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Life on the Campaign Trail

Graduates of the Public Policy Analytics Program Jackson Broadwell and Jay Hearn are spending their summers on the campaign trail preparing for the upcoming Tennessee primaries. Broadwell and Hearn both served as Student Assistants at the Center, and Hearn graduated as a Baker Scholar.  Hearn currently works as the Policy Director for a candidate for the TN House of Representatives. Through his position, he has the opportunity to write policy memos and help the candidate establish his policy positions on several issues facing Tennesseans. Jay pursued this opportunity because "public policy is something I deeply care about, and I believe that successful campaigns should have thoughtful platforms addressing crucial issues affecting everyday people." Broadwell is working under the Field Director of a Tennessee Senate campaign and spends his time interacting directly with voters to better understand how COVID-19 is affecting Tennesseans. Jackson said that through his time at the Center, he has "learned how to work on projects independently and will be forever grateful for all the professional development opportunities offered by the Center." Both Broadwell and Hearn are hoping to continue working with their candidates should they win their respective elections.  


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. A full list of policy briefs, data, and more can be found at
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The Status of Therapeutic Trials for COVID-19

This policy brief provides an update on the status of therapeutic trials for treating COVID-19.
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Making Comparisons: Swine Flu vs. COVID-19

This policy brief compares the spread and impact of COVID-19 pandemic with the 2009 H1N1 swine flu. 
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COVID-19 in Municipal Water Systems

This policy brief provides some answers regarding COVID-19 and municipal waste water precautions.

Research and Publications


Impacts of Disease in Elk Population on Ecosystem Services

 Dr. Charles Sims, Director of the Energy & Environment Program, was part of a multi-disciplinary team from Wyoming and Michigan State University that developed a novel bioeconomic modeling approach to study the potential loss of ecosystem services due to the spread of chronic wasting disease and brucellosis in elk populations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE).  The research, which was recently published in Ecological Applications, provides state wildlife agencies with a tool to weigh the costs and benefits of managing wildlife populations that may spread disease to livestock. 
Read the full paper here.
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The Gender Gap in Journal Submissions during COVID-19

Dr. Kirsta Wiegand, Director of the Global Security Program, recently published a blog post in The Duck of Minerva which explains the effects of COVID-19 on gender and submissions in academic journals. 
Read the full article here.  


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