|The Associate Roundtable invites you to a lunch featuring journalist David Axe
How does a young reporter covering county government in South Carolina end up as a war correspondent in the Middle East? Freelance journalist David Axe explains on Feb. 23 when the Baker Institute hosts "Manufacturing War: How Peace Drives Us Crazy," Axe's personal take on the war in Iraq. A regular contributor to The Washington Times and Wired, Axe is also the author of a graphic novel memoir, "War Fix." His 11:00 a.m. presentation, which includes lunch, is open to the public, though an RSVP is required.
The program is sponsored by the Associate Roundtable, a Baker Institute Roundtable spinoff that's open to young professionals and rising leaders in the Houston area. Through events that focus on the public policy challenges of their generation, "the Associate Roundtable provides young professional Houstonians with a forum to connect, discuss and debate issues that directly affect their lives," said Christene Kimmel, the institute's director of development.
Mark Yzaguirre, a member since 2007, said the Associate Roundtable offers the opportunity to "regularly interact with public policy figures in a way that's unique in Houston."
"There are plenty of groups in town where you basically go and trade business cards," he said. "That's not what this is about. Here you can not only listen to policymakers and other experts in their fields, but also talk to them. Houston is a big city that offers a lot of arts and culture, but the Baker Institute is the only outlet I know of here that has such a high-quality public policy base, where you can discuss and learn more about everything from energy policy to health reform."
Although some Associate Roundtable programs are open to the public, the group recently hosted the first in a series of members-only breakfasts with institute fellows and scholars. John Diamond, Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance, discussed U.S. budget issues, and Chris Bronk, fellow in information and technology policy (pictured above at the event), spoke on cybersecurity. "It wasn't something where you grabbed your breakfast and left, a bland networking event. You really engaged with the fellows and other members, and got something out of your time," Yzaguirre said.
Join us next Wednesday when the Associate Roundtable welcomes David Axe. For more information on how to become an Associate Roundtable member, please contact Starr Dickerson, development coordinator, at 713-348-4200 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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Fundamental Tax Reform: Then and Now by John Diamond, Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance, and George Zodrow, Baker Institute Rice scholar and Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics, Rice University
The Obesity Epidemic: Causes and Current Policy Perspectives by Michael Grossman, Distinguished Professor of Economics, City University of New York Graduate Center, and health economics program director and research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; and Naci Mocan, Ourso Distinguished Chair of Economics, Louisiana State University, and research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Speaking Frankly: Voices from the Borderlands — The Mexican Citizens Speak by Joan Neuhaus Schaan, fellow in Homeland Security and Terorrism
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Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Border Surveillance Tech Redux. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy, questions the wisdom of investing heavily in new border surveillance technologies. February 2
Egypt's Influence on Rising Oil Prices. Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, explains "political contagion" is to blame for rising oil prices in her blog for the Fuel Fix website. February 3
Terrorist's Trial Highlights Struggle for Justice. Jessica Phillips, graduate student intern for the Baker Institute Homeland Security and Terrorism Program, writes about the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in a civilian court. February 7
Why 2011 Could Be the Year of the Most Sweeping Tax Reform Since Reagan. John Diamond, Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance, and George Zodrow, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics at Rice University and a Rice scholar at the Baker Institute, issue a report calling for the most comprehensive reform of the nation's corporate and personal income tax system since Ronald Reagan was president. February 8
When Scientific Research is Flawed: Autism and Vaccines. Rice University graduate student Greg Shipman, a student of Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy, writes on flawed research that linked vaccines to autism. February 10
Patenting Human Genes: Is the U.S. reversing a longtime practice? Rice University senior Jingyuan Luo, an intern working under the supervision of Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology, blogs on a federal court judge who reversed longtime policy by ruling that human genes should not be patented. February 11
James Baker on President Reagan's 100th Birthday. The Honorable James A. Baker, III, gives the keynote address at a celebration of what would have been President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. February 15
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