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September 8, 2011

SURA opportunity targets hydrology and agriculture

The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) has announced plans to develop a Category 1 “incubation grant” that will build on the advances made through the IOOS Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed to address the goals of the joint NSF-National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) program.

Successful proposals will result in projects of one to two years in duration for up to $150,000.

According to SURA, "The intent of Category 1 awards is to hold workshops, develop teams and articulate plans for the establishment of a study site or modeling effort. The intent of a potential SURA-led Category 1 proposal would be to explore extending the IOOS Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed to understand and predict the interactions between the water system and climate change, land use (including agriculture, managed forest and rangeland systems), the built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models in the Gulf of Mexico and on the US Atlantic Coast. We are especially interested in establishing linkages with colleagues in hydrology and agriculture to further advance predictive understanding of the whole water system."

A copy of the full program solicitation is available from the Mississippi State University Office of Research and Economic Development website at http://www.research.msstate.edu/limitedsubmissions.

If you are interested in participating in the development of an NSF-NIFA WSC Category 1 project, please contact Liz Smith (lsmith@sura.org), Don Wright (wright@sura.org) or Mary Ann Ottinger (maotting@umd.edu) by Monday, Sept. 12 and include a statement of your interests as they pertain to this opportunity.

Proposals are due Oct. 19, 2011.

September 13, 2011

ORED seeks proposals for cross-college research teams

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at Mississippi State is again soliciting proposals from MSU faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus.

These grants will be in the amount of $2,000 each and limited to a period of 12 months (renewable one time for a total of 24 months and $4,000). The grants are intended to facilitate interdisciplinary interaction between faculty and students that have a common research theme.

The collaborative teams are expected to meet on a regular basis, share research ideas, and prepare one or more proposals within the first 12 months to a funding agency. Consideration of continued funding for year two will be contingent on the success of the research group during year one as outlined in a progress report to ORED.

In order to apply for a first time research facilitation grant, faculty should submit a request (not to exceed two pages) to ORED that outlines the proposed research topic, the names and departmental affiliations of the faculty who have agreed to participate, identification of what funding agencies would be interested in funding this topic, and whether or not there is international collaborative potential.

If the request is to renew an existing cross-college group, submit the information requested above plus a third page that addresses progress made during the first year of funding. Specifically identify proposals submitted by the research group and their current status (e.g., pending decision, awarded, declined).

Proposals should be forwarded through the appropriate Associate Dean for Research to Dr. Ray Vaughn, Associate Vice President for Research, not later than Oct. 10, 2011 for consideration. Submissions will be reviewed by ORED for funding decisions.

Questions concerning this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Vaughn at vaughn@research.msstate.edu or 325-3570.

November 30, 2011

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about the External Funding Limited Submission Approval Process

External funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, etc., often limit the number of proposal submissions that a university may submit. This information is always provided in the agency announcement.

To make sure that Mississippi State University provides an equal opportunity to all researchers pertaining to a limited submission, it is necessary that a process be in place to insure an equal opportunity. Therefore, all limited submissions are required to go through the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) before being submitted to Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA).

ORED is responsible for identifying the limited submissions and then sending an email notice to all associate deans for research, deans, directors, department heads, and university level center directors, notifying them of an agency that has posted a limited proposal submission. It is these administrators who are responsible for providing the information to their faculty and personnel. The email contains a Word document that provides detailed information to an individual who is interested in submitting a proposal. This includes pertinent information for the individual who would like to provide a white paper/preproposal to ORED.

Once the preproposal deadline to ORED has passed, and if there are more preproposals submitted to ORED than the Request for Proposals (RFP) indicated, ORED will convene a panel of faculty and administrators to review the proposals to determine which proposal has the best opportunity for funding and will represent MSU.

Once a decision is made by ORED, the principle investigator (PI) of the preproposal is notified that they will represent MSU for the submission and an ORED approval number is provided. The ORED approval number must be provided on the Internal Approval Sheet (IAS) before being sent to SPA. This is necessary so that when SPA is reviewing the entire proposal, the ORED number indicates that it is a limited submission and the PI has followed protocol and has been approved to submit. Otherwise, SPA will not submit the proposal without ORED approval.

It is the responsibility of the MSU employee (faculty, researcher, center director, etc.) to notify ORED if they identify a proposal announcement that has a limit on the number of proposals that can be submitted. Otherwise it can result in their proposal not being submitted by SPA because they did not follow protocol.

A PI of a preproposal that has been approved by ORED to go forward to represent the university should notify ORED if for some reason they decide not to submit a proposal for the limited submission. This will allow ORED to notify the second highest scoring preproposal applicant to submit on behalf of MSU.

For additional information, please contact Teresa Gammill, Assistant Vice President for Research, at (662) 325-3570 or tgammill@research.msstate.edu.

January 3, 2012

2012 NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship competition

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium has announced the 2012 NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship competition for eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

Successful candidates of this program will benefit from on-the-job training for two years with a state coastal resource agency project.

Host agencies this year include:

— Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Coastal Resources Management Office (Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)

— Delaware Coastal Program (Dover, Del.)

