Abstract for: Dana Meadows Award Announcement

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. Students can self-nominate any manuscript that they have submitted as sole author, or co-author, for inclusion in the conference. The winner receives a cash award, a conference registration and an allowance for travel expenses. The 2015 award was accepted by Mohammad S. Jalali from Virginia Tech for the paper, "Information Diffusion through Social Networks: the Case of an Online Petition," co-authored by Armin Ashouri Rad, Oscar Herrera-Restrepo, and Hui Zhang, all from Virginia Tech.