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‘Tis the season!

by Susan Martonosi on November 8th, 2014

No – not the holiday season (although stores haven’t wasted time replacing ghosts and goblins with turkeys and tinsel) — It’s INFORMS Annual Meeting season!

The Annual Meeting is a highlight for me every year because it is a chance to reconnect: former teachers, friends from grad school, friends and colleagues I’ve met through INFORMS, and now former students who have continued in the profession and themselves return to INFORMS each year.

Here are some highlights of the 2014 meeting that I’m eagerly anticipating:

Saturday – Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium – This colloquium is chaired by Eric Huggins of Fort Lewis College, and I’m honored to be one of the presenters.  I look forward to meeting with the 15-or-so participants and exchanging ideas about effective teaching with them.

Sunday – INFORM-ED Case Competition – This competition is chaired by Palaniappa Krishnan and features ten submissions this year, the authors of which will be presenting on Sunday!  Should be great fun to learn about innovative teaching cases.

Sunday – WORMS Business Meeting – As President of the Forum for Women in OR/MS, I warmly invite all of you to attend our Business Meeting on Sunday evening at 6:15PM.  We’ll discuss our new mentorship network and child care travel fund, and brainstorm initiatives to further advance women in the profession.

Monday – Coffee with a Member – INFORMS started the Coffee with a Member program last year to connect new Annual Meeting attendees with more experienced attendees to “show them the ropes”.  I have two “coffee breaks” scheduled and am looking forward to making new friends.

Tuesday – WORMS Events – The Forum on Women in OR/MS has several events scheduled for this Annual Meeting, including panel discussions, our annual luncheon (at which the WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women will be presented) and “Speed Networking” – bring your business cards and come ready to network!

Sadly, I leave Tuesday evening before the general reception so that I can teach bright and early Wednesday morning. And speaking of “bright and early”, I should sign off and rest up before the excitement begins tomorrow!

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