Science of Better: Crunching the Numbers, an INFORMS Podcast show

Science of Better: Crunching the Numbers, an INFORMS Podcast

Summary: A series of podcasts with unexpected insights into the way that math, analytics, and operations research affect people like you and organizations like your own. In every segment, an expert explains how he or she changed the world by crunching the numbers. (

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  • Copyright: 2012 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences


 Climate Change: On to Copenhagen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:53

Hear MIT Professor John Sterman explain how math modelers empower decisionmakers and voters alike to examine the data and its implications of global warming.

 Supernetworks: Building Better Real and Virtual Highways | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:11

Hear Prof. Professor Anna Nagurney discuss what's going right in our networks of highways, broadband networks, and financial networks – and why the work ahead is critical.

 The Flaw of Averages | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:27

Averages only tell you so much, and Professor Sam L. Savage of Stanford University has made a cause of his career warning against simplistic mathematical assumptions.

 Running the numbers in time for the World Series | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:41

Hear Jim Cochran, an expert in sports and analytics, tell you what the numbers reveal in major league baseball, NCAA basketball and football, the NBA, and more.

 Competing on Analytics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:49

Prof. Davenport has been named one of the world’s top three analysts of business and technology – listen to his thoughts about operations research, analytics, and his column in the current issue of Analytics in this special podcast.

 Emergency! Pandemic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:31

Hear operations researcher Sheldon Jacobson discuss his work making sure that vaccines and antidotes reach people speedily at this time of danger.

 The perils of success: one school district's answer in the numbers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:39

Hear how the Wake County Public School System collaborated with operations researchers at SAS to develop an equitable, easy-to-use solution that is improving by the day.

 Troublemaker or Trusted Advisor? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:00

Hear a special interview with Prof. Wein, who delivered the 2008 INFORMS Philip McCord Lecture, on homeland security and staying one step ahead of the next terrorist strike.

 Using Analytics to Battle AIDS: A Lesson from the Clinton Foundation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:30

Justin Cohen of CSHOR, the foundation’s Center for Strategic HIV Operations Research, explains how measuring and analyzing bring a surprising boost to the fight against a stubborn challenge.

 Economic Calamity as a Supply Chain Problem | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:30

All the world’s a supply chain, says Prof. Mohan Sodhi, and the answers to the vexing questions about the Great Recession lie in an understanding of how today’s economy connects to the supply chain model. Building on his tour-de-force article in the Financial Times, Prof. Sodhi takes a sobering look at the world’s economic problems and some simple ways to keep companies from the brink.

 Intel’s Chief Numbers Cruncher | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:48

How did they do it? Take a group of highly specialized computer wafer technicians and create one of the top computer chip manufacturers in the world? In this interview, Karl Kempf, an Intel Fellow and Director of Junision Engineering at Intel, explains how his expert group brought better Junision making to Intel – and helped a growing company blossom.

 How Can You Squeeze 30% Out of Healthcare Costs? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:04

Did you ever watch the way that patients, nurses, and doctors flow through the fast-moving doors of an emergency room? If you didn’t, you’re in good company – neither have most hospital administrators. Prof. Carter, an expert in the American and Canadian healthcare systems, explains the hidden costs in the North American healthcare and the ways that quantitative experts are modeling current hospital systems to shape future healthcare during the Obama Era.


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