AFRE People and Awards (Spring 2014)

AFRE People and Awards (Spring 2014)

April 29, 2014

Faculty and Staff News

Steve Hanson was appointed dean of International Studies and Programs by the MSU Board of Trustees on April 22.

Debbie Conway received the Outstanding Individual Staff Award for from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Staff Advisory Committee. At the award ceremony March 19, Dean Fred Poston cited the depth of her knowledge, her independence and the friendliness with which she approaches her work as graduate secretary.

Satish Joshi has been promoted to professor (tenure-system). Promotions have been approved for fixed-term faculty Cynthia Donovan to associate professor and Duncan Boughton and Mywish Maredia to professor.


Faculty Awards

Rick Horan received MSU’s W.J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award at a ceremony on February 11. The award citation noted his contributions to “the understanding and management of coupled economic and environmental systems.”


Tom Reardon has been selected as a fellow in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). The award will be conferred at the AAEA annual meeting on July 28. The AAEA Exchange newsletter cited his “seminal contributions to our field in three domains, all focused on transformation of agrifood systems and rural economies.”


Larry Zink was awarded the Teaching Award of Merit from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. He received the award certificate February 25.


Brent Simpson, in his role as deputy director of the Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project, was recognized on April 14 by the University of Illinois with the 2014 College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Team Award for Excellence.  


Student Awards and Honors

Ayala Wineman won the Department’s Best M.S. Thesis Award of 2013 for “The Multidimensional Nature of Household Food Insecurity in Rural Zambia: A Panel Analysis” (major professor: E. Crawford).

Min Chen won the Department’s Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award of 2013 for “Valuation of Public Great Lakes Beaches in Michigan” (major professor: F. Lupi).


Leah Harris, Ph.D. student, won first place for a 10-minute presentation at the MSU Graduate Academic Conference on March 27 (

Award winners from among the 17 presentations at the Graduate Research Symposium on March 20-21 were:

  • Completed Research: Leah Harris, “Designing Experimental Auctions to Evaluate Incentives for Environmental Stewardship in Agricultural Landscapes”
  • Research In Progress: Uchook Duangbootsee, “Ranking of Rice Farm Policy in Thailand: An Application of a Stochastic Efficiency with Respect to a Function”
  • Research at Idea Stage: Ayala Wineman, “The Impact of Emerging Land Markets on Migration Trends in Rural Tanzania”

Elena Dulys-Nusbaum was awarded a 2014 Tinker Graduate Student Field Research Grant by the MSU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Miltone Ayieko and Chenguang Wang were awarded Ph.D. Summer Research Fellowships by the MSU Graduate School for Summer Semester 2014.

The Honors Banquet of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources celebrated the accomplishments of ten AFRE undergraduate students on March 20:

  • Outstanding Academic Achievement in Agribusiness Management: Katelyn Horning and Charles Loveland
  • Outstanding Senior in Agribusiness Management: Sarah Michalek
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement in Food Industry Management: Zhen Mao
  • Outstanding Senior in Food Industry Management: Jessica West
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement in Environmental Economics and Policy: Anthony Orlando
  • Outstanding Senior in Environmental Economics and Policy: Molly Black
  • Jake and Maxine Ferris Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarships: Leticia Briseno, Leighton Hackert, Kenneth Hartman, Katelyn Horning, Lauren Moore, Julius Moss, Jason Smith, Cheick Tangara and Paul Vilker.

The Spartan National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) team finished in fourth place at Marketing Competition of the 2014 National NAMA Convention, April 9-11 in Jacksonville, Florida. This was the team’s fourth Final Four finish in the past five years. Members of the Presentation and Marketing Support Team who competed were agribusiness management majors Jasper Cunningham, Tyler Hoopes, Katelyn Horning and Spencer Short; crop and soil sciences junior Addie Spolyar; environmental studies and agriscience junior Kelly White; and food industry management junior Kelsey Vanderploeg. The team was advised by AFRE associate professor Laura Cheney along with Stephanie Lelo and Melissa Rogers of GreenStone Farm Credit Services.

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