The event is part of a broader institute spotlight on health care reform — one of the top challenges facing Congress and the Obama administration this year. In a recent Houston Chronicle op-ed titled "A realistic, pragmatic approach to health care," Vivian Ho, the Baker Institute's chair in health economics, wrote that a winning strategy for the president might be to focus on children — specifically the issue of uninsured children. "Implementing universal access to health care for all children is politically acceptable to both Democrats and Republicans, and it is generally appealing to the public," she said. "Past research has also demonstrated that insuring children is much less expensive than covering adults (because children are healthier on average than adults) and is in fact cost-saving to society in the long run." You can learn more about health insurance and children in the 2009 Baker Institute report, "The Economic Impact of Uninsured Children on America."
Ambassador Djerejian's "smart essay" cited in NYT
In the Feb. 13, 2010, New York Times, columnist Thomas Friedman links problems in the Middle East to events dating back to 1979 — and tips his hat to Baker Institute founding director Edward Djerejian, whose similar piece, "The Radical Legacy of 1979," appeared in The Wall Street Journal last month. Read Friedman's op-ed, "1977 vs. 1979."
The Challenges of Communicating Climate Change. Recent events have provoked renewed debate about climate change and brought issues of credibility to the fore. Experts discuss the current state of climate science and how they can better communicate with the public. March 4 at 4:00 pm
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The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) Project. Scientists from seven countries discuss the AMS Project, a high profile, spaced-based particle physics experiment led by Nobel laureate Samuel Ting of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. February 16
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