In the News: MTSU faculty talk fake news, housing,...

In the News: MTSU faculty talk fake news, housing, Israel-Hamas war, more

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MTSU faculty and staff recently provided the media with their perspectives on various issues, including the Israel-Hamas war, artificial intelligence, real estate and the housing market, and dyslexia.

Dr. Sean Foley, an associate professor of history
Dr. Sean Foley
Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science
Kent Syler

• Dr. Sean Foley, professor of history, talked with Jim Richards of Newstalk 1010 AM in Toronto, Ontario on Oct. 16 about President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel amid the Israel-Hamas war.

More discussions Foley has had on the Israel-Hamas war can be found on this Oct. 18 podcast by the radio station and another from Oct. 30 on iHeart Radio.

Kent Syler, political science professor,talked about the fundraising campaigns of U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn and state Rep. Gloria Johnson in an Oct. 18 Tennessee Lookout article.

Syler shared thoughts on the replacement of ousted Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy in this Oct. 24 Chattanooga Times Free Press article.

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

• Dr. Ben Stickle, criminal justice professor, was interviewed by the Pulitzer Center for an Oct. 11 article about Ring cameras.

Education of prisoners was the topic of Stickle’s commentary from Oct. 21 in the American Journal of Criminal Justice.

The “porch pirate” expert was interviewed about package theft in an article that appeared on on Nov. 1.

Ken Paulson, director, Free Speech Center at MTSU, College of Media and Entertainment
Ken Paulson

Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center, was interviewed for a USA Today story about a Florida lawmaker’s move to expel college students who speak out about the Israel-Hamas war. Read his comments in the Oct. 13 article.

Paulson talked about complications with what is called the “abortion pill reversal” in this Oct. 22 article from The Guardian.

On Oct. 24, Paulson defended freedom of the press in a statement he sent to The News digital outlet regarding vandalism at a Williamson County newspaper.

• Dr. Colby B. Jubenville, health and human performance professor and director of the Center for Student Coaching and Success , gives a deeply personal TEDx OldHickory talk about what he refers to as a “coaching revolution.” Watch the YouTube video that published Oct. 18.

Dr. Colby Jubenville
Dr. Colby Jubenville
Dr. Tricia Farwell, journalism
Dr. Tricia Farwell
Dr. Sean Salter, associate professor, Economics and Finance
Dr. Sean Salter

• Dr. Tricia Farwell, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, talked with CMSWire Oct. 18 about how to spot and combat fake reviews and bots. Read her comments.

• Dr. Sean P. Salter, associate professor of finance, talked about record-high interest rates in an Oct. 19 article from The Daily Item. Read his comments. Salter also participates in a weekly Bankrate poll. You can follow weekly updates.

Dr. Larry Burriss
Dr. Larry Burriss
Dr. Murat Arik, assistant professor of management, Jones College of Business, and director of the MTSU Business and Economic Research Center
Dr. Murat Arik

• Dr. Larry Burriss, professor of journalism, talked on air Oct. 23 to All Media Info on the topic, “Who Does Freedom of the Press Belong To?” Listen to his commentary.

• Dr. Murat Arik, associate professor of management and director of the Business and Education Research Center, talked with WKRN-TV News 2 about Tennessee unstable housing market. Watch the segment that aired Oct. 23.

Dr. Sandra Lynn Poirier, Human Sciences faculty
Dr. Sandra Poirier
Dr. Daniel Smith, director of the Political Economy Research Institute; associate professor in Economics and Finance
Dr. Daniel Smith

• Dr. Sandra Poirier, professor of nutrition and food science, was featured in WalletHub’s article Oct. 24 about Best Places for Halloween.

• Dr. Daniel Smith, economics professor and director of the Political Economy Research Institute, talked with The Center Square about the long-term effects of high interest rates. Read his comments from the Oct. 24 article.

Dr. Kristine McCusker, professor, Department of History, and co-executive director of the international Oral History Association
Dr. Kristine McCusker
Dr. Tim Odegard
Dr. Tim Odegard

• Dr. Kristine McCusker, professor of history, talked to WPLN about her recently published book, “Just Enough to Put Him Away Decent: Death Care, Life Extension, and the Making of a Healthier South, 1900-1955.” Listen to her interview that aired Oct. 24.

• Dr. Tim Odegard, a professor and holder of MTSU’s Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies, is featured in the “Literacy Leadership” podcast miniseries from Learning Ally that launched Oct. 23. Read about the podcast and listen on ApplePodcasts.

Beverly Keel, dean, College of Media and Entertainment
Beverly Keel

Beverly Keel, dean of Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Media and Entertainment, was spotlighted in a Southern Standard newspaper article Nov. 2 when she spoke at a Rotary Club of McMinnville meeting about MTSU’s offerings.

Keel gave Axios Nashville her predictions for the Country Music Association Awards in a Nov. 8 article.

Keel, also co-founder of Change the Conversation, talked to Billboard about stereotypes in country music. Read her commentary in the Nov. 10 article.

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