— Maryland Chesapeake and Coastal Program (Annapolis, Md.)

— Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (Boston, Mass.)

— San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (San Francisco, Calif.)

— Washington State Department of Ecology (Bellevue, Wash.)

Once materials are submitted, a letter of endorsement from the sponsoring Sea Grant program director, LaDon Swann of Auburn University, is needed in order to complete your application. An interview with Dr. Swann will be scheduled after applications are received.

The deadline for applying is Jan. 27, 2012. The fellowship would start August 2012.

The announcement flyer with application instructions, eligibility requirements, a list of the state projects and project placement, and salary/benefits information are available by clicking here. Applications should include: 1) 2-page, 12-point font CV or resume, 2) goal statement (500 words), 3) two letters of recommendation, 4) undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

More information can also be found at http://www.csc.noaa.gov/cms/fellows.html.

April 12, 2012

NSF program officer discussing funding via WebEx April 18

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Mississippi State University's Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs will host National Science Foundation (NSF) program officer Claudia Rankins via WebEx on Wednesday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Rankins will discuss funding opportunities inside the NSF Education and Human Resource Directorate (EHR/HRD) and outside her directorate, including funding for undergraduate and graduate students, IGERT, Bridge to Doctorate, Disabilities in Education, S-STEM, CAREER Awards and more.

She will also address the recently published Dear Colleague Letter - Prepare, Engage and Motivate a Diverse STEM Workforce - Design Proposals to Develop a Broadening Participation in STEM Resource Network.

Registration is limited, so please register early at http://www.tfaforms.com/241529. The first 15 registrants are invited to watch the webinar in 611 Allen Hall with a free lunch provided by ORED.

Upon a completed registration, detailed information will be provided via e-mail to each participant.

For additional information, contact ORED at 662-325-3570.

October 3, 2012

Proposals sought for cross-college research teams

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at Mississippi State is again soliciting proposals from MSU faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus.

These grants will be in the amount of $2,000 each and limited to a period of 12 months (renewable one time for a total of 24 months and $4,000). The grants are intended to facilitate interdisciplinary interaction between faculty and students that have a common research theme.

The collaborative teams are expected to meet on a regular basis, share research ideas, and prepare one or more proposals within the first 12 months to a funding agency. Consideration of continued funding for year two will be contingent on the success of the research group during year one as outlined in a progress report to ORED.

In order to apply for a first time research facilitation grant, faculty should submit a request (not to exceed two pages) to ORED that outlines the proposed research topic, the names and departmental affiliations of the faculty who have agreed to participate, identification of what funding agencies would be interested in funding this topic, and whether or not there is international collaborative potential.

If the request is to renew an existing cross-college group, submit the information requested above plus a third page that addresses progress made during the first year of funding. Specifically identify proposals submitted by the research group and their current status (e.g., pending decision, awarded, declined).

Proposals should be submitted via email attachment to Dr. Ray Vaughn, Associate Vice President for Research, not later than Oct. 12, 2012 for consideration. Submissions will be reviewed by ORED for funding decisions.

Questions concerning this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Vaughn at vaughn@research.msstate.edu or 325-3570.

November 28, 2012

NSF: Universities report highest-ever R&D spending in FY11

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University spending on research and development in all fields continued to increase between FY 2010 and FY 2011, rising 6.3% from $61.2 billion to $65.1 billion, according to FY 2011 data from the National Science Foundation's Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey, released this week by the federal agency.

When adjusted for inflation, higher education R&D rose by 4.3% in FY 2011.

The NSF says that funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was responsible for much of the increase, with ARRA-funded expenditures totaling $4.2 billion in FY 2011. ARRA funding represented 10.2% of the federally funded R&D expenditures for FY 2011. Including ARRA funding, the total federal funding for higher education R&D rose to $40.8 billion in FY 2011, or 62.6% of the $65.1 billion total.

Expenditures funded by state and local government, business, and other sources were virtually unchanged.

You can find the entire report by clicking here.

December 5, 2012

Cost recovery critical in tighter budget times

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It is no secret that funding for higher education faces significant challenges on campuses around the country. For major research universities like Mississippi State, external funding awards for sponsored programs provide the best alternative funding source for research when other options are limited.

By accepting funding from an outside source, we also accept the responsibility of being good stewards and accounting for those funds to ensure that they are spent properly. It is very important that we recover all of the costs of a project — direct and indirect — to the university.

And in tighter budget times, recovering indirect costs is critical. These dollars represent the cost of doing business, and they are real dollars being spent by Mississippi State to support all of our programs — including sponsored research activities. Without water, electricity and technology, it would be difficult to complete most research projects. Without university support for development of grant proposals, sponsored programs would not even exist. Since it's impossible to attribute these costs to a specific project, MSU must recover them some other way.

Enter indirect costs. Keep in mind that if we don't collect indirect costs, support for your research activities is reduced, and maintenance is deferred on your buildings and labs.

Have questions? Mississippi State's Office of Sponsored Programs Administration staff can give you answers about cost recovery and more, and you might also want to view a great video from the University of Idaho that offers an excellent overview of facilities and administrative (F&A) cost recovery.

