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January 26, 2011

Centers & Institutes: discover their cutting-edge capabilities

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Mississippi State's research centers and institutes are solving problems, finding solutions, creating opportunities and changing the way the world does business. Check out our updated centers and institutes brochure and discover their cutting-edge capabilities.

February 8, 2011

Google doodle: Happy Birthday, Jules Verne

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Today’s Google doodle gives web surfers the opportunity to dive below the ocean’s surface in a retro-futuristic submarine. Hit the bottom and you’ll discover brightly colored coral filling your submerged windows on the fantastical undersea world. It’s a tip of the hat to Jules Verne and his 183rd birthday.

Verne (1828-1905), the acclaimed writer of the classic, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” and other works of early science fiction, wrote about technology yet to be invented and worlds yet to be discovered in the second half of the 19th Century. His writing paved the way for the popular genre in many ways.

And that raises an interesting question: Does science fiction help or hurt the cause of research, innovation and discovery? It’s something to think about over a second slice of cake.

Happy Birthday, Jules. And thanks, Google.

March 29, 2011

Maroon Research celebration April 15

By DAVID SHAW | Vice President for Research and Economic Development

As many of you know, earlier this year the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designated Mississippi State a very high research activity institution — the highest ranking a major research university can achieve.

Mississippi State reached this benchmark because of the hard work and commitment of our entire faculty, staff, students and administrators. All of you have helped create the level of research activity necessary to achieve the Carnegie classification.

We want to recognize and celebrate this achievement with you.

On April 15, the Office of Research and Economic Development will host Maroon Research: Tier One Impact, a showcase of the research diversity at Mississippi State, the contributions our research makes to the state, nation, and world, and the return on investment a top tier national research university delivers to its stakeholders.

I have invited each college, university level center and the library to exhibit their research success stories during our event, and we are looking forward to having everyone participate — this truly is a campuswide achievement.

The celebration takes place Friday, April 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the M-Club. President Keenum and Whit Hughes, deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority and an MSU alumnus, will speak. Refreshments will be provided by ORED.

Please join us as we celebrate this important milestone in the life of our university. I look forward to seeing you there.

June 3, 2011

Challenges, opportunities define past year

Now that the summer semester has begun I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the progress and achievements we’ve had over the past year.

This also seems like a good time to offer our congratulations to the MSU baseball team for achieving a berth in the NCAA tournament and to congratulate our Athletic Director Scott Stricklin for all the excitement he has helped to generate surrounding the MSU athletic program. I’m convinced that a strong and successful athletic program contributes to so many other areas at the university, including enrollments and research funding.

Efforts appreciated
I want you all to know how much I appreciate your research efforts over the past year. I understand that this has been a very unusual year filled with challenges that you have been able to effectively address.

Not the least of these is the early retirement program made necessary to address financial exigencies. Many of you saw your teaching loads increase in order to fill the gaps created as your colleagues retired and before new faculty could be hired to replace them. I know that this placed a heavy burden on our research program and impacted the time available to craft proposals and to manage your current research. I am very appreciative of the extra effort that you gave to help us through this period and to maintain our competitive research program.

Especially in light of the changes in funding on Capitol Hill, it is heartening to see the number of competitive proposal submission increase as you continue to leverage our expertise into these competitive arenas.

New initiatives
During this past year we put in place some new initiatives to try to help facilitate and strengthen our research program. We created and funded a new cross-college research program that provided interdisciplinary groups of researchers with $2000 seed grants. This resulted in 32 research groups being supported with participation from faculty representing all colleges at MSU to include the Meridian campus. We have high expectations for these groups and early progress reports show that proposals are being crafted and submitted by these groups.

We also subscribed to what we believe to be a very useful Research Development and Grant Writing Newsletter that comes to us monthly and is distributed to all colleges for use by the faculty. I have personally found this to be a valuable document and I believe that our new faculty will also find it very helpful. If you are not receiving this newsletter, please let Dr. Teresa Gammill in my office know. We would also appreciate any feedback on the newsletter that you might be willing to offer.

Our faculty research support program was revised in 2010 and has resulted in funding support for over 100 faculty members — primarily cost sharing their research related travel and research initiation needs. We intend to continue this program into 2011-2012. More than $130,000 was committed to this initiative during FY2011.

Our strong research and outreach programs continue to help fuel the state's economy by assisting existing industry, participating in major industry recruitment efforts, and creating high tech companies and jobs. We have also developed a user-friendly system to guide stakeholders to appropriate research centers and units on campus to support economic development at local and state levels.

Also, to increase efficiency and effectiveness in our technology commercialization area, we merged the Entrepreneurship Center and the Office of Technology Commercialization. The unit is housed in the recently completed Industry Partners building in the expanding Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. Dr. Mel Ray has led our economic development program and is our focal point for industrial queries within the Office of Research and Economic Development.

We have revised our faculty leadership program this year by expanding it and exposing all participants to MSU senior leadership throughout the year. Dr. Ray Vaughn, Associate Vice President for Research, leads this program on behalf of ORED. We anticipate having 15 participants during academic year 2011-2012 and enhancing the program by implementing suggestions received by this year’s participants.

We also revised the manner in which we compute startup funding so that our offer letters could be more competitive. We now include the “value” of the entire startup package in the offer letter instead of just the discretionary dollars that are being offered. My rationale for doing this is to allow prospective faculty to see that there is a significant value associated with course release, teaching or research assistants, and equipment above and beyond the hard dollar amounts we commit from this office. I think that this helps us to establish a stronger case for a new hire looking at MSU and comparing our offer with other schools.

Stakeholder feedback critical
I commissioned several ad hoc committees to make recommendations to me for improvements in the way we operate with the Office of Research and Economic Development. These committees have provided an invaluable service to the university, and have allowed us to make improvements in the office and modify processes we employ in a fully transparent way. The committees have looked at ORED strategic investment, economic development organization, equipment investments, regulatory compliance and other areas.

I find that getting committee recommendations followed by stakeholder comments is an excellent way to implement continuous improvement in this office. I have already implemented a number of the recommendations from these committees, and we are in the process of implementing others. Along those lines — I want you to know that I welcome individual faculty comments on anything associated with ORED and that you are welcome to send those comments directly to me.

In closing, let me assure you that your efforts on behalf of MSU are truly appreciated and recognized by the administration as a whole and my office is no exception to that. I want to be transparent in all that we do, and I look forward to the upcoming academic year. Please let me know how I or my office can help you in any way.

Best wishes for a successful and productive summer.

— David Shaw
dshaw@research.msstate.edu
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

June 27, 2011

Redstone Arsenal researcher visiting campus Thursday

Mississippi State University researchers will have the opportunity to hear from a senior scientist with the U.S. Army’s Weapons Sciences Directorate at Redstone Arsenal Alabama when he visits the Starkville campus this week.

Henry Everitt will present a free seminar Thursday, June 30 at 9 a.m. in the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems seminar room. He will discuss the following areas that could possibly result in research collaboration:

* Spectroscopic imaging (ultrafast, UV and terahertz)

* Plasmonics and metamaterials

* Nonlinear dynamics and control of chaos

* Atomic/molecular physics and quantum information

* Micro- and nano-device fabrication and characterization (accelerometers, integrated optics, micro-acoustic sensors, RF switches)

* High-energy lasers

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to learn more about the research Dr. Everitt is involved with and to discuss related work here at MSU,” said David Shaw, the land-grant institution’s vice president for research and economic development. “We are looking forward to learning more about the work ongoing at Redstone Arsenal.”

Everitt’s presentation will last for about an hour and be followed by a 30-minute open discussion. Faculty, graduate students and research associates with related interests are encouraged to attend.

Brief, one-on-one discussions with Everitt may be scheduled by contacting Cristi Stevens at 662.325.3571 or cstevens@research.msstate.edu.

August 8, 2011

'Dear Colleague': a research and eco dev update

With a new semester about to begin and activity picking up on campus, now is a good time to update you on progress we are making in the Office of Research and Economic Development and share a few of our success stories.

But first, I want to offer a welcome to two newcomers to the Mississippi State family: Dean Sharon Oswald in the College of Business, and Dr. Steve Brown, who recently accepted the position of Dean and Associate Vice President of the MSU Meridian campus. I also want to congratulate Dr. George Hopper on his selection as the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Forest Resources, and director of both the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

We look forward to working with each of you as you engage in research and economic development activities.

Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety moves on campus

For some time now, the Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety has been located off campus on Stark Road. This was not an ideal location, given the interaction required between faculty and Regulatory Compliance staff.

I am pleased to report that ORC&S has been relocated to 53 Morgan Ave. on campus. This location now houses staff for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Biosafety, General Safety and Lab Safety personnel. Radiological Safety and Hazardous Waste staff members remain in Dorman Hall.

The mail stop for 53 Morgan Ave. is 9563 and the fax number is 325-8776. Please feel free to contact Ms. Kacey Strickland at kstrickland@research.msstate.edu if you have questions about the move or the services that the office provides.

Hosting program managers

Our office is always willing to host program managers from funding agencies here at MSU. Our campus and research programs always impress visitors, and when we can get a program manager from one of our funding agencies to visit, I believe it helps us obtain future grants. We are continually looking for a diversity of speakers, so if you have a particular program manager that you would like us to consider inviting to the university, please let Dr. Teresa Gammill know about it. She would appreciate you emailing suggestions to her at tgammill@research.msstate.edu.

Dr. Gammill has also arranged for the National Science Foundation to present a free workshop at MSU titled, "Science: Becoming the Messenger." This is a communication skill-building workshop that will be held Aug. 29 in the Colvard Student Union Foster Ballroom.

Principal investigators, early-career researchers and engineers, graduate students, post-docs, and public information officers from public and private colleges, universities, and community colleges in the state of Mississippi are invited to attend this workshop to learn more about communicating research advancements and scientific discovery to the media and general public. For more information, see http://www.research.msstate.edu/sciencemessenger/.

Click here to register for "Science: Becoming the Messenger." Registration ends Aug. 22, 2011.

Paperless initial trial sees success

I continue to be pleased with our efforts to move toward electronic processing of documents instead of paper forms. The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration has completed an initial trial using an electronic internal approval sheet instead of the more labor-intensive paper version. The trial was successful, and SPA is now working with the Bagley College of Engineering to implement it within engineering departments prior to moving it to campus-wide use. This move should accelerate processing of the IAS, and parallelize it rather than remaining locked in the sequential processing of the past.

Key research areas and kick-offs

I am working with my staff, as well as Vice Presidents Greg Bohach and Jerry Gilbert, to identify key research focus areas for MSU. Once we have developed the draft list, we will be sharing it with deans and center directors for comment. From there we are looking to share it campus wide. At every step we will be seeking and carefully considering feedback so that it is truly representative of the best our campus has to offer. It will be incredibly important to formally outline the university's key research focus areas and concentrate support in those areas.

I simply can't adequately put into words how much I appreciate the research efforts of our faculty. Our rating as a "very high research productivity" university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching would not be possible without your efforts. As we see decreases in federal initiatives and overall federal research funding, we will be relying on faculty more than ever to retain our high research productivity levels.

As the fall semester begins, activities on campus will hit a fever pitch. It is always the true start of our new year, and this one looks to be our best ever. And, I'm personally looking forward to the opening home game against LSU on Thursday evening, Sept. 15. I hope to see you at Davis Wade Stadium as another winning season kicks off.

Go Dawgs!

David Shaw
dshaw@research.msstate.edu
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

September 26, 2011

Mississippi a top 10 state for doing business

Area Development magazine has ranked the best states for doing business, and Mississippi has landed in the top 10:

No. 9 — Mississippi

Mississippi was ranked among the top five spots for its corporate tax environment and incentive programs, overall cost of doing business, and its business friendliness. The state also was #1 for labor costs and placed third (tied) for its overall labor climate.

A big reason is the state’s commitment to a skilled, mostly non-unionized, and plentiful work force. Mississippi provides quality work force training programs tailored to businesses, many developed with the help of the state’s colleges and universities. In fact, Mississippi has created “MissiON,” the $16 million Mississippi research network of expanded broadband technology systems supported by AT&T and designed to serve the state’s research universities and facilities.

“This network will transform our universities’ research capabilities and academic competitiveness on a global scale,” said Governor Haley Barbour. “Researchers will be able to share massive amounts of complex data quickly, enhancing their work in a variety of areas from medicine to manufacturing.”

Click here to read the rest of Mississippi's profile.

January 24, 2012

Research focus areas feedback wanted

Mississippi State is our state's leading research university, with research strengths across all colleges and research centers that have led to the institution being the only Mississippi university categorized by the Carnegie Foundation as a very high research activity university.

As we plan for the future, the university must be strategic in the approach we take to future research investments. Based on existing strengths and future opportunities, priority areas have been identified. These research priorities have been discussed among the vice presidents and President Keenum, as well as deans, associate deans, and center directors. Refinements have been made, and the draft priorities are ready for campus-wide review and input. As noted in the MSU Strategic Plan, these priorities will be used in directing investments made in new faculty hires, infrastructure development, and resource allocation.

These priorities will not be to the exclusion of other important academic, research, and service areas on our campus. Rather, they will be used as a factor in decision-making for future investments.

The focus areas and confidential feedback system are now online at https://w.msstate.edu/researchfocusareas/login.php

I strongly urge you to look at them carefully, and to provide feedback via the website. This is an incredibly important step in developing the strategic plan for research, and every comment or suggestion will be seriously considered.

Your review and comments are critical as we move to finalize these research priorities. Please provide your input by Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

Sincerely,

David Shaw
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

March 8, 2012

Student researchers have new ethics advice option at MSU

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Students engaged in research at Mississippi State University have access to a new tool that offers guidance in making responsible decisions when it comes to issues surrounding the responsible conduct of research (RCR).

A new policy recently approved by the university -- Research Ethics Consultation for Students Participating in University-Sponsored Research -- provides a resource for students to confidentially discuss research issues of ethical concern, said Katie Echols, the education and outreach coordinator for the Mississippi Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

Echols and fellow MSU political science and public administration graduate students -- Dennis Farris Jr., Leigh-Ann Sallis and Braxton Stowe -- wrote the policy as their capstone project under the direction of Marty Wiseman and Kesha Perry from the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development.

Trisha Phillips, assistant professor in the university's Department of Philosophy and Religion, serves as the ethics consultant for student researchers.

Students with a question or concern may send a confidential e-mail directly to Phillips at ethicsconsult@research.msstate.edu.

Other university administrators do not have access to the account, Echols said.

She adds that the new policy is not a substitute for the MSU Honor Code Procedure or the Ethics in Research and Other Scholarly Activities Policy (OP80.02). Rather this new policy provides an additional means for students to identify issues that should be reported under these two policies, as well as the "whistleblower" policy (OP01.07).

In addition to the e-mail address, the Office of Research and Economic Development is working with Information Technology Services to implement a secure, confidential form on the ORED website that will allow students to contact Phillips to share their concerns.

The policy is posted in its entirety at http://www.msstate.edu/dept/audit/8001.html.

For additional information, please contact Echols at 662-325-8904 or katie@research.msstate.edu.

October 15, 2012

Fall a busy, special time on our campus

When checking my calendar a few days ago, I was hit by the realization that this
semester is racing by, and it is hard to believe that October is already here.
Fall is a busy time of year on our campus, and has always been my favorite
season. Like you, we have been working hard in the Office of Research and
Economic Development, and we are very excited about the opportunities that
Mississippi State is a part of thanks in part to your contributions to our
research efforts. Please let me share a few of them with you.

International food security conference a success
Our university hosted a conference titled "Technology Implementation at the
Local Level: Food Security for the Future" in September that was organized by
the MSU International Institute. It featured President Mark Keenum, U.S. Sen.
Thad Cochran and several of the world's leading experts in international
development and food security, including Dr. Raj Shah, administrator of the U.S.
Agency for International Development; Dr. Daniel Yohannes, CEO of the Millennium
Challenge Corporation; and Dr. Daniel Gustafson of the Food and Agriculture
Organizations of the United Nations. Drs. Bohach, Mikel, and I have followed up
with several contacts that we made at the conference, and I believe that we have
an excellent opportunity to engage in funded international research work as a
result. As often is the case when we bring high-level visitors to Mississippi
State, they leave very impressed with our campus, its people, and our
capabilities.

