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Research Centers, Institutes and Laboratories

The MS e–Center @ JSU attracts and supports research centers, institutes and laboratories dedicated to scientific excellence and innovative technology. As the MS e-Center@JSU creates a favorable business, research and development environment, it identifies governmental incentives and tax breaks and philanthropic and corporate resources.

Some of the major multidisciplinary research, development and planning programs in operation at the MS e–Center @ JSU include:

Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CB²)

Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB)

The Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology's mission is to provide an academic environment for sustainable, internationally renowned research and education in bioinformatics and computational biology.

The Center focuses on translating high-throughput biological data into solutions for health, agriculture and the environment. Research is conducted with translational end points; training students to become leaders in bioinformatics and computational biology. Some of the selected research areas targeted by the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology are; distinctive features in protein sequences, gene expression data analysis, host-pathogen interaction, text mining, membrane transport proteins, and bioinformatics in biodefense.

The Center is working on developing and facilitating undergraduate and graduate bioinformatics curriculum, infusion of bioinformatics into university courses, faculty scholars program, small business collaborations and high school programs. The annual activities of the Center include: Bioinformatics Summer Program, Academic Year Bioinformatics Training Workshops, participation at local, regional and international scientific meetings, Year-Round Research, Bioinformatics Awareness Month, and organizing collaborations making use of techniques such as speed networking. The Center was instrumental in developing supplemental materials for General Biology, Bioinformatics Training Manual for students, Service Learning Activity Evaluation for Independent Study Course, Curriculum for Bioinformatics in Biodefense, Career Development Program, and the Enrichment of Advanced Microbiology (BIO 430) Syllabus.

Website: www.jsums.edu/cset/or/centers/centcbi.htm

Center for Defense Integrated Data (CDID)

Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CDID)

With a mission to provide comprehensive research and development in the fields of data fusion, intelligent decision support and risk assessment, the Center for Defense Integrated Data was established at Jackson State University in 2004.

Work from the Center has been applied to homeland security, emergency management, transportation risk assessment, and disaster response.

The Center also has cooperative research and development agreements with a number of institutions and agencies, and has existing relationships with national laboratories, small businesses and major contractors, thus providing a highly experience solutions development network. The Center is able to leverage these relationships in bringing advanced capabilities to its clients. CDID can serve as a resource for technology evaluation as related to information management , GIS, decision-support, management training and emergency response. Utilizing a comprehensive approach to evaluation and assessment, the Center can assist in the selection of key software and hardware components critical to missions.

The Center has a number of products and services to meet the needs of its clients such as; 1) Disaster Response Intelligent System (DRIS), which is a comprehensive disaster management system utilizing GIS analytics to support first responders prior to, during, and following a major disaster; 2) Risk Assessment: 3) Fuzzy Logic Engine and Decision Support System; 4) GIS Application Design and Development; and 5) Data Fusion, Wireless Sensor Networks Analysis.

Website: http://www.c-did.com/

Center for Business Development and Economic Research (CBDER)

The Center for Business Development and Economic Research (CBDER) was established as a component of the College of Business at Jackson State University in 1989. The purpose of the Center for Business Development and Economic Research (CBDER) is to coordinate research and service functions of the College of Business. The Center creates, promotes and supports a research and development environment at the University by providing faculty and staff support in research, technical and publication assistance. The Center strives to further basic and applied research in business, economics, business management and related public policy areas. Additionally, the Center strives to promote the availability and improved quality of business, economic and related public policy information. The CBDER is composed of two units that highlight the College of Business's primary mission of teaching, research and service.

Website: http://www.jsums.edu/business/cbder/

Department of Homeland Security Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence (CHC)

Center for Analysis and Response to Coastal Hazards (ARCH)

The Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence (CHC) / Center for Analysis and Response to Coastal Hazards (ARCH) performs research and develops education programs to enhance the Nation's ability to safeguard populations, properties, and economies from catastrophic natural disasters.

Website: http://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-centers-excellence

Institute for Multimodal Transportation (IMTrans)

Institute for Multimodal Transportation (IMTrans)

The institute for Multimodal Transportation (IMTrans) established in 2006, is one of about 60 federally designated University Transportation Centers (UTCs), which are supported by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). The mission of IMTrans is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in the management of metropolitan mobility through the mechanisms of education, research and technology transfer activities that combine the multiple modes of transportation into a comprehensive, integrated transportation system. The Center focuses on management and planning strategies that can address congestion mitigation. IMTrans goals are to: increase transit ridership, improve capital and operating efficiencies, improve safety and emergency preparedness, and protect the environment and promote energy independence.

Through collaboration with state and local transportation agencies and private sector, such as the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the City of Jackson, IMTrans support transportation research in the university community, and implement technology transfer to the transportation administration, industry and profession. The Center researches the use of available transportation modes and technologies to serve the needs of the most urbanized areas of Mississippi, especially for emergency evacuation preparedness. These technologies include public transit systems, multi-modal transportation network rerouting and detouring, intelligent transportation systems, traffic corridor signal coordination, and safe and efficient operations and management of transportation infrastructure.

