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MTSU on WGNS: Fermentation science, stock prices, ...

MTSU on WGNS: Fermentation science, stock prices, food nutrition dual-enrollment courses

MTSU faculty and staff appeared on WGNS Radio’s “Action Line” program recently to talk about the latest partnerships in the fermentation science program, a professor’s research paper exploring a different way to determine a company’s value, and a dual-enrollment nutrition course offered at area high schools.

The live program with host Scott Walker was broadcast on FM 100.5, 101.9 and AM 1450 from the WGNS studio in downtown Murfreesboro. If you missed it, you can listen to a podcast of the May 17 program here.

MTSU faculty and staff appeared on WGNS Radio’s May 17 “Action Line” program with host Scott Walker. Guests included, from left, Dr. Tony Johnston, ag professor and director of the MTSU Fermentation Science program; center, from left, Dr. Janet Colson, professor of nutrition and food science; and Jaime Brown, MTSU alumna and Riverdale High School teacher; and right, Dr. Ben Jansen, assistant professor of finance in the Jones College of Business. (MTSU photo illustration by Jimmy Hart)

MTSU faculty and staff appeared on WGNS Radio’s May 17 “Action Line” program with host Scott Walker. Guests included, from left, Dr. Tony Johnston, ag professor and director of the MTSU Fermentation Science program; center, from left, Dr. Janet Colson, professor of nutrition and food science; and Jaime Brown, MTSU alumna and Riverdale High School teacher; and right, Dr. Ben Jansen, assistant professor of finance in the Jones College of Business. (MTSU photo illustration by Jimmy Hart)

Guests included:

• Dr. Tony Johnston, ag professor and director of the MTSU Fermentation Science program, who discussed the progress of the program, including a recent new scholarship funded by a Georgia brewer.

MTSU’s fermentation science undergraduate degree is the first of its kind in Tennessee and one of only two in the Southeast. The program got a boost recently when MTSU rising junior fermentation science major Calvin Hood of Greeneville, Tennessee, became the inaugural recipient of the Tenth and Blake Brewing Education Scholarship, awarded by Athens, Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Co.

The scholarship fund supports underrepresented undergraduate students seeking an MTSU fermentation science degree. The $7,000 award for Hood also provides an opportunity to intern with Terrapin during the summer between the student’s junior and senior year of college.

• Dr. Ben Jansen, assistant professor of finance in the Jones College of Business, who discussed his research paper “Cash Flow Growth and Stock Returns,” which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Research. It focuses on a different way of determining how much a share of a company’s stock is worth.

Traditionally, the price of a share of stock is determined by dividends and profits. By creating hypothetical portfolios and using statistical information on companies’ cash flow growth, Jansen found that $1 invested in his cash flow growth-based portfolio grew to $15.30 over the sample period while $1 invested in the stock market grew to $9.85.

Jansen suggests that using profits and dividends as the criteria to determine the price of a stock share is rather limiting.

• Dr. Janet Colson, professor of nutrition and food science; and Jaime Brown, MTSU alumna and Riverdale High School teacher, who discussed dual enrollment and dual credit nutrition courses at Riverdale.Department of Human Sciences logo

High school students who take the “Nutrition across the Life Span” course, usually in their sophomore year, receive credit for MTSU’s “Principles of Nutrition” class if they pass. Students also can choose “Nutrition Science and Diet Therapy,” usually in their junior year, which aligns with MTSU’s “Nutrition for the Health Sciences” class and can be taken for dual enrollment credit.

Five Riverdale students recently passed the Dual Credit Exam for the course, meaning they receive high school and college credit.

Students, faculty and staff who are interested in guesting on WGNS to promote their MTSU-related activities should contact Jimmy Hart, director of news and media relations, at 615-898-5131 or via email at jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu.


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