In the News: MTSU personnel weigh in on Ukraine, f...

In the News: MTSU personnel weigh in on Ukraine, farm bill, more

MTSU experts recently expressed themselves for national media outlets on several hot button topics, including the crisis in Ukraine, federal agriculture legislation and Facebook’s progress.

Dr. Andrei Korobkov

Dr. Justin Gardner

Dr. Andrei Korobkov, professor of political science, participated in a live online chat Feb. 24 for on the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine and its relationship with Russia.

Korobkov’s archived conversation is available here.

Dr. Justin Gardner, associate professor of agribusiness, stated his views on the 2014 Farm Bill for

Gardner’s comments are available here.

Dr. John Vile

Dr. Joonghwa Lee

Dr. Joonghwa Lee, assistant professor of advertising, offered his perspective for Medill Reports on where the social media website Facebook stands after 10 years in business.

The story with Lee’s comments is online here.

Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a constitutional law expert, wrote an editorial for the Orlando Sentinel on the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Vile’s column may be read here.

Nancy James, director of the MTSU Child Care Lab, provided alternative methods of praising toddlers instead of merely saying “good job” for

James’ comments are here.

Nancy James

Dr. Mary Farone

Dr. Mary Farone

Dr. Mary Farone, associate professor of biology, told that new research shows germs travel much farther than originally believed after we sneeze.

The story with Farone’s comments is 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

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