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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Some recent graduates and seniors were recently awarded Baker Scholar medallions for completing the program sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Baker Scholars are selected via a competitive application and interview process. They propose a research project, which they complete over the course of an academic year under the mentorship of a faculty member or community professional.
The Baker Center has released a policy brief summarizing factors the federal government should consider while making its decision on whether or not to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority. In his proposed fiscal year 2014 budget, President Barack Obama suggested the federal government consider selling TVA, a corporation created and owned by the federal government since 1933 that provides electricity to nine million people in seven Southeastern states.
Electric vehicles will be on display May 1 through 3 at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy while a conference is under way for industry professionals, government agencies, and communities to discuss planning for the growing electric-drive vehicle market. The display, which is free and open to the public, will be on the plaza in front of the Baker Center. Cars are on loan from the Tennessee Valley Authority and GM.
UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public has released a white paper examining the difficult choices that utilities and public policymakers face as they weigh alternatives to coal-fired power plants. The paper—entitled “Base-load Electricity from Natural Gas and Nuclear Power: The Role of Federal and State Policy”—is based on a symposium held at the Baker Center in September 2012.