A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor and a Ph.D. candidate recently earned a prestigious honor from an international conference.
Dr. Nitin Agarwal, a leading social media scholar, and one of his Ph.D. students, Amit Saha, garnered a top paper award at the Social Media Technologies, Communication and Informatics Conference.
The conference was held Nov. 15 through 20 in Barcelona, Spain.
Agarwal, UALR Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy chairin the Information Science Department, was one of the keynote speakers for the event organized by the International Academy, Research, and Industry Association. Judges also invited the UALR researchers to submit their extended work for journal publication consideration.
“For the families dealing with autism,” Saha said, “social media sites provide an open and easily accessible platform to share, gather, and exchange information.”
Saha analyzed the social media interaction of members of the autism community. He said his proposed methodology equips researchers to estimate social support in a health community and to evaluate the effectiveness of those communities.