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University of California, Davis

  • Award: Daniel Sumner, Korean Agricultural Economics Association, Invited Plenary Address
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Georgi Gabrielyan, PhD, Economist, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service; Ted Gilliland, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Mount Holyoke College; Daniel Scheitrum, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona; Aleks Schaefer, PhD, Consultant, Enabling the Business of Agriculture Project, The World Bank Group; Kajal Gulati, PhD, Research Associate, IMPAQ International, Labor Division; Tianxia Zhou, PhD, Data Scientist, Uber, San Francisco, July 2017
  • Visitor: Luca Salvatici, Professor, University of Rome, June 2017-December 2017

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

  • Award: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo team (Team Advisor: Lindsey Higgins), National Agri-Marketing Association, First Place in the Student Marketing Competition

Colorado State University

  • Appointment Change: Alessandro Bonanno, Associate Professor
  • Awards: Norm Dalsted, Colorado State University, Summit Community Excellence Service Award; Alessandro Bonanno, Becca Jablonski, Dawn Thilmany, and Mike Martin, Colorado State University, Team Research Award; Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University, Oliver Pennock Distinguished Service Award
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Allison Bauman, Postdoc research and instructor (online), Colorado State University
  • Leaves: Dawn Thilmany, sabbatical, USDA Economic Research Service, May 2017-August 2018.

University of Delaware

  • Awards: Joshua M. Duke, University of Delaware, The 2017 Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award

University of Georgia

  • Appointment Changes: Nick Magnan, Associate Professor; Craig Landry, Professor

University of Idaho

  • New Appointments: Xiaoxue Du, Assistant Professor; Liang Lu, Assistant Professor; Alexander Maas, Assistant Professor
  • Retirements: Neil Rimbey, 34 years of service; Larry Makus, 31 years of service
  • Resignations: Ekaterina Vorotnikova
  • Visitors: Antonio Gomez, Professor, Public University of Navarre, Spain, visiting scholar, January 2017 – June 2017


  • New Appointment: Mahamadou Tankari, Research Coordinator

Iowa State University

  • New Appointments: John Crespi, Professor of Economics; Christian Boessen, Senior Lecturer
  • Awards: Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences; Catherine Kling, Iowa State University, EPA Scientific Advisory Committee; Georgeanne Artz, Keri Jacobs, and Christian Boessen, NACTA, E.B. Knight Journal Award; Sergio Lence, Iowa State University, 2017 James Huntington Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching; María Jimena González Ramírez, Environmental and Energy Economics Policy, CARD Award for Best PhD Dissertation in Agriculture
  • Resignations: Bruce Babcock, John Beghin, John Miranowski
  • Positions taken by Recent Graduates: Kevin Meyer, Assistant Professor, Saginaw Valley State University; Hocheol Jeon, Research Assistant, Korea Environment Institute; Edward Perry, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University

University of Maryland

  • Award: David Newburn, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, "Integrated Research and Extension Award"
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Andrew Brudevold-Newman, PhD, Development Economist, American Institute for Research; Ziyan Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Xiamen University

University of Minnesota

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Johanna Fajardo-Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia; Jaya Jha, Assistant Professor, Davidson College, Davidson; Akinori Kitsuki, Research Fellow, Kyushu University, Kyushu, Japan; Yu Na Lee, Assistant Professor, Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada; Lindsey Novak, Assistant Professor, Economics Colby College; Jeta Rudi, Assistant Professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Retirements: Robert King, 34 years of service

University of Missouri

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Dong Won, PhD, Research Fellow; Elisavet Levogianni, MS, Research Analyst, Manifest Information Services, London, UK
  • Award: Mike Sykuta, University of Missouri, Campus Writing Program Teaching Excellence
  • Visitors: Mark Fenner, President & CEO, MFA Oil Company, Guest Lecturer, March 2017; Tim Skidmore, Executive Vice President & CFO, CHS, Guest Lecturer, April 2017

