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Research Team Recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Designing a Testing System to Screen Visitors for COVID-19 in Greece

Research Team Recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Designing a Testing System to Screen Visitors for COVID-19 in Greece

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 26, 2021 – INFORMS, the largest association for the decision and data sciences, has awarded the 2021 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Advanced Analytics and Operations Research to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and University of Southern California for their work to deploy a national-scale targeted testing system to allocate limited testing resources in Greece to screen visitors for COVID-19 at the border. The award was presented today at the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. 

Newspaper Publishers Rejoice! Paywalls and bundled pricing can help contribute a 7-12% boost in subscription revenues for newspapers

Newspaper Publishers Rejoice! Paywalls and bundled pricing can help contribute a 7-12% boost in subscription revenues for newspapers

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 18, 2021 – In a world where false news spreads easily and rapidly, and institutional trust is declining, the imperative for local newspapers to serve as reliable sources of news is more important than ever. Like any business, however, finding strong and sustainable revenue is foundational to their mission. For news organizations, subscription revenue is increasingly important to newspapers as advertising revenue continues to decline. Paywalls can increase subscription revenue by helping newspapers not only acquire new subscribers but also retain existing ones. New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science shows that newspapers’ strategy of offering subscribers free access to digital content increases subscriber retention and boosts revenue by as much as 7-12%.

New Research Finds New Data-driven Approaches Would Improve How FDA Monitors Safety of Approved Existing Drugs

New Research Finds New Data-driven Approaches Would Improve How FDA Monitors Safety of Approved Existing Drugs

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 14, 2021 – New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science finds that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could enhance public safety by employing new, robust data-driven approaches to identify adverse effects of drugs faster and more reliably, which would improve the regulatory decision-making and oversight processes. This approach would substantially contrast with the current FDA approaches for monitoring drug safety, which suffers major drawbacks, e.g., that they are based on voluntary reports that can result in inaccurate or untimely decisions. 

New Research Finds Algorithm Meant to Eliminate Racial Disparities in Airbnb Revenue Fails to Enhance Revenue Equality

New Research Finds Algorithm Meant to Eliminate Racial Disparities in Airbnb Revenue Fails to Enhance Revenue Equality

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 12, 2021 – Airbnb created a free, smart-pricing tool for its Airbnb hosts. But the tool meant to promote racial equality has done little to solve the problem. New research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science finds the algorithm’s price recommendations are not affected by the host’s race, but rather the tool’s race blindness has resulted in unintended consequences that may lead to suboptimal pricing for Black hosts.

Do Increased Minimum Wages Matter to Consumers?

Do Increased Minimum Wages Matter to Consumers?

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 7, 2021 – The current gap between workforce supply and employer demand has led to a rise in wages, particularly among low-skilled positions in the service and hospitality industries. Competition for workers is increasing as the busy holiday season approaches.

INFORMS Names 2021 Fellows

INFORMS Names 2021 Fellows

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 4, 2021 – INFORMS, the largest association for decision and data sciences, has officially named 12 outstanding members as Fellows, one of the highest honors in the O.R. profession. The 2021 INFORMS Fellows will be inducted during the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting, Oct. 24-27, which will be held both virtually and on location in Anaheim, Calif. INFORMS Fellows are honored for their outstanding lifetime accomplishments and contributions in operations research and analytics. 

Decision Science Digest: September 28, 2021

Decision Science Digest: September 28, 2021

  • New Research Predicts Wildfire Threat and Helps Position Personnel and Resources Accordingly (INFORMS journal Applied Analytics)
  • Physician Incentives Can Reduce the Overuse of Cardiac Stents by 26% (INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management)
  • Researchers Develop Way to Improve Fleet-based Operations that Reduce Electric Mobility Service Costs by Nearly 40% (INFORMS journal Transportation Science)
  • Learning from Failure: New Research Shows Too Much Optimism Hinders Entrepreneurs (INFORMS journal Organization Science)
New Research Shows How to Overcome Racial Bias in Healthcare Systems

New Research Shows How to Overcome Racial Bias in Healthcare Systems

CATONSVILLE, MD, August 23, 2021 – Research studies show that Black patients can be subjected to wait times 30% longer than other patients at doctors’ offices and other healthcare facilities, leaving little doubt about the biased nature of healthcare scheduling systems. New research in the INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management has identified factors that contribute to this racial disparity and found ways to create parity among all patients.

