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Faculty, staff feedback wanted for research priorities

Over the course of the past few months, discussions have been underway about how Mississippi State will invest its resources in research in the future. We've developed an initial draft with input from deans, associate deans, and center directors. That draft is now available online, and I invite you to share your thoughts and concerns about the university's research priorities. Please visit https://w.msstate.edu/research-focus-areas/priorities/index.php and leave your feedback. As I mention on the website, this is the next and most important step in the process. This is similar to the process we used five years ago, and last time we received invaluable input from faculty that substantially revised the initial version. I expect the same this time, and I encourage you to share whatever ideas you have.


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

Proposal Services celebrates new location
It was great to see many of you at our ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the new Office of Proposal Services at 140 Morgan Avenue last month. As part of the Office of Sponsored Projects, we've set up Proposal Services to assist researchers throughout the development of compelling funding proposals. Proposal Services can help identify funding opportunities; manage large, multi-collaborative projects; locate internal and external collaborators; offer learning opportunities relating to grant writing, proposal components, letters of support or commitment, data management plans and formatting; as well as provide individual proposal assistance through mentoring and peer review. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4279.

RCR training opportunity in November
As I've mentioned in previous letters, the progress of our research enterprise depends on maintaining integrity in the process of conducting research. The next opportunity for Responsible Conduct of Research training is coming up on Nov. 2. Jeremy Clay, director of the Office of Technology Management, will lead a session on "Student Intellectual Property Rights: University Policy and Procedures" from 3-4:30 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium. Attendees can earn one hour of RCR credit, and you can register at www.orc.msstate.edu/training.

Institutional Repository: MSU Libraries building central digital archive
The popularity and reach of the digital environment and internet of things (IoT) or Internet of Everything (IoE) are impacting many aspects of academic and educational practices because of their central responsibility and significant role in supporting research, learning, information, and knowledge activities in our universities and libraries. One aspect of this is the transformation from closed to public access in an effort to capture, preserve, and freely disseminate intellectual knowledge. As researchers and faculty try to determine their approach to public access, I encourage you to contact our MSU Libraries experts. They can provide guidance and information about storing, sharing, and preserving scholarly research, data, and history through our MSU Institutional Repository (IR). Any MSU-affiliated faculty member, researcher, clinician, staff member, or student may submit their original material for inclusion in this central digital archive. The advantages to using the IR are many, and you can learn more by contacting Claudia Holland at 662-325-8548 or cholland@library.msstate.edu and by visiting http://ir.library.msstate.edu/page/about.

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 the College of Business, which has been ranked at No. 6 in the world for the impact of its entrepreneurship research, and to Jim Chrisman, who has also been ranked as the No. 6 leading individual contributor to entrepreneurship research, by the Journal of Small Business Management. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4309.

* Kudos to Chief Communication Officer Sid Salter, who is among this year's selections for an MSTop50 Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4304.

* Congratulations to Jay McCurdy, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, who has been honored by the Crop Science Society of America with its 2017 Early Career Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4286.

* Kudos to Dongmao Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, who was recently recognized as one of the most prolific contributors to an international professional publication: the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4259.

* Congratulations to Merrill Warkentin, a professor in the Department of Management and Information Systems, who was recently named the James J. Rouse Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business. Dr. Warkentin is also one of five scholars worldwide recently awarded an International Federation for Information Processing Outstanding Service Award -- http://www.ifip.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=85&Itemid=475.

* Kudos to Younghan Lee, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, who is the overseas research collaborator for new research funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea titled "Investigation of Leisure Sport Participants' Well-being and HIP (Holistic Intervention Program) Development: An Interdisciplinary Approach."

Final words
My office is taking nominations for the Southeastern Universities Research Association's 2018 Distinguished Scientist Award. The nomination deadline is November 3, and you can learn more at www.research.msstate.edu/limitedsubmissions.

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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