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Kofi Britwum, PhD, Programme Officer, United Nations; Mustapha Alhassan, PhD, Post-Doctorate, Belle Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science at Clemson University; Stamatina Kotsakou, MS, PhD program, University of California, Davis; Nadeeka Weerasekara, MS, PhD program, Oregon State University

The Ohio State University

  • New Appointment: Bjorn Markeson, Lecturer of Applied Economics in AEDE
  • Award: Carl Zulauf, AEDE, recognized at 64th Annual CFAES Celebration of students, faculty and staff
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Wangyang Lai, PhD, Assistant Professor, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Purdue University

  • Appointment Changes: Michael Delgado, Associate Professor; Juan Sesmero, Associate Professor 
  • Award: Michael Boehlje, Purdue University, Morill Award 
  • Retirements: Philip C. Abbott, 36 years of service; Freddie L. Barnard, 35 years of service; James K. Binkley, 40 years of service; Michael Boehlje, 25 years of service; Gerald A. Harrison, 46 years of service; Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, 32 years of service; Kevin McNamara, 27 years of service
  • Resignations: Benjamin Gramig

Virginia Tech

  • Appointment Changes: Darrell Bosch, Interim Department Head; Klaus Moeltner, Interim Graduate Program Director 
  • Visitor: Hiroaki Kojima, Japanese Trade Counselor, Embassy of Japan, Guest Lecturer, Spring 2017

Washington State University

  • New Appointments: Shanthi Manian, Assistant Professor, Joseph Cook, Associate Professor with tenure
  • Appointment Changes: Ben Cowan, Associate Professor with tenure; Mark Gibson, Clinical Associate Professor; Jill McCluskey, Associate Director, School of Economic Sciences 
  • Awards: Bidisha Mandal, Pullman Regional Hospital Center for Learning & Innovation, Community Health Impact Fellowship; Tom Marsh, Jon Yoder, and Tesfaye Deboch, Western Agricultural Economics Association, Outstanding Published Research Award; Tom Marsh, Washington State University, Graduate and Professional Student Association Award of Excellence; Vicki McCracken, Western Agricultural Economics Association, Distinguished Scholar
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: John Strandholm, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, Upstate; Tongzhe Li, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Windsor; Ziying Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
  • Returns from Leave: Ana Espinola-Arredondo and Felix Munoz-Garcia
  • Retirements: Ken Casavant, 49 years of service; Richard Shumway, 19 years of service
  • Resignations: Hayley Chouinard and Andrew Cassey
  • Honorary positions: Ben Cowan, Faculty Research Fellow, Health Economics Program, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

West Virginia University

  • Retirements: Tesfa Gebremedhin, 28 Years of Service; Dennis Smith, 39 Years of Service
  • Return from Leave:  Mark Sperow
  • Visitor: Jed Cohen, Virginia Tech, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2016-2017
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate:  Seth Wiggins, PhD, Economist, State of Oregon

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • New appointment: Paul Downer, Assistant Professor
  • Appointment Changes: Sheldon Du, Associate Professor; Corbett Grainger, Associate Professor; Paul Mitchell, Professor
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Wonjun Chang, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Joint Global Change Research Institute, University of Maryland; Heesun Jang, PhD, Korea Energy Economics Institute; Cornelia Ilin, PhD, Associate, Analysis Group; Travis McArthur, PhD, Assistant Professor, Florida State University; Dan Mooney, PhD, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University; Srinivasan Vasudevan, PhD, Economic Researcher, American Institutes for Research; Austin Williams, PhD, Prevention Effectiveness Fellow, Centers for Disease Control; David Elsea, MA, Lecturer, Montana State University; Courtney Robinson, MS, Evaluation Specialist, Engineers without Borders-Canada; Reed Wuttke, MS, Trader, Green Plains Renewable Energy
  • Leaves:  Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Oregon State University, July 2017 – June 2018; Ian Coxhead,  Hitotsubashi University and Kobe University, Japan, July 2017- June 2018; Paul Mitchell, July 2017 – December 2017
  • Retirements:  Tom Cox, 33 years of service