In the News: President Trump, Janis Joplin, black ...

In the News: President Trump, Janis Joplin, black executives, opioids, Thai exports and more

Local, national and international news outlets recently relied on MTSU faculty experts for their perspectives on President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, presidential debates, black executives, education during prior pandemics, exports from Thailand and the late rock star Janis Joplin, among other topics.

Cynthia Chafin, associate director for community programs, Center for Health and Human Services interim director

Cynthia Chafin

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

Dr. Katie Foss

Cynthia Chafin, assistant director of community programs for the Center for Health and Human Services, explained how a federal grant obtained by the center will help alleviate the opioid crisis in Wilson County in a Sept. 29 story in the Lebanon (Tennessee) Democrat. Her comments can be accessed here.

• Dr. Katie Foss, a professor of media studies, offered tips for parents who want their children to separate truth from falsehoods online in a Sept. 29 story at Her views can be read here.

Foss wrote an article about how distance learning during pandemics is nothing new that was published Oct. 5 at The essay can be read here.

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Wisarut Suwanprasert, assistant professor in Economics and Finance

Dr. Wisarut Suwanprasert

• Dr. Sekou Franklin, an associate professor of political science and international relations, explained the lack of black executives in Memphis companies in a Sept. 30 story in the Memphis Commercial Appeal. His remarks are available here.

• Dr. Wisarut Suwanprasert, an assistant professor of economics and finance, co-authored an article on the diverse behavior of Thai exporters that was published Oct. 1 in Thai Publica. An abridged version can be accessed here.

Dr. Sean Foley, an associate professor of history

Dr. Sean Foley

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

• Dr. Sean Foley, an associate professor of history, commented on the peace treaty signed recently by Bahrain, Israel and the United Arab Republic in an Oct. 1 article in Forbes magazine. His comments are available here.

Kent Syler, a professor of political science and international relations, said the unemployment rate could hurt President Donald Trump’s chances of re-election in an Oct. 2 article published by USA Today. The story can be read here.

Syler said Belmont University remains committed to hosting the final presidential debate Oct. 22 in an Oct. 5 story on WSMV-TV in Nashville. The text and video can be accessed here.

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

Dr. Ben Stickle

Dr. John Dougan

Dr. John Dougan

• Dr. Ben Stickle, an associate professor of criminal justice administration, offered suggestions for logistics companies hoping to stem the spread of porch piracy in an Oct. 2 story for the United States Supply Chain Management Council. His views are available here.

• Dr. John Dougan, a professor of music business and popular music studies, remembered Janis Joplin on the 50th anniversary of her passing in an Oct. 4 article at His comments can be accessed here.

Dr. Charlie Apigian, professor, chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems

Dr. Charlie Apigian

• Dr. Charles Apigian, a professor of information systems and analytics, explained a project in which data analytics can drive public transportation systems in an Oct. 9 post on YouTube. The video can be seen 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

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