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Kick off spring semester with ORED's seminar series

The beginning of a new semester is always an exciting time to be on our campus, and I hope your spring semester is off to a great start. Please let me take a few minutes to give you a quick update from the Office of Research and Economic Development.


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

Spring's Research Seminar Series starts this week
We have a solid lineup of presentations and speakers scheduled for ORED's Research Seminar Series this spring, and I encourage you to join us. The first session -- "Using Real-World Problems in the Classroom to Grow Industry Partnerships," led by Kathy Gelston, associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development, and Reuben Burch, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering -- takes place on Wednesday [Jan. 11] from 2-3:30 p.m. in the theater at Bost Extension Center. For additional information about the seminars, visit http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops/ResearchSeminarSeriesSpring2017_Website.pdf or http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops.

Nomination period for Powe and research awards set to open
One of the highlights of my year is the annual research awards banquet in April when we join with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine to honor faculty, staff and students for their outstanding research achievements. In the next few days, we'll begin accepting nominations for the awards, and I encourage you to consider making a nomination this year. We'll have all the details posted at http://www.research.msstate.edu and on Maroon Research social media later this week.

Responsible Conduct of Research session Jan. 30
Three federal agencies require training and oversight in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the USDA-National Institutes of Food and Agriculture. To help you comply with these requirements, the Office of Research Compliance hosts at least one seminar per month during the fall and spring semesters that satisfy the face-to-face component of the training. If you have questions about RCR training, visit the ORC website at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/conduct or contact Kacey Strickland at 662-325-7474. The first Responsible Conduct of Research training session of the spring semester will take place Jan. 30 from 3-4 p.m. in 1405 IMC Presentation Room at Mitchell Memorial Library. Deborah Lee, the coordinator of Graduate Student Services for MSU Libraries and the co-director of the Maroon & Write MSU Quality Enhancement Plan, will lead the "Developing a Literature Review" seminar, and registration is available at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/training.

Reminder: Register today for 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 with opportunities to connect with their peers from around the region. For details, please see http://www.secconference.msstate.edu.

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 the past few days:

* Congratulations to Alix Hui, an associate professor in the Department of History, who has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Scholars. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3858.

* Kudos to Meghan Millea, a professor of finance and economics in the College of Business, and Margaret Khaitsa, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, whose work recently received the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference Poster Award for their outstanding poster presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3862.

* Congratulations to Hal Schramm, a U.S. Geological Survey fisheries research biologist and adjunct fisheries professor, who has been designated a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society in recognition of his four decades of service. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3851.

* Kudos to the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development team for their work on the Alabama and Mississippi Community College Policy Fellows Program, which has received national media attention recently, including coverage by Inside Higher Ed -- https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/12/21/community-college-leaders-take-civil-rights-bus-tour-goal-solving-problems-today.

Final words
As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development initiatives, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.


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