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Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

  • New Appointment: Jeta Rudi, Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

University of Connecticut

  • New Appointments: Pengfei Liu, Assistant Research Professor; Rebecca Boehm, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Appointment Change: Richard Dunn, Associate Professor with tenure
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Omer Hoke, PhD, Economist, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC);  Madiha Zaffou, PhD, Economist, Rhode Island Department of Revenues; Takero Saitoh, MS, Analyst, Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • Resignations: Yizao Liu; Adam Rabinowitz
  • Visitors: Paulo Scalco, Professor at Federal University of Goias, Brazil, visiting scholar, July 2016-December 2016; Farhet Shaheen, Senior Assistant Professor, visiting scholar, September 2016-August 2017

Economic Research Service (USDA)

  • Awards:  Katherine Ralston, AAEA Quality of Communication-Honorable Mention; Charlotte Tuttle, AAEA Outstanding AJAE Article Award-Honorable Mention

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  • New Appointments: James Warner, Interim Head of IFPRI’s Eastern and Southern Africa Office; Samuel Scott, Associate Research Fellow
  • Award: Xinshen Diao, Josaphat Kweka, and Maggie McMillan, China Agricultural Economic Review (CAER) - IFPRI Annual Conference, Best Conference Paper 2016
  • Honorary Position: Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla, Academic Correspondent, Argentina’s National Academy of Agronomy and Veterinary

Kansas State University

  • New Appointments: Jisang Yu, Assistant Professor; Edward Perry, Assistant Professor; Jesse Tack, Associate Professor; Gabriel Sampson, Assistant Professor
  • Awards: Barry Flinchbaugh, ABA,  the Blanchfield Award 2016; Art Barnaby, KSRE, Mentor Award 2016; Aleksan Shanoyan, Outstanding Teaching Award, Less than 10 Years of Experience, Western Agricultural Economics Association 2016

University of Maryland

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Mark Miller, PhD, Data Scientist, JP Morgan Chase; Romina Ordonez, PhD, Economist, Inter American Development Bank; Elina Tselepidakis, PhD, Economist, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

University of Missouri

  • Appointment Change: Joseph L. Parcell, MFA Professor of Agribusiness
  • Award: Judith Stallmann, University of Missouri Extension, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • New Appointments: Jeffrey R. Stokes, Ronald J. Hanson Chair in Agricultural Banking and Finance; Daniela C. Manhani Mattos, Assistant Professor of Practice in Community Development 
  • Award: Felipe de Figuereido Silva, Widaman Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award, IANR-UNL, 2016 
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Lee Kottmeyer, Visiting Researcher, CIAT, Hanoi

The Ohio State University

  • Resignation: Matthew Roberts

University of Rhode Island

  • Appointment Change: Simona Trandafir, Assistant Professor 
  • Award: Thomas Sproul, AAEA Applied Risk Analysis Section, Outstanding Contribution to Applied Risk Analysis 2015 
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Andrew Boslett, PhD, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Rochester; Julie Insignares-Santos, PhD, Energy Industry Analyst, Department of Analytics and Surveillance, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Pratheesh Sudhakaran, PhD, Director of Operations, Full Circle Farms; Annette Bourbonniere, MS, Consultant, Mathematica Policy Research 
  • Leave: Hirotsugu Uchida, University of Tokyo, Japan, July 2016-June 2017

Texas A&M

  • Awards: Ed Rister, Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees, “Partner in Philanthropy” Faculty Award for 2017; Jeff Pate and Team, Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, 2016 National Water and Energy Conservation Award; Vicky Salin, Association of Former Student, Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching; Tiffany Lashment, Member of the American Agricultural Law Association Board of Directors for 2016-2019; Luis Ribera, Director, Southern Agricultural Economics Association; Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M University, 2015-2016 Regents Fellow Service Award

Virginia Tech

  • Appointment Change: Gordon Groover, Associate Professor Emeritus
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Corina Clements, MS, Pre-Sales Consultant, Avolution; Jed Cohen, PhD, Postdoc/Lecturer, West Virginia University; Vanessa Carrion, PhD, National Election Council of Ecuador; Michael Barrowclough, PhD, Teaching Faculty, Illinois State University; Meredith Adams, MS, District Sales Manager Trainee, Monsanto; Sarah McKay, MS, General Mills; Alyssa Mark, MS, Program Associate, Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program; Savannah Block, Legislative and Regulatory Analyst, The Russell Group 
  • Honorary Position: Kevin Boyle, Member of the Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Economics Advisory Committee, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, October, 2016 – September, 2019
  • Return from Leave: Jeff Alwang
  • Leave: Jeff Alwang, Jordan, August 2016 – December 2016
  • Retirement: Gordon Groover, 33 Years of Service 
  • Visitors: Majd Sayed Issa, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Aleppo, Syria, Visiting Scholar, August 2015 – August 2017; Jue Zhu, PhD Student, Nanjing Agricultural University, China, Graduate Student Fellow, October 2016 – September 2017; Pei Guo, Dean of the College of Economics and Management, Chinese Agricultural University in Beijing, Guest Lecturer, October 31 – November 2; Tim Beatty, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, Guest Speaker, September 16, 2016; Ray Owens, Staff Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Guest Speaker, September 23, 2016; Amanda Countryman, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, Guest Speaker, September 30, 2016; Marc Hathaway, The Scoular Company, Guest Speaker, October 6, 2016; Derek Farnsworth, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Guest Speaker, October 7, 2016; Jens Schubert, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Guest Speaker, October 28, 2016; Dayton Lambert, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Guest Speaker, November 11, 2016; Pinka Chatterji, Associate Professor, State University of New York, Guest Speaker, November 18, 2016; Douglas Wrenn, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University, Guest Lecturer, December 2016; Janet Perry, Co-editor of Choices Magazine, AAEA, December 2016; Kathryn Russ, Staff Senior Economist on the Council of Economic Advisors, Executive Office of the President, Guest Lecturer, November 2016; Roberto Garcia, Professor, University of Life Sciences, Norway, November 2016

West Virginia University

  • New Appointments: Elizabeth Byrd, Teaching Assistant Professor; Jed Cohen, Post-doctorate 
  • Department Name Change: “Agricultural & Resource Economics” to “Resource Economics & Management”
  • Award: Cheryl Brown, Associate Professor, West Virginia University IDEA Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Chris Shultz, PhD, Quantitative Analyst, AVP, State Street Corp; Seth Wiggins, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Mines
  • Honorary Position: Heather Stephens, Assistant Professor, North American Editor, Regional Studies, Regional Science, 2015-2018
  • Leave: Mark Sperow, Associate Professor, Sabbatical, Fall 2016
  • Retirement: Denny Smith, 38 years of service
  • Resignation: Don Lacombe