|On November 10, 2007,
Professor Anna Nagurney was inducted an RSAI (Regional Science
Association International) Fellow
at the awards luncheon of the 54th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International
held in Savannah, Georgia.
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Fellow Acceptance Speech
Professor Anna Nagurney
John F. Smith Memorial Professor
Department of Finance and Operations Management
Isenberg School of Management
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
It is a distinct honor and privilege to be standing before you today. I am so humbled to have been selected an RSAI Fellow.
I am standing on the shoulders of intellectual giants, many of whom are in the audience today.
My work and career would not have been possible without my dissertation committee at Brown University, which included Martin Beckmann and Stella Dafermos, who was my dissertation advisor. The influence of their work spans many decades and continues to this day. Stella died tragically in 1990 at the age of 49. It was Dafermos who introduced me to the regional science community and in which I have met many wonderful colleagues and friends.
I would especially like to thank David Boyce who has been an intellectual leader and an ardent supporter of transportation network equilibrium modeling in both theory and practice. His intelligence, stamina, contributions, and sense of humor have graced our community.
I would also like to acknowledge Karen Polenske, who inspired me through her books, when I was a student, and who demonstrated to me that women can write scientific books. Her energy and trailblazing research in China are something that I keep in mind for inspiration.
Without Walter Isard we would not have the discipline of regional science nor, very likely, its many other outgrowths, as Jean H. P. Paelinck mentioned yesterday: location theory, spatial econometrics, and others. To him I am eternally grateful.
When I teach at UMass Amherst (and elsewhere) I bring photos of the scientists whose work I am discussing. When I look at the photo albums that I share with my students, the majority include photos of regional scientists at conferences -- in Australia, in Sweden, in Russia, in Greece, and elsewhere. My students have seen photos of: Geoff Hewings, Martin Beckmann, Takashi Takayama, Borje Johansson in Australia; of T. John Kim, Tony Smith, Masa Fujita, Alex Anas, Peter Nijkamp, David Batten, and David Boyce in Sweden, and of Stella Dafermos and Jean H. P. Paelinck in Greece.
My students have benefited from special sessions organized by David Boyce and myself on the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Beckmann, McGuire, and Winsten classical book, Studies in the Economics of Transportation, which brought together many of us to the RSAI meeting in Philadelphia, and even Suzanne Evans from England and Hani Mahmassani who is now at Northwestern.
Thank you, everyone, for this special occasion in the gorgeous venue of Savannah, Georgia.
I hope that our best research is yet to be done. Thanks for the terrific memories and let us, together, create many more!
Savannah, GA - November 10, 2007
from the RSAI
- Fellows Luncheon - November 9, 2007