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University of Arizona

  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Zachary Bickel, MS, Research Manager, Strongpoint Marketing

Arizona State University

  • New Appointment: Dr. Ashok Mishra, Marley Chair

University of California, Berkeley

  • Visitors: Dr. Ute Filipiak, Research Associate, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Visiting Research Scholar; Professor Jose de Sousa, Professor of Economics, University Paris-Saclay and Sciences Po, Visiting Research Scholar

University of California, Davis

  • Awards: Mateusz J. Filipski, Abdellah Aboudrare, Travis Lybbert, and J. Edward Taylor, International Association of Agricultural Economists, Uma Lele Prize for Gender Research, Honorable Mention; John Bovay, Food Distribution Research Society, ARE ’14, Richardson-Applebaum Award for Best PhD Dissertation; Julian Alston, International Association of Agricultural Economists, IAAE Honorary Life Member
  • Honorary Positions: Daniel Sumner, Member of the Scientific Board, Verrazzano Foundation, three years; Julian Alston, Chairman of the Scientific Board, Verrazzano Foundation, three years; Julian Alston, IAAE Board Member-at-Large, International Association of Agricultural Economists, three years; J. Edward Taylor, Chair of the UC-Mexico Initiative Working Group on the Environment, 2015.
  • Visitors: Davide Gaeta, Department of Business Administration, University of Verona, September 2015; Dr. Paola Corsinovi, Department of Business Administration, University of Verona, September 2015; Junfei Bai, Associate Professor, College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University (Beijing), Duration: August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016; Caiping Zhang, Associate Professor, School of Economics, Central University of Finance and Economics (Beijing), Duration: August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016.

Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo

  • New Appointments: Tim Delbridge, Tenure-track Assistant Professor; Cristina Connolly, Tenure-track Assistant Professor; Cyrus Ramezani, Interim Department Chair

Colorado State University

  • New Appointment: Alessandro Bonanno, Assistant Professor
  • Appointment Change: James Pritchett, Assistant Executive Dean
  • Awards: Marshall Frasier, AAEA, Outstanding Teaching Award; John Loomis, Leslie Richardson, and Patricia Champ, Journal of Forest Economics, 2014 Soren Wibe Prize; Vine Muyasira; PhD student, University of California, Davis Borlaug LEAP award; Misti Sharp, PhD student; AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, third place in the 2015 AAEA Extension Competition for graduate students; Aaron Hrozencik, Jenny Johnson, and Anders Van Sandt; PhD students; AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, Fourth place in AAEA Graduate Case Study Competition

Cornell University

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Dennis Becker, PhD, Associate, Dean & Company; Julia Berazneva, PhD, Assistant Professor, Middlebury College; Teevrat Garg, PhD, Research Officer, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics & Political Science; Hao Lu, PhD, Senior Quantitative Analyst, Pacific Gas & Electric Company; Pimbucha Rusmevichientong, Assistant Professor, California State University; Alyssa P. Miller, MS, Associate Director, Scotiabank; Parul Sharma, PhD, Financial Economist, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Jubo Yan, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University 

University of Delaware

  • New Appointment: Leah Palm-Forster, Assistant Professor
  • Appointment Change: Tom Ilvento, Interim Chair
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Jacob Fooks, PhD, USDA Economic Research Service
  • Resignation: Titus Awokuse

Economic Research Service, USDA

  • New Appointments: Young Jo, Agricultural Economist; Clare Cho, Research Economist; Patrick McLaughlin, Research Economist; Sean Ramos, Economist; Jonathan Law, Economist; Shelbi Knisley, Economist; Gustavo Ferreira, Economist; Daniel Bigelow, Economist; Matthew Clancy, Economist; Jacob Fooks, Economist; Peter Han,  Economist; Todd Hubbs, Economist; Jonathan McFadden, Economist; Rupasigha Anil, Economist; David Smith, Economist; and Jeffrey Hopkins, Branch Chief; Timothy Park, Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers
  • Appointment Changes: Cindy Nickerson, Deputy Director Communications; John Pender, Branch Chief
  • Retirements: Albert Reed, 32 years of service; Linda Foreman, 37 years of service; David Torgerson, 34 years of service; Mitch Morehart, 30 years of service
  • Resignations: Anthony Murray; Andy Toole
  • Return from Leave: Cindy Nickerson

University of Georgia

  • New Appointments: Brady Brewer, Assistant Professor; Chen Zhen, Associate Professor
  • Appointment Changes: Cesar Escalante, Professor; Greg Fonsah, Professor; Greg Colson, Associate Professor
  • Awards: Greg Colson, SAEA, Emerging Scholar Award; Greg Fonsah, Second Place Award from the American Pomological Science Society, 2015 UP Hedrick Award Competition
  • Return from leave: Terence Centner
  • Retirements: Glenn Ames, 41 years of service; Lewell Gunter, 36 years of service; Jack Houston, 31 years of service; Don Shurley, 25 years of service; Michael Wetzstein, 35 years of service
  • Resignations: Curt Lacy; Keith Kightlinger

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  • New Appointments: Xin Geng, Associate Research Fellow; Michael Gechter, Associate Research Fellow
  • Awards: J. Edward Taylor and Mateusz Filipski, AAEA Quality of Communication Award; Mateusz Filipski, Abdellah Aboudrare, Travis Lybbert, and J.Edward Taylor, Honorable Mention Uma Lele Prize
  • Visitors: Aimable Gatete, Obald Hakizimana, Gilbert Kayitare, Eric Kabayiza, and Claude Bizimana, visited IFPRI from Rwanda, August 3-14, 2015

University of Kentucky

  • New Appointment: Steven Buck, Assistant Professor
  • Appointment Change: Roger Brown, Assistant Professor

University of Maryland

  • Visitor: Jose C. Galdo, Associate Professor, Economic and Public Policy, Carleton University, Ottawa

Michigan State University

  • New Appointments: Titus Awokuse, Department Chairperson; David Hennessy and Elton R.Smith, Endowed Chair; Hongli Feng-Hennessy, Associate Professor
  • Positions Taken by Graduate Students: Traci Taylor, MS, Senior Analyst, Anderson Economic Group; Carson Reeling, PhD, Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University; Kendra Levine, MS, Manager, US Supply Chain Sustainability with McDonalds; Leah Harris Palm-Forster, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware; Chenguang Wang, PhD, Model Validation Senior Freddie Mac, Enterprise Risk Management

University of Missouri

  • Appointment Changes: Harvey James, Professor; Laura McCann, Professor
  • Retirements: Thomas Johnson,  19 years of service; William Meyers, 12 years of service; Ronald Plain, 34 years of service
  • Resignation: Peter Klein
  • Visitors: Rodrigo Pilau de Abreu, MBA student,  Universidade Anhanguera – Uniderp, Brazil,  Visiting Research Scholar, August 1, 2015 – January 15, 2016; Hildo Meirelles de Souza Filho, Professor, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil, Visiting Research Scholar, August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016; Xinyu Gao,  HoHai University, China, Visiting Research Scholar, September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016; Lijun Chen, PhD Candidate, College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, China, Visiting Research Scholar, October 1, 2015 – May 31, 2017

The Ohio State University

  • New Appointment: Jon Einar Flatnes, Assistant Professor
  • Positions Taken By Recent Graduates: Clare Cho, PhD, Economist, USDA-Economic Research Service; Cristina Connolly, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo; Thomas Kilbane,  MS, Economist, Ohio Legislative Service Commission; Sei-Jin Kim, PhD, Associate, JP Morgan Chase, Modeling and Analytics; Sang-Hyo Kim, PhD, Associate Research Fellow, Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI); Mitchell Livy, PhD, Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton, Economics Department; Wendong Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, Department of Economics
  • Retirement: Carl Zulauf, 35 years of service

Purdue University

  • New Appointment: Bhagyashree Katre, Assistant Professor
  • Awards: Wallace E. Tyner, IAAE, Life Member; Wallace E. Tyner, Purdue University, Morrill Award; Joseph Balagtas, IAEA, Award for the Best Paper; Rhonda G. Phillips, UK Fulbright Commission Specialist to Panama
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Seong Do Yun, PhD, Postdoc, Yale University
  • Honorary Position: Christopher Hurt, Indiana Prairie Farmer Honorary Master Farmer
  • Leave: Ben Gramig, Oregon State University, 9 months

Texas A&M University

  • New Appointments: Dr. Ximing Wu, Professor; Reid Stevens, Assistant Professor; Samuel Zapata, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Choy Lee Tang, MS, Senior Position, Unigen; Jay Clinton, BS, Financial Planner, AXA Advisors; Trenton Hollas, BS, Financial Advisor, AIG Valic; Mikayla Dukes, BS, Project Manager, Collier Construction; Cody Hall, BS, Inside Sales, Lighting Associates, Incorporated; Amanda Macaulay, BS, Bookkeeping and Secretary; Ray Brown, BS, Program Planner, Lockhead Martin
  • Retirement: Richard Conner, 34 Years of Service
  • Visitors: Benxi Lin, School of Economics, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China; Sanja Zivkovic, University of Belgrade-Facultry of Economics, Begrade, Serbia, EU, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas