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October 20, 2010

NSF grant proposal writing webinar today

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Join the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Bagley College of Engineering from noon to 3:30 p.m. today for an informative webinar about proposal writing for National Science Foundation grants. The workshop will be divided into two 75-minute sessions with a 15-minute break between segments, and will be held in the Dunn Conference Room of McCain Engineering Building.

Additional details about the free webinar are available online at http://www.msstate.edu/web/calendar/detail.php?id=7917


October 29, 2010

NSF, NIH webinars on the calendar

Don't miss these informative webinars sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development in November:

NSF Project Evaluation and Broader Impacts
Wed., Nov. 3, Noon - 3 p.m., Dunn Conference Room, McCain Bldg.
No Registration Required

NSF Mock Panel Review of an actual proposal submitted to the CCLI Program
Wed., Nov. 10, Noon - 3 p.m., Dunn Conference Room, McCain Bldg.
No Registration Required

NSF Building A Better NSF Proposal: Summary Page, Intellectual Merit, and Impact
Wed., Nov. 10, Noon - 1 p.m., Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Union.
Please register at http://www.tfaforms.com/180549

How To Present the Research Plan in the New NIH Format
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1 - 2 p.m., Bost Theater, Bost Bldg.
Please register at http://www.tfaforms.com/180549

November 8, 2010

Getting defensive — behind the wheel

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Safe driving is simple. Isn’t it? You’re a good driver. Aren’t you?

It’s easy to assume that we’re careful, focused and safe drivers, but everyone stands to benefit from a refresher course in driver’s ed — with a little extra emphasis on driving defensively in the age of the distracted driver.

You can do just that Dec. 15 when the Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety at Mississippi State offers the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course at no charge to MSU employees, including student workers. The session runs from 1-5 p.m. in Room 119 at the Life Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, and is limited to 15 participants.

After participating in the one-day session, attendees will receive a nationally recognized certification from the National Safety Council. The NSC's certifications are accepted in more states than any other driver improvement or driver education program for insurance discounts.

Register online at http://orc.msstate.edu/quicklinks/training.php

For questions or additional information about the course, contact MSU Safety Officer Alicia Musselwhite.

November 22, 2010

Kingstone seminar video available online

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During a Nov. 16 appearance at Mississippi State sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Facility Security, Florida businessman, consultant and advocate Brett Kingstone warned his audience that the U.S. must protect its intellectual property and innovative technology.

Kingstone also shared war stories from his own battle against trade-secret piracy and counterfeiting. In September 2002, he and his company won $42 million, the largest jury verdict in the history of the State of Florida for an intellectual property crime, for a case against a group of counterfeiters based in Shanghai, China, that took three years to bring to civil trial and also was pursued by the FBI.

A video archive of Kingstone's presentation, "The Real War: Technology Theft," is available online at http://www.msworkforceuniversity.com/ored/?p=98, but a password is required. If you are interested in viewing the video, please contact MSU Facility Security Officer Neil Lewis at (662) 325-8682.

August 19, 2011

ORED's Research Seminar Series kicks off Aug. 29

"From Idea to Conception: How to Turn Your Idea Into a Proposal" kicks off the 2011-12 Research Seminar Series presented by the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at Mississippi State.

The opening session takes place Aug. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Grisham Room.

Throughout the academic year, the free seminars on research-related topics are designed to assist faculty and researchers with conducting research and securing funding. Participants may register online at http://www.tfaforms.com/191959.

Here's the lineup:

Fall 2011

FROM IDEA TO CONCEPTION: HOW TO TURN YOUR IDEA INTO A PROPOSAL
Presented By Sponsored Programs Administrators
MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011
TIME: 11:30-1 p.m.
LOCATION: MITCHELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY-JOHN GRISHAM ROOM

SUCCESSFUL GRANT WRITING
(FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES, PROPOSAL AND BUDGET PREPARATION)

Dr. Sandra Harpole, Director, CSMT
Ms. Sandy Williamson, Director, Research Fiscal Affairs, ORED
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
TIME: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: FOWLKES AUDITORIUM, COLVARD UNION

SUBMISSION PROCESS: HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
Presented By Sponsored Programs Administrators
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
TIME: 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
LOCATION: CAVS SEMINAR ROOM

PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES ON CAMPUS
Mr. Terry Coggins, Radiological Safety/Chemical Hygiene Officer
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
TIME: 2-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: FOWLKES AUDITORIUM, COLVARD UNION

