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System Dynamics

Volume 24 – Number 3        October 2011

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Member News

System Dynamics Society Award Winners

Diana Fisher receives the Lifetime Achievement Award
from John Sterman.
The System Dynamics Applications Award winners
receive their award from Jim Lyneis.

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.

David Andersen and George Richardson receive the Outstanding Service Award from Jay Forrester.
Navid Ghaffarzadegan receives the Dana Meadow Award. He is also one of the winners of the Lupina Young Researchers Award.
David Keith is the runner-up for the Dana Meadow Award. He is also the winner of the Environmental SIG Scholarship Award.

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.

Oylum Seker, one of the winners of the Lupina Young Researchers Award receives her award from Eric Pruyt.
Sarah Boyar receives the Barry Richmond Scholarship Award from Joanne Egner.
Erik Pruyt receives the Best Poster Presentation Award.

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.

Visit to Mayo Clinic

In other news, in August, David visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was an invited ‘Highlight Speaker’ at a conference on Systems Engineering and Operations Research in Health Care. The conference provided a forum for health care professionals, Operations Research practitioners, and university faculty to discuss effective applications of systems engineering and operations management tools in the delivery of health care.


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:

–President Elect for 2013 (The elected person will be the President in 2014, and the Past President in 2015)
–Vice President Meetings for 2013–2015
–Secretary for 2013–2014
–Four Policy Council Members for 2013–2015

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.

Rogelio Oliva
Nominating Committee Chair

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.

Onur Özgün
President/Chapter Representative

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

Jac Vennix

New PhDs

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.

Membership Renewals

If you have not yet renewed, please do so now to ensure uninterrupted member services! It is simple to renew. Please visit the Society website and click on Members/Join or Renew. You may join using the online process, by mail or fax, or just call. To renew, please visit this link!

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