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Cities, Climate Change, and Disease: How Science Can Help Us Solve Big Problems, May 5

Join us Friday, May 5 for our final presentation in the spring 2023 lecture series. Christa Brelsford, research scientist of human dynamics at the Oak Ridge National Lab will present “Cities, Climate Change, and Disease: How Science Can Help Us Solve Big Problems,” at noon via Zoom. 

Quantifying interactions between social systems and the physical environment we live within has long been a major scientific challenge. A better understanding of interactions between the physical and natural context and urban social structure is necessary to support predictions of how people and cities will respond to climate change, disease, and other emergent threats; ensure energy and water security for their residents; and facilitate urban sustainability and resilience.

In her presentation, Brelsford will describe projects applied to recent COVID-19 cases, predictions of urban building characteristics, and precise estimation of urban population allocations. These projects use different datasets, methods, and theoretical backgrounds, but are all aimed at developing empirical strategies to increase our understanding of how social and physical systems are coupled.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Once registered, you will receive an email with information about joining the meeting via Zoom. 

Register today for the May 5 Science Forum lecture.

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