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Thirteen UChicago Faculty Receive Named, Distinguished Service Professorships

Thirteen UChicago Faculty Receive Named, Distinguished Service Professorships

Company News HQ, July 2, 2020

Thirteen University of Chicago faculty members have received named professorships or have been appointed distinguished service professors. Profs. Clifford Ando, John Birge, Frances Ferguson, Vinay Kumar, Ka Yee C. Lee and Linda Waite received distinguished service professorships, while Profs. Neil Brenner, Junhong Chen, Scott Eggener, Timothy Harrison, Eric Pamer, Mercedes Pascual and Brook Ziporyn received named professorships.

The Secret of Connecticut’s Success in Battling COVID-19

The Secret of Connecticut’s Success in Battling COVID-19

Yale Insights, July 1, 2020

On June 30, 21,416 COVID-19 tests were performed in the state of Connecticut. Only 152 came back positive. This represented a remarkable turnaround for a state that regularly saw more than 1,000 new cases a day in April. We asked Prof. Edward Kaplan, an operations and modeling expert who has extensively studied the spread of the disease in the state, what Connecticut has gotten right—and what risks still remain.

Doctor Suggests Players Will Die if College Football Season Starts as Planned

Doctor Suggests Players Will Die if College Football Season Starts as Planned

New York Post, July 1, 2020

Should a college football season take place, one Big Ten professor expects tragedy. Dr. Sheldon Jacobson, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois, told CBS Sports that if the roughly 13,000 FBS players return to their respective campuses as scheduled, he projects that 30 to 50 percent of players will contract COVID-19 this season – and three to seven players will die.

The Not-So-Grand Reopening of Retail

The Not-So-Grand Reopening of Retail

Retail Dive, July 1, 2020

As governors relaxed stay-at-home orders and people ventured out in recent days, the number of new reported cases of COVID-19 has surged again, reaching a single-day record on Sunday, according to the World Health Organization. Between Jan. 20 and July 1 of this year there have been 2,573,393 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 126,573 deaths in the U.S., according to WHO data. 

Football This Fall? U of I Professor Weighs In

Football This Fall? U of I Professor Weighs In

WCIA, July 1, 2020

Dr. Sheldon Jacobson, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois, has been evaluating CDC data, and explains how COVID-19 could spread if college football season resumes this fall.

The Benefits of Telemedicine as a Form of Continuity of Care

The Benefits of Telemedicine as a Form of Continuity of Care

Cox Today, July 1, 2020

When Vishal Ahuja moved from Chicago to Texas in 2014, he faced a frustration experienced by many families: finding a compatible primary care provider. A few lackluster interactions with potential PCPs left him with recurring questions: “Why is this so difficult? Why can’t I have the same doctor? Can I continue working with my PCP from Chicago via phone or video?”

Managing Diabetes at Community Health Centers

Managing Diabetes at Community Health Centers

Medpage Today, July 1, 2020

The number of Americans without health insurance or a primary care physician is astonishing. In 2018, the U.S. Census showed roughly 27.5 million Americans did not have health insurance at any point during the year, and that number is growing. Meanwhile, the number of people without a primary care physician is also rapidly rising. As a result, use of community health centers (CHCs) across the U.S. is at an all-time high. With almost 1,400 centers located across the U.S., CHCs reduce patient barriers such as cost, lack of insurance, distance, and language.

How Data Scientists Can Benefit From Certifications While Looking For Jobs Amid Covid-19 Crisis

How Data Scientists Can Benefit From Certifications While Looking For Jobs Amid Covid-19 Crisis

Analytics India Magazine, June 30, 2020

With data becoming the key to managing business in the Covid-19 era, there has been a massive demand for data scientists among companies. Despite this huge demand, it has always been a challenge for data scientists to land a job, as companies are only looking to hire professionals with advanced skill sets. Such skill sets are scarce among data scientists, which again creates a major talent gap in the industry. And therefore it has become imperative for analytics professionals to upskill themselves with certifications to remain relevant in the industry.

STEM OPT Program Also Helps U.S. Domestic Workers, New Study Finds

STEM OPT Program Also Helps U.S. Domestic Workers, New Study Finds

Poets & Quants, June 30, 2020

Donald Trump did not suspend the Optional Practical Training program this month when he finally signed a long-awaited executive order restricting international work visas, including the H-1B visa that is the goal of thousands of newly minted MBAs every year. He still might, if the right-wing rumor mill is accurate. But a new study co-authored by a Lehigh University College of Business professor finds that if Trump does restrict or suspend OPT, the move won’t achieve his stated desire of boosting domestic U.S. workers, because high-skilled immigration actually helps U.S. workers, and therefore the U.S. economy.

