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INFORMS notes with regret the passing of H. Newton Garber on February 7, 2014. Newt, who worked tirelessly for TIMS during his presidency and helped pioneer INFORMS in the years following the merger, was, in many ways, the father of CPMS's Franz Edelman competition, which he helped create and turn into an international event. He went on to judge 25 of the competitions. He was one of the founders of the Round Table, as well. The INFORMS board, administration, and members join in extending condolences to his widow, Joan. An obituary of Newton appears here.


Gartner is happy to provide INFORMS members a $300 discount to attend the Gartner and BI Analytics Summit 2014. INFORMS members must use priority code INFORMSBI when registering to receive this discount.

The next issue of The Oracle, the online newsletter of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), will be distributed in March 2014.
If you would like to contribute to this issue, please contact The Oracle's editor, Jennifer Castle, at jennifer.castle@magd.ox.ac.uk. IIF welcomes any forecasting-related articles that will be of interest to other members, such as:  

  • Personal news, such as promotions and awards
  • Upcoming conferences, workshops or call for papers
  • Details or reviews of papers that have recently been published or written
  • New! Career or job opportunities
  • New! Forecasting questions - if you have any research or general questions in your field of forecasting, pose your questions to the IIF membership

IFF welcomes your contributions and ideas for improvements or changes. To view past issues of The Oracle, visit our website forecasters.org.

The Canadian Operational Research Society's (CORS) 56th Annual Conference will be held in Ottawa, the beautiful capital city of Canada, May 26-28, 2014. The conference will take place at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, conveniently located in downtown Ottawa, close to many museums, restaurants, and other attractions. The program will feature technical sessions on various topics, tutorials, and plenary sessions.  Abstract submission is open until March 3. Register by April 15 to receive the early bird rate. For more information, visit the conference web page.

Management Science - New Issue

Read the 16 new articles in the February 2014 issue of Management Science. "Management Insights" provides you with a brief overview of all these new papers.  

"Broadband in School: Impact on Student Performance"
"Holding the Hunger Games Hostage at the Gym: An Evaluation of Temptation Bundling"
"Governance and CEO Turnover: Do Something or Do the Right Thing?"  

Mathematics of Operations Research - New Issue

Read the 9 new articles in the February 2014 issue of Mathematics of Operations Research. Members can subscribe for only $99.00 to 2014 INFORMS PubsOnLine Suite and access all 13 journals back to volume 1, issue 1.

"Stabilization of Stochastic Iterative Methods for Singular and Nearly Singular Linear Systems"
"The Geometry of Online Packing Linear Programs"
"The Maximum Multiflow Problems with Bounded Fractionality"  

INFORMS Journal on Computing - New Issue  

Read the 14 new articles in the Winter 2014 issue of INFORMS Journal on Computing. Go to the INFORMS PubsOnLine home page for information on all INFORMS current journal content and publications news.

"Quantifying Input Uncertainty via Simulation Confidence Intervals"
"The Weighted Set Covering Game: A Vaccine Pricing Model for Pediatric Immunization"
"Formulations and Branch-and-Cut Algorithms for Multivehicle Production and Inventory Routing Problems

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management - Call for Papers

The deadline for submissions for the M&SOM Special Issue on Practice-Focused Research has been extended to February 28, 2014.

2014 Library Journal Renewals

Non-renewed journal subscriptions discontinued on February 1, 2014. Request that your librarian RENEW your INFORMS 2014 journal subscriptions. Institutional subscription rates are posted here: Subscribe.


The INFORMS Career Center now offers the largest list of OR/analytics jobs in the industry. Here is a sample:
Optimization Specialist - Marketing ROI Analytics Development. At Nielsen we understand the importance of knowing what consumers Watch and Buy. Our team in Evanston, Illinois has an opportunity available for an Optimization Specialist.
Senior Operations Research Analyst: FedEx Corporation. Under limited supervision, provides research and analysis in support of the evaluation and oversight to operations initiatives and strategic programs.
Systems Data Analyst.
Loyola University Health System, located 13 miles west of downtown Chicago, is seeking a Center for Clinical Effectiveness (CCE) Systems Data Analyst to perform complex analysis to support the effective use of clinical information.


Boston Courses - Held prior to 2014 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics
San Jose Courses - Held before and after the INFORMS Conference on Big Data 2014

  Essential Practice Skills for Analytics Professionals  

Boston, MA - March 28-29, 2014 (register by March 7 to save $100)   
San Jose, CA - June 20-21, 2014 (register by June 4 to save $100)   
You will learn practical tools for integrating their analytical skills into real-world problem solving for businesses and other organizations. The course provides approaches that can you can apply immediately to a wide variety of settings, whether within your own organization or for your clients.  

Data Exploration & Visualization

Boston, MA - March 28-29, 2014 (register by March 7 to save $100)
San Jose, CA - June 25-26, 2014 (register by May 30 to save $100)
You will be re-introduced to approaching data in a powerful, yet playful manner. You will see and experience how exploration and visualization can be used to answer existing questions, thereby corroborating or invalidating hunches and preconceptions.
For more information on these courses and to register, go to http://www.informs.org/continuinged.


At one of our recent INFORMS student meetings at the University of Florida, we hosted a talk by a professor in the school of Industrial and Systems Engineering. This professor has worked with real clients on real projects, and had a lot to share in terms of his experiences working in the fields of analytics and operations research. Read More.


by Kevin Connolly, MBA    
This is a great example of Data Science and Analysis for global public good. Data analysis allows researchers to predict disease outbreaks (usatoday.com) WASHINGTON - Researchers tracking social media and web searches have detected outbreaks of the flu and rare diseases in Latin America by up to two weeks before they were reported by local news media.


Our fourth annual professional career services event, Analytics Connect, will be held at INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Boston. Employers are welcome to sign up now. Sign up by March 1, 2014, and receive a free job posting on our online job board!
We have new features you are going to love. Employers will:

  • Provide recruitment material in a relaxed setting that attracts those hard to find but invaluable casual job seekers
  • Participate in our "Analytics Employment Outlook" panel discussion to bring your point of view to this important topic
  • Participate in our two-minute "lightning round" presentation session; talk about your company and what you have to offer to motivated analytics professionals
  • Arrange discreet one-on-one interviews with the best of the best
  • Build your resume bank by participating in the "Resume Drop" program

Enjoy access to more than 900 seasoned analytics professionals on site and receive a listing of all attendees post-conference for your own prospecting.