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var GET2016 = [ {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/628/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-ISISParis-020316-1-c1f4b.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/628/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-ISISParis-020316-1-c1f4b.jpg',big:'/photos/628/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'02.03.16 — Baker Institute fellows and Rice University scholars lead a panel discussion on Middle Eastern and European perspectives on the threat posed by the Islamic State.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/629/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-RTCoffee-Capuano-021016-4-2d6b9.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/629/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-RTCoffee-Capuano-021016-4-2d6b9.jpg',big:'/photos/629/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'02.10.16 — Featured speaker Linda Capuano, fellow in energy technology, discussed the Center for Energy Studies’ recent collaborations with industry and government during this Roundtable dialogue event.\u000D\u000A',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/630/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-Camp2016-Intl-021016-2-6879a.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/630/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-Camp2016-Intl-021016-2-6879a.jpg',big:'/photos/630/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'02.10.16 — In preparation for Super Tuesday, Baker Institute experts explain what the presidential candidates\u0027 positions means, and whether they are grounded in reality. From left, moderator Allen Matusow and panelists Joe Barnes, Russell A. Green, Tony Payan and Ronald L. Sass examine international affairs issues.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/631/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-MEXRuleofLaw-021116-6-566bc.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/631/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-MEXRuleofLaw-021116-6-566bc.jpg',big:'/photos/631/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'02.11.16 — Alejandro Ponce, chief research officer of the World Justice Progress, delivers the keynote address at the event “The Rule of Law and Mexico’s Energy Reform.”',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/632/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-Camp2016-Domestic-021616-1-9ba9c.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/632/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-Camp2016-Domestic-021616-1-9ba9c.jpg',big:'/photos/632/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'02.16.16 — In preparation for Super Tuesday, Baker Institute director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian welcomes guests to “Campaign 2016: Analyzing Where the Candidates Stand on the Issues.” At this event, our nonpartisan experts focused on the presidential candidates\u0027 positions on domestic issues: tax reform, jobs and business policy, health policy and U.S. drug laws. ',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/633/72x66/crop/90/BI-RYP-EdEgan-022316-7-0c832.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/633/640x640/constrain/90/BI-RYP-EdEgan-022316-7-0c832.jpg',big:'/photos/633/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'02.23.16 — Featured speaker Edward J. Egan, director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, greets guests following his talk “The Start\u002Dup Path: From Ideation to Exit.”',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/634/72x66/crop/90/BI-DLSBurns-022416-3-45e53.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/634/640x640/constrain/90/BI-DLSBurns-022416-3-45e53.jpg',big:'/photos/634/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'02.24.16 — Ambassador William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former deputy secretary of state, delivers the keynote speech at a members\u002Donly Director’s Lecture Series event.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/635/72x66/crop/90/BI-FoodDesert-030716-4-9b018.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/635/640x640/constrain/90/BI-FoodDesert-030716-4-9b018.jpg',big:'/photos/635/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'03.07.16 — Vivian Ho (left), James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and director of the Center for Health and Biosciences\u003B featured speaker Alex Ortega, professor and chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and director of the Center for Population Health and Community Impact at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health\u003B and Quianta Moore, scholar in Health Policy, pose for a photo following the event “The Link Between Urban Food Deserts and Community Health.”',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/636/72x66/crop/90/BISF-DrugPolicy-030816-1-d0c24.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/636/640x640/constrain/90/BISF-DrugPolicy-030816-1-d0c24.jpg',big:'/photos/636/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'03.08.16 — Katharine A. Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy, is the featured speaker for a Baker Institute Student Forum drug policy luncheon.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/637/72x66/crop/90/BI-RTCoffee-Green-030816-4-EDIT-ff5c0.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/637/640x640/constrain/90/BI-RTCoffee-Green-030816-4-EDIT-ff5c0.jpg',big:'/photos/637/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'03.08.16 — Members gather for a Roundtable Dialogue presentation with international economics fellow Russell A. Green. Green examined the intersection of monetary and exchange rate policies at this exclusive event.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/638/72x66/crop/90/BI-DrugProhibition-030916-2-65625.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/638/640x640/constrain/90/BI-DrugProhibition-030916-2-65625.jpg',big:'/photos/638/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'03.09.16 — Law enforcement experts discussed the impact of drug prohibition on society and public safety. This event, hosted by the Baker Institute Drug Policy Program, examined existing and future drug policies in Harris County and the nation.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/639/72x66/crop/90/BI-RYPCrawfishBoil-031316-18-ae163.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/639/640x640/constrain/90/BI-RYPCrawfishBoil-031316-18-ae163.jpg',big:'/photos/639/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'03.13.16 — Baker Institute Roundtable Emerging Leaders and the Associate Roundtable celebrate successful membership growth with a crawfish boil.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/640/72x66/crop/90/BISF-image-SpringDebate-032416-2-d7b1e.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/640/640x640/constrain/90/BISF-image-SpringDebate-032416-2-d7b1e.jpg',big:'/photos/640/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'03.24.16 — BISF members Isaiah Rodriguez, Gary Dreyer, Jed Greenberg, Sylvia Omozee, Cyrus Ghaznavi and Vera Ranneft examine immigration policy and the refugee crisis at the annual spring debate between the Rice College Republicans and the Rice Young Democrats.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/641/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-ChildrenParadise-032816-2-3bb80.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/641/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-ChildrenParadise-032816-2-3bb80.jpg',big:'/photos/641/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'03.28.16 — Featured speaker Laura Secor signs copies of her recently published book, \u0022Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran,\u0022 in which she narrates the dramatic events that shaped modern Iran, from the Revolution in 1979 to the present.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/642/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-CESHeidariRobinson-040416-1-8d4e6.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/642/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-CESHeidariRobinson-040416-1-8d4e6.jpg',big:'/photos/642/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'04.04.16 — Stephen Heidari\u002DRobinson (right), advisor on\u000D\u000Aenergy and the environment to the prime minister of the United Kingdom, addresses issues such as electricity generation strategy and climate change during his conversation with Kenneth B. 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Djerejian (left), director of the Baker Institute, and His Excellency José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, Cuba\u0027s ambassador to the United States, examine oil, trade and more during a Director\u0027s Lecture Series event.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/648/72x66/crop/90/BI-IranConf-041416-4-fcde0.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/648/640x640/constrain/90/BI-IranConf-041416-4-fcde0.jpg',big:'/photos/648/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'04.14.16 — Featured speaker Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman delivers the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series keynote address during a one\u002Dday colloquium examining U.S.\u002DIran relations.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/649/72x66/crop/90/CES-DiegoRodriquez-042016-4-a02cb.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/649/640x640/constrain/90/CES-DiegoRodriquez-042016-4-a02cb.jpg',big:'/photos/649/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'04.20.16 — At this event, featured speaker Diego Rodriguez, senior economist at the World Bank and team task leader for Thirsty Energy, addresses existing challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in the implementation of a nexus approach for governments and the private sector.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/650/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-GlobalHealthConf-042216-3-0dac1.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/650/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-GlobalHealthConf-042216-3-0dac1.jpg',big:'/photos/650/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'04.22.16 — Panelists take questions from the audience at a conference focusing on Texas’ unique vantage on international health issues. Experts discussed advancements in the state that can shape local and global health priorities. Participants also examined the U.S. response to Ebola in 2014 and recommended alternative strategies to cope with future global health threats.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/651/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-McLarty-Videgaray-042516-3-5c3d5.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/651/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-McLarty-Videgaray-042516-3-5c3d5.jpg',big:'/photos/651/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'04.25.16 — His Excellency Luis Videgaray Caso greets guests at this McLarty Lecture Series event addressing the present and future condition of Mexico\u0027s economy.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/652/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-JohnKerry-FB-042616-4-878cc.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/652/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-JohnKerry-FB-042616-4-878cc.jpg',big:'/photos/652/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'04.26.16 — The Baker Institute hosts U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for a private address on the role of religion in foreign policy. This event was part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/653/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-CMEStudents-050216-2-bb9e6.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/653/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-CMEStudents-050216-2-bb9e6.jpg',big:'/photos/653/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'05.02.16 — At this showcase, students from Center for the Middle East mentorship programs present their field research, which was largely conducted in the Middle East with financial support from the Baker Institute.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/654/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-BPOutlook-050416-2-07f38.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/654/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-BPOutlook-050416-2-07f38.jpg',big:'/photos/654/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'05.04.16 — Featured speaker David Eyton, head of technology for BP, speaks with guests about the role of technology in solving energy challenges following his presentation of findings from BP’s Technology Outlook.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/655/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-RTDinner-050516-16-254ce.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/655/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-RTDinner-050516-16-254ce.jpg',big:'/photos/655/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'05.05.16 — Roundtable members gather for the Roundtable Annual Dinner, which featured a panel discussion with the fellows and scholars of the Mexico Center.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/656/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-Wittig-051116-3-6cf9c.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/656/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-Wittig-051116-3-6cf9c.jpg',big:'/photos/656/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'05.11.16 — His Excellency Peter Wittig, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States, examines the importance of transatlantic relations in today\u0027s international arena.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/657/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-RYPBaker-051716-10-b3a97.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/657/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-RYPBaker-051716-10-b3a97.jpg',big:'/photos/657/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'05.17.16 — Roundtable Emerging Leaders enjoyed a special evening with former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, who reflected on his public service under three U.S. presidents and the founding of the Baker Institute.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/658/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-HPFLunch-060316-3-0aad8.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/658/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-HPFLunch-060316-3-0aad8.jpg',big:'/photos/658/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'06.03.16 — Vivian Ho, director of the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences, discusses the current status of the U.S. health care system under Obamacare and examines what modifications might be expected under a new Democratic or Republican administration.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/659/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-RYPSpace-062716-4-462cf.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/659/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-RYPSpace-062716-4-462cf.jpg',big:'/photos/659/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'06.27.16 — Almost 50 years after the first U.S. moon landing, America’s space program faces an uncertain future. Senior space policy fellow George Abbey, former director of the Johnson Space Center, and former astronauts Leroy Chiao and Fred Haise discuss what\u0027s ahead for NASA at this Roundtable Young Professionals (RYP) event.\u000D\u000A',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/660/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-WHTPBush-071116-web-1-a2ff0.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/660/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-WHTPBush-071116-web-1-a2ff0.jpg',big:'/photos/660/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'07.11.16 — The \u0022Presidential Transitions in a Bipartisan Setting\u0022 conference, hosted at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, included a select group of former White House staff members with a wealth of presidential transition experience. Speakers addressed the complexities of shifting from campaigning to governing, highlighting smart strategies for fostering a smooth beginning.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/661/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-RYP-MarkJones-082316-3-fbe45.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/661/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-RYP-MarkJones-082316-3-fbe45.jpg',big:'/photos/661/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'08.23.16 — Political science fellow Mark P. Jones provided his nonpartisan take on the contentious 2016 presidential campaign at a young professionals happy hour at Karbach Brewing Company. ',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/662/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-MexWkshp-Bersin-082416-1-28320.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/662/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-MexWkshp-Bersin-082416-1-28320.jpg',big:'/photos/662/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'08.24.16 — The Honorable Alan Bersin, assistant secretary for international affairs and chief diplomatic officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy, addresses the progress and remaining challenges in the cross\u002Dborder regions of the U.S., Mexico and Canada, while providing a vision for future trade and interactions between the countries.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/663/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-DCInterns-082716-2-8f2ca.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/663/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-DCInterns-082716-2-8f2ca.jpg',big:'/photos/663/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'08.27.16 — Fellow Steve W. Lewis (right) introduces Griffin Thomas (left) to present his research he completed while interning at the U.S. Department of Education as a part of the 2016 Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/664/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-BobMcNair-082916-1-f695d.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/664/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-BobMcNair-082916-1-f695d.jpg',big:'/photos/664/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'08.29.16 — Houston Texans CEO and Chairman Bob McNair discusses key moments in his successful business career during a moderated Q\u0026A with Ed Egan, left, director of the Baker Institute McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/665/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-GreenCities-091316-4-34f5f.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/665/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-GreenCities-091316-4-34f5f.jpg',big:'/photos/665/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'09.13.16 — Guests fill Doré Commons to hear economist and environmental expert Woodrow W. Clark II’s lecture on smart green cities and climate change. Clark is a 2007 co\u002Drecipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/666/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-RTCoffee-Payan-091316-4-68e4a.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/666/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-RTCoffee-Payan-091316-4-68e4a.jpg',big:'/photos/666/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'09.13.16 — Mexico Center director Tony Payan discusses immigration, Donald Trump\u0027s border wall and other issues at a members\u002Donly Roundtable Dialogue.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/667/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-OSTPPressConf-091416-2-388cc.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/667/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-OSTPPressConf-091416-2-388cc.jpg',big:'/photos/667/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'09.14.16 — Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Neal F. Lane, presents a new Baker Institute report at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This research outlines recommendations for the next president to consider when choosing a science advisor and establishing science and technology policy priorities.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/668/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-ValiNasr-091516-3-85ef1.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/668/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-ValiNasr-091516-3-85ef1.jpg',big:'/photos/668/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'09.15.16 — Vali Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies a current member of the State Department’s Policy Board, discusses the future of U.S.\u002DIran relations and the considerations for the next U.S. presidential administration.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/669/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-Biden-091616-6-d9de8.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/669/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-Biden-091616-6-d9de8.jpg',big:'/photos/669/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'09.16.16 — The Baker Institute and MD Anderson Cancer Center host Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden for a presentation on the White House Cancer Moonshot initiative. 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Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, addresses the complex political landscape of the Middle East and policy options for the new administration at an event for Roundtable members.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/692/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-ReligionDiplomacy-111716-2-2e168.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/692/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-ReligionDiplomacy-111716-2-2e168.jpg',big:'/photos/692/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'11.17.16 — Shaun Casey, special representative for religion and global affairs at the U.S. Department of State, speaks on lessons learned by the U.S. Department of State in incorporating religion and diplomacy into its foreign policy strategy.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/693/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-PopulistNationalism-112916-3-743d4.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/693/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-PopulistNationalism-112916-3-743d4.jpg',big:'/photos/693/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'11.29.16 — At an event co\u002Dsponsored by the Baker Institute and Rice University’s Politics, Law \u0026 Social Thought Program, a panel of Rice faculty members examines the recent rise of populist movements in constitutional democracies in Europe and the U.S.',description:''}, {thumb:'/media/cached/photos/694/72x66/crop/90/BI-image-MDA-HPVPanel-120216-3-ae3a6.jpg',image:'/media/cached/photos/694/640x640/constrain/90/BI-image-MDA-HPVPanel-120216-3-ae3a6.jpg',big:'/photos/694/800x800/constrain/90/',title:'12.02.16 — Umair Shah, M.D., executive director of Harris County Public Health, moderates a panel discussion with leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas state government and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. 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