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3 myths that need to die about women at work

3 myths that need to die about women at work

Chicago Tribune, August 16, 2017

A new study appearing in the INFORMS journal Organization Science helps dispel the rumor that women in the workplace are emotional and when upset, will be catty with other women. The study showed the opposite to be true, that women who have strong relationships with their female counterparts experience less conflict in the workplace. 

FirstNet for emergency communications: 6 questions answered

FirstNet for emergency communications: 6 questions answered

The Conversation, August 16, 2017

Anna Nagurney, PhD, INFORMS member, professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, discusses current plans to expand the use of  First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, which was created in the wake of 9/11 to help first responders communicate at emergency scenes. 

Missile countermeasures: North Korea’s threat, Israel’s experience

Missile countermeasures: North Korea’s threat, Israel’s experience

The Conversation, August 15, 2017

Brock University professor and INFORMS member Michael Armstrong discusses the current threat of a missile attack by North Korea and provides insight as to how the U.S. may respond, by looking to how Israel currently is dealing with actual rocket attacks. 

CAP listed among the top 14 big data and data analytics certifications

CAP listed among the top 14 big data and data analytics certifications

True Viral News, August 11, 2017

If you’re looking for a way to get an edge big data certification is a great option. Certifications measure your knowledge and skills against industry- and vendor-specific benchmarks to prove to employers that you have the right skillset. Among the leading certifications available today is the INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) credential, a general analytics certification that certifies end-to-end understanding of the analytics process, from framing business and analytic problems to acquiring data, methodology, model building, deployment and model lifecycle management. 

Mo' data, mo' problems: Information systems wrestle with corporate knowledge loss

Mo' data, mo' problems: Information systems wrestle with corporate knowledge loss

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 11, 2017

As businesses explore new ways to make their data more accessible and prevent data loss, Linda Argote, INFORMS Fellow and professor at Carnegie Mellow University's Tepper School of Business, discusses how information management systems can help employees access data, especially in the wake of older, seasoned employees leaving a company.

How do you fix a school-bus problem? Call MIT

How do you fix a school-bus problem? Call MIT

The Wall Street Journal, August 11, 2017

A trio of MIT researchers and INFORMS members - Dimitris Bertsimas, Arther Delarue and Sebastien Martin - recently tackled a tricky vehicle-routing problem when they set out to improve the efficiency of the Boston Public Schools bus system.

3 myths about women we need to debunk now

3 myths about women we need to debunk now

Inc.com, August 9, 2017

Myth #1: Women are emotional. The basic gist of this myth is that women are ruled by their emotions, especially in stressful situations. When faced with a decision, they are unable to think rationally. And when they feel slighted, they become catty, particularly with other women. In fact, research from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences shows that when there are strong female relationships in the workplace, there is less conflict. This is particularly true when the workplace is male-dominated.

Rainy weather dampens online shopping

Rainy weather dampens online shopping

Nexus Media, August 7, 2017

Today’s consumers can shop for almost anything without ever leaving home. So it may be surprising to learn that weather can influence their buying mood even when they are indoors. It’s long been known that weather affects temperament, and that good weather tends to bring people out of the house more than bad weather. It’s one reason why — when an election outcome may hinge on voter turnout — candidates hope it doesn’t rain on Election Day. Yet, new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science suggests that even when shoppers stay inside — and browsing through ads on their smartphones — good weather will inspire them to buy.

INFORMS member announced as dean of CMU in Qatar

INFORMS member announced as dean of CMU in Qatar

CMU News, August 3, 2017

Michael Trick, INFORMS member and the Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Operations Research at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, has been appointed dean of Carnegie Mellon in Qatar, effective September 1, 2017.

Are you a CEO who wants a raise? Try going on TV

Are you a CEO who wants a raise? Try going on TV

Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2017

If you’re the chief executive of a publicly traded company and want a raise, what should you do?

(a) Keep breathing.

(b) Get yourself on CNBC.

The first answer will probably work, but getting some media attention will work better, especially if your company isn’t too large and its stock has been doing well. Those are the key findings of a new study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science of CEO pay and U.S. media exposure conducted by a pair of American-trained business professors in Asia.

Mobile shopping behaviors and other things entrepreneurs need to know

Mobile shopping behaviors and other things entrepreneurs need to know

Small Biz Daily, July 31, 2017

Does weather impact sales? Four data scientists noticed the weather was a “huge focal point for many mobile marketing campaigns.” But, they wondered, what specific weather conditions drove sales. Their research, appearing in INFORMS’ Marketing Science, shows many large marketers, such as Burberry, Ace Hardware, and Taco Bell (among others), unleashed weather-based mobile marketing messages, promoting specific products.

Thinking aCAP

Thinking aCAP

Solver International , July 31, 2017

Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, INFORMS Member and Director of Analytical Consulting Services at the University of North Carolina, shares with analytics and operations research students the importance of standing out to potential employers, and the important role an Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP) certification can play in that.

INFORMS member to be appointed as next NUS President

INFORMS member to be appointed as next NUS President

NUS News, July 28, 2017

The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced today that top academic leader, mathematician Professor Tan Eng Chye will be the University’s next President. Professor Tan is a member of INFORMS and editor of the INFORMS journal Management Science.

Explaining infrastructure spending

Explaining infrastructure spending

BYU Radio, July 26, 2017

Anna Nagurney, PhD, INFORMS member, professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Director of the Virtual Center of Supernetworks, explains the transportation and communications network needs of the U.S., from the internet, road systems, and our cell phones.

Superhuman: Powers of deduction

Superhuman: Powers of deduction

FOX, July 24, 2017

INFORMS member and professor of mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy Sommer Gentry represented INFORMS and the mathematics community on the FOX show Superhuman, by tackling an O.R. problem that involves counting sub-rectangles in an m-by-n grid and in an m-by-n grid with corners cut out. 

Women co-workers with strong bonds experience reduced conflict

Women co-workers with strong bonds experience reduced conflict

G'day India, July 21, 2017

Strong bonding among female co-workers can be favorable for the workplace as it can help in reducing conflict among female employees, a study has revealed. According to a study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science, when employers encourage an office environment that supports positive and social relationships between women co-workers, especially in primarily male dominated organizations, they are less likely to experience conflict among women employees.

How weather impacts response to mobile ads

How weather impacts response to mobile ads

POST Online Media, July 21, 2017

According to a study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, certain weather conditions are more amenable for consumer responses to mobile marketing efforts, while the tone of your ad content can either help or hurt such response depending on the current local weather.

Bonding among women co-workers can reduce conflict

Bonding among women co-workers can reduce conflict

The Indian Express, July 18, 2017

Strong bonding among female co-workers can be favorable for the workplace as it can help in reducing conflict among female employees, a study has revealed. According to a study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science, when employers encourage an office environment that supports positive and social relationships between women co-workers, especially in primarily male dominated organisations, they are less likely to experience conflict among women employees.