‘Talent and ideas are everywhere’: Importance of broad research funding highlighted at NSF Day at MSU

‘Talent and ideas are everywhere’: Importance of broad research funding highlighted at NSF Day at MSU

Sethuraman Panchanathan speaks during NSF Day, held at The Mill at MSU
National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan speaks throughout NSF Day, held Monday at Mississippi State University [Nov. 21]. (Photo by Grace Cockrell)

Contact: James Carskadon

STARKVILLE, Miss.—If the United States goes to proceed to develop its research and technological capabilities, ideas and expertise from each nook of the nation have to be integrated.

That was the message from leaders representing the National Science Foundation, the US Senate and academia throughout NSF Day on Monday [Nov. 21] at Mississippi State University. NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan shared particulars of the NSF’s mission and emphasised the significance of restarting the group’s NSF Day Series in Mississippi.

“Talent and ideas are democratized, we all know that,” Panchanathan stated. “They are everywhere. Which means that unless we unleash our talent and ideas everywhere, we will not be successful. NSF will work really hard to ensure that every bit of idea, every bit of talent, across our great nation and all over the great state of Mississippi, is energized and alive.”

Monday’s occasion introduced collectively researchers from Mississippi’s establishments of increased schooling for a day of engagement with leaders from numerous NSF directorates. Magnolia State scientists discovered about present NSF and nationwide research priorities, in addition to potential funding alternatives.

MSU President Mark E. Keenum famous that 17 present MSU college members are advancing their research with funding from the celebrated NSF CAREER Award, one of the highest honors that may be awarded to an early profession college member. With MSU main 86 energetic NSF-funded research initiatives, Keenum stated the inspiration’s funding boosts MSU’s research capabilities whereas serving to college students and college thrive. He highlighted one specific NSF-funded mission that continues to make a big affect greater than 30 years after the preliminary award.

MSU’s historical past in excessive efficiency computing started in 1990 when MSU obtained an NSF Engineering Research Center targeted on computational area simulation. MSU researchers used the computing assets to develop self-sustaining applications because the college efficiently graduated from the NSF program. When Mississippi recruited Nissan, these assets had been used to create the MSU Center for Advanced Vehicle Systems, which has had an financial affect of $3 billion over the previous decade alone. MSU’s high-performance computing capabilities have grown steadily over the many years, with the college now rating fifth in US tutorial supercomputing functionality.

“These high-powered computers are helping our researchers thrive in areas such as climate modeling and forecasting, precision agriculture, autonomous systems and more,” Keenum stated. “As a state, Mississippi ranks fourth in the total number of Top 500 systems. That’s a lot of ability for a state that isn’t always considered a leader in technology and innovation. It was that NSF Engineering Research Center funding award 32 years ago that played such an important role in our success. It continues to deliver an incredible return on investment to this day.”

Group photo in front of the MSU seal and with an NSF logo
Academic leaders and researchers from all over the world gathered at MSU on Monday for NSF Day [Nov. 21]. Pictured, from left, are MSU Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw, Miss Sen. Briggs Hopson, NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan, MSU President Mark E. Keenum, US Sen. Roger Wicker and MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development Julie Jordan. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Wicker, who serves on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, famous the sturdy research capabilities current all through Mississippi and the position technological innovation performs in boosting economies in Mississippi and throughout the nation. He additionally emphasised the significance of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, a bit of federal laws signed into regulation this summer season. In addition to boosting total research and growth funding, the laws will increase the share of NSF funding that goes to the 25 states and three territories that are half of NSF’s established program to stimulate aggressive research. The EPSCoR program goals to extend scientific capabilities in rural states, and to broaden and diversify the nation’s R&D exercise. Wicker additionally emphasised the significance of the US main the nation’s adversaries in areas similar to synthetic intelligence, robotics and quantum mechanics.

“This is the opportunity over the next five to seven years to have the quantum leap we’ve been looking for in Mississippi for decades,” Wicker stated.

As half of NSF Day, researchers from MSU, Jackson State University, the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi detailed how NSF funding has impacted their research and their careers. Matthew Brown, the Donald L. Hall Professor of Biology in MSU’s Department of Biological Sciences, mentioned the significance of NSF’s funding for primary science research.

“The National Science Foundation has been instrumental to my research program, which is focused on single-celled microbial eukaryotes,” Brown stated. “By funding basic scientific research, NSF allows for unique scientific endeavors that do not always have immediately obvious outcomes that are tangible for things like human health, agriculture, or industry. NSF helps disseminate our research discoveries through traditional means such as presentations and publications, but also through outreach activities at local schools. NSF supports the training of the next generation of scientists.”

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