Press Releases

How to Maximize the Results of Your Wearable Health Device

How to Maximize the Results of Your Wearable Health Device

BALTIMORE, MD, June 27, 2022 – New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science finds that people can achieve long-term health goals and establish healthy habits when coupling wearable health devices such as “Fitbits” with economic incentives.

Racially Charged Events Spark Classroom Intervention

Racially Charged Events Spark Classroom Intervention

BALTIMORE, MD, June 6, 2022 – As we approach Juneteenth, a day marked each year to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, new research in the INFORMS journal Management Science finds that racially-charged events and protests over the past decade have a direct and positive effect on what children are learning in U.S. public school classrooms.

When You Use Multiple Devices, Can Marketers Still Track You?

When You Use Multiple Devices, Can Marketers Still Track You?

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 1, 2022 – If you only used one device, like your smartphone, for all of your internet searches and other applications, the data collected about you through that device would provide a picture of your preferences, habits and behaviors. This would help marketers better anticipate and specifically market to you going forward.

Five-Star Rating? New Research Finds It May Not Reflect What Consumers Receive

Five-Star Rating? New Research Finds It May Not Reflect What Consumers Receive

BALTIMORE, MD, June 1, 2022 – Five stars means a perfect rating, right? Consumers use online ratings systems to decide which products to purchase, but are they reliable sources of information? New research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science finds these ratings systems might be built on an unstable foundation, with the systems becoming less useful over time.

Surprising New Research Finds Women Supporting Women in Business May Backfire

Surprising New Research Finds Women Supporting Women in Business May Backfire

BALTIMORE, MD, May 31, 2022 – Contrary to popular belief, well-intentioned calls for women to invest in women-owned businesses might be doing more harm than good in resolving the gender gap in venture financing. New research found in the INFORMS journal Organization Science finds that female-owned startups that get funding from female venture capitalists are two times less likely to get additional financing compared to those with male investors.

Decision Science Digest: May 9, 2022

Decision Science Digest: May 9, 2022

EDITOR’S NOTE: Decision Science Digest is a periodic communique highlighting recent peer-reviewed research published by INFORMS, the largest association for the decision and data sciences, across its 17 journals. This issue highlights four press releases based on the findings of new peer-reviewed articles.

  • The Impact of Peer-to-Peer Marketplaces on Abortion Rates, the Role of Social Implications (INFORMS journal Information Systems Research)
  • New Research Looks at Inequality as a Factor in Identifying Misinformation (INFORMS journal Management Science)
  • New Research Helps Answer the Question, Standardize or Customize? Predictions Inform Business on Which One to Choose (INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management)
  • New Research Finds Lessons in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Waste Data (INFORMS journal Transportation Science)
Decision Science Digest: April 26, 2022

Decision Science Digest: April 26, 2022

EDITOR’S NOTE: Decision Science Digest is a periodic communique highlighting recent peer-reviewed research published by INFORMS, the largest association for the decision and data sciences, across its 17 journals. This issue highlights four press releases based on the findings of new peer-reviewed articles.

 

  • Retail is Not Dead! The Impact of Store Proximity on Sales (INFORMS journal Management Science)
  • New Research Overcomes Cost Barriers for Newborn Disease Screening While Increasing Efficiency and Testing Accuracy (INFORMS journal Management Science)
  • New Model Predicts Purchase to Delivery Time to Increase Customer Satisfaction, Improve Online Sales (INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management)
  • New Research Finds Stable Scheduling Increases Employee Productivity and Business Revenue (INFORMS journal Management Science)
Do Nutrition Warning Labels on Food Products Help or Hurt?

Do Nutrition Warning Labels on Food Products Help or Hurt?

CATONSVILLE, MD, April 8, 2022 – Regulators around the world are increasingly requiring food product packaging to display nutrition warning labels. This raises the question of whether those warnings influence consumer purchasing decisions, and if so, how does it affect consumers’ health?

Eindhoven University of Technology’s Master of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Awarded the 2022 INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize

Eindhoven University of Technology’s Master of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Awarded the 2022 INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize

BALTIMORE, MD, April 4, 2022 – INFORMS, the largest association for the decision and data sciences, has awarded the Master Industrial and Applied Mathematics program in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands the 2022 UPS George D. Smith Prize. The award recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of operations research and analytics.

New Research Finds Partnership Between Humanitarian Organizations and Government is Essential to Providing Cash Assistance to Refugees

New Research Finds Partnership Between Humanitarian Organizations and Government is Essential to Providing Cash Assistance to Refugees

BALTIMORE, MD, March 21, 2022 –The recent crisis in Ukraine is reigniting the discussion of the appropriate mix of assistance for refugees. According to the UN Refugee Agency, six million refugees already lived in camps in 2021 due to multiple armed conflicts worldwide. Humanitarian organizations (HOs) are working to help people struggling because of regulations that impede integration into host countries. Cash assistance is one way that HOs are helping in addition to providing in-kind assistance in the form of food and non-food items. The intention of the cash assistance is to provide refugees with spending flexibility, restore their dignity and improve the wealth of the host community. However, cash assistance brings its own challenges. New research in the INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management identifies a way to provide incentives for the retailer to voluntarily reduce prices while causing no harm to refugees or host communities.

Economic Lessons Learned from the Pandemic: Study Finds that Blanket Stimulus Payments Did Not Adequately Consider Local Conditions

Economic Lessons Learned from the Pandemic: Study Finds that Blanket Stimulus Payments Did Not Adequately Consider Local Conditions

CATONSVILLE, MD, March 10, 2022 – After states throughout America instituted general lockdowns for businesses, employers and residents when COVID-19 arrived in the United States in 2020, one of the first measures taken to offset the impact came when the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. That measure provided $4.4 trillion in assistance to businesses and individuals through “stimulus checks” that were sent to millions of qualifying U.S. citizens.

Decision Science Digest: March 8, 2022

Decision Science Digest: March 8, 2022

EDITOR’S NOTE: Decision Science Digest is a periodic communique highlighting recent peer-reviewed research published by INFORMS, the largest association for the decision and data sciences, across its 17 journals. This issue highlights four press releases based on the findings of new peer-reviewed articles.

Three INFORMS Members Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Three INFORMS Members Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

BALTIMORE, MD, February 16, 2022 – Three INFORMS members have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Richard O'Neill is a distinguished senior fellow at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Martin Reiman is a professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia University and Nikolaos Sahinidis is the Gary C. Butler Family Chair and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. They join more than 100 new members recently elected. 

New Electric Vehicle Charging Business Model Poses Multiple Benefits for Consumers, Utilities and the Environment

New Electric Vehicle Charging Business Model Poses Multiple Benefits for Consumers, Utilities and the Environment

BALTIMORE, MD, February 10, 2022 – As the popularity and ubiquity of electric vehicles (EV) rapidly increases, so too is the burden of EV charging on electric utility companies. New research in the INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management finds that utilizing new business models that promote “smart charging” options can alter the cost curve for consumers and utility providers alike, creating a win-win situation that strengthens the mass market viability for the entire electric vehicle ecosystem.

Decision Science Digest: February 7, 2022

Decision Science Digest: February 7, 2022

BALTIMORE, MD, February 7, 2022 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Decision Science Digest is a periodic communique highlighting recent peer-reviewed research published by INFORMS, the largest association for the decision and data sciences, across its 17 journals. This issue highlights four press releases based on the findings of new peer-reviewed articles.