After more than 33 years of service, Helen Jensen, professor of economics, is set to retire from Iowa State University. “I am ready to shift gears,” Jensen said.
A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team led by an industrial engineering faculty member will combine elements of engineering with agriculture, economics and sociology to prepare research-based graduate students for an array of career paths.
Joshua Rosenbloom, professor and department chair, has been named a Fellow of the Cliometric Society by the Board of Trustees.
Each summer, the NBER commissions a set of lectures on econometric methodology. This year's topic was "Weak Instruments and What to do About Them." Isaiah Andrews and James Stock of Harvard University discussed the diagnosis of this common problem in empirical research, and offered suggestions about estimation and inference in this setting. Their lectures, which were presented at the level of a graduate econometrics course, may be viewed at:
Trenton Baker, third year Ph.D. student, has won the 2018 Wayne W. Gross Fellowship.
Two new faces are joining the Heady and East IT tech folks this year. Charlie Donaldson, left, and Austin Golberg are both juniors in Management Information Systems. The students will help solve IT problems via the firstname.lastname@example.org system and by monitoring the help desk in 62 Heady.
Scott Arnold ('89 ag business) was named Division President of Chubb Agriculture, North America, and President of Rain and Hail June 21, 2018.
Several department faculty members were interviewed for a Quad-City Times story on how the new Costco wholesale store opening in Davenport raised its hourly starting wage this year to $14, nearly twice the minimum wage.
David Swenson, associate scientist, was interviewed about the failure of Iowa's wages to rise despite the state's lowest unemployment rate in nearly two decades. The story was picked up by several media outlets.
Sonja Huffman, adjunct associate professor, had her article "Life satisfaction and diet in transition: Evidence from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey" published in Volume 49 Issue 5 September 2018, Agricultural Economics.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the launch of the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, a prize competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM education.
Honors seminars are 1-2 credit courses, offered over a half or full term, which explore topics of current or special interest. They are graded Satisfactory/Fail, usually capped at 17 students, and enroll Honors students from any year or major. Many seminars are offered in the instructor’s area of expertise; others are interdisciplinary. A grant of $500 per seminar supports the professional development (e.g. professional subscriptions, membership fees, travel) of the instructor(s).
Proposal deadline: Friday, Sept. 14.
The Economics administrative offices (and all university offices) will be closed and classes will not meet on Monday, Sept. 3, to observe the national Labor Day holiday.
Dean finalists: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Open forums will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Candidates will be announced one business day prior to arriving on campus.
- Candidate 1: Tuesday, Sept. 4, Cardinal Room
- Candidate 2: Monday, Sept. 17, Cardinal Room
- Candidate 3: Thursday, Sept. 27, Pioneer Room
Economics senior Skyler Schneekloth did very well at the AAEA annual meetings in Washington, DC in August, winning the Undergraduate Student Paper competition.
This was not his first experience writing and presenting papers—this was his fourth conference—but this year was the first time he’s competed.
David Swenson, associate scientist, talked with Sarah Ritter, Quad City Times, on Thursday regarding the decline in “big box” retailers in the Quad Cities and what that means for the overall area economy.
University transportation services will open a key kiosk Sept. 4 for its daily vehicle reservations. The new system -- a touch screen and two locked panels containing keys -- allows customers to pick up and return vehicles around the clock, including over the weekend. The 24/7 system also can handle last-minute reservations or changes to reservations -- for example, an illness that results in a driver change.
The Iowa State Foundation would like to know what interactions your department may have planned for the month of September that involve corporations or foundations (or leaders within them) visiting campus. This information will be conveyed to our campus partners such as Sarah Nusser, vice president for research, and others as pertinent. They would like to know: