In the News

Announcements including Conferences, Workshops, Job Openings, Software, and News Items. All announcements are moderated. To open discussion on an announcement use the discussion forums.

Fifth-year Anniversary of the First SD Class

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue May 05, 2015 1:43 pm

Fifth-year Anniversary of the First SD Class at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

To celebrate the fifth-year anniversary of the first module (class) in Dynamic Modeling of Public Policy Systems, at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, John Richardson’s students will be giving “final examination” presentations describing their original model-based projects. Presentations are given using the “Pecha Kucha” format (20 slides 20 seconds per slide, 6 min, 40 seconds) first introduced by a community of architects in Japan. As in recent past years, they will be acknowledging their achievements with presentations to a wider audience, comprising not only National University of Singapore faculty and students, but also members of the wider Singapore Community. This will also mark the completion of the module by more than 100 students from Singapore, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan and the many other nations that the Lee Kuan Yew School serves. Most students will return to or embark on careers as public policy professionals.

What does the module in the Dynamic Modeling of Public Policy Systems entail? Students are expected to define a policy relevant problem and craft a system dynamics model that addresses it. After rigorous validity and robustness testing, the model is used to diagnose the problem and point to policy recommendations. These must be accessible and compelling to potential clients with no background in dynamic systems modeling. These final oral presentations, backed up with written reports and documentation, provide class members with the opportunity to demonstrate the level of mastery in public policy modeling that they have attained.
Roberta Spencer
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:34 am

Mississippi State University receives grant from USDA

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:01 pm

Mississippi State University receives grant from USDA for SD Modeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced three research grants totaling almost $3 Million that are designed to boost food security by minimizing livestock losses to insects and diseases. The awards to support research, education, and Extension efforts were made through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Mississippi State University has been awarded $47,464 to create a portable computer and communication center for training veterinary students, graduate students, practicing veterinarians, and other food production stakeholders to use System Dynamics modeling, other forms of stochastic and deterministic modeling and health data management or analysis software to protect livestock from pests and disease.
Roberta Spencer
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:34 am

Dr. Florian Kapmeier and World Climate Inspire German Studen

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:01 pm

C-ROADS World Climate computer simulation game was introduced by Dr. Florian Kapmeier to college students in Reutlingen University’s ESB Business School in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In the game, students were assigned roles as United Nation delegates to negotiate, make decisions, and try to reach an agreement that aims at a minimum rise of the global temperature. According to Dr. Kapmeier, the simulation game is a much more effective way for students to learn that early action is needed compared with traditional lectures. The event was reported by Climate Interactive and a local newspaper Reutlinger General-Anzeiger in Germany.
Roberta Spencer
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:34 am

Brazil Chapter News About 2014 and 2015 Symposiums

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:22 am

On December 4, 2014, the Brazilian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society held a one-day symposium in São Paulo. Three of the presentations are now available (video & slides) at the Chapter webpage.

- by Kim Warren, on "Agile System Dynamics: Fast, Effective, Reliable"
- by Khalid Saeed, on "Economic Development, Creative Destruction and Urban Dynamics: Proposal for Rethinking Developmental Agendas"
- by Andrew Ford, on "Energy Market Dynamics: Lessons from the Case Study of Energy Storage for the Ontario Power System"

The Brazil Chapter welcomes everyone who may be interested in these topics to visit their webpage and to benefit from the availability of these materials, thanks to the generosity of our colleagues Kim, Khalid and Andy. These presentations were possible thanks to the initiative and technology provided by Karim Chichakly, of isee systems. The symposium was organized by our Chapter President Marciano Morozowski and hosted by Edmilson Moraes, at FEI University. Fifty participants attended in person. Local presenters were Edmilson Moraes, Newton Bueno, João Arantes and Rudolf Flunger.

The Chapter leadership has decided to expand the symposium this year (2015), to include not only presentations but also posters (on October 2), and workshops (on October 3). The event will once again be hosted by Edmilson Moraes at FEI University, in São Paulo. Marciano Morozowski and Karim Chichakly have agreed to serve as Program and Workshop Chairs, respectively. A call for papers is being prepared and key deadlines will be announced soon.
Roberta Spencer
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:34 am

A Festschrift to Jorgen Randers, 70 years, 2015

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:08 pm

Jorgen Randers will be honored in May with a Festschrift, featuring a tabula gratulatoria, an extended list of academic colleagues and friends who send their best wishes. If you would like to sign up to congratulation Jorgen, purchase the forthcoming “Science Based Activism” celebration publication, or learn more about the associated seminar “Green Economics & Science Based Activism” please visit the event website. The deadline for inclusion in the tabula gratulatoria is April 7th. Jorgen is a founding member of System Dynamics Society, Professor of Climate Strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, and formerly served as Deputy Director-General of the World Wildlife Fund. Happy birthday Jorgen!
Roberta Spencer
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:34 am

Keith participates in “Innovations in Energy and Mobility...

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:46 am

Member David Keith participates in “Innovations in Energy and Mobility Affecting the Future of Our Cities”

“Innovations in Energy and Mobility Affecting the Future of Our Cities,” hosted by Iceland Naturally, MIT Media Lab, and City Science Initiative, is one of the events that took place at the Taste of Iceland Festival in Boston on March 12. The discussion was a city-to-city dialogue about energy innovation centered on Boston and Reykjavik’s efforts to innovate energy for a better future. Among the speakers was David Keith, System Dynamics Society member and assistant professor of System Dynamics at MIT. Other speakers included Dagur B. Eggertsson, Reykjavik’s mayor, and Vineet Gupta, director of Planning for Boston Transportation.
Roberta Spencer
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:34 am

Etiënne Rouwette has been appointed as a Full Professor

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:19 pm

Member Etiënne Rouwette has been appointed as a Full Professor of Research and Intervention Methodology as of March 1 this year. He will be Chair of the Methodology and System Dynamics Group of the Nijmegen School of Management, which will continue the strong future presence of System Dynamics in Nijmegen. Future plans include the continuation of the work in Group Model Building and Facilitated Modelling, the development of the Nijmegen Decision Lab, and the further advancement of the European Master Program in System Dynamics together with Andreas Grössler.

Etiënne received his PhD from Radboud University in 2003. He has been teaching System Dynamics and Group Model Building since 1995. He conducted many GMB projects for a wide variety of organizations. In his research he focuses on the systematic, empirical assessment of GMB interventions and the further development of scripts for GMB.

Etiënne has a long history of volunteering for the System Dynamics Society (e.g. Policy Council Member, Conference Host of the European SD Workshop in 2005, Organizing Chair of ISDC 2006 in Nijmegen, Co-program Chair ISDC 2014, and VP of Membership) . He is currently President Elect.

Congratulations to Etiënne and good luck on behalf of the Society!
Roberta Spencer
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:34 am

World Climate Game featured in ScienceInsider

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:51 am

World Climate Game, developed by Climate Interactive and MIT SD Group, featured in ScienceInsider

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) magazine ScienceInsider published an article about World Climate, a game co-developed by the nonprofit Climate Interactive and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology System Dynamics Group. A colleague of the Group, Juliette Rooney-Varge (Director of Climate Change Initiative at UMass), ran it at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco this past fall. The game, which simulates international climate change negotiations, was created in 2010. It is to U.N. climate negotiations what Model U.N. is to the real thing: a chance for outsiders to get a glimpse of what it takes to hammer out a consensus on a thorny international issue. After the game, Rooney-Varga gathered the group to debrief. “It wasn’t obvious until we did this exercise just how strong the change needs to be…” said Lev Horodyskyj, an astrobiologist at Arizona State University, Tempe. Organizers said that the goal of the game is to inspire, not terrify. Mitigating climate change is an enormous task, but it’s not impossible; and it won’t be resolved without teamwork. “The key insights are that you need everybody to act,” Rooney-Varga said. “It’s all in.”
Roberta Spencer
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:34 am

NASPAA’s First National Student Simulation Competition

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:28 pm

NASPAA’s First National Student Simulation Competition Uses a System Dynamics Simulator

The National Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration(NASPAA) conducted its first-ever National Student Simulation Competition, “Creating a Locally-Led ‘Bottom Up’ Reform to the Affordable Care Act” on February 28, 2015. The daylong event brought together about 200 students from 93 NASPAA member graduate schools to five regional locations across the country to analyze the delivery of health care service at the local level. Participants presented their solutions to a national panel of judges. The competition featured ReThink Health Dynamics Model, a System Dynamics simulation model, which enables students to think dynamically and over long time horizons to identify sustainable solutions to health care problems. Participants ran more than 4,400 different simulation runs using a Forio user interface that worked flawlessly.

According to Laurel McFarland, NASPAA Executive Director, “This competition demonstrates the tremendous learning opportunities gained by using simulations to immerse students in situations where they are able to immediately see the complexities and systemic aspects of public policy and management challenges.”

Bobby Milstein, Director of ReThink Health wrote “It was a thrill to hear the insights from each regional winner about where the real leverage may lie in shaping sound health policy. These teams displayed a mix of curiosity, skill, and moral clarity that bodes well for effective action on this critical national challenge. I was also amazed that students from different schools could instantly work so well together and accomplish so much in a single day. . . . Hopefully, we’ll look back on this as an important landmark both for educational methodology and for the U.S. health reform movement. ”
Roberta Spencer
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:34 am

John Sterman Invited as a Guest Speaker on Radio Boston

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:02 am

John Sterman Invited as a Guest Speaker on Radio Boston

John Sterman, professor of management and director of the System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School, was invited to share his thoughts about the crisis of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) on Radio Boston. MBTA passengers have been experiencing frustrating transportation delays during this frigid winter. John said that this is a systemic issue. He anatomized the problem from an interesting System Dynamics perspective. Visit the website of Radio Boston to listen to the broadcast.
Roberta Spencer
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:34 am

Next

Return to Announcements

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron