Sheldon Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE

 

Making TSA PreCheck free can save TSA millions: Report (Chicago Tribune; Mary Wisniewski) quotes a recent study by Sheldon H. Jacobson, Arash Khatibi, and Ge Yu, on why TSA PreCheck should be offered at no cost to high volume travels (5 December 2016).  See also TSA could save money by waving PreCheck fees for frequent travelers, study finds, University of Illinois News Bureau (5 December 2016); TSA would save millions if PreCheck was free for all flyers, Illinois prof argues, Chicago Business Journal (5 December 2016); Study Finds making PreCheck free could save millions, CBS Radio WBBM, Chicago IL (5 December 2016); U of I study says TSA could save money by waiving PreCheck program fees, ABC 7 Eyewitness News, Chicago, IL (5 December 2016); Making TSA PreCheck free could save millions of dollars, study suggests, Los Angeles Times (5 December 2016); TSA should drop enrollment fee for PreCheck, Study finds, Consumer Affairs (5 December 2016); TSA Could Waive $85 PreCheck Fee and Save Millions, Vocative (6 December 2016); The Case for Making PreCheck Free, Smarter Travel (6 December 2016); There’s a Way to Cut TSA Lines and TSA Costs, Newser (6 December 2016); Eliminating TSA PreCheck Program Fee for Frequent Flyers Could Save Millions of Dollars: Study, Boarding Area: The Gate with Brian Cohen (6 December 2016); Study: Waiving TSA PreCheck Fee Could Save Taxpayers Millions, Flyer Talk: Jeff Edwards (6 December 2016); Give yourself a holiday Gift: TSA PreCheck, Chicago Tribune Editorial (8 December 2016); Free PreCheck would shorten queues, argue US Researchers, IHS Airport 360 (15 December 2016).

Trump says Profiling has Protected Israel. It Probably Wouldn’t Work Here (fivethirtyeight.com) quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on Israel security profiling and its impact in the United States (28 September 2016).

Dan Corkey: Why wait in line if you’re not the bad guy? (Opinion, News Gazette, Champaign, IL) (11 September 2016).

After Istanbul, Here’s How Airport Experts Want to Protect You at the Curbside which appeared in Defense One (Patrick Tucker) quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on how security can be further hardened, in response to Jeh Johnson’s (DHS Secretary) call for more security vigilance at airports and other venues (30 June 2016). See also How to Improve Airport Security in the Wake of the Istanbul Attack in the Fiscal Times (1 July 2016).

The article, TSA PreCheck: Will it shorten security lines at airports? published by the Christian Science Monitor, quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on the benefits of TSA PreCheck (25 June 2016).

The news release, New study offers efficient alternative for Ebola screening program for travelers, discusses an alternative strategy for screening for Ebola, based both on health and social contact tracing factors (28 March 2016).  See Homeland Security News Wire, Medical News, Infection Control Today, Science Daily, Vaccine News Daily.

(23 March 2016) The Invited Op-Ed, After Brussels, simply adding extra security won’t keep travelers safe, which discusses the reaction to the Brussels airport bombing, appeared on Quartz (23 March 2016).  See also DefenseOne, HotAir, Government Executive, Aspen Institute and Time (Five Best Ideas of the Day, 25 March 2016, #1).

 

The story, What The Russian Crash Means For Aviation Security on HuffPost Live featured commentary by Sheldon H. Jacobson on 2 November 2015.  See also (9 November 2015) Experts: U.S. airports safe, but Egyptian breach may bring crackdown (Chicago Daily Herald), (11 November 2015) TSA security lapses point to management, training failures, experts say (Sinclair Broadcast Group: WJLA ABC-7 Washington DC, KUTV ABC-2 Salt Lake City UT).

The article, How Not To Fix Airport Screening, by Patrick Tucker, which appeared on-line in Defense One on 2 June 2015, quoted Jacobson on the recent security problems at the TSA and how such problems can be addressed with less rather than more screening for threat items.

