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New programs, projects on horizon as spring semester starts

It's great to be back on campus and getting the spring semester underway. We have a number of programs and projects on the horizon in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a moment to share a few of the details with you.

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

Evolution of RTC and ARDC in a competitive funding environment
As Mississippi State's research portfolio has grown over the past decade, the resources and tools we utilize to support our faculty and staff have evolved. We strive to be as responsive as possible to funding opportunities as these opportunities become ever more competitive. Our most recent innovation was the launch of the ASSURE Research and Development Corporation (ARDC) to act as a new contracting agent to help us facilitate what, at times, can be very complex working relationships with external sponsors, especially with private and non-profit groups. The MSU Research and Technology Corporation (RTC) continues to provide complementary services, but with a sharper focus on developing the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, our assets at Stennis Space Center and on the Gulf Coast, and other infrastructure and physical resources. Both RTC and ARDC are focused on protecting university personnel, intellectual property, and other assets as we continue to support and grow MSU's overall research enterprise. Please contact the Office of Sponsored Projects at 662-325-7404 to learn more about how ARDC can work for you and your contracting needs.

Nomination period for Powe and research awards set to open
One of the highlights of my year is the annual research awards banquet in April when we join with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine to honor faculty, staff and students for their outstanding research achievements. In the next few days, we'll begin accepting nominations for the awards, and I encourage you to consider making a nomination this year. We'll have all the details posted at http://www.research.msstate.edu and on Maroon Research social media in the next week or so.

Interim final rule for human subjects regulations published in 11th hour
As most of you know, changes to the human subject protection regulations -- the Common Rule -- were set to kick in this Friday (January 19). However, late Wednesday (January 17), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will be releasing an interim final rule that delays the effective date to July 19, 2018. The delay will provide IRBs additional time to prepare for the revisions and will give federal departments time to issue helpful guidance regarding interpretation of the new regulations. As we learn more, the Office of Research Compliance will keep researchers informed through their website and with informational sessions. Please feel free to contact ORC with any questions you may have at 662-325-3294.

RCU growing computer science education in state's schools
It's great to see the Research and Curriculum Unit team continue to assist the Mississippi Department of Education implement and improve computer science offerings throughout the state's public schools. Almost 50 school districts are participating in the second year of the Computer Science for Mississippi -- CS4MS -- pilot program, while RCU-facilitated training initiatives for teachers continue to grow. The RCU recently received a three-year, $700,000 National Science Foundation grant to supplement professional development, and the organization was named a Code.org regional partner. The Code.org distinction allows the RCU access to more resources to aid training initiatives, network with other regional partners and share additional materials with schools. Well done!

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 recently:

* Kudos to Todd French, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, who has served as faculty representative for the Federal Demonstration Partnership the past few years. We appreciate his service, and now welcome David May, a professor in the Department of Sociology, as the new FDP faculty representative, and Barbara Kaplan, an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Basic Science Department, as alternate. The Federal Demonstration Partnership is an association of federal agencies and academic research institutions with administrative, faculty and technical representation, and research policy organizations that work to streamline the administration of federally sponsored research.

* Congratulations to Nicole Cobb, who is our new Human Research Protection Program officer in the Office of Research Compliance.

* Kudos to Sam Winer, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, who has been named a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science -- a very prestigious early career honor.

* Congratulations to the Office of Sponsored Project's Jennifer Easley -- a recent selection for the Leadership Mississippi program's class of 2018.

* Kudos to Michael Parsons, director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, who recently attained the Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP) designation from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4421.

* Congratulations to Kevin Enroth, a senior grants and contracts administrator in the Office of Sponsored Projects, and Schanna Beckham, a contract and grant specialist in the College of Business, for recently earning the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation from the Research Administrators Certification Council.

* Kudos to Renee Clary, as associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, who was recently honored with the Geological Society of America's History and Philosophy of Geology Division's Gerald and Sue Friedman Distinguished Service Award. Read more about this prestigious recognition at http://community.geosociety.org/histphildiv/awards/dsa.

* Congratulations to Bronson Strickland, who has been named the St. John Family Endowed Professor of Wildlife Management in the College of Forest Resources. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4411.

Final words
News travels fast on a college campus, and by now I'm sure that many of you have heard that Jennifer Easley, the director of our Office of Sponsored Projects, will be joining the Bagley College of Engineering as Business Manager II in February. Jennifer has been instrumental in enhancing customer service, streamlining administration, and launching new initiatives, and we wish her all the best as she moves into a new position that allows her to more closely pursue her professional passions, including accounting and fiscal management. I know she'll be a true asset for Bagley as its research portfolio grows and diversifies. I'd also like to thank Associate Director Tina Hood for accepting the interim director's role with Sponsored Projects as we begin this transition. She is well qualified to lead Sponsored Projects with more than 17 years of service to our research community, and I appreciate her willingness to serve.

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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