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The INFORMS Optimization Society welcomes the new officers to the executive board for the 2018-19 term.

Vice chairs

Computational Optimization and Software: Dimitri Papageorgiou.
Integer and Discrete Optimization: Akshay Gupte.
Network Optimization: Jorge Sefair.
Linear and Conic Optimization: Somayeh Moazeni.

Treasurer/Secretary: Burcu Keskin will continue to serve the society through 2019.

We congratulate the new officers but also thank everyone who ran for an officer position. Please note that all of the vice chairs will resume positions immediately in January 2018.

We also have a new web editor and social media coordinator: Sertalp B. Çay.

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The INFORMS Optimization Society 2018 meeting will take place at the University of Colorado at Denver. See the web page for details regarding submission of abstracts and for chairing sessions.

http://orwe.mines.edu/conference/info.html

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The winners of the 2017 edition of the INFORMS Optimization Society prizes have been selected: Robert Vanderbei (Khachiyan prize), Kim-Chuan Toh (Farkas prize), Alberto Del Pia and Aida Khajavirad (Young Researchers prize) and Frans de Ruiters (Students prize). More information on the INFORMS Optimization Society page: http://connect.informs.org/optimizationsociety/prizes

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The Spring 2017 edition of the Informs OS newsletter is out! Check http://connect.informs.org/optimizationsociety/optresources/newsletter for all editions.

This is the second call for the four annual IOS prizes. We seek nominations (including self-nominations) for each prize, due by June 15, 2017. Additional information on the awards, including eligibility and nominations details can be found on the society website: http://connect.informs.org/optimizationsociety/prizes .

Please see the website for nomination instructions. Inquiries should be sent directly via email to the chair of the corresponding prize committee.

Khachiyan Prize (for outstanding lifetime contributions )

Committee Chair: Gerald Brown (GBrown@nps.edu)
Committee members: Bill Cook, Andrzej Ruszczyński, and Yinyu Ye

Farkas Prize (for a mid-career researcher)

Committee Chair: Margaret Wright (mhw@cims.nyu.edu)
Committee members: Patrick Jaillet, Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo, Pascal Van Hentenryck

Young Researchers Prize (one or more young researchers within 8 years of their most recent degree for an outstanding paper)

Committee Chair: Michael Ferris (ferris@cs.wisc.edu)
Committee members: Jonathan Eckstein, Simge Küçükyavuz, Suvrajeet Sen

Student Paper Prize (Every nominee/applicant must be a student on the first of January of the year of the award.)

Committee Chair: Vineet Goyal (vgoyal@ieor.columbia.edu)
Committee Members: Kiavash Kianfar, Javier Peña, Ermin Wei

Each of the four awards includes a cash prize of US $1,000 and a citation plaque. The award winners will be invited to give a presentation in a special session sponsored by the Optimization Society during the INFORMS annual meeting in Houston, TX in October 2017.

We seek nominations (including self-nominations) for the INFORMS Optimization society Khachiyan, Farkas, Young researcher, and Student Optimization Society prizes. The deadline is June 15, 2017. Each of the four awards includes a cash prize of US $1,000 and a citation plaque.

The award winners will be invited to give a presentation in a special session sponsored by the Optimization Society during the INFORMS annual meeting in Houston, TX in October 2017. More information at https://www.informs.org/Community/Optimization-Society/Prizes

The 2016 INFORMS Optimization Society prizes have been awarded.

Khachiyan Prize: Aharon Ben-Tal

Farkas Prize: Sven Leyffer

Young Researchers Prize: Venkat Chandrasekaran and Parikshit Shah for with their paper “Relative Entropy Relaxations for Signomial Optimization”

Student Paper Prize: Gonzalo Muñoz with the paper "LP Formulations for Mixed-Integer Polynomial Optimization Problems," with co-author Daniel Bienstock

Student Paper Honorable Mention: Hamza Fawzi with the paper "Self-scaled bounds for atomic cone ranks: applications to nonnegative rank and cp-rank," with co-author: Pablo A. Parrilo

Congratulations to all!

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A friendly reminder that the deadline for the INFORMS Optimization Society awards is approaching fast. Nominations for each one of the four prizes is due by July 15, 2016. Note that self-nominations are welcome. All nominations and inquiries should be sent directly via email to the chair of the corresponding prize committee.

Additional information on the awards can be found here:

https://www.informs.org/Community/Optimization-Society/Prizes

We would like to thank three Society Vice-Chairs who will be completing their two-year terms at the conclusion of the INFORMS 2016 annual meeting:

Aida Khajavirad, Daniel Robinson, and Warren Powell.

We are currently seeking nominations of candidates for the following positions:

Vice-Chair for Global Optimization
Vice-Chair for Nonlinear Optimization
Vice-Chair for Optimization Under Uncertainty

Self-nominations for all of these positions are encouraged. Vice-Chairs serve a two-year term. According to Society Bylaws,
"The main responsibility of the Vice Chairs will be to help INFORMS Local Organizing committees identify cluster chairs and/or session chairs for the annual meetings. In general, the Vice Chairs shall serve as the point of contact with their sub-disciplines."

Please send your nominations or self-nominations to Burcu B. Keskin (bkeskin@cba.ua.edu), including contact information for the nominee, by June 30, 2016. Online elections will begin in mid-August, with new officers taking up their duties at the conclusion of the 2016 INFORMS annual meeting.

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