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January 2016 Issue 2


 President's Column

January 2016
The AAEA Executive Board engaged in a productive meeting at the recent Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The Board made several important decisions that will impact the future of the association, including assessing the implementation of our strategic vision and how we can improve. Frank Wolak of Stanford University gave the T.W. Schultz Lecture on solving the west’s water problem. AAEA invited paper sessions were excellent.

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Renew Your AAEA Membership for 2016

You can now renew your AAEA membership for 2016 on the AAEA website. Simply log in to the “My Account” section to renew. Completing your renewal online saves you time by filling out most of the information for you automatically.

The benefits of your AAEA membership only last through the spring of 2016, so be sure to renew soon to ensure that you keep receiving services from AAEA throughout the upcoming year.

Membership: Africa Section

As you renew your AAEA membership this year, please consider joining the new Africa Section. The objective of the Africa Section is to bring together AAEA members with an interest in teaching, research, outreach, and engagement activities related to agricultural and applied economics and policy issues in Africa and its linkages to the U.S. and the world. The Section serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and to identify opportunities for collaboration among AAEA members and other professionals in academia, industry, and government. We hope the Africa Section will be of special interest to African members of AAEA.
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Donate to the Jon Brandt Special Purpose Fund

The Special Purpose Fund within the AAEA Trust in honor of Dr. Jon Brandt is accepting donations. The Special Purpose Fund supports the annual Jon Brandt Public Policy Forum, which is organized by C-FARE. The forum will share economic research with private and public sector decision makers on issues important to agriculture, food, rural, environmental, and related societal issues.
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2016 Teaching, Learning, and Communication Section: Graduate Student Teaching Award

The TLC Section is an active group of AAEA members interested in the theory, scholarship, and practice of learning, teaching, and communication. Given that a large majority of AAEA members have responsibilities in these three areas, the TLC’s activities are developed to enhance members’ skills in the on-campus classroom, off-campus workshop, and in a presentation to a community group.
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People Section

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Corinne Eve Nicole Alexander, 1971-2016

Corinne Eve Nicole Alexander, 44, of Lafayette, IN, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, January 8th, 2016. Corinne was born in Paris, France on December 2nd, 1971 to Peter and the late Margaret Alexander. Corinne graduated from Philips Exeter Academy, and went on to Oberlin College graduating with a triple major in Biology, Economics, and Environmental Studies. She received her PhD from University of California, Davis in Agricultural Economics. Corinne worked as a Professor of Agricultural Economics and Extension Economist at Purdue University. Corinne loved spending time with friends and family. She was passionate about gardening and picking vegetables from her own garden to cook and share meals with her friends.

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Other News

ECON PhD with Special Track in Remote Sensing at Virginia Tech

Spatially explicit analysis has become increasingly important in applied economic research, especially in light of climate change. Prominent examples include the economic implications of forest mortality and changes in forest composition over time, agricultural productivity under different climatic stressors and human interventions, and the effect of spatially differentiated environmental changes on housing markets.
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Scanner Data Workshop Announcement

The Economic Research Service (ERS) is sponsoring a workshop, April 18-19, 2016 for researchers who are currently using IRI scanner data or who are interested in learning more about the data for food policy studies. The aims of the workshop are to (1) disseminate findings from studies that are examining the statistical properties of the data, (2) present results of recent food policy-relevant research conducted using the data, (3) share insights regarding best approaches to working with the data, and (4) provide information to potential new users about how to access the data.
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Call for WAEA & CAES Selected Paper Submissions

The WAEA and CAES are excited to invite you to be a part of the program for the 2016 joint annual meetings of the Western Ag Economics Association and the Canadian Ag Economics Society this June 21-23rd in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Government Relations

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