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Virtual Events

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Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition

In this presentation, Shalanda Baker, U.S. Department of Energy's Deputy Director for Energy Justice & Secretary’s Advisor on Equity, will discuss her book, Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition, which calls for a justice-centered transition away from fossil fuels and offers practical tools to achieve it.
This virtual event will occur on Thursday, April 8, 2021, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm and is free and open to the public. The Zoom meeting link can be found here.
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A Bumpy Road to Driverless Cars: Challenges and Opportunities

Join us as we learn about the recent innovations in driverless technologies with Dr. Asad Khattak, civil engineering and transportation technology expert. The presentation will cover the challenges and uncertainties in transitioning to a more technologically advanced system. 
This virtual event will take place on April 9th, 2021, from 10:00 - 11:00 am and is free and open to the public. The Zoom meeting link can be found here.
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What's at Stake in the Indo-Asia-Pacific: Competing Strategic Imaginaries

Join the Center’s Global Security Program in welcoming Dr. Evelyn Goh from Australian National University for a virtual lecture discussing the Indo-Asia-Pacific geopolitics. In her lecture, Goh will present findings from her research on the region, including analysis of the competing strategic imaginaries in the region.
This virtual event will occur on April 14, 2021, from 7:00 - 800 pm and is free and open to the public. Must Register here.
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Developing an Empirical Agent-Based Model of Residential Housing

University of Waterloo professor Dr. Dawn Parker will review her ten years of work within the Urban Growth and Change research group that examines the impacts of a pending light rail transit line on the land-use and housing market in Waterloo Region, Canada.
The virtual event will occur on Thursday, April 15, 2021, 1:00- 2:30 pm and is free and open to the public. The zoom link can be found here. 
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We Want to Hear From You!

In the midst of COVID-19, we know it's hard to feel a part of a community, and that's why we want your feedback on how you have been experiencing our virtual events. Please fill out this short survey and let us know how you are enjoying our events and how we can improve your experience. You can fill out the survey here.


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 virus's health and economic impacts. For up-to-date, well-researched information on COVID-19, visit
Wave 11 of the survey was administered between February 24, 2021, and March 1, 2021. See the results here.
Time Series results of the survey are also available. See the results here.

 Mask Madness 

Mask Up, Vols! UT's Center for Health Education and Wellness encouraged us to use our platform to advocate for Covid-safe behaviors. Our program directors stepped up to the challenge through a friendly competition of "Mask Madness," wearing their best outfits, accessories, and of course, masks. Dr. Jonathan Ring, Director of Student Programs, rang victorious at the end of the week with his version of a quarantine haircut. 
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Congratulations, Dr. Murray!

A Well-deserved Retirement for Director Dr. Matt Murray 

Dr. Matt Murray will retire as Director of the Baker Center on July 31. As a UT committee begins an internal search for his replacement, we want to commend and thank him for all the work he has completed in his nine years of leadership at the Center. Chancellor Donde Plowman shared, “Since Dr. Murray took over as director in 2012, he has transformed the Center by shaping its role as a source for nonpartisan data-driven policy analysis and expertise in Tennessee. He's had a stellar career, and we will miss his leadership." 

Research and Teaching


Leadership & Government Fellow Named President 

This month Dr. Stephanie A. Bohon will become President of the Southern Sociological Society, the largest regional professional association for sociologists in the country. Read more here.
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Global Security Director Presents at Peace War Summit

Dr. Krista Wiegand, Director of Global Security, talked on the U.S. and Chinese legal strategies in the South China Sea, with UTK graduate Jessie Hayoun Ryou-Ellison the Peace War Summit hosted by Norwich University. Watch the full recording here.
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Energy & Environment Fellow Publishes Climate Refugee Research

Fellow Dr. Paul Armsworth published a study examining protected areas and climate refuge for years to come. This study was in collaboration with other distinguished UT professors and was published in Biological Conversation. Read the full journal here
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Global Studies Fellow Publishes Democratization Research

Global Studies Fellow Dr. Gary Uzonyi published a study examining patterns in democratization since 1900. This study was published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and is one of several publications stemming from the project. You can read the full article here.
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Leadership & Government Fellow Publishes Police Killings Study

Dr. Stephanie A. Bohon recently had an article published in Sage Journals.  The journal showcases her research on Economic Competition and Police-caused Killings. You can read the full journal entry here.

Congratulations and best of luck! 

Congratulations, seniors! We wish you the best and can't wait to see what else you'll accomplish. Here is a look at the impressive work from some of our graduating seniors.  

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Katherine Fulcher, Baker Scholar

Katherine Fulcher has been involved with every student program the Center offers: Baker Ambassadors, Baker Scholars, the Washington Scholars Program, Public Policy Analytics minor, and working as a student assistant and researcher at the Center for three and a half years."Each program has provided me with unique experiences that prepared me for life after college. It is difficult to fully describe the extent of the impact that the Howard Baker Center, Dr. Cahill, Dr. Murray, Dr. Ring, and Elizabeth Woody have had on my life." 
She will be graduating with majors in political science and Hispanic studies and minors in Latin American and Caribbean studies and public policy analytics. After graduation, she plans on taking a gap year to gain more work experience before pursuing a Ph.D. in International Relations. We are grateful for everything she has done for the Center and wish her the best. 
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Evan Bushart, Baker Ambassador

During his time at UT, Evan Bushart has worked as a Student Library Assistant at Pendergrass AgVet Library, served as a Pride Center Peer Mentor, and is involved in Kappa Alpha Pi. "From the spectacular events to the encouraging speakers, every minute of being in this organization is a privilege and an opportunity. I’ve especially enjoyed our VolsVote initiative. Tabling and helping students register to vote was a gratifying chance to give back not only to the community but also to our nation."
He will be graduating with a political science major and a philosophy minor. After graduation, he looks forward to studying for the LSAT and hopefully attending law school. 
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Hannah Flannery, Baker Ambassador

Hannah Flannery is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma, an active member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, a certified Make Orange Green Ambassador, and an intern at the Office of Sustainability. After graduation, she plans to stay at UTK to pursue a Ph.D. in political science.
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Alec Apostoaei, Public Policy Analytics Minor

Alec Apostoaei has been a member of the Smith Global Leadership Scholars Program and a member of the Chancellor's Honors Program, while completing internships with Tulip Siddiq - Member of British Parliament, Deloitte, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He will be graduating with an economics major and a public policy analytics minor. After graduation, he will pursue a Master's of International Relations focusing on energy and the environment from Columbia University or Johns Hopkins SAIS.
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