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The Data Science for Social Sciences (DS3) Laboratory, co-directed by Dr. Megan Stubbs-Richardson and Dr. John F. Edwards, consists of an interdisciplinary team of scholars who have united to focus on data science efforts for the social sciences. DS3 just released their new website where you will find information about their mission, team, capabilities, projects, research, and blog. For more information, visit ds3.ssrc.msstate.edu/.

In the News

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi wrote a blog post for the Feed the Future Fish Innovation Lab on women’s roles in fisheries. Read the story at www.fishinnovationlab.msstate.edu/newsroom/2020/07/gender-mainstreaming-fisheries-and-aquaculture-sectors-fish-innovation-labs.

Dr. Colleen Sinclair was interviewed live on Al Jazeera English on July 29th. Dr. Sinclair wrote a blog for Psychology Today based on her interview with Al Jazeera English. The blog can be found at www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/unpacking-social-relations/202008/the-source-misinformation-matters.

Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Lab

For the fifth consecutive year, the Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) is conducting an annual Consumer Satisfaction Survey for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (MDMH). For this survey, the SRL employs a multi-mode data collection approach by administering both paper- and tablet-based surveys to approximately 3,000 individuals who recently received mental health services from one of the department’s mental health programs. This survey measures consumers’ opinions regarding the quality of services provided by MDMH.

New Projects

Dr. Robert McMillen will serve as Principal Investigator of the “Surveillance and Evaluation Services for the Mississippi Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program” July 2020 – June 2021. The project will seek to develop and implement a system of surveillance and evaluation for programs and services administered by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Office of Tobacco Control (OTC). Mrs. Nell Valentine will serve as Co-PI on the project. This project is funded by the MSDH.

Dr. Robert McMillen will serve as Principal Investigator of the Mississippi State University site for the Richmond Center. He will devote his efforts to Richmond Center as co-investigator for the Richmond Center Administrative Core.

Dr. Ben Porter will serve as Principal Investigator on the “Highway Analytics Project.” This project will provide analytic and data management support for the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety for answering questions and preparing reports. The Mississippi Office of Highway Safety is sponsoring this project.

Dr. Megan Stubbs-Richardson will serve as Principal Investigator for a project funded by the National Science Foundation entitled “RAPID: Analyses of Emotions Expressed in Social Media and Forums During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Co-Principal Investigators include Dr. Sujan Anreddy and Dr. Ben Porter. This research project will construct a comprehensive data archive that captures, organizes, and analyzes fear, anxiety, sadness, and anger-related emotions and human behavior associated with the COVID-19 pandemic as occurring on 10-15 social media and web-based forums. The project has two core sub-studies. One is focused on identifying health disparities through Census information linked to geolocated data while the other will identify types of scams more prevalent during the pandemic. For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2031246&HistoricalAwards=false.

Dr. Holli Seitz is a co-investigator on a recently funded project led by Dr. David Buys of the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion. The “PReventing Opioid Misuse In the SouthEast (PROMISE) Initiative” has received an additional two years of funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to continue work on opioid misuse and farm stress prevention in the state of Mississippi.


Dr. Ismail Yigit, data analyst and post-doctoral associate at the SSRC, successfully completed “Introduction to Data Science in Python” program on July 28, 2020. Dr. Yigit is currently enrolled in Data Analyst with Python track in order to enrich his knowledge on importing, cleaning, manipulation, and visualizing data through Python libraries, such as Pandas, NumPy, and Matplotlib.


Heather Martin and Callie Poole represented the Mississippi Thrive! Child Health & Development Project (CHDP) on a question and answer panel (via Zoom) with the La Leche League of Jackson Metro Mississippi regarding early childhood health and development on July 28. Heather and Callie shared resources from the CHDP, Vroom®️, and the CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. campaign.

Publications & Reports

Crosbie E, Snider K, McMillen R, Hartman J, Alvarez F, Dahir V. (in press). Expanding Smoke-free Communities: Attitudes and Beliefs Surrounding Smoke-Free Casinos and Bars in Washoe County, Nevada. Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy.

Surbhi, Satya, Brooks, Ian M., Shuvo, Sohul, Zareie, Parya, Tolley, Elizabeth A.,  Cossman, Ronald E., Leak, Cardella, Davis, Robert, Stewart, Altha, J., and Bailey, James E., “A Mid-South Chronic Disease Registry and Practice-based Research Network to Address Disparities.” The American Journal of Managed Care. 26(7):e211-e218. DOI: 10.37765/ajmc.2020.43764.

SSRC Chronicles: July 2020
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