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Wilson Science Speaker will Discuss Vast Potential of Operations Research

Posted: March 13, 2013

Operations research, also known as O.R., is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions. The potential of operations research to improve our world will be the topic of Dr. Sommer Gentry, who will speak at Wilson College on Wednesday, April 3, as part of the “Science in Society” speaker series.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
March 13, 2013
CONTACT: Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center for the Education and Advancement of Women
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279
Email: amy.ensley@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Operations research, also known as O.R., is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions. The potential of operations research to improve our world will be the topic of Dr. Sommer Gentry, who will speak at Wilson College on Wednesday, April 3, as part of the “Science in Society” speaker series.

Gentry's presentation, “Faster, Safer, Healthier with Operations Research,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Brooks Complex auditorium and is free and open to the public.

By using techniques such as mathematical modeling to analyze complex situations, operations research gives leaders and executives the power to make more effective decisions and build more productive systems based on: more complete data, consideration of all available options, careful predictions of outcomes and estimates of risk, and the latest decision tools and techniques.

Gentry, an associate professor of mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy, is at the forefront of innovation using O.R. She designed a registry for pairing kidney donors with recipients that is used in both the United States and Canada and her work has attracted the attention of major media outlets, including Time magazine, Reader’s Digest, Science, the Discovery Channel and the Diane Rehm show on PBS.

Gentry, who is also affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studied operations research at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a U.S. Department of Energy computational science graduate fellow from 2001-05 and won a contest for excellence in technical writing that conveys computational science to a lay audience.

The science speaker series is sponsored by the Institute for Women in Science, Mathematics and Technology (WISMAT) at Wilson College. For more information, contact Amy Ensley at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279, or amy.ensley@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 30 majors and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. Wilson has been named a “Best Value” college in its region for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for providing quality academics at an affordable price. The college has been ranked one of the best regional colleges for undergraduate education for nine straight years by U.S. News.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college had a fall 2012 enrollment of 695, which included 17 students from 9 foreign countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

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Last Updated: March 15, 2013