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University of California, Berkeley

  • Award: Andrew Stevens, AAEA, 2016 Graduate Student Teaching Award

University of California, Davis

  • New Appointments: Tina Saitone, Cooperative Extension Specialist; Ashish Shenoy, Assistant Professor
  • Appointment Change: Rachael Goodhue, Department Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Awards: Eliana Zeballos, Ph.D., 2016, AAEA Institutional and Behavioral Economics Section (IBES), Best Student Paper
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Jisang Yu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University; Eliana Zeballos, Behavioral Economist, USDA ERS

International Food Policy Research Institute

  • New appointment: Gashaw T. Abate, Research Coordinator       
  • Awards: Akhter Ahmed, Lynette Aspillera, Melissa Hidrobo, and Shalini Roy, World Bank Group and nonprofit Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), Award for Innovations to Prevent Gender-Based Violence; Suresh Chandra Babu, Jikun Huang, P. Venkatesh, and Yumei Zhang, Highly Commended Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

University of Idaho

  • New Appointments: Hernan Tejeda, Assistant Professor; Katherine Lee, Assistant Professor; Norman Ruhoff, Extension Economist
  • Appointment Change: Jason Winfree, Associate Professor with tenure 
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates:  Anna Brown, MS, Analyst, Economic Modeling Systems Inc; Hannah Hallock, MS, Analyst, Economic Modeling Systems Inc; Yousef Bayomy, MS Portfolio Analyst, Fisher Investments
  • Leave: Aaron Johnson, June – December 2016

University of Maryland

  • Awards: James C. Hanson, UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dean Gordon Cairns Award; Aaron Adalja, University of Maryland Graduate School's Outstanding GA Award; Casey Wichman, AAEA, Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Retirements: Marc Nerlove, 23 years of service at UMD, 60 years in field

Michigan State University

  • New Appointments: Vincenzina Caputo, Assistant Professor; Ayala Wineman, Assistant Professor
  • Appointment Changes: Mark Skidmore, Director of the North Central Region Center for Rural Development; Mywish Maredia, Director of the Food Security Project Innovation Lab
  • Awards: Tatevik Avetisyan, Andrea Leschewski, Kendra Levine, Leonard Polzin, and advisor Brent Ross, 1st place at the 2015 IFAMA Graduate Student Case Competition; Roy Black, Jim Hilker, David Schweikhardt, and Christopher Wolf, 2015 Institute Team Award from MSU Extension; Duncan Boughton and Eric Crawford, MSU, Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs; Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, MSU, John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs; Nango Dembélé, MSU, Joon S. Moon Distinguished International Alumni Award; Anne Schneller, MSU, Special Recognition Award for Promoting International Understanding.
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Kimberly Klaiman, MS, Industry Economist, U.S. Department of Energy; Leonard Polzin, MS, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Minnesota; Daniel Gough, MS, Environmental Quality Analyst, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

University of Minnesota

  • Awards: Jason Kerwin, Population Association of America, Dorothy S. Thomas Award; Elizabeth Davis, University of Minnesota, Distinguished Teaching Award; Tade Okediji, University of Minnesota, Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Brook Krause, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Wooster; Joseph Smith, MS, Senior Quantitative Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; Christina Peterson, MS, Business Manager, Global Traits Licensing Syngenta; Jaya Jha, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Colby College
  • Retirements: Terry Roe; Ben Senauer

Mississippi State University

  • New Appointment: Elizabeth Canalas, Assistant Extension Professor
  • Appointment Changes: Steve Turner, Director of the Southern Rural Development Center 9SRDC; Keith Coble, Interim Department Head of Agricultural Economics

University of Missouri

  • Awards: Chris Bossen, CAFNR,University of Missouri, Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor; Harvey James, University of Missouri Campus Writing Program, 2016 Writing Intensive Excellence Award 
  • Position Taken by Recent GraduateYe Su, PhD, Assistant Professor, Economics, University of Nebraska at Kearney

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • New Appointment: Gregory J. McKee, Professor
  • Award: Ronald J. Hanson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University Parents’ Association Recognition Award for Contributions to Students.
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Subir Bairagi, PhD, Economist, International Rice Research Institute; Federico Trindade, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Retirements: Ronald J. Hanson, 43 Years of Service
  • Visitors: Paulo de Tarso Pires, Professor, Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil, Jan-May, 2016

North Dakota State University

  • Appointment Changes: David Roberts, Associate Professor; Gregory McKee, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Jeremy Jackson, Associate Professor; August, 2016
  • Awards: Gregory McKee, NDSU Agriculture Coalition; Bison Award 2016; Cheryl J. Wachenheim, Western Agricultural Economics Association, Undergraduate Teaching Award 10 years experience; Cheryl J. Wachenheim, NDSU Peltier Award for Innovation in Teaching, 2015; David Englund, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), Teaching Award of Merit; William W. Wilson, NDSU, Peltier Award for  distinguished record as researcher and educator, 2016; William W. Wilson, NDSU, Celebration of Faculty Excellence, 2015; William W. Wilson, NDSU, CHS (Cenex Harvest States), chair in Risk Management and Trading, 2016; William W. Wilson, NCH Capital, Board of Directors, appointed 2015; William W. Wilson, NDSU, Eugene R. Dahl Excellence in Research Award, 2015
  • Retirement: Judith Moe, 47 years

Purdue University

  • Appointment Change: Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, Associate Professor
  • Awards: Joan Fulton, Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert and (the late) Corinne Alexander, Purdue University, 2016 TEAM award

Texas A&M University

  • Awards: David Bessler, Texas A&M University, 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award for Research; Stan Bevers, Texoma Ranch and Farm Expo, 2016 Friend of Agriculture Award; Jorge A. Bermudez, Texas A&M University, 2016 Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Christopher Markey, MS, Market Research Officer, Consult-Mayanmar; Kyle Binder, PhD, Senior Quantitative Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank Chicago; Alonso Villaran Raffo, MS, Field Operations Manager, Rio Fresh, Inc