In the News: MTSU experts opine on hemp, racism, A...

In the News: MTSU experts opine on hemp, racism, Amazon, mortgages, Williamson County and more

Dr. Elliot Altman, a professor of biology and director of the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research, was interviewed by the Nashville Ledger for a Nov. 16 story about the uses of hemp. His words are available here.

Altman clarified the difference between the therapeutic properties of CBD and THC in the cannabis plant, for a Dec. 13 post at His comments can be accessed here.

Dr. Elliot Altman

Dr. Elliot Altman

Dr. Dan Morrell, Department of Management professor

Dr. Dan Morrell

Dr. Vincent Windrow, vice provost for student success

Dr. Vincent Windrow

Dr. Dan Morrell, an associate professor of management, commented on an employer who fired a nurse for wearing a T-shirt featuring a Confederate flag and a noose for a Nov. 16 story in the Memphis Commercial Appeal. His views can be read here.

Dr. Vincent Windrow, associate vice provost for student success, delivered an address on how to empower first-generation college students at the second annual EAB national student success summit Oct. 3-5 in Washington, D.C. Video was posted on the EAB blog Nov. 19 and is viewable here.

Dr. Murat Arik, director of the Business and Economic Research Center, explained why Amazon picked Nashville as the location for its second headquarters in a Nov. 21 story in Smart Cities Dive. His views can be read here.

Dr. Murat Arik

Dr. Murat Arik

Dr. Christabel Devadoss

Dr. Christabel Devadoss

Professor Charles Dahan, Department of Recording Industry

Charlie Dahan

Charlie Dahan, a professor of recording industry, is featured in a new documentary about the Gennett record label, according to a story in the Nov. 24 Richmond (Indiana) Palladium-Item. His remarks can be accessed here.

Dr. Christabel Devadoss, a lecturer in the Department of Global Studies and Human Geography, discussed her photography exhibit in the Conneaut Arts Center for a Nov. 25 story in the Ashtabula (Ohio) Star Beacon. Her comments are available here.

Kent Syler, a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, explained the political importance of Williamson County in Tennessee for a Nov. 25 story in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. His views can be read here.

Syler also mentioned several potential candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Lamar Alexander in a Dec. 18 column in The Daily Memphian. His views are available here.

Dr. Philip Seagraves, assistant professor, Department of Economics and Finance

Dr. Philip Seagraves

Dr. Larry Burriss

Dr. Larry Burriss

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

Dr. Philip Seagraves, an economics and finance professor, denounced so-called online mortgage calculators for a Dec. 11 post at His comments can be accessed here.

Dr. Larry Burriss, a professor of journalism, explained holiday scams on the Internet for a Dec. 12 report on WSMV-TV in Nashville. The transcript and the video are available here.

Mark Montgomery, an adjunct professor of recording industry, talked about returning to investing in and advising creative-leaning startup businesses after grieving the loss of his wife in 2015 in a Dec. 17 story in The Tennessean. His comments can be read here.

Mark Montgomery, entrepreneur/founder of FLO thinkery; lecturer, Department of Recording Industry, College of Media and Entertainment

Mark Montgomery

Dr. Jane Marcellus, journalism professor

Dr. Jane Marcellus

Dr. Jane Marcellus, a professor of journalism and strategic media, commented on how associate professors can achieve full professorship for a Dec. 18 story at Her opinions are available 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 615-898-5081 or via email at