In the News: Heat mapping, Ukraine, Russian econom...

In the News: Heat mapping, Ukraine, Russian economics, Supreme Court leak and more

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News agencies recently obtained insights and analysis from MTSU faculty and staff members on issues including the leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, a possible domed stadium for the Tennessee Titans and seizing Russian oligarchs’ assets, among other subjects.

Chris Massaro, athletic director, explained how MTSU is adjusting to new laws and regulations regarding athletes’ name, image and likeness, known as NILs, in an April 25 article in the Knoxville News Sentinel. His views can be accessed here.

Chris Massaro, MTSU director of athletics

Chris Massaro

Dr. Andrei Korobkov, professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Dr. Andrei Korobkov

• Dr. Andrei Korobkov, a professor of political science and international relations, described what the Russian town of Pripyat was like before the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in an April 26 article at His comments can be read here.

Korobkov participated in an April 15 panel discussion about Russia’s war against Ukraine under the auspices of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. The video, which was posted to YouTube April 27, can be seen here.

Korobkov was interviewed by TRT, a Turkish public broadcasting service, about President Joe Biden’s efforts to seek powers to seize and sell Russian oligarchs’ assets. The video, which was posted to YouTube April 29, can be viewed here.

Korobkov analyzed the decision by Russia’s central bank to fix the price of 5,000 rubles to a gram of gold in a May 2 article by Forbes magazine. The text and audio can be accessed here.

Dr. Alisa Hass, assistant professor of geography

Dr. Alisa Hass

Beverly Keel, dean, College of Media and Entertainment

Beverly Keel

• Dr. Alisa Hass, an assistant professor of geosciences, commented on Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s heat mapping project in an April 27 report on WTVF-TV in Nashville. The video and transcript are available here.

Beverly Keel, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment, explained the legacy of country music star Naomi Judd in an April 30 report by WKRN-TV in Nashville following Judd’s suicide. Her comments can be accessed here.

Dr. Charlie Baum, MTSU Department of Economics and Finance faculty

Dr. Charlie Baum

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

• Dr. Charlie Baum, a professor of economics and a state representative, discussed the proposed domed stadium for the Tennessee Titans in an April 30 interview for WGNS Radio in Murfreesboro. The audio can be heard here.

• Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a political scientist, analyzed the possible impact of the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion on a Mississippi abortion law in a May 3 interview with WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee. His comments are available here.

Dr. Mei Han, director of MTSU's Center for Chinese Music and Culture

Dr. Mei Han

• Dr. Mei Han, director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture, performed Chinese music with representatives of North Texas State University and MTSU in a video that was posted to YouTube May 3. The video 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