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October 2015 Issue 21


President's Column

October 2015

I met with the Executive Committee and AAEA staff in New York last month for strategic planning. I am pleased to say that the Association grew 9% over the previous year with 2,657 members as of August 2015. In addition, we had higher than expected attendance at the 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting in San Francisco. I want to congratulate Barry Goodwin on the outstanding program. Four new AAEA sections have been formed or are in the process of being formed in 2015: the Africa section, the Australasia section, the Brewing and Enology Economics Research (BEER) section, and the Experimental Economics section. With the newest addition of the BEER section, which was proposed by Michael McCullough, AAEA now offers 24 sections. Please check out an updated list of sections as you renew your membership next year. Section involvement is a great way to network and engage with professionals who have similar interests as you in a smaller group, but you still have the benefits of engaging with an international association. There are many opportunities for leadership at the section level.
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AAEA News:

Communicating Out Strategy

As Jill mentions in this issue’s President’s Column, work is under way in developing and implementing AAEA’s new Communicating Out strategy. It’s a new way of thinking about how to promote the Association and its members.
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Call for FSN Track Session Proposals

The leadership of the Food Safety & Nutrition (FSN) section of the AAEA is organizing track sessions for next year’s AAEA meetings in Boston (July 31 – August 2, 2016).
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Member in the News:

University of Vermont Professor Named National Entrepreneur Educator of the Year

The Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ASBE) named Kathleen Liang, professor in Community Development Applied Economics, National Entrepreneur Educator of the Year at its annual conference on Sept. 25 in Orlando, Florida.
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Member Profile:

Jose Lopez
Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University - Commerce

What motivated you to pursue Agricultural/Applied Economics as a profession?
I knew Agricultural and Applied Economics was a good career choice because my father was also an Agricultural Economist. I personally like the training Agricultural/Applied Economists receive in economic modeling and forecasting. I also like the fact we are able to apply economic theory to solve relevant agribusiness problems nationally and internationally, and then make agricultural policy recommendations. I studied Agricultural and Applied Economics because I wanted to have strong quantitative and problem solving skills and because I wanted to be able to see and evaluate the impact of my research, which is something that many other careers lack. I am currently Interim Associate Director for the School of Agriculture at Texas A&M University – Commerce, but I also like the fact that Agricultural and Applied Economics prepares professionals for a wide range of jobs that require strong quantitative and problem solving skills.
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Christina Gladwin
Retired University of Florida (UF) Professor of Food and Resource Economics, Christina Gladwin, died at the home of her son, Mark Gladwin, on September 16, 2015, after a 12 year struggle with multiple myeloma. After earning her undergraduate degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC, in 1964, Professor Gladwin attended the School of Social Science at the University of California at Irvine before transferring to the PhD Program in Agricultural Economics at the Food Research Institute at Stanford University. Her PhD research focused on the Plan Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. After receiving her PhD from Stanford in 1978, Professor Gladwin received one of the first Rockefeller Foundation Post-doctoral Social Science Fellowships to work with the International Fertilizer Development Center in Guatemala. In conjunction with her postdoctoral work, she worked with the National Institute of Science and Agricultural Technology.
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Other News:

Call for Applications:
U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program
U.S. Borlaug Graduate Research Grant

Application Deadline: Monday, November 9, 2015

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. U.S. citizenship is required, and applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program at the time of application. A list of previous recipients is here.
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Call for Paper Proposals:
NCCC-134 2016

The NCCC-134 Committee on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management will host its 2016 Conference April 18-19, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis – Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri.
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Government Relations