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Days Like Today Make An Alabama Professor Proud

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Nine Ph.D. students from University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences traveled to Norman, Okla. this weekend to present a total of 14 research papers. (Not Pictured is Elmie Nekmat, who missed our group photo)


NORMAN, Okla.— The beginning of March also signals the beginning of spring academic conference season.   
As inconvenient as they are in the middle of a busy semester, these short, usually two-day gatherings are a chance to get feedback on research projects in-progress and catch up with colleagues at other colleges and universities.

I could not have been prouder as a teacher than I was today to see our students from the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences presenting their academic papers at this AEJMC Midwinter Conference, which is being held this weekend on the beautiful campus of the University of Oklahoma.

One of those students, Natalie Brown, is one the fast track, entering our Ph.D. program without even completing her master’s degree.   She and I presented a research paper on our ongoing research on CNN’s Black in America franchise. 

Then there’s Alice Tunaru, who just a few years ago sat in my undergraduate introductory journalism course as a scholar athlete.  Today she was talking about how young adults access sex-related information online. 

I just met Sim Butler and Betsy Emmons last semester when I visited the newest cohort in our Ph.D. program.  As first-year doctoral students they shared their research on Mississippi State’s University’s efforts to use the #HAILSTATE Twitter hashtag during their recent beat-down on rival Ole Miss last Thanksgiving weekend. 

I believe I counted 14 papers that were presented by our graduate students (and one faculty member) at this conference this weekend,   That’s same number of papers as were presented by faculty and students at our host institution, OU.  

What an accomplishment!  Seeing all of this in the plush quarters of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication make it all the more thrilling. 

Roll Tide!




Written by George Daniels

March 4, 2012 at 3:11 am

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