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An Unwitting Combatant's Reflection on How to Start a Trade War 

The Energy & Environment program welcomes Dr. Tim Fitzgerald of Texas Tech University for a Distinguished Lecture. Fitzgerald served on the Council of Economic Advisors for the White House from 2017-2018. He will give an overview of US trade policy in the Trump Administration and likely outcomes, with special attention to implications for energy markets.
This event will take place on Tuesday, October 1 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Toyota Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.  

Ending Extreme Poverty without Endangering Ecosystems

Join the Energy & Environment program and the Department of Economics in welcoming Dr. Paul Ferraro of Johns Hopkins University. Ferraro will discuss the relationship between poverty alleviation and ecosystem change. He will present results from a study on Indonesia's national anti-poverty program, which transfers cash to hundreds of thousands of poor households, reducing deforestation as a side benefit.
This event will take place on Thursday, October 10 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Toyota Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.  

Ashe Lecture with Ambassador William Brownfield 

The Leadership and Governance program will welcome Ambassador William Brownfield for a lecture on "Venezuela: Beginning of the End, or End of the Beginning?" He will discuss elections, international politics, and the emerging crisis in Venezuela. 
Brownfield served as U.S. ambassador beginning in Chile from 2002 - 2004, Venezuela from 2004 - 2007, and Colombia from 2007-2010. In 2012, Brownfield was promoted to Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the foreign service. 
This event will take place on Monday, October 14 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the Toyota Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.  

Ashe Lecture with Deputy Assistant Secretary Andrew Peek

The Leadership and Governance program will welcome Deputy Assistand Secretary Andrew Peek for a lecture on the relationship between Iraq and Iran. 
This event will take place on Thursday, October 24 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the Toyota Auditorium The event is free and open to the public.  


Global Security Fellow Dr. Matt Buehler published in Middle East Studies Journals 

Global Security Fellow Dr. Matt Buehler published in International Peacekeeping

Dr. Brandon Prins and Dr. Anup Phayal of Univeristy of North Carolina, Wilmington collaborated on a paper titled "Deploying to Protect: The Effect of Military Peacekeeping Deployments on Violence against Civilians," which was recently published in International Peacekeeping. Their research focuses on whether or not peacekeeping forces protect or harm civilians in post-war environments. 
Read the full article here

Energy & Environment Fellow Dr. Lisa Reyes Mason explores adoption of "backyard" green infrastructure 

Baker Center fellow Dr. Lisa Reyes Mason has recently co-authored an article in the Journal of Community Practice in an interdisciplinary effort to understand adoption of “backyard” green infrastructure – such as rain garden programs – in socioeconomically diverse neighborhoods. 
In this latest publication, Mason and her co-authors find that while awareness of such programs is modest, interest is learning more about them is higher. The next step for this project is to create and study a pilot rain garden program in an urban Knoxville neighborhood, with funding support from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists and University of Tennessee Office of Outreach and Engagement.
Read the full article here


Baker Center Student visits American Workforce Policy Advisory Board with Leadership & Governance Fellow Dr. Marianne Wanamaker 

Baker Center fellow Dr. Marianne Wanamaker serves on the The White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board (AWPAB) and visited Washington, DC in late Semtember for a meeting with Ivanka Trump and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Alongside her was Wesley Smith who works with Wanamaker as a Baker Center research assistant. 
The AWPAB is a part of the Pledge to America's Workers, intent on identifying solutions to the growing skills gap and threat of automation. 

Global Security Fellow Dr. Brandon Prins to present a lecture at the University of Genoa

The Department of Political Science at the University of Genoa has invited Dr. Brandon Prins to present three lectures this October.
On October 7-9, he will present three lectures: "The Uneven Burden of Peacekeeping"; "Pirate Lands: Governance and Maritime Policy;" and "Demarcating the Lines of Democratic Peace."

National Voter Registration Week 

The Baker Center has partnered with UT Libraries and the Student Government Association in an effort to get all Vols ready to Vote. During National Voter Registration Week, September 23-27, students stood at registration tables on Pedestrian Walkway, in the Library, and in the Student Union, and voter participation in 2018 at UT increased by approximately 20%. 
From Tuesday, September 24 until Monday, October 7, students may participate in a University-wide voter-registration competition. Students may add to a paper chains, located in the Hodges Library galleria, for:
  • registering to vote
  • showing their voter registration card if already registered or 
  • confirming their registration with the Knox County election commission to request an absentee ballot.
At the end of the competition, the college with the most links as a percentage of enrollment, will be announced and recognized with a plaque. 
See the Vols Vote Event Calendar for more information and upcoming voter support events. 

Student Spotlight

Undergraduate Student Presents Research on Purifying Elements for Cancer Treatment

Eleigha Wrancher presented research at the UTK Undergraduate Research Summer Scholars STEM Poster Symposium. Eleigha is an undergraduate researcher in the Scientific Fellows Program at the Institute for Nuclear Security working under Dr. Deborah Penchoff. Her research was completed in collaboration with Dr. Robert Harrison, Dr. Rose Boll, and Dr. Charles Peterson
Eleigha graduated from Fulton High School in Knoxville, TN in the Spring of 2019 as class valedictorian, and spent her summer pursuing scientific research at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, which focused on purifying elements for cancer treatment, under the advisement of Dr. Robert HarrisonDr. Rose Boll, and Dr. Charles Peterson.
Eleigha is majoring in pre-medical studies and is an active researcher at the center focusing on utilizing supercomputing to predict properties in radioactive materials.
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