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SSRC assistant professor awarded grant for upcoming research

by Bethany Deuel Their research will focus on exploring factors that drive decisions about which university students attend and their choice of college major. The research will be conducted through surveys distributed to students accepted into the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at universities around the country. Although… Continue Reading SSRC assistant professor awarded grant for upcoming research

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Insects and DUIs: Differing Experiences with a similar lesson

By Bethany Deuel As a biomedical engineering student, Rachel McDonald never anticipated working for the Mississippi Alcohol Safety Program (MASEP) during college, but as an office assistant for the last two years she has gained many experiences. Through her work filing, stocking office supplies, and relaying information to MASEP course… Continue Reading Insects and DUIs: Differing Experiences with a similar lesson

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“Research is Research”: Ben Porter on utilizing archival data across fields

By Bethany Deuel The application of research and not necessarily its topic has led Ben Porter to several different roles including his latest as an assistant research professor at the SSRC. In August of 2019, Porter, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in social psychology and a… Continue Reading “Research is Research”: Ben Porter on utilizing archival data across fields

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Blending psychology and criminal justice for public service

By Bethany Deuel Matthew Dean of rural Possumneck, MS, never thought he would still be living in Mississippi while working towards his Ph.D. However, the impactful work that he does in the SSRC’s Social Relations Collaborative (SRC) has made his time well-worth it. As an undergraduate criminal justice student at the University… Continue Reading Blending psychology and criminal justice for public service

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Embracing a culture of learning: Tobi Lasisi on navigating new positions and programs

By Bethany Deuel Tobi Lasisi is no stranger to learning on the job, a skill that has been beneficial as she’s navigated several positions in a new country during a pandemic. After moving from Nigeria to Mississippi in the fall of 2017 to earn her Ph.D. in computer science at… Continue Reading Embracing a culture of learning: Tobi Lasisi on navigating new positions and programs

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GRA wins elevator pitch competition at robotics conference

by Emile Creel A graduate research assistant with the Social, Therapeutic, and Robotic Systems (STaRS) Lab recently placed third at the 2021 Human Robot Interaction (HRI) international conference Elevator Pitch competition. Sayantani Dutta, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering, competed virtually with others joining in from around the… Continue Reading GRA wins elevator pitch competition at robotics conference

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SSRC GRAs place in Graduate Student Research Symposium

By Bethany Deuel Two graduate research assistants at the SSRC received awards for their presentations at the 19th annual Mississippi State University (MSU) Graduate Student Research Symposium (GSRS) held virtually on February 27th. Robert Kolbila received the third-place award in the Arts and Humanities category, and Taylor Ray took the first-place… Continue Reading SSRC GRAs place in Graduate Student Research Symposium

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Mississippi’s Forum for the Future sets a new tone in the early childhood development community

By Bethany Deuel Mississippi’s first  “Forum for the Future: Communicating about the Early Years” hosted earlier this month was a success with over 160 participants. The Child Health and Development Project: Mississippi Thrive! (Mississippi Thrive!), the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance all teamed up to… Continue Reading Mississippi’s Forum for the Future sets a new tone in the early childhood development community

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Martin takes it One Day at a Time promoting early child development across the state

By Bethany Deuel In a state where one out of every 20 children has been diagnosed with a developmental delay, Heather Martin uses her passion for early childhood development to work with teachers and parents in unique ways. Born and raised in Mississippi, Martin attended Mississippi State University for her… Continue Reading Martin takes it One Day at a Time promoting early child development across the state