Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy News

UT Team Takes on Energy Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge

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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.

UT’s Baker Center, Y-12 to Host Foreign Policy Expert Next Week

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.”

Beyond Beijing: Seoul Nuclear Summit

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.

UT Hosts Baker Scholars Research Presentation

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.

UT Institute for Nuclear Security Hosts “Uranium Bowl”

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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.

UT Economist Matt Murray Tapped to Lead Baker Center

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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.

Nuclear Weapons Scientist to Speak on Iran, North Korea Nuclear Programs

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.