Last week, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro hosted Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s top science advisor, for dinner in Knoxville with the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chairs, two graduate students of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research, and other UT leaders.
The UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair Program is designed to attract exceptionally accomplished researchers from across the world to pursue solutions for our nation’s biggest problems. Dinner participants each provided Dr. Holdren with a briefing of their area of expertise and current research and why they came to work or study at the University of Tennessee.
The dinner concluded with encouragement from Dr. Holdren for the University to work closely with his staff and other federal departments and agencies in seeking partnership opportunities in a number of program areas.
It was Dr. Holdren’s first visit to the State of Tennessee.