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Legalizing Marijuana Seems To Lower Teen Interest In Weed

Legalizing Marijuana Seems To Lower Teen Interest In Weed

The Fresh Toast, July 18, 2019

Long has it been assumed the alcohol and tobacco industries are opponents of widespread marijuana legalization. The reason is simple—the availability of legal cannabis can cut into their market shares. A new study supports the theory as interest in alcohol diminishes following marijuana legalization. But for reasons that remain unclear, tobacco sales have increased at the same time as alcohol sales drop.

Marijuana Legalization Linked To Decreased Interest In Alcohol

Marijuana Legalization Linked To Decreased Interest In Alcohol

Marijuana Moment, July 17, 2019

Interest in alcohol declines after states legalize marijuana, according to a new study analyzing online behavior. But for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, interest in tobacco products increases following the policy change.

Haslam College of Business: Accelerating Data Science with a Cutting-Edge Business Analytics Program

Haslam College of Business: Accelerating Data Science with a Cutting-Edge Business Analytics Program

Analytics Insight, July 15, 2019

Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence have moved from emerging technologies to become core tools in organizations today. These technologies enable enterprises to dive deeper into ever-growing volume of data to solve multifaceted business problems. In an interview with Analytics Insight, Melissa Bowers, PhD, Director of the Master’s in Business Analytics (MSBA) program at the Haslam College of Business, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville shares how the college offers a cutting-edge business analytics program to train the next generation of data scientists for today’s forward-thinking organizations.

AI Tools and Analytics Provide Police with Critical Insights

AI Tools and Analytics Provide Police with Critical Insights

State Tech Magazine, July 15, 2019

A few years ago, the Chicago Police Department established six high-tech crime centers to connect surveillance cameras, gunshot detection platforms, predictive mapping and data analytics in high-crime neighborhoods.

Algorithms: Not Evil, Helpful

Algorithms: Not Evil, Helpful

Inside Big Data, July 9, 2019

Whether or not you have an analytics background, in this digital age algorithms are everywhere… in how ambulances determine their route to the hospital, in elections… you name it.

Leveraging Data, Blockchain and AI to Help Agriculture Meet Growing Global Demand

Leveraging Data, Blockchain and AI to Help Agriculture Meet Growing Global Demand

Inside Big Data, July 2, 2019

Given the scale of the world’s food supply, there aren’t many industries that lend themselves to the power of data science and analytics than agriculture. This is the thinking behind a new research paper from a group of data scientists who make a case for finding new ways to use blockchain, AI and API management to enable “smart agriculture.”  The paper, “Agricultural Digital Transformation,” has been published in the OR/MS Today journal from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

One in six universities worldwide led by a woman

One in six universities worldwide led by a woman

Times Higher Education, June 27, 2019

The lengths to which women still have to go to break the glass ceiling in higher education are laid bare by new data which show that just one in six universities globally has a female leader.

The Persuasion Wars

The Persuasion Wars

PRX Radio, June 24, 2019

INFORMS member Dean Hartley discusses his article "Persuasion Wars, Part 1," featured in the June issue of OR/MS Today magazine, which explores the history of the science of persuasion.

This isn’t how it was supposed to work: Has PreCheck become unchecked?

This isn’t how it was supposed to work: Has PreCheck become unchecked?

Real Clear Defense, June 20, 2019

The increasing number of travelers choosing to fly, especially during the travel heavy summer season, has lead to longer lines at airport security, even for TSA PreCheck passengers. Sheldon Jacobson, INFORMS Fellow and Founder Professor in Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses how the TSA can better utilize the guidelines and procedures established by the PreCheck, and encourage more travelers to enroll, to accommodate new changes in airport security and increase screening effectiveness.

Shrinking gender pay gap for presidents

Shrinking gender pay gap for presidents

Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2019

A new study finds that the gender pay gap for university presidents -- currently about 9 percent -- in large part disappears at the most elite colleges and universities. The study was published in the journal Organization Science.

Gender pay gap shrinking for some female university presidents

Gender pay gap shrinking for some female university presidents

Phys.org, June 17, 2019

While serious economic and societal issues continue to swirl around the gender pay gap, new research published in the INFORMS journal Organization Science shows one area where this inequality is starting to disappear—higher education. Researchers have found that the gender pay gap disappears at more prestigious universities.

TEDx Talks: The power and perils of algorithms

TEDx Talks: The power and perils of algorithms

TEDx Talks, June 12, 2019

INFORMS member Gah-Yi Ban has recently published a TEDx Talk on “The power and perils of algorithms” in which she discusses the role of algorithms in our lives and how we can shape their role in the future.

The maths problem that could bring the world to a halt

The maths problem that could bring the world to a halt

BBC: Future Now, June 9, 2019

Warren Powell, Oxford University engineer and INFORMS member, discusses dynamic resource allocation and the impact advances in operations research tools can have in addressing allocation issues on a global level. 

AI keeps Amazon warehouses humming

AI keeps Amazon warehouses humming

Amazon News, June 5, 2019

Russell Allgor, chief scientist for Worldwide Operations at Amazon and INFORMS member, shares how the people who work in Amazon’s fulfillment centers work with the systems guided by artificial intelligence and machine learning to deliver customer orders in the most efficient way possible. 

How Airbnb threatens to disrupt traditional hotel pricing strategies

How Airbnb threatens to disrupt traditional hotel pricing strategies

Phocus Wire, June 4, 2019

Since the introduction of sharing-economy services such as Airbnb, hotels have struggled with how to compete against the alternative accommodations market. Among hotels’ concerns is how Airbnb impacts their pricing and distribution strategies, which, according to new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, might be more dramatic than hoteliers may think.

Coordinated, prominent product placement most effective: study

Coordinated, prominent product placement most effective: study

Luxury Daily, June 4, 2019

As the amount of content and advertising exponentially increases, product placement can still be an effective way to reach consumers. According to new research from the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, verbal product placements have the most success at driving online engagement around a brand. Luxury brands including BMW, Land Rover and Shangri-La have previously used product placement in television and film to get consumers' attention.