Eight MSU alum presented slices of their academic worlds at the TEDxMSU event Mar. 11 at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. The theme for the 2020 production was “Vision,” and featured innovative ideas illustrating a glimpse into the future of art, science and communication. Two of the presenters were RCGV members Lauren Vollinger and Morgan Mass. Below are brief bios on Lauren and Morgan as well as their lecture descriptions.
Lauren Vollinger is a doctoral candidate in the Ecological-Community Psychology program at MSU where she researches community response to human trafficking. This year marks 20 years since the passing of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in the United States, which established human trafficking as a federal crime. In her time at MSU, Lauren has had the opportunity to work with and learn from numerous task forces, service providers, and survivors about the state of domestic human trafficking in Michigan and across the Midwest. This talk will pull from those experiences, her research, and the work of others in the field to envision what the next 20 years of the anti-trafficking movement should strive to accomplish.
Megan Maas, PhD, is an assistant professor in Human Development & Family Studies at Michigan State University. Her award-winning research, recognized by the American Psychological Association and funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on adolescent sexual development and how internet pornography shapes that development. In addition to publishing in academic journals, she also publishes her work in mass media outlets such as HuffPost, CNN, and Salon. Her talk features the history of pornography use in the U.S. and the role it plays in making the sexual experiences of today’s youth so different than the sexual experiences of the past several generations.