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Richard Larson (left) receives the Lawrence R. Klein Award from Deborah Klein at an awards ceremony at the BLS in Washington, D.C.

Richard Larson (left) receives the Lawrence R. Klein Award from Deborah Klein at an awards ceremony at the BLS in Washington, D.C.

Former MIT graduate student Yi Xue and MIT professor and former INFORMS President Richard Larson recently received the Lawrence R. Klein Award from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the best article among non-BLS authors that appeared in the BLS publication Monthly Labor Review.

Published in 2015, the prize-winning paper, “STEM crisis or STEM surplus? Yes and yes,” uses BLS data and other data to show that, nationally, there is both a STEM crisis and a STEM surplus, depending on the particular employment field. One area of a shortage crisis is in computer science-related fields, whereas one area of surplus is Ph.D.s in the life sciences. According to BLS sources, the Xue-Larson paper – available freely online – remains one of its most widely read papers, even nearly 20 months after first publication. The paper has been cited in national media including recently in The Wall Street Journal.

From 2012 to 2014 Xue was a master’s student at MIT, working on NIH-supported research with Larson. Larson is co-principle investigator on a four-year NIH grant, “Developing a Scientific Workforce Analysis and Modeling Framework.”

The award was established in honor of Nobel-Prize winner Lawrence R. Klein, who earned his Ph.D. in economics at MIT in 1944, where he was Paul Samuelson’s first doctoral student. Dr. Klein retired in 1968 after 22 years as editor in chief of the Review and established a fund to encourage articles that exhibit originality of ideas or methods on analysis, adhere to the principles of scientific inquiry and are well written.

Michael J. Armstrong

Michael J. Armstrong

Michael J. Armstrong has been awarded a $17,000 research fellowship from Australia’s Endeavour program. The fellowship will support him as a visiting researcher at the University of New South Wales campus in Canberra, Australia, for four months in 2017. He will be working on military O.R. projects in collaboration with professors from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Armstrong is an associate professor of operations research in the Goodman School of Business at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.