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Dr. Judith Bonner, the new provost at Mississippi State University, visit the SSRC on December 6th. She saw multiple presentations from researchers covering an overview of large projects.

Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, the Liberian Ambassador to the United States visited on December 8th. Ambassador Sulunteh met with Dr. Arthur Cosby and some of the SSRC researchers to discuss projects in Africa and around the world.

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New Projects

Dr. Ronald E. Cossman will serve as Co-Principle Investigator for a study of the use of social indicators to measure short term changes in nutrient reduction practices among agricultural producers in the Mississippi River Basin. Excess nutrients lead to hypoxia or the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. The two-year project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Richard Ingram, Association Director of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute is Principal Investigator for the project.

Dr. Angela Robertson will serve as the Evaluation Lead of the Mississippi State Department of Health Asthma Control Program evaluation team, which will include MSDH program staff and selected partners/stakeholders. This project is funded by MSDH and the Centers for Disease Control.

Dr. Colleen Sinclair will will serve as the Principal Investigator for the second year of the School Safety Initiative. The project seeks to answer the question, “When does rejection trigger aggression?” Drs. Rebecca Goldberg and David May and Mrs. Megan Stubbs-Richardson will serve as Co-PIs. This project is funded by the National Institute of Justice.

Dr. Connie Baird-Thomas will serve as the Principal Investigator for the second year of the Man Up Evaluation. This project will provide evaluation services for the Mississippi Action Network for Uplifting Promise (MAN UP) project among young men and boys of color. MAN UP seeks to identify and address individual and environmental factors that create negative school climates and influence the success of young men of color through research, community engagement and local institutional policy changes. This project is funded by Tougaloo College.

Personnel

Dr. Sandra Guzman is a postdoctoral associate in the Social Research Science Center working on a two-year project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her research with EPA is oriented towards the implementation of social indicators for agricultural water management and conservation. Sandra have a BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering from the National University of Colombia (Colombia), and PhD in Biological Engineering from Mississippi State University. Her professional experience includes, water quality and hydrology, agricultural water management, crop and groundwater modeling, forecasting, and GIS. During her Doctoral studies Dr. Guzman developed a decision tool that links artificial intelligence and crop models for the management of groundwater in soybean farms in the Mississippi Delta region. Dr. Guzman demonstrated that the link of social and technical tools for agricultural water management will significantly contribute in the reduction of nutrient loads in Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico waters.

Survey Lab

The Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory is collecting data for the 2016 Mississippi Social Climate Survey of Tobacco Control. Results from this telephone-based survey will allow researchers to ascertain the degree to which a representative sample of 1,500 Mississippi residents live in smoke free homes, work in smoke free environments, understand the health risks of tobacco, dine in smoke free restaurants, talk to their children about tobacco use, etc. The project is funded by the Mississippi State Department of Health. The primary investigator for this research is Dr. Robert McMillen, Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Psychology at the Social Science Research Center. The survey administration is being directed by Dr. John F. Edwards, MAFES Research Scientist and Associate Research Professor at the Social Science Research Center.

Awards & Recognitions

Mississippi Tobacco Data was featured in an article by the Daily Journal about 10 years with the indoor smoking ban in Northeast Mississippi: http://djournal.com/news/indoor-smoking-bans-hit-decade-northeast-mississippi/.

Dr. Holli Seitz received a Top Student Paper Award from the Health Communication Division at the National Communication Association 102nd Annual Convention, held in Philadelphia, PA, for her paper “Effects of online mammography news commentary on reader mammography intentions.”

Dr. Holli Seitz received an Undergraduate Research Program Award from the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development and will be hiring an undergraduate research assistant to help advance the work of the Messaging Laboratory at the Social Science Research Center.

Linda Southward has been tapped to be an Advisory Board member of Mississippi’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading and attended the Press Conference at the State Capitol, Jackson, MS. November 29, 2016.

Publications & Reports

Cossman, R. E. (2016). “Rurality Not the Determinant of Access to Primary Health Care in Mississippi.” The Frontiers of Applied Demography.  Edited by David Swanson. Springer, Pp: 239-248. ISBN: 978-3-319-43329-5.
Morse, D. T., & Robertson, A. A.  (In Press).  Psychometric properties of the Short Inventory of Problems (SIP) with adjudicated DUI intervention participants.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Presentations, Panels, & Conferences

Anne Buffington and Colleen Harris, evaluators for MSDH Office of Tobacco Control programs conducted several training sessions for state-wide grantees using the tobacco portal system, TRAPS. The meetings were held between November 9th – 17th at the Mississippi Department of Health office and the Quitline office in Jackson. Each workshop consisted of a three-hour training session on reporting in the online data portal, TRAPS, scope of work deliverables, and roundtable discussions.

Billy Brister and Chuck Dawkins of the MASEP office attended the fall conference of STORM (Sobriety Trained Officers Representing Mississippi) held in Vicksburg November 1st-3rd.
Billy Brister, Blythe McCance, and Chuck Dawkins of the MASEP office attended the fall conference of the Mississippi Justice Court Clerks held in Jackson November 3rs-4th. Chuck Dawkins served on a panel discussing current issues facing the Justice Courts.

Dr. Robert McMillen was an invited speaker at the Mississippi Business Group on Health, Smoking Cessation and Employers, 16 November 2016

McMillen R (2016). Harrah’s Casino New Orleans: Six months after implementation of a smoke-free ordinance. Oral Presentation presented at the 143rd Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.

McMillen R, Winickoff JP, Gottlieb M, Tanski S, Wilson K, Klein J. (2016). Public Support for Smokefree Section 8 Public Housing. Poster presented at the 143rd Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.

McMillen R, Winickoff JP, Tanski S, Wilson K, Klein JD (2016). Beliefs about the potential harms and smoking cessation potential of e-cigarettes. Poster presented at the 143rd Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.

Bailey, A., & Abernathy, T. (2016, November). How important is class attendance? A collaborative initiative at Mississippi State University targeted toward freshman students answers with results. SACSA – Southern Association for College Student Affairs, Jacksonville, Florida.

Cossman, R. E., Keith, S., James, W., & Albrecht, P. (2016, November 17). Application of General Strain Theory to the Ultimate Health Outcome – Death. Presented at the American Society of Criminology’s 72ndAnnual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Seitz, H. H. (2016, November). Effects of online mammography news commentary on reader mammography intentions. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 102nd Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Southward, L. H. (2016, November). Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention National Conference, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Linda Southward was a reactor/discussant to the panel presentation “Overview of the Science” regarding non-modifiable and modifiable risk factors related to childhood obesity and health equity issues

Southward, Linda H., Harris, Colleen. (2016, 10 November). Oral presentation entitled “How are We Doing? Using Mississippi KIDS COUNT Data” at Jackson State University. Presented at the12th Annual Mississippi Excel BY 5 Summit.

Stubbs-Richardson, M., Harris, C. & Haynes, S. (2016). A Spatial Analysis of Rape and Sexual Assault Discussions on Twitter. Presented at the American Society of Criminology in New Orleans, Louisiana.

SSRC Chronicles: November/December 2016