The 15-minute production provides general info about F&A, and it's intended for a broad audience. Check it out at https://www.uidaho.edu/osp/training/ospintroductiontofa.

December 10, 2012

SEC visiting faculty travel grant applications wanted

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The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to: exchange ideas; develop grant proposals; conduct research; consult with faculty and/or students; offer lectures or symposia; or engage in whatever activities are agreeable to the visitor and host unit.

Mississippi State University can select a maximum of four faculty members to receive 2013 travel grants of $2,500 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus.

Travel dates for these visits are between February 2013 and June 30, 2013. The faculty member will contact a host unit that he or she wishes to visit to determine that unit’s receptivity and availability.

Click here to download the application form. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill via e-mail with questions.

April 16, 2013

Need help identifying funding opportunities? We can assist

As we rapidly approach the end of the spring semester, I know that many of you are looking forward to the summer and catching up on all of those projects that you weren't able to get to during a busy academic year. This is the perfect time to work on proposals, and if you are doing so, please keep in mind that we are here to assist. Dr. Teresa Gammill and our entire office are available to help identify opportunities for you, and the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration is prepared to get them submitted. As we continue to work through the current uncertainties of federal funding for research, thank you for your efforts to secure funded grants and contracts. I appreciate your many contributions.

As many of you know, Dr. Ray Vaughn has been named Vice President for Research at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and he will be starting his new position in June. In his many roles for our university, most recently as associate vice president for research, Ray has provided leadership, offered insight and contributed significantly to the success and national prominence of our research enterprise. He is also a really great guy. Please join me in congratulating him on this new opportunity at UAH, and thanking him for his hard work on behalf of MSU. While we are reluctant to say goodbye to Dr. Vaughn, we look forward to working with him collaboratively at UAH in the future.

Efforts underway to accredit Human Research Protection Program
The MSU Human Research Protection Program (HRRP) has completed the first step of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) application process. We expect to hear from them very soon concerning the scheduling of a site visit to our campus. Researchers at MSU will be asked to meet with the AAHRPP team to answer questions about the HRPP. We will provide more details as the time nears, but I ask for your cooperation if contacted.

This accreditation is very important to the overall regulatory compliance efforts that are among the responsibilities of my office. In the meantime, please take a few minutes to review the Human Subjects website at http://orc.msstate.edu/humansubjects -- paying particular attention to the standard operating procedures (SOPs), as many of them have changed as we prepare for the site visit.

IRB training reminder
Please remember that all students, faculty and staff engaged in human subject research need to participate in Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) training. If you are in need of IRB refresher training, we are offering a live training session on April 17 at 10 a.m. in Tully Auditorium.

This session will be the last live training offered until the fall semester. For more on training requirements or opportunities, please contact Ms. Jodi Roberts, IRB Officer, at jroberts@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3294. You may register online anytime at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/login.php

NIH program manager to visit
Dr. Franziska Grieder, the newly appointed Director of the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs at NIH -- http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/orip/index.aspx -- is planning to visit Mississippi State on Aug. 15. It is always helpful to our faculty and the university as a whole to have program managers visit, and we thank the College of Veterinary Medicine for coordinating this visit in cooperation with ORED.

Faculty leadership program seeks nominations
For the 2013-2014 academic year, we will again be conducting an academic leadership orientation program for selected faculty at Mississippi State University. This program has been very successful in the past, and many of its participants serve in key leadership positions on campus today. For the upcoming year, attendance will be limited to approximately 12 individuals who will be chosen from those who apply. Any faculty member is eligible to attend, but must be nominated by their center director, department head or dean. To apply, interested faculty should send a one-page summary addressing their future career plans, a current CV, and a one-page nomination letter from their center director, department head or dean. These materials should be sent to Ms. Jessica Northcutt at jnorthcutt@research.msstate.edu no later than Friday, May 31.

Kudos to our faculty and staff
One of the highlights of my job is to learn about the outstanding work that our faculty, staff and administrators do on a daily basis, and then to share their honors and awards with you every month. Here are a few that have come to my attention recently:

* Dr. Mark Novotny, Physics and Astronomy department head, has been named a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor. This achievement is the highest honor that a faculty member at MSU can earn, and it recognizes the many successes and contributions that Dr. Novotny has made.

* The Department of History had two major accomplishments that I would like to share. First, Dr. Alexandra Hui was awarded an NSF grant for a project titled "Threshold Spaces of Mind and Music: A History of the Science of Background Music, 1900-2000." Additionally, Dr. William Anthony Hay was awarded a 2013 Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Grant by the Guggenheim Foundation. Congratulations to both!

* Dr. Bob Collins will retire on May 1 from his position as Director of University Health Services. Dr. Collins has provided invaluable service to the Office of Research and Economic Development through his service on multiple regulatory compliance committees over many years. We are very grateful for the time and expertise he gave to us, and wish him well in his retirement endeavors.

* Dr. Ron McLaughlin, head of the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, was selected to fill a national role with the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians as their President. Congratulations to Dr. McLaughlin.

