INFORMS in the News

Want to be a CEO? It helps to look the part

Looks do matter. According to a new study in the INFORMS journal of Management Science, the more competent you look (based on certain facial features) the more likely you are to be a CEO. They study, which focused on male CEOs, found that faces that rated as competent-looking typically had square jaws, overall sharper features and appeared more mature.

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The Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2017

INFORMS provides the key to networking opportunities

Whether you are a seasoned professional or a fresh graduate, networking plays an essential role in long-term career growth. Membership in a professional association like INFORMS provides access to many networking opportunities, as well as other member benefits such as career resources. 

KD Nuggets, February 13, 2017

Carefully chosen wording can increase donations by over 300 percent

A forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, based on the psychology of sympathy, shows that small changes in the wording of a fundraising letter can increase donations by over 300 percent.

With over a million registered public charities in the United States, fundraising for good causes has become more difficult than ever. Annual events like Giving Tuesday increase overall giving, but also increase the competition for funds around those events.

POST Online Media, February 13, 2017

America’s Blood Economy: Vulnerable To Economic Trends, Medical Advances

INFORMS Fellow Anna Nagurney shares her research on blood supply chains – challenges and potential solutions – with Karen Brown of New England Public Radio.

New England Public Radio, February 9, 2017

Congratulations to INFORMS members elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Three INFORMS members are among those elected to the National Academy of Engineering for 2017:


Mark S. Daskin: Clyde W. Johnson Collegiate Professor and chair, department of industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  For leadership and creative contributions to location optimization and its application to industrial, service, and medical systems.

Arkadi Nemirovski: John Hunter Chair and Professor, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.  For the development of efficient algorithms for large-scale convex optimization problems.

Sridhar R. Tayur: Ford Distinguished Research Chair Professor of Operations Management, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.  For developing and commercializing innovative methods to optimize supply chain systems.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/ implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

National Academy of Engineering, February 8, 2017

INFORMS Analytics Conference draws data professionals in 2017

The INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations research, April 2-4 in Las Vegas, NV was included on the KD Nuggets list of upcoming meetings in analytics, big data, data mining, and data science in 2017.

KD Nuggets, February 3, 2017

Immigration Executive Order impacts researchers and scientists

Scientists and researchers from the countries targeted by the Immigration Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump face growing uncertainty regarding their ability to travel to the U.S. to conduct research or attend meetings and conferences, including the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston later this year.

UT News, February 1, 2017

Career options as a data analyst

In the era of information and technology, the role of data analysts has become critical to cope with the present needs of the consumers and companies. And a valuable tool for all data analysts as they navigate the career is the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

News Dog, January 23, 2017

INFORMS Executive Director invited to join leadership roundtable

INFORMS Executive Director Melissa Moore has been invited to join the new CEO Update MidCap Roundtable. This new, invitation only membership includes participation in a one-of-a-kind peer networking and education-focused event, the Roundtable Summit, which will bring together CEOs and principals of major search firms for a day of high-level education focused on arming senior leaders with the knowledge they need to lead their organizations, and to navigate a rapidly changing political and economic environment. 

CEO Update, January 20, 2017

Room upgrade can increase hotel profits up to 35 percent

Standby upgrade programs are an innovative way for hotels to increase annual revenue by as much as 35 percent while also filling frequently unused premium rooms, creating awareness for unique room features, and improving guest satisfaction and loyalty. However, new research in an upcoming edition of the INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management finds that the success of a standby upgrade program is directly tied to the type of guests who frequent the hotel, and the types and quantity of rooms available.

POST, January 19, 2017

Operations Research Analyst ... stress free career?

According to CareerCast's 2017 Job Stress report, which analyzes 11 factors that impact job stress levels, Operations Research Analyst is listed among the least stressful jobs for 2017.

Media Confidential, January 13, 2017

Operations Research Analyst named among top jobs of 2017

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, has unveiled their list of the 2017 Best Jobs, with Operations Research Analyst included among the top 5 best business jobs.

U.S. News & World Report, January 11, 2017

Uncertainty in blood supply chains creating challenges for industry

INFORMS member and professor with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Anna Nagurney discusses the uncertainty facing blood supply chains, currently a multi billion dollar industry, due to a decrease in demand, and the positive impact supply chain analytics tools can have moving forward. 

The Conversation, January 8, 2017

INFORMS presents award for best publication in the natural sciences

Dr. Lewis Ntaimo, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, former Ph.D. student Julian Gallego-Arrubla, and Curt Stripling of the Texas A&M Forest Service, have been selected for this year’s INFORMS Section on Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment (ENRE) best paper publication.

Environment Guru, January 10, 2017

INFORMS member contributions selected for "40 Under 40"

Vice President of Business Analytics of Regal Entertainment Group and INFORMS member Matt Carr was selected for the Knoxville Sentinel's top "40 Under 40" for his role in helping Regal grow from being a company without a formalized analytics group to one that makes decisions and pursues strategies based on actionable data analysis.

Knoxville News Sentinel, January 2, 2017

In bots we distrust

In an upcoming issue of the INFORMS journal Management Science, a study conducted by three business professors explores a phenomenon called “algorithm aversion,” which is an irrational distrust of computer algorithms, despite their ability to outperform humans on many tasks, from selecting baseball recruits to diagnosing illness.

Boston Globe, December 31, 2016

There may be an ‘obesity effect’ on your investments

Your physical attributes could have an impact on your participation in financial markets, according to a study of nearly 40,000 people entitled “Stature, Obesity and Portfolio Choice” recently published in the INFORMS journal Management Science. “Specifically, we find that individuals who are relatively tall and of normal weight are more likely to hold stocks in their financial portfolios,” the authors found. The relationship is one of correlation rather than causation, as is often the case with such studies, and experts point to a far more complex relationship between lower income families, access to education and, often times, more expensive fresh food.

Market Watch, December 27, 2016

How to cure the electoral college

An op-ed with the Los Angeles Times by INFORMS Fellow Arnold Barnett and INFORMS Past-President Ed Kaplan explores a simple reform that might go a long way toward reducing objections to the electoral college without introducing a partisan bias.

Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2016

A better way for policymakers to win over constituents

A new Management Science study, "When Do People Prefer Carrots to Sticks? A Robust 'Matching Effect' in Policy Evaluation," suggests that by understanding how people evaluate policies, marketers and policymakers can better frame and improve acceptance rates. 

"For a policy to succeed, it must not only be effective in changing behavior, it must also be accepted by stakeholders," says co-author Ellen Evers, of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. "Therefore it is crucial to understand how different descriptions of the exact same policy can lead to dramatically different rates of acceptance.", December 15, 2016

Watch your Assets!

INFORMS President Ed Kaplan provides input on the importance of business owners recognizing the value of their data, and that the more it is used in decision-making, the greater the impact.

"Getting owners to see that data can drive new efficiencies and effectiveness, challenging others in the organization to produce quality information, and seeking and seizing opportunities to make improvements--even in areas that one wouldn't typically consider--can be challenging, but it will also have the greatest return on investment," said Kaplan.

Inc. Magazine, December 15, 2016


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