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Expanding your interests: Bethany Deuel on discovering your career path

By Addie Thompson When Bethany Deuel first stepped foot on Mississippi State University’s (MSU) campus, one of the things that impressed her the most was the variety of opportunities available to her.  Although she started college unsure of exactly what she wanted to do in the future, Deuel made the… Continue Reading Expanding your interests: Bethany Deuel on discovering your career path

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New Members Named to MASEP Advisory Council

Media Contact: Emile Creel STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Mississippi Alcohol Safety and Education Program (MASEP) added five new members to its advisory council this fall. The council is composed of 15 facilitators, or program instructors, with five members rotating off every three years. The five new advisory members bring decades of experience to… Continue Reading New Members Named to MASEP Advisory Council

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Sarah Dulaney on Understanding Vaccine Misinformation

By Bethany Deuel Sarah Dulaney has discovered the perfect blend of sociology, biology, and health communication in her position as an undergraduate assistant in the SSRC’s Message Laboratory. Since the spring of 2020, Dulaney, a senior, has worked under Holli Seitz, lab director and an assistant professor in the Department… Continue Reading Sarah Dulaney on Understanding Vaccine Misinformation

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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