Professor ManMohan S. Sodhi Listed as One of the Leading Operations Management Professors in the World

Professor ManMohan S. Sodhi Listed as One of the Leading Operations Management Professors in the World

City University of London, June 30, 2020

Professor ManMohan S. Sodhi, Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Cass Business School, has been listed amongst the leading operations management (OM) professors in the world, based on researchers’ publications in the very top four OM journals over 2001-15. The four journals were Journal of Operations Management, Management Science, Manufacturing and Services Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management (POM).

Coronavirus in College Football: Hospitalizations, Deaths Projected by Data Analysts in FBS Plays in 2020

Coronavirus in College Football: Hospitalizations, Deaths Projected by Data Analysts in FBS Plays in 2020

CBS Sports, June 30, 2020

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic started a few months ago, most of the talk in the college sports space has centered around beginnings. When can we practice? When can we play? When can we hug and hold college football again? A noted University of Illinois computer science professor has some troubling data to consider regarding widespread infection and even death.

Why Cornell Will Reopen in the Fall

Why Cornell Will Reopen in the Fall

The Wall Street Journal Opinion, June 30, 2020

Colleges and universities in the U.S. face a difficult choice in the coming weeks. Some have decided that closing their campuses and offering online classes is the safest option. For others, the safer and more responsible alternative may be to allow students to return while putting in place a comprehensive virus-screening program that minimizes the risk of transmission. Contingent on New York state’s approval, we will be opening Cornell for residential instruction this fall.

Expert Tips for Throwing a Socially Distant Party

Expert Tips for Throwing a Socially Distant Party

Newsmax Health, June 29, 2020

We're gearing up for July Fourth activities, and outdoor barbecues are a great way to celebrate. Social distancing guidelines needn't put a damper on summer gatherings and patio parties, say experts, who offer simple tips that will keep everyone safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mark Glennon | Opinions Differ on Masks' Value in Containing Pandemic

Mark Glennon | Opinions Differ on Masks' Value in Containing Pandemic

The News Gazette, June 28, 2020

“I think what really turned the corner in Illinois was the use of masking everywhere,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday. That doesn’t square with the state’s own data. Pritzker’s order on face masks became effective on May 1. He issued the order on April 23. But the state’s numbers clearly show that the virus peaked in Illinois between April 15 and 18, which we detailed here — before his mask rule.

COVID-19: The Great Artificial Intelligence Accelerator

COVID-19: The Great Artificial Intelligence Accelerator

Inside Big Data, June 28, 2020

The world is in the midst of a historical turning point. The COVID-19 pandemic has effectively halted life as we once knew it, and left the open question, “what will our world look like when ‘normal’ life resumes?” While we don’t have a crystal ball that allows us to peer into the future, history has given us a template on what to expect. 

Weight Loss of Top Performers Has Positive Effect on Individuals’ Weight Loss Goals

Weight Loss of Top Performers Has Positive Effect on Individuals’ Weight Loss Goals

News Medical Life Sciences, June 25, 2020

The weight loss industry in the United States is vast and generates about $20 billion each year from over 100 million dieters. Commercial weight loss programs design customer-focused program policies to shape and optimize satisfaction and development. These two metrics are tied to how well a program does and the success of the customers in that program. New research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science finds one key to success is making sure you have the right role model for dieters.

The Compounded Risk Of Early-Stage Biopharma Licensing Deals

The Compounded Risk Of Early-Stage Biopharma Licensing Deals

Bio Process Online, June 25, 2020

The scientific contributions emerging biopharma brings to big pharma can’t be understated. Licensing deals – whereby large pharma companies purchase the IP and drug development rights from, typically, a small biotech—are big business. In 2016, the potential total value of strategic alliance payments reached nearly $58 billion. While this figure includes contingent milestone payments and royalties on market revenues, even up-front payments are no drop in the bucket.

Q&A: MIT Operations Researcher Talks COVID-19 Vaccination Hurdles

Q&A: MIT Operations Researcher Talks COVID-19 Vaccination Hurdles

Healthcare Packaging, June 25, 2020

Around the world, scientists and citizens alike are hoping for a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci is “cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine within a reasonable period of time, not only from Moderna, but from other companies too.”