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Season's greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development

Season's greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development. We find ourselves again at the end of another semester at Mississippi State, but before it draws to a close, please let me share a brief update with you.


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

NSF survey: MSU highest-ranked research university in the state
We were very pleased to see the results of the new NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2015, which the National Science Foundation released last month. The survey placed us at 94th overall among public and private institutions in the country, based on $226.4 million in total research and development expenditures. We're ranked 59th among non-medical school institutions, and 64th among public institutions. The survey found that our research accounts for 55 percent of the total $408.2 million of expenditures reported by all Mississippi institutions. Read more about our research rankings at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/nsf-survey-msu-highest-ranked-research-university-state.

Blackjack Road traffic and safety improvements
I hope you saw the recent story about the university's efforts to work with Oktibbeha County to improve traffic and safety for drivers and pedestrians on Blackjack Road. This project has been a priority for us for some time, and I'm confident that we're making real progress. I'm very encouraged about the direction our partnership is going, and I appreciate Kathy Gelston's -- our associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development -- hard work on this initiative. Read more about the project at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/mississippi-state-announces-partnership-oktibbeha-county-blackjack-road.

Registration open for March SEC Academic Conference

I want to remind you that registration is open for the 2017 SEC Academic Conference that the university will host March 27-28 at The Mill at MSU. The new academic event focused on SEC university research collaboration will examine "The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines, and Watersheds." The conference will be a great opportunity to showcase the innovative research that's taking place at Mississippi State, and will provide faculty, staff and students opportunities to connect with peers from around the Southeast. For complete conference details, please see http://www.secconference.msstate.edu

HRPP revises standard operating policies and procedures
The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has recently revised its standard operating policies and procedures to better align with the myProtocol submission system. Investigators now have access to an operating manual that contains sections covering HRPP policies, activities, and the Institutional Review Board, among other topics. The PDF document is also searchable. For any questions or concerns about human subjects research, please contact the HRPP at irb@research.msstate.edu or (662) 325-3994.

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 Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory team and director Ashli Brown for achieving ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation -- a significant achievement that represents the MSCL's commitment to quality and excellence. Well done!

* Congratulations to the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures Associate Professor Jimmy Hardin and Assistant Professor Kate McClellan for their work to win a prestigious overseas-study award from the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program. The grant will fund a five-week seminar project examining connections among museums, memory and heritage in the Middle East. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/us-department-education-awards-middle-east-study-abroad-grant-msu.

* Kudos to John Bickle, professor and head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and a fellow of the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies, who will be delivering two lectures next month at the Bar-Hillel Colloquium for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science in Israel. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/12/msu%e2%80%99s-bickle-speak-prestigious-israeli-colloquium.

* Congratulations to Angi Bourgeois, head of the College of Architecture, Art and Design's Department of Art; Teresa Jayroe, associate dean of the College of Education; Melissa Moore, head of the College of Business' Department of Marketing, Quantitative Analysis and Business Law; and Scott Willard, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who were recently named 2016-17 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/12/msu-administrators-faculty-named-sec-academic-leadership-development.

* Kudos to Courtney Thompson, an assistant professor in the Department of History, who has been named a 2017 recipient of the New York Academy of Medicine's Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health. As a Helfand Fellow, she will participate this coming summer in a month-long residency in New York City. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/12/msu%e2%80%99s-thompson-receives-new-york-academy-medicine-grant.

* Congratulations to Alison Collis Greene, an assistant professor in the Department of History, whose book -- "No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta" (Oxford University Press) -- has been honored with the Southern Historical Association's Charles S. Sydnor Award for the best book in southern history published in 2015. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/msu-author-honored-southern-historical-association-award.

* Kudos to Federico Hoffman, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, whose research is featured in a recent issue of Science. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/msu-bioinformatics-researcher%e2%80%99s-avian-natural-selection-study-published-.

* Congratulations to the team led by Dana Franz, an associate professor in the College of Education's Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, which was recently awarded a nearly $900,000 National Science Foundation grant. The award supports a collaborative partnership with Bagley College of Engineering, Department of Biological Sciences, Office of Research and Economic Development, and Research and Curriculum Unit, and other off-campus partners. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/11/improved-stem-training-goal-new-federal-funding-msu.

* Kudos to the Mississippi State team whose work on the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum's SuperUse Pavilion is part of an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The exhibition, "By the People: Designing a Better America," is open through Feb. 26, 2017. Read more about the project at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/05/msu-led-design-project-selected-prominent-new-york-exhibition and the exhibit at https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2016/04/19/cooper-hewitt-to-present-by-the-people-designing-a-better-america.

* Congratulations to Jan Chambers, director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences and Giles Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine, who has been appointed to a three-year term on the EPA's Scientific Advisory Board. Read more at https://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabpeople.nsf/WebPeople/ChambersJanice%20E.?OpenDocument.

Final words
During this special time of year, we wish you happy holidays and all the best in the upcoming new year. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development activities, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Merry Christmas and Go Dawgs!


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