In the News: Social media, Dolly Parton, consumer ...

In the News: Social media, Dolly Parton, consumer confidence, planting trees and more

News agencies recently obtained insights and analysis from MTSU faculty and staff members on issues including forensic education, language translation, the federal interest rate, and social media misinformation, among other subjects.

Dr. Mohammed Albakry, professor, Department of English and applied linguistics

Dr. Mohammed Albakry

Dr. Sean Foley, an associate professor of history

Dr. Sean Foley

• Dr. Mohammed Albakry, a professor of English, participated in a virtual panel discussion on translation issues under the auspices of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Feb. 16. The video, which was posted on YouTube Feb. 23, can be seen here.

• Dr. Sean Foley, a professor of history, remarked that a concert he attended in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, exposed him to a side of Saudi culture he had not seen before in a March 15 article in Arab News. His comments are available here.

Dr. Walker Todd, lecturer, Department of Economics and Finance, Jones College of Business

Dr. Walker Todd

Beverly Keel, dean, College of Media and Entertainment

Beverly Keel

• Dr. Walker Todd, a lecturer in finance, explained the impact of the Federal Reserve Board’s periodic increases in the federal interest rate in a March 16 article in U.S. News and World Report. The story, which was republished by, can be read here.

Beverly Keel, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment, discussed Dolly Parton’s decision to decline induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a March 16 interview on KCRW-FM in Santa Monica, California. The audio can be accessed here.

MTSU history professor Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey

Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey

Hans C. Malebranche, Associate AD for Development and Chief Development Officer, MT Athletics (Photo by MT Athletics Communications)

Hans C. Malebranche

• Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey, an assistant professor of history, described MoreTreesBoro, an endeavor she founded to plant more trees in Murfreesboro, in a March 17 article in the Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Her words can be accessed here.

Hans Malebranche, assistant athletic director for development, explained how he has come to use Jesus in his work in the sports industry. The video, which was posted to YouTube March 17 by Uncommon Sports Group, can be seen here.

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

Dr. Tim Graeff, marketing professor

Dr. Tim Graeff

Kent Syler, a professor of political science and international relations, said there a residency requirement bill for Congressional seats is an indication that factions within the Republican Party are at odds with one another in a March 18 report by WPLN-FM in Nashville. The audio and transcript are available here.

• Dr. Tim Graeff, director of the Office of Consumer Research and a professor of marketing, discussed the latest Tennessee Consumer Outlook analysis in a March 21 report by WKRN-TV in Nashville. The video and transcript can be accessed here.

Dr. Tiffany Saul, assistant professor, anthropology

Dr. Tiffany Saul

Dr. Katie Foss, associate professor of media studies in MTSU's School of Journalism and Strategic Media

Dr. Katie Foss

• Dr. Tiffany Saul, a research assistant professor at the Forensic Institute for Research and Education, enabled her students to get a close-up view of a B-17 aircraft used in World War II, as chronicled in a March 21 report by KPNX-TV in Mesa, Arizona. The video and transcript are available here.

• Dr. Katie Foss, a professor of media studies, discussed the spreading of misinformation on social media on the March 21 edition of “OpenLine” on NewsChannel5+. The video, which was posted online on March 22, can be seen here.

Reporters seeking expertise from MTSU personnel, as well as members of the campus community with expertise for media, may contact Gina Logue in the Office of News and Media Relations at 615-631-8322 or via email at