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 winner receives a cash award, a conference registration and an allowance for travel
expenses. The Society awarded its 2012 Dana Meadows Award to David Keith at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and András K?vári at Delft University of Technology. David Keith received the award for the paper "Understanding Spatiotemporal Patterns of Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Adoption in the United States." András K?vári received the
award for the paper "Prostitution and Human Trafficking: A model-based exploration and policy analysis." The award was presented by R. Joel Rahn.
To help modelers increase the transparency of their models through enhanced documentation, scientists at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), building on model documentation work by Oliva (2001), developed the System Dynamics Model Documentation and Assessment Tool (SDM-Doc) that enables modelers to create practical, efficient, HTML-based model documentation and provide customizable model assessments. The model documentation created by the SDM-Doc tool allows modelers to navigate through model equations and model views in an efficient and practical way creating documentation of the model sorted by variable name, type of variable, group, view, module, module/group/name, and variable of interest. Additionally, model tests are performed allowing modelers and reviewers of models to gain confidence in fundamental characteristics of model structure. The tool, its use, and the different model assessments included in it will be presented and explained. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to be able to use the tool during the workshop. A copy of the software will be distributed to participants at the workshop (the tool is accessible at http://tools.systemdynamics.org/sdm-doc/).