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University of California, Berkeley

  • Return from Leave: Ethan Ligon

University of California, Davis

  • Awards: J. Edward Taylor, AAEA, Fellow; Alan L. Olmstead, AAEA, Fellow; Anil Bhargava, AAEA, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award; Richard J. Sexton, AAEA, Distinguished Teaching Award, Graduate Teaching: Ten or More Years’ Experience; J. Edward Taylor, Mateusz Filipski, AAEA, Quality of Communication Award; Colin Carter, Ben Santer, Maximilian Auffhammer, Alan Olmstead, Paul Rhode, Richard Howitt, David Zilberman, Scott Kaplan, AAEA, Quality of Communication Award, Honorable Mention; Julian Alston, G.W Norton, Philip Pardey.  AAEA, Publication of Enduring Quality Award; Nathan Hendricks, Aaron Smith, Daniel Sumner, AAEA, Outstanding AJAE Article Award
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Ghada Elebad, PhD, Young Professional Program, World Bank
  • Retirements: Karen Klonsky, 34 years of service; Y.H. Farzin, 18 years of service

Colorado State University

  • New Appointments: Alessandro Bonanno, Assistant Professor; Rebecca Cleary, Affiliate assistant professor
  • Appointment Change: Jordan Suter, Associate Professor
  • Award: Dale McCall, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University; CAS Outstanding Alumni
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Tyler Cozzens, PhD, Agricultural Economist, USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service; Janine Stone, PhD, Assistant Professor, California State University-Chico
  • Return from leave: Stephan Kroll
  • Leave: Greg Graff; Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 1 year
  • Resignation: Dustin Pendell
  • Visitors: Fabio Boncinelli, Research Fellow, University of Florence; Research Scholar, 6 months; Roman Savchenko, Zhytomyr National Agroecological University, Faculty Exchange Program, Fall Semester; Oleksandr Chaikin, Zhytomyr National Agroecological University, Faculty Exchange Program, Fall Semester; Alexandr Fedorchuk, Kherson State Agrarian University, Faculty Exchange Program, Fall Semester; Nataliia Maslak, Sumy State Agrarian University, Faculty Exchange Program, Fall Semester; Olga Varchenko, Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University, Faculty Exchange Program, Fall Semester; Eleonora Kirieieva, Vinnytsia National Agrarian University, Faculty Exchange Program, Fall Semester; Olena Pavlova, Odessa State Agrarian University, Faculty Exchange Program, Fall Semester

Cornell University

  • New Appointments: Zeshawn Beg, Visiting Assistant Professor; Geoffrey Fisher, Assistant Professor; John Hoddinott, Professor; Robert Karpman, Adjunct Professor; David Lennox, Senior Lecturer; Sherif Nasser, Visiting Assistant Professor; Sumudu Watugala, Assistant Professor; Scott Yonker, Assistant Professor
  • Appointment Changes: Bradley Rickard, Associate Professor; Shanjun Li, Associate Professor
  • Awards: Miguel Gómez, International Journal of Wine Business Research, Highly Commended Paper; Richard Boisvert, Honorary Life Member, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association; Yu Na Lee, MS Thesis Award of Merit, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association; Alyssa Miller, Andrew Simons, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Samuel Bell, PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Vitalite Zambia Limited; Lin Sun, PhD, AVP Risk Management, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China; Joanna Upton, PhD, Post-Doctoral Associate, Dyson School; Carolina Carbajal De Nova, MS, Professor of Economics, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana at Iztapalapa; Marin Cherry, MS, Food Science Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Cornell University
  • Visitors: Shoujun Huang, PhD Candidate, Chongqing University, Visiting Scholar, August 1, 2015-July 31, 2016; John Tobin, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainability, Credit Suisse, Visiting Scholar, July 1, 2015-October 31, 2015; Shobha Shetty, Practice Manager, The World Bank, Visiting Fellow, June 24, 2015-August 4, 2015; Xavier Mouchette, Research Associate, University of Liege, Visiting Scholar, August 1, 2015- January 31, 2016

Kansas State University

  • New Appointments: Dustin Pendell, Associate Professor; Brian Coffey, Assistant Professor; Nelson Villoria, Assistant Professor
  • Appointment Change: Christine Wilson, Agricultural Economics Undergraduate Director
  • Award: Melissa Lynes, Kansas State University, Richard Elmore Brown College of Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Melissa Lynes, Industry Economist, Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration.

University of Kentucky

  • New Appointment: Jordan Shockley, Assistant Professor
  • Award: Jerrod Penn, AAEA, Graduate Student Teaching  Award, University of Kentucky Provost Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Simon Jette-Nantel, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of  Wisconsin, River Falls

University of Idaho

  • New appointment: Ben Eborn, Area Extension Economics
  • Return from Leave: Philip Watson
  • Retirements: Paul E. Patterson, 32 years of service; C. Wilson Gray, 34 years of service
  • Resignations: Kate Painter, Levan Elbakidze

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • New Appointments: Sandy Dall’Erba, Associate Professor; Peter Christensen, Assistant Professor
  • Award: Amy Ando, Resources for the Future, University Fellow
  • Resignation: John Newton

