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Kicking off new Research Seminar Series this month

Like many of you, we've had a very busy and productive summer in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and we're looking forward to the start of a new academic year. Please let me take a few minutes of your time for an update.

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

Research Seminar Series kicks off this month
I hope you'll be able to join us for this year's Research Seminar Series. The fall lineup kicks off Aug. 28 with "Campus Resources Necessary for Research Success." Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill will lead this overview of the resources available to Mississippi State's research community, and she'll also introduce you to the Sponsored Projects, Research Compliance, Research Security, Technology Management, Environmental Health and Safety, and Sponsored Programs Accounting teams. Additional information about the seminars and online registration are available at http://www.research.msstate.edu/workshops and you can download a series brochure at www.web.ur.msstate.edu/web/temp/newsfiles/ORED_Seminars_Fall_2017_Web.pdf.

Register today for fall Responsible Conduct of Research sessions
In addition to the Research Seminar Series, registration is now open for this fall's Responsible Conduct of Research live sessions. The Office of Research Compliance and my office are here to assist you with special training needs, research planning meetings, and protocol completion assistance, among other services. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are committed to helping you achieve success in your research endeavors. Learn more about RCR training opportunities at www.orc.msstate.edu/training.

Cross-college research grant program returns
ORED and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine are again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus. The objective of this program is to improve research competitiveness by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration that is focused on a common research theme and leads directly to the submission of a competitive proposal to an external funding agency. The proposal must have signature of approval from the Associate Dean for Research for each participating college. To apply, faculty should submit an application to the Associate Dean of Research for the college of the principal investigator no later than Sept. 11. Additional information is available at www.research.msstate.edu/funds.

Faculty proposals sought for ORED undergrad research program
In addition to the cross-college grant program, we are soliciting proposals from faculty to create innovative, faculty-directed research opportunities for talented undergraduate students. A wide range of projects will be considered as long as the budget explicitly supports undergraduate research. The ideal project will produce results that can be incorporated into a publication or serve as preliminary results for a proposal submission. To apply, faculty should submit an application with an attached description of the proposed research not to exceed two pages in length, including the budget, to the appropriate Associate Dean for Research no later than Sept. 11. Learn more about this opportunity at www.research.msstate.edu/funds.

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 come across my desk the past few weeks:

* Kudos to Lei Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who has received the prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Since joining the Bagley College of Engineering in 2015, Dr. Chen has already won two competitive National Science Foundation external funding awards for his cutting-edge research. Well done! Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/08/msu-engineering-professor-receives-ralph-e-powe-junior-faculty-enhancement.

* Congratulations to Wes Burger, associate director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center and MAFES, who is one of only three selections this year for a National Quail Symposium Award of Excellence -- a career tribute from the Tennessee-based National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and Bobwhite Technical Committee. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/07/wes-burger-msu-honored-again-quail-science-leadership.

* Kudos to Checky Herrington, a senior member of the Office of Public Affairs, who was inducted into the Southern Public Relations Federation's Hall of Fame this summer. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/07/herrington-msu-public-affairs-inducted-southern-public-relations.

* Congratulations to Dongmao Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, who was recently recognized by the Journal of Physical Chemistry C as one of its most highly prolific authors. Read more at www.chemistry.msstate.edu/news/dr-dongmao-zhang-recognized-journal-physical-chemistry-c.

* Kudos to Drew Hamilton, interim director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute and a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who's been busy recently with an NSA-sponsored cyber certification workshop. The 40-hour program included participants from the Mississippi National Guard, U.S. Navy and academia.

* Congratulations to Lakiesha Williams, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Eric Hill, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach, who are on the Mississippi Business Journal's 2017 "Top in Tech" list. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/07/mbj-top-tech-list-includes-msu-engineering-professor-entrepreneurship.

Final words
As I've mentioned, my office works closely with the MSU Foundation on a number of important initiatives, and I was pleased to see last month that the university had another outstanding year of fundraising -- raising $108.6 million in FY2017. It marked the second highest fundraising year in school history, as well as four years running in which institutional fundraising surpassed $100 million. Read more at www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/07/msu-fiscal-year-giving-tops-100-million-four-successive-years.

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 www.research.msstate.edu.

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