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Bhaduri to Serve on National Academies’ Committee

Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI) Director Budhendra “Budhu” Bhaduri has accepted an invitation to serve on the Geographical Sciences Committee (GCS) for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

ORNL Outreach Event Introduces Girls to AI and Machine Learning

The Women in Computing (WiC) networking group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is inspiring the next-generation of women scientists with an educational series that teaches young girls coding and computer science.

Bhaduri Awarded AAG Anderson Medal of Honor

Urban Dynamics Institute Director Budhendra “Budhu” Bhaduri has been selected by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) to receive the 2018 James R. Anderson Medal of Honor in Applied Geography. As the Applied Geography Specialty group’s highest honor, the Anderson Medal is awarded annually by the group’s board of directors for “highly distinguished service to the profession of geography” and recognizes career contributions across multiple sectors, including research, industry, education, and government.

Urban Dynamics Institute Releases FY 2017 Annual Report

In 2017, a devastating Atlantic hurricane season struck regions of the United States and the Caribbean, imperiling large populations who now face a long road to recovery in the aftermath. On a global scale, population shifts in the past year, driven by environmental, political, economic, and social factors, have been sweeping. Short-term displacements in US coastal regions and the Caribbean followed in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar accumulated an astonishing figure of more than half a billion refugees who relocated long-term to camps and settlements elsewhere.

Olufemi Omitaomu: Urban Resilience

Olufemi "Femi" Omitaomu is leveraging Big Data for urban resilience, helping growing cities support future infrastructure and resource needs. A senior research scientist for ORNL's Computational Sciences & Engineering Division since 2012, Femi is interested in the relationship between people and infrastructure in urban areas. "What we do, where we go and how we get there all have an impact on our cities and the resources upon which we rely," he says. "It is important to understand how people interact with infrastructure in their community to identify risks and inform decisions that will ultimately help us build better, more efficient, more resilient cities."