Bench and greenery on SSRC grounds

Announcements

On Monday, March 30th at 3:30 pm, Dr. Ellen Kennedy, the founder and executive director of World Without Genocide, will speak at Mississippi State in the Old Main Academic Center Room 1030. She will discuss the causes of the refugee crisis, what it means to be stateless, the consequences for individuals and nations, and the opportunities and challenges in finding durable solutions.

Honors/Awards/Appointments

Dr. Cindy Bethel was named an Assistant Vice President Intern with the Mississippi State University Office of Research and Economic Development.

In the News

Dr. Robert McMillen was interviewed by WJTV as part of their coverage of a recent Vaping Summit. Read the story at https://www.wjtv.com/top-stories/vaping-summit-aims-to-educate-mississippians-on-dangers/?fbclid=IwAR030FAXI2w6tgrp6H65jR1PkZ4Xvz8M1CAxPfVeUkqxfWqPei3O6vC6z8g.

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi’s work was included in the Feed the Future Advancing Women’s Empowerment program report, and USAID Agrilinks shared about the report at https://www.agrilinks.org/gender-research.

Visitors 

Dr. Steven M. Cole – an international gender in agricultural development expert – visited the SSRC and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab at Mississippi State University on February 3 – February 6, 2020.  A Senior Scientist and Gender Specialist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Cole is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Prior to joining IITA/Tanzania, Dr. Cole was based in Lusaka with WorldFish/Zambia. During his visit to MSU and the SSRC, Dr. Cole gave an invited presentation supported by the SSRC and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish. His presentation, which was open to the MSU community and the larger public, is available at: https://www.fishinnovationlab.msstate.edu/events/2020/01/gender-dynamics-small-scale-fisheries-and-aquaculture.

Dr. Cole also participated in in-person working sessions with Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi, who are the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish Gender & Youth Inclusion leads and developers of the novel tool, Gender Responsive Aquaculture and Fisheries Assessment-Fish Innovation Lab (GRADA-FIL).  For the GRADA-FIL working sessions, Dr. Cole will collaborate with Drs. Ragsdale and Read-Wahidi to adapt the Gender Responsive Agriculture in Development Assessment for Soybean Innovation Lab Implementing Partners (GRADA-SIL) into the GRADA-FIL, an evaluation tool tailored for the Feed the Future Fish Innovation Lab grantees and implementing partners in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the U.S.

30 Second Abstract

To learn more, visit ssrc.msstate.edu/30-second-abstract-juul-awareness-and-use-among-adolescents/.

Survey Lab

On behalf of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, the Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory is conducting a web-based survey of all participants of an Oil Spill Workshop implemented by the Sea Grant programs throughout the U.S. These workshops are sponsored by the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The purpose of the survey is to measure the workshop participants’ opinions regarding the relevancy of information provided by the workshop organizers and provide additional evaluation measures of workshop effectiveness.

Personnel 

In this month’s Spotlight story, we hear from Dr. Jon Carr, a former student researcher and current professor at NC State. To read the story, visit bit.ly/SSRC_CarrSpotlight.

On the Horizon

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale, Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi, Robert Kolbila (SSRC Graduate Research Assistant and Department of Sociology PhD student), and Malavika Jinka Ramamurthy (SSRC Graduate Research Assistant and Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures Masters student) will give three oral presentations at the 80th Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, which will be held in March in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Ragsdale will also serve as the Invited Chair of Food Insecurity, Nutrition, and Health, a session organized by the Society for Medical Anthropology. Jinka Ramamurthy will serve as the Chair of Realizing Global Citizenship: Interactions of Ethnicities, Citizenship, and Cultural Identities in Diverse Societies, which is organized by the COPAA Student Session. She will also give an oral presentation on her fieldwork in India.

Presentations, Panels & Conferences

Green, J. J., Woo, L., Hanna, H. L., & Turner, S. (2020, February).  Outreach and Community Engagement for the 2020 Census:  Insights from Mississippi and Beyond.  Poster presentation at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association.

Hanna, H. & Hicks, K. (Feb 2020). Mississippi Complete Count Committee Education Subcommittee 2020 Census Webinar.

Long, L. (Feb 2020). Early Childhood Academy/MS Community Collge Board Family Engagement Seminar.

Lisa Long represented Mississippi Thrive! with a booth at the Jackson Association for Children Under Six Conference on February 1, 2020.

Lisa Long represented Mississippi Thrive! with a booth at the Early Childhood Academy meeting of the Mississippi Community College Board on February 29, 2020.

Mims, R., Sinclair, H. C., & Utley, J. W. Just friends? Examining the effects of norm violations on same- and cross-Sex friendships among individuals in dating relationships. Poster to be presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. 2020.

Mack, M., Utley, J. W., & Sinclair, H. C. Swipe white: Examining the links between implicit and explicit biases and race-based dating preferences. Poster to be presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. 2020.

Dr. Robert McMillen was an invited speaker at the 2020 Vaping Summit, hosted by EnrichMS and funded by the Mississippi State Department of Health on February 5, 2020

Penniman, G., Utley, J. W., & Sinclair, H. C. Partners in crime: Comparing dyadic vs. individual prosocial and antisocial responses to a Cyberball paradigm. Poster to be presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. 2020.

Payne, M., Sinclair, H. C., & Utley, J. W. Gender differences in the social network effect. Poster to be presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. 2020.

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi gave an invited presentation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Teen Health Mississippi during the CDC site visit to Clarksdale, Mississippi on February 13. They discussed all-grantee interviews on teen pregnancy prevention conducted in the Mississippi Delta for the Focus4Teens project, and parallel projects in North Carolina and Georgia.

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi gave an invited presentation at the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab Year 6 Annual Retreat and Board Meeting held in Champaign, Illinois on February 17. For the meeting, Ragsdale and Read-Wahidi video-recorded interviews with seven SIL research scientists and implementing partners in Ghana, Malawi, the United States, and Zimbabwe. Each person was asked the same three questions related to how gender-integration is incorporated into their SIL work. They inserted the edited videos into an interactive PowerPoint presentation for approximately 30 attendees.

As a lead on the Feed the Future Fish Innovation Lab supported research project, Fish4Zambia (K. Ragsdale, US PI; M. Read-Wahidi, US Co-PI), Dr. Pamela Marinda (Zambia Co-PI and Senior Lecturer at the University of Zambia) gave an invited presentation at the WorldFish-supported Nutrition-Sensitive Fish Agri-Food Systems Workshop, which was held in Lusaka, Zambia, on February 24-25, 2020.

Dr. Holli Seitz, Director of the Message Laboratory, was an invited speaker on a panel titled “Facilitating Undergraduate Engagement in Research” at the Mississippi Communication Association annual meeting in Jackson, Mississippi.

Stubbs-Richardson, M., Gilbreath, S., Smith, D., Reid, A., May, D. (2020). Incidental findings in open source intelligence research. Presented at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in Atlanta, GA.

Utley, J. W. & Sinclair, H. C. “…Better to be in the Plastics, hating life, than to not be in at all”: Comparing intergroup and intragroup bullying among student cliques. Poster to be presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. 2020.

SSRC Chronicles: February 2020
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