My dad’s a Sociology professor at the university here in town and since I moved back home I’ve been helping him with a research project he’ll be presenting at a conference next week in Missouri. My part has mainly been to input data in the computer, provide fresh eyes to catch any errors that may occur and occasionally offer my opinion on the arrangement and breakdown of the categories we’re working with. Truly my part has been minimal compared to the work my dad has put into this project but nevertheless, he surprised me by submitting my name to add next to his and my uncle’s as a co-author (here’s the excerpt from the vitae provided for the conference):
Conference Papers and Presentations
Shepherd, Gordon, Gary Shepherd, and Natalie Shepherd. Gender Role Differences in the Early Patriarchal Blessings of the LDS Church.” Presented at the annual meeting of the John Whitmer Society, Independence, Missouri, September, 2009.
While my name may not actually be “in lights”, it will appear in a scholarly journal for publication. And that’s pretty freak’n cool too.