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Celebrating research as spring semester draws to a close

The end of the spring semester and another academic year is upon us, and I'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of our work in the Office of Research and Economic Development. It's been a great year for our overall research enterprise, and in mid-April we celebrated with many of you at the Annual Research Awards Banquet, which we co-host with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine every spring.

This year, we honored Wes Schilling -- a professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion -- with the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award, the university's highest honor for research achievement. The Powe Award is a memorial to Dr. Powe, an MSU alumnus and longtime research vice president who passed away in 1996. It is selected at the university level from nominations received from the campus community.

We were pleased that President Mark Keenum and more than 200 honorees and guests could join us to celebrate the university's research success stories. Thanks very much to Carmen Kelly, Jessica Northcutt and Lynn Taylor for putting together a very special event. Read more about Dr. Schilling and all of our award winners at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/04/mississippi-state-celebrates-research-success-annual-banquet or take a look at the banquet program created by Heather Rowe in the Office of Public Affairs at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/awards.php.

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

Applications sought for SEC faculty travel grants
Let me encourage you to think about applying for the SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program. We can award eight grants of $1,250 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus or host faculty from other SEC institutions. Assistant, associate and full professors are eligible. The conference created the program to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. The application deadline is June 29. This is a great program, and you can find additional information about it at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=5867 or contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu with questions.

IRB webinar coming up May 17
The Office of Research Compliance will host a "Create Recruitment Materials that IRBs Love" webinar on May 17 at noon in the CAVS Seminar Room. This informative hour-long session will include tips for writing compliant recruiting materials that balance regulatory requirements with the need to achieve enrollment goals. It will also serve as IRB refresher training, which is good for five years. Registration for the webinar is available at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/training.

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

* Congratulations to Brent Funderburk, Giles Distinguished Professor of Art and the 2015 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award winner, who is retiring after more than three decades of service at MSU. Read more http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4587.

* Kudos to Neeraj Rai, an assistant professor in the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, who has been recognized by the National Science Foundation with a prestigious CAREER award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4577.

* Congratulations to Jamie Dyer, a professor in the Department of Geosciences, who has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant. Dr. Dyer will be traveling to the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland, this summer to perform research in the discipline of environmental science. He will be developing and extending research collaborations related to the assessment and prediction of climate extremes over Eastern Europe, analysis of extreme rainfall events, and surface-atmosphere interactions over agricultural areas.

* Kudos to Drew Hamilton and the Center for Cyber Innovation for winning Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I funding for a project titled "Naval Internet of Things (IoT) Effectiveness and Efficiency."

* Congratulations to Alex Finley, an assistant professor in the Department of History, who has been recognized by the Organization of American Historians with the 2018 Lerner-Scott Prize for the best doctoral dissertation on U.S. women's history. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4579.

* Kudos to Cory Gallo, an associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, who has been recognized by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture with a 2018 CELA Faculty Award of Excellence in Service Learning. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4568.

* And going back to retirements (it is that time of year), congratulations Dr. Mike Mabry -- a good friend and excellent physician -- on his retirement after nearly 40 years of taking care of patients at the Longest Student Health Center. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4586.

Final words
I'm sure that many of you saw the great news about Dr. Keenum's recent appointment as chairman of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. Throughout his career, he has been a strong advocate for food security for all and a leader in the global fight against hunger, and they're a very important part of our research priorities here at Mississippi State too. BIFAD plays a critical role in this effort, as well, and I'm very proud that Dr. Keenum is contributing his leadership and expertise to this very important work.

Thank you for taking the time to read this month's letter. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu with any questions or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development activities.

Congratulations to all of our new graduates and Hail State!

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