Monday, June 21, 2010

WORMS Award Call for Nominations

A former Operations Management student of mine, who had just received his degree from UMass Amherst in May 2010, contacted me recently that he had nominated me for an award for promoting diversity. I was very touched that he took the time to do this and told him so. Recognition from one's former students is one of the most appreciated of accolades that a professor can receive.

In the meantime, the following Call for Nominations has been sent out regarding the 2010 WORMS Award. The list of previous recipients of this award can be found here.

Professor Candi Yano of UC Berkeley is chairing this year's award committee. I had the honor and pleasure of chairing last year's committee. The information is below.


The Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS celebrates and recognizes a person who has contributed significantly to the advancement and recognition of women in the field of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (OR/MS). Each nominee will be considered based on his or her history of successfully promoting the professional development, success, and recognition of women in OR/MS. Nominees can have made contributions in multiple ways, such as primarily at their own institutions, through involvement in professional organizations, etc.

Examples of activities to be considered include, but are not limited to, the following: personal commitment and/or leadership with respect to increased hiring, retention, advancement, and recognition of women (students and faculty) in academia, industry, or government; leadership in encouraging, sponsoring, and/or developing professional training/development programs for women in OR/MS; creating an environment that supports womens' full participation and advancement in the field of OR/MS, possibly through mentoring, leadership, financial support, and/or personal investment of time.

Application process:

Nominations should include:

* Nominee's name, affiliation, address, telephone, fax, e-mail;

* A short (250-500 words) description of the nominee's overall contribution to the advancement of the careers of women in OR/MS;

* Description(s) of specific activities, programs, leadership;

* Statements of support from women in OR/MS and/or from organizations which observed or benefited from the nominee's activities;

* The nominee's resume and other items as appropriate.

All nominations must be submitted via e-mail to the Award Committee Chair, Candi Yano, by August 1, 2010.

One award (in the form of a plaque) will be given, if there is a suitable candidate. The award will be presented to the winner during the 2010 INFORMS National Meeting in Austin, Texas.

For questions, please contact the 2010 Award Committee Chair: Candace A. Yano Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and The Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

Postal Address:

IEOR Department, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1777
Phones: 510-643-9994 / 510-642-4992
Fax: 510-642-1403