Can INFORMS participate in Math Awareness Month?

Today, Ian Frommer, in his blog, GreenOR, wrote about the math awareness month (April). The theme of this year is “Mathematics and Climate”.  He points to the official website, mathaware.org and notes:

some of the topics, such as energy production, are filled with OR techniques. (No mention of OR anywhere however – maybe INFORMS should be involved in these math awareness months.)

Couldn’t agree more!  Take a look at the previous years’ theme topics:

I see a lot of OR in all of these topics!  For instance, take a look at the themes in 1992 (Environment), 1993 (Manufacturing), 1994 (Medicine), 1996 (Decision Making), and 2004 (Networks).  Our community has made many contributions in these areas and INFORMS has a specific society/subdivision in many of these areas. Perhaps our institute can also be more involved in these math awareness months and get the word out on ‘operations research’.  That said, I don’t know what is involved in getting INFORMS to participate.  Any suggestions?

Here’s a sampling of related OR blog posts on this year’s theme, climate:

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3 Responses to Can INFORMS participate in Math Awareness Month?

  1. Matthew Saltzman says:

    The best route for involving INFORMS is probably to contact the VP for Education, currently Jayashankar M. Swaminathan at UNC .

    Great idea, and good luck!

  2. Matthew Saltzman says:

    Sorry, tried to post contact info, but I formatted it in a way that didn’t display. The VP Ed contact address is vp_education AT mail DOT informs DOT org.

  3. guzinb says:

    Thanks, Matthew.

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