SPA DAWG program underway
The Department Administrator Working Group (DAWG) offered by our Sponsored
Programs Administration Office kicked off its first meeting Sept. 13 with a
meet-and-greet. The major goal of DAWG is the development and application of
knowledge and skills in the area of sponsored project administration.
Participants are paired with a mentor during the year and meet on a monthly
basis. I would like to offer my congratulations to following individuals who are
members of the first DAWG class: Courtney Blaylock, Dean's Office, Bagley
College of Engineering; Lisa Clardy, Extension Administration; Carly Cummings,
Dean's Office, College of Arts and Sciences; Kay Davidson, Forest Products
Department; Carol Ellington, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and
Biotechnology (IGBB); Kelly Kolb, Plant and Soil Sciences; Veronica Leonard,
CMREC/Brown Loam Experiment Station; Reatha Linley, Department of Chemistry; and
Carol Martin, Dean's Office, Bagley College of Engineering. For more information
about the DAWG program, contact Robyn Remotigue at robyn@spa.msstate.edu.

Research Park continues to grow
I'm sure that all of you are familiar with our Thad Cochran Research, Technology
and Economic Development Park, but did you know that this 272-acre park is home
to nine buildings and 1,500-plus employees, and represents some $100-million-
plus of investment? We are expecting to open a second entrance to the park in
the near future, and on Sept. 17th, I was proud to join with other Mississippi
State officials and U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and U.S. Rep. Gregg
Harper
to celebrate the grand opening of the newest building in the park — a
20,000-square-foot building that is now home to a new business incubator, as
well as operations for II-VI Inc., a Pennsylvania-based firm with manufacturing
facilities, distributors and agents around the world. It is recognized as a
global leader in engineered materials and optoelectronic components and brings
new opportunities to our community.

Kudos and congratulations
* Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Darling, who has been named the new director of
the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State. Lynn has worked with the ECI
in different roles over the past 10 years, and she has served as its interim
director since 2011.

* Mr. Dennis Sankovich, executive director for the MSU Riley Center for
Education and Performing Arts in Meridian, was commended recently by the
executive director of South Arts for his success in a three-year dance tour
initiative that had been funded by the organization.

* Ms. Robyn Remotigue, assistant director of the Office of Sponsored Programs
Administration, has been asked to serve on the program committee for the
National Council of University Research Administrators' 2014 annual meeting. She
will be co-chairing the pre-award track.

Thank you for taking a few moments and reading this month's Dear Colleagues
letter. Please feel free to contact me at any time with your suggestions,
comments or concerns at dshaw@research.msstate.edu — I do enjoy hearing from
you. As always, I appreciate the work you do on behalf of the Mississippi State
University research enterprise.

Go Dawgs!

David Shaw
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

November 6, 2012

Great response for cross-college research grant proposals

I know that all of you are very busy as we move into the final weeks of the fall semester and begin preparing for the upcoming holidays, exams and winter break. For me, it seems like only yesterday that we were beginning a new academic year in August. We have a number of achievements, accomplishments, and a few announcements from the Office of Research and Economic Development that I would like to share with you this month.

Update on cross-college research grants
For the past two years, our cross-college grant program has been a very popular research facilitation tool, and one that has demonstrated a strong return on our investments. For 2011-2012, we invested $80,000 in 40 cross-college research teams that resulted in $13 million in funded research and approximately $12 million in research proposals pending. Earlier this semester, we received a heavy response to our call for cross-college proposals for 2012-2013, and have been delayed in reviewing those requests for seed funding. I expect to have the results of our review out to you by the end of November so that those selected can begin their group research efforts at the beginning of the spring semester.

New director of Sponsored Programs Administration
Ms. Jennifer Easley was appointed as the new director of sponsored programs administration beginning Nov. 1. Jennifer will be responsible for overseeing externally sponsored programs, proposal submission, contracts, and other pre-award functions. She comes to this position after having worked at MSU in the accounting field since 2004, and has experience in both pre-award and post-award administration. I am very happy to have Jennifer as a member of our administrative team.

IHL economic development efforts
IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds recently appointed Mr. Paul Sumrall to a position designed to assist universities establishing stronger ties to industry in Mississippi. We will have an opportunity Nov. 29-30 to showcase our research efforts to Mr. Sumrall when he and Mr. Marcus Thompson, Commissioner Bounds’ chief administrative officer, visit MSU. If you are involved in any of the scheduled events, please keep in mind that the purpose of the tour is to learn more about how our programs and research can be of value to industrial partners in our state. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Sumrall and Mr. Thompson to campus.

Maroon Research TV now online
As part of our ongoing work to showcase Mississippi State’s research and economic development efforts, we have collaborated with the MSU TV Center and University Relations to produce a new online video series -- Maroon Research TV. We plan on featuring a wide range of projects and people over the coming year, and I encourage you to take a couple of minutes to watch our first episode on the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory. It is on our website, and the direct link to the series page is http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/videos

National Laboratory Day bus trip to Oxford
Our office is sponsoring a bus to take interested faculty and students to the University of Mississippi on Nov. 8 to attend a special meeting with senior Department of Energy representatives from Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This event was arranged by our congressional delegation, and Sen. Thad Cochran and U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee are expected to participate. This event is open to faculty and students from Mississippi universities, as well as to the public and business and industry leaders. There is no charge for this event, and we want to encourage a strong attendance. If you or your students wish to attend, please email Ms. Anna Thompson -- athompson@research.msstate.edu -- by Nov. 7 so that she can confirm seating on the bus. In addition all attendees need to register at the website http://www.research.olemiss.edu/agenda

Kudos and congratulations
* Our Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) was recently cited by Achieve Inc. for its work with the Mississippi Department of Education. RCU was referred to as a partnership that other states should mimic in training career and technical education teachers how to incorporate English language arts and mathematics Common Core State Standards into their curriculum. We are very proud of the excellent work that RCU does for the State of Mississippi. I would invite you to review the full news release on this achievement at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=5706

* I am pleased to announce that Ms. Nicole Morse in the Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety successfully completed the requirements to receive the designation of Certified IRB Professional (CIP). This certification validates an individual's professional experience and demonstrated mastery of the body of knowledge essential to Human Research Participation Program administrative practices. Having staff members with this and other professional certification is a credit to the strength of our research compliance programs at MSU. Congratulations, Nicole!

* Dr. Bill McAnally has been elected president of the Mississippi Water Resources Association. Bill is a research professor of engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering and associate director of the Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University. Congratulations on assuming this key service role.

Thank you for taking a few moments and reading this month’s Dear Colleagues letter. Please feel free to contact me at any time with your suggestions, comments or concerns at dshaw@research.msstate.edu -- I always enjoy hearing from you. I appreciate the work you do on behalf of the Mississippi State University research enterprise.

Go Dawgs!

— David Shaw
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

January 30, 2013

Research update as we move into the spring semester

I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday break, and that you are as excited as I am about the prospects for 2013. The Office of Research and Economic Development staff and I are continuing our work of supporting Mississippi State University’s research enterprise, which is creating new opportunities that enhance the quality of our research, improving the quality of life for Mississippians, and growing our state’s economy. As we move fully into the spring semester, I wanted to take a moment to update you on a few of our activities.

SEC Visiting Travel Grant Program applications
We received a very good response to the recent call for SEC visiting travel grant proposals, and we are currently working with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost to select four awards of $2,500 each that will support collaboration with other SEC universities. The applications we received were very good, and I appreciate the efforts of those of you who applied. We should be able to announce the four awards by early February. It’s heartening to know that we have so many opportunities to work with our sister universities in the SEC.

Faculty and staff garner recognition
One of the best parts of my job is working with a lot of very smart and very talented people on our campus. Here are a few of the folks whose recent accomplishments have caught my attention:

* Dr. Jodi Roberts, the university’s Institutional Review Board officer who oversees our Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), submitted MSU’s application for accreditation to the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc. (AAHRPP) in late December. AAHRPP is now reviewing this application, and we expect a site visit before the end of the spring semester. This is a very extensive application, and it requires a great deal of effort. Kudos to Dr. Roberts and her staff for their work.

* Dr. Kevin Armbrust, director of the Mississippi Chemical Laboratory, was nominated by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) to serve on the Food and Drug Administration's Food Advisory Committee last year. After an extensive selection process, he has been invited to serve on the committee for the next three years. This appointment to a federal advisory committee is a true testament to Mississippi State’s excellent faculty and research capabilities.

* Dr. Daniel Peterson, director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology and a professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, will receive the 2012 Cotton Biotechnology Award from the National Cotton Council of America for his and his co-author’s efforts on the ‘gold standard’ D5 genome sequence and the associated paper published in Nature.

