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Funding opportunity: SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program

I hope you're having a great summer -- recharging, preparing for the upcoming academic year, and taking advantage of new opportunities. While many of you are away from campus right now, I'd encourage you to think about applying for the SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program. We can award eight grants of $1,250 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus. Assistant, associate and full professors are eligible. The conference created the program to
enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Unfortunately, we have a very tight application deadline -- July 28. This is a great program, and you can find additional information about it at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5498 or contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu with questions.

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

'Research United' theme for SRA chapter's annual meeting
And speaking of great opportunities, we host the Society of Research Administrators International Alabama-Mississippi Chapter annual meeting on Friday with a theme of "Research United." And then on Saturday, we'll host a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) review session. Learn more about the SRA annual meeting at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/06/mississippi-alabama-research-administrators-coming-campus-july and checkout www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/07/certified-research-administrator-exam-prep-session-july-22 for information about the review. Contact Jennifer Easley, the director of our Office of Sponsored Projects, at jeasley@osp.msstate.edu with any questions.

In early August, we'll also be hosting a regional IRB conference at the Hunter Henry Center. Experts will examine the proposed regulation changes to the "Common Rule," and how these changes may impact your research. Registration for the conference is available at www.eventbrite.com/e/ready-or-not-here-it-comes-revised-common-rule-understanding-the-changes-registration-35637232923 or contact Jodi Roberts at jroberts@orc.msstate.edu with questions.

New leadership for CAVS and OTM
In June, we bid farewell to Roger King, the outstanding director of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Giles Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a great colleague and friend. We wish Roger the best in retirement, and I'm very pleased to announce that Clay Walden is the new director at CAVS. Dr. Walden did a terrific job as leader of CAVS Extension, and I believe he will provide outstanding leadership of one our most productive research centers. I'd also like to welcome Jeremy Clay as the new director of the Office of Technology Management after serving a very successful stint as interim director. Please join me in welcoming Clay and Jeremy to their new roles with the university.

Cappe's opening second location in the Research Park
In another change, I'm pleased to report that Cappe's will be opening in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park in early August. They'll be in the space previously occupied by the Cake Box, and we believe Cappe's breakfast and lunch options are a perfect match for patrons in the Research Park, campus and local community.

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 Drew Hamilton, professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Center for Cyber Innovation, who has been elected chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Ada. Dr. Hamilton will serve a two-year term as chair. Dr. Hamilton is also currently serving as interim director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute at MSU.

* Congratulations to David Perkes, professor and director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, who has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Knight Cities Challenge for "Witnessing the Beach" in Biloxi. This project is one of 33 winners selected from more than 4,500 applicants.

* Kudos to David Nadorff, assistant professor of psychology, who recently received the Art Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

* Congratulations to Alicia Musselwhite, the university's fire and life safety officer, who was recently honored as Fire Code Official of the Year by the Building Officials Association of Mississippi.

Final words
As many of you know, I recently had surgery, and I appreciate very much your thoughts and prayers during this time -- and a special word of thanks to the outstanding ORED team that covered for me while I was out. I'm happy to report that the procedure went extraordinarily well, and my recovery is progressing quickly. I'm looking forward to being back at full speed in the next few weeks.

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