University of Canterbury Visit

The University of Canterbury (UC) is a premier center of learning in New Zealand’s South island. The city of Christchurch where UC is situated is often referred to as New Zealand’s garden city and commonly known as the gateway to Antarctica. The trip to the southern hemisphere, practically to the end of the earth, is long but worth the time travelled. First of all, the change in climate is a … Continue Reading

Launching a Student Newspaper

It all started in the beginning of fall 2014 semester at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK). My students in the Introduction to Public Relations course were discussing possibilities of having a platform for communication and media students to show their creativity. A lot is happening at AURAK and Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) city that goes un-noticed. Hence came the idea to start a student newspaper that would … Continue Reading

Preservation or extinction? The impact of CMC on a language

Computer mediated communications (CMC) has significantly altered the interaction patterns as we text, voice chat, and video chat with others on a daily basis and even every few minutes. Tweets and status updates help us communicate to wide audiences like never before.  Such proliferation of mass media has been at a global level where people from diverse cultures and languages have adopted the World Wide Web (WWW) for convenient and … Continue Reading

Research published in Computers & Education

Our paper on teens’ use of Facebook for academic collaboration has been accepted in Computers & Education. I have been working with my colleagues Dr. Nicole Ellison and Dr. Yvette Wohn in a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to look at college aspirations of socially and economically disadvantaged high school students. A previous co-authored paper examined how social media impacts first-generation college students’ college application efficacy and … Continue Reading

Presenting at ICA in Seattle

I will be presenting my research at the International Communication’s (ICA) 64th annual convention. This year the conference is being held at  Seattle in United State’s scenic Northwest. One of my research looks at user engagement on social media. The second paper with my research team tests the Impact  of aggressive communication in the context of health and environmental risk. Like previous years, this year too the process was very … Continue Reading

Journalism Awards Convocation

I was honored with the MSU School of Journalism’s outstanding achievement award. I was also awarded the Kappa Tau Alpha medal. A college honor society, Kappa Tau Alpha recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. Kappa Tau Alpha membership is earned by excellence in academic work at those colleges and universities that have it’s chapters. It is notable that selection for membership is a mark of highest distinction … Continue Reading

Business Communication Award

I am happy to announce that I have been selected as a recipient of the International Association for Business Communication (ABC) Graduate Student Travel Scholarship. I was informed that the ABC selection committee received a record number of applications this year, so the competition was quite intense. The scholarship was presented at the ABC Presidential Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 25th, 2013. Although I could not be there to receive the … Continue Reading