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Science and Big Data to Improve Urban Planning, Design, and Policy

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The Honorable Bobby Rush and The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries and invite you to a briefing on: “Science and Big Data to Improve Urban Planning, Design, and Policy”.

July 21, 2014
US Capitol Visitor Center
HVC 201 A&B 

Boxed lunch will be served. 


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Few, if any, urban challenges are “simply social” or “simply engineering.” Come hear how taking a holistic approach to social science and physical science can improve the quality of urban life and enhance sustainability.

The briefing will highlight the integration of social, computational, physical and life sciences to address urban challenges.  

urban center for computation and data
University of Chicago
Charlie Catlett

Charlie Catlett

Hakeem Jeffries

Hakeem Jeffries

Steven Koonin

Steven Koonin

Bobby Rush

Bobby Rush

Charlie Catlett

Charlie Catlett is a Senior Computer Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division and a Senior Fellow at the Argonne / University of Chicago Computation Institute. His current focus areas include cyber security, distributed computing and mobile/embedded computing. From 2007-2011, Catlett served as Argonne’s Chief Information Officer.

Prior to joining Argonne in 2000, Catlett was Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He was part of the original team that established NCSA in 1985 and his early work there included participation on the team that deployed and managed the NSFNet. In the early 1990′s Catlett participated in the DARPA/NSF Gigabit Testbeds Initiative, coordinated by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives.

Catlett was the founding chair of the Global Grid Forum (GGF, now Open Grid Forum) from 1999 through 2004. During this same period he designed and deployed one of the first regional optical networks dedicated to academic and research use – I-WIRE, funded by the State of Illinois.

He has been involved in Grid (distributed) computing since the early 1990s, when he co-authored (with Larry Smarr) a seminal paper “Metacomputing” in the Communications of the ACM, which outlined many of the high-level goals of what is today called Grid computing.

Steve Koonin

Steven E. Koonin was appointed as the founding Director of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress in April 2012. That consortium of academic, corporate, and government partners will pursue research and education activities to develop and demonstrate informatics technologies for urban problems in the “living laboratory” of New York City.

Prior to his NYU appointment, Dr. Koonin served as the second Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy from May 2009 through November 2011. In that capacity, he oversaw technical activities across the Department’s science, energy, and security activities and led the Department’s first Quadrennial Technology Review for energy. Before joining the government, Dr. Koonin spent five years as Chief Scientist for BP plc, where he played a central role in establishing the Energy Biosciences Institute. Dr. Koonin was a professor of theoretical physics at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 1975-2006 and was the Institute’s Provost for almost a decade. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the JASON advisory group.

Dr. Koonin holds a B.S. in Physics from Caltech and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from MIT (1975) and is an adjunct staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. 

The Honorary Hakeem Jeffries

On November 6, 2012, Hakeem overwhelmingly won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the newly redrawn Eighth Congressional District of New York. He succeeds a thirty-year incumbent in a district largely anchored in Brooklyn and parts of Southwest Queens. Rep. Jeffries is a member of the House Budget and Judiciary Committees. In the 113th Congress, he worked on reforming the criminal justice system, addressed gun violence and assisted neighborhoods in the district that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Through speeches on the House Floor, committee hearings and communication with the White House, Rep. Jeffries has strongly opposed efforts to balance the budget on the backs of our seniors. He does not support benefit cuts to Social Security and Medicare programs, on which many of our seniors depend. Rep. Jeffries voted against the budget proposed by the House Majority in 2013, including a provision that would turn Medicare into a voucher program that would weaken this social safety net. He continues to work against the chained CPI proposal that will hurt the quality of life of seniors who rely on Social Security to survive.

Hakeem obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he graduated with honors for outstanding academic achievement. He then received his master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. Thereafter, Hakeem attended New York University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and served on the Law Review. Following the completion of law school, Hakeem clerked for the Honorable Harold Baer Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he practiced law for several years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, an internationally renowned law firm, and then served as counsel in the litigation department of two Fortune 100 companies, Viacom Inc. and CBS. He also worked as of counsel at Godosky and Gentile, a well-regarded litigation firm in New York City. 

The Honorable Bobby L. Rush

Congressman Bobby L. Rush has spent most of his life fighting for everyday people.  He believes that the constitutional promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all Americans must be upheld to make our nation strong.  He has represented the First Congressional District of Illinois for almost two decades.

Rush’s life story is truly an American story.  He was born in Albany, Georgia on November 23, 1946.  It was a time of terror and random violence against African-Americans living in the south.  Eight months after Rush’s birth, historians report that a white mob tied two black couples to a tree and killed them in a hail of gunfire.  It happened in a rural Georgia county north of Rush’s birthplace.  The brutal murders, known as The Moore’s Ford Bridge Case, led President Harry Truman to push for sweeping civil rights changes and the desegregation of the military.  It was the last documented mass lynching in the United States.  The nation was on the cusp of change.

But Rush’s family could not wait so they joined the great African-American migration and moved north to Chicago.  At the time, most of American society held no expectation that the son of a single mother, growing up on Chicago’s west side, would someday become a powerful national and international leader.  But Bobby Rush didn’t know that.

His mother and teachers at Marshall High School told him that with hard work he could rise to the level of his limitless imagination.  The American Civil Rights Movement, that began shortly after he was born, would reach its zenith with the passage of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was 18 years old.  This struggle to fulfill the constitutional promise of equality for all would define Rush and his life’s work.  The fight for human rights, in America and throughout the world, remains Rush’s mission.  Public service through elected office is one of the many paths he has chosen with that mission in mind.  For the past 18 years, Rush’s passion for helping people and solving their problems, has been reflected in every aspect of his work in the Congress of the United States.

Chicago and her surrounding communities are a microcosm of America.  And, while large parts of his district includes communities that can boast world class health and educational institutions and a diverse array of businesses, there are others where youth unemployment and acts of  violence are far too common.  Rush is an honorably discharged Army veteran and an ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Theology.  In addition to his congressional responsibilities, Rush is the pastor of the Beloved Community Christian Church of Chicago.  Rush listens to his constituents with a pastor’s ear and acts on their needs with a politician’s skill.

He and his wife of 31 years, Carolyn, have a blended family with six children including a son who lost his life to gun violence in 1999.

U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush is a transcendent American leader who keeps his legislative and policy interests sharply focused on the needs of his constituents — especially the most vulnerable.  He believes in the redemptive power of the human spirit.  He believes in human ingenuity and tenacity.  He knows the power of a made up mind.  As a member of Congress, Rush stands on the shoulders of a long line of patriots and public servants who have gone before him and who are ardent believers in our Constitution.  His life is an example of our nation’s fundamental promise and his work reflects a deep determination to bend the arc of government resources and innovation towards the needs of every American — whether they live on our nation’s main streets or its side streets.



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