* Dr. Li Zhang, an associate professor in Civil Engineering, will serve a nearly three-year term on the task force for emergency evacuations of the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Research Council. The 26-member task force focuses on preparing for emergency evacuations from natural or man-made hazards.

Final words
As you might expect, we have launched a national search to fill the associate vice president for research position. The job details are available from the Human Resources Management website by searching for "Vice President for Research" in the department field on the Search Postings page. We are working diligently to fill this critical position, and I will update you on our progress in the coming weeks. Please consider asking a colleague that would be a superb fit for this position to apply, as it is critical that we have the best possible individual in this role.

Thank you for taking a few moments to read this letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about Mississippi State's research and economic development endeavors, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu

Go Dawgs!

David Shaw
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Mississippi State University

May 14, 2013

Preproposals wanted for EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track II

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Mississippi State University faculty, researchers and other personnel may be interested in submitting a white paper for the EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 (RII Track-2) that was released last October.

Since Louisiana and Mississippi are currently participants in an existing Track-2 project, these states were not eligible to submit a proposal under the terms of the solicitation for the Jan. 30, 2013, deadline, but they are eligible to submit a proposal for the Jan. 29, 2014, deadline.

The primary drivers for RII Track-2 investments are 1) consortium-based science and engineering research and 2) development of a diverse workforce. It is expected that these drivers will be sustained beyond the project period. The project description must include a strong rationale for the establishment of the consortium and place the project in a regional, national, or thematic context. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully study the RII Track-2 Program Description in Section II of solicitation NSF 13-509.

This solicitation seeks collaborative proposals from teams that must include investigators from both states. It is the responsibility of the proposers to assemble a consortium that can collaboratively undertake a project that show that the consortium is well positioned to produce project results that cannot be obtained by any single partner working independently. The proposal must clearly address the Track-2 program description as outlined in Section II of solicitation NSF 13-509 in relation to the following theme, which is based on regional research strengths and interests in Louisiana and Mississippi:

Strengthening the scientific basis for decision making within the context of manufacturing. The proposed research should tie to next generation component design that may include material synthesis, non-destructive evaluation and testing with emphasis on physics-based models and associated computational aspects.

Funding for Track-2 projects is $1.5 to 2 million per year per consortium for three years. NSF anticipates funding four awards, depending upon the quality of proposals and availability of funds.

Specific questions concerning this RFP and the requirements set forth herein should be directed in writing to Jim Gershey, by sending an email to jim.gershey@la.gov. Questions will be accepted and answered through Sept. 20, 2013.

The deadline for proposals is Oct. 2, 2013. To download the RFP, please click here.

July 25, 2013

Save the date: Argonne National Laboratory Day at MSU

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In early September, Mississippi State University will host officials from one of the world’s leading research facilities.

During the two-day visit, MSU faculty, staff, administrators and students will have opportunities to meet with Argonne National Laboratory leaders and researchers and explore partnership and funding possibilities, among other topics.

Local industry and government representatives are also invited to participate.

The visit is designed to:

-- Inform MSU researchers about Argonne’s resources, facilities and proposal process;

-- Develop and vet proposals with Argonne personnel; and,

-- Identify new and facilitate existing research collaborations between Argonne and MSU.

“Argonne has significant infrastructure and expertise in imaging, analysis and high performance computing to support diverse research efforts that coincide with the university’s research strategic plan and programs,” said Giselle Thibaudeau, director of MSU’s Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies and co-coordinator of the visit.

“These programs include materials science and engineering, energy, transportation and cybersecurity,” she said.

According to its website, “Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where ‘dream teams’ of world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security.”

In FY12, the lab’s annual budget was $794 million.

“Argonne leadership and we agree that both institutions benefit from engagement and collaborative research efforts,” said David Shaw, MSU’s vice president for research and economic development.

“I am very pleased that we have this excellent opportunity to further develop a relationship with a top-tier federal research lab,” he added.

Argonne National Lab Day at MSU takes place Sept. 9-10, and free online registration is available at www.tfaforms.com/290885.

The registration deadline is Aug. 26.

Although not a public event, interested members of the media are invited to cover sessions. Please contact Lynn Taylor in the Office of Research and Economic Development at ltaylor@research.msstate.edu for additional information.

August 7, 2013

SPA taking nominations for Departmental Administrators Working Group

After a successful launch last year, Sponsored Programs Administration at Mississippi State University is taking nominations for year two of the Departmental Administrator Working Group — DAWG, for short.

The professional development program provides participants an eight-month curriculum designed to develop sponsored-project administration skills and foster networking opportunities with campus peers. Topics include budget building, sponsor guidelines, application packages, regulatory compliance, proposal submission systems, the role of the principal investigator in managing a project, and understanding facilities and administrative costs.

Target participants are MSU staff with less than three years of experience in sponsored project administration. Participants are chosen through a competitive nomination and selection process.

Completed and signed applications should be sent to Natalie Carpenter at ncarpenter@spa.msstate.edu or campus mail stop No. 9564 by Aug. 23 at 5 p.m.

Click here to download the application package.

August 28, 2013

Cross-college, interdisciplinary proposals sought

The Office of Research and Economic Development is again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus.

These grants will be in the amount of $2,000 each and limited to a period of 12 months (renewable one time for a total of 24 months and $4,000). The grants are intended to facilitate interdisciplinary interaction between faculty and students that have a common research theme.

The collaborative teams are expected to meet on a regular basis, share research ideas, and prepare one or more proposals within the first 12 months to a funding agency.

To apply for a first time research facilitation grant, faculty should submit a request (not to exceed two pages) to ORED that outlines the proposed research topic, the names and departmental affiliations of the faculty who have agreed to participate, identification of what funding agencies would be interested in funding this topic, and whether or not there is international collaborative potential.

If the request is to renew an existing cross-college group, submit the information requested above plus a third page that addresses progress made during the first year of funding. Specifically identify proposals submitted by the research group and their current status (e.g., pending decision, awarded, declined).

Proposals should be forwarded no later than Oct. 11, 2013, through the appropriate associate dean for research to Associate Vice President for Research Drew Hamilton. Submissions will be reviewed by ORED for funding decisions.

Questions concerning this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Hamilton at hamilton@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3570.

October 14, 2013

Fall semester buzzing with research, eco dev activity

October is a time when students, faculty and staff hit their stride, and the fall semester is buzzing with activity. It is one of my favorite times of the year. On Oct. 3, C Spire revealed that it will build a $20-million data center in the Thad Cochran Research Park, and I was pleased to be a part of the announcement. The research park is one of our state’s crown jewels, and I anticipate it playing an even greater role in future economic development activities as we develop the Phase II expansion. Please let me share a few of the other things that we have been working on recently.


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


AAHRPP certifies university’s human subjects research protections
In mid-September, we learned that the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs had fully certified Mississippi State -- the first university in the state to attain this highly-sought endorsement. The multi-year process to achieve accreditation required extensive planning and preparation by faculty and staff that culminated in a site visit over the summer. Please join me in thanking IRB Officer Jodi Roberts for coordinating this effort, the Office of Research Compliance (ORC) team, and our researchers who participated in the process.

It is worth noting that training is a key component of MSU’s human research protection program, and on Oct. 29, ORC will host an IRB refresher course. For additional details or to register, visit https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/login.php

On another Office of Research Compliance note, Nicole Morse is the new compliance administrator.

Brown to lead Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory
By now, you have probably read [ http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=2765 ] that Ashli Brown is the new director of the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory, a state agency that is housed on our campus in Hand Chemical Lab Building. Previously, she served as the MSCL's director of research and agriculture forensics. We are excited about Dr. Brown taking the helm of the MSCL and serving as State Chemist. I am confident that she will do a great job, and look forward to her formal confirmation by the Mississippi Senate.

Moffatt to serve as research ethics consultant for students
Enhancing research opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students is a very important priority for Mississippi State, and we are taking a number of steps to support our faculty and student researchers in their endeavors. Recently, the university selected Bart Moffatt, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, to serve as the new research ethics consultant for students. In this role, he is available to interact with any undergraduate or graduate student with questions about research ethics.  Students may do so anonymously by using this email address: ethicsconsult@research.msstate.edu  -- or they may interact directly with him by contacting him at brm157@msstate.edu and setting up a consultation. Please share this information with your students.

Major NIH grant
We are very excited about a $10-million grant from the National Institutes of Health that will further research focusing on diseases that affect animal and human health. The unique nature of the grant establishes a mentoring program for a core group of researchers. In addition to principal investigator Stephen Pruett, the head of MSU-CVM’s basic sciences department, MSU researchers in this group include Janet Donaldson, associate professor in biological sciences; Mariola Edelman, assistant research professor with the Institute of Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology; Bindu Nanduri and Keun Seok Seo, both MSU-CVM assistant professors in basic sciences; and Henry Wan, an MSU-CVM associate professor. Over the course of the five-year grant, the researchers will work on projects that promote a greater understanding of animal and human health. Winning this NIH grant is a significant accomplishment for our institution, and I commend everyone involved for the tremendous effort.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you. Here are a few of them that have crossed my desk recently:

* Congratulations to the College of Veterinary Medicine’s David Smith for being appointed to the U.S. Agriculture Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health. Dr. Smith, who is the first Dr. P. Mikell and Mary Cheek Hall Davis Endowed Professor of Beef Cattle Health and Reproduction at MSU, will serve on the national committee through August 2014. He and other committee members will lead dialogue on livestock economies and public health concerns.

* Daniel G. Peterson, director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology and a professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State, has taken on leadership roles in two prominent plant biology societies. Dr. Peterson has been elected to the steering committee of the International Cotton Genome Initiative and has been asked to serve on the American Society for Plant Biologist’s Science Policy Committee.

* The Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, known as KITECH, has appointed Roger King, director of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and Giles Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU, to its international advisory board, which has a focus on the industrialization of advanced technologies. Board members include eminent scientists and engineers from around the world.

Dr. Smith, Dr. Peterson and Dr. King are excellent examples of how our outstanding faculty members are playing important leadership roles in their respective fields.

Final words
As you might imagine, funding is a very important focus for us these days. With the current uncertainty in Washington, we are working to mitigate any impacts on the university’s research and economic development initiatives. External funding from grants and contracts is critical to these efforts, and I applaud all of you who are writing proposals and developing contacts with funding agencies. If my office can be of any assistance, please let us know. As always, thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu with your questions or suggestions.

Go Dawgs!

— David

November 5, 2013

Successful fall for research and economic development

I hope that your fall has been going well. It has been a very successful semester in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I would like to thank you for your contributions. While our office plays a leadership role in the university’s overall research enterprise and economic development initiatives, the commitment of our faculty, staff, administrators and students is what makes Mississippi State a catalyst for positive change in our state, nation and in communities around the world.

As you can imagine, having the funding necessary to support our research remains a top priority for us. Appropriation cuts, the federal budget sequester, and the recent government shutdown have all contributed to heightened concern. Quite frankly, less money for research affects major land-grant universities like MSU in a number of counterproductive ways. We are working diligently to mitigate these effects by, among other things, supporting faculty with their funding proposals, and providing resources to enable successful grant writing. Contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu with your questions, or visit http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources for more information.

Please let me share a few of the other things that we have been working on recently.


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


Job accelerator grant a major win
Late last month, we were very pleased to learn that Mississippi State has been awarded a $1.9-million grant as part of the Make It In America Challenge, which encourages U.S. companies to keep, expand or reshore their manufacturing operations in America, and to entice international companies to build facilities to make their products in the U.S. Our three-year effort will focus strongly on both returning jobs to the U.S. and keeping advanced manufacturing jobs in the state. Winning this highly competitive award is an excellent example of MSU’s culture of collaboration and expertise at pulling together effective statewide partnerships. Read more about what we will be doing at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6301.

Governor declares November 'Innovation Month'
Gov. Phil Bryant has declared November as Innovation Month in our state, and we are proud that “Every month is innovation month at Mississippi State. Innovation and discovery that boost economic development is part of our institutional DNA,” as President Keenum wrote in a statewide op-ed piece last week. And we are pleased to join our IHL peers in contributing more than $400 million annually in research and development. Read Dr. Keenum’s column at http://on.thec-l.com/Hzsg71 and find out how Mississippi Public Universities are fueling innovation at http://bit.ly/17A30YS.

SPA testing new proposal development system — Cayuse 424
Sponsored Programs Administration is testing a new proposal development system — Cayuse 424 — and early indications are that it is a very user-friendly system for faculty who are writing and submitting grants. Currently, the university has a 90-day trial of the new application, and SPA is searching for a few willing — and patient — guinea pigs who would like to test it for their Grants.gov submissions and provide feedback. If you are interested, please contact SPA director Jennifer Easley at jeasley@spa.msstate.edu or 662-325-3751. Learn more about Cayuse 424 at http://www.cayuse.com/solutions/connect.php.

SEC visiting faculty travel grants awarded
After carefully reviewing 31 applications for the 2014 SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program, my office recently joined the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine to announce this year’s recipients from Mississippi State: Robert Crossler, assistant professor of management and information systems; Nick Fitzkee, assistant professor of chemistry; Daniel Petrolia, associate professor of agricultural economics; and Morgan Varner, assistant professor of forestry. Each will receive a $2,500 grant intended to enhance faculty collaborations that stimulate scholarly initiatives between SEC universities.

Mississippi State's role in K-12 education
As you’ve probably seen, I’m serving on the commission to provide recommendations on how the Starkville and Oktibbeha County public schools can be consolidated. I’m very proud of how many at our university, and particularly the College of Education, have stepped up and committed to playing a vital role in the education of children in this city and county. Changing education in our state is a pillar of the Infinite Impact capital campaign that MSU recently brought public. Our entire university is ideally positioned to have a major impact on improving the education of Mississippians, and rural populations throughout the nation. My serving on the commission has brought to light many things that have already been going on without my knowledge from every college on our campus. Thanks to everyone for having such an impact — and let’s see even more happen in the years to come!

OETT welcomes Hill and Lopez
Please join me in welcoming Eric Hill and Julie Lopez to the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer team. Eric is now coordinating OETT’s entrepreneurship-related endeavors, and Julie is the new licensing associate. Innovation, entrepreneurship and taking ideas from inception into the marketplace are priorities on our campus, and OETT is playing a vital role in these activities. And speaking of how Mississippi State-led innovation is making a difference, take a look at how a few of our researchers are making the concrete used for the Davis Wade Stadium expansion more environmentally-friendly in this great story on the HailStateBeat blog — http://bit.ly/15DKs5a

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing success stories about our students, faculty and staff with you. Here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Congratulations to Matt Brown, a new assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, for his contributions to the discovery of a new protist -- a diverse collection of single-celled organisms that do not fit into any other category -- that he named Pygsuia biforma. He is the lead author of the article describing his team’s research, which was published recently in Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biology), the leading British biological research journal. Well done, Dr. Brown!

