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Photo courtesy of MTSU News Story by Sabrina Tyson / Contributing Writer Ying Iris Gao, a Middle Tennessee State University associate professor and lead researcher at the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research, has been able to study the DMDD compound, a low-toxicity compound from the root of a starfruit tree that is showing a …

Photo by Connor Burnard / Assistant Lifestyles Editor Eric Eyre, the 2017 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism and a recent speaker in MTSU’s ongoing Pulitzer Prize lecture series, has been praised for his investigative work in uncovering the thousands of opioids shipped to small-town, mom-and-pop pharmacies and “pill mills” in West Virginia. …

Photos courtesy of Mariana Cruzada Story by Ben Shaw / Contributing Writer When Orlando residents Mariana and Joel Cruzada saw Hurricane Irma barreling across the Atlantic heading straight for Florida, they knew evacuation was a necessity.  Their three children, Elijah, 16, Mahri, 13, and Sari, 10, have a rare genetic disorder called Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome, which causes abnormal pancreatic development and …

Story by Emma Benjamin and Jackson Goodman / Contributing Writers Photo by Jackson Goodman / Contributing Writer Ken Nwadike spoke to a crowded room Tuesday night in the KUC theater with a mission to spread his message about love, peace and communication to people across the country. Nwadike began by explaining events that shaped his …

Photo courtesy of MTSU News J.D. Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis” and 2017 MTSU convocation speaker, has come a long way since his humble beginnings in Middletown, Ohio. The 33-year-old venture capitalist has achieved success by not shying away from his impoverished past and …

Photo by Alexis Marshall / Assistant News Editor The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently released its annual Out of Reach Report, which compares minimum wage to housing prices within each state. This year, Tennessee was ranked more affordable than most states and was listed as the 38th most expensive state out of 52, including …