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Winter 2017 Alumni Communication

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 Fall 2017 Alumni Communication

Fall 2017

Dear Alumni and Friends of CSU Economics,

We are excited to share several announcements around the Department of Economics at Colorado State University.

First, we would like to invite you to our first distinguished alumni speaker event on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. This event, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, is a kickoff to Homecoming & Family Weekend and features our very first Ph.D. graduate, Dr. David W. Fischer ('68), one of the first Ph.D.s in resource economics in the U.S.

Dr. Fischer will give a distinguished alumni address: "Toward a Trans-Disciplinary Economics: A 40-Year Sojourn."

  • Thursday, Oct 12 in A204 Clark at 3:30 p.m.
  • Followed by a special presentation by the departments of Economics and Agricultural and Resource Economics and induction into the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Hall of Fame, in front of B316 Clark.

All are welcome. No RSVP necessary.

As alumni and friends of the CSU Department of Economics, we also welcome you to come see us whenever you are in the area. We are (still) located in C306 Clark, though other structures have changed around here. (Check out our featured story about our participation in the home opener of the inaugural season of the new on-campus stadium.)

The faculty continue to lead regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized research agendas and continue to participate in both funded and nonfunded research with relationships to new partners and stakeholders. We continue to offer high-quality and pluralistic courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and we recently welcomed a record-size first-year cohort of graduate students. We have continued our distinctive international partnership with Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, now under the direction of Dr. Karen Gebhardt, who also continues this year as our online program coordinator.

Our new engaged research enterprise, the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI@CSU), is under the direction of Dr. Stephan Weiler. We invite you to read their bi-monthly reports at their website. And, we continue to develop other enterprises, such as the Center for the Study of Academic Labor under Dr. Steve Shulman.

We are pleased to introduce Professors Ed Barbier and Jo Burgess Barbier who have joined our faculty this fall. Dr. Ed Barbier is a full professor in the Department of Economics and a senior scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Dr. Jo Burgess Barbier is a special assistant professor in the Department of Economics and faculty with SoGES. In 2008, Dr. Ed Barbier was named by Cambridge University as one of the 50 most influential thinkers on sustainability in the world. He is consistently ranked among the top 15 cited environmental economists globally and among the top 5 percent of economists globally by citations. Dr. Burgess Barbier is an environmental and resource economist with special interests in forest land use, wildlife management, trade and environment, and environmental risk management.

We are also pleased to welcome back Dr. Elissa Braunstein, who was on leave at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva, Switzerland. She has been named the new editor of Feminist Economics, a peer-reviewed journal on economics and gender studies. Likewise, Dr. Daniele Tavani, our new graduate program coordinator, was recently named a new associate editor of Review of Social Economy, a journal with which visiting Professor Steve Pressman is also associated.

On the administrative front, Dr. Alexandra Bernasek has been named senior associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at CSU, and Dr. Bob Kling has become senior academic officer for the Semester at Sea program. Dr. Ramaa Vasudevan has taken over as associate chair of economics, and I have moved into the interim chair role.

Please visit us on the Web for more information on economics faculty (those featured and those not featured here), and events, including our Friday research seminar series.

Finally, we offer a diversity of scholarships, for both undergraduate and graduate students, that would not exist without your support. Please consider contributions of any size.

We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you soon!

With warm regards,

Dr. Anita Alves Pena Interim Chair of Economics

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