* Dr. Mark F. Horstemeyer, a chair professor in mechanical and computation engineering, is being recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Engineering Section at its annual meeting in February. Dr. Horstemeyer will receive the same honor from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International at an April ceremony. These honors bring his total Fellow titles to four, an unprecedented accomplishment within the Bagley College of Engineering.

* Dr. James C. Newman, the Richard H. Johnson chair of aerospace engineering and a Giles Distinguished Professor, received the Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials in September. In February, he joins Dr. Horstemeyer in being recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Engineering Section at its annual meeting.

Steel research partnership underway
The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and Severstal North America are launching the Steel Research Center (SRC) that will create a steelmaking technology hub at Mississippi State. This 4,000-square-foot SRC is located in the Edwards Reactor Building on Herbert Street on the university’s main campus. Dr. Roger King, director of CAVS, will oversee the creation of the SRC which will help drive advanced predictive capabilities focusing on steel manufacturing processes and the design of new alloys for key flat rolled products to support the steel consuming industries. Congratulations to all for moving this project forward. It is one of the many examples of how our researchers are partnering with Mississippi’s largest employers.

International activities accelerate
We continue to increase our international presence and research activity. I just completed a trip to Rome, along with Dr. Jerry Gilbert and Dr. Greg Bohach. We visited with a number of universities and government organizations that see value in working with MSU. We will continue to foster these relationships over the coming year, and I anticipate contacting various research groups for support as we work toward solid collaborations. In late January, Mr. Donald Tong, the Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, traveled to our state for meetings with MSU, the Mississippi Development Authority and other officials and business leaders. Mr. Tong spent time on our campus meeting with students, faculty and staff; toured many of our research facilities; and spoke in Jackson at the Janos Radvanyi Chair in International Security Studies Executive Lecture Forum luncheon. We are also growing our cyber security collaborations with universities in Australia, and executed an MOU with the University of South Australia formalizing our joint research efforts with them. As you can see, we are growing Mississippi State’s presence in the global community, and I look forward to sharing additional success stories about our efforts in the future.

nSPARC on move to Cochran Research Park
The National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (nSPARC) under the directorship of Dr. Mimmo Parisi will soon be relocating to a new home. We have made arrangements for this highly productive research center to occupy space in the Powe Building, which is located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park.

Final words
I know I often tell you how much I appreciate your efforts, and I will continue to do so. Without you and your hard work, we would not have an internationally recognized research program. I am very aware that the funding landscape is becoming more and more difficult these days, but Mississippi State University continues to hold its own nationally. Thank you for all you do, and my best wishes for a productive new year.

Go Dawgs!

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

March 12, 2013

Annual research expenditures hit record $233 million

As we reach the middle of the semester, I know that many of you are happy to see spring break on the calendar, and I hope that you will have some time to enjoy it. Spring is always a busy time of year on our campus, and this year is no exception. Our faculty and staff are making significant contributions to our overall research program, garnering national and international recognition, and advancing our land-grant mission for the state of Mississippi and beyond. It is a great time to be a part of Mississippi State University, and I appreciate your efforts on behalf of our research and economic development enterprise. Please let me share a few items:

Composites in Transportation Symposium on campus March 14-15
Later this month, we will bring together industry, government and academia for the first-ever Composites in Transportation Symposium at MSU. Taking place March 14-15 at Colvard Student Union, participants will discuss collaboration opportunities for advancing composites technologies — modeling, design and manufacturing — and training a skilled workforce. Dr. Ratan Jha, director of the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, along with MSU researchers and our Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer (OETT), will host the special event. For more information, please contact Ms. Jo McKenzie at Raspet at 662-325-3797.

Investing in Innovation Day in April
Our second-annual Investing in Innovation Day, or I3 Day, will celebrate innovation on our campus on April 5 as part of Innovation Week, featuring Patent Recipient Awards, Business Plan Competition Finale, presentations by MSU Extension, OETT and others. There will also be technology and start-up company poster sessions. Sponsors include the Office of Research and Economic Development, OETT, MAFES and the College of Business, as well as private contributors. The theme of this year's event is "Inventing Solutions." Numerous business plan competitions will be held throughout the week leading up to Friday and the main events of I3 Day. Contact Sheree or Donna in OETT at 662-325-8223 for additional information.

SEC visiting faculty travel grants awarded
You may be surprised to find that the Southeastern Conference supports research as well as athletics, but it does. The SEC supported the competitive award of four $2,500 grants to faculty at MSU to travel to another SEC campus for the purpose of an exchange of ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research, meet with peers and students, and/or give lectures or other presentations. Congratulations to our 2013 SEC visiting faculty travel grant recipients Richard Baird, Matthew Berg, Islam El-adaway and Giselle Thibaudeau.

Supporting Oktibbeha County School District students
As you may have read in a recent Starkville Daily News story, our university is working with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and Oktibbeha County School District to boost student achievement and raise graduation rates among students in the district. I appreciate the efforts of the College of Education, the Research and Curriculum Unit, the Early Childhood Institute and others for their efforts and applaud their commitment to these students. Ultimately, we want to help develop high-performing schools in Oktibbeha County, as well as anywhere else in our state where our expertise and resources could be utilized at the request of MDE.

Kudos to our faculty and staff
A highlight 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 across my desk recently:

* Dr. Kent Hoblet, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected president-elect for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. He will serve in this role until he becomes president of the association in July 2013. The association represents more than 4,000 faculty, 5,000 staff, 10,000 veterinary students, and 3,000 graduate students. This appointment brings great recognition to our university and the work within CVM.

* Dr. Mark Novotny, Physics and Astronomy department head, has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in Physics for his efforts to advance science and its applications. A Fellow of the American Physical Society, he also recently was named a Dynasty Foundation Visiting Scientist.

* The Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Department has had a number of achievements that they shared with me. Among them: The newly elected leadership of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society are all alumni of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at MSU. Dr. Donald Jackson received the C.A. Schultz Conservation Award from the Mississippi chapter of the American Fisheries Society, and Dr. Kevin Hunt received an award for his service to the chapter. Additionally, Dr. Wes Neal has been elected president-elect of the chapter. Dr. Steve Demarais was named the 2012 Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.

* Dr. Lou D’Abramo, dean of the Graduate School and associate vice president for academic affairs and an MSU Giles Distinguished Professor, was named a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society for his contributions to the advancement of global aquaculture. He is one of three experts elected as fellows in 2013 to honor outstanding achievements in aquaculture science, industry, outreach or extension.

* Dr. Bill Herndon, associate vice president of the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, received the 2013 Southern Agricultural Economics Associate Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes significant and enduring contributions in scholarship or public service to agricultural economics in the South.

* Dr. Li Zhang, associate professor in Civil Engineering, has been named to an emergency evacuations task force of the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Research Council. This 26-member task force focuses on preparing for emergency evacuations from natural or man-made hazards.

Final words
Let me again thank you for your efforts on behalf of Mississippi State. Your hard work is paying tremendous dividends that benefit the entire university community. In closing, I want you to know that MSU’s research expenditures — an important benchmark for determining research activity and productivity — totaled $233 million in 2012. That amount is the highest we have ever achieved at MSU, and it is a testament to each of you. Thank you!

Go Dawgs!

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

May 31, 2013

Public presentations set for associate VP candidates

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After a nationwide search, the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University will host three finalists for the position of associate vice president for research in June.

During their visits to Starkville, each candidate will deliver a public presentation. Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend these sessions.

The three candidates are:

Drew Hamilton, who is currently Alumni Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn University and director of the Auburn Cyber Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University. Dr. Hamilton's presentation takes place June 5 at 2 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's Grisham Room.

Alan Tree, who is currently a professor of chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. Dr. Tree's presentation takes place June 7 at 10 a.m. in McCool Hall's Taylor Auditorium.

Robin McCarley, who is currently an LSU Faculty Fellow, Barbara Womack LSU Alumni Association Professor, professor of analytical and materials chemistry, director of the NIEHS Superfund Training Core, and director of materials initiatives for the Center for Biomodular Multi-Scale Systems at Louisiana State University. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina. Dr. McCarley's presentation takes place June 13 at 2 p.m. in the Swalm Suite.

Ray Vaughn, who served previously as associate vice president for research at MSU, was named vice president for research at the University of Alabama-Huntsville in March.

August 12, 2013

Busy summer: mentoring, Yokohama Tire, new AVP, and more

We have had an eventful summer in the Office of Research and Economic Development: new faces, productive collaborations, successful programs and more. Like many of you, we are now looking forward to the start of a new academic year when our students return to class Aug. 19.

Several weeks ago, I participated in a memorandum of understanding signing event with the Army’s Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., and while there, I met a number of Mississippi State alumni who are engineers with the project office. I am always impressed by the caliber of our graduates whom I meet when traveling. Their success is a testament to the outstanding programs and faculty we have on campus.


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


Research videos online
For several months, ORED has been working with the Television Center and University Relations to develop short videos that tell our research story to the public. These high-quality clips cover a variety of topics, from educational curriculum development to oil spill analyses by our State Chem Lab. We will be continuing to develop these videos over the next several months, so if you have a good idea that would demonstrate the breadth and depth of our creative discovery, please don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me. You can find these videos at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/videos

Reorganization streamlines responsibilities
Safety and regulatory compliance are two of my office’s highest priorities because they are essential to the well being of our students, employees, visitors and local community, and they are absolutely critical to advancing our status as a major research university. Last month, we announced that Michael Parsons will lead the new Environmental Health and Safety Office at MSU. The new EH&S office is charged with developing, managing and implementing policies and programs related to occupational safety, environmental management and fire protection. With campus-wide environmental compliance issues and safety-related activities consolidated into EH&S, the former Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety is now the Office of Research Compliance with Kacey Strickland continuing as director. The research compliance office will also have oversight of financial conflicts of interest related to the university's research enterprise. Please contact Michael at parsons@icet.msstate.edu or Kacey at kstrickland@research.msstate.edu with your environmental health and safety or research compliance concerns or questions.

Human subjects research conference a success
In late July, dozens of Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects professionals from around the region gathered at the Hunter Henry Center for the third-annual IRB Connections Conference. Topics on the agenda included minimizing risks, human-robot interaction, social media data collection, and a roundtable discussion of new and ongoing issues in human subjects research protection. Congratulations to MSU IRB officer Jodi Roberts and the IRB staff for hosting this informative and well attended event, and thank you to our faculty who led sessions: Daniel Carruth, Cindy Bethel, John Edwards and Kari Babski-Reeves.

Training opportunities for human subjects research
If you are a student, staff or faculty member and are planning to conduct human subjects research in the upcoming months, or are in need of a refresher, please plan to attend the training workshop scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Tully Auditorium in Thompson Hall Annex. You may register to attend this human subjects session at https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/login.php but if you are unable to attend the live training, an online option is available. Please visit http://orc.msstate.edu/humansubjects/training to access the online training.

Sponsored Programs Administration here to help
As I mentioned last month, Sponsored Programs Administration is committed to helping faculty find the resources needed to support research endeavors. Recognizing that not all faculty members have departmental support for proposal development, SPA is working to provide this support as needed. Please let Jennifer Easley know if the SPA team can assist you with creating your proposal budget, completing Grants.Gov forms, or performing other administrative tasks related to your funding proposals. Contact her at jeasley@spa.msstate.edu or 662-325-3751.

SPA taking nominations for DAWG program
After a successful launch last year, Sponsored Programs Administration 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 included 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. To apply, visit http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored/2013/08/spa_taking_nominations_for_dep.html

MSU hosting Argonne National Lab Day in September
Please remember that on Sept. 9-10, Mississippi State 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. I encourage you to take advantage of this special opportunity to engage with personnel from this top-tier federal research lab. The registration deadline is Aug. 26. To register, visit http://www.tfaforms.com/290885

Mentoring our graduate students
Many of us can thank a mentor, or mentors, for the success that we have achieved in our lives. Additionally, my career has been enriched by mentoring students and colleagues over the years, and I believe it is one of the best ways we can give back and also contribute to the ongoing success of our university. In October, the Graduate School and the Center for Teaching and Learning are holding a two-part training course on “Fundamentals of Quality Graduate Student Mentorship,” and I urge you to participate. Part one takes place Oct. 2, with part two following on Oct. 17. To register, visit http://www.ctl.msstate.edu/programsandservices/teachwork

Yokohama Tire opens office in Cochran Research Park
Since 1989, the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park has been an integral part of economic development in our state, and it is now home to a number of leading corporations. The park’s newest tenant is Yokohama Tire, which has opened an office in the Industry Partners Building while its manufacturing facility is under construction in Clay County. The office will host an array of professionals ranging from engineers to human resources professionals. We are pleased to have Yokohama Tire in the park, and look forward to working with the company, its suppliers, local economic developers and elected officials as the multi-phase project moves forward.

Final words
On Aug. 1, Drew Hamilton came on board as the new associate vice president for research. Dr. Hamilton hit the ground running, and I expect him to have an immediate impact as we work to support and expand fundamental and applied research, secure funding and seek innovative solutions for pressing local, state, national and global needs. Please join me in welcoming him to the Mississippi State family.

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

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

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.


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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 http://www.policies.msstate.edu/policypdfs/5606.pdf

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 http://www.policies.msstate.edu/policypdfs/8013.pdf

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 http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored

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 http://www.tfaforms.com/314074

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 http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=3160

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 http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=3161

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 mparsons@ehs.msstate.edu

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 http://www.honors.msstate.edu/research/symposium or contact Seth Oppenheimer at seth@math.msstate.edu

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 dshaw@research.msstate.edu

Go Dawgs!

— David

April 2, 2014

Busy spring semester for research, economic development

Like many of you, we have had a busy spring semester in the Office of Research and Economic Development. In mid-March, we celebrated the official groundbreaking of The Mill at Mississippi State University, a $40-million mixed-used development that will transform the historic Cooley Building property into an economic development asset for our campus and community. I am very excited about this project’s potential, and believe it will serve as a catalyst for additional opportunities in the near future. For more about it, please see the Office of Public Affairs news release at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6546

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

Starkville-Oktibbeha school consolidation moving forward
As I write this, the Legislature just passed HB 2818, which codified the recommendations from the recent Consolidation Commission on which I had the opportunity to represent MSU. This legislation and the follow-on activities that are now sure to come will have some of the most far-reaching impacts on our city, county and university of anything in the past half-century. It is exciting to see the role that Mississippi State can play in impacting the education of our children, the economic development that can occur, and the enhanced quality of life that will result. This is yet one more example of the role MSU can play in moving our state forward.

Faculty leadership program nominations wanted
In the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year, my office and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will again be conducting an Academic Leadership Orientation Program for selected faculty. Participation will be limited to approximately 12 individuals who will be selected from those that apply. Any faculty member is eligible, but must be nominated. 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 ltaylor@research.msstate.edu no later than May 30.

NSF auditing Responsible Conduct of Research program
The National Science Foundation’s Office of the Inspector General is in the process of auditing the university’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training program. The responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering and is essential in the preparation of our students. The NSF now mandates that at the time of a proposal submission the project investigator must complete a certification stating that Mississippi State has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF funding to conduct research. This procedure applies to everyone carrying out research under the auspices of MSU, whether their current place of work is within or outside university premises. This includes, but is not limited to, all staff, visiting researchers, those with honorary posts and registered students. It is the responsibility of the principal investigator on a project to ensure that all students involved in the project are aware of and comply with the federal funding agency’s mandate and participate in the university’s RCR training. Please review MSU’s training plan and make sure that you are in compliance should we receive a site visit from the NSF OIG. Please contact Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3570 if you have questions pertaining to RCR training and implementation. Our plan for the NSF, the NIH, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Federal Demonstration Partnership is available at http://www.research.msstate.edu/rconduct

Cayuse 424: proposal development system update
Thanks to everyone who has assisted with Sponsored Programs Administration’s testing of a new proposal development system -- Cayuse 424. During the trial, we have had more than 20 proposals submitted totaling more than $35 million in requested funds and involving faculty from five colleges and a number of centers. We have received important feedback from you regarding the system, and invite you to continue sending your thoughts to Jennifer Easley at jeasley@spa.msstate.edu. We are excited about a formal rollout of Cayuse 424 this summer. Please be on the lookout for training opportunities and other resources in support of this exciting new proposal development system.

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 recently:

* Congratulations to Jerry Emison, a professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, for being elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. The distinction is among the highest for the nation's professional planners with about one percent achieving this status.

* Kudos to Nicholas Herrmann, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, and his team for their excavation and research of graves discovered on the grounds of the former Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, now home to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. This effort has garnered national attention, and serves as an excellent example of the incredible real-world difference our university makes in the state. Read more about it from CNN at http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/08/us/mississippi-unmarked-graves/index.html

* Congratulations to the Research and Curriculum Unit, where Kristen Dechert, Alexis Nordin and Lois Kappler had their paper, titled “Developing and Implementing a Principal- and Teacher-Evaluation System in Mississippi,” accepted for the International Conference on Education. And Kristen’s submission, titled “Using a Needs Assessment to Affect Public Perception of CTE in Mississippi,” was accepted for an ICE poster session. Additionally, Sean Owen and Alexis had a paper picked up at the annual meeting of the National Association for CTE Information in Kentucky, titled “A multi-cohort analysis of graduation rates and contributing factors in secondary CTE students.” Kristen’s paper, “CTE Educators' Roles in Implementing Statewide Administrator and Teacher Evaluation Systems in Mississippi,” co-authored with Alexis, was also accepted for NACTEI.

Final words
As I have mentioned, funding from grants and contracts is critical to the continued success of our research enterprise, and I applaud all of you who are writing proposals and developing contacts with funding agencies during this very busy time of year. 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

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 http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6620

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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 http://www.policies.msstate.edu/policypdfs/5606.pdf

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 http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6588

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 ltaylor@research.msstate.edu 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 http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6623

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 http://1.usa.gov/1miGVng

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 http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6573

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 http://www.mvc.msstate.edu 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 dshaw@research.msstate.edu with your questions or suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter.

Go Dawgs!

— David

June 5, 2014

No summer slowdown for research, economic development

Summer activities are underway at Mississippi State, and like many of you, we have not seen a slowdown in the Office of Research and Economic Development since the spring semester ended. At the moment, I am traveling with other MSU officials to Italy, where we will meet with counterparts at several institutions and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to discuss research and outreach opportunities, faculty and student exchanges, and other partnerships to enhance further our university’s global presence and international reputation. Please let me share a few other items of interest with you.

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

Gelston to lead corporate engagement effort
By now, many of you have seen the news that MSU alumna and Mississippi Development Authority CFO Kathy Gelston will be joining us as associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development in August. Special thanks to Associate Vice President for Research Drew Hamilton and his search committee for identifying three outstanding finalists. As I have said, our researchers, resources and leadership are playing vital roles as our economy grows and diversifies, and working to meet the needs of business and industry by connecting them with our research enterprise is a priority at Mississippi State. I am very pleased that Kathy will be leading these efforts. Read more about her at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6654.

Critical changes made to RCR training requirements
I urge you to pay special attention to changes in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements for principal investigators, co-PIs, and other project personnel on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Of particular importance to PIs and co-PIs on projects funded by one of these three agencies is a new requirement to have completed a short training module in myCourses and the online RCR modules via CITI before an award will be made by Sponsored Programs Administration. These changes are being implemented to ensure MSU's good standing with these federal funding agencies and to demonstrate our commitment to excellence by promoting and supporting ethical and responsible conduct of research across all disciplines. Please contact Kacey Strickland at 662-325-7474 for additional information or visit the Office of Research Compliance's website at http://orc.msstate.edu/conduct.

SPA concludes DAWG program's second year
Congratulations to the 18 MSU staff members who completed the professional development program offered by Sponsored Programs Administration: Criss Bell, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems; Christy Bischoff, Sponsored Programs Administration; Hannah Burnett, Sponsored Programs Administration; Mary Dikes, Coastal Research and Extension Center; Nicole Ivancic, Computer Science and Engineering; Davern Jones, Center for Safety and Health; Paula Jones, Sociology; Karin Lee, International Institute; Jo McKenzie, Raspet Flight Research Lab; Roslyn Miller, Research and Curriculum Unit; Shlynn Morris, Graduate School; Toni Roberson, College of Veterinary Medicine Basic Science; Teresa Stewart, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Janie Taylor, Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station; Tan Tsai, International Institute; Heather Wainwright, Plant and Soil Sciences; Casey Watts, Human Sciences; and Lorie White, Dean of Education. Year two of the Departmental Administrator Working Group — DAWG, for short — provided participants a nine-month curriculum designed to develop sponsored-project administration skills and foster networking opportunities with their campus peers.

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 across my desk recently:

* Congratulations to Jun Liao, associate professor of biomedical engineering, who has been elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

* Kudos for the team effort that secured the university’s recertification as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research, including Dave Dampier, Wesley McGrew and Ram Ramkumar from computer science and engineering; Tommy Morris from electrical and computer engineering; and Robert Crossler and Merrill Warkentin from management and information systems. Read more about it at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6658

* Congratulations to Michael Galaty, head of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, whose work — "Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania" — recently won the Society for American Archaeology’s Book Award in the Scholarly Category. Read more about this notable achievement at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6672.

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

July 2, 2014

Research, economic development on the move at MSU

The students on campus for orientation sessions have been impressive this summer, and like you, I look forward to seeing them back in August when a new academic year begins. As you know, providing research opportunities for all of our undergraduates is a priority at Mississippi State, and that is one very important aspect of the overall student experience that sets us apart from our peers. There are a number of new initiatives in the works to enhance research opportunities for our students, and I am excited about them coming to fruition in the coming months. Please let me share a few other items of interest with you.

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

International opportunities growing
As I mentioned in my last letter, I traveled to Italy in early June with Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. We had very productive discussions there with colleagues at the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the University of Arkansas Rome Center, and I expect that we will have a number of new partnership opportunities for students, faculty and staff in Rome in the near future. It is an exciting time for global outreach at MSU, and you can find more details about our visit at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6699

Sidewalk expansion underway in Research Park
I hope you saw the news about the sidewalk expansion project that is underway in the Cochran Research Park. This additional amenity will further enhance the quality of work-life for folks in the park, as well as local residents who walk, run and ride their bikes there. Adding a sidewalk around the Research Blvd. loop has been a top request for many, and we are pleased to see its construction underway. Read more about it at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6705

Traveling this summer? 'Game of Pawns' video a must-see
The Office of Research Security’s ongoing outreach and education efforts include “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 or to schedule a screening and discussion session for your unit, 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 http://1.usa.gov/1miGVng

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:

* Congratulations to Mimmo Parisi and the nSPARC team, who learned recently that a joint project with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security has been awarded a $1-million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor after a very competitive review process. They are developing innovative ways to create methods for data use in workforce and economic development.

* Kudos to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Jenny Du and her co-authors — Nam Ly, Jim Fowler and Nick Younan — for receiving the 2014 Best Paper Award at the Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing, which took place in Switzerland late last month. The paper, “Dimensionality Reduction of Hyperspectral Imagery with Sparse and Collaborative Graphs,” was one of three honored out of approximately 200 submissions.

* Congratulations to principal investigator Tommy Morris and co-PI Yong Fu, also in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who are leading research in a strategic partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric as part of a U.S. Department of Energy program to improve the efficiency of the nation’s electrical grids. Mississippi State’s grant for the work to provide intrusion detection software and training is for $464,000 over two years.

* Best wishes to Josh Jeanson, who is leaving the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer for a position at the University of Virginia. Marc McGee will serve as OETT interim director for the next few months as we begin the search process.

Final words
In two weeks, our office will be moving from Allen Hall into the newly-renovated Lee Hall. We expect minimal interruptions to normal operations July 16-17, but please note our new physical location on campus: 3001 Lee Hall. The street address is 262 Lee Hall, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Our telephone numbers will not change.

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

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

October 13, 2014

Memorable fall underway at Mississippi State

Fall is my favorite time of the year, and it is turning out to be a memorable season for all of us at Mississippi State this year. Having a highly ranked football team generates significant interest in so many other aspects of the university, including our economic development and research initiatives like our faculty and students who are developing a safer football helmet. WREG-TV featured their work a few weeks ago, and you can find the report online at http://wreg.com/2014/09/25/mississippi-state-university-tackles-football-concussions-builds-safer-helmets

Please let me take a moment to update you about a few of our recent activities.


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


Experts to lead research funding resources overview
As most of you know, the funding environment for research has never been more competitive. My office is committed to providing faculty and staff the resources needed to successfully meet this challenge. Later this month, we will host a two-day visit by program advisors from the Grants Resource Center, a unit of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Sessions will cover a range of funding issues, and experts will also be available for private consultations to provide guidance on best-fit grant opportunities for your projects. To sign up for a one-on-one, 15-minutes slot to discuss your project on Oct. 29 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. or Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., please contact Lynn Taylor at ltaylor@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3168. Additional information about this visit is online at www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=3691

'Safety Stand-Down' planned for Biosafety Level 2 labs
Many of you have received an email from Vice President for Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Greg Bohach and myself about the U.S. government’s “Safety Stand-Down.” In light of recent biosafety and biosecurity incidents at federal laboratories, the White House has directed all federal departments and agencies -- including the USDA, NIH, CDC, FDA, EPA and others — that operate facilities that possess, use or transfer human, animal or plant infectious agents and toxins and/or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids to perform a “Safety Stand-Down.” In a continuing effort to meet best practices at Mississippi State, Dr. Bohach and I are supporting this endeavor via a phased approach in order to ensure that everyone has sufficient time to respond. MSU is requiring all principal investigators who conduct research at Biosafety Level 2 to participate in a phased plan to accomplish the tasks at hand. The deadline for phase one is March 13, 2015, and I ask that you review the information we have posted at http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored/2014/10/safety_standdown_plan_in_place.html

Excellent export compliance presentation now online
In September, Will Mackie, a senior attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security Division, visited Mississippi State and delivered a very important presentation about the absolute necessity of export control compliance. 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 his insight into this issue is second to none. If you weren’t able to attend his presentation, I invite you to visit www.research.msstate.edu/rresources and click on the link titled “Will Mackie Presentation: Export Control Laws, Technical Data and Academic Research Projects.” If you need additional information, please contact MSU’s Office of Research Security at www.ors.msstate.edu

NIH emphasizing individual development plans
In an effort to better prepare students and postdocs to participate successfully in a broad-based and evolving research-related economy, the National Institutes of Health strongly encourages institutions to develop and use individual development plans, or IDPs, for grad students and postdoctoral research supported by NIH awards regardless of their position or title. IDPs provide a structure for the identification and achievement of career goals. NIH progress reports submitted on or after Oct. 17 must include a report on the use of IDPs. For more information, please visit the Office of Research Compliance website at www.orc.msstate.edu or contact Kacey Strickland at 662-325-7474 or kstrickland@research.msstate.edu

Deadline nears for cross-college grant program
As I’ve mentioned, we are again soliciting proposals from 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

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 Heather Jordan, a new assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, who has been awarded funding from the National Institute of Justice for $843,376. Her three-year proposal is studying the utilization of microbial structure and function in investigations of criminal justice.

* Kudos to Center for Safety and Health Program Manager Davern Jones and Industrial Hygienist Steven Holman for earning Certified Safety Professional designations. CSP qualifications are based on professional safety practice in the U.S., and requirements for the credential include education, professional safety experience, demonstrating knowledge of professional safety practice, and passing a comprehensive exam.

* Congratulations to Kevin Hunt, professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and director of the Human Dimensions and Conservation Law Enforcement Laboratory, who has been reappointed to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s board of directors. It is another example of our faculty’s outstanding national reputation.

* Kudos to David Thompson, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and associate director of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, who has received a prestigious Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering. The program’s goal is to help universities in the United Kingdom build capacity and promote collaborations by facilitating visits by distinguished international experts.

* Congratulations to Sead “Sejo” Sabanadzovic, professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, who has been elected to the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses’ executive committee. Dr. Sabanadzovic is the only plant virologist from the U.S. serving on the committee, and his election speaks highly of Mississippi State’s reputation in the international plant virology community.

* Kudos to principal investigator Tommy Morris, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute, and his team for their work to develop a Relay Settings Automation program for Entergy Corp. With this software, a process that takes four to six hours to complete manually can be performed electronically in less than a minute. Team members include students Travis Green, Srilalita Neti, Jeff Hsu, Quinton Grice, Joseph Johnson, Stefan Lewis; research associates Angie Card and Greg Henley; and Mike Mazzola, professor and endowed chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Read more about this innovative project at www.bagley.msstate.edu/news/bcoe-partners-with-entergy-to-develop-new-software

* Welcome home to Stephen Brain and Stephen Cottrell. An associate professor in the Department of History, Dr. Brain has returned from a yearlong Fulbright Fellowship in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. He and his family lived and worked just 30 miles from the Ukraine border while he conducted research and taught at Southern Federal University. As a consequence of his experience, Dr. Brain will be co-writing a book focused on Soviet leaderships' commitment to "green" and leading a study abroad program to Russia this summer. Dr. Cottrell, director of MSU's Office of International Engagement, and his family recently returned from Nha Trang, Vietnam, after a yearlong Fulbright teaching scholarship. While there, they had the opportunity to travel throughout the nation and visit Cambodia. As a result of his trip, a functioning MOU with Nha Trang University is in development and several academically gifted students have applied to Mississippi State.

Final words
If you’ve spent any time in the Research Park recently, you couldn’t have missed all of the construction. C Spire’s data center is now open, and the new sidewalk around the one-mile Research Boulevard loop is finished. The sidewalk was a top request from many of our tenants in the park, and we are pleased that this additional amenity is available to them, as well as to the local community. We are also looking forward to the installation of three shuttle stop shelters on the boulevard 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

November 10, 2014

Many reasons to be thankful at Mississippi State this fall

What an exciting time to be a part of the Mississippi State family. From Starkville to Jackson and Washington, D.C. — and every place in between — folks can’t get enough of our top-ranked Bulldogs, and that is drawing favorable attention to so many other aspects of our university, including research and economic development. Please let me take a few minutes to give you an update.


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


Collaborative research initiative with ERDC in Vicksburg
Late last month, I joined President Mark Keenum in Vicksburg where he signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create the Institute for Systems Engineering Research at the Engineer Research and Development Center's Information Technology Laboratory. Our partnership will create a hub to develop advanced systems that enhance existing industries, attract new jobs, and bolster national defense capabilities. The collaboration with ERDC will utilize a range of the university's research assets, including our expertise in systems engineering and high performance computing. We are very pleased about opening this new chapter in our decades-long relationship with one of the nation’s premier research centers. For additional information, please see the Office of Public Affairs news release at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6887

Grants Resource Center information, tools available
Representatives of the Grants Resource Center presented a series of programs in October to introduce MSU faculty and staff to a new tool for learning about and preparing for external funding opportunities. The GRC, a subscription service of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, provides comprehensive and personalized support in many forms, including databases of sponsor and discipline-specific funding opportunities and funded proposals, agency fact sheets and a faculty alert system for notifying faculty of opportunities and updates. GRC also offers a series of publications for grant seekers, templates and toolkits for research, proposal development and award management, as well as opportunities for professional development, networking and collaboration. If you have questions about this service or would like to learn more, please contact Sponsored Programs Administration director Jennifer Easley or your SPA administrator. You can access the GRC website and MSU’s institutional login credentials through the GRC link on SPA’s website at www.spa.msstate.edu/grc and the GRC website is also accessible directly at www.aascu.org/GRC

SEC visiting faculty travel grants awarded
After carefully reviewing the 19 applications for the 2015 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: Todd Archer, assistant professor of small animal medicine; Linkan Bian, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering; Charles Freeman, School of Human Sciences assistant professor; and Lindsey Peterson, assistant professor of sociology. Each will receive a $2,500 grant intended to enhance faculty collaborations that stimulate scholarly initiatives between SEC universities.

Applications sought for international working group grants
The International Institute is requesting proposals from faculty and research and Extension staff interested in creating interdisciplinary, cross-college international working groups at Mississippi State. Grants will be awarded up to $2,500 and have a 12-month duration. The main goal of this competitive program is to encourage interdisciplinary international research among MSU faculty. A secondary goal of the program is to expand and catalyze established international partnerships. Applications are due Dec. 15. Visit www.msstate.edu/web/memo/story.php?id=2519 for additional information.

Reminder: 'Safety Stand-Down' plan in place for Biosafety Level 2 labs
As I mentioned last month, the White House has directed all federal departments and agencies -- including the USDA, NIH, CDC, FDA, EPA and others -- that operate facilities that possess, use or transfer human, animal or plant infectious agents and toxins and/or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids to perform a “Safety Stand-Down.” In a continuing effort to meet best practices at Mississippi State, the university is supporting this endeavor via a phased approach in order to ensure that everyone has sufficient time to respond. MSU is requiring all principal investigators who conduct research at Biosafety Level 2 to participate in a phased plan to accomplish the tasks at hand. The deadline for phase one is March 13, 2015, and I ask that you review the information we have posted at http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored/2014/10/safety_standdown_plan_in_place.html

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 Mike Brown, state climatologist and Department of Geosciences professor, who received the National Weather Association’s 2014 Public Education Award for "providing significant contributions to increase the public's weather awareness."

* Kudos to Mississippi State's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders and faculty adviser Dennis Truax, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering head and professor, who were recognized recently for their work in Zambia. Read more about their outstanding efforts at www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6897

* Congratulations to Terry Amburgey, a retired Giles Distinguished Professor and professor emeritus in the College of Forest Resources, who received the 2014 Award of Merit from the Railway Tie Association for his contributions to the industry and lifetime of service.

Final words
It has been a busy and productive fall at Mississippi State, and we have many reasons to be thankful. As we look forward to a short break at the end of the month, I wish each of you and your families all the best and hope you enjoy a very happy Thanksgiving.

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

December 3, 2014

Season’s greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development

Season’s greetings from the Office of Research and Economic Development! We find ourselves near the end of another semester, and what a semester it has been for all of us at Mississippi State University. But before it draws to a close, please let me share a few words with you.


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


Research proposals and the upcoming break
I need to begin with a reminder to anyone working on research proposals that may be due during the Mississippi State winter break of Dec. 23-Jan. 2. The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration closes along with the rest of the university, and so if you have a special need for SPA support over the holidays, please coordinate that with SPA Director Jennifer Easley prior to the break. Her e-mail address is jeasley@spa.msstate.edu or call 662-325-3751.

SPA awarding travel grants to upcoming NCURA workshop
Speaking of SPA, the office is providing two travel awards for departmental research administrators at MSU to attend the Departmental Research Administration workshop offered by the National Council of University Research Administrators on Feb. 4-6, 2015, in New Orleans. Each award is $1,500, and should be very close to covering the full cost of this trip. A recipient’s department will be responsible for any remaining travel expenses, and awardees must submit a brief report sharing their learning experience within 30 days of the end of the workshop. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Dec. 10. Forms are available for download at http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored/SPA-NCURATravelAwardApp.pdf and should be submitted to jeasley@spa.msstate.edu

New partnerships
One of my favorite responsibilities is in developing relationships with other universities, federal agencies and private entities to create new strategic opportunities. For example, this past year many of you had the opportunity to meet with scientists from Argonne National Laboratory. This partnership has now developed to the point that Mississippi State will be hosting a meeting next year for the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research for the entire southeastern region. We are developing similar partnerships with key programs around the nation, as well as internationally, that will make 2015 a very exciting year for our university.

Statewide planning group honors The Mill at MSU
In mid-November, the American Planning Association-Mississippi honored The Mill at MSU’s master plan as the Best Project/Outstanding Project for 2014. A $40-million economic development project, The Mill at MSU is transforming the historic John M. Stone Cotton Mill, formerly MSU's E.E. Cooley Building, into a state-of-the-art conference and meeting complex. Once completed, The Mill will be a 21st century economic asset for the local community and the larger region, and I believe catalyze significant investment and development for years to come.

Mississippi State-developed plant earns Mississippi Medallion
As many of you know, our Office of Technology Management works closely with researchers on campus to facilitate commercialization and licensing. Earlier this fall, a piece of the university’s intellectual property portfolio received statewide recognition. The Delta Jazz crape myrtle, a new crape myrtle that was developed at Mississippi State, received a Mississippi Medallion from the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. The Mississippi Medallion program is designed to increase awareness of plant materials and to promote sales and production of ornamental plants in the state. For additional information about the Delta Jazz crape myrtle, visit http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg14/sg20141027.html

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 over the past few weeks:

* Congratulations to Cyprianna Swiderski, associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, who has been named chair of the Morris Animal Foundation’s Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board. The foundation relies on its board members to review research proposals and select which projects to fund. Read more at http://msucares.com/news/releases/14/nr20141107.html

* Kudos to Chris Snyder, dean of the Shackouls Honors College and professor in the Department of History, who has been named an Affiliated Faculty Member in the Globalising and Localising the Great War Programme at the University of Oxford. He will be conducting research at Oxford in May and June 2015 for his next book, “Gatsby's Oxford: Americans in the City of Dreaming Spires.”

* Congratulations to Diana Outlaw, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, who has been awarded a $10,000 National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration grant for her proposal titled “Mosquito vectors of avian malaria in Mississippi.”

Final words
During this special time of year, we wish you happy holidays and all the best in the upcoming new year. 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

Merry Christmas and Go Dawgs!

— David

March 9, 2015

OTM director named; export compliance sessions set

While we’ve had our fair share of winter weather on campus recently, we reach a milestone in the semester this week with Spring Break, and I hope that each of you is having a good one. Please let me take a moment to give you an update from the Office of Research and Economic Development.


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


McCandless named Office of Technology Management director
After a successful search, we are pleased to welcome attorney Kris McCandless to the Office of Technology Management as director this week. Kris brings a wealth of experience, as well as extensive knowledge about Mississippi State’s research enterprise, to this important leadership position. Special thanks to Associate Vice President Kathy Gelston for leading our search, and to RTC Director Marc McGee, who led the office as interim director during this transition period. Additionally, please join me in welcoming Jim Mitchell as OTM’s newest licensing associate. I know that both Kris and Jim are looking forward to working with faculty and staff to move inventions, new products, and processes developed at the university into the marketplace.

Experts to lead export control sessions
As most of you know, export compliance is an important issue at Mississippi State and other major research universities around the country, as well as for U.S.-based companies operating internationally. Next week, my office joins the Office of Research Security to sponsor two days of export control training sessions. We have two experts leading these sessions March 18-19. Suzanne Palmer and Lisa Bencivenga with Export Compliance Solutions LLC of Annapolis, Maryland, will be presenting important information, including a basic understanding in Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC), and the Export Control Reform Initiative. For additional information or to register, please see http://www.research.msstate.edu/rresources/news.php?id=4040.

'Safety stand-down' phase one deadline this Friday
As I have mentioned over the past few months, the White House has directed all federal departments and agencies -- including the USDA, NIH, CDC, FDA, EPA and others -- that operate facilities that possess, use or transfer human, animal or plant infectious agents and toxins and/or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids to perform a “Safety Stand-Down.” In a continuing effort to meet best practices at Mississippi State, the university is supporting this endeavor via a phased approach in order to ensure that everyone has sufficient time to respond. MSU is requiring all principal investigators who conduct research at Biosafety Level 2 to participate in a phased plan to accomplish the tasks at hand. The deadline for phase one is this Friday [March 13]. For additional information, please visit http://blogs.msstate.edu/ored/2014/10/safety_standdown_plan_in_place.html.

Responsible conduct of research sessions this month
The university’s Responsible Conduct of Research live sessions continue with a seminar on “Responsible Authorship and Publication Practices” on March 23 at 3 p.m. in Thompson Hall, as well as a session on “Developing Data Management Plans and Individual Development Plans” on March 25 at 2:30 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library’s auditorium. Please contact Kacey Strickland, director of the Office of Research Compliance, at 662-325-7474 with any questions about Responsible Conduct of Research. To register or to see the full spring schedule, please visit
https://ssl2.msstate.edu/orc/workshops/loginorc.php.

MSU Libraries a resource for writing DMPs
At the end of the month, the MSU Libraries team will be previewing their scholarly communication initiatives during the Research Seminar Series session about developing data management plans (DMPs). Their focus encompasses many facets related to scholarly communication including open access/author rights, copyright, the development of an institutional repository, and data management services. Increasingly, DMPs are an essential component of research projects and are now required by the National Science Foundation for its funding proposals. We are very appreciative of the library for coordinating the DMP process for faculty and researchers, and I encourage you to attend the March 25 seminar to learn more. Additional details are online at http://www.msstate.edu/web/calendar/detail.php?id=12011.

Per diem charges for animals updated
Dr. Lucy Senter, the director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources, would like to remind faculty and staff that animal per diem charges have been updated. The new rates should be applied to all new grants and projects as of March 1, 2015, but will not be applied retroactively to pre-existing grants or contracts. The rates are available online at http://www.lar.msstate.edu/perdiem.

Final words
With every letter, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and this month I’d like to congratulate Dan Reynolds, who has been selected to hold the Edgar E. and Winifred B. Hartwig Endowed Chair in Soybean Agronomy. Dr. Reynolds is an award-winning professor in my home department — Plant and Soil Sciences — and well deserving of this honor.

Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. 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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