May 22, 2024


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Bethel named interim director of MSU’s Social Science Research Center

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Cindy Bethel (Photograph submitted)

STARKVILLE, Overlook.—A distinguished Mississippi Condition school member will guide the university’s Social Science Investigate Centre commencing Jan. 4.

Cindy Bethel, Billie J. Ball Endowed Professor in the Department of Computer system Science and Engineering, has been named interim director of the SSRC, MSU Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw and Vice President for Exploration and Economic Enhancement Julie Jordan declared Friday [Dec. 18].

Longtime SSRC Director Arthur Cosby, a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Sociology, is retiring at the close of this year following major the heart considering the fact that 1985.

“I want to lengthen my sincere gratitude to Dr. Cosby for his longtime support to MSU as director of the SSRC,” Jordan said. “Under his stellar leadership, the SSRC has observed incredible advancement and is perfectly-positioned to carry on as a major hub for social science in the location.

“I respect Dr. Bethel having on this leadership position as we get started the lookup for a new director. Her distinguished study track record and monitor record of company to the university will be a terrific asset for the SSRC for the duration of this transition period.”

Bethel presently sales opportunities SSRC’s Social, Therapeutic, and Robotic Systems Lab and is an assistant vice president intern in the Place of work of Investigate and Economic Development. In addition to her faculty appointment in the laptop science and engineering office in the Bagley School of Engineering, she is an affiliated faculty member with MSU’s Department of Psychology in the University of Arts and Sciences. Her exploration focuses on robotics and human-robotic conversation. She also scientific studies interface styles, human-laptop conversation, affective computing and cognitive science. Specifically, she has aided design robots that help trauma victims and cell robots to aid regulation enforcement and first responders.

In 2018, she was selected as a Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar and traveled to the College of Know-how in Sydney, Australia, to carry out analysis about human-robot interactions and socially-assistive robotics. Between her numerous skilled accolades, Bethel was named a person of the World’s 50 Most Renowned Ladies in Robotics by Analytics Perception magazine in 2020 and has been elected to the Bagley College of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Instructors.

“I started my tutorial pursuits majoring in psychology and was then confident to modify my major to personal computer science,” Bethel claimed. “In my coronary heart, I have usually been a social scientist who ended up a laptop scientist. I have a doctoral small in psychology and utilized stats. Most of my investigate has a social science ingredient, and I have always respected the value and impression of the social sciences. I hope I can carry a new point of view to the SSRC by merging social and computer system sciences.”

Bethel additional that she appears to be ahead to understanding additional about the center’s ongoing analysis attempts and providing assistance for SSRC researchers, students and staff members.

For additional than 70 a long time, SSRC social experts have worked alongside one another to deal with social complications and investigate difficulties, teaching students in study approaches and contributing to the scholarly ambiance of the college. The middle has acquired funding from a numerous array of organizations together with the National Science Basis, Countrywide Institutes of Well being, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Annie E. Casey Foundation. The center experiences to MSU’s vice president for investigate and economic enhancement and vice president for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Drugs. For far more, go to

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