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Join us for Proposal Development ribbon-cutting and open house

We've had a great start to the fall semester in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take just a few minutes of your time for a brief update.


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

Cross-college research grant, undergrad research programs deadline
As I mentioned last month, we are accepting proposals for ORED and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine's cross-college research grant program and ORED's undergraduate research program. Proposals for either program must have a 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 this Monday, Sept. 11. Additional information is available at http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds or you may contact Special Assistant Vice President David Thompson at dthompson@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3570 with any questions.

Faculty Leadership Program kicks off
Members of the 2017-18 Dean Wallace Colvard Faculty Leadership Program at Mississippi State have started this year's program, which honors the memory of our 12th president, and I believe it will be a very valuable experience for each one of them. The program -- a partnership between ORED and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President -- is designed to help develop the next generation of campus academic leaders, and I am pleased to be a part of this initiative. This year's participants are Shrinidhi Ambinakudige, Brian Baldwin, Cindy Bethel, Guihong Bi, Stephen Brain, Jenny Du, David Hoffman, T.J. Jankun-Kelly, Bindu Nanduri, Michael Seymour, Lesley Strawderman and John Wyatt. Learn more about the Faculty Leadership Program at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/08/leadership-program-taps-dozen-msu-faculty

RCR training and oversight essential
In August, the National Science Foundation posted a notice -- https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=in140 -- to remind institutions submitting proposals of the requirement set forth in the 2007 America COMPETES Act to provide appropriate training and oversight in the ethical conduct of research to all undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. The National Institutes of Health and USDA-NIFA also have RCR training requirements. The progress of our scientific research enterprise depends on maintaining integrity in the process of conducting research. Please help the university foster research integrity in the new generations of researchers and stay in compliance with these funding agencies by ensuring appropriate training for your project personnel. If you have any questions about these requirements or resources available, don't hesitate to contact Kacey Strickland at kstrickland@orc.msstate.edu or 662-325-7474.

Are you ready for Common Rule changes?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other federal departments and agencies in January issued final revisions to the Common Rule to update the regulations that safeguard individuals who participate in research. Most of the provisions in the new rule go into effect January 19, 2018. In anticipation of the pending changes, the MSU Human Research Protection Program is updating its policy and procedures for determining an exemption. Federal regulations state that when an exemption has been granted, further oversight by the HRPP is not required. Therefore, when an exemption has been granted, the HRPP will inactivate that study in the university's system. While the study has been inactivated, it means that recruitment, enrollment, data collection, and/or data analysis can continue, but personnel and procedural amendments to the study are no longer required. However, if at any point the risk to participants increases, you must contact the HRPP immediately with that information. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance at 662-325-3294 with any questions.

Reminder: International activities survey underway
If you are currently engaged in international activities or have plans to do so, I encourage you to take the survey at https://msudafvm.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8BSMx84RpTtfBs1&Q_JFE=0 that is collecting feedback about administrative processes, policies, technologies, and opportunities to identify barriers and improve the support infrastructure for international activities. The survey deadline is Wednesday, September 13.

Frequent flyer: TSA pre-check enrollment at Golden Triangle Regional Airport
Here's some good news if you're a frequent flyer like me: the Golden Triangle Regional Airport is taking enrollment for the TSA Pre-Check expedited screening program September 18-22. This popular program enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. Enrollment is available at GTRA between 8 a.m. and noon and then 1-5 p.m. on the second floor of the aiport terminal. Call 662-327-4422 or visit http://gtra.com to learn more or make an appointment to enroll.

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:

* Congratulations to Lei Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who is one of only 37 recipients of the prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The award provides $5,000 in seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions, along with a matching $5,000 contribution from MSU. Very well done! Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4220.

* Kudos to the Research and Curriculum Unit, which is beginning the next phase of career and technical education assessments for the state's public schools as part of a 10-year, $13.6-million Mississippi Department of Education contract. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4249.

* Congratulations to Rocky Lemus, an associate Extension and research professor, who recently received the 2017 Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4236.

Final words
I hope you can join us at 2 p.m. on Sept. 19 for an official ribbon-cutting and open house at the Office of Sponsored Projects' new Proposal Development unit at 140 Morgan Ave. We're really excited about this new initiative, and I'm confident it will be a terrific resource for anyone writing a funding proposal.

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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