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University of Arizona

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Dari Duval, MS, Economic Impact Analyst, Cooperative Extension, The University of Arizona; Ting Bai, MS, PhD program at the University of Maryland

University of California, Berkeley

  • New Appointment: Gordon C. Rausser, Associate Editor for the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
  • Awards: Gordon C. Rausser, American Antitrust Institute, Best Private Enforcement Academic Article Published in 2014; Gordon C. Rausser, University of California, Davis, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Outstanding PhD Alumni Award Covering the First Fifty Years of the Program; Geoffrey Barrows, Steven Sexton, and David Zilberman, AAEA, Quality of Communication Award for "Agricultural Biotechnology: The Promise and Prospects of Genetically Modified Crops"; David Zilberman, AAEA, Quality of Communication Honorable Mention for "Climate Change: Challenges to California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources" 

University of California, Davis

  • New Appointment: Kristin Kiesel, Lecturer, Potential Security of Employment, July 1, 2015
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Matthew MacLachlan, PhD, Research Agricultural Economist, USDA-Economic Research Service;  Xiaochen Ma, PhD, Assistant Professor, China Center for Health Development Studies at Peking University; Patrick McLaughlin, PhD, Research Agricultural Economist, USDA, Economic Research Service; Justin Beaudoin, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at Colgate University
  • Visitors: Yuanyun Ling, Associate Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University, February 2014 - August 2014; Kyrre Rickertsen, Professor, Department of Economics and Research Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, August 2014-August 2015; Benoit Malan, Assistant Professor, University FHB – Abidjan, October 2014-June 2015; Elena Serfilippi, University of Namur, March 2015-July, 2015; Mary Mathenge, Director, and Tim Njaji, Research Fellow, Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University, May 2015; Bruno Henry de Frahan, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, April 2015 - Jun 2015; Sanggon Jeon, Associate Professor, Gyeongsang National University, May 2015-May 2016

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

  • New Appointment: Tim Delbridge, Assistant Professor
  • Award: 1st place Student Marketing Competition, National Agri-Marketing Association

Cornell University

  • Awards: Andrew Novakovic, USDA Bruce Gardner Visiting Economist Award; Linden McBride, Elsevier's Atlas Award 
  • Visitors: Mohammad Jahangir Alam, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Visiting Associate Professor, February-July 2015; João Augusto Rossi Borges, Wageningen University, Graduate Student, February-June 2015; Hiromi Hosono, The University of Tokyo, Visiting Associate Professor, April-December 2015; Ulf Römer, Graduate Student, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, April -October 2015; Holger Strulick, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 
    Visiting Professor, April 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Kishore Joseph, doctoral degree, Assistant Professor in Agricultural Business, California State University, Chico
  • Resignation: John Newton

International Food Policy Research Institute

  • New appointments: Thomas Sprenger, Global Manager Strategic Alliances, HarvestPlus; William Martin, Senior Research Fellow; Namukolo Covec, Research Coordinator
  • Awards: Kate Ambler, International Food Policy Research Institute, 2015 Strategic Innovation Fund Associate Research Fellow $50K grant; Berber Kramer, International Food Policy Research Institute, 2015 Strategic Innovation Fund Associate Research Fellow $50K grant; Yanyan Liu, International Food Policy Research Institute, 2015 Strategic Innovation fund Divisional/regional office $200K grant on Strengthening Institutions and Governance; Ruth Meinzen-Dick, International Food Policy Research Institute, 2015 Strategic Innovation fund Divisional/regional office $200K grant on Strengthening Institutions and Governance; Kristin Davis, International Food Policy Research Institute, Presidential Plaque in Recognition of Exceptional Leadership; Gissele Gajate Garrido, Population Association of America 2015 Annual Meeting, Poster session winner
  • Honorary Position: Suresh Babu, Editorial Board of Africa Journal of Management

