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DC policy panels on energy, environment, health care, aviation precede November election

Seeking new policy tools to tackle major problems in energy, the environment, health care, and aviation will be the subject of a series of major speeches and panels held three weeks before the U.S. Presidential election at the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

The series, "Doing Good with Good O.R." (operations research) will take place in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Waldman Park Hotel and Omni Shoreham Hotel. It will be held on October 14 and 15. Information is at Information about the INFORMS annual meeting is at

The plenary speakers are Russell Chew, President of JetBlue, former U.S. Representative Philip R. Sharp of the think tank Resources for the Future (, and Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Operations research, which is associated with techniques like business intelligence and analytics, is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions. Information about operations research is at

The plenaries and panels are as follows:

Energy and the Environment
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Plenary: 10:00am-10:50am
Panel Discussion: 11:00am-12:30pm
Plenary speaker: Philip R. Sharp, President, Resources for the Future, former U.S. Representative from Indiana
Panel Discussion
Moderators: James Sweeney and John Weyant, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University


  • Brian McLean, Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs, U.S. EPA Headquarters
  • Howard K. Gruenspecht, Deputy Administrator, Energy Information Administration, US Department of Energy
  • Jae Edmonds, Laboratory Fellow, Joint Global Change Research Institute
  • Richard Richels, Director, Climate Policy Research, Electric Power Research Institute

Health Policy
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Plenary: 3:10pm-4:00pm
Panel Discussion: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Plenary speaker: Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Margaret L. Brandeau, Professor of Management Science and Engineering, and Professor of Medicine (by Courtesy), Stanford University


  • Dr. Clancy
  • Peter Hartsock, Research Scientist Officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Aviation Congestion

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2008
Plenary: 10:00am-10:50am
Panel Discussion: 11:00am-12:30pm
Plenary speaker: Russell G. Chew, President and Chief Operating Officer, JetBlue Airways Corporation
Panel Discussion
Moderator/Chair: Jane F. Garvey, Head of U.S. Public Private Partnerships in Transportation, JPMorgan, Former Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


  • Dr. Chew
  • Daniel M. Kasper, Managing Director, LECG, LLC
  • James M. (Jim) Crites, Executive Vice President of Operations, DFW Airport
  • D.J. Gribbon, Chief Council, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • David Gillen, Vancouver International Airport Professor of Transportation Policy and Management, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
  • Dorothy Robyn, Principal, The Brattle Group


Contact: Barry List
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

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