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I’ll never forget my first day of kindergarten. A week before school started, I broke my leg. With a cast on my leg and with the help of crutches, I limped into class and became an instant curiosity/celebrity. All the other kids asked me about the cast and how I broke my leg.

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In December 2012, I spoke with Dr. Michael Carter, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at the University of Toronto, about healthcare in Canada. Thoroughly entertaining, Dr Carter had some valuable insights on the state of healthcare systems in Canada.

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I got an email recently from John Toczek, an OR professional with Aramark who writes the PuzzlOR column for OR/MS Today):
You ran an article on a contest I created back in 2010 called the Analytics X Competition where contestants were trying to predict where homicides would occur in Philadelphia zip codes...

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My mother worked for EPA for almost 20 years, instilling me with a respect for the world around me. The topic of O.R. and the Environment seemed like a natural (weak pun intended) fit. I was struck by the sentence in Patricia Randall’s blog entry, “While I am certain it is possible to include green objectives in a model, I haven’t had a client say ‘Minimize my emissions or my carbon footprint’. Or have I?”

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As we say a final farewell to our favorite Harry Potter characters this summer and return to the land of the Muggles, I have to wonder what these muggles – non-wizardy folks with no magical ability – had to say about the events that were taking place right under their noses.

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The January blog challenge of O.R. and Politics provided many scenarios of how operations research can improve the political process (or not.) One of the common threads was the ability of O.R. to provide transparency and logical solutions in situations commonly dominated by politicians whose main motivation is...

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