In the News: Politics, gun control, opioids, track...

In the News: Politics, gun control, opioids, track and field, rewards cards, frozen veggies and more

MTSU faculty recently provided national media outlets with expertise on a variety of subjects ranging from women in the music business to the right compensation and benefits packages for businesses to attract millennials.

Dr. Chaney Mosley, an assistant professor of agricultural education, explained the inclusion of career and technical education classes in middle schools for an Aug. 15 article in District Administrator magazine. His comments are available here.

Lisa A. Shepherd, instructor in Human Sciences

Lisa Shepherd

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

Dr. Chaney Mosley, assistant professor of agricultural education, School of Agriculture

Dr. Chaney Mosley

Kent Syler, a professor of political science and international relations, analyzed the Metro Nashville mayor’s race between incumbent David Briley and Metro Councilman John Cooper for an Aug. 15 article in The Tennessean. His comments are available here.

Syler also commented on the impact of the lack of interesting political races on voter turnout for an article in the Sept. 2 Chattanooga Times Free Press. His views are available here.

Lisa Shepherd, an instructor in nutrition and food science, commented on common mistakes made in cooking frozen vegetables for an article posted Aug. 16 at Her analysis is available here.

Dr. Ryan Korstange, an assistant professor of university studies, authored an article titled “5 tips for college students to avoid burnout” posted Aug. 19 at His suggestions are available here.

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

Dr. Ryan Korstange

Dr. Louis Haas, professor, history

Dr. Louis Haas

Dr. Tom Brinthaupt, MTSU psychology professor

Dr. Tom Brinthaupt

Dr. Louis Haas, a professor of history, wrote in an editorial for USA Today that gun control measures would not help curb mass killings in public places. His comments are available here.

Dr. Thomas Brinthaupt, a professor of history, commented on the positive aspects of self-talk for an Aug. 25 posting at His views are available here.

Beverly Keel, chair of the Department of Recording Industry, emphasized the importance of correcting the gender imbalance in the music industry for an Aug. 27 article about the 2019 Source Hall of Fame Awards at Her comments can be read here.

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes

Beverly Keel, chair, Department of Recording Industry

Beverly Keel

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, director of the Albert Gore Research Center, compared litigation against pharmaceutical companies because of the opioid crisis to the litigation against tobacco companies in the 1990s in an Aug. 28 article at His perspectives are available here.

Kyriakoudes also participated in a podcast on the vaping epidemic Sept. 9 at The audio can be heard here.

Dr. Andrew Owusu, a professor of health and human performance and a former competitive track star from Ghana, analyzed the abilities of Ghana’s men sprinters for a Sept. 4 article in Ghana Nation. The story is available here.

Dr. Daniel Morrell, a professor of management, was interviewed about a study he conducted with Dr. Kristie Abston, an assistant professor of management, for a Sept. 4 article at The study on millennial motivation issues related to compensation and benefits, and his comments are available here.

Dr. Andrew Owusu, professor, Department of Health and Human Performance; director, Health and Human Performance Master of Science in Health Program

Dr. Andrew Owusu

Dr. Dan Morrell, professor, Department of Management, Jones College of Business

Dr. Dan Morrell

Dr. Jeffrey Stark, assistant professor of finance, Department of Economics and Finance

Dr. Jeffrey Stark

Dr. Jeffrey Stark, an assistant professor of finance, explained why most people don’t take advantage of rewards credit cards for a Sept. 6 posting at His views can be found 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