AFRE Alumni news (Fall 2015)

Alumni news, fall 2015

September 14, 2015


Robert A. Young (Ph.D., 1963), emeritus professor at Colorado State University (CSU), passed away on July 17, 2015. Following his Ph.D. at MSU, he worked at University of Arizona and Resources for the Future (Washington, D.C.) before joining the faculty at CSU, where he was a resource economist from 1970 until 1992. His research focused on economic and policy analysis, chiefly related to water management. 



Jerry Eckert (Ph.D. 1970), emeritus professor at Colorado State University (CSU), passed away on May 27, 2015. He taught and conducted research in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at CSU from 1972 until 2005. In retirement, he followed a passion of non-fiction writing. His soon-to-be published memoir, entitled “Weeping Kings and Wild Boars: Moments of Magic and Sorrow from Forty Years of Trying to Save the World,” recently won the Northern Colorado Writers Top of the Mountain Book Award.



Cheryl Wachenheim (M.S., 1991; Ph.D., 1994), professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University, has been awarded a Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar grant. She will teach courses in agribusiness at Renmin University in Beijing, China, during the 2015-16 academic year. Details at:



Nelissa Jamora (M.S., 2006 in AFRE; Ph.D. 2014, University of Göttingen) started work as Research Fellow at the Global Crop Diversity Trust ( in Bonn, Germany, in July 2015. During the prior year, she worked on an academic support grant from the German Research Foundation for early researchers.



Jordan Chamberlin (Ph.D., 2013) has left his position as assistant professor in AFRE located at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) in Lusaka, Zambia, to take a position as a spatial economist with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He started on Aug. 1, 2015. 

Nicole Kendra Levine (M.S., 2015) took a managerial position in U.S. supply chain sustainability with McDonald’s (corporate), Oak Brook, Illinois, in August 2015.

Rie Muraoka (Ph.D., 2015) accepted a position with the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan, in June 2015.

Leah Harris Palm-Forster, (Ph.D., expected 2015) accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics at the University of Delaware, Newark Delaware, in August 2015.

Carson Reeling (Ph.D., 2015) joined the Department of Economics at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, as an assistant professor, in July 2015.

Traci Taylor, (M.S., 2015) began work as senior analyst at Anderson Economic Group, East Lansing, Michigan, in September 2014.

Chenguang Wang (Ph.D., 2015) took a position with Freddie Mac in the Enterprise Risk Management Division in Washington, DC, starting in July 2015.

Hui Wang, (PhD expected 2015) has accepted a position as an economist at, Seattle, Washington, starting in July 2015.

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