year during the section's annual meeting in Biloxi last month.

* Congratulations to Adam Skarke, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, who is among 10 recipients of the prestigious Early Career Research Fellowship awarded by the Washington, D.C.-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3758.

* Kudos to Adrian Sescu, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, who recently presented at the 13th International Conference on Flow Dynamics on a project funded by MSU's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and the Institute of Fluid Science at Tohoku University in Japan, where we're exploring other partnership opportunities.

* Congratulations to Raj Prabhu, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, whose work with a colleague at Cardiff University in Wales was recently funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's Doctoral Training Partnership, which funds doctoral training for UK research organizations. Dr. Prabhu and Dr. Sescu's efforts are excellent examples of the international research collaborations we are striving to develop.

* Kudos to Sundar Krishnan and Kalyan Srinivasan, both associate professors in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who are working with several partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, to develop high-fidelity, system-level simulations and lead the design effort to achieve a high-efficiency, one-kilowatt, spark-assisted compression ignition natural gas generator. The project's goal is to develop technology in the next three years that could power an entire home, including electricity, hot water, heating and cooling for 1/8th of the cost. Read more at http://www.anl.gov/articles/novel-way-power-greener-homes.

* Congratulations to Kari Babski-Reeves, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the Bagley College of Engineering, who has been invited to participate on the Center for Disease Control's National Occupational Research Agency's Musculoskeletal Health Council. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3730.

* Kudos to Stephen Brain, an associate professor in the Department of History and a two-time recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, who has been honored as the 2016 Humanities Teacher of the Year by the university and the Mississippi Humanities Council. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3756.

Final words
As we look forward to a short break at the end of the month, I hope that each of you enjoys a very happy Thanksgiving. 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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