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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."

Amy Rose: Tracing Footprints Across the Globe

For the last 10 years Amy Rose has captured the evolving trends of human activity across the globe. As a population research scientist working with the Lab's Geographic Information Science & Technology group and the Urban Dynamics Institute, Amy helps to characterize the development of human settlements and generate insights on human activity. The growth and movement of human populations are rapidly transforming the global landscape with profound effects for urban ecosystems. As people move in response to environmental, political and socioeconomic forces, new challenges emerge for urban residents and infrastructure. "We want to articulate the human footprint on earth in a relevant and meaningful way. Ultimately, we want to know how humans impact and are impacted by urban environments," Amy says.

Fueling the Future with Robert Wagner

Some engineers are attracted to fuels and engine research out of a love of cars. For Robert Wagner, however, enthusiasm for combustion science and chaos theory drew him to this area of research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). After years of delivering breakthroughs for cleaner, more efficient vehicles, Wagner is now director of the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC), the Department of Energy’s (DOE) only user facility dedicated to transportation technologies. In this role, Wagner provides strategic leadership to the NTRC, including developing external collaborations with industry, universities, and other national laboratories in coordination with the Sustainable Transportation Program to ensure the success and continued growth of ORNL’s transportation research.