Announcements

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Seminar on Utilizing Big Data and the Social and Policy Sciences in Split, Croatia! Faculty from Mississippi State University, George Mason University, the University of Zagreb, the University of Split, and the University of Applied Sciences VERN’ at Zagreb will lead the 5-day seminar. Participants will be provided a chance to engage with lecturers to learn and discuss research on big data in social and policy sciences. Please contact Dr. Leslie Hossfeld for any questions (lhossfeld@soc.msstate.edu). You can also learn more by visiting the SSRC webpage.

New Projects

Mr. Ben Walker will serve as Principal Investigator for year four of the Mississippi School Health Council Technical Assistance project. Researchers in the Family and Children Research Unit at the SSRC will conduct an evaluation of The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi’s (PHM) school health council technical assistance project. As part of this work, they will provide assistant in the interviews and/or focus groups of council members and field observations of PHM’s technical assistance, as well as conduct an analysis and submit a final report once data is collected. The project is funded by The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Visitors

On April 26th, the SSRC hosted a visit with students and instructors from the Colombian National Training Service (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje – SENA) – Centro Acuícola y Agroindustrial de Gaira, located in Santa Marta, Colombia. The students visited Mississippi State University and the delta to learn about agriculture-science and wrapped up their trip by meeting with Dr. Art Cosby and Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale while visiting the center. The visit was organized by Dr. Gina Rico Mendez as part of the activities for the project “Study Abroad for Spanish Language and Exchange for Precision Agriculture” funded by the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA -100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant.

On The Horizon

On May 9th, Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi will present a one-hour webinar, Focus Groups 101: Brief Guide to Conducting Focus Groups in Village Settings, which will be hosted by the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab. Information and registration is available on the Soybean Innovation Lab website at: http://soybeaninnovationlab.illinois.edu/focus-groups-101-brief-guide-conducting-focus-groups-village-settings.

Three SSRC student interns have been awarded prestigious internships around the country. Read the full story on their positions: https://ssrc.msstate.edu/ssrc-students-receive-prestigious-summer-internships/.

Awards & Recognitions

Dr. Robert McMillen’s research was featured in multiple articles:

  • MPB Online
  • University of Kentucky News

Dr. Holli Seitz was competitively selected by the MSU Center for Community-Engaged Learning to participate in the inaugural class of the Community-Engaged Learning Fellows Program. According to the Center for Community-Engaged Learning, this program is a “faculty development program that provides an opportunity for selected faculty and staff members to integrate community-engaged learning into their teaching, research and public service work, while becoming recognized campus leaders in community-engaged learning pedagogy and community engagement.”

Marisa Laudadio, an undergraduate research assistant in the Message Laboratory, has been recognized for her research. She won first place in the humanities poster division at the Mississippi State Honors Conference in Jackson, Mississippi. She was also invited to present her work at the Posters in the Rotunda event held at the state capitol.

Alan Burns was recognized for his work at the 2018 Public Relations Association of Mississippi State Conference. He received a PRism Award for his work on the 2017 SSRC Annual Report.

Laura Herring, intern for Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale, was awarded three honors at the Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium:

  • First place in Social Sciences category for Visual Displays.
  • First place in Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences for the Community Engagement Research Track.
  • Third place (tied) in the Public Health Research Competition.

Sarah Gresham Barr, undergraduate research assistant with the FCRU since 2014, was selected as a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow in Theology and Ministry at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where she will start her Masters of Divinity this fall. Established in 1980, the Woodruff Fellows program recognizes students who demonstrate “intellectual achievement, impressive communication skills, significant leadership and creativity, and clear potential for enriching the lives of peers and communities.”

In April, Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale served as a reviewer of abstracts for the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, which will be held November 10-14, 2018, in San Diego, CA. Dr. Ragsdale was an abstract reviewer for the Public Health Education and Health Promotion program and the Maternal and Child Health program.

In April, Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi served as a reviewer of abstracts and student competitions for the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, which will be held November 10-14, 2018, in San Diego, CA. Dr. Read-Wahidi was an abstract reviewer for the Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health and the Public Health Education and Health Promotion program. In addition, she served as a reviewer of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Student Award contest.

The following awards were given as part of the second round of Spring 2018 Marion T. Loftin Awards:

  • Maria Trinh: Travel support to the 2018 American Sociological Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Ismail Yigit: Travel support to the 2018 American Sociological Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and assistance purchasing the student version of STATA.
  • Andrew Tatch: Travel support to the 2018 American Sociological Association Conference and the 2018 Society for the Study of Social Problems meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Publications & Reports

Gardner, S. K. & Tatch, A. (2018, April). 2017 DYS Annual Report. Publication developed for the Division of Youth Services, Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Gardner, S. K. & Tatch, A. (2018, April). An Assessment of Disproportionate Minority Contact in Mississippi’s Juvenile Justice System. Publication developed for the Office of Justice Programs, Division of Public Safety Planning, Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

Groner, J., Rule, A., McGrath-Morrow, S., Collaco, J., Moss, A., Tanski, S., McMillen, R., Whitmore, R., Klein, J. D., Winickoff, J. P., & Wilson, K. (n press). Assessing pediatric tobacco exposure using parent report: comparison with hair nicotine. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

Presentations, Panels & Conferences

Booth, R. (2018). Early and Later Childhood Combustible Smoking Impact on E-Cigarette Trying. National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK. Trip funded by the Shackouls Honors College.

Booth, R. (2018). Early and Later Childhood Combustible Smoking Impact on E-Cigarette Trying. Stanford Research Conference at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Trip funded by the Shackouls Honors College.

Alan Burns attended and participated in the 2018 Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) State Conference from Arpill 11-13 at The Mill at Mississippi State University.

Hanna, H. L. & Stouffer, C. (2018, April). Mississippi KIDS COUNT Plenary Session Presentation. Presented at the 38th Annual Social Work Conference, Mississippi Valley State, MS.

Seitz, H. H., & Kaplan, B. (2018, April). Cannabidiol in the news: Nature of coverage, inclusion of health effects, and use of exemplars. Poster presented at the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Laudadio, M. (2018, April). Using publicly available comments on Facebook to ascertain public opinion about international adoption. Poster presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Edmond, OK.

Three undergraduate research assistants in the Message Laboratory, Marisa Laudadio, Ciarra Smith, and Mariah Warner, submitted their work to the Undergraduate Research Symposium held on campus April 13.

On April 13, 2018, SSRC Intern Laura Herring, who is mentored by Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi, gave a poster presentation at the MSU Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium:

  • Herring L, Ragsdale K, Read-Wahidi MR/ (2018). Exploring Food Insecurity Congruence among Husband-Wife Dyads Using the Household Hunger Scale: Occasional, Moderate, and Severe Hunger among Small-scale Men and Women Farmers in Rural Ghana. Poster Presentation. April 13, Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mississippi State University.

On April 13, 2018, SSRC Intern Taylor Yarbrough, who is mentored by Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi, gave a poster presentation at the MSU Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Presentation details include:

  • Yarbrough T, Ragsdale K, Read-Wahidi MR, Lower K, Feher E, Miller S, Hines MS. Perspectives from Parents in the Mississippi Delta: How Parents Engage Teens in Sexual and Reproductive Health Communication. Poster Presentation. April 13, Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mississippi State University.

On April 13-14, Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale attended an in-person Planning Meeting of the Fish Innovation Lab (FIL) Proposal Group, which was held at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Washington, DC. Attendees included faculty and personnel from the MSU Social Science Research Center, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU International Institute, RTI International, University of Rhode Island (URI), URI Coastal Resources Center, and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL).

SSRC Chronicles: April 2018