INFORMS in the News

Restaurant menus, crowd wisdom, matching inmates with prisons and more

Compiled by Ashley Kilgore

Nutrition: Restaurant menu labeling has a surprising result

The results of a forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science looking at the broader impact of calorie labeling on menus suggests that posting calorie info can not only induce more healthful choices by consumers in a restaurant, but may also affect how consumers review restaurants and redirect consumers towards more healthful options within restaurants.
- Los Angeles Daily News, Nov. 4

Great Valley professor recognized for service by INFORMS

Robin Qiu, professor of information science at Penn State Great Valley, is a 2017 recipient of the Volunteer Service Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Established in 2016, the award recognizes exceptional volunteer service to the organization.
- Penn State News, Oct. 30

Harnessing the wisdom of crowds: New online resource shares impact of analytics on crowdsourcing

From reporting traffic jams using the Waze app to a colony of ants working together to achieve extraordinary feats, examples of crowdsourcing and collective intelligence are all around us. As the problems that we face grow in complexity, the speed and reach of communications and data flow are vastly improving now that just about anyone can act as a consultant on a problem by providing their own individual expertise and information. Analytics can be used to refine this insight from groups to improve solutions to problems in a variety of areas including economics, computer science, biology, communications, political science, and organizational behavior.
- INFORMS, Oct. 30

Cell game: Novel software helping inmates find a home

A new computer program, developed by a team from Lehigh University that matches inmates with suitable prisons has saved the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections about $3 million in its first year. Officials said it has resulted in fewer prison assaults, shortened wait times for treatment programs by nearly two months, reduced the number of prison transfers and lightened the workload of corrections staff. In recognition of their development, the Lehigh University team has received the INFORMS Wagner Prize, the top international prize in the field of operations research practice.
- The New York Times, Oct. 24

INFORMS members raise thousands to help make a difference for Houston’s homeless

For the homeless men, women and children of Houston still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a helping hand came from an unexpected source – a thousand comfort kits with essential toiletries and hygiene items assembled by the attendees of the INFORMS 2017 Annual Meeting, held in Houston, Oct. 22-25.
- INFORMS, Oct. 24

This is what testosterone has to do with stock prices (Hint: a lot)

High levels of testosterone have long been associated with dominant and aggressive behavior in men, but now it appears that high levels can cause male stock traders to mistakenly inflate stock prices, leading to terrible economic consequences. That’s what the authors of a new study published in the INFORMS journal Management Science concluded based on an experiment that was the first ever to test how testosterone levels (T-levels) can affect stock trading decisions.
- Reader’s Digest, Oct. 18

5,600 operations research and analytics professionals set to arrive in Houston for the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting

More than 5,600 operations research and analytics professionals and students from around the world will arrive in Houston later this week for the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting, doing their part to not only learn and network within their profession, but to help with Houston’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey.
- INFORMS, Oct. 18

CMU Dean Ramayya Krishnan elected to top leadership spot at INFORMS

INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced that Ramayya Krishnan, Ph.D., dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, has been elected as the 25th president of the INFORMS Board of Directors.
- INFORMS, Oct. 13

INFORMS congratulates Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler

INFORMS congratulates Richard H. Thaler, renowned behavioral economist and researcher, who was awarded the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his outstanding contributions to the field of economics. Among the citations prominently featured by the Nobel Prize committee in Professor Thaler’s award was his seminal 1985 paper on his now famous theory of mental accounting, which was published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science.
- INFORMS, Oct. 12

INFORMS 2018 Board of Directors unites industry and academic leaders

Leaders in industry and academia from around the world are among those who will be joining the INFORMS Board of Directors in 2018. INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced the newest members elected to its BOD, which is comprised of the leading minds in both the academic and industry sectors of operations research (O.R.) and analytics.
- INFORMS, Oct. 4

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS launch third annual Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS invite analytics and operations research students and professionals to contribute to the future of agriculture by entering the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. The submission period for the competition is now open, and entries will be accepted until Jan. 11, 2018.
- BusinessWire, Oct. 3

Certified Analytics Professional program earns prestigious ANSI accreditation

The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program, the only global professional certification for analytics practitioners, has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), furthering its distinction to what CIO Magazine earlier this year called one of the top “big data certifications that will pay off.”
- INFORMS, Oct. 2

Quality tops quantity when it comes to contacts

According to a study conducted by Rahul Telang of Carnegie Mellon University and Rajiv Garg of the University of Texas, it’s the quality, not the quantity, of your online professional connections that will help with a successful job search. Their study, based on a survey of 424 jobseekers, was published in Management Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 2

Improving “softer skills” in analytics

The INFORMS “Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects” workshop is an intensive, hands-on workshop that explores the concept of “structured problem solving” and provides participants with practical frameworks to go from ISSUE to ACTION. It combines approaches for analytical and creative problem solving, strategies for communicating and persuading, and processes for managing projects and working in teams.
- International Solver, Sept. 29

New study: respond to reviews

A study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science finds management responses can not only lead to higher ratings for businesses, but also more substantive reviews even if they aren’t all positive.   ORMS
- Western Hotelier, Sept. 26

Ashely Kilgore (akilgore@informs.org) is the public relations manager at INFORMS.

References

For links to all of the articles mentioned above, see below:

Nutrition
http://www.dailynews.com/2017/11/04/nutrition-restaurant-menu-labeling-has-a-surprising-result/
Great Valley professor
http://news.psu.edu/story/490964/2017/10/30/academics/great-valley-professor-recognized-service-informs
Wisdom of Crowds
https://www.informs.org/About-INFORMS/News-Room/Press-Releases/Harnessing-the-wisdom-of-crowds-New-online-resource-shares-impact-of-analytics-on-crowdsourcing
Cell game
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/10/24/us/ap-us-assigning-inmates.html
INFORMS members
https://www.informs.org/About-INFORMS/News-Room/Press-Releases/INFORMS-members-raise-thousands-to-help-make-a-difference-for-Houston-s-homeless
Testosterone
https://www.rd.com/culture/testosterone-and-stock-prices/
Houston Meeting
https://www.informs.org/About-INFORMS/News-Room/Press-Releases/5-600-Operations-Research-and-Analytics-Professionals-Set-to-Arrive-in-Houston-for-the-2017-INFORMS-Annual-Meeting
CMU Dean
https://www.informs.org/About-INFORMS/News-Room/Press-Releases/CMU-Dean-Ramayya-Krishnan-Elected-to-Top-Leadership-Spot-at-INFORMS
Nobel Prize Winner
https://www.informs.org/About-INFORMS/News-Room/Press-Releases/INFORMS-congratulates-Nobel-Prize-winner-Richard-Thaler
Board of Directors
https://www.informs.org/About-INFORMS/News-Room/Press-Releases/INFORMS-2018-Board-of-Directors-unites-industry-and-academic-leaders
Syngenta
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171003006407/en/Syngenta-Analytics-Society-INFORMS-launch-annual-Syngenta
CAP program
https://www.informs.org/About-INFORMS/News-Room/Press-Releases/Certified-Analytics-Professional-program-earns-prestigious-ANSI-accreditation
Quality tops quantity
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2017/10/02/Quality-tops-quantity-when-it-comes-to-contacts/stories/201710010002
Soft skills
http://www.solver-international.com/society-news-informs-improving-softer-skills-in-analytics/
Respond to reviews
http://www.westernhotelier.com/news-releases/709-what-s-the-one-thing-your-hospitality-biz-can-do-to-get-your-online-ratings-higher-take-the-time-to-respond-to-reviews-new-study-finds

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