Announcements

The Social Science Research Center will hold its annual Open House on Thursday, October 25th at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Courtyard of the Mississippi Technology Center in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. The Open House will be highlighted by the introduction of the new SSRC Research Fellows.

Awards & Recognitions

Drs. Kathleen Ragsdale and Mary Read-Wahidi were featured in an article on CGIAR’s Agriculture for Nutrition and Health website: http://a4nh.cgiar.org/2018/09/05/identifying-challenges-and-constraints-experienced-by-women-smallholder-farmers-in-northern-ghana/.

Drs. Kathleen Ragsdale and Mary Read-Wahidi were featured on the Soybean Innovation Lab’s SoyBytes podcast about their work with the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index: http://a4nh.cgiar.org/2018/09/05/identifying-challenges-and-constraints-experienced-by-women-smallholder-farmers-in-northern-ghana/.

Alan Burns was recognized for his work on the 2017 Annual Report at the Southern Public Relations Federation conference in New Orleans, LA. The publication won an Award of Excellence in the Annual Report category.

Dr. Ronald Cossman’s Op-Ed “Why Primary Care Access is Wildly Overstated,” which originally appeared in Medical Economics, was reprinted in the Population Association of America’s (PAA) Applied Demography September newsletter.

The SSRC was mentioned in articles about the AIM for CHangE project:

The following awards were given as part of the Fall Loftin Awards:

  • Andrew Tatch: Funds to purchase Mplus software.
  • Madison Hinton: Travel support to attend Mid-South Sociological Association conference.
  • Chloe Parker: Travel support to attend Mid-South Sociological Association conference.
  • Sierra Nelson: Travel support to the Southern Criminal Justice Association.
  • Megan Stubbs-Richardson: Travel support to attend the American Society of Criminology conference.
  • Maria Trinh: Funds to purchase a student license of Maxqda.
  • Sarah Rogers: Funds for research following a successful dissertation proposal.

A recent paper by Dr. Robert McMillen was featured in an article on Healio:
https://www.healio.com/pediatrics/adolescent-medicine/news/online/%7B06eeac42-89b4-4608-8e10-79bad508e9c6%7D/adolescents-prefer-open-system-e-cigarettes.

Mississippi Tobacco Data was featured in multiple news stories regarding their joining of Attorney General Jim Hood, the Mississippi Department of Health, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and The Partnership for Healthy Mississippi. Find the article below, as well as video of Emily McClelland addressing the media in a press conference with MTD’s 2017 Youth Tobacco Data:

Personnel

The SSRC’s Family and Children Research Unit (FCRU) welcomes Holly Holladay as a Research Associate. Holly will be working on the W.K. Kellogg funded Mississippi Data Project as well as the evaluation of Woodward Hines Education Foundation’s Get 2 College Pilot School Program. Holly brings experience in assessment and program evaluation.

Publications & Reports

Felmlee, D. & Sinclair, H. C. (2018). Social networks and personal relationships. Invited chapter for A. Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships. London, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 467-480.

McMillen, R., Tanski, S., Wilson, K., Klein, J. D., & Winickoff, J. P. (2018). Adolescent use of different e-cigarette products. Pediatrics, 142. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-0260.

Presentations, Panels & Conferences

Keith, S., Cossman, R., & James, W. (2018, September). How Do Crime Rates Affect Mortality Rates? An Application of General Strain Theory. Paper presented at the Southern Criminal Justice Association annual meeting, Pensacola Beach, FL.

Nelson, S., Stubbs-Richardson, M., Cresswell, M., & May, D. C. (2018, September). A test of General Strain Theory: Which types of bullying result in the highest risk for self-harm related behavior among youth? Presented at the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Pensacola, FL.

Sinclair, H. C. (2018). Outcasts Don’t Just Lash Out nor is it Just Outcasts who Lash Out. Part of panel on “Findings from the Reasons for Retaliation Project: Individual, Dyadic, and Contextual Factors that Contribute to Responses toward Bullying” to be presented at the International Association of Relationships Research conference, Fort Collins, CO.

Stives, K., Cooper, W., May, D. C., Bethel, C., & Pilkinton, M. (2018, September). Talking about Bullying: Parental Responses to Bullying in School. Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Pensacola, FL.

Stubbs-Richardson, M., Cosby, A., Bergene, K., & Cosby, A. G. (2018, September). Searching for Safety: Crime Prevention in the Era of Google. Presented at the Southern Criminal Justice Association in Pensacola, FL.

Team members from the HRSA funded Child Health and Development Project: Mississippi Thrive! had booths at the Department of Human Services 2018 Health Families Mississippi Professional Development conference September 13 – 14 in Jackson, MS. They distributed information promoting the importance of early child development screenings, follow-up referral for detected delays, and brain development activities.

On September 22, Sheena Gardner and Tiara Love provided a booth at Keesler Air Force Base for the Keesler AFB Family and Childcare Program. For the HRSA funded Child Health and Development Project: Mississippi Thrive!, they distributed information promoting the importance of early child development screenings, follow-up referral for detected delays, and brain development activities. ​

SSRC Chronicles: September 2018