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California Polytechnic State University

  • Appointment Changes: Xiaowei Cai, Associate Professor with tenure; Michael McCullough, Associate Professor with tenure.

Colorado State University

  • Award: Dr. James Pritchett, Colorado FFA Foundation, Rising Star Award.
  • Leave: Dr. Stephan Kroll, Social Science Center Berlin (WZB), Germany, February-April 2015 and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany, April-July 2015.

University of Connecticut

  • New Appointments: Richard Dunn, Assistant Professor; Nathan Fiala, Assistant Professor; Charles Towe, Assistant Professor; Adam Rabinowitz, Assistant Professor; Tatiana Andreyeva, Associate Research Professor.
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Eleonora de Falcis, MS, Consultant, Economic Division of Agri2000, Castel Maggiore; Xun Li, PhD, Assistant Professor, Wuhan University; Luz Londono Diaz, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut; Laura Dunn, MS, Global Energy Associate, Noble Group; Hualu Zheng, PhD, Category Sales Analyst, Home Market Foods Inc.; Elena Castellari, PhD, Research Professor, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
  • Retirement: Marilyn Altobello, 36 years of service.
  • Visitors: Dr. Meiying He, South China Agricultural University, January 30, 2015-January 30, 2016; Carlos Andrea Onate Paredes, PhD Candidate, University of Sao Paulo, January 5-May 29, 2015; Laila Wijaya, PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales, January 19-February 7, 2015, Dr. Elena Lopez, University of Alcala, August-October 2014.

International Food Policy Research Institute

  • New Appointments: Kwan Andam, Research Fellow; Amanda Zongrone, Associate Research Fellow; Peg Willingham, Head of Advocacy & Policy of HarvestPlus
  • Honorary Position: Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla, Scientific Committee for the 16th Annual Global Development Conference, June 11- June 13, 2015.

University of Kentucky

  • Award: Chandler Purdom, Jose Marin, Macie Mattmiller, and Patrick Balling, 1st place- 2014 FDRS Food Marketing Challenge.
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Guzhen Zhou, PhD, Assistant Professor, Jiangxi University; Grant Cavanaugh, PhD, Economist, Praedicat, Inc.; Thong Meas, MS, Research Associate, Nuppon Institute for Economic Research.
  • Honorary Position: Jerry Skees, honorary doctorate in Agricultural Economics, Mongolian Agricultural University.
  • Return from Leave Mehdi Saghaian.
  • Resignation: Ani Katchova.

University of Minnesota

  • New Appointment: Timothy Delbridge, Research Associate.
  • Award: Stephen Polasky, University of Minnesota, Thomson Reuter's World's Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014.
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Andrew Smale, Demand Planning Analyst, John Deere; Travis Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia; Andrew Larson, Adjunct Teaching, Sub-Saharan Development/Advisory Service; Bijie Ren, US Bank; Jong Woo Choi: Korea Rural Economic Institute; Xinshuo Zhang, CFMUTO Powersports Inc.; Mark Zoff, Director of Research at David Hale Global Economics.
  • Leave: Donald Liu, 5 months.
  • Retirement: Jerry Fruin, 38 years of service.
  • Visitors: Marie Baguet, University Graduate Student, University of Cergy-Pontoise,Research Scholar, September 1, 2014-June 6, 2015; Dr. Hasan Gul, Akdeniz University, Research Scholar, September 1, 2014-August 31, 2015; Siqi Li, University Graduate Student, Renmin University, Research Scholar, October 1, 2014- August 31, 2015.

University of Missouri

  • Award: Peter G. Klein, Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, 2014 FEE Prize for Best Book for Organizing Entrepreneurial Judgment.
  • Visitor: Maryline Filippi, Professor, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Visiting Researcher, January 15-February 15, 2015.

New Mexico State University

  • Graduate: Mario Trillanes, MS, Agricultural Economics.

North Dakota State University

  • New Appointment: Dr. Juan Murguia, Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Resignation: Dr. Juan Murguia

The Ohio State University

  • New Appointments: Neil Drobny, PhD, Director of EEDS Program; Dr. Ani Katchova, Farm Income Enhancement Chair, Director of the Center for Cooperatives, and Associate Professor.
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Joel Binstock, MS, Energy Analysis Associate, Solar City; Joshua Roth, MS/MPA, Community Development Analyst, Ohio Development Services Agency; Betsy Truex-Powell, PhD, Project Manager, Ohio Department of Medicaid.

Texas A&M University

  • Award: Blake Bennett, Texas A&M, AgriLife Extension Superior Service Team Award.
  • Retirement: A. Gene Nelson.
  • Visitors: Fujin Yi, Associate Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University, China, Visiting Research Scholar, January 15, 2014-June 30, 2015; Yang Yongbing, PhD Candidate, Nanjing Agricultural University, Visiting Research Scholar, September 1, 2014-September 1, 2016; Norton Ribeiro de Freitas, Jr., Botanic Institute of Sao Paulo Government, Fulbright Visiting Research Professor, January 15, 2015-May 31, 2015.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • New Appointments: Sarah Asebedo, Assistant Professor of Practice; Susan Richter, Research Assistant Professor.
  • Leave: Dr. George Davis, Oxford University in the UK, June-December 2014.
  • Resignation: Dr. Kathryn Boys.
  • Visitors: Dr. Ane Pan, Associate Professor, Wuhan University of Technology, China, December 2013-December 2014; Dr. Majd Sayed Issa, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Aleppo, Syria, August 2014 - August 2015.