In the News: Movies, home crime prevention, tariff...

In the News: Movies, home crime prevention, tariffs, coronavirus, artificial mountains and more

National media outlets recently published MTSU faculty members’ expertise on a variety of subjects, including the coronavirus, the Medal of Honor, tariffs, crime deterrence, national politics and much more.

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

Dr. Katie Foss

Dr. Heather Brown, School of Concrete and Construction Management

Dr. Heather Brown

• Dr. Katie Foss, a professor in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, assessed domestic and worldwide media coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in a Feb. 7 story in U.S. News and World Report. The article can be read here.

• Dr. Heather Brown, chair of the School of Concrete and Construction Management, commented on the lack of information available about artificial mountains for a Feb. 9 story in Origo magazine. The translated story is available here.

Dr. Adam Rennhoff, associate professor, Department of Economics and Finance

Dr. Adam Rennhoff

• Dr. Adam Rennhoff, a professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, said in a Feb. 13 story for Virginia Public Media that several legislatures have eliminated their budgets for luring motion picture productions to their states. The audio and transcript is available here.

Kent Syler, a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, said in a Feb. 13 story in The Christian Science Monitor that Democrats are using the desire to defeat President Trump as a rallying point. His views are available here.

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

Syler also commented on the direct mail approach to political marketing for a Feb. 24 article in Fortune Magazine, available here.

• Syler and Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a professor of political science, co-wrote an editorial, published Feb. 24 by The Tennessean, analyzing the Iowa caucus debacle and how improvements can be made. It is available here.

Dr. Ken Blake

Dr. Ken Blake

Dr. Benjamin Stickle, associate professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration

Dr. Ben Stickle

• Dr. Ken Blake, an associate professor of data journalism in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, asserted in a Feb. 14 story in the Nashville Ledger that Nashville’s growth spurt is patchier than most people think. His views can be read here.

• Dr. Ben Stickle, an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, noted n a Feb. 15 report by NBC News that the Ring device created by Amazon isn’t very effective in deterring crime. The story is available here.

Dr. Albert Ogden, geosciences, emeritus professor

Dr. Albert Ogden

Dr. Steven Livingston, professor of political science & international relations and contributor to MTSU’s Business and Economic Research Center

Dr. Steven Livingston

• Dr. Albert Ogden, a professor emeritus of geosciences, commented on the weather disasters in Tennessee that have resulted in sinkholes and mudslides for a Feb. 17 report on WZTV-TV in Nashville. His comments are available here.

• Dr. Steven Livingston, associate director of the Business and Economic Research Center, commented on the impact of tariffs on aerospace parts for a Feb. 20 story at Alabama Media Group’s His remarks are available here.

Livingston also commented on the impact of tariffs on the auto industry for a Feb. 21 story in the Nashville Ledger. His views can be read here.

Dr. Derek Frisby, lecturer in MTSU’s Department of Global Studies and Human Geography

Dr. Derek Frisby

Ken Paulson, dean, College of Media and Entertainment

Ken Paulson

• Dr. Derek Frisby, faculty coordinator in the College of Liberal Arts, a lecturer in the Department of Global Studies and Human Geography and a retired U.S. Marine, said in a Feb. 22 Chattanooga Times Free Press story that Gen. George Patton and Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller are two remarkable military men who have not received the Medal of Honor. His remarks are available here.

Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center in the College of Media and Entertainment, wrote an editorial on sexism in country music that was published Feb. 24 by the USA Today Network. It can be read here.

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