POWER UP YOUR RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY USING SCOPUS
Dr. Deborah Lee, Professor, Mitchell Memorial Library
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
TIME: 2-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: GILES COMPUTER LAB, MITCHELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

BUDGETING 101
Presented By Sponsored Programs Administrators
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011
TIME: 2-4 P.M.
LOCATION: CAVS SEMINAR ROOM

PUBLIC RECORDS ACT LAW: A CRASH COURSE FOR UNIVERSITY PERSONNEL
Mr. Brandon Jolly, Associate General Counsel, MSU
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011
TIME: 3:30-4:30 P.M.
LOCATION: ROOM 328, COLVARD UNION

CYBERCRIME IN MISSISSIPPI - WhoDUNIT?
Mr. Scott D. Wells, FBI Special Agent, Jackson Cyber Squad
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
TIME: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: ROOM 328, COLVARD UNION

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
Ms. Kacey Strickland, Director, Regulatory Compliance
Mr. Neil Lewis, Director, Office of Research Security
Mr. Richard Swann, Director, Sponsored Programs Administration
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
TIME: 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
LOCATION: MITCHELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY-JOHN GRISHAM ROOM

FROM LAB TO MARKET: THE INVENTOR'S COMMERCIALIZATION TOOLKIT
Mr. Gerald Nelson, Director, Office of Entrepreneurship
and Technology Transfer (OETT)
Mr. Josh Jeanson, Licensing Associate, OETT
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
TIME: 11:30 A.M. - 1 P.M.
LOCATION: UNION, FOWLKES AUDITORIUM

Spring 2012

AWARD PROCESS: THE MONEY IS HERE
Presented By Sponsored Programs Administrators
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
TIME 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
LOCATION: CAVS SEMINAR ROOM

EVERYTHING YOU DID NOT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT EXPORT CONTROL
Mr. Neil Lewis, Director, Office of Research Security
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
TIME: 1:30-2:30 P.M.
LOCATION: UNION, FOWLKES AUDITORIUM

WRITING FOR AN NSF CAREER AWARD
Dr. Sandra Harpole, Director, Center for
Science, Mathematics & Technology
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012
TIME: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: ROOM 328, COLVARD UNION

POWER-UP YOUR RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY USING SCOPUS
Dr. Deborah Lee, Professor, Mitchell Memorial Library
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012
TIME: 2-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: GILES COMPUTER LAB, MITCHELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

MANAGEMENT OF CHEMICAL INVENTORIES AND WASTE ON CAMPUS
Mr. Terry Coggins, Radiological Safety/Chemical Hygiene Officer
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
TIME: 2-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: UNION, FOWLKES AUDITORIUM

SUCCESSFUL WRITING STRATEGIES FOR NSF PROPOSALS
(How To Write A Postdoc Mentoring Plan, Data Management Plan, Intellectual Merit, Broader Impacts, etc.)

Dr. Karen Cone, National Science Foundation
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012
TIME: TBA
LOCATION: 210 LLOYD RICKS BLDG., WATSON ROOM

DOCUMENTING YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INVENTIONS
Mr. Gerald Nelson, Director, OETT
Mr. Chase Kasper, Associate Director, OETT
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012
TIME: 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
LOCATION: UNION, FOWLKES AUDITORIUM

ETHICAL CONDUCT OF RESEARCH
Dr. Deborah Lee, Professor, Mitchell Memorial Library
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
TIME: 3:30-5 P.M.
LOCATION: MITCHELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY AUDITORIUM

I HAVE MY AWARD, NOW WHAT?
(Post Award Process with Sponsored Programs Accounting)

Presented By Sponsored Programs Accounting
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
TIME 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
LOCATION: CAVS SEMINAR ROOM

THE DOs and DON'Ts OF KEEPING AN MSU LAB NOTEBOOK
(Good Lab Practice (GLP), Intellectual Property, Patents, Data Ownership, Confidentiality, etc.)

Dr. Lucy Senter, Director, Animal Research/Attending Veterinarian
Mr. Chase Kasper, Associate Director, OETT
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012
TIME: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: UNION, FOWLKES AUDITORIUM

MYTH BUSTERS: TACKLING YOUR TOUGH QUESTIONS
Sponsored Programs Administrators
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
TIME: 11:30 A.M. -1 P.M.
LOCATION: CAVS SEMINAR ROOM

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PANEL REVIEW ROUNDTABLE
Dr. Victor McCrary, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab
Dr. Dana Franz, College of Education
Dr. Steve Pruett, College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Kari Reeves, College of Engineering
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012
TIME: 11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.
LOCATION: SWALM ENGINEERING PENT HOUSE SUITE (4th Floor)

Please register for each ORED seminar at the following URL:
http://www.tfaforms.com/191959

Responsible Conduct of Research Sessions

Protection and Use of Human Subjects
This session will also serve as an IRB Refresher course.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Union

Publication Practices
Thursday, October 6, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Union

Animal Care and Use in Research (IACUC)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Union

Research Ethics
Thursday, February 23, 2012
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Mitchell Memorial Library Auditorium

The Do's & Don'ts of Keeping an MSU Lab Notebook
(Good Lab Practice (GLP), Intellectual Property, Patents, Data
Ownership, Confidentiality, etc.)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Union

Mentoring/Trainees Responsibilities
Thursday, March 29, 2012
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Room 328, Colvard Union

Dual Use Dilemma in Biological Research
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Room 328, Colvard Union

For additional information, visit the ORED website at www.research.msstate.edu.

March 14, 2012

Lab notebook do's and don'ts on agenda March 21

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If your research led to a fantastic discovery, and you were asked to prove that the research was actually yours, could you do it?

As part of its Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training, the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at Mississippi State University will provide a two-hour session on "The Do's and Don'ts of Keeping an MSU Lab Notebook" on Wednesday, March 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium.

Animal Research Director Lucy Senter and OETT Associate Director Chase Kasper are presenters for the session.

A lab notebook is the primary method of determining the authenticity and credibility of your research. Your lab notebook is also a methodology roadmap for someone else to follow and get the same results. This seminar will present the proper way to document your research so that you can take credit for your work and to ensure that using your methodology, the same results could be obtained by anyone.

Legal aspects of patenting a process or invention will also be discussed and the importance of a well-kept lab notebook so that other researchers and their patent lawyers will not beat you to the Patent Office -- or to the bank.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend this session. Examples will be provided and topics will include good lab practice (GLP), intellectual property, patents, data ownership, confidentiality and more.

Please register to attend this session at http://www.tfaforms.com/213491.

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

April 2, 2012

NSF official provides faculty, staff and students writing advice

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Last month, Karen Cone, a program director in the Divison of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences with the National Science Foundation, spoke to Mississippi State University faculty, staff and students via WebEx.

"The nice thing about this is that they can sit in the comfort of their home or office and participate," said Teresa Gammill, assistant vice president for research.

The Office of Research and Economic Development sponsored the free two-hour webinar March 22.

Cone provided writing strategies and examples of how to write a successful post-doc mentoring plan, data management plan, intellectual merit and broader impact sections.

An archived video of her presentation is available at http://blip.tv/mississippi-workforce-webtv/successful-writing-strategies-for-nsf-proposals-6043222

April 9, 2012

'Dual Use Dilemma in Biological Research' training April 10

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On Tuesday, April 10 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 328 of Colvard Student Union, the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State will host a session for the Responsible Conduct of Research series titled "The Dual Use Dilemma in Biological Research."

Join Patricia Cox, the university's biological safety officer, and FBI Special Agent Brandon Grant, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) coordinator, for an enlightening discussion of the current issues and controversies surrounding certain types of biological research that could be misused to threaten public health or agriculture.

Topics will include federal government actions, the current controversy surrounding the request for redaction of information for publication in two scientific journals — Science and Nature — involving highly pathogenic avian influenza, and how researchers should assess their own research in terms of dual use.

Grant will discuss the FBI's involvement with dual use research, and how the agency is developing strategies to enhance communication between academia and law enforcement.

Please register to attend this at https://www.research.msstate.edu/trainingnew/rcr/index.php

If you have questions, please contact ORED at 662-325-3570.

May 25, 2012

ORC&S offering new risk assessment workshop

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Effective risk management is an important aspect of managing a safe laboratory.

The Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety at Mississippi State is offering an interactive class for principal investigators, lab managers, research associates and graduate students designed to provide information on how to conduct a risk assessment and to effectively manage risk in the lab.

Break out sessions with ORC&S personnel will allow participants to conduct risk assessments specific to their research with their peers.

Workshops will be held:

Friday, June 8 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 112 Franklin Center

Friday, June 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 112 Franklin Center

For questions or additional information, please contact Laboratory and Environmental Safety Coordinator Erin Kiess, CCHO, at ekiess@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-8543.

June 26, 2012

No-cost lab safety training session in July

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The Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety at Mississippi State University is offering an interactive, hands-on training course on general laboratory safety.

"Introduction to Laboratory Safety" is a three-hour seminar for laboratory users of all experience levels. The goal of the course is to provide an introduction to the basics of laboratory safety so that laboratory users can identify and reduce/eliminate the risk of exposure to chemical and physical hazards.

Topics covered in the course include proper laboratory attire, personal protective equipment (PPE), work practice controls, chemical classifications and segregation, use of MSDS, labeling, and hazards of common laboratory equipment.

The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine are committed to providing a safe working environment for all laboratory personnel and students. All personnel are encouraged to attend this free training. A certificate of attendance will be awarded after successful completion of the course.

All MSU employees and students are welcome to participate in the course. A minimum of six attendees must be enrolled to hold the class. Training sessions and locations are:

Tuesday, July 17, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 001 Swalm Chemical Engineering

Thursday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 001 Swalm Chemical Engineering

If you are interested in attending, please follow the steps listed below to
register.

1. Click this link: http://orc.msstate.edu/quicklinks/training.php

2. Under Currently Scheduled Live Classes, click on 'Enroll in Live Training Now'.

3. You will need to enter your NetID and password to access the "Enroll in a Course" page.

4. Click the title for the date you wish to register, and then click "Yes" to
enroll, or "No" to be returned to the enrollment page.

To request a department-specific training, another training date, or if you have
any questions, please contact Erin Kiess at ekiess@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-8543.

October 22, 2012

Export compliance training series kicking off

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Export compliance is an important issue at Mississippi State and other major research universities around the country.

Starting this week, MSU faculty and staff working on or managing contracts that involve Export Administrations Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) will have the opportunity to learn more about export compliance issues thanks to a training series developed by the land-grant institution's Office of Research Security.

"The penalties for non-compliance of export regulations are severe, and they are levied against employees performing the work, as well as the institution," ORS Director Neil Lewis said.

The series of seven presentations and interactive sessions are designed to provide a basic working knowledge of the export control laws and regulations. All personnel, principal investigators, business managers, contracts and grants personnel and anyone who is working on an export controlled project needs to know and understand the requirements.

The first seminar, titled "Export Control and ITAR Series Kick-off and Basics," will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 3-4 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium.

Please register to attend this session at http://www.tfaforms.com/252372.

For additional information, please contact Lewis at 662-325-8682.

August 7, 2013

SPA taking nominations for Departmental Administrators Working Group

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

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

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

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

Click here to download the application package.

August 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 31, 2013

Export, ITAR-controlled project security session Nov. 5

What are the biggest project issues with export and International Traffic in Arms Regulations-controlled projects? Security and violations.

Security is of the utmost importance, and without it a violation can occur.

A violation is not a simple, "Oh I forgot" or "I didn't know" — playing dumb is not a viable defense when dealing with a U.S. government enforcement officer.

Learn how to keep your export or ITAR-controlled project secure and violation-free with information from the Mississippi State University Office of Research Security's special presentation on "Project Issues and Violations."

Join ORC director Neil Lewis on Tuesday [Nov. 5] from 3-4 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater to learn more.

Please register for this free training session at http://www.tfaforms.com/290907.

November 1, 2013

FBI on campus for chemical security presentations Nov. 7

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has determined that university laboratories are vulnerable to criminals and extremists wanting to steal explosive precursor chemicals, toxic industrial chemicals or chemical warfare precursors.

Next week, Special Agent Brandon Grant, the weapons of mass destruction coordinator in the Jackson FBI office, will discuss a number of incidents that have occurred at university laboratories over the past 10 years, and what Mississippi State can do to reduce the risk of theft of these chemicals.

These responsible conduct of research sessions will be extremely beneficial to the chemical user community at MSU, according to MSU biosafety officer Patricia Cox.

The seminars will be held Thursday [Nov. 7] in Bost Extension Center's theater from 10-11 a.m., and then repeated from 1-2 p.m.

Please register to attend the academic chemical security presentation at www.tfaforms.com/290908.

If you have questions, please contact Lynn Taylor at 662-325-3570.

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

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

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