Wednesday, May 17, 2017

[450] ‘MTSU On the Record’ analyzes political impact on scientific community

MURFREESBORO — The relationship between science and politics will be the topic of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Ashley Morris, an associate professor of biology, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 7, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and

Morris, who also is president of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, walked in the Washington, D.C., March for Science, a demonstration against government policies that scientists believe are a threat to a healthy society and future research.

In recent years, scientists have encountered resistance from public officials regarding climate change, protection of endangered habitats and proposed funding reductions for such institutions as the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health.

Morris said she has been particularly concerned about attempts to silence the social media platforms of federal agencies such as the National Park Service, which oversees 417 preserved areas of societal, natural and historic importance in states and territories.

“I just felt so strongly about what kind of negative impact this could have, not just on our nation, but the public in general, beyond our borders, that I felt that I had to do something,” said Morris.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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