‘MTSU On the Record’ professor analyzes political ...

‘MTSU On the Record’ professor analyzes political impact on scientific community

The relationship between science and politics was the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. Ashley Morris

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Ashley Morris, an associate professor of biology, first aired May 9 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and You can listen to their conversation above.

Morris, who also is president of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, walked in the Washington, D.C., March for Science, a demonstration against government policies that scientists believe are a threat to a healthy society and future research.

In recent years, scientists have encountered resistance from public officials regarding climate change, protection of endangered habitats and proposed funding reductions for such institutions as the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health.

Morris said she’s been particularly concerned about attempts to silence the social media platforms of federal agencies such as the National Park Service, which oversees 417 preserved areas of societal, natural and historic importance in states and territories.

“I just felt so strongly about what kind of negative impact this could have, not just on our nation, but the public in general, beyond our borders, that I felt that I had to do something,” said Morris.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.