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Jake Ayers Institute for Research in Higher Education (Ayers Institute)

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Laboratory for Advanced Materials Testing

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National Center for Biodefense Communications

National Center for Biodefense Communications

The National Center for Biodefense Communications (NCBC), at Jackson State University, was established as an internet-based technology center to assist policy makers, healthcare personnel and first responders in the early detection and response to significant human and animal health events. The basic and applied research undertaken by NCBC seeks to minimize the impact of bioterrorism and disasters, through surveillance, early detection and timely response. The Center works closely with first responders, providing training, access to internet-based technologies, and reporting. The research at the Center is directed towards increasing the competitiveness of the United States Agriculture by reducing the threats of bioterrorism, and improving human health and well-being through an abundant, safe, and high-quality food supply, and through improving the early detection of bioterrorism.

With a mission to reduce these threats, NCBC utilizes the data collected for research and training purposes; carry out basic and applied research related to biodefense, disaster preparedness, and risk communications for the public; enhance academic programs in public health and biomedicine at participating universities through its research and service activities. The Center's data capability provides secure bio—terror alert and notification bio-terror services to a closed system of human and animal health researchers and practitioners, and first responders. The Center also advances local agency-driven, multi-state information sharing across all jurisdictional and subject matter boundaries, and implement fonxvard-looking, cross-sector human and animal health data practices, such as Identity Management, Critical/Key infrastructure Protection and All Hazards Emergency Management, at the local level.

Website: http://ncbc.jsums.edu/

Northrop Grumman Center (NGC) for High Performance Computing of Ship Systems Engineering at Jackson State University

Northrop Grumman Center (NGC) for High Performance Computing of Ship Systems Engineering at Jackson State University

Through a partnership with the Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGC), Jackson State University (JSU) established the Northrop Grumman Center for High Performance Computing Ship Systems Engineering in an effort to implement a cooperative program designed to enhance the education and economic development efforts of both organizations, as well as the state of Mississippi. The Center pioneers research and technology developments in computational engineering and serves as a high performance computing technology center for the School of Engineering in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Jackson State University. The Center develops computational technologies to design next generation of ships, studies the dispersion of contaminants in urban and battlefields, applies high performance computing methodologies to investigate the impact of hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, develops simulation technologies to study the aerodynamics characteristics of future combat systems in Army's modernization program, and most importantly, provides research and educational training to JSU students.

NGC's mission is to be an internationally recognized Center that puts forth a comprehensive program of education, technology development and research in modeling and simulation using the high performance computing methodologies in support of systems engineering design and optimization tools applicable to real-world engineering challenges. The researchers at NGC have developed many computational technologies for use on high performance computational platforms such as a series of CaMEL family numerical flow solvers.

Website: http://www.ngc.jsums.edu/Home.html

Northrop Grumman Weather Testing Laboratory

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Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network (RTRN) Data Technology Coordinating Center (DTCC)

Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network (RTRN) Data Technology Coordinating Center (DTCC)

The Data and Technology Coordinating Center (DTCC) at Jackson State University (JSU) serves as the hub of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported Research Centers at Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network (RTRN). RTRN was formed through a $16 million, 5 year NIH grant, awarded to Charles Drew University by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Of this grant, JSU was awarded more than $8 million to establish the RTRN DTCC, which manages the data collection and analysis from multi-institutional clinical trials and biomedical research projects, facilitates the sharing of research tools and information technology resources, and facilitates the communication and collaborations of hundreds of research scientists in and outside of the network.

Collaborating in cyber workgroups and utilizing the technological resources available through the DTCC, the researchers at the RCMI centers are focusing on improving health outcomes in five disease areas; Cancer, Diabetes/Obesity, Cardiovascular, HIV/AIDS, and Neuroscience that disproportionately affect ethnic populations. RTRN researchers collaborate using the resources of the DTCC to conduct research to eliminate these diseases and to improve health for the millions affected by these diseases, especially those from underserved communities. Several multi-million dollar active projects are being implemented in which the DTCC provides statistical analysis, study database build, remote data capture, clinical data management and communications in conjunction with leading research institutions including Harvard Medical School, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and others.

Website:http://rtrn.net/index.html

Science Diversity Center (SDC)

Science Diversity Center (SDC)

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Website:http://sciencediversitycenter.org/

Trent Lott Geospatial Visualization and Research Center Jackson State University (TLGVRC)

The Trent Lott Geospatial and Visualization Research Center at Jackson State University bonds existing capabilities and expertise in the areas of Geographic information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Scientific Visualization (Sci-Viz). This centralization of technology, data, people, and institutional linkages enables the discovery, evaluation, and application of geospatial and visual data for adding value to research across various areas and disciplines.

The goal of the Center is to provide a consistent and reliable means to produce and share geospatial and visualized data among all users, which would lead to enhanced management and use of data as well as expanded research results. The key objectives are: to improve planning, analysis and decision-making through commonly available geospatial and visualized data applications; to ensure that end users are able to acquire reliable data sets and detailed visualizations; to increase the number of qualified professionals in GIS, RS, Sci-Viz, and related fields.

Major research, development, and training activities are conducted within the main GIS, RS, and Sci-Viz laboratories. With the exception of the specialized Virtual Reality Display and Access Grid Technologies provided by the Sci-Viz Lab, all other services and capabilities can be performed in each area.

Website:http://www.jsums.edu/cset/trentlottgeo.htm

Research Centers
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Jake Ayers Institute
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