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.
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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.
How can we make it easier and more affordable to use solar power in our homes? UT Knoxville is part of a national effort to find out. The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy is participating in the US Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge, an effort to encourage wider use of solar energy by streamlining the permitting processes, cutting red tape, and lowering the costs for rooftop solar systems.
Noted foreign policy expert Walter Russell Mead will visit the campus on April 2 and 3. Mead will present a lecture titled “American Strategy in the Atomic Age” at 5:00 p.m. on April 2. At noon on April 3 there will be a panel discussion on “Public Intellectuals and Blogging” featuring Mead and Glenn Reynolds, professor in the UT College of Law and author of the blog “Instapundit.”
Howard Hall, director of the Institute for Nuclear Security and UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for nuclear security, was a panelist on the radio show “Beyond Beijing” out of Beijing, China. Hall discussed the second Nuclear Security Summit which concluded in Seoul, South Korea. While battling current event divergences, world leaders striven to map out a safer future for nuclear energy development.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is hosting its first annual Baker Scholars Research presentation. The undergraduate scholars will display and discuss their research projects and other initiatives, which are mentored by UT faculty and staff.
A team of terrorists attacked a nuclear material facility in Knoxville, but were successfully repelled by the facility’s guard force. Then the guards and terrorists switched roles, and did it again. Luckily, the attack was fiction and response was just an exercise in the inaugural Uranium Bowl—a physical security “play-off” between students at UT and North Carolina State University.
Professor Matt Murray, associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at UT Knoxville, has been appointed director of the Howard H. Baker Center Jr. Center for Public Policy. He will begin immediately. Murray, the Ball Corporation Professor of Business, will take the place of Carl Pierce, who has directed the center since June 2009.
A man who has received unprecedented access to North Korea’s nuclear weapons plant at Yongbyon will speak at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Siegfried Hecker, a senior US nuclear weapons scientist and former director of one of the two U.S. nuclear weapons design laboratories, will discuss the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs in a public presentation.
The Romanian ambassador to the United States is at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this week to give a public lecture, talk with students, tour the city, and meet with local dignitaries.