* Kudos to Robert Boyd, a professor in the Department of Sociology, for his appointment as deputy editor of the American Sociological Review -- the flagship journal of the American Sociological Association. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Brown for this achievement. It is great to see Mississippi State listed at the top of the journal’s masthead with Vanderbilt, Penn, UC Berkeley and other leading institutions.

* Congratulations to Jim Giesen, an associate professor in the Department of History, for winning the Francis B. Simkins Award from the Southern Historical Association. The award recognizes the best first book in the field of Southern history over a two-year period. He won the award for Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South, which also won the 2012 Deep South Book Prize for the best book in Southern history. Outstanding!

Family care seminar Nov. 19
In our busy lives, many of us face challenges outside of work and need good advice. On Nov. 19, the university’s Work Life Balance Committee and MSU Staff Council will host a family care seminar featuring sessions about child care and elder care, including estate planning for seniors, caring for the caregiver, common childhood illnesses and bullying, among others. Faculty, staff and the local community are invited to attend this free event, which begins at 9 a.m. at Bost Extension Center’s theater. Additional details are online at http://www.worklifebalance.msstate.edu/family-care-seminar.

Final words
As I mentioned previously, MSU recently launched the public phase of a major fundraising program called Infinite Impact: The Mississippi State University Campaign. We work closely with the MSU Foundation, and its work plays a crucial role in supporting research at our institution, and so will this capital campaign. I encourage you to learn more about Infinite Impact at http://www.infiniteimpactmsu.com.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. Please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu with your research or economic development questions or suggestions.

Go Dawgs!

— David

September 8, 2014

Don't miss special speakers visiting campus this month

With the fall semester well underway, there is no shortage of activity on the calendar. While all of us are very busy, I hope that you will take the time to join us for a special guest speaker on Sept. 15. Will Mackie, a senior attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security Division, is scheduled to lead two program sessions during a visit to campus. Mr. Mackie gained notoriety for the successful prosecution of a Tennessee professor and a high-technology defense contractor for violating terms of the Arms Export Control Act, and we are looking forward to hearing from him because effective research compliance is a very significant priority for the Office of Research and Economic Development and our university. For additional information, please see www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6787


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


Big Data presentation coming up Sept. 26
Richard Ball, an associate professor of economics at Haverford College, will be on campus Sept. 26 to deliver a presentation about Big Data titled “Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research: A Soup-to-Nuts Protocol for Documenting Data Management and Analysis.” This topic is of great interest to very high research activity institutions like Mississippi State, and I hope you can attend his seminar from 3-5 p.m. in Colvard Student Union’s Fowlkes Auditorium. Please pre-register for this free session at www.tfaforms.com/336417

In addition, Dr. Ball’s presentation will count as a responsible conduct of research credit, and if you would like RCR credit for attending, please register at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php

APLU's Innovation and Economic Prosperity University program
Since joining us as the new associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development last month, Kathy Gelston has hit the ground running. She has been engaged with stakeholders on and off campus, and we are excited about expanding Mississippi State’s role in our state’s economy, creating opportunity, and working with industry and local communities. We believe that an important step in this process is attaining designation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, which “acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.” Look for more news about this effort in the coming months.

Cross-college mini-grant program returns
We are again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus. This program has been a very popular research facilitation tool, and one that has demonstrated a strong return on our investment. The deadline to submit a funding proposal through the appropriate associate dean for research is Oct. 17, and you may find additional details and submission information at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=3623

SEC travel grants available again
The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research, consult with faculty and/or students, offer lectures or symposia, or engage in whatever activities are agreeable to the visitor and host unit. Mississippi State can select a maximum of four faculty members to receive 2015 travel grants of $2,500 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sept. 12, and an application form and additional details about the program are online at www.msstate.edu/web/memo/story.php?id=2379

Responsible conduct of research training this month
As I have mentioned, the responsible conduct of research program is a critical component of Mississippi State’s research compliance portfolio. The second RCR live session of the fall semester is scheduled for Sept. 30 from 3-4 p.m. in Thompson Hall’s Tully Auditorium. Dr. Lucy Senter, our university laboratory animal veterinarian, will discuss the “Welfare of Laboratory Animals.” Her presentation can be broadcast to any Research and Extension Center. Please register for this session at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php

SPA names newest DAWG class
Congratulations to Sponsored Programs Administration’s newest Departmental Administrators Working Group (DAWG) class: Amanda Blaine, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Shonda Cumberland, Computer Science and Engineering; Kimberly Dickey, Sponsored Programs Accounting; Lynn Eiland, Research and Curriculum Unit; Heriberto Gonzalez Lozano, International Institute; Merri Kilpatrick, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Kathryn McTaggart, Human Sciences; Nicole Medeiros, Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture; Dianne Phillips, Mechanical Engineering; Mashala Pulliam, High Performance Computing Collaboratory; Erin Ray, Human Sciences; and Katie Sisk, MAFES/FWRC Administration. The primary goal of DAWG is the development and application of knowledge and skills in the area of sponsored project administration.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you. Here are a few that have crossed my desk in the last few weeks:

* Congratulations to principal investigator Attila Karsi and his College of Veterinary Medicine colleagues, including Dr. Mark Lawrence, MSU-CVM associate dean for research, and Dr. Lesya Pinchuk, MSU-CVM associate professor and immunologist, for receiving USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funding for a project expected to benefit our state’s catfish aquaculture industry. The MSU-CVM research team was one out of only four groups chosen from more than 50 submitted proposals.

