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Annual Research Awards Banquet coming up April 16

We've had a busy spring in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and like many of you, we are making a final push to the end of another successful semester at Mississippi State. Please let me take a few minutes to give you an update.


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

Annual Research Awards Banquet coming up April 16
On April 16 at 11:30 a.m., we will co-host the Annual Research Awards Banquet with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at the Hunter Henry Center. This special event is a highlight of the academic year, and I'm looking forward to spending some time with our award-winning faculty, staff and student researchers and research support team members. Look for additional information about this year's honorees in next month's letter.

Grant to help fund new building for I2AT
In mid-March, the Economic Development Administration awarded the MSU Research and Technology Corporation a $1.8-million grant that we will use to build a new state-of-the-art building for the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies in our Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. This new facility for I2AT will enhance our industry partnerships and enrich research experiences for faculty and students. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4541.

NSPARC data center opening April 20
And staying in the Research Park, the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center will celebrate the opening of its new data center on April 20. The campus and local community are invited to join Executive Director Mimmo Parisi and the NSPARC team from 1:30-4:30 p.m. for an open house. The new center can store more than 400 terabytes of data, and is comprised of 40 racks holding 20 servers and 60 CPUs running 567 virtual servers. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4540.

Smith to lead Advanced Composites Institute
We were very pleased to announce last month that Dennis Smith, the head of the Department of Chemistry, has agreed to add a new role to his professional portfolio as director of the university's Marvin B. Dow Advanced Composites Institute. We believe that Dr. Smith's collaborative vision for ACI will position this cutting-edge research institute as a valuable partner for a range of industries and other stakeholders. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4530.

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:

* Congratulations to my former Ph.D. student and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences colleague, Al Rankins, the current president of Alcorn State University, who will begin serving as Mississippi's new Commissioner of Higher Education in July. We look forward to working with Dr. Rankins in this new role. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4538.

* Kudos to Steve Demarais, the Dale H. Arner Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management, who received the prestigious Deer Management Career Achievement Award during the 41st annual meeting of the Southeastern Deer Study Group. Dr. Demarais and our students swept the competition this year -- the first time in the conference's history that one school has achieved that remarkable feat. Well done! Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4552.

* Congratulations to James Fowler, a professor and graduate program director in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who was named MSU's winner of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4553.

* Kudos to Jennifer Easley and Stephanie Hyche, both of whom are serving in leadership roles for the Society of Research Administrators International. Jennifer is president-elect of the Southern Section, and Stephanie is president-elect of the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4531.

* Congratulations to Kimberly Wood, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, who has been selected for the American Meteorological Society's Early Career Leadership Academy. Read more at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/04/msu-geosciences-faculty-member-receives-early-career-recognition.

* Kudos to Daniel Holt and Kincy Madison in the Department of Management and Information Systems -- the winners of the 2018 Family Business Review Best Article Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4558.

* Congratulations to Rachel Allison, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, who recently received an Early Career Gender Scholar Award from Sociologists for Women in Society-South. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4554.

* Kudos to Cindy Bethel, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who has been named a Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4539.

* Congratulations to Trey Martindale, an associate professor and head of the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, who received the Best in Strand research award for his paper presentation at the 2017 Online Learning Consortium Conference. Read more at http://www.iswd.msstate.edu/connections/news/article.php?id=5774&year=2018&itk=99067b0177fbdae5d12c49f70896daff.

* Kudos to Office of Public Affairs photographer Russ Houston, who recently announced his retirement after serving the university for three decades. Russ has been a great friend to the Office of Research and Economic Development, and we wish him all the best as he begins this new chapter in life. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4532.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. 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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