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Judith S. Olson is associate dean for academic affairs and Richard W. Pew Collegiate Professor of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Information. She also holds joint appointments as a professor in the Ross School of Business and the Department of Psychology. After being a member of the prestigious CHI Academy, Olson was awarded the CHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. The CHI Academy honors individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. Members are the principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and led the research. Selection criteria are cumulative contributions to the field, influence on the work of others, and development of new research directions. The Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction of the Association for Computing Machinery oversees the CHI Academy and Lifetime Achievement Awards. At the annual CHI conference in Montreal in 2006, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to individuals for outstanding contributions to the study of human-computer interaction. The award recognizes a lifetime of innovation and leadership. Criteria for the award are cumulative contributions to the field, influencing the work of others, and developing new research directions. Prior to joining the Michigan Business School , she was on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Michigan and served as a technical supervisor for human factors in systems engineering at Bell Laboratories. Her research studies how people who have to work with distant colleagues can do this successfully through communication technology. This work combines field work, lab experiments and agent based simulations. Olson is active in the Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work (CREW) . She has served on the editorial boards of Transactions on Computer Human Interaction, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Organizational Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Management Information Systems Quarterly, Psychological Review, and Memory and Cognition. Olson served as cochair for program and papers for CHI '91 and CHI '94; program cochair for CSCW '96; on the National Research Council Committee on Human Factors; on the Council of the Association for Computing Machinery; and authored more than 70 publications in books and journals in psychology, business, and human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work. From 1970-80, Olson held positions as lecturer, assistant professor, and associate professor of psychology at U-M; from 1980-83, she was a member of the technical staff and then supervisor at Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey; and since 1983, she was appointed associate professor and later professor of computer and information systems at the Michigan Business School, and associate professor and later full professor of psychology. In 1996, she was appointed professor of information at SI.