Powe Award Archives

February 17, 2011

Research Awards, Powe Award nomination period opens


The nomination period has opened for Mississippi State’s 2011 Research Awards and the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award. Employees and students are encouraged to submit nominations for this year’s program.

Research Awards recognize individuals who contribute significantly to the university’s mission of research, as well as honor and reward students, faculty and staff for their accomplishments in research and creative endeavors. The awards also raise awareness of research programs and capabilities on campus.

The Powe Award is reserved for outstanding, nationally recognized, competitive researchers. Nominees should have a distinguished research career and a currently active research program. The award will be reflective of leadership, vision, facilitation, collaboration, problem solving and team building. The Powe honoree receives a gift of $1,500 and a commemorative plaque.

Recipients will be honored at a banquet April 26 at the Colvard Student Union Foster Ballroom.

Complete nomination packets for all awards are due in the Office of Research and Economic Development on or before March 25. Additional information and nomination forms are available for download at

The awards program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Vice President for Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

PHOTO: Stan Grzybowski (center) was honored last spring with Mississippi State's 2010 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award, recognizing achievements of the director of the university's High-Voltage Laboratory. Grzybowski, a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, was presented the award by provost Jerry Gilbert (left) and David Shaw, vice president of research and economic development.

February 5, 2014

It might be cold, but spring semester racing forward

While the weather in our state has been decidedly wintry the past few weeks, the spring semester at Mississippi State has been racing forward. Like most of you, we have been remarkably busy in the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I would 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.

Research-related policy updates
After a comprehensive review and careful consideration by all stakeholders, Mississippi State University Operating Policy 56.06 has been updated. This policy brings a common approach to all faculty promotion efforts, and better recognizes the unique roles that our differing faculty appointments have. Drs. Gilbert, Bohach and I have worked with deans, directors and Faculty Senate to ensure we have created a suitable and comparable process for all of the various research, extension and clinical appointments that do not have teaching responsibilities. Many thanks to everyone involved for the efforts to create a much more aligned and workable policy. You may find the policy in its entirety at

The university's Cost Share Policy 80.13 has been updated, as well. This update will bring the university into complete alignment with all relevant federal policies, and also articulates the ins and outs of when cost share should and should not be requested. The policy is posted online at

Reminder: Research award nominations wanted
As I mentioned last month, our office and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine recognize outstanding faculty, staff and students during an annual research awards banquet every spring. The 2014 nomination period for research awards and the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award is now open, and I encourage you to submit your nominations by the March 3 deadline. Additional details and nomination forms are posted on the Maroon Research blog at

MSU hosting Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Day
Next Monday [Feb. 10], I hope that you will be able to participate in Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Day. Officials from this top tier federal research laboratory will be on campus for sessions with MSU faculty, staff, administrators and students, as well as local industry and government representatives. Participants will explore collaborative research opportunities and funding possibilities, among other topics. We had a great turnout for Argonne National Lab Days last fall, and I anticipate that this one will be as productive for everyone. Please register at

Jeanson to lead Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer
I am pleased to announce that Josh Jeanson is the new director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at Mississippi State, effective Feb. 1. He will be filling the leadership post held previously by Gerald Nelson, who is retiring later this spring. As you may recall, in 2011 MSU's Entrepreneurship Center and Office of Technology Commercialization were merged, and Gerald has done a fabulous job of bringing the university's technology transfer efforts and entrepreneurship focus together in OETT. We are glad he will be here during this important transition, and excited about Josh taking the helm. A news release about the change is online at

Street named interim director of Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute
In other leadership news, Wayne Wilkerson is stepping down as director of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute, and Joe Street, associate director of the MSU Extension Service, has been named interim director of MWRRI. Wayne announced his retirement recently, and we appreciate his important contributions to the institute and our state, and wish him the best. Dr. Street will lead MWRRI until a permanent director is named. We expect that search to begin later this year. Read more about this transition at

EHS launches 'Safety University' for Campus Services supervisors
The Environmental Health and Safety Office and Campus Services are partnering to provide a year-long safety training program called "Safety University." This series of sessions provides Campus Services supervisors with training to enhance workplace safety in their departments while balancing safety, productivity and quality. Each month, the groups will meet for a one-hour workshop where relevant topics, such as risk assessment, job hazard analysis and accident investigation, will be discussed. Workshops will also include presentations from MSU’s General Counsel and off-campus safety professionals. For additional information, please contact Michael Parsons at

Research and community engagement opportunities for students
As many of you know, providing research and community engagement opportunities for all of our students are top priorities at Mississippi State. In early April, my office is co-sponsoring the Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium and Community Engagement Presentations. This program is open to all of our undergraduate students who are participating in faculty-guided research this academic year. Please encourage your students to participate in this special event, which features four categories: arts and humanities, biological sciences and engineering, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences. For additional information, please visit or contact Seth Oppenheimer at

Kudos and congratulations
I enjoy hearing about our faculty and staff successes, and sharing them with you every month. Here are several that have come across my desk recently:

* Congratulations to Robert Crossler, assistant professor of information systems in the College of Business, who was named a co-winner of the 2013 Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences Information Systems Society's Design Science Award. Dr. Crossler and a colleague at Virginia Tech were recognized for collaborative research that targeted the improvement of information privacy practices for individuals.

