About MRC

Chief Research Officers

Dr. Alice Clark

Gordon C. Cannon, Ph.D.

University of Southern Mississippi
Vice President of Research

Dr. Gordon C. Cannon is a T.W. Bennett Distinguished Professor in the Sciences and Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi.

He joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1987 after spending five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. A biochemist and microbiologist by training, Cannon’s research has focused on carbon metabolism of autotrophic bacteria.

His long-standing interest in bacterial microcompartments, exemplified by the carboxysome found in many CO2 fixing microbes, began while he was an undergraduate student, and research into carboxysome structure/function relationships has been the central theme of his professional career for nearly 40 years. He currently is part of a multinational team or researchers who seek to obtain structural information of the carboxysome, the CO2 fixing module of many environmentally important bacteria, using the X-ray free electron laser at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

In his current administrative position as Vice President for Research, he serves as the university’s chief research officer and is responsible for leading and overseeing USM’s research enterprise.

Dr. Cannon is the executive director of the USM Research Foundation and oversees operation at the university’s technology incubator, The Accelerator.

Dr. Josh Gladden

J.R. (Josh) Gladden, Ph.D.

University of Mississippi
Vice Chancellor for Research

Dr. Josh Gladden serves as the chief research officer for the University of Mississippi. In this role, Gladden is dedicated to serving the university’s research mission and ensuring quality, impact, student engagement, competitiveness, innovation, and leadership in research. The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie-designated highest research activity university.

Dr. Josh Gladden has served as the director of the National Center for Physical Acoustics, and is an associate professor of physics and astronomy. He has been principal investigator on a number of major research projects funded by the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and the private sector. He also is serving in a number of national, elected leadership positions in the Acoustical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and on the Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium, as well as director of the international Physical Acoustics Summer School.

Dr. Alice Clark

Loretta A. Moore, Ph.D.

Jackson State University
VP for Research and Federal Relations

Dr. Loretta A. Moore serves as Vice President for Research and Federal Relations and Professor of Computer Science at Jackson State University (JSU) located in Jackson, Mississippi. She previously served as Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement with oversight of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement, which is designed to advance the careers of promising young researchers and emerging scholars by ensuring that they establish a compelling research agenda, participate in a community of scholars, and obtain external funding. Dr. Moore is the Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program, which is aimed at advancing the careers of female faculty in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as the Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) disciplines. The project’s overall purpose is to transform the institution’s climate to promote equal opportunities for the advancement of all faculty. She also provides oversight for the Center for University Scholars, a program supporting faculty in their academic pursuits. Under her leadership, a year-long New Faculty Orientation Program has been instituted. She recently was awarded the Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network Leadership Award for the State of Mississippi. Prior to being named Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement, Dr. Moore served as Interim Associate Dean for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and as Chair of the Department of Computer Science, a position she held for thirteen years. She has held positions at Auburn University, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA Kennedy Space Center and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

Dr. Moore has received funding from agencies including the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Energy – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA Kennedy Space Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, and Jacobs Technology. Over $10 million dollars have been received from these agencies to support topics such as Cyber Security, Computational Thinking, Intelligent Systems, Visual Analytics, Open Source Software Development, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science Education and Research Experiences, and Broadening Participation of the Nation’s Workforce. Dr. Moore has published numerous articles and reports and presented more than 100 presentations on research, education, and strategies for organization change to enhance diversity of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. Dr. Moore serves as a Commissioner for the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET and previously served as a Program Evaluator. She is a member of the Board of the Association of Departments of Computing at Minority Institutions; previously served on the U.S. Army Science Board; and currently holds membership in ACM, IEEE, and AAUW organizations. She is active in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of African-American Computer Scientists and actively supports the professional advancement of both students and faculty across all disciplines. Dr. Moore received her B.S. degree in Computer Science from Jackson State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Dr. Alice Clark

David R. Shaw, Ph.D.

Mississippi State University
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

David Shaw is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University. He serves as the chief research officer for the university, and provides oversight for all aspects of research compliance. He is also the President of the MSU Research and Technology Corporation, and oversees the Thad Cochran Research, Technology, and Economic Development Park.

Dr. Shaw previously served as the Director of the Northern Gulf Institute, a NOAA Cooperative Institute, which is a collaboration led by Mississippi State University, partnering with the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Florida State University and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The NGI's primary goal is to develop a research and transition program that fills priority gaps or reduces limitations in current awareness, understanding and decision support between upland-watershed systems and coastal waters, habitats, resources and hazards. All of this is in the context of developing more resilient communities and ecosystems. He also was director of the Geosystems Research Institute at MSU, a research and outreach institute focused on understanding Earth's natural and managed systems. The institute focused on spatial technology visualization of complex datasets, and computational modeling in agriculture, forestry, water resources, climate, weather, and oceanography.