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Four chosen for SEC program

Four Mississippi State University administrators and faculty members are among 48 selected as 2014-15 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows. The MSU contingent includes David A. Dampier, director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute and professor in the computer science and engineering department; Mark L. Lawrence, associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s basic sciences department; Rebecca G. Long, interim associate dean of the Graduate School and professor of management; and David T. Morse, interim head and professor in the counseling and educational psychology department.

Dampier is a University of Texas at El Paso mathematics graduate who holds doctoral and master’s degrees in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His teaching and research specializations include rapid prototyping, merging and integration, intrusion detection, computer and digital forensics, as well as software engineering, evolution and slicing.

Lawrence is a Louisiana State University veterinary microbiology doctoral graduate who holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and bachelor’s in veterinary science from Texas A&M University. He also completed postdoctoral work at Virginia Tech University. His primary areas of research involve mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, aquatic animal health and molecular microbiology.

Long holds a doctorate in organization theory from LSU. She also received master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, both with an emphasis in human resource management.

Morse is a three-time Florida State University graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s in educational research and doctorate in psychometrics. Educational measurement, research, statistics, creativity, gifted and talented, and computer applications are among his areas of expertise.


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