Friday, October 5, 2012

Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences (WORMS) Events at the INFORMS Phoenix Conference

Conferences are wonderful venues at which we learn a lot from the presentations, reconnect with colleagues, make new friends, attend special business meetings and award ceremonies, and come back regenerated, reinvigorated, and refreshed.

When it comes to INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), the annual conference is always a fabulous meeting place and this year it is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona, October 14-17, 2012.

One of my favorite FORA  is WORMS (Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences) and its activities at the annual conference should not be missed, from the WORMS luncheon to various specially-organized panels.

We today received a message from the WORMS President, Dr. Esma Gel, summarizing all the WORMS activities in Phoenix and, for purposes of communications, and generating more interest, I am reprinting the message below.

Sunday, October 14, 16:30-18:00 
Panel: Advice on Promotion to Full from Associate Professor
Chair: Mary Beth Kurz, Clemson University
Panelists: Julie Higle, University of South California; Aleda Roth, Clemson University, Susan Sanchez, Naval Postgraduate School; Beril Toktay, Georgia Institute of Technology
Panelists in different stages of careers at various institutions will share their experiences and observations, and give advice on the transition from associate to full professor.

Monday, October 15, 16:30-18:00 
Session: Best of WORMS
Chair: Banafsheh Behzad, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, and Eva Regnier, Naval Postgraduate School
Three Women in OR/MS will present their highly influential work published in INFORMS Journals in the past year. 

WORMS Business Meeting, Monday, 18:15-19:15
Join us for our business meeting!!! This is an excellent opportunity to voice your ideas, become involved with the Forum, and shape WORMS’ future!!!
Refreshments will be served for a social gathering before the “business” part of the meeting starts.

WORMS Luncheon
Tuesday, 12:30-13:30
Celebrate women professionals in OR/MS and enjoy lively conversation by attending our annual luncheon, where we present our Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS! Please make sure to buy your ticket while registering ($18 member/nonmember and $8 student) since we will not have any tickets at the door this year!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 13:30-15:00 
Panel: Discussion on Women in Engineering: Publishing, Recruitment, and Retention
Chair: Andrea Hupman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Laura McLay, Virginia Commonwealth University
Panelists: L. Robin Keller, Mary Anderson-Rowland and Robyn McKay, Arizona State, and Susan Albin, Rutgers University