Kansas State University

  • Awards: Nathan Hendricks, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Emerging Scholar Award; Bryan Schurle, Kansas State University College of Agriculture, Mugler Outstanding Teaching Award; Christine Wilson, Kansas State University, College of Agriculture Faculty of the Semester, Krishna Pokharel, Rulianda Wibowo, and Frank Nti, Kansas State University Center for Sustainable Energy, People’s Choice Award; Brady Rundel Western Agricultural Economics Association, Outstanding Senior Award

University of Maryland

  • Award: Paul Goeringer, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Non Tenure Track Faculty Excellence Award
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Ian Page, Research Associate, First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE), University of Maryland; Dan Werner, Consultant, OnPoint Analytics, San Francisco; Casey Wichman, Fellow, Resources for the Future; Po Yin Wong, Post-Doc/Assistant Professor, Norwegian School of Economics

Mississippi State University

  • Awards: Barry Barnett, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (Graduate); Brian Williams, Gamma Sigma Delta Extension Award

University of Minnesota

  • Awards: Travis Smith, AAEA Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award; Marin Bozic, AAEA Distinguished Extension Outreach Program Group; Paul Glewwe, University of Minnesota, Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education; Terry Hurley, University of Minnesota, CFANS Distinguished Teaching Award: Graduate; Claudia Parliament, University of Minnesota, CFANS Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate-Derya Eryilmaz, PhD, Managing Consultant for Navient Consulting
  • Retirement: Steve Taff, 30 years of service

University of Missouri

  • Awards: Brady J. Deaton, Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City, Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence; Brady J. Deaton, University of Kentucky, Hall of Distinguished Alumni; Michael L. Cook, CAFNR Celebration of Excellence, University of Missouri, 2015 Frederick B. Mumford Award for Outstanding Faculty; Thomas G. Johnson, CAFNR Celebration of Excellence, University of Missouri, 2015 Outstanding Graduate Advisor/Mentor; William Meyers, CAFNR Celebration of Excellence, University of Missouri inaugural Roger L. Mitchell Fellow; Corinne Valdivia, CAFNR Celebration of Excellence, University of Missouri inaugural Brady J. Deaton Fellow in International Agriculture
  • Visitors: Eddi Fontanari, Researcher, European Research Institute for Cooperative and Social Enterprise (EURICSE) Trento, Visiting Researcher, March 2015 – August 2015; Yong-lyoul Kim, Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI), Visiting Scholar, August 2014 – July 2015

Purdue University

  • Appointment Changes: Corinne Alexander, Associate Professor to Professor; Kwamena Quagrainie, Clinical Engagement Assistant to Clinical Engagement Associate Professor; Farzad Taheripour, Research Assistant to Research Associate Professor
  • Awards: Lawrence DeBoer, Purdue University, 2015 Murphy Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award; Gerald Harrison, Purdue University, 2nd Annual Helping Hands Award; Otto C. Doering III, Benajmin M. Gramig,  and Paul V. Preckel (Useful to Usable (U2U) Team), Purdue University, Agriculture 2015 TEAM Award
  • Honorary Positions: Dr. Raymond Florax, Fellow, Regional Science Association International
  • Visitors: Shumin Zhang, Shandong University of Finance and Economics, Researcher, April 2015- April 2016; Hai Lin, China Agricultural University, Researcher, April 2015-April 2016

Texas A&M University

  • Award: Oral Capps, Jr.,  Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students, 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching
  • Visitor: Norton Ribeiro de Freitas, Jr. Ecological Economist, Botanic Institute of Sao Paulo Government, Fulbright Research Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, January 2015 – May 2015

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Peter (Jhin) Han, PhD, USDA-Economic Research Service; Chang Lian, PhD, Chase Bank, Columbus, Ohio; Sarah Walker, PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia; Emily O’Brien, MS, Technical Services, Epic, Madison, Wisconsin; Luke Pauley, MS, Senior Statistician, WPS Health Insurance, Madison, Wisconsin; Nicola Wille, MS, Associate Analyst, Analytic Partners, Broomfield, Colorado