Outside of the SSRC (Courtyard)New Projects

Mr. David Parrish will serve as Principal Investigator for the administering of a required reselection of observation site locations for future Mississippi seat belt usage surveys beginning in 2018. The resample will be a collaboration between the SSRC and Preusser Research Group (PRG) following guidelines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The project is funded by Mississippi Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the NHTSA.

Survey Lab

On behalf of the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI), the Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory is conducting a pilot study with a multi-mode (paper, web, and telephone) survey to better understand stakeholders’ perspectives regarding the present and future state of the oyster aquaculture industry in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. This survey is also providing NGI researchers with valuable information about and the working relationships between various stakeholder groups such as oyster harvesters, processors, industry leaders, and environmental regulators. This research is being conducted by Dr. Steven Ashby, Co-Director of the Northern Gulf Institute and postdoctoral associate, Dr. Sandra Guzmán. The survey administration is being directed by Dr. John F. Edwards, MAFES Research Scientist and Associate Research Professor at the Social Science Research Center.


Members of the UMMC’s Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research (MCCTR) visited Mississippi State University and the Social Science Research Center for talks on potential partnerships. In attendance were members of the SSRC along with James Wilson, MCCTR Director, Lisa Boney, MCCTR Project Administrator, Josh Clark, MCCTR Operations Manager, Jennifer Robinson, Dean for Research in the School of Nursing, Kathy Yadrick, Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Sandra Carr hays, Director of Owens Health and Wellness Center at Tougaloo College.

Publications & Reports

Gardner, S. & Hughey, M. (Forthcoming). Still the Tragic Mulatto? Manufacturing Multiracialization in Magazine Media, 1961-2011. Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Rico-Mendez, G. (2017). ZIDRES Law: Emergent Normative Foundation of State Legitimacy in Rural Areas in Colombia. Ciudad Paz-ando, 10(1). Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14483/udistrital.jour.cpaz.2017.1.axx.

Presentations, Panels, & Conferences

Ms. Hasna Khandekar conducted a study during this past summer evaluating active referrals to community agencies for food insecure patients in pediatric populations. She also presented a poster “Active Referral for Food Insecurity in Pediatric Populations: Pilot Study” to the Strong Children’s Research Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center on August 4th, 2017 in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Robert McMillen presented research at the Mississippi Tobacco Control Advisory Council Meeting, Mississippi State Department of Health, 18 August

During the months of July and August, Dr. Ty Abernathy gave several presentations to various groups and organizations at MSU regarding the Pathfinders Student Retention Research Program housed within the SSRC. The presentations were given to Area Coordinators, Residence Hall Directors, and Residence Hall Advisors from the Department of Housing and Residence Life, Peer Counselors and Ambassadors from the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, and Teaching/Graduate Assistants/Lecturers from the Department of English. The presentations were designed to familiarize university students and staff with the Pathfinders program, address and answer any comments or concerns, and emphasize the importance of class attendance and its impact on freshman student success and performance. In addition, nineteen Residence Hall Academic Advisors were selected to work with the Pathfinders program for the upcoming fall semester. Dr. Abernathy led multiple training sessions for these student advisors in order to educate, instruct, and prepare them for the intervention component of the program. Presentations were also given to on-campus residents from all seventeen residence halls (approximately 5,000 students) during three separate meetings in Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall.

Gardner, Sheena, Courtney Walker, Angela Robertson, and Andrew Tatch. “Keg Stand, Keg Stand: Racial Differences in Drinking Motives, Protective Strategies, and the Relationship with Alcohol Problems.” Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Montreal, Quebec Canada (August 2017).

Dr. Ronald E. Cossman made a presentation on the “Social Dimensions of Nutrient Reduction: State-Level Progress” at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Environmental Education Training Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi on August 24, 2017.

SSRC Chronicles: August 2017
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