The Invited Op-Ed, Airports should be screening for Ebola the same way they screen for terrorists, which appeared the Washington Post PostEverything  blog on 2 October 2014, discusses using aviation security screening to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States.  See also quotes reported by the Associate Press article, Airports, airlines and Ebola: 5 things to know (4 October 2014), being quoted in the commentary, A Manhattan Project against Ebola in the Chicago Tribune (7 October 2014), a live interview on Weekends with Alex Witt (MSNBC) (5 October 2014), a live interview on WANDTV (NBC affiliate, Decatur, IL, 5 October 2014), a live interview on The Current (CBC Radio Canada) (6 October 2014), a live interview on HuffPost Live (6 October 2014), a live interview on WTOP CBS Radio 103.5, Washington DC, 6 October 2014), an interview on WCIA-TV (CBS Champaign, IL, 6 October 2014), a live interview on HuffPost Live (9 October 2014), a live interview on CBC News, Toronto, Canada (11 October 2014), a live interview on HuffPost Live (14 October 2014), and a live interview on HuffPost Live (17 October 2014; second segment). See also, Jacobson Brings Analytics Expertise to Ebola Screening posted on the University of Illinois Department of Computer Science website (12 February 2015).

The article, Airports Have No Way to Screen for Ebola, by Patrick Tucker, which appeared on-line in the National Journal on 1 August 2014, quoted.  Jacobson on the challenges of screening for Ebola at airports, the similarities in such screening with aviation security screening, and how prescreening can be an effective strategy in such environments.

The videos, The Bleacher Report: Crunching the Number to Reveal the Biggest Potential Upsets in the West Region,  The Bleacher Report: Crunching the Numbers to Reveal Biggest Potential Upsets in the South Region, The Bleacher Report: Crunching the Numbers to Reveal Biggest Potential Upsets in the Midwest Region, The Bleacher Report: Crunching the Numbers to Reveal Biggest Potential Upsets in the East Region, featured commentary by Jacobson on how seeds tend to perform in the early rounds of the tournament (March 17, 2014).  See also USA Today: Dominate March Madness: Tips for a better bracket, and others.

The article, Get healthy — Add a bus stop to your diet, by Esther Cepeda, syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, released on 13 March 2014, featured research on the interrelationship between caloric intake, automobile use, and obesity, which was first reported in a research paper published in Preventive Medicine in 2013.

 

The article, Hang Up the Car Keys, appeared in Cancer Today (Spring 2013, Volume 3(1), page 57), features research on the interrelationship between caloric intake, automobile use, and obesity, which was reported Preventive Medicine in 2013.

 

The article "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sequential Aviation Security Screening Policies," which appeared in the August 2011 issue of IIE Transactions (Volume 43, Number 8, pages 546-565), co-authored with A.J. Lee, was highlighted in Research Executive Summaries in the July 2011 issue of Industrial Engineering, the monthly professional magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

 

The article "A Sequential Stochastic Passenger Screening problem for Aviation Security," which appeared in the June 2009 issue of IIE Transactions (Volume 41, Number 6, pages 575-579), co-authored with L.A. McLay and A.G. Nikolaev, was highlighted in Research Executive Summaries in the May 2009 issue of Industrial Engineering, the monthly professional magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

The articles Want to Conserve Fuel? Study Finds Losing Weight Saves Money at the Pump, in Motor Trend and No Free Ride for Blubber, in the 2 January 2009 issue of Science (Volume 323(5910) featured the results relating fuel consumption and obesity reported in Jacobson and King (2009).

The article, A Shot in the Arm for Integer Programming, by Barry Cipra, that appeared in the November 2008 issue of SIAM News (Volume 41, Number 9) featured the pediatric vaccine modeling and analysis research covered in  Hall et al. (2009).

The article, Web Site Provides Pediatric Vaccine Pricing, that appeared in the October 2008 issue of Managed Care Magazine (Volume 17, Number 10) featured the pediatric vaccine modeling covered in  Jacobson and Sewell (2008).

The web site, http://election08.cs.illinois.edu/, assembled by Sheldon H. Jacobson and his collaborators generated wide spread media attention after the press release “Latest Electoral College Forecast Shows McCain Ahead By as Many as 27 Votes,” was issued on September 17, 2008 by INFORMS.  Mentions included the St. Louis Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, msnbc.com, and Science.

