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Baker Highlights

"Where is Howard Baker?"

It is no question that Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. continues to impact things in Washington. With the current congressional focus on impeachment, we are reminded of the precedent Baker set to ignore partisan affiliation and pursue the truth. While current events are reminiscent of Baker's senate, Representative Adam Schiff brought Baker's legacy to the forefront by dramatically asking, "Where is Howard Baker? Where is Howard Baker?" in his closing statement on the final day of the House Impeachment Inquiry. 

Former Baker Scholar named Rhodes Scholar

Hera Jay Brown, former Baker Scholar, has been named UT's ninth Rhodes Scholar. A current Fulbright-Schuman Fellow, Brown graduated in 2018 and will now begin studies at Oxford University in pursuit of both a master's degree and doctorate in migration studies. Read her full profile here


Energy & Environment Fellow edits recently published book People and Climate Change  

Energy & Environment Fellow Dr. Lisa Reyes Mason edited People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Social Justice, an Oxford published book in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Rigg. The book focuses on the human and social dimensions of climate change with an emphasis on social justice and community inclusion. 
Read more about the book here

Global Security Fellow published in the Journal of Peace Research

Global Security Fellow Dr. Sojeong Lee published research in the Journal of Peace Research examining the effect of energy resources on the chances for militarized conflict, water related conflict and cooperation events, and cooperative river treaties between pairs of states on shared international river basins.
Read the full article here

Institute of Nuclear Security Fellow awarded Lifetime Achievement Award 

Dr. Kenneth Inn was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Radiobioassay and Radiochemical Measurements Conference. Inn currently works with Dr. Hall and Dr. Penchoff on projects relevant to nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry within the INS Scientific Fellows Program.


Director Dr. Matthew Murray meets with Georgian delegation as part of the Open World program

Baker Center Director Dr. Matthew Murray was invited to attend a meeting with a delegation from universities across Georgia. The Georgian delegation was invited as part of the Center for Global Engagement Open World Program. Murray participated alongside six other UT professors and affiliates. 

Institute of Nuclear Security Director Deborah Penchoff presents lecture at Santa Fe conference

Director of the Institute for Nuclear Security Dr. Deborah Penchoff gave a lecture at the Radiobioassay and Radiochemical Measurements Conference in Santa Fe, NM. Her presentation focused on utilizing supercomputing to study behavior of materials critical in national security. The research is from a joint effort within the INS Scientific Fellows Program including graduate student Dorothy J. Miller, and fellows Charles C. Peterson, Rose A. Boll, and Robert J. Harrison

Washington Program application open now

The application for the Washington program is now available for all students with applications due March 2, 2020. The Program is an intensive two week course taking place in Washington, D.C. where students will meet with and learn from some of the nation’s top public servants, researchers, and journalists on pressing public policy issues. The Program is open to students of any major and level. Read more about it here

Student Spotlight

Former Baker Scholar named one of the 25 under 25: Leaders in US-China Relations

Baker Scholar Miranda Gottlieb graduated in 2016 with a passion for public health. Now she lives in Beijing, China and works for Johnson & Johnson as Associate Manager of Government Affairs & Policy. Together with the Chinese government, Gottlieb strives for the development of public health in China. Gottlieb credits the Baker Scholars program as one of the most influential programs for her at UT. She reflects, "Baker Scholars was one of the few places at UT where I could be my authentic self," and continued saying, "It isn't people participating by choice. [The program] is a very deliberate thing to do because you are passionate about something, and it is very inspiring to be around people who are that passionate." For her work with Johnson & Johnson, China Hands magazine has named her as one of the "2019 25 under 25: Leaders in US-China Relations". Read the full profile here

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