Lipinski Announces Federal Grant to Argonne Lab to Help Policy-makers in Urban Areas

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski announced that Argonne National Laboratory, in partnership with the University of Chicago, has received a $600,000 federal grant for a new research effort that will help decision-makers in urban areas better understand the impact of different policies on their communities. The National Science Foundation grant will fund the new Urban Center for Computation and Data, an interdisciplinary program that will compile and analyze information collected by cities to help them make more informed policy and planning decisions.

"This grant will bring together researchers from several fields to help decision-makers in urban areas make better policy choices that should improve the quality of life for residents," Lipinski said. "With unprecedented volumes of data and statistics being collected in metropolitan areas, grants like these will help put that information to good, practical use, and could reduce the burden on taxpayers in metropolitan areas such as Chicago as resources are used more efficiently."

Lipinski is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Three years ago, when he served as chairman of the subcommittee, Lipinski wrote the bill reauthorizing the National Science Foundation.

The Urban Center for Computation and Data, under the leadership of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago, aims to produce computer models to simulate the impacts of potential development and policy decisions on areas such as transportation, employment, crime, and health. The center includes several outside collaborators, including the City of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago Medical Center, and the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

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