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AUBURN -- Several Auburn University faculty can provide expert commentary on issues before the Alabama Legislature, including:


Charles Spindler, associate professor of political science, 334/844-6163 ( Spindler has studied lotteries and education and is collecting data for a study the effect of time on the lottery. He plans to see if over time, lottery revenues increase or decrease, and is collecting data from 41 states on lotteries.

John Jackson, professor of economics, 334/844-2906 or at home at 821- 0806 ( Jackson has studied factors relating to state lotteries; consultant for telephone companies on estimating demand for intrastate message toll service.

David Laband, professor and head of the Department of Economics, 334/844-2910 ( Laband has expertise on wide range of issues, including gambling.


Jim Barth, professor and Lowder Eminent Scholar of Finance, 334/844- 5344 ( One of the nation's top experts on financial institutions, Barth can discuss Y2K problems as it relates to the banking industry and consumer and can make suggestions on how bank customers should prepare. He says leap year 2000 may have more ramifications for the banking industry than Y2K.

James Cross, professor and head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, 334/844-6315 ( Cross says while the situation has a potential of being troublesome, he's banking on the thousands of experts across the country to have the situation well in hand before Jan. 1. His analogy for the Y2K problem is "Hawaii receiving six inches of snow. It will be very disruptive . . . but we will get through it."

David Edwin Harrell, the Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, 334/844-4007 ( The religious historian says the idea of impending doom has always been a part of Christian history, and it's something that comes to light in times of crisis. "In Christian history there is a constant wing that thrives on millennium expectations."


Barry Burkhart, professor of psychology, 334/844-6476, or at home at 821-2894 ( Burkhart can speak on bills related to sexual assault or policies on the rehabilitation of sexual offenders He is a nationally recognized expert on issues concerning sexual assault and criminal abnormalities. He is also director of AU's Clinical Psychology Program.

Greg Kowalski, professor and chair, Department of Sociology, 334/844- 2825 or at home at 887-7136 ( Kowalski is a good source on a variety of general topics, including crime, date rape, murder and suicide. He can give comparisons for trends. GENERAL SOURCES

Wayne Flynt, Distinguished University Professor, history, 334/844-6650, or at home at 821-5825. Flynt is an excellent source on Alabama, it's history and politics. Author of books on state's economic development, social history of South and history of city of Montgomery; considered top expert on Southern history, culture and education reform.

Murray Jardine, assistant professor, political science, 334/844-6162, or at home at 821-0227 ( Jardine can speak on political philosophy, political theory, ethics and religion and politics. His research area is political philosophy and the foundations of social ethics. Specifically, he examines how societies can establish, justify and enforce standards of moral conduct.

James Long, professor, economics, 334/844-2911, or at home at 826-6490 ( He is well-versed on Alabama's state tax reform efforts.

Susan Fillippeli, assistant professor, communication, 334/844-2751, or at home at 821-2819 ( Fillippeli can speak on political communication, role of media in politics and give commentary on speeches and addresses.

Robert Montjoy, director, Economic Development Institute, and professor, political science, 334/844-4704, or at home at 887-6693 ( Montjoy has studied operations of state agencies in Alabama and other states, was the chief writer of state handbook for election officials and is a former elections consultant for the secretary of state's office.

Robert Widell, assistant professor, political science, at 334/844-6173, or at home at 887-9814 ( Widell can discuss party switching in Alabama.

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