In the News: Ecology, country music, cultural acce...

In the News: Ecology, country music, cultural accents, landslides, baby formula and more

MTSU faculty shared their viewpoints on numerous issues with reporters recently, including Southern accents, country music, bias in science, the U.S. Supreme Court and landslides, among other topics.

Dr. Kim Cleary Sadler, professor of biology education, Department of Biology
Dr. Kim Sadler
Dr. Alisa Hass, assistant professor of geography
Dr. Alisa Hass

• Dr. Kim Cleary Sadler, a professor of biology education and co-director of the Center for Cedar Glade Studies, talked about glade ecosystems on the May 25 edition of the Backyard Ecology Podcast. The audio can be heard here.

• Dr. Alisa Hass, an assistant professor of geosciences, explained why Nashville can expect more landslides in the future in a May 27 report by WPLN-FM in Nashville. The audio and transcript can be found here.

Dr. Hanna Terletska, assistant professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy (Photo submitted)
Dr. Hanna Terletska
Beverly Keel, dean, College of Media and Entertainment
Beverly Keel

• Dr. Hanna Terletska, an assistant professor of physics, talked about biases against scientists with non-native accents on the May 31 edition of “The Undark Podcast.” The audio and transcript can be accessed here.

• Beverly Keel, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment, explained the growing ethnic diversity in country music in a May 31 article at Her views are available here.

Dr. Ric Morris
Dr. Ric Morris
Lalo Davila, professor of music (Photo submitted)
Lalo Davila

• Dr. Ric Morris, a professor of Spanish, analyzed the disappearance of strong Southern accents in the Nashville area for a May 31 report by WTVF-TV in Nashville. The video and transcript can be found here.

• Lalo Davila, a professor of music, previewed his upcoming performance as a special guest artist in a concert at Odessa High School for a June 1 story in the Odessa (Texas) American. His comments can be read here.

Dr. Richard J. Tarpey, Department of Management
Dr. Richard Tarpey
Lynda Williams, professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration; former deputy assistant director of the Office of Human Resources of the U.S. Secret Service, and an MTSU alumna
Lynda Williams

• Dr. Richard Tarpey, a professor of management, discussed the supply chain crisis and its impact on the baby formula shortage on “MorningLine” on NewsChannel5+. The video, which was posted online June 2, can be accessed here.

• Lynda Williams, a professor of criminal justice administration, talked about white replacement theory and its impact on domestic terrorism on “MorningLine” on NewsChannel5+. The video, which was posted online June 2, is available here.

• Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a Constitutional law scholar, explained the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on “MorningLine” on NewsChannel5+. The video, which was posted online June 2, can be seen here.

Dr. John Vile
Dr. John Vile
Ken Paulson, director, Free Speech Center at MTSU, College of Media and Entertainment
Ken Paulson

Vile penned an editorial explaining how a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade might affect other cases pertaining to contraceptive rights and same-sex marriage. The column, which was published June 3 in The Tennessean, can be read here.

• Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center, discussed a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas law regulating social media in a June 5 interview with WGN-AM in Chicago. The audio can be heard 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

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