Weekly Announcements for Faculty, Staff, and Students
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
- Undergraduate Research Assistantship--Deadline March 31
- Brown Graduate Fellowship awarded to Clancy
Matthew Clancy is a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University, and is the recent recipient of the Brown Graduate Fellowship. Clancy will receive $10,000 to partially fund his graduate studies and current research.
The focus of the Brown Graduate Fellowship is to strategically advance ISU research in the areas of study which include science, agriculture, and space science. Graduate students who show a high level of excellence in both their studies and research are those chosen for the fellowship.
Clancy has developed an original combinatorial model for the measurement and modeling of innovation. He is also doing work on how policies may help or hinder innovation in the biofuels sector.
Giancarlo Moschini, Clancy's major professor, says that his model "represents an ambitious undertaking, the scope of which is unusual amongst our graduate students."
Concludes Moschini, "He is one of the best three graduate students who I have interacted with during my 26 years at Iowa State University."
Clancy said that he was surprised and excited to receive the award, and plans to "put it to good use." He will graduate in May 2015, and hopes to further his work as an academic research economist.
- Prolonged crisis in Ukraine could roil grain markets, says Hart
Upheaval in the Ukraine could result in a dip in global supplies of corn and soybeans and roil grain markets across the globe, according to Iowa State University economist Chad Hart. Recent tensions with Russia, focused in the Crimea region and the Black Sea, could create a bottleneck that shuts down Ukrainian exports to the rest of the world. Read the full story by Fred Love, ISU News Service, at: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/03/05/ukrainegrain#sthash.4qAZ0nQc...
- EGSA elects 2014 officers
The Economics Graduate Student Association (EGSA) elected its officers for 2014. Zhixia (Summer) Ma (center) will serve as president, Shufen Chen (left) as vice president, and Kristopher Kooiker (right) as treasurer.
The officers say they will continue to offer the traditional EGSA social activities which include two annual picnics, soccer, and occasional social times at Welch Avenue Station. In addition, Ma says that they plan to work to involve more students in activities, and to build connections between students of different nationalities and at points of progress in their studies.
- Monday's Department Seminar: Todd Keister, Rutgers University
"Expectations vs. fundamentals: Does the cause of banking panics matter for prudential policy?" with Todd Keister, Rutgers University, Monday, March 10, 4:10 pm - 5:30 pm, 368A Heady Hall.
Todd Keister joined the economics department at Rutgers in 2012 after working for six years as a research economist in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He has also been a professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City and held visiting positions at the University of Texas in Austin, the European University Institute, and New York University (NYU). Much of his research has focused on developing models of financial fragility and macroeconomic volatility that can be used to evaluate government and central banks policies. He holds a B.S. from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.
Abstract: There is a long-standing debate about whether banking panics and other financial crises always have fundamental causes or are sometimes the result of self-fulfilling beliefs. Disagreement on this point would seem to present a serious obstacle to designing policies that promote financial stability. We show that in some cases the appropriate choice of policy is invariant to the underlying cause of banking panics. We study an environment in which the anticipation of being bailed out in the event of a crisis distorts the incentives of financial institutions and their investors. We compare two policies that aim to correct this distortion: restricting policy makers from engaging in bailouts, and allowing bailouts but taxing the short-term liabilities of financial institutions. We show that the latter policy yields higher equilibrium welfare regardless of whether or not panics are sometimes caused by self-fulfilling beliefs.
- Bruner visits with Econ Club Thursday
The Thursday, March 13 meeting of Econ Club will feature a visit from Charles Bruner, executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Bruner has written widely on public policy approaches to developing more comprehensive, community-based responses to child, family and neighborhood needs. He heads the technical assistance activities of the National Center for Service Integration, and is the director of the State Early Childhood Policy Technical Assistance Network. Bruner was an Iowa State legislator of 12 years, and received his MA and PhD in political science from Stanford University.
Econ Club meeting, Thursday, March 13, 7 PM, Carver 0150.
Graduate Student Announcements
- Identifying Economics TAs for a research study
Along with two of my colleagues, I am doing a study (approved by IRB - I can send you the description if you would like to see it) on the ways that TAs (both native English speaking and international TAs) present information and use their spoken language to highlight important information when they teach. We are looking at how this is done in both Social Science and STEM fields. My colleagues and I have worked with TAs for many years and have a special interest in how pronunciation interacts with the presentation of content in teaching. We would like to observe and record some TAs during their teaching in order to analyze how they present the content of their teaching. The research may be of special interest to the TAs, and we hope, to those who help train them to be effective teachers.
I am writing to ask for your help in identifying and contacting TAs from your department. We would ultimately like to observe two native English speaking TAs and two international TAs over 2-3 class meetings. We know that being observed can be unsettling, so we want to steer away from new TAs so as not to make their jobs more difficult. We would prefer to contact TAs who have some experience and who are comfortable teaching their classes.
Please contact Dr. Levis (email@example.com) if you are interested in participating.
Conferences and Calls for Papers
- ISU Global Food Security Consortium and Iowa State University Seed Science Center Symposium
More information available at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/registration/events/conferences/gfsc/index.html
- SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL SECURITY 2014
More information available at: http://icss2014.um.edu.my
- 2014 UNI CSBS Research Conference call for papers
More information available: www.uni.edu/csbs-conference
- GIBA Conference: May 15-18, 2014
More information available at: http://gibaconference.org/
- Savannah Conference Call For Papers
More information available at: http://www.iaes.org/
- NSF's STC program
More information available at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08580/nsf08580.pdf
- USDA Water for Agriculture Challenge Area RFA
More information available at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri.html
- Recent philanthropic funding opportunities
- FY14 Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area
More information available at: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri.html
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture position for an Economist with Interest in Education GS 13/14
More information available at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/361989100
- NAAFE Job Opening: Postdoc in pop/econ modeling
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is seeking applicants for a three year postdoctoral position in coupled natural and human systems modeling. The successful candidate will be at the center of a multidisciplinary NSF Coastal SEES project, led by Dr. Andrew Pershing, to understand how warm events impact the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and will work closely with a team of fisheries ecologists, oceanographers, climate modelers, and resource economists. We seek candidates with strong quantitative skills and experience in population dynamics or bioeconomic modeling. The successful candidate will couple existing fisheries population dynamics models with bioeconomic models to understand the feedback between stock abundance, fishing level, and economic conditions in a changing environment. For more information, please see: http://www.gmri.org/about/careerItem.asp?c=18&ID=106
Review of applications will begin on March 22.
- University jobs in Economics, and other related areas
- Demand planning research analyst - John Deere
More information available at: http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/corporate/our_company/careers/careers.page