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Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute recently announced new directors for two of their units, the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC) and the Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction (CSUA), effective July 1.

Xiaoxiao Bai and Emma Jane Rose will succeed Michele Diaz, who has been the SLEIC director since 2014.

Bai, associate research professor, will be the SLEIC technical co-director. Previously, he was the SLEIC MRI engineer and statistical, analytic, and programing specialist.

Rose, assistant teaching professor, will be the SLEIC research development and human resources co-director. She is also the director of the Research on Adversity and Risk (ROAR) Lab in the Child Study Center at Penn State.

The SLEIC provides the Penn State research community with instrumentation, technological and substantive expertise, educational opportunities, and financial support for conducting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electrophysiology (EEG, ERP) and other experiments.

“It’s been a pleasure to lead the imaging center at Penn State and to see the community grow,” said Diaz of her experience as SLEIC director. “I always love hearing about new neuroimaging projects and seeing them develop. The imaging center is in good hands and I’m excited to see how Drs. Bai and Rose continue to foster our neuroimaging community.”

At the CSUA, Joel Segel succeeds Paul Griffin, who has directed the CSUA since 2021.

“Coming from engineering, it has been a genuine pleasure to serve in a leadership role in SSRI, and I have learned so much working with my CSUA colleagues with backgrounds vastly different from mine,” said Griffin. “I look forward to continuing to contribute to the CSUA mission under Joel’s leadership and vision.” 

Segel is an associate professor of health policy and administration whose research interests include substance use, health economics, and cost analysis. He has been a part of the CSUA’s board of directors for two years and will help direct a network of researchers, educators, and practitioners to work together to address substance use and addiction.

News Topics: CSUA, SLEIC, SSRI Director