Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy News

Baker Center Report to Guide State in Developing Energy Policy

With the energy industry changing rapidly, Tennessee should craft an energy policy that will allow the state to benefit both economically and environmentally. That’s the crux of a report done for the state by UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

UT’s Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

UT’s Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with an exhibit and several high-profile speakers and events this fall. Former Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana will deliver the Ashe Lecture on August 27, and journalist and author Tom Brokaw will give the Baker Distinguished Lecture on November 13.

INS hosts an International Academic Nuclear Security Roundtable

The Institute of Nuclear Security hosted an International Academic Nuclear Security Roundtable this month. International academic experts from six countries discussed the efforts that their countries are undertaking to promote nuclear security in a number of essential areas. The event was a unique opportunity to engage with nine international academic leaders who are developing or cultivating the next generation nuclear security leaders globally.

Vines Establishes Endowed Scholarship Fund at Baker Center

UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has established its first scholarship endowment thanks to a gift from Georgiana Vines, adjunct faculty member and Knoxville News Sentinel political columnist. Vines has established the Georgiana Vines Endowed Scholarship Fund to reflect her interest in journalism and public policy.

Baker Center and Ambassador Ashe Establish Lecture Series

A new lecture series will bring government leaders, past and present, to UT Knoxville to discuss policy issues affecting our city, nation, and world. The ambassadorial and local government lecture series is named in honor of Victor H. Ashe, former Knoxville mayor and U.S. ambassador to Poland. It will be held at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

UT’s Baker Center Luncheon to Honor News Sentinel Cartoonist

Knoxville News Sentinel political cartoonist Charlie Daniel will be honored on May 17 at a luncheon hosted by the Baker Center at the UT Knoxville. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cost is $15, and reservations must be made by May 14. A small exhibit of Daniel’s work will be on display in the Baker Center rotunda.

UT Report: Solar Growing as Viable US Energy Source

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Solar power is a viable energy source for the nation, and its use is rapidly growing in the U.S. as federal incentives—similar to those that helped other energy markets to develop—are put in place. That is the message of “Assessment of Incentives and Employment Impacts of Solar Industry Deployment,” a report commissioned by the Solar Energy Industry Association. The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy administered funding for the research and the report.

Prominent Politician and Diplomat to Visit UT’s Baker Center Next Week

Two notable public servants will visit the campus next week to talk about national and international issues. All events are sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former director of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ambassador Thomas Graham, a diplomat and expert on nuclear nonproliferation, will give public talks in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium.