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‘Teaching game theory to high school girls also inspired me a lot’ say PhD students

Kudos to PhD students Xinmeng Zhao, Shifali Bansal, and Sonza Singh for volunteering, and a shout-out to the instructor Destinie Nock, PhD student from Prof Erin Baker’s lab, for the successful activity that inspired students and mentors alike. The activity was titled “Optimizing the Electric Grid – Let’s Bid”. The volunteers reflected on the vital role they can play, through such instructional activities, in inspiring more girls to pursue a career in engineering and engaging in solving the 21st century challenges of our society. The activity was part of the ‘Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day for High School Girls’ organized by the College of Engineering Diversity Program at UMass Amherst http://engineering.umass.edu/current-students/diversity-programs  

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Congratulations to Nintsoa and group on publication of their work LINK

Ambinintsoa H. RalaidovyChaitra  GopalappaAndré  Ilbawi, Carel  Pretorius and Jeremy A. Lauer, Cost-effective interventions for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colorectal cancer: new results from WHO-CHOICE, Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, 2018 LINK

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Rebecca Castonguay and Shifali Bansal participated in the Society for Women Engineering conference in Minneapolis

The students note that “the best thing I’ve gotten from this conference is knowing that I can advocate for myself to companies and not only are companies interviewing me but I’m interviewing the companies.” I can further confidently attest that the rewards are higher for the company that hires you, and then its just a matter of finding your Nash equilibria

 

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Nazanin’s poster at SMDM, Montreal, addresses a question of national significance- How to reach zero new HIV infections in the US?

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Nazanin’s work selected as finalist for the Lee B. Lusted student best paper award

Nazanin is invited to present her poster at the SMDM annual meeting, Oct 13-17th in Montreal, Canada. Her poster is titled “How to reach zero HIV incidence in the US? Evaluating the Fidelity of a Reinforcement Learning Algorithm to Inform Optimal Decision Paths”

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Matthew Eden’s paper finalist for OR undergraduate student paper award

Matthew invited as a finalist to present at the INFORMS annual meeting in November 2018,  at Phoenix, AZ. His working paper is titled ‘Evolving contact network algorithm: a new simulation method for modeling HIV, a disease with low prevalence but a critical public health issue in the US’

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Welcome Shifali, Sonza, and Xinmeng

Happy to welcome 3 new graduate students Shifali Bansal, Sonza Singh, and Xinmeng Zhao to our lab this Fall. Welcome!!

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Nazanin, PhD student, participates in NextProfNexus

Congratulations! Nazanin participated in the 2018 NextProf Nexus Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley, Sept 11-14, 2018