In the News: Martin Luther King Jr., Isadora Dunca...

In the News: Martin Luther King Jr., Isadora Duncan, earthquakes, salamanders, Facebook and more

MTSU experts recently provided facts and perspectives to media outlets in recent articles on civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., dance legend Isadora Duncan, red-backed salamanders, digital storytelling, earthquakes and using cash instead of credit for big purchases, among other topics.

MTSU Dance professor Meg Brooker

Meg Brooker

Dr. Donald Walker, biology professor

Dr. Donald Walker

• Dr. Donald Walker, a biology professor, described red-backed salamanders for a Dec. 21 article at His comments are available here.

Meg Brooker, an assistant professor of dance, discussed Isadora Duncan’s contributions to dance in advance of her performance at the Hunter Museum of American Art for a Jan. 2 article in the Chattanooga Pulse. Her remarks are available here.

Misty Jones, an assistant professor of recording industry, explained the impact of instrumental breaks on pop songs in a video posted Jan. 3 at the blog. You can watch the video here.

Ken Paulson, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment, commented on Facebook’s commitment of $300 million over three years to support local news organizations nationwide for a Jan. 15 story in The Daily Mail, Yahoo! News, The Japan Times and other news outlets. His opinion is available here.

Misty Jones, assistant professor, recording industry

Misty Jones

Ken Paulson, dean, College of Media and Entertainment

Ken Paulson

Dr. Mark Abolins

Dr. Mark Abolins

Paulson also explained “Shut Up and Dance,” a concert that celebrates free speech through music, for a Jan. 16 story by WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. His comments are available here.

• Dr. Mark Abolins, a professor of geosciences, explained the probability of earthquakes in the Middle Tennessee area for a Jan. 17 story on WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. The video and transcript are available here.

• Dr. Aaron Treadwell, an assistant professor of history, spoke about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an MTSU candlelight vigil that was covered Jan. 21 by WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. You can watch the video here.

Paul Chilsen, associate professor, media arts

Paul Chilsen

Dr. DeAnna Kempf, associate professor, marketing

Dr. DeAnna Kempf

Dr. Aaron Treadwell, assistant professor of history

Dr. Aaron Treadwell

• Dr. DeAnna Kempf, an associate professor of marketing, commented on the use of cash for large purchases instead of a credit card for a Jan. 22 post at You can read her remarks here.

Paul Chilsen, a lecturer in the Department of Media Arts, spoke about digital storytelling in the classroom in a Jan. 22 post by the Chicago Business Journal. His comments 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