Podcast: Discover True Blue TV and Inside MTSU's Research Experience for Undergraduates

Jun 17, 2024 at 10:22 am by WGNS News

(L to R) Ty Whitaker, Tatyana Martinez, Ian Wilson and Dr. Donny Walker

In the first segment of our podcast, WGNS' Scott Walker talks to Ty Whitaker, senior manager of True Blue TV at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), who discusses the diverse program offerings and various ways to watch True Blue TV. Originally launched in 1999 as an educational resource channel, True Blue TV has evolved into a premier hub for video content and live event programming from MTSU. The channel features a wide range of programming, including campus lectures, academic activities, live and encore broadcasts of university events, and resources for K-12 schools and educators. True Blue TV also shares content from state and national broadcasting partners. Available on multiple cable systems and streaming services, True Blue TV can be accessed on Comcast Xfinity, AT&T U-verse, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and more. Broadcasting from MTSU’s Center for Educational Media, the channel is managed by the university's Division of Marketing and Communications under the Murfreesboro Cable Television Commission's license. Learn more at https://www.mtsu.edu/truebluetv/

During the second portion of the podcast, Dr. Donny Walker, an assistant biology professor at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), joins students Tatyana Martinez and Ian Wilson to discuss their participation in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This summer, the team is conducting research on the impact of fungal pathogens on the microbiomes of reptiles and amphibians. The REU program provides valuable research internships for undergraduates, including stipends, travel, and housing. Dr. Walker emphasizes the importance of exposing students to active research to develop future scientists. Those interested in pursuing placement in a future REU should reach out to the university’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at https://mtsu.edu/research/, the Undergraduate Research Center at https://mtsu.edu/urc/ and the Honors College at https://mtsu.edu/honors/.