Weekly Announcements for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Thursday, July 31, 2014


  • Department economists enjoy RAGBRAI

    Follow along as a team of Department of Economics faculty and an agronomist ride RAGBRAI. Along the way they get to study crops, local economies, and of course, sample the food. "Team Cyclohalic" included: Terry Alexander; Bruce Babcock & Ali Babcock; John Beghin; Dermot Hayes & Caroline Hayes; Helen Jensen; Keri Jacobs; John Miranowski & Susana Goggi (Agronomy).

    Watch the full video from ISU News Service videographer Dave Olson at: http://www.news.iastate.edu/video/view/id/W0THtDmAgL8

  • Department welcomes Assistant Professor Otávio Bartalotti

    The Department of Economics wishes to welcome new faculty member, Assistant Professor Otávio Bartalotti.

    Bartalotti was previously an assistant professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, specializing on theoretical and applied econometrics and labor economics. His areas of research within econometrics focus on treatment identification and inference, regression discontinuity, quantile regression, missing data and nonrandom sampling. He received his PhD in economics from Michigan State University, an MS in economics from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil, and a BS in economics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    Contact Bartalotti at: 279 Heady Hall; (515) 294-1085; bartalot@iastate.edu.

  • Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics

    Dave Swenson spoke with Gene Lucht, Iowa Farmer Today, regarding an article on local foods and what his research on the topic suggests for rural development and farmer profitablity. He also spoke with Trent Rice, KASI, on the wisdom of state and local economic development incentives and high beef prices due to drought-induced reductions in cattle herds. Swenson was also a guest on IPR’s River to River, talking about urban sprawl.

Conferences and Calls for Papers

  • Third Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform

    More information available at: www.greengrowthknowledge.org/conference2015

  • Special Issue: Innovation in Service Industries-- Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology
  • Pacesetter Journal of Agricultural Science Research

    Pacesetter Journal of Agricultural Science Research (PJAR) is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. PJAR is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published monthly by Pacesetter Online Publishers (http://www.pacesetteronlinepublishers.org).

    PJAR is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject. PJAR cover all areas of Agricultural Science. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence We publish high-quality articles (English)

    The following type of papers is considered for publication:

    • Original articles in basic and applied research.
    • Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays.

    We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to one of the email address below: submission.pjar@pacesetteronlinepublishers.org; pacesetter.pjar@gmail.com for publication.

    You can view our current issue at: http://pacesetteronlinepublishers.org/pjar/content/2014/June%202014.htm

Funding Opportunities

Job Opportunities

  • Ag and natural resource economist/Extension – Kansas State University
  • University jobs in economics - July 17, 2014
  • Tenure-track assistant professor ag business - Fresno State
  • Assistant prof advanced production management/Extension - South Dakota State University
  • Assistant professor, agribusiness – Oklahoma State University at Stillwater
  • Graduate Student Disciplinary Writing Consultant at Iowa State

    Funded by the ISU Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Graduate College is launching a one-year “Writing Center for Researchers and Scholars” pilot project aiming to support graduate student writing and scholarship. Applications are sought for four Disciplinary Writing Consultant (DWC) positions, which are nine-month, 1/4-time appointments for the duration of the pilot. The positions could be extended into the following academic year/s.

    The four DWC candidates will be selected from different graduate programs, each representing a discipline pertaining to one division in the Graduate Council Constitution: 1) Biological and Agricultural Sciences, 2) Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering, 3) Social Sciences and Education, and 4) Arts and Humanities.

    The DWCs will first receive training to acquire the necessary consulting expertise. Each DWC will provide individual and group writing support to graduate students in their department/program. Duties will include:

    • Conducting one-on-one disciplinary writing consultations, focusing on such genres as research articles, theses/dissertations, conference abstracts, and proceedings papers
    • Facilitating peer writing groups and seminars on disciplinary writing and genre conventions
    • Facilitating graduate writers’ use of existing ISU resources and writing technologies
    • Serving as ambassador for graduate students as they navigate writing and scholarship expectations in their disciplinary area (e.g., collaborating with faculty from their discipline regarding writing and scholarship expectations)
    • Helping with the collection of pilot program evaluation data.

    The successful candidate will demonstrate advanced academic communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills for working collaboratively with peers and supervisors, and a strong commitment to graduate student success.


