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Student Analytical Scholarship winners announced

  Student Analytical Scholarship winners announced

Maya Bam, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, was named the winner of the 2016 Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS and supported by SAS. Bam’s application earned her free registration, lodging and travel to the upcoming INFORMS Business Analytics & Operations Research Conference, as well as participation in the Professional Colloquium at the conference.

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INFORMS Career Center offers support for internships

Just in time for the annual internship season, INFORMS now offers support for both students and employers through INFORMS Career Center. Students can access analytics internships posted through INFORMS Career Center and elsewhere on the Web.

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Section planning many events for spring Analytics Conference

Baby, it’s (finally) cold outside, but spring will be here soon enough. With spring comes the INFORMS Analytics Conference, to be held April 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in sunny Orlando, Fla. The Analytics Section is organizing a number of exciting events for the conference.

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2015 review: Letter from the president

  2015 review: Letter from the president

We look back at another successful year for the Analytics Section of INFORMS, and your section officers and I want to thank all members for your contributions.

With 1,171 active members as of September 2015 (an 18 percent increase this year), we have not only become one of the largest subdivisions of INFORMS, but we are also connected with key INFORMS initiatives to promote the use of data-driven analytics and fact-based decision-making in practice.

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Student Analytical Scholar Case Study Competition

INFORMS will once again offer the Student Analytical Scholar Competition, a scholarship program that will send the winning recipient to the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Supported by SAS and sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS, the competitive program will recognize one outstanding student who would like to learn more about the practice of analytics at the conference in Orlando, Fla., April 10-12, 2016. The scholarship covers the cost of attending the event and additional networking opportunities.

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Syngenta Crop Challenge

  Syngenta Crop Challenge

A new award for 2016, the Syngenta Crop Challenge addresses the need to feed an increasing world populationwith decreasing land devoted to agriculture. To improve the productivity of the agricultural land available, farmers need to make good seed variety planting decisions, taking into consideration local soil conditions and unpredictable weather patterns.

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Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

The IAA Award recognizes creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. The 2015 winner, Mayo Clinic, gave a reprise of their winning presentation entitled “Intelligent Surgery Scheduling” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. During the business meeting, Pooja Dewan, 2015 Award Chair, presented the award to Dr. Kalyan Pasupathy, representing Mayo Clinic.

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Section continues to grow, hosts reception

The Analytics Section of INFORMS continued to progress in 2015, both increasing its membership base and expanding its scope of activities, all of which were reviewed at a lively reception and business meeting at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. As of this writing, the Section has 1,171 registered members and 1,724 engaged with its LinkedIn community.

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Mayo Clinic team to present IAA Award-winning work

  Mayo Clinic team to present IAA Award-winning work

The Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, inaugurated in 2012 by the Analytics Section of INFORMS, recognizes creative and unique application of analytical techniques. As stated on the award website, the prize “promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value.” To win the award, implementations must integrate theoretical advances and innovative applications in order to create value.

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Status update from the Analytics Section

  Status update from the Analytics Section

As the Analytics Section of INFORMS looks toward the back half of 2015, we are proud of the positive impact the Section has had thus far this year. The Section has focused on five key areas: capabilities (primarily through promoting and supporting the CAP® and Maturity Model efforts), visibility (communicate on analytics-related topics via webinars, discussion forums and articles), recognition (highlight outstanding achievements in analytics through support of awards), conferences (enhance the presence of the Section at all INFORMS conferences) and outreach (supporting the analytics ecosystem through coordination with other INFORMS subdivisions, volunteering and building awareness with decision-makers).

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Analytics Blog

Electoral College put to the math test


With the campaign two months behind us and the inauguration of Donald Trump two days away, isn’t it time to put the 2016 U.S. presidential election to bed and focus on issues that have yet to be decided? Of course not.

Headlines

Stereotypes hold back girls’ interest in STEM subjects

New research from Accenture reveals that young people in the United Kingdom and Ireland are most likely to associate a career in science and technology with “doing research” (52 percent), “working in a laboratory” (47 percent) and “wearing a white coat” (33 percent). The study found that girls are more likely to make these stereotypical associations than boys. Read more →

Gartner: Connected ‘things’ will jump 31 percent in 2017

Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017. Regionally, China, North America and Western Europe are driving the use of connected things, and the three regions together will represent 67 percent of the overall Internet of Things (IoT) installed base in 2017. Read more →

U.S. News: Analytics jobs rank among the best

When it comes to the best business jobs, analytics- and operations research-oriented disciplines dominate the list, according to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the “2017 Best Jobs.” In order, the top five “best business jobs” listings include: 1. statistician
, 2. mathematician
, 3. financial advisor, 
4. actuary, and 
5. operations research analyst. Read more →

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2017 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference
April 2-4, 2017, Las Vegas

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July 26-28, 2017, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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