 

The paper “The Tradeoff between Technology and Prescreening Intelligence in Checked Baggage Screening for Aviation Security,” to appear in Journal of Transportation Security, was featured in “A Minute with Sheldon Jacobson: How can better pre-screening make airports safer?” on the University of Illinois web site (www.uiuc.edu) on February 14, 2008.

 

Sheldon H. Jacobson appeared as an expert in the documentary “Killer at Large” (produced by Shinebox Media productions), which highlights the growing obesity epidemic and its impact on society.  The documentary was released in December 2007.

 

The paper “The Economic Impact of Obesity on Automobile Fuel Consumption," published in The Engineering Economist (Volume 51, Number 4, 307-323, October –December 2006) by Taylor and Francis received media coverage following a press release issued on October 24, 2006 by the University of Illinois News Bureau, as well as an Associated Press news release on October 25, 2006.  Media coverage included several hundred newspapers and magazine articles, radio show interviews and reports, and television interview and reports.  Newspaper coverage included Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe.  Magazines included Business Week, Car and Driver, Forbes, and Kiplinger.  Several radio interviews and reports were broadcasted, including Morning Edition on National Public Radio, The Osgood Files on CBS Radio, and two interviews on Washington Post Radio.  Live TV interviews were also given, including Street Signs (with Erin Burnett) on CNBC TV (October 27, 2006), MSNBC TV (with Melissa Brewer) (October 28, 2006), and The Closing Bell (with Maria Bartiromo) on CNBC TV (November 16, 2006). 

 

On October 24, 2006, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a press release (06-154)New Technologies Could Make Airport Screening More Effective and Less Cumbersome,” which featured the video “Aviation Security: Researching the Risk.”  This release provided the details of an NSF hosted call-in program (held Sept. 28, 2006) on the latest developments in airport security.

The paper “Pediatric Vaccine Stockpile Levels: How Much is Enough?” (co-authored with E.C. Sewell, R.A. Proano, and J.A. Jokela) published in Vaccine (Volume 24, Number 17, 3530-3537, April 24, 2006) by Elsevier Publishers, received media coverage following a press release issued on April 18, 2006 by the news bureau at the University of Illinois.  Media coverage included over sixty web sites, newspapers, and professional magazines, including

The paper "Modeling Aviation Baggage Screening Security Systems: A Case Study," (co-authored with J.E. Virta, J.M. Bowman, J.E. Kobza, and J.J. Nestor) published in IIE Transactions (Volume 35, Number 3, pages 259-269) was highlighted in Research Reports in the February 2003 issue of Industrial Engineering, the monthly professional magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

On February 18, 2003, Sheldon H. Jacobson and graduate student Laura A. McLay were invited to discuss their research activities on aviation security on Focus 580 on public radio station AM580 in Champaign, Illinois.  Focus 580 is a daily radio program that interviews newsmakers and experts on national and international affairs.

The paper “Using Monte Carlo Simulation to Determine Combination Vaccine Price Distributions for Childhood Diseases,” (co-authored with E.C. Sewell) published in Health Care Management Science (Volume 5, Number 2, April 2002) by Baltzer Science Publishers, received media coverage following a press release issued on April 8, 2002 by the news bureau at the University of Illinois.  Media coverage included

 

The paper “A New Neighborhood Function for Discrete Manufacturing Process Design Optimization Using Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms,” (co-authored with D.E. Vaughan and D.E. Armstrong) published in ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (Volume 122, Number 2, 164-171) was featured in an article on October 20, 2000 focusing on new directions in manufacturing research in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (www.wiley.com/technical_insights).

The papers "An Integer Programming Model for Vaccine Procurement and Delivery in the National Childhood Immunization Program: A Pilot Study," (co-authored with E.C. Sewell, R. Deuson, and B.G. Weniger) published in Health Care Management Science (Volume 2, Number 1, January 1999) by Baltzer Science Publishers, and "Addressing the Challenges to Immunization Practice with an Economic Algorithm for Vaccine Selection," (co-authored with B.G. Weniger, R.T. Chen, E.C. Sewell, R. Deuson, J.R. Livengood, and W.A. Orenstein) published in Vaccine (Volume 16, Number 19) by Elsevier Science, received significant media coverage following a press release issued on December 21, 1998 by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Media coverage included

 

Last Updated: 1 February 2017