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May 2014 Issue 8

University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India

  • Award: M. G. Chandrakanth, 2013 Fellow  for Indian Society of Agricultural Economics

University of Arizona

  • Award: Paul Wilson, University of Arizona Alumni Association Extraordinary Faculty Award

University of California, Davis

  • Award: J. Edward Taylor, 2014 UC Davis Academic Senate, Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award
  • Positions Taken by Recent GraduatesDerek Farnsworth, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Florida; Ghada Elabed, PhD, Researcher, Mathematica’s Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation, Washington, DC; Jean Paul Pėtraud, PhD, Research Associate, MPAQ International, Washington, DC; Kailin Kroetz, PhD, Fellow, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC; Wei Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Connecticut College

Colorado State University

  • Awards: Norman L. Dalsted, Inducted into Farm Credit Colorado Agricultural Hall of Fame, February 27, 2014; James Pritchett, Board of Governors Excellence in Undergrad Teaching Award; Richard S. Fenwick, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics 2014 Hall of Fame; Melvin D. Skold, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics 2014 Hall of Fame; Jerold L. Harris, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics 2014 Hall of Fame
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Jacob Salcone, MS, Natural Resource Economist, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

University of Connecticut

  • Visitors: Toru Nakajima, Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan, visiting scholar, 3/14-9/14; Maurizio Droli, Doctoral Student, University of Udine, Italy, visiting scholar, 4/14-5/14

University of Idaho

  • Appointment Changes: Levan Elbakidze, Associate Professor; Philip Watson, Associate Professor
  • Awards: Paul Patterson, Pat Takasugi Award for Leadership in Agriculture; Neil Rimbey, Governor’s Award for Excellence in Agriculture Environmental Stewardship
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Boya Liu, MS, PhD candidate, University of Maryland; Giri Aryal, MS, PhD candidate, Michigan State University; Mahalingam Dhamodharan, MS, PhD candidate, Washington State University; Juan Luo, MS, PhD candidate, Washington State University

International Food Policy Research Institute

  • New Appointments: Kalle Hirvonen, Associate Research Fellow; Fantu Bachewe, Associate Research Fellow; Summer Allen, Research Coordinator; Anjani Kumar, Research Fellow
  • Awards: Phuong Hong Nguyen, Early Career Scholar Award from the American Society for Nutrition’s Global Nutrition Council for her abstract “Understanding the implementation, utilization, and potential impact of a social franchise model to improve infant and young child feeding practices in Viet Nam: A program impact pathway analysis”; Vartika Singh and Patrick Ward, Best Paper at the Fourth International Conference on Applied Econometrics for “Risk and ambiguity preferences and the adoption of new agricultural technologies: Evidence from field experiments in rural India”
  • Visitor: Elena Scheurlen, master’s student, University of Gottingen, Germany, visiting IFPRI from March 3-June 3, 2014

University of Maryland

  • Awards: Ariel Ortiz Bobea, 2014 University Distinguished Dissertation Award in Social Sciences; Kenneth Leonard, 2014 Faculty Research Award, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland; Erik Lichtenberg, 2014 Dean Gordon Cairns Award for Distinguished Creative Work and Teaching in Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland; Joseph Maher, 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Alumni Association of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland

Michigan State University

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Kathleen Sprouse, MS,  Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Purdue University; Vivek Pandey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA); Jessica Vila-Goulding, MS, Economist, Middle East & Africa, Ford Motor Company; Eleanor Turner, MS, Research Initiatives Manager, Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), University California Berkeley

Mississippi State University

  • New Appointment: Angelica Williams, Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Award: Daniel Petrolia, Associate Professor, Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Visitor: Richard Carson, Professor, University of California, San Diego; guest speaker for MSU Department of Agricultural Economics Centennial Lecture

University of Missouri

  • New Appointments:  Anh Nam Tran, FAPRI Research Associate; Sera Chiuchiarelli, FAPRI Research Associate

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • New Appointments: Lia Nogueira, assistant professor; Cory Walters, assistant professor
  • Appointment Change: Konstantinos Giannakas, Eberhard Professor of Agricultural Economics
  • Awards: Rosalee Swartz, 2014 Builder’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising; Ronald Hanson, Allen G. Blezek Friend of LEAD Award.
  • Positions Taken by Recent GraduatesSuparna Bhattacharya, PhD, Utility Economist, Oregon Public Utility Commission; Kepifri Lakoh, PhD, Assistant Professor Njala University, Sierra Leone; Alejandro Plastina, PhD, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University; Edward Rubin, MS, PhD program University of California, Berkeley; Federico Garcia Suarez, PhD, Associate Professor Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay; Kassu Wamisho, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University

The Ohio State University

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Nicholas Dadzie, Visiting Assistant Professor, The Department of Economics, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; Yoon Hyung Kim, Professor, Chonnam National University, South Korea; Shuying Shen, Model Analyst, Huntington Bank, Columbus, Ohio
  • Other News & Stories: Mark Partridge, AEDE, research presented in The New Yorker, “The Case for Free Admission”, February 7, 2014, the SC Times, “Oil Boom Panel Added to SCSU’s Winter Institute”, February 10, 2014, and the SC Times, “Outlook for St. Cloud-area business looks experts say”, February 13, 2014; Douglas Southgate, AEDE, in the Zanesville Times-Recorder, “Chesapeake to Scale Back Spending on Drilling in 2014”, February 9, 2014; Cameron Thraen, AEDE, research presented in Farm and Dairy, “Experts Analyze Dairy Policy in 2014 Farm Bill, February 11, 2014, in Dairy Herd Network, “California Federal Order Effort Still on Track”, February 17, 2014, in the International Dairy Foods Association, ”New Margin Program Offers Better Protection, Say Economic Professors”, February 18, 2014, and in Progressive Dairyman, “The Compromise Dairy Safety Net Solution”, February 24, 2014; Carl Zulauf and Cameron Thraen, research presented in Farm Futures, “Farm Bill Lowdown: More Resources”, March 11, 2014; Carl Zulauf, AEDE, research presented on, “2014 Crop Safety Net Decision: Key Considerations”, February 14, 2014 and presented in Ohio Ag Net/Ohio's Country Journal, “Moving Forward with the Farm Bill on Your Farm”, February 11, 2014

USDA-Economic Research Service

  • New Appointments: Lori Lynch, Branch Chief of Conservation& Environment in Resource & Rural Economics Division; Rachel Brown,  Agriculture Economist in Resource & Rural Economics Division; Joseph (Jerry) Cessna, Agriculture Economist in Market & Trade Economic Division; Stephanie Riche, Agriculture Economist in Market & Trade Economic Division