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University of California, Davis

  • New Appointment: Bulat Gafarov, Assistant Professor
  • Awards: James E. Wilen and James Eales, Marine Resource Economics, 2018 Publication of Enduring Significance Award; Zoe Plakias, Food Distribution Research Society, 2017 Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award
  • Honorary Positions: Katrina Jessoe, Chancellor’s Fellow, University of California, Davis, 2018; Rachael Goodhue, Distinguished Visitor at Monash University, August-September 2017; Michael Carter, Honorary professor, Department of Economics, University of Cape Town, 2017-2022

USDA, Economic Research Service

  • Award: Julian Alston and Abigail Okrent, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Quality of Research Discovery Award; Abigail Okrent, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Emerging Scholar Award; Claudia Hitaj, Association of Public Data Users, 2017 Best Data Visualization in the Federal Government Category; Patrick Canning, USDA Economic Research Service, 2017 Economist of the Year Award; Keith Fuglie, USDA Economic Research Service, Fred Woods Award for Excellence in Public Policy Research and Education; Nzinga Broussard, Cheryl Christensen, Katie Farrin, Maurice Landes, Steven LeGrand, Birgit Meade, Stacy Rosen, Sharad Tandon, and Karen Thome, John E. Lee Award for Sustained Excellence in Group Economic Analysis
  • New Appointments: Laura Dodson, Agricultural Economist; Gregory Lyons, Agricultural Economist
  • Retirements: Kenneth Erickson, 39 years of service; Marc Ribaudo, 34 years of service; David Smallwood, 38 years of service

University of Georgia

  • New Appointment: Yangxuan Liu, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

University of Idaho

  • New Appointment: Andres Trujillo-Barrera, Assistant Professor

International Food Policy Research Institute

  • New Appointments: Futoshi Yamauchi, Senior Research Fellow; Jan Duchoslav, Associate Research Fellow

University of Maryland

  • New Appointments: Erich Battistin, Professor; Joshua Linn, Associate Professor
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Aaron Adalja, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cornell University; Zheng (Jen) He, PhD, Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young; Daniel Voica, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Visitor: Olha Khymych, PhD Student, Charles University, Prague, Visiting Scholar, January - May 2018

Michigan State University

  • New Appointments: Dave Tschirley, Lead External Author for The International Fund for Agricultural Development’s 2019 Rural Development Report; Dave Weatherspoon, Senior Advisor
  • Awards: Thomas Jayne, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, 2018 Fellow; Frank Lupi, Michigan State University, William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

University of Missouri

  • Appointment Change: Harvey S. James, Associate Division Director, Division of Applied Social Sciences
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Byung Min Soon, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri; Andrew Van Engelenhoven, MS, Agricultural Statistician, USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service
  • Visitors: Michael Boland, Koller Professor and Director, Applied Economics, Food Industry Center, University of Minnesota, Visiting Researcher, January 16-19, 2018

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Award: Cory Walters, Kathleen Brooks, Jessica Groskopf, and Robert Tigner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017 Omtvedt Innovation Team Award

The Ohio State University

  • New Appointment: Wuyang Hu, AEDE Professor
  • Award: Zoe Plakias, AEDE Assistant Professor, Food Distribution Research Society Annual Meeting, Richardson-Applebaum Award for Best PhD Dissertation
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Kathryn Dotzel, Economist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Li Gao, Assistant Professor, China University of Petroleum Beijing; Wangyang Lai, Assistant Professor, The School of Economics of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE)
  • Honorary Positions: Joyce Chen, AEDE Associate Professor, Associate Editor, American Journal for Agricultural Economics, January 2018; Fred Hitzhusen, AEDE Professor Emeritus, Environmental Protection Agency's Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC)

Purdue University

  • New Appointments: Brady E. Brewer, Assistant Professor; Nathan D. DeLay, Assistant Professor Awards: Ryan Musselman, Purdue University, Discovering Agribusiness Exceptional Event Planner;  Ryan Musselman, Purdue University, Learning Community Instructor Advocate; Jose Nuno-Ledesma, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, McCorkle Scholarship; James Eales, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Publication of Enduring Significance Award; Timothy Brown, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, AFM Section Publication of Lasting Impact Award; Chinonso Etumnu, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, Anthony M. Grano Special Purpose Fund

University of Tennessee

  • New Appointment: Dr. Andrew Muhammad, Blasingame Chair of Excellence

Texas A&M University

  • Awards: John Robinson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Extension Specialist Superior Service Award; Steve Amosson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Superior Service Team Award; Panhandle Wildfire Response Team - Dean McCorkle and Dan Hanselka, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Superior Service Team Award EPA pesticide safety rules
  • Retirements: Steve Amosson, 41 years of service

Virginia Tech

  • Award: George Norton, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, 2018 Fellow
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Ling Yu, PhD, Modeling Associate, Discover Financial Services
  • Visitors: Funing Zhong, Distinguished Professor, College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, Guest speaker, December 2017; Jing Zhu, Dean, College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, Guest speaker, December 2017