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Summer kicks off with service recognition program

I hope you are having a productive summer, and also taking some time to relax and reset before the start of a new academic year. Like many of you, we are staying busy in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I'd like to take a few minutes to give you an update.


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

ORED hosts service recognition celebration
We were very pleased in mid-May to recognize 67 colleagues who have achieved significant milestones in their professional lives here at Mississippi State. Collectively, they represent 845 years of service to the university and to the state. It was a privilege to say "thank you" to them for all of their many contributions to our research success. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4639

An invitation to join 'The Conversation'
I hope you've seen the news that we're joining The Conversation, a leading national commentary and analysis program in which university researchers contribute articles and collaborate with journalists to produce timely content on topics grounded in academic expertise. We believe this will be an effective new way to highlight the impressive work so many of you are doing, and I invite you to discover more about The Conversation at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4636

Jordan to lead International Institute
We're very pleased that Julie Jordan will be leading the International Institute as executive director and associate vice president for international programs after a very successful stint as interim. Throughout her time at Mississippi State, Dr. Jordan has stepped up to serve in important leadership roles when called upon, and I appreciate her commitment to the growth of our international initiatives from academic partnerships to research collaborations. Learn more at http://www.international.msstate.edu

Reminder: 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 application deadline is June 29, 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.

NIH updates clinical trial definition
The National Institutes of Health recently updated the definition of a "clinical trial" to include health-related behavioral outcomes, and that could affect some of you with NIH funding. The revised definition and the requirements for NIH Good Clinical Practice training, which must be renewed every three years, are available on the MSU Office of Research Compliance website at http://orc.msstate.edu/humansubjects/training or you may contact Nicole Cobb at 662-325-5220 with any questions.

Symposium taking research abstracts from grads and undergrads
The Mississippi Academy of Sciences second-annual Summer Student Science Symposium will take place July 26 at Bost Conference Center. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract and register to attend this special event. The symposium is designed to bring student researchers across all branches of science divisions to present their research findings and network with their peers and others in the state's scientific community. The deadline to submit an abstract is July 2. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4640

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 recently:

* Kudos to Mimmo Parisi, the executive director of the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC), who will be representing our state at the State-Federal STEM Summit in Washington later this month. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4595

* Congratulations to Andrew Lang, an assistant professor in the Department of History, who is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious $50,000 Tom Watson Brown Book Award. Read more at http://memo.msstate.edu/story.php?id=4637

* Kudos to Social Science Research Center researchers Kathleen Ragsdale, Mary Read-Wahidi and Gina Rico Mendez, whose work is featured on USAID AgriLinks -- https://www.agrilinks.org/post/soybean-innovation-lab-land-tenure-research-shows-mens-role-household-impacts-womens-access

* Congratulations to Nick Fitzkee, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, who has been awarded a highly-competitive $1.8-million, five-year National Institutes of Health R01 grant. Learn more about Dr. Fitzkee's research at http://fitzkee.chemistry.msstate.edu

* Kudos to all who worked with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and World Bank to convene a very successful workshop focused on improving aquaculture biosecurity and to also deliver a congressional briefing at the Capitol on the importance of biosecurity for aquaculture production in conjunction with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker. Learn more at http://www.fao.org/north-america/news/detail/en/c/1128052

Final words
Summer is a time of transition on a college campus as we say goodbye to graduates, prepare for the arrival of our next class of Bulldogs, and colleagues see promotions, retirements, or embark on new adventures -- including members of the ORED family. I'd like to wish Neil Lewis all the best as he begins a well-deserved retirement from the Office of Research Security. Please join me in welcoming Deana Card as the new director of Research Security. I'd also like to wish Donna Collier the very best as she retires from the Office of Technology Management. And while she hasn't gone far, Jessica Northcutt has made a short move from Lee Hall to join the OTM team in the Research Park. I appreciate her many contributions to our office, and congratulate Jess on this exciting new role. And next week, we will welcome Elizabeth Nicholson from the Department of Agricultural Economics to ORED as our newest administrative assistant.

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.


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