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Annual Research Awards Banquet coming up April 27

It's hard to believe that the end of another semester is only a few short weeks away. Like you, we've had a busy one in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a few minutes of your time for an update.


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

Annual Research Awards Banquet coming up April 27
On April 27 at 11:30 a.m., we will co-host the Annual Research Awards Banquet with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at the Hunter Henry Center. This special event is a highlight of my year, and as always, I'm looking forward to spending some time with our award-winning faculty, staff and student researchers and research support team members. Look for additional information about this year's honorees in next month's letter.

Nominations sought for Faculty Leadership Program
As we have done in past years, my office and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will again be conducting an academic leadership program for selected faculty during the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. The program consists of two-hour seminar sessions once per month from August to April with senior leaders covering a wide variety of topics. We've seen a lot of success with this initiative, and many of our Faculty Leadership Program participants are now serving in key leadership positions on campus. Please see https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/nominations-sought-faculty-leadership-program for eligibility requirements, nomination details and deadline, and other program information.

New project request portal set to launch in July
One of our office's most important priorities is to streamline the research administration process so that Mississippi State's researchers can focus on their work. We've been able to implement a number of "customer service" enhancements over the past few years and are on schedule to launch a new one this summer. A pilot group has been testing a new Sponsored Projects request portal the past few months, and we appreciate their feedback as we work toward launching the portal in July. The portal is designed to quickly give you the information you need, provide transparency throughout the request process, facilitate cross-college collaboration, and allow us to identify bottlenecks in the process and then fix them, among other added benefits. Special thanks to the Office of Sponsored Projects team for their work on this innovative solution. Be on the lookout for additional information about the request portal and training opportunities in May. If you have any questions, please contact OSP Director Jennifer Easley at 662-325-3751 or jeasley@osp.msstate.edu.

Rogers named director of UAS Center of Excellence
We were pleased to announce late last month that Marty Rogers is the new director of the Mississippi State-led Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence, more commonly known as ASSURE, which is the Federal Aviation Administration's Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Marty joins us from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but he has deep roots in our state and we're happy to welcome him home. I'm confident he will help lead ASSURE forward as it continues to grow its successful partnerships with the FAA and aerospace companies as unmanned aircraft are integrated safely into the nation's airspace. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/rogers-named-director-msu-led-uas-center-excellence.

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.

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:

* Kudos to the College of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach -- and co-principal investigators Sharon Oswald and Eric Hill -- for winning a $495,300, five-year Innovation Corps Sites Program from the National Science Foundation. NSF I-Corp Sites provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. I-Corps Sites also strengthen innovation locally and regionally and contribute to the National Innovation Network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.

* Congratulations to Ra'Sheda Forbes, who has been named assistant vice president for multicultural affairs. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/forbes-named-assistant-vice-president-multicultural-affairs-msu

* Kudos to Farshid Vahedifard, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering, whose letter examining lessons from the Oroville dam situation in California was published in the March 17 issue of Science. Read more about Dr. Vahedifard and his colleagues' work at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/msu%e2%80%99s-vahedifard-examines-%e2%80%98lessons-oroville-dam%e2%80%99-science.

* Congratulations to Eddie French, who was recently named head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/french-named-msu-political-science-public-administration-department-head.

* Kudos to Penny Wallin, an assistant professor of educational leadership at MSU-Meridian, who will give the featured address at this week's National Field Experience Conference, which will feature information, practices, policies and research about teacher candidates' experiences in school settings. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/03/msu-meridian-professor-be-keynote-speaker-national-conference.

* Congratulations to Madison Poole, who is the new director of international partnerships and protocol for the MSU International Institute. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4002.

* Kudos to Dave Marcum, chief scientist for computational fluid dynamics at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who has been awarded an Inria International Chair for 2017-2021. Inria is the French national institute for computer science and applied mathematics. During his work with colleagues on two- to three-month visits over the next five years, Dr. Marcum will continue his research of unstructured mesh generation for computational simulation and design of automotive, aerospace and industrial vehicles and devices. His achievement is a great example of Mississippi State's ongoing efforts to expand our robust global partnerships. Learn more at https://www.inria.fr/en/institute/recruitment/inria-international-chairs/international-chairs.

Final words
I'd like to thank everyone who had a hand in last week's "The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines and Watersheds" at The Mill at MSU. From the organizing committee -- to our panelists and moderators -- to the Office of Public Affairs -- and so many others -- thank you all for your incredible work, support and promotion of this very special event. It was truly a university-wide effort to host the first-ever on-campus SEC Academic Conference, and the entire Mississippi State family should take pride in its success. Thank you!

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 or visit www.research.msstate.edu.


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