New Research Analyzes Investor Reaction to Robo-advisors, Some People are Missing an Opportunity

New Research Analyzes Investor Reaction to Robo-advisors, Some People are Missing an Opportunity

CATONSVILLE, MD, August 18, 2021 – Believe it nor not, more and more lending companies are turning to human-robot interaction to help with investment advice. But how do people react and what’s the result of an investment decision when robots use algorithms to make suggestions? New research in the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research finds that investors who could benefit most from robo-advisors (RAs) aren’t using them. And those who are, change their minds too quickly to see a return.

INFORMS Announces Senior Staff Restructuring

INFORMS Announces Senior Staff Restructuring

CATONSVILLE, MD, August 13, 2021 – INFORMS, the largest association for the decision and data sciences, announced today that several senior staff members have been promoted to its newly established Executive Team.

Competitive Success: New Research Finds Performance Feedback at Clinics Increases Flu Vaccination Rates

Competitive Success: New Research Finds Performance Feedback at Clinics Increases Flu Vaccination Rates

CATONSVILLE, MD, August 12, 2021 – Every year the flu threatens the health of millions of people. Experts continue to recommend annual flu vaccination as the best line of defense, but despite these recommendations, flu vaccination rates haven’t broken 50% in more than a decade. New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science seeks to overcome this. The study finds that performance feedback at healthcare clinics can significantly increase vaccination rates. This has important public policy implications. Citing other research, the authors highlight that even just a 1% increase in U.S. adult flu vaccination rates could translate to some $400 million in societal benefits.

INFORMS Executive Director Elena Gerstmann Named to CESSE Board of Directors

INFORMS Executive Director Elena Gerstmann Named to CESSE Board of Directors

CATONSVILLE, MD, July 29, 2021 – INFORMS Executive Director Elena Gerstmann, PhD, FASAE, CAE joins the board of The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE). Gerstmann, who has been a member of CESSE for more than 20 years and has served as conference co-chair multiple times, will serve a three-year term.

New Research Says Millions of Dollars Saved Daily When Scheduled Travel Providers Adapt to On-Demand Service Scheduling Based on Commuter and Traff...

New Research Says Millions of Dollars Saved Daily When Scheduled Travel Providers Adapt to On-Demand Service Scheduling Based on Commuter and Traff...

CATONSVILLE, MD, July 20, 2021 – Uber and Lyft are popular on-demand ways to travel, but does that mean trains and buses are a thing of the past? Travelers prefer different modes of transportation at different times. So how can all these modes co-exist and do so successfully? New research in the INFORMS Journal Transportation Science has created a model and an algorithm to redistribute transit resources based on commuter preferences resulting in millions in savings.

Direct Flights Save Lives! New Airline Routes Can Increase Kidney Sharing by More than 7%

Direct Flights Save Lives! New Airline Routes Can Increase Kidney Sharing by More than 7%

CATONSVILLE, MD, July 12, 2021 – It’s a supply and demand problem, it’s a transportation problem, it’s a donor problem – and that just scratches the surface. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, every 9 minutes a new patient is added to the organ waiting list. Every day 17 people die waiting for a kidney transplant. New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science tackles the transportation part of this problem. 

INFORMS Endorses Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Modernize STEM Education

INFORMS Endorses Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Modernize STEM Education

CATONSVILLE, MD, July 1, 2021 – INFORMS has endorsed new legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress last month that, if enacted, would modernize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the United States to attract more young people into these studies and fields to enhance the nation’s pipeline of STEM talent. 

Do “Made in USA” Claims Make a Difference in Marketing Results?

Do “Made in USA” Claims Make a Difference in Marketing Results?

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 30, 2021 – Pick up any product in just about any store and you’re likely to find information that indicates the country of origin of the product. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires this for any imported product, but not for products made in the United States. When you see the words “Made in USA” on a product, it’s purely for marketing purposes. So, does it work?

Do Customer Loyalty Programs Really Help Sellers Make Money?

Do Customer Loyalty Programs Really Help Sellers Make Money?

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 7, 2021 – Customer loyalty programs have been around for decades and are used to help businesses, marketers and sellers build a sustainable relationship with their customers. But do they work? A recent study sought to find out and researchers learned that while yes, customer loyalty programs do work, perhaps not in ways most may assume.

New Research Shows Ridesharing Services Reduce Sexual Assault

New Research Shows Ridesharing Services Reduce Sexual Assault

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 24, 2021 – Contrary to portraits painted in popular media, new research involving ridesharing services shows they provide an additional level of protection for potential sexual assault victims, particularly in neighborhoods with inadequate public transportation or in circumstances that are more prone to sex crimes.