    • Demonstrated success in scholarly communication (e.g., journal publications, conference presentations).
    • Experience conducting research (individual and/or collaborative) in a discipline within one of the four graduate divisions listed above
    • Course work in the research methodologies of the respective discipline


    • Enrolled in a PhD program (preferably no less than one year completed)
    • Experience teaching at a university OR with delivering educational presentations for students in the respective discipline
    • Experience teaching or tutoring with technology
    • Experience working with ELL (English Language Learner) students

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To apply, e-mail the following documents as attachments to gcacp@iastate.edu. Specify "Disciplinary Writing Consultant Application" in the e-mail subject line. Application deadline - August 15, 2014.

    1. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
    2. Résumé/Curriculum Vitae, specifying experience in one of the four disciplinary areas
    3. Writing Sample of two scholarly or research documents (e.g., research articles; selections from a thesis or dissertation; proposals; scholarly review articles; conference presentation documents)
    4. Contact information for three references.
  • Job vacancy at US Dept of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

    The Office of Policy Support in USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is seeking applicants for the position of Social Science Policy Analyst. Please pass this information along to any of your students or other contacts who may be interested in a career at FNS.

    Applications must be submitted through the USAJobs website (www.usajobs.gov) by Friday, July 18. The vacancy announcement number is FNCSR-14-122-KG.

  • Quantitative analyst - Chicago

    Title: Quantitative Analyst (4-38-711); Location: Chicago; Compensation: Commensurate with experience

    Summary: Our client is a large independent institutional investment advisor, managing various domestic/global equity strategies as well as alternative investment strategies. They seek a Quantitative Analyst with 5-7 years of risk-related investment management experience, preferably with exposure to Emerging Markets.

    Responsibilities: Monitor/manage investment risk exposure related to individual securities/group of securities, on a day-to-day/long-term basis Recommend actions that will reduce risk/shift portfolio characteristics, including developing hedging strategies for Emerging Markets Develop/maintain quantitative models used to determine asset allocation/define sector weightings and allocations/enhance investment returns Frequently interact with Research Analysts/PMs

    Requirements: Minimum of 5-7 years of risk-related investment management experience (knowledge of Emerging Markets is considered a plus) Outstanding technological knowledge including advanced Excel/Access/ SQL Advanced degree in Physics/Applied Mathematics/Statistics/quantitative discipline CFA and/or MBA preferred Ability to successfully communicate with people inside/outside the organization Successful candidate should be entrepreneurially-minded, intellectually curious, with desire to expand beyond area of expertise

    Email a copy of your resume as an MS Word attachment to:

    Kristin Pries, BCI - Financial Services Recruiting

    10 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1250 Chicago, IL 60606

    312-460-8111 x 113; kristin@brokerageconsultants.com; www.brokerageconsultants.com

  • International economics research and analysis job opening at BEA

    This vacancy is for a supervisory economist position at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The incumbent will serve in the Balance of Payments Division as the assistant division chief for research and analysis. The closing date for applications is August 4.

    The incumbent will perform and guide economic research and analysis on international finance and investment, trade in goods and services, and the operations of multinational companies. The major duties of this position include:

    • Conducting economic research using statistical and econometric techniques
    • Communicating the results of economic research
    • Applying knowledge of international business economics, international trade and finance, and international direct investment
    • Using and applying concepts and measures of U.S. international accounts, including measures of international trade, finance, and direct investment
    • Providing leadership, representation, and coordination for research on the U.S. international accounts with internal and external parties
    • Planning, directing, and reviewing work performed by staff of research economists.

    BEA has been ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies for which to work. It has a dynamic and motivated staff, and encourages professional growth. BEA has an unparalleled location in the heart of downtown D.C., only blocks from the White House and within walking distance to three Metro lines. The Penn Quarter, Logan and Dupont Circles, and the Kennedy and Verizon Centers are all within walking distance. This location provides for a unique balance of intellectual pursuit during the day and wealth of cultural and social activities after work.


    BEA-BPD-2014-0019 (merit)


    BEA-BPD-2014-0020 (DE)

    Applicants can preview the vacancy questions by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Qualifications and Evaluations tab.

Papers and Presentations

  • Recent presentations by Mark Edelman and Sandra Burke

    Mark Edelman and Sandra Burke presented the following papers at the Community Development Society annual meeting in Dubuque, July 20-23, 2014:

    • Edelman, Mark A. and Sandra Burke, presented "Iowa MicroLoan: A Case Study in Finanical Capital and Institutional Innovation." Community Development Society Annual Meetings. Dubuque, IA July 20-23, 2014.
    • Edelman, Mark A., Sandra Burke, and Alex Orozco. "Solidarity Microfinance: A Grameen-like Peer Group Lending Pilot Collaboration." Community Development Society Annual Meetings. Dubuque, IA July 20-23, 2014.