International Food Policy Research Institution

  • Awards: Kristin Davis, Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education, Presidential Plaque in Recognition of Exceptional Leadership; Gissele Gajate Garrido, Population Association of America, 2015 Poster Session Winner; Simone Passarelli, World Food System Conference 2015, Best Presenter; Xiaobo Zhang, Economics Research in China, Sun Yefang Prize
  • Honorary Position: Tingju Zhu, Associate Editor, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management
  • Visitors: Edward Frongillo, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Alive & Thrive team and Preventing Malnutrition in Children under 2 years of Age teams

University of Maryland

  • New Appointment: Steve Salant, Research Professor
  • Appointment Change: Paul Goeringer, Senior Faculty Specialist 
  • Leave: Richard Just, August 2015- May 2017
  • Resignation: Lint Barrage
  • Visitors: Eva Martinez Iglesias, Associate Professor, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain; Solmaz Shamsadini, Post-Doctorate, Azad University of Khuzestan, Ahwaz, Iran

University of Minnesota

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Bixuan Sun, MS, PhD Student, University of Minnesota; Nicholas Marchio, MS, Senior Research Assistant, Brookings Institution; Dulguun Batbold, PhD, Associate International Economist, Visa Incorporated; David Smith, PhD, Research Economist, US Department of Agriculture-Economic Research Service; Bhagyashree Katare, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
  • Retirements: Steve Taff, 30 years; Claudia Parliament; Tom Stinson

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • New Appointment: Taro Mieno, Assistant Professor, Spatial Economics
  • Appointment Changes: Amalia Yiannaka, Full Professor; Karina Schoengold, Associate Professor
  • Retirement: Dennis M. Conley, 26 years of service

North Dakota State University

  • Appointment Changes: Dr. Frayne Olson, Associate Professor; Dr. Siew Lim, Associate Professsor
  • Awards: Dr. Cheryl J. Wachenheim, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Teaching Scholar Award;  Dr. Cheryl J. Wachenheim, Fulbright, Distinguished Chair award to China
  • Visitor: Dr. Guang Zeng, Associate Professor, College of Economics and Management, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China, Visiting Researcher

The Ohio State University

  • Award: Carl Zulauf, Ohio State Agribusiness Club Banquet, 2015-2016 Outstanding Professor Award
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Gregory Craig, MS, Economist, Ohio Legislative Service Commission, Columbus, OH; Trenton Feasel, MS, Economist, American Electric Power, Columbus, OH; Nate Hardin, MS, Merchandising Analyst/Internal Consultant, Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh, PA; Rosemary Isoto, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tufts University, Medford, MA; Jennifer Leung, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Economics, Accounting and Business Administration Department, Mount Union University, Mount Union, OH; Kyle Wefler, MS, Senior Financial Analyst, Toys R Us, Wayne, NJ
  • Honorary Position: Ani Katchova, Executive Board Director, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2015-2018;
  • Retirements: Douglas Southgate, 35 years of service; Cameron Thraen, 35 years of service

Purdue University

  • New Appointment: Dr. Nelson Villoria, Professor at Kansas State University
  • Awards: Wallace E. Tyner, Purdue University, Morrill Award; Kevin McNamara, Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project: 2014 Secretary’s Honor, Global Food Security, US Secretary of Agriculture Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project
  • Honorary Positions:  Christopher Hurt, Indiana Master Farmer, Prairie Farmer Magazine; Dr. Raymond Florax, Fellow, Regional Science Association International; Holly Wang, Fellow, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Fellow.

USDA - Economic Research Service

  • New Appointments: Young Jo, Economist; Brian Stacey, Economist; Todd Hubbs, Research Economist; Jacob Fooks, Research Economist; Matt Clancy, Research Economist; Anil Rupasingha, Research Economist
  • Appointment Changes: Suzanne Thornsbury, Branch Chief – Mark & Trade Economics/Crops Branch; Cynthia Nickerson, Deputy Director for Communications - Resource and Rural Economics Division; John Pender, Chief - Resource and Rural Economics Division/Rural Economy Branch
  • Award: James MacDonald, AAEA, Fellow
  • Retirements: David Torgerson, 40 years of service; Linda Forman, 38 years of service

Virginia Tech University

  • Awards: Dr. Gustavo Ferreira,  Virginia Tech Gamma Sigma Delta,   Teaching Award; Dr. Ruth Lytton, Virginia Tech Office of the Provost, Virginia Tech Undergraduate Alumni Advising Award; Dr. Jason Grant, American Enterprise Institute, Emerging Scholar; Dr. Gustavo Ferreira,  Virginia Tech Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, Cider Teacher of the Week; Dr. Kim Morgan, Virginia Tech Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, Cider Teacher of the Week; Dr. Martha Walker, Virginia Tech Alumni Association, Virginia Tech  Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension Specialist
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: A. Ahsanuzzaman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, North South University; Gwendolen Rees, MS, Senior Analyst, Water Trading, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

West Virginia University

  • New Appointments: Heather Stephens, Assistant Professor of Energy Economics; Levan Elbakidze, Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Operation Research in Shale Gas
  • Award: Mike Strager, West Virginia University, WVU Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Nazia Arbab, PhD, Post-Doctoral Associate, Center for Resilient Landscapes, Rutgers University