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Celebrating research success as spring semester concludes

The end of the spring semester and another academic year is here again, and I'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of our work in the Office of Research and Economic Development. It's been a great year for our overall research enterprise, and last week we celebrated with many of you at the Annual Research Awards Banquet, which we co-host with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine every April.

This year, we honored Dr. Henry Wan -- a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Basic Sciences -- with the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award, the university's highest honor for research achievement. The Powe Award is a memorial to Dr. Powe, an MSU alumnus and longtime research vice president who passed away in 1996. It is selected at the university level from nominations received from the campus community.

We were pleased that members of the Powe family and more than 200 honorees and guests could join us to celebrate the university's research success stories. Thanks very much to Carmen Kelly, Jessica Northcutt and Lynn Taylor for putting together a very special event. Read more about Dr. Wan and all of our award winners at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/04/mississippi-state-celebrates-research-success-annual-banquet or take a look at the banquet program put together by Hayley Gilmore in the Office of Public Affairs at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/pdf/2017ResearchAwardsProgram.pdf.


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

Mississippi State team to lead Homeland Security's UAS test site
After a multi-year effort and a very competitive review process, we were excited to announce last month that Mississippi State will be leading the partnership for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's new Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demonstration Range Facility. This win is the latest example of how Mississippi is becoming a national hub for unmanned aircraft R&D, and this university -- your university -- is leading the way. Congratulations to Dallas Brooks and his team at the Raspet Flight Research Lab for their outstanding work to land this game-changing initiative. As President Keenum said, this really is a great win for not only our university, but for the entire state of Mississippi. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/04/mississippi-state-selected-lead-homeland-security-uas-test-site.

Leadership transition for technology management
We introduced Jeremy Clay as the interim director of the Office of Technology Management during the patent recognition segment of the Research Awards banquet last week, and I'd like to thank him for taking on this important role as we move through a leadership transition. I'd also like to thank Kris McCandless for her work as OTM director over the past several years. We wish her the very best as she starts a new chapter in her life later this summer.

Faculty Leadership Program applications due May 26
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 other program information. Nomination packages are due no later than May 26.

Project request portal training sessions this month
I mentioned last month that a pilot group has been testing a new Sponsored Projects request portal the past few months, and we are on track to go live with it on July 1st. 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. We are offering three training sessions for the request portal this month -- May 16 at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. and on May 17 at 2 p.m. -- and I encourage you to sign up. Online registration is available at https://mississippistate.pageuppeople.com by clicking on Learning Library under the My Community tab. After that, click on OSP Request Portal Training and complete the registration. Additional training resources will be provided over the next few weeks, and if you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Easley at 662-325-3751 or jeasley@osp.msstate.edu.

Thank you for HRPP feedback
I'd like to thank everyone who completed the Class Climate evaluation of our Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) that was sent to every investigator who submitted an Institutional Review Board protocol last semester. Your feedback is very important as we work to enhance the services we offer. We will be sending another evaluation for the spring semester, and I encourage you to take a few minutes and complete the survey. If you have any comments, questions, suggestions or concerns about HRPP, please contact me or Jodi Roberts at jroberts@orc.msstate.edu or 662-325-2238.

Wanted: Your ideas for the research seminar series
We are in the process of finalizing the 2017-2018 Research Seminar Series. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see us cover, please send the details -- and an explanation of why you think it would be beneficial -- to Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu by May 15.

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:

* Kudos to the offices of Sponsored Projects and Sponsored Programs Accounting! A targeted review by the National Science Foundation of the university's internal controls related to sub-award monitoring recently concluded, and auditors noted no concerns. As you know, compliance is absolutely essential to the success of research at Mississippi State, and I appreciate very much the efforts of everyone working to ensure that we are good stewards of the external funding we receive.

* Congratulations to the College of Architecture, Art and Design's Hans Herrmann, Alexis Gregory, Emily McGlohn and Michele Herrmann. They were recently recognized for their work by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4048.

* Kudos to Dipangkar Dutta, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who is the principal investigator leading a part of a National Science Foundation project examining an alternate material to measure G, Isaac Newton's gravitational constant, also known as "Big G." Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4051.

* Congratulations to Jan Chambers, William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine and the director for the Center for Environmental Health Sciences, who is a winner of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4024.

* Kudos to David Buys, an assistant extension/research professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, who was recently honored by the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with its Magnolia Award. The Magnolia Award recognizes individuals outside of the dietetics profession who make significant contributions to the field. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4035.

* Congratulations to Caleb Lemley, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, who received the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist in Research Award from the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4025.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. 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 http://www.research.msstate.edu.

Congratulations to all of our new graduates and Hail State!


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