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In 2023, three long-time employees announced their retirements. They each shaped the work of center in different areas. 

Jennifer Alberson

Jennifer Alberson headshotJennifer Alberson worked in the Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program office for 25 years. As a project coordinator, she worked closely with the operations director in the daily functions of the program, collecting data and communicating with facilitators and students.

John F. Edwards, PhD

Headshot of John F EdwardsDr. John F. Edwards went from a graduate research assistant to the director of the Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory. Surveys administered by the SRL cover a broad range of topics such as healthcare, education, behavioral risk factors, children’s wellbeing, quality of life, and disaster response. Past and present funders include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Jennifer Flannagan

Headshot of Jennifer FlannaganJennifer Flannagan held multiple roles at the SSRC before serving as the center's business manager for many years. Her main duties included grant and contract assistance such as budget preparation and proposal submission to the Office of Sponsored Projects and managing human resources for the center.