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Samford in the News – Week of April 1, 2013

Posted on 2013-04-08 by Chandra Splond (205) 726-4560

Carroll Comments on School Board Abuse Lawsuit

The Shelby County Board of Education in Alabama said it should not be sued after a former teacher was accused of sexually abusing students and allowed to stay on the job. One current and one former member of the board member say they should have immunity. Cumberland School of Law Dean John Carroll told Birmingham's Fox affiliate that immunity is a defense commonly used by public figures. The story was used by several other media outlets.


Hartzog Discusses Web Privacy in Several Interviews

With so many invasions of internet privacy, research has become prevalent. Woodrow Hartzog, Cumberland School of law faculty member who studies digital privacy was featured in reports by both CNBC and The New York Times about research conducted by a behavioral economist. "His work has gone a long way in trying to help us figure out how irrational we are in privacy related decisions," Hartzog said. "We have too much confidence in our ability to make decisions."  Hartzog also was featured in interviews distributed by ABC Radio and Bloomberg Radio.


Carroll Contributes to Medical Care Discussion

After a former Jefferson County (Ala.) commissioner and his wife filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons concerning medical care, Cumberland Law School Dean John Carroll, was featured on Birmingham's Fox affiliate about the lawsuit. "You will have to prove prison officials were indifferent to your health which means they knew you had a serious health problem and intentionally chose not to do anything about it, Carroll said. Carroll's comments also were used by several other media outlets across Alabama.


Samford Research on Guns in Classrooms Featured

Research conducted by Samford University graduate students and faculty was featured in recent stories published and broadcast on the topic of providing guns to classroom teachers. According to the survey, people who have only a high school education or less are statistically more likely to say teachers need guns and training to protect their classrooms. "The more education they had, the less likely they were to feel the teacher needed a gun in school," said education faculty member David Finn.


Partnership in Myanmar Gets International Coverage

Representatives from nine U.S. universities recently traveled to Myanmar to develop deeper academic ties and examine potential exchange opportunities, an effort that has garnered international media coverage. Samford University agreed to sponsor one of their technology specialists to come to the Myanmar Institute of Theology and upgrade their technological capacity. Drs. Rosemary Fisk and Jeanna Westmoreland represented Samford.


Cha Addresses North Korea's Nuclear Threat Capabilities

Dr. Paul Cha, assistant professor of East Asian history, believes North Korea is walking a fine line after it was recently announced their artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture. "They are playing a very dangerous game," he said in an interview with Birmingham's Fox affiliate.


Social Media Seminar Gets Media Attention

A social media and law seminar hosted by Cumberland School of Law was featured on Birmingham's NBC affiliate and several other media outlets highlighting the recent trial of two Ohio teenagers who were convicted of rape after photos were distributed on social media outlets. Paul Grimm, seminar speaker and a federal judge in Maryland, said "When you have civil cases and criminal cases, where intent and motive are important, which is often the case, the evidence is going be on social media."


White Addresses Corporate Sponsor Costs

In an April 5 story distributed through, Brock School of Business professor Darin White, addressed the annual corporate sponsor fees being paid by Regions Financial Corp. to the Birmingham Barons. "Each situation is evaluated based on the benefits received by the sponsor," he said. "Any company who is looking at spending a significant amount of money in a sports sponsorship strategy is going to have certain objects that they want to achieve."


A round-up of selected Samford University references in news outlets around the nation. It is compiled by the Office of Marketing and Communication from the university's media tracking service and may not be a comprehensive list.


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