* Kudos to Kathleen Alley, assistant professor of elementary education in the College of Education, who received the J. Michael Parker Award at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association in December. The award is given to the most distinguished research on adult literacy. Her award-winning study, called "Playing in Trellis Weyr: Collaborative Authorships in a Dragons of Pern Role Play Game Forum," was presented at the conference.

* Congratulations to Pedro Mago, Tennessee Valley Authority professor in energy systems and the environment in the Bagley College of Engineering, who has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for significant contributions to the field of energy, especially in the combined heat and power and waste heat recovery technologies.

Final words
Thank you for reading this month's letter. If you have any questions or comments about research or economic development at Mississippi State, please feel free to contact me at

Go Dawgs!

— David

May 9, 2014

Outstanding academic year drawing to a close

Another academic year is drawing to a close at Mississippi State University, and what an outstanding year it has been for our research and economic development initiatives thanks to the exceptional work of so many of you. Last week, we celebrated many of these achievements during the annual research awards banquet. Congratulations to Nicholas Herrmann, associate professor of anthropology, for winning this year’s Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award — the university’s top research honor. A number of other outstanding faculty, staff and students were recognized, as well. For more about this year’s award recipients, please see


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

Revision to research, Extension and clinical faculty promotion
This past year, Drs. Gilbert, Bohach and I worked closely with faculty, center directors, department heads and deans to revise the process for promotion of non-tenure-track faculty to bring it into alignment with academic faculty. There was a very healthy dialog about this, and a number of iterations and revisions resulted in a very strong and fair policy. It will be in effect for the next promotion cycle. For details, please see the policy at

High ranks for research from National Science Foundation
Once again, Mississippi State is ranked among the nation’s leading research universities, according to the latest NSF survey. The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2012 places us at 92nd overall among public and private institutions, based on $233.2 million in total research and development expenditures. For me, it is gratifying to see the hard work of our faculty, students and staff compare very well with, if not surpass, our peers. Additional information about our rankings may be found online at

Deadline near for Faculty Leadership Program nominations
As I have mentioned, my office and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will again be conducting an Academic Leadership Orientation Program for selected faculty. This program has been very successful in the past, and many of its graduates serve in key leadership positions on our campus. To apply, interested faculty should send a one-page summary addressing their future career plans, a current, abbreviated CV and a one-page nomination letter from their center director, department head or dean. These materials should be emailed to Lynn Taylor at no later than May 30.

Student start-up success growing
Over the past few years, we have fostered an entrepreneurial culture on our campus, and the return on this investment has been growing. The recent Entrepreneurship Week and Investing In Innovation Day are examples of how Mississippi State students are gaining real-world experience with guidance from faculty, staff and successful entrepreneurs. Twenty-one start-ups comprised of 36 students were awarded funding during this year’s competition with a total investment from private donations of $47,500. For more information, please see

Traveling this summer? FBI's 'Game of Pawns' video a must-see
As part of the Office of Research Security’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, MSU faculty and staff are invited to schedule a screening and discussion of “Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story.” Produced by the FBI, the movie presents a chilling depiction of how easily a foreign intelligence service can recruit people — especially college students. It is a must-see for anyone traveling overseas. For additional information, please contact Neil Lewis at 662-325-8682 or Debra Hicks at 662-325-0400. The video is also available for viewing on the FBI website at

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 come to my attention recently:

* Congratulations to Ratan Jha, director of the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, and his team for receiving an NSF planning grant for an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Advanced Composites in Transportation Vehicles. This summer, MSU will host I/UCRC stakeholders so that researchers can meet with industry leaders to understand their R&D needs, match them with capabilities and propose relevant projects. That information will be used to craft a final proposal, which is due in September.

* Kudos to Jason Keith, interim dean of the Bagley College of Engineering, for achieving the status of Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, and to Thomas B. Nusz Endowed Professor Hossein Toghiani for being honored with a 2014 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

* Congratulations to the participants and winners of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Providing research opportunities for all of our students is a priority at Mississippi State, and I am pleased that my office is one of several sponsors of the symposium. Read more about it at

Final words
Many of our neighbors and members of the MSU family have been affected by the severe weather that hit our state last week. There are a number of ways we can help, and I encourage you to visit the Maroon Volunteer Center’s website at to learn more about the recovery effort. Let me add that I appreciated everyone’s understanding when we postponed the research awards banquet out of an abundance of caution last Tuesday. We have had very positive reviews of the Wednesday luncheon, and are already looking forward to next year’s program. A special word of thanks to Jessica Northcutt, Lynn Taylor and Kelsey Stewart for their work on this special event.

As always, please feel free to contact me at with your questions or suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter.

Go Dawgs!

— David

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