By Dean Sproul
Dr. Melissa Kenney’s research on environmental decision support was highlighted in the President’s Letter in the December 2016 INFORMS Decision Analysis Society (DAS) Newsletter. Incoming President of DAS and Professor of Supply Chain & Business Analytics at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Jason Merrick, highlighted Kenney’s work as an exemplar of use-inspired science at the interface of academia and practice.
The letter highlighted two of Kenney’s recent contributions. Specifically, the President’s Letter highlighted a commentary in Nature Climate Change co-authored by Kenney that highlights decision analysis frameworks for addressing climate change decision making. Her paper in Climatic Change was praised for the development of indicators that can be used as reference tools for decision makers.
Dr. Merrick noted that Kenney’s work “is bringing the tools of decision analysis to a critical area of research and looks to have a tremendous impact on policy and society going forward,” and stated that her work is “truly some of the most interesting research using decision analysis that is going on today.” In the President’s letter he recommended reading more of Dr. Kenney’s publications, which can be found on the Environmental Decision Support Science Lab’s website.
You can read more about Dr. Kenney’s feature on the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center’s website.