Operational Research is focus of science lecture
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The potential of operations research to improve our world will be the topic of Sommer Gentry, who will speak at Wilson College on Wednesday, April 3, as part of the “Science in Society” speaker series.
Sommer’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.
Operations research, also known as O.R., is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.
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.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The annual YMCA Good Friday Breakfast program will be hosted by and held at the Unity in Christ Church, which is in the former Lighthouse Restaurant at 4301 Philadelphia Ave. in Chambersburg.
The March 29 breakfast will be buffet style and will feature scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, baked oatmeal, coffee or tea, and juice. There will be two seatings for breakfast — one at 6:15 am and a second following the Good Friday program at 8 a.m.
Dramatic readings, directed by the Rev. Dianne Salter, will be interspersed with musical selections presented by a community chorus and directed by Marcel Coates, music director at Unity in Christ Church.
Congregational singing will be included.
Drama and song will begin at 7 a.m. Tickets for the 6:15 a.m. or 8 a.m. breakfast may be purchased at the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA for $6.50.
For more information, contact Amy Lynch at 717-263-8508.
Chambersburg man among PSP academy graduates
HERSHEY, Pa. — Seventy-three men and women joined the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police last week following a graduation ceremony at the state police academy in Hershey.
State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., D-Pa., spoke at the event.
Among the graduates was Jacob R. Hebdon, whose hometown is Chambersburg, Pa. He will be assigned to Troop G’s Hollidaysburg barrack in Blair County, Pa.
Graduates completed 25 weeks of physical and classroom training.
Talent show auditions rescheduled for March 27
Auditions will be on a first-come basis and are for students in the Waynesboro Area School District only.
Each audition will be three to five minutes and judges may stop the performances in the middle. A CD player will be available for use, but no accompanist will be available. Each applicant must provide his or her own music.
Each applicant, group or individual if chosen to participate in the talent show, will pay a $10 entrance fee.
The talent show is scheduled for Saturday, April 13.