Members of the MTSU community shared their expertise with various news organizations recently on topics including libertarianism, minimum wage hikes, body mass index, stocking food pantries and three-dimensional audio, among other issues.
• Dr. Anne Anderson, a professor of finance, and Dr. Hilary Miller, director of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, answered questions about personal finance for military families in a Feb. 1 story at www.moneygeek.com. Their expertise is available here.
• Dr. Daniel Smith, director of the Political Economic Research Institute and an associate professor of economics, opined that increasing the minimum wage would hurt Tennessee in a Feb. 2 editorial in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. His views can be read here. (Paywall may prevent access.)
Smith, along with Texas Tech University economics professor Alexander William Salter, wrote an editorial warning that the Republican Party is in danger of losing libertarians by embracing Trumpism. The opinion piece was published Feb. 7 by the Dallas Morning News and can be accessed here.
• Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center, said a Chattanooga television station’s practice of charging mayoral candidates $1,000 each to be interviewed raises ethical questions in a Feb. 2 article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. His perspectives are available here. (Paywall may prevent access.)
• Dr. Vaughn Barry, an associate professor of exercise science, said it is possible to have a higher-than-normal body mass index and still be fit in a Feb. 2 article in Bicycling Magazine. His comments can be accessed here.
• Beverly Keel, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment, commented on country music star Morgan Wallen’s use of a racial slur in a Feb. 3 report by WKRN-TV in Nashville. The video and transcript are available here.
• Dr. Danielle Brown, a lecturer in the Department of Biology, explained the drawbacks to the use of accelerometers to study animals in a Feb. 4 story at www.wired.com. Her views can be read here.
• Dr. Jon DiCicco, an associate professor of political science and international relations, explained the 1954 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Puerto Rican nationalists in a Feb. 4 article by Zenger News. His perspectives are available here.
• Rick Stockstill, head football coach, was interviewed by WTVF-TV for a Feb. 7 report on COVID-19 protocols in the football program. The video and transcript can be accessed here.
• Chris Massaro, athletic director, addressed the football team’s alleged lack of adherence to COVID-19 protocols in a Feb. 8 report by WTVF-TV. The video and transcript are available here.
• Dr. Crystal deGregory, research scholar at the Center for Historic Preservation, expressed concern about the fragility of archives at historically black colleges and universities in a Feb. 9 story at www.allusanewshub.com. The article can be read here.
• Bonnie Baker, an adjunct professor of recording industry, explained her partnership with American Songwriter magazine for a workshop titled “Expanding Your Songwriting Skills” in a Feb. 9 report in American Songwriter. Her remarks can be accessed here.
• John Merchant, chair of the Department of Recording Industry, discussed how three-dimensional audio could change podcasts in a Feb. 10 story at www.lifewire.com. His views are available here.
• Danielle Rochelle, MT One Stop’s coordinator of outreach and support programs, made recommendations for people who want to start their own food pantries in a Feb. 10 article in Parents Magazine. Her suggestions can be read 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Gina K. Logue (email@example.com)