Great info! Thanks, guys.
Another question relative to the OP question: so, there is no conflict between the UART on the MSP430 Launchpad and the Debug USB Port? Do they share the same UART? So, if I connect a serial GPS receiver to Pins P3.4 and P3.3, I can still communicate (upload and debug my program) to the Launchpad via my computer USB port? Thanks!