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Events and Student Engagement 


Virtual Info Sessions with Local Candidates 

Throughout the month of July, The League of Women Voters will be hosting a series of virtual information sessions with candidates for upcoming local elections.
The sessions and participating candidates are as follows: 
July 2: Candidates for State House in Districts 13, 15, 16, and 19 
July 7: Candidates for State Senate in District 6 and Candidates for US Congress in District 2 
July 16: Candidates for Knox County Commission
Each virtual session will begin at 6:30 pm EST.  A link to join each session will be shared through Baker Center social media or can be obtained by emailing  

"Be a Patriot. Become a Poll Officer."

Alongside The University of Tennessee, the Center is proud to participate in the "Be a Patriot. Become a Poll Officer" campaign to encourage all who are able to serve as a poll worker for the August 6th State and Federal Primary and County General Election. Poll officials are vital to ensure that polling sites run smoothly. Poll officers greet voters, answer questions, process voters, explain how to cast a ballot, and count votes. Any registered voter can apply. For more information and to sign up to become a poll official, visit


The Coronavirus-19 Outbreak Response Experts (CORE-19) team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a network of researchers in public health, economics, public policy, agriculture, veterinary medicine, and other disciplines who seek to provide timely information for the public and policymakers on pressing questions regarding the global pandemic. Researchers at the Center are working closely with the CORE-19 team to create a series of policy briefs forecasting the health and economic impacts of the virus. The most recent policy brief, "Predictive Modeling of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Knox County, Tennessee: Effects of Social Distancing Policies," provides modeling of case loads and effects of social distancing efforts. For more information and a full collection of policy briefs visit
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TN Pulse Survey: Consumer Sentiment Data collected for the TN Economic Recovery Group

The Tennessee Pulse is a cooperative effort of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Economic Recovery Group, the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policyand the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS), which is designed to capture the attitudes and behaviors of Tennesseans toward COVID-19 and the re-opening of the economy. The survey enables segmentation across a grouping of the state’s largest metropolitan counties (Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby and Sullivan) and the remaining 89 counties of the state, as well as age, gender, and race.Results will be collected and published over the duration of the summer. 

Wave 1 of the survey was administered between May 18 and May 24, 2020. See the results here.

Wave 2 of the survey was administered between June 1 and May 6, 2020. See the results here.

Time Series results of the survey are also available. See the results here.

More information on the TN Pulse Survey and access to future results can be found at

Research and Publications

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Multi-Disciplinary Research on Solar Power

Director of the Energy & Environment Program Dr. Charles Sims is the principal investigator on a multi-disciplinary team researching the implementation and use of solar power in a residential setting. The research will be helpful to policymakers in understanding who utilizes solar power and why, in addition to understanding how to make renewable energy sources more accessible and desirable to consumers. More information on this innovative project can be found here
College of 4 different homes with solar panels

Dr. Marianne Wanamaker Presents Research to White House Workforce Policy Advisory Board

Dr. Marianne Wanamaker, Baker Center Fellow and former Chief Domestic Economist at The White House Council of Economic Advisors, will be presenting her report, "America's Workforce-Based Training Data Infrastructure: Assessment and Recommendations", to the Federal Workforce Policy Advisory Board in Washington, DC. The report was completed with with the help of Baker Center students, Wesley Smith and Hancen Sale.

In Memory of Senator Baker 

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Civility in a Time of Social Unrest

What would have been Sen. Baker's response and comment on these times of social and civil unrest in the country?  According to long-time aide and advisor to Senator Baker, Tom Griscom, the simple response is to turn to his words on civility and their roots, representative of Senator Baker’s character. Read the full response here.
Flowers with Senator Baker's Gravesite

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Senator Howard Baker

On the sixth anniversary of his death, we are especially grateful for the life and legacy of Sen. Howard Baker Jr.. He passed away on June 26, 2014 at the age of eighty-eight. During his lifetime, Senator Baker symbolized civility, bipartisanship, and dedication to public service. He proved that it is possible to set aside personal opinion and party ideology to work for the public interest. Today, and all days, we are guided by Senator Baker’s words, “Listen more often than you speak.” A short series of videos honoring Howard Baker can be found here


Students walking with Senator Lamar Alexander

Get Involved with the Baker Center! 

The Center is a home for civic engagement for students in all disciplines and at all levels. Through programs, events and lectures, and helpful faculty and staff, the Center aims to engage the community on the topics of Global Security, Leadership & Governance, and Energy & Environment. Learn more at

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1640 Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-0931
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