Weekly Announcements for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


  • First annual fall blood drive competition

    There are two competitions, the college with the highest percentage of undergraduate participation and the college with the highest faculty support and contribution. You can help the drive and your college by getting involved yourself, announcing the drive to your students, or providing academic incentive! Should you choose to donate, the drive allows you to skip the lines to accommodate your busy schedule – just notify a committee member in an ISU Blood Drive shirt.

    If you choose to offer an academic incentive or to announce our event in your courses, please email blooddriveacademic@gmail.com with (1) your name and (2) the course/section numbers for which you will be offering incentive or giving an announcement. We will collect Student ID numbers and any other information upon your request and within one week of the drive, distribute that information back to you.

  • NBER project meeting

    The NBER project on the Economics of Digitization will hold a meeting from noon March 2, 2016 through the end of day on March 4, 2016. On March 2 and 3, the meeting will involve a tutorial for economics graduate students.

    The tutorial will introduce graduate students to overviews of this young frontier area of research and provide graduate students face-to-face time with research leaders. The final day of the meeting will involve presentations of frontier research by six researchers and discussants, as part of the winter meeting of the NBER digitization group. The meeting will be held at the facilities of the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research at Stanford University.

    The National Science Foundation has generously funded two nights of hotel and living expenses for twenty graduate students at the meeting. Students with special travel issues may ask to have a third night covered. Students must cover their own travel expenses.

    Both new and returning students are encouraged to apply. The application should not exceed two pages. Please send applications electronically to: Denis Healy, dhealy@nber.org.

    Submission deadline: Nov. 13, 2015
    Notifications made by: Dec. 11, 2015


  • Shierholz lunch at Spice

    While at ISU for her seminar Monday, Heidi Shierholz, chief economist at the US Dept. of Labor, enjoyed lunch at Spice with Professor Peter Orazem and a few econ students. From left are Kelsi Wolever, Heidi Shierholz, Taylor Finn, and Allan Wang.

    See what Kelsi was up to this summer.

  • Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics

    Peter Orazem spoke with KWWL in Waterloo on the six-year master labor contract between the UAW and John Deere & Co.

    Chad Hart talked with Fran Howard, AgWeb.com, on the USDA Grain Stocks report and market reaction to it; Chris Doering, Des Moines Register, about the labor negotiations at John Deere; Easton Kuboushek, Iowa Soybean Review, on fluctuating farmland values; and Jacob Bunge, Wall Street Journal, on agricultural input cost pressures in a low crop price environment.

    Dave Swenson spoke to the Des Moines Register's Donnelle Eller about the new contract between John Deere and the United Auto Workers.

  • Rita Baumel passes

    Rita Ann (Dobson) Baumel, wife of retired Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor C. Phillip Baumel, passed away on Oct. 2nd in Sun City West, Arizona. The Baumels traveled together extensively; her favorite destination was Lima, Peru, where they lived for two years, and where their youngest daughter was born. After returning from Peru, Rita started the organization “Friends of the Foreign Wives.” The purpose of this group was to help wives of foreign graduate students adjust to life in Ames.
    Read the story.

Department Seminars and Workshops

  • Wednesday's department seminar: Ivan Rudik

    Ivan Rudik,
    Iowa State
    "Negative Emissions Leakage: Welfare Impacts on Energy Policy Spillovers"
    Oct. 14
    3:40-5:00 pm
    368A Heady Hall

    Abstract: Can local environmental policies lead to emissions reductions outside of the regulated area? We demonstrate that this occurs under state-level renewable portfolio standards (RPSs). Out-of-state emissions reductions occur because states allow for inter-state trade of credits used for RPS compliance. When one state passes an RPS, it increases demand for credits faced by firms in outside states, which reduce fossil fuels to supply the credits. We find that an increase in the stringency of one state's RPS decreases coal generation and increases wind generation in outside states. This annually results in billions of dollars of welfare gains from avoided pollution

  • Next Friday's department seminar: Daeyong Lee

    Daeyong Lee, Peking University
    "Dividend Taxation and Household Dividend Portfolio Decisions: Evidence from the 2003 Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act"

    Oct. 16
    3:40-5:00 pm
    368A Heady Hall

  • William Craft to speak

    Economics graduate and undergrad students are invited to join William E. Craft, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Programs, US Dept. of State, as he speaks on "The State Department Working for You: Trade and Economics in a
    Global Economy." No sign-up needed.

    Weds., Oct. 14
    4:20-4:50 pm
    568B Heady Hall

External Seminars and Workshops

  • Monday's Norman Borlaug lecture

    Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, named the 2015 World Food Prize Laureate for his work as founder and chairperson of the world's largest anti-poverty organization, will present Monday's Norman Borlaug Lecture at ISU.

    "Empowering the Poor in the Fight Against Hunger"
    Oct. 12
    8:00 pm
    Great Hall, Memorial Union

    This lecture is part of the World Affairs Series and is free and open to the public.

    Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, named the 2015 World Food Prize Laureate for his work as founder and chairperson of the world's largest anti-poverty organization, will present the Norman Borlaug Lecture at Iowa State University. - See more at: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2015/10/05/lpborlaug-abed#sthash.52oVDqQs.dpuf


Conferences and Calls for Papers

  • International Conference on Business & Economic Development

    April 4-5, 2016
    New York City, New York
    Draft submission deadline: Feb. 12, 2016
    Final paper submission deadline: Mar. 4, 2016

  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus

    Join over 1,200 scientists, engineers, policy experts, program managers and leaders in government, business and civil society as part of an emerging Community of Practice, supported by new funding and partnerships.

    16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment
    Jan. 19-21, 2016
    Wasington, D.C.
    Online Registration now open

Funding Opportunities