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“Research is Research”: Ben Porter on utilizing archival data across fields

By Bethany Deuel The application of research and not necessarily its topic has led Ben Porter to several different roles including his latest as an assistant research professor at the SSRC. In August of 2019, Porter, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in social psychology and a… Continue Reading “Research is Research”: Ben Porter on utilizing archival data across fields

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June/July 2021 Chronicles

New Projects Dr. Cindy Bethel will serve as Principal Investigator of ” AF Human-Machine Teaming.” Future combat teams operating in adversarial environments will utilize trusted autonomous systems to achieve mission objectives, such as identifying, classifying, locating, and suppressing threats while ensuring the safety and survival of team members. In a multi-objective, multi-agent,… Continue Reading June/July 2021 Chronicles

March 2021 Chronicles

March 2021 Chronicles

Announcements Applications are being accepted for the position of SSRC director, and the review process is ongoing. Find the application at https://bit.ly/SSRCdirectorapp. Awards & Recognition Sayantani Dutta, a graduate research assistant in the STaRS Lab, placed 3rd in the 2021 Human-Robot Interaction International Conference elevator pitch competition. Read about Sayantani’s pitch at https://bit.ly/3dIQOvI. Dr. Sheena Gardner and Dr.… Continue Reading March 2021 Chronicles

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Mississippi’s Forum for the Future sets a new tone in the early childhood development community

By Bethany Deuel Mississippi’s first  “Forum for the Future: Communicating about the Early Years” hosted earlier this month was a success with over 160 participants. The Child Health and Development Project: Mississippi Thrive! (Mississippi Thrive!), the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance all teamed up to… Continue Reading Mississippi’s Forum for the Future sets a new tone in the early childhood development community

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Martin takes it One Day at a Time promoting early child development across the state

By Bethany Deuel In a state where one out of every 20 children has been diagnosed with a developmental delay, Heather Martin uses her passion for early childhood development to work with teachers and parents in unique ways. Born and raised in Mississippi, Martin attended Mississippi State University for her… Continue Reading Martin takes it One Day at a Time promoting early child development across the state

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February 2021 Chronicles

Awards & Recognitions Dr. Cindy Bethel is general co-chair for the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. The conference will be held virtually March 9-11. Learn more about the conference at humanrobotinteraction.org/2021/. New Projects Ben Walker will serve as the principal investigator for the SSRC’s data and technical support to the Children’s Foundation… Continue Reading February 2021 Chronicles

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December 2020/January 2021 Chronicles

Announcements Dr. Cindy Bethel began serving as interim director following Dr. Art Cosby’s retirement at the end of 2020. Read more about the transition and Dr. Bethel at http://bit.ly/39I1WrS. On January 14, 2021, Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi – with support from the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab through the United States Agency… Continue Reading December 2020/January 2021 Chronicles

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Walker wheels forward to address social disparities in health

By Madeline Burdine  “The overarching theme of my research interests is understanding and addressing social disparities in health and wellbeing,” said Walker. Walker currently directs the data efforts on Mississippi KIDS COUNT, which is part of a national network of grantees in each state that collects data on economic well-being,… Continue Reading Walker wheels forward to address social disparities in health