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In the News: Online learning, college football, mo...

In the News: Online learning, college football, monetary rules, COVID-19, passwords and more

MTSU faculty and staff recently shared their expertise with various media outlets on subjects including monetary rules, online learning, college football, children’s social skills, COVID-19, computer passwords and the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan.

Erin Anfinson, professor, Department of Art and Design

Erin Anfinson

Andre Madatian, School of Music instructor

Andre Madatian

Erin Anfinson, an associate professor of art and design, described her experiences teaching workshops at Arrowmont Craft Community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for a video posted on YouTube May 15. The video is available here.

Andre Madatian, who will begin teaching in the School of Music in the fall 2020 semester while pursuing his master’s degree, was interviewed for the Armenian Music Project. The video, which was posted May 15 on YouTube, can be viewed here.


Dr. Daniel Smith, director of the Political Economy Research Institute; associate professor in Economics and Finance

Dr. Daniel Smith

Dr. Ryan Korstange, Department of University Studies, University College

Dr. Ryan Korstange

• Dr. Daniel Smith, director of the Political Economy Research Institute and associate professor of economics, lectured on whether financial crises and pandemics weaken the case for monetary rules in a Northwood University seminar. The video, which was posted on YouTube May 16, can be accessed here.

• Dr. Ryan Korstange, an assistant professor of university studies, co-authored an article on online education strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic that was published May 18 by The EvoLLLution. The article can be read here.


Dr. Jonathan "Jon" M. DiCicco, associate professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Dr. Jon DiCiccio

Coach Rick Stockstill

• Dr. Jonathan DiCicco, an associate professor of political science and international relations, co-authored an article on the impact of COVID-19 on the ongoing friction between India and Pakistan. It was posted May 18 by Duck of Minerva and is available here.

Rick Stockstill, head football coach, commented on the NCAA Division I Council’s decision to lift a voluntary moratorium on football and basketball workouts beginning June 1 for a May 20 Associated Press article that was published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and other newspapers. His views can be accessed here.


Connie Casha, director of early learning programs, College of Education

Connie Casha

Tyler Henson, assistant director, MTSU Scheduling Center

Tyler Henson

Connie Casha, director of early learning programs in the College of Education, talked about a new program to help children learn social skills in a May 28 report on WSMV-TV in Nashville. The video can be seen here.

Tyler Henson, director of the MT One stop, said expanded scholarship opportunities are available for freshmen in an article published May 29 by Nerdwallet. The story can be read here.


Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center at MTSU

Ken Paulson

Dr. Kelly Williams, assistant professor, Department of Accounting, Jones College of Business

Dr. Kelly Williams

Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center, discussed controversies over the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on gatherings at houses of worship in a May 29 article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. His comments are available here.

Paulson commented on the First Amendment’s protection of political speech in a June 3 article in The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania. His views can be accessed here.

Paulson also stated that the recent demonstrations following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis are consistent with what the Founding Fathers intended in a June 6 story in the Memphis Commercial Appeal and other newspapers. His comments are available here.

• Dr. Kelly Williams, an assistant professor of accounting, co-authored an article on alternatives to remembering numerous passwords that was published June 1 in the Journal of Accountancy. The article can be read here.


Dr. Andrei Korobkov, professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Dr. Andrei Korobkov

Chris Massaro, director of athletics

Chris Massaro

• Dr. Andrei Korobkov, a professor of political science and international affairs, predicted that mass protests and unrests in the United States will continue at least up to the November elections in a June 1 interview with the Russian news agency TASS. His comments can be accessed here.

Chris Massaro, athletic director, talked about protecting athletes from COVID-19 in preparation for the upcoming football season in a report aired June 1 on WTVF-TV in Nashville. The video and transcript are available here.


Dr. Elyce Helford, director of MTSU's Jewish and Holocaust Studies Program

Dr. Elyce Helford

Dr. Crystal deGregory, research fellow, Center for Historic Preservation

Dr. Crystal deGregory

• Dr. Elyce Helford, a professor of English, addressed the issues of gender and drag performance in the films of director George Cukor in a June 5 post at page99test.blogspot.com. Her comments can be read here.

• Dr. Crystal deGregory, a research fellow at the Center for Historic Preservation, wrote an essay about rejection of white supremacy as the underpinnings of the demonstrations stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis for the June 5 Atlanta Voice. Her views are available here.

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Sekou Franklin

• Dr. Sekou Franklin, a professor of political science and international relations, explained the impact of gentrification on his north Nashville neighborhood in a June 7 article in the Nashville Scene. His comments can be accessed 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 gina.logue@mtsu.edu.


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