Baker Center News

Baker Center Names Greening, of Chattanooga, an Energy Fellow


Lorna Greening, an independent economic consultant and researcher based in Chattanooga, has been named a fellow in energy and environmental policy at the Baker Center. Greening has more than thirty years of experience in the energy industry, including consulting, research, academia, the public utility industry, and the petroleum industry as an exploration geologist.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Reigniting Public Service


Tom Brokaw, NBC anchor and author, shared his big idea for keeping the U.S. workforce competitive through public service academies at land grant universities created through public/private partnerships. His idea aims to reinvigorate public service across the country and bring people together in a time of deep political divisions. Brokaw headlined the Baker Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Acclaimed Journalist Tom Brokaw Reports his Own “Big Ideas” at UT Lecture


During his lecture at UT on Wednesday, renowned journalist Tom Brokaw shared his list of America’s “big ideas” and urged students to engage in some form of public service to help move the country forward. Brokaw, author of several books including the best-selling The Greatest Generation, delivered the Baker Distinguished Lecture to a capacity crowd in the 900-seat Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building.

Panel on Appalachia Includes Federal Figure

Earl Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, will be on campus Tuesday, November 12, to participate in a panel about the past, present, and future of the Appalachian region. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium. Discuss topics will include regional change, issues, and challenges and opportunities for new growth in Appalachia.

Acclaimed Journalist Tom Brokaw to Give Baker Distinguished Lecture

Special correspondent for NBC News, author, and one of America’s best-known journalists, Tom Brokaw, will be at UT on November 13 to deliver the Baker Distinguished Lecture. Brokaw will speak at 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium. Presented by the Baker Center, the event is free and open to the public. Note the change in location.

Students to Help Develop Recommendations for Cumberland Avenue

UT students from the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will be working with city leaders and campus professors to research and develop recommendations for redesigning “the Strip” along Cumberland Avenue. To help them get started, people who regularly visit “the Strip” are being asked to fill out a short survey.

Baker Center to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary with Exhibit, Reception

The Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will celebrate its tenth anniversary with an exhibit and reception in the center’s rotunda tomorrow, September 4. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Baker Center Director Matt Murray will speak briefly at 5:00 p.m. Sen. Baker is expected to attend.

Former Senator Richard Lugar to Give Baker Center’s Ashe Lecture at UT

Former Senator Richard Lugar will be at UT Knoxville, on Tuesday, August 27, to deliver the semiannual Ashe Lecture sponsored by the Baker Center. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the center’s Toyota Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Lugar was Indiana’s longest-serving congressman, serving from 1977 until this year.

UT Launches Radiochemistry Center; Seeks to Improve Global Security

What if a nuclear bomb were detonated in one of America’s most populated cities? Just as at a crime scene, the officials need to find the culprit. Currently, the process of analyzing weapons debris to understand the performance or design of the device is painstakingly slow. But new research to be conducted at UT seeks to improve radiochemistry and nuclear forensics to enhance global security.

Alum to Report Energy Assessment Findings

Highlights from the Global Energy Assessment, an analysis of energy challenges, opportunities, and strategies worldwide, will be the subject of a free talk sponsored by the Baker Center Energy and Environmental Policy Program on Wednesday, July 17. The presentation, “Energy Pathways for Sustainable Development: Insights from the Global Energy Assessment,” begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium.