Visitors 

On March 18th, the SSRC hosted Dr. Liesel Ritchie from Oklahoma State University’s Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events. Dr. Ritchie, a former member of the SSRC, gave a presentation discussing social perspectives of risk perceptions around human-induced seismic activity.

New Projects

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale (U.S. PI), Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi (U.S. Co-PI), Steven Cole of WorldFish/Zambia (Host Country PI), and Pamela Marinda of University of Zambia (Host Country Co-PI) have received funding to conduct “Assessing Facilitators and Barriers to Aquaculture and Fish Consumption in Zambia (Fish4Zambia),” which was awarded by the Feed the Future Fish Innovation Lab (M. Lawrence, PI) through support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Fish4Zambia is a 12-month project that aims to increase the quality and quantity of fish benefitting nutrition and food security in Zambia, especially for women and children who are in the first critical 1,000 days of life. Fish4Zambia’s objectives include:

  1. Assess the current state of small fish capturing, processing, and trading activities from point of catch through processing to local and distant markets for sale in both rural and urban areas,
  2. Identify the social and gender barriers to entry and/or participation in these value chain activities for the different actors, particularly women and youth,
  3. Assess how small captured fish are accessed by different consumer groups and consumed within households, especially in households in rural and urban areas distant from their source of production,
  4. Explore the potential of upgrading the small fish value chain via improving processing, storage, and trading methods to reduce post-harvest losses and improve food safety,
  5. Explore the use of small dried fish for further processing into fish powder and incorporating into locally appropriate foods for enhanced nutrition of women and children in the first 1,000 days of life.

Survey Lab 

On behalf of the Mississippi Charter Schools Authorization Board and Mississippi First, the Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory is conducting a survey of parents in Hinds and Coahoma Counties, Mississippi. The survey respondents will include 500 parents who have a child attending a charter school and 500 parents who have a child eligible to attend a charter school, but not enrolled in one. The purpose of this survey is to better understand Mississippi parents’ attitudes and opinions regarding charter schools. The survey administration is being directed by Dr. John F. Edwards, MAFES Research Scientist and Associate Research Professor at the Social Science Research Center.

Awards & Recognitions 

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale has been invited to serve as an abstract reviewer for three programs for the 147th American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, which will be held in Philadelphia on November 2-6, 2019. The three APHA programs include:

–     International Health Program

–     Maternal and Child Health Program

–     Public Health Education and Health Promotion Program

Personnel

Laura Ingouf has joined the SSRC as an Intern with the Gender Impacts research team led by Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi. An undergraduate, Ingouf is pursuing a B.A. and is a double major in anthropology and history with a minor in middle eastern studies. She is a National Merit Scholar, a Presidential Scholar at Mississippi State University, and a member of the Shackouls Honors College. Ingouf serves as the Communications Director for No Lost Generation (2018-present), which is a student advocacy group focused on education related to the Syrian refugee crisis. She is also a College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador (2018-present) and Secretary of the Anthropology Club (2018-present).

Choteau Kammel has joined the SSRC as an Intern with the Gender Impacts research team led by Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi. An undergraduate, Kammel is pursuing a BBA in economics. He is a Presidential Scholar at Mississippi State University and a member of the Shackouls Honors College. As part of his college career, Kammel completed a study abroad in comparative public policy in 2018 at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

On The Horizon 

Dr. Colleen Sinclair was accepted into the June 2019 class of educators for the Holocaust Studies summer training program at The Olga Lenyel Institute in New York City. The program involves an 11-day expense paid trip to NYC to learn about the Holocaust and integrating it into classrooms and research.

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi will travel to the Mississippi Delta to meet with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Teen Health Mississippi during April 17-18, 2018.

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale, Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi, Dr. Gina Rico Mendez, and Mawuli Asigbee MSc – the Agriculture Program Manager of with Catholic Relief Services/Ghana –will give a webinar on May 2 hosted by the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) 2.0. The webinar – which is a deliverable for the Gender Impacts team co-led by Drs. Ragsdale and Read-Wahidi – is titled, “Why Gender and Land Matter in Rural Ghana and the World: The Importance of Closing the Gender Gap in Agricultural Development.” You can register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8134416118300376333.

Publications & Reports

Robertson, M. N., Williams, D., Seitz, H., Downey, L., Hardman, A., & Buys, D. (2019). The PROMISE Initiative: Who should give patients information on opioids?  Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, 60(2).

Valentine, N., McClelland, E., & McMillen, R. (2019). Smoke-free local ordinances and household policies protect youth from combustible tobacco, but ordinances appear to have little impact on non-combustible tobacco use. Children4, doi:10.3390/children6030044

McClelland, E., Valentine, N., Gorzkowski, J., Winter, A., & McMillen, R. (2019). JUUL Awareness, Trial, and Continued Use among Undergraduate Students in Mississippi. Journal of the Mississippi Medical Association60 (2), 44-50.

Tatch, A., Yigit, I., Brown, D., & Robertson, A. A. (Forthcoming). “Race and Gender Moderate the Positive Association between Depressive Symptoms and Hazardous Alcohol Consumption Among DUI Offenders.” Sociological Spectrum.

Presentations, Panels & Conferences

On March 25, Dr. Holli Seitz, Director of the Message Laboratory, participated in the Community-Engaged Learning Fellows Showcase, an opportunity to discuss outcomes from community-engaged learning courses.  Dr. Seitz is a member of the 2018 class of MSU Community-Engaged Learning Fellows.

Lower, K., Ragsdale, K., Read-Wahidi, M.R., Rico Mendez, G., Yarbrough, T., Asigbee, M., Atiim, P., Kolbila, R. Exploring Gender and Women’s Land Tenure: Focus Groups with Men and Women Farmers in Ghana’s Northern Region. Oral Presentation. 79th Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, March 21, 2019.

Buffington, A & Stouffer, C. (2019, March). Presented updates on the deployment of numerous new features on TRAPS 2.0. as well as presenting a three-hour training session at the quarterly training for the Office of Tobacco Control Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition directors and their Fiscal Agents.  Presented at the Sports Hall of Fame, Jackson, MS.

Hanna, H. L. & Haggard, R. (2019, February). State Efforts to Count All Kids. Webinar presentation for the Partnership for America’s Children and Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Dr. Gina Rico Mendezgave two oral presentations at the World Bank 20th Land and Poverty Conference held March 25-29 in Washington, DC. Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidiare co-authors on both presentations. The first presentation is based on results for the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL), conducted by SIL’s Gender Impacts team in 2018: “Gender Equity and Land Tenure Focus Group Discussions: Phase II.” The second presentation is based on preliminary results of the Gender Impacts team’s work on the USAID Bureau of Food Security-funded project: “Harnessing the Potential for Rural Youth-Inclusive Agri-Food Systems Livelihoods: A Landscape Analysis.”

  • Rico Méndez, G., Ragsdale, K., Lower, K., Read-Wahidi, M.R. (2019). Customary Land Tenure Systems and Gendered Land Rights in Ghana’s Northern Region: Results from Phase II Gender Equity and Land Tenure Focus Groups. Accepted Oral Presentation. World Bank 20th Land & Poverty Conference, Washington, DC, March 25-29, 2019.
  • Rico Méndez, G., Read-Wahidi, M.R., Ragsdale, K. (2019). Harnessing the Potential for Rural Youth-Inclusive Agri-Food Systems Livelihoods: A Landscape Analysis. Accepted Oral Presentation. World Bank 20th Land & Poverty Conference, Washington, DC, March 25-29, 2019.

Lower, K., Ragsdale, K., Read-Wahidi, M.R., Rico Méndez, G., Yarbrough, T., Asigbee, M., Atiim, P., Kolbila, R. Exploring Gender and Women’s Land Tenure: Focus Groups with Men and Women Farmers in Ghana’s Northern Region. Accepted Oral Presentation. 79th Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, March 21, 2019.

On March 13, Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale attended the webinar, “What We Learned by Analyzing 250,000 Webinars,” which was hosted by Global GoToWebinar. The session covered benchmarks, best practices, and actionable insights to create and implement successful webinars. Topics included: 1) tried and true promotional tactics, 2) scheduling secrets to maximize attendees, 3) trends in the audience behavior, 4) how to boost engagement and attendee satisfaction, 5) what time you should host your webinar, and 6) what a healthy attendance rate looks like.

SSRC Chronicles: March 2019