* Kudos to the Ulysses S. Grant Association and executive director John F. Marszalek, Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, for the recent funding award from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to continue work on Vols. I and II of the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. The Mississippi State-based association is working to produce an annotated scholarly edition of Grant's memoirs in print and a complete digital edition.

* Congratulations to principal investigator Judy Schneider and the Advanced Materials and Processing Research Group in the Bagley College of Engineering for securing two grants through the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center Cooperative Agreement program, which provides funding opportunities for outside organizations to become partners with the center in developing dual-use technologies that benefit both the proposing organization and the space agency.

* Kudos to the Bagley College of Engineering’s Lakiesha Williams and the College of Education’s Linda Coats for recently receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in engineering who enter graduate schools and pursue careers in academia. They will be working with colleagues at the University of Akron and the University of Houston on this important issue.

* We were very pleased to learn last month that a proposal developed in conjunction with Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi -- “Indo-U.S. Initiatives on Cleaner Energy and Water Research” -- has been awarded funding as part of the U.S. State Department’s Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, an educational partnership that aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Special thanks to our MSU team led by Charles Pittman, emeritus professor of organic chemistry; Todd Mlsna, associate professor of analytical chemistry; and Jon Rezek, interim associate vice president for international programs. This collaboration is another milestone in the development of our international efforts.

Final words
As many of you know, a search is underway for a new director of the Office of Technology Management (formerly the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer). We have been very pleased by the exceptional candidates who have applied, and the committee is looking forward to the next phase in the process. I will have more news to share with you in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about Mississippi State’s research and economic development activities, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu

Go Dawgs!

— David

June 2, 2015

National, international attention for major research wins

What a month we had in May. Two major aerospace-related research announcements continue to garner national and international attention, and they further affirm Mississippi State's role as our state's flagship research university. On May 8, the FAA announced that our ASSURE team will lead the new National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and a few weeks later on May 28, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and Gov. Phil Bryant jointly announced Boeing's decision to relocate its Stitched Resin Infused Composite Research Center to the Raspet Flight Research Lab.


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


Read more about the FAA's announcement at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7237 and see http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7272 for additional information about our collaboration with Boeing.

I could not be more proud of the tremendous effort many of you put forth to achieve this unparalleled success for our university. This Friday [June 5], I hope everyone can join us at 11 a.m. at the A.B. McKay Food and Enology Laboratory for a news conference with President Mark E. Keenum, Gov. Bryant and MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough about the new UAS center of excellence and for a demonstration of an unmanned aerial vehicle in flight.

S.P.A. concludes D.A.W.G. program's third year
Congratulations to the 13 Mississippi State staff members who graduated on May 28 from the professional development program offered by Sponsored Programs Administration: Amanda Baine, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Shonda Cumberland, Computer Science and Engineering; Kimberly Dickey, Sponsored Programs Accounting; Lynn Eiland, Research and Curriculum Unit; Heriberto Gonzalez Lozano, International Institute; Merri Kilpatrick, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Jada McMullen, Sponsored Programs Accounting; Katheryn McTaggart, Human Sciences; Nicole Medeiros, Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture; Dianne Phillips, Mechanical Engineering; Mashala Pulliam, High Performance Computing Collaboratory; Erin Ray, Human Sciences; and Katie Sisk, MAFES/FWRC Administration. Year three of the Departmental Administrator Working Group — D.A.W.G., for short — provided participants a nine-month curriculum designed to develop sponsored-project administration skills and foster networking opportunities with their campus peers.

Save the date: Joint Center for Energy Storage Research symposium
In mid-August, we will host a regional symposium in conjunction with the Argonne National Laboratory-led Joint Center for Energy Storage Research examining the challenges and opportunities of energy storage technology for the electric grid in the Southeast. The event will serve as a forum for industry, utility companies, academic and government researchers, and policymakers to discuss energy storage and major applications in the region at both the transmission and distribution level. Learn more about the symposium at www.ei.msstate.edu/jcesrsymposium.

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

* Congratulations to Matthew Berg, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who has been awarded a prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program Award. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Berg works with the Center for Computational Sciences at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory. Read more about his research at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7235.

* Kudos to Roger King, director of the Institute for Computational Research in Engineering and Science and Giles Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Richard Weed, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems associate research professor, and David Thompson, who holds the Airbus Helicopters Inc. Endowed Professorship in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, whose work is featured in a recent NATO publication. Read more about this international recognition at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7255.

* Congratulations to Kari Babski-Reeves, an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, who has been elected as a director of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. During her three-year term, she will assist the BCPE president with forging new directions for the certification organization, identifying and testing applications in core competencies, and communicating ergonomics-related issues to the public and within the profession.

Final words
Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about research and economic development at Mississippi State, please feel free to contact me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu.

Go Dawgs!

— David

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