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Register today for 2017 SEC Academic Conference at The Mill at MSU

After months of planning, Mississippi State is ready to host the Southeastern Conference's first-ever on-campus academic symposium in just a few short weeks. The 2017 SEC Academic Conference -- "The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines and Watersheds" -- takes place March 27-28 at The Mill at MSU, and you can learn more about the outstanding lineup of special events and speakers -- and register -- at www.secconference.msstate.edu.

Before we begin Spring Break, I'd like to give you a brief update about 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.

CAVS Extension to continue role in manufacturing partnership
We were pleased to learn that the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension in Canton will continue to play a key role in the state's Manufacturing Extension Partnership with additional federal funding in place for this very productive collaborative program. CAVS-E helps approximately 50 small and midsize manufacturing companies every year by providing technical assistance and expertise on the manufacturing process. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3963.

MEDC recognizes CAVS Extension, FFI and NSPARC
Speaking of CAVS Extension, it -- along with its partners, including MSU's Franklin Furniture Institute and National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center -- received the Community Economic Development Award from the Mississippi Economic Development Council for their work to bring advanced manufacturing jobs back to America. During the three-year effort, the project team worked with Mississippi manufacturers to reshore jobs back to the U.S. from other countries and to prevent any additional offshoring. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3947.

Grant to fund collaborative research with Cardiff University
As many of you know, Mississippi State and Cardiff University in Wales have a very productive relationship, and our collaboration took another step forward recently with a $400,000, four-year grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to increase understanding of infant head trauma. It's a great example of our focus on developing international opportunities, and you can read more about it at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/grant-will-fund-msu-and-uk-research-advance-understanding-infant-head.

RCU launches K-12 innovation podcast
The Research and Curriculum Unit launched a new podcast this week focused on K-12 innovations in our state. The new monthly production is a terrific resource for administrators and teachers, as well as local and state officials and economic development leaders. Read more about it at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/msu-based-education-research-center-begins-podcast-focus-k-12-innovations or visit www.rcu.msstate.edu/MSEDTalk.

April RCR session to examine chemical security in labs
The next Responsible Conduct of Research training session of the spring semester will take place April 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Bost Extension Center in the Building B Theatre. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety will lead the "Laboratory Chemical Security" session, and registration is available at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/training

Reminder: Advancing Mississippi Conference this summer
The University Research Center in Jackson will be hosting its 2nd-annual Advancing Mississippi Conference on June 8, and it's a great opportunity for Mississippi State's researchers to contribute to a brighter future for our fellow Mississippians. Please consider participating in this year's conference. You can find additional information at http://www.mississippi.edu/urc.

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 Dave Dampier, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who was recently named the Mary Lyn and Niles Moseley Endowed Chair of Cyber Security in the Bagley College of Engineering. Dr. Dampier is also director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute, the Center for Computer Security Research and the National Forensics Training Center. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3937.

* Kudos to James Fowler, a professor and the graduate program director in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who has been elevated to the rank of fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE fellows are chosen from an international pool of candidates working in both academia and industry and are honored annually based upon their contributions and accomplishments to specific IEEE fields of interest. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3922.

* Congratulations to Judy Spencer, the university's chief human resources officer, who was honored by Women in Higher Education-Mississippi Network with its 2017 Leadership Award during the organization's annual conference in Jackson last month. Read more about this well-deserved recognition at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3955.

* Kudos to Mike Pratte, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, whose NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program (R15) funding grant was recently awarded, and to Sam Winer, also an assistant professor in the department, who received a "perfect" score of 10 on his NIH R15 renewal. The R15 program is designed to support biomedical and behavioral sciences research, involve students in research, and strengthen the research environment of the institution. Learn more at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area/area.htm.

Final words
We hosted our first finalist for Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute director last week, and continue with the second candidate Friday, March 10 and the third finalist on Monday, March 13. I encourage you to attend their public presentations. We will also post videos of each presentation online next week. Learn more about the search and our finalists at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=3959

Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about our research and economic development activities.


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