Volume 24 – Number 3 October 2011
System Dynamics Society Award Winners
Lifetime Achievement Award. The System Dynamics Society occasionally recognizes people for making a significant contribution to a field or a practice over an extended period of time by giving them the Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the only award of the Society that is based on a body of work done over a lifetime and not on a single article. This year, the award was presented to Diana Fisher for her work on K-12 Education. Here is a link to an article about Diana’s award. To find more information about her works, please read Diana’s paper in the System Dynamics Review.
The System Dynamics Applications Award is presented by the Society every other year for the best “real world” application of system dynamics. The Society awarded its 2011 Applications Award to Jack Homer, Kristina Wile, Gary Hirsch, Justin Trogdon, Amanda Honeycutt, Bobby Milstein, Diane Orenstein and Lawton Cooper for their work Prevention Impacts Simulation Model (PRISM) for Chronic Disease Policymaking. To see the citation for the award, please follow this link to the System Dynamics Review.
The System Dynamics Society Outstanding Service Award recognizes individuals that have, on a volunteer basis, made exceptional contributions to the Society over an extended period of time. This year the Society awarded David Andersen and George Richardson this award in grateful recognition of their exceptional volunteer contributions to the System Dynamics Society.
The Dana Meadows Award was established in 2001 to honor the late Dana Meadows and encourage the next generation of students in the field of system dynamics. The award is given annually for the best paper by a student presented at the annual System Dynamics Conference. The Society awarded its 2011 Dana Meadows Award to Navid Ghaffarzadegan at University at Albany, for the paper Beyond Personality Traits and Financial Incentives: Bias and Variation in Medical Practices as Results of Experiential Learning. The Honorable Mention in the Dana Meadows Award competition was given to David Keith at MIT for the paper Understanding Innovation Diffusion in the Presence of Supply Constraints and Price Feedback: The Case of the Toyota Prius. For more information, please see the Dana Meadows Award presentation by Joel Rahn.
The Lupina Young Researchers Award was given this year to two outstanding papers dealing with health-related topics, authored by students or recent (past five years) graduates and presented at the conference. Both papers were presented in plenary sessions at this year’s conference: Beyond Personality Traits and Financial Incentives: Bias and Variation in Medical Practices as Results of Experiential Learning, by Navid Ghaffarzadegan and Modeling the Dynamics of Thyroid Hormones and Related Disorders, by Oylum Seker.
The Barry Richmond Scholarship Award is presented annually to a deserving Systems Thinking or System Dynamics practitioner whose work demonstrates a desire to expand the field or to apply it to current social issues. This year’s recipient was Sarah Boyar.
The winner of Best Poster Presentation at the Poster Symposium was Exploring Demographic Shifts: Ageing and Migration in a Deeply Uncertain Dynamically Complex World, by Erik Pruyt, Thomas Logtens, Govert Gijsbers, Tim Sweijs and Stephan de Spiegeleire.
The Environmental SIG Scholarship Award, new this year, for students and new researchers whose paper is about promoting carbon neutral practices, was given to David Keith, for his paper Understanding Innovation Diffusion in the Presence of Supply Constraints and Price Feedback: The Case of the Toyota Prius.
Please visit the conference proceedings page to read the award winning papers.
Dr. David Lane has been appointed to the editorial board of a new journal
Dr. David Lane, London School of Economics and current Society President, has been invited to join the editorial board of the new journal Operations Research for Health Care, published by Elsevier. This international journal is aimed at those working in health and health policy in universities, government departments, and consultancy firms and will publish papers describing the use and evaluation of Operations Research techniques in health, including lessons learned in engaging with policy makers, clinicians, managers, and other decision makers. Papers concerning the application of system dynamics modelling to health care are most welcome. For further information click here.
Society Open Positions for 2013–2015
Members are encouraged to nominate themselves for service. Nominations to be presented at the 2012 Winter Policy Council meeting are needed for the following positions:
To nominate yourself please use the nomination form. Members of the nominating committee are Rogelio Oliva, Edward Anderson, David Ford, Birgit Kopainsky, Juergen Strohhecker, and Kim Warren.
2011 PhD Colloquium proceedings now available
The proceedings of the 2011 PhD Colloquium in DC are now available on the Student Chapter website or directly from this link. There you can find the keynote presentations as well as student papers, an overall summary, and pictures from the event.
European Master programme in System Dynamics: application deadline
The upcoming deadline for applications to the European Master programme in System Dynamics is 1 December 2011. Since its initialization nearly two years ago, about 50 students from all over the world are studying in this two-year teaching programme offered by the Universities of Bergen (Norway), New University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Palermo (Italy), and Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands).
The first group of students (who started in September 2010) is starting their master theses soon and will graduate next summer. The third cohort is going to start in August 2012 and we are looking for excellent and enthusiastic students to receive a prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship awarded by the European Union.
Please forward this information to students that you feel are capable and interested to participate in this international master programme. Information about the programme can be found at www.europeansystemdynamics.eu.
Kawika Pierson successfully defended his PhD dissertation, Profit Cycle Dynamics, in April 2011. It was approved by the MIT Sloan School of Management. Dr. Pierson is now an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Quantitative Methods at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He will be teaching introductory system dynamics to MBA students. Congratulations, Kawika!
Navid Ghaffarzadegan has completed five years of part-time work with the System Dynamics Society. Recently, he successfully defended his PhD dissertation at the University of Albany. Congratulations, Navid!
10-year Anniversary of the Sysdyn Group Discussion Forum
In 2001 the Sysdyn Group Discussion Forum was developed for systems thinking and system dynamics discussions. In October it celebrated its 10-year anniversary. The Group communicates primarily in the Indonesian Language (Bahasa Indonesia). The site was created by Teten Avianto.
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