ARE faculty members Stephen Swallow, Pengfei Liu and Charles Towe are among the six-person PI team leading a new study announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which will measure how communities value changes in water quality. The grant, officially titled "Valuation of Water Quality Change in Environment and Economy Context: Ecosystem Services across Gradients of Degradation and Local Economic Interest," amounts to a total of $799,994, and the project is set to run from now until June of 2019.
Faculty member Syma Ebbin and M.S. student Victoria Rose Croog have been appointed to the University's Environmental Policy Advisory Council, the body that advises senior members of the UConn administration - including the President and the Provost - on matters related to the University's environmental policies, compliance and similar issues. Croog, the Graduate Student Representative to the council, will serve a one-year term, while Ebbins's appointment is for two years, as one of the at-large faculty members of the council. For more information on the UConn EPAC, click here.
Last semester, Pengfei Liu was completing his final semester as a Ph.D. student within the department, and his research was getting a lot of attention from the agricultural and resource economics academic community. He starts this semester still at UConn, but in a different capacity: as a member of the UConn ARE faculty.
Over the summer, Pengfei was appointed to the post of Assistant Research Professor, allowing him to keep working with Prof. Stephen Swallow and the rest of the ARE faculty on topics including public good provision and other issues in behavioral and resource economics. In his new capacity, he will be stepping into the position previously occupied by Adam Rabinowitz - another ARE Ph.D. alumnus - who is currently serving on the faculty of the University of Georgia.
While a student, Pengfei won the 2016 Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award from the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, and co-authored the recipient of the Best Poster Award at the 2016 European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists annual conference. With 100% of his new position devoted to research, we can look forward to continued achievement from Pengfei Liu at the department for some time to come.
For the first time, undergraduate students from the UConn Agricultural and Resource Economics Department will vie for academic dominance and a cash prize at the Academic Bowl, sponsored by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), during the AAEA Annual Meeting in Boston this summer.
Resource Economics majors Scott Caggainello, John Ciesla, Dan Fortin and Carina Immer form the team that will represent UConn, and go head-to-head with their rivals to bring home the championship. Assistant Research Professor Adam Rabinowitz of the ARE Department is the team's faculty sponsor.
The competition, which will immediately precede the AAEA Awards Ceremony on August 1, pits teams from universities across the country against one another in a test of their applied and agricultural economics knowledge. Prizes include $500 for the winning team, with $300 and $100 prizes for the respective second and third place finishers. This is the first year UConn ARE students will compete for the national title.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring semester is here, and with it comes a new line-up of speakers for the popular Seminar Series, sponsored by the Zwick Center.
The newly redesigned ARE website was highlighted by Naturally@UConn for its improved functionality and flow.
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.
Professor Tatiana Andreyeva's research with the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity was recently published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
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.
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.
The article by professor Ben Campbell evaluates consumer perceptions of both of these popular terms, and what those perceptions mean for produce retailers.
Jeremy Jelliffe investigates the economics of farming, the cost of agricultural products, and farmers' adoption of new technologies with an international development focus.
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."
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.
Over 35 CAHNR faculty enjoy an affiliation with UConn’s Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, including ARE professor Stephen Swallow.
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.
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.
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.
Professor and Department Head Rigoberto Lopez was named co-editor of the prestigious international journal, and professor Adam Rabinowitz was named assistant coordinating editor.
Professor Swallow's research for the Bobolink Project examines ways to support the public good while preserving the nesting habitat of the Bobolink bird.
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.
• Industrial Organization and Food Marketing
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• International Economic Development
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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.
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is excited to officially welcome three assistant professors: Charles Towe, Nathan Fiala and Richard Dunn.
UConn researchers studying the impact of social media on soda purchasing choices found that the volume of conversations matters more than the sentiments expressed.
Assistant Research Professor and Zwick Center researcher Adam N. Rabinowitz was featured in UConn Today about rising food prices in the state of Connecticut.
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.