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4/26/2017 - Jackson, Miss.

Early registration ends May 1

Transportation infrastructure, sustainable communities and the healthcare workforce are just three of the topics focused on Mississippi that will be discussed at the University Research Center's Advancing Mississippi conference, which will be held on from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Jackson State University's e-Center, 1230 Raymond Rd, Jackson, MS 39204. Registration is $40 per person until May 1, 2017 and then $60 per person until the day of the event. The registration fee includes lunch.

The second annual Advancing Mississippi Conference offers a unique opportunity for researchers to contribute to making Mississippi's future brighter for all citizens by presenting papers addressing long-term economic challenges facing the state. Researchers are asked to focus on any topic that could inhibit or enhance economic growth in the state, with the goal of providing information to policymakers, business leaders and community advocates to discover productive avenues to overcome challenges and foster growth in Mississippi.

Dr. Andrea Mayfield, Executive Director of the Mississippi Community College Board, will address Advancing Workforce Participation in the luncheon keynote address.

The sessions include:
9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.Opening Remarks
9:40 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.Infrastructure & Sustainability  
  • A Comparative Policy Study of Ecosystem Service Utilization in Designing Sustainable Communities between Louisiana and Mississippi - By Jae-Young Ko, John W. Day and James Thompson
  • Mississippi's Transportation Infrastructure: Paving Everyone's Road to Success - By Jeremy Robinson, Monica Ramsey, Rachel Booth and Isaac L. Howard
  • Analyzing and Developing Tools to Study Nationwide Economic Impacts for Mississippi Inland Waterway System - By Stephen M. Puryear, Emily Salmon and Randy Jones
10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.Education and Workforce Development  
  • The Necessity of Responding to Local Decision-Making Context in Developing Educators' Capacity to Foster Non-Cognitive Skils - By Stacy DeZutter
  • Reverse-Curricular Mapping: Linking Coursework to Employer Expectations - By Ryan M. Walker and John Wyatt
  • Mississippi's Future Educational Outlook: What Might Be Best For Us? - By Jeannie Lockley and Jalynn Roberts
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Luncheon Keynote Address  
  • Advancing Workforce Participation - Dr. Andrea Mayfield, Executive Director, Mississippi Community College Board
1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.Student Paper Presentations
3:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.Health and Wellbeing  
  • Parental Perceptions and Eating Behaviors as Correlates for Childhood Obesity - By Martha D. Ravola and Priscilla Houston
  • Increase Healthcare Workforce Diversity and Enhance Health Equity: An Action Plan to Advance Mississippi's Health and Economic Growth - By Gauri Bhattacharya and Isiah Marshall Jr.
  • Does County Level Prohibition Contribute to Crystal-Methamphetamine Consumption and Production - By Maury Granger and Gregory Price
  • Mississippi's Urban vs. Rural Health Aspect - By Jin Zhang
4:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Closing Remarks

Registration is available online.

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