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Busy spring: new associate VP, Japanese partnerships, College View -- and more

It's hard to believe that Spring Break is almost here. Before it starts, I'd like to give you an update from the Office of Research and Economic Development.


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

New associate vice president for research
We were pleased to announce last month that Allen Parrish will be joining us as associate vice president for research in May. Dr. Parrish brings a national caliber research portfolio and extensive leadership experience from the University of Alabama, where he served as associate vice president of research and was the founding director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety, and from the United States Naval Academy, where he serves as professor and founding chair of the Department of Cyber Science. As I stated in the university's news release, I believe Allen will be a visionary leader who can help us achieve even greater levels of success. I hope you'll join me in welcoming him to campus. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/02/parrish-named-new-associate-vice-president-research-msu.

Exploring new opportunities, expanding partnerships in Japan
In late February, I visited Japan for meetings with colleagues at Nagoya University, one of Japan's leading academic and research institutions. While there, I signed an agreement to establish a new partnership between Nagoya and our Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. We are also working to expand the partnership we have with Tokyo's Nihon University, including the possibility of new exchange programs. These collaborative relationships with Japanese institutions are very important as we continue to grow our work with Nissan, Toyota, Yokohama Tire and other Japanese companies. This work has a major research impact here at Mississippi State, and it also plays a significant role in the state's economic development initiatives as more global companies consider Mississippi to locate or expand operations.

Groundbreaking for College View P3 project
And speaking of economic development, work is underway on our new College View project -- a public-private partnership (P3) with Memphis-based EdR, one of the nation's leading collegiate housing management and development specialists. This start comes after about three years of work assessing our options, exploring possibilities, and extensive due diligence. I'm confident that College View will be a transformative addition to not only our campus, but to the larger Starkville-Oktibbeha-Golden Triangle community. It will be an asset to our students, faculty, staff, friends and alumni. Look for news about our official groundbreaking ceremony later this month, and you can read more about College View at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/02/groundbreaking-horizon-college-view-project-msu.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have come to my attention the past few weeks:

* Kudos to Sid Salter and his Office of Public Affairs team for their big communications and marketing wins. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District III recently awarded MSU its top award for the "We Ring True" branding initiative, along with a Grand Award and two Awards of Excellence, during the organization's recent annual conference. Well done! Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/02/msu-communications-and-marketing-team-named-best-southeast-case-iii-awards.

* Congratulations to Katherine Flowers, an assistant professor in the Department of English, who has been honored by the Conference on College Composition and Communication with the James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award, a major research award in writing studies. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4451.

* Kudos to the Bagley College of Engineering's Jenny Du, who was recently named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Lesley Strawderman, who is the university's first recipient of the International Paper Endowed Chair in Engineering. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4493 and http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4492.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. I hope each one of you has a great Spring Break and strong finish to the semester. And if you haven't had a chance, let me encourage you to pay a visit to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Williams Collection of Lincolniana. They are truly remarkable resources for researchers, as well as anyone with an interest in this pivotal time in our nation's history. I applaud my friend John Marszalek and his colleagues for their outstanding research, scholarship and outreach efforts. Learn more about the Grant Presidential Library at http://www.usgrantlibrary.org.

As always, feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu with any questions or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development activities.


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