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Honors/Awards/Appointments

Dr. Melanie Loehwing of the Civic Life Laboratory was awarded the 2020 MSU College of Arts & Sciences Research Award in the Humanities.

Announcements

The Mississippi Tobacco Data unit conducted the Mississippi Survey of Knowledge, Attitudes, & Practices Concerning COVID-19 with the Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory.
Learn about their findings at mstobaccodata.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ms-survey-covid-19.pdf

New Projects

Dr. Connie Baird-Thomas will serve as the Principal Investigator for the evaluation of the Medicaid Access Project. This initiative is designed to develop insight into public values and perspectives on Medicaid and how those relate to larger community health issues in Mississippi. This three-year evaluation is funded by the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.

Personnel

SSRC GRA, Malavika Jinka Ramamurthy, successfully defended her Masters Thesis on Friday, May 15, 2020. Her thesis is titled, Comparing development definitions of internally displaced communities and the government: A study of the Chenchu people in the Nallamala Forest of Southern India. After graduation, Malavika will relocate to Tucson to begin a Ph.D. program in Fall 2020 at the University of Arizona’s School of Anthropology.

Ismail Yigit graduated from Mississippi State University with a Ph.D. in Sociology in May 2020.

On the Horizon

The Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab has submitted a newsletter story to Feed the Future Agrilinks for their June theme of “Redefining What’s Possible” on behalf of Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale, Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi, and SSRC GRA Robert Kolbila, and University of Missouri’s Dr. Kerry Clark

Mississippi Thrive

Dr. Heather Hanna and Callie Poole attended the Collective Impact Forum’s Collective Impact Virtual Convening May 6-8.

Heather Martin released a children’s book called One Day at a Time. Hear Heather discuss the book at https://youtu.be/TZ7U2Z2BE8w.

Presentations

Martin, H. (2020, May). Make every moment matter! Turn everyday moments into brain-building moments with Vroom®! Presented at Excel by 5 Mid Mississippi Cohort. Online.

Martin, H. (2020, May). Make every moment matter! Turn everyday moments into brain-building moments with Vroom®! Presented at Excel by 5 South Mississippi Cohort. Online.

Publications & Reports

Elkington, K. S., Spaulding, A., Garnder, Sk. K., Knight, D. K., Belenko, S., Becan, J. E., RObertson, A. A., Oser, C. B., & DiClemente, R. J. (Forthcoming). A system-level intervention to encourage collaboration between juvenile justice and public health agencies to promote HIV/STI testing. AIDS Education & Prevention.

Huang, S., Gardner, S. K., Piper, K. N. Coleman, A. S., Becan, J. E., Robertson, A. A., & Elkington, K. S. (Forthcoming). Bridging systems to implement HIV/STI programming within the juvenile justice system: Strengths and challenges of a local change team approach. AIDS Education and Prevention.

Kolbila, R., Ragsdale, K., Read-Wahidi, M.R., & Clark, K. (2020, May). Women’s Thresher Project Evaluation: Preliminary Results Report (Technical Report). USAID and the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab. 16 pg.http://soybeaninnovationlab.illinois.edu/sites/soybeaninnovationlab.illinois.edu/files/thresher-eval-prelim-results.pdf

Kolbila, R., Ragsdale, K., Read-Wahidi, M.R., & Clark, K. (2020, May). Women’s Thresher Project Evaluation: Benefits of Women-Led Thresher Micro Enterprises in Ghana (Technical Brief). USAID and the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab. 2 pg. http://soybeaninnovationlab.illinois.edu/files/thresher-eval-brief.pdf

Long, Bradley. 2020, May. What’s Your Routine?  How to Thrive With Your Child As Their World Changes. Parents & Kids Magazine. Page 28. Online publication.

Martin, H. (2020, May). A whole new world.  Parents & Kids Magazine. Page 23. Online publication.

Martin, H. (2020). One Day at a Time. https://mississippithrive.com/parents-families/

Robertson, A. A., Fang, Z., Weiland, D. Joe, G., Gardner, S. K., Dembo, R, McReynolds, L., Dickson, M. Pankow, J., Dennis, M, & Elkington, K. (Forthcoming). Recidivism among Justice-Involved Youth: Findings from JJ-TRIALS. Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Swanson, David, and Cossman, Ronald E. “A Simple Method for Estimating the Number of Unconfirmed COVID-19 Cases in a Local Area that Includes a Confidence Interval: A Case Study of Whatcom County, Washington.” medRxiv, the Preprint Server for Health Sciences. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.30.20086181v1

SSRC Chronicles: May 2020
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