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    Stephen Swallow and Pengfei Liu Honored at CAHNR Awards

    Professor Stephen Swallow and PhD candidate Pengfei Liu were recognized for their outstanding work by the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, during an awards ceremony held on April 20, 2016. 

    Professor Swallow is this year's faculty recipient for the Excellence in Research category, while Pengfei Liu received the Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award. Prof. Swallow and Mr. Liu have been working together on pioneering approaches to market-based conservation efforts, which have also been nationally recognized by peers and through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

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    Richard Dunn Promoted with Tenure

    The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has announced a promotion for Richard Dunn from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, a position at which he will be tenured. 

    Richard Dunn has been with UConn's ARE department since 2014, having previously served on the Agricultural Economics department at Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M, Richard was approved to receive tenure, but the University of Connecticut and the ARE Deparment are glad he chose UConn as the place to take the next step in his career. 

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    Nataliya Plesha Receives University Honor

    PhD student Nataliya Plesha is the 2016-2017 recipient of the University of Connecticut Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. She and the winners in other categories were honored at a ceremony earlier this week. 

    Nataliya had previously been recognized with the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Leadership Award, recognizing her excellence in teaching. 

    Congratulations Nataliya! 

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    The Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy welcomes the newest member of its Advisory Board: Benjamin J. Freund.

    Ben Freund is the owner and operator of Freund's Farm Market and Bakery, an operation in East Canaan, CT, that includes a dairy farm, garden, farmer's market, and the manufacture of CowPots (molded manure seed starter containers). A Cornell University graduate, Freund was also one of the founders of the Canaan Valley Agricultural Cooperative, which manages manure from local farms. He is a former director and current board member of Farm Credit East, ACA, and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the CoBank Board of Directors. 

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    PhD Student Madiha Zaffou Selected for USDA Diversity Program

    Congratulations to ARE's Madiha Zaffou, who is a 2016 selectee for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program. The program, begun in 2007, is "designed to expose students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today's real world environment." The Outlook Forum is scheduled for Feb. 25-26, 2016, in Arlington, Va.  

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    Zwick Seminar Schedule Announced 

    Spring semester is here, and with it comes a new line-up of speakers for the popular Seminar Series, sponsored by the Zwick Center. 

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    ARE Website Gets a New Look

    The newly redesigned ARE website was highlighted by Naturally@UConn for its improved functionality and flow.

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    Economist's Work Exerts International Influence

    This article highlights associate professor Farhed Shah's research into the multi-billion dollar global problem of sediment buildup in reservoirs formed by dams, and the software he and his collaborators developed to help policy makers deal with reservoir sedimentation.  

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    SNAP Participants Get Enough Calories, Insufficient Healthy Food

    Professor Tatiana Andreyeva's research with the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity was recently published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. 

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    Meet Undergraduate Colin Ng

    ARE undergraduate Colin Ng is involved in Undergraduate Student Government, the men's ultimate frisbee team, and the CAHNR Ambassador program! Read more about Colin at the link above.

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    Position Opening: ARE Assistant Professor

    The ARE Department is searching for an Assistant Professor for a tenure-track position with 60% extension, 25% research, and 15% teaching appointment, to begin August 23, 2016. Please see details at the link above to apply.

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    Local vs. Organic Products: Article by professor Ben Campbell in CAHNR Highlights of Extension

    The article by professor Ben Campbell evaluates consumer perceptions of both of these popular terms, and what those perceptions mean for produce retailers.

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    ARE graduate student combines philosophy, science, and economics to study agricultural development

    Jeremy Jelliffe investigates the economics of farming, the cost of agricultural products, and farmers' adoption of new technologies with an international development focus. 

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    What's Happening with Local? The Ins and Outs of Local Purchasing

    Professors Ben Campbell, Adam Rabinowitz, and Yizao Liu authored an article in the CT Farm Bureau Association newsletter, discussing consumer perceptions of the term "local."

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    Northeast Economic Engine: Agriculture, Forest Products and Commercial Fishing

    The data used in this Farm Credit East report is that of a study conducted by professors Rigoberto Lopez and Ben Campbell, with Ph.D. student Nataliya Plesha.

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    Professor Stephen Swallow, Ph.D. students featured for work in partnership with CESE

    Over 35 CAHNR faculty enjoy an affiliation with UConn’s Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, including ARE professor Stephen Swallow. 

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    Dr. Zwick Donates Half a Million to UConn for Zwick Center

    Dr. Charles J. Zwick signed his next major gift of $500,000 to UConn for the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy at a ceremony held on April 23 at the UConn Foundation. 

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    Professor Boris E. Bravo-Ureta Receives AAUP Research Excellence Award

    Boris E. Bravo-Ureta received the Research Excellence Award from the AAUP in a ceremony at the State Capitol Building in Hartford on April 6th. Boris has been a professor in the ARE Department since 1980.

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    Meet new faculty member Nathan Fiala

    Nathan Fiala began his appointment as assistant professor in August 2014. Before that, his work brought him to countries around the globe and particularly in Africa, including Uganda, Kenya and South Africa.

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    Professors Rigoberto Lopez and Adam Rabinowitz named co-editor and assistant coordinating editor for Agribusiness: An International Journal.

    Professor and Department Head Rigoberto Lopez was named co-editor of the prestigious international journal, and professor Adam Rabinowitz was named assistant coordinating editor.

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    Research by Professor Stephen Swallow highlighted in CAHNR 2014 Highlights of Research

    Professor Swallow's research for the Bobolink Project examines ways to support the public good while preserving the nesting habitat of the Bobolink bird.

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    Associate Professor and former Ph.D. student cited in the Wall Street Journal

    Former Ph.D. student Elena Castellari and ARE Associate Professor Chad Cotti were cited in a WSJ article for their research analyzing trends in beer sales in relation to the timing of food-stamp distribution.

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    We are offering assistantships for Ph.D. students with focus areas in:

    • Industrial Organization and Food Marketing
    • Environmental and Resource Economics
    • International Economic Development
    • Health Economics

    The deadline for application is January 15, 2015 for Fall semester admission.  Assistantship funding is available on a competitive basis.  For more information about ARE and the application process please visit program details and how to apply.

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    ARE is excited to welcome three new Assistant Professors!

    The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is excited to officially welcome three assistant professors: Charles Towe, Nathan Fiala and Richard Dunn.

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    Professor Rigoberto Lopez and Assistant Professor Yizao Liu were featured in UConn Today on their research on how social media engagement affects soda choice

    UConn researchers studying the impact of social media on soda purchasing choices found that the volume of conversations matters more than the sentiments expressed. 

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    Assistant Professor Ben Campbell's Consumer Eye Tracking Technology

    Assistant Professor and Extension Economist Ben Campbell conducts market research and promotes locally grown foods in Connecticut by using an eye tracking technology that can easily indicate to sellers and businesses what consumers are looking at in store displays.

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    Assistant Research Professor Interviewed by UCONN Today

    Assistant Research Professor and Zwick Center researcher Adam N. Rabinowitz was featured in UConn Today about rising food prices in the state of Connecticut.

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