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ACE Graduate Student News

Spring 2016

  • Fellowships and grants:
    • MS student Marshaun Montgomery was awarded a U.S. Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security for his research to reduce draught risk in Africa.
    • MS student Seth Morgan was awarded a U.S. Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security in order to carry out his research in Kenya with the World Agroforestry Centre.
    • MS student Brad Coyle won a Boren Fellowship and a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for studies in South Korea.
    • PhD student Akito Kamei was awarded a Nepal Policy Communication Fellowship from the University of Michigan to write policy briefs on the Chitwan Valley project in Nepal.
    • PhD student Mateus Nogueira Meirelles de Souza was chosen as a Levenick Scholar to study adoption of energy efficient technology.
    • MS student Sean Hennessy won a Small Project Grant from the UIUC Student Sustainability Committee.
  • Awards:
    • PhD student Xian Fang Bak was awarded the Tiebout Prize for best graduate student paper by the Western Regional Science Association.
    • PhD student Renato Schwambach Vieira was Poster Session winner at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2016 for "Expanding Affirmative Action in Brazil: Effects on Student Performance" (with Mary Arends-Kuenning)
  • ACE graduate students organized and hosted the 9th AERUS Summit conference at UIUC, with many also giving presentations http://www.aerus.illinois.edu/
  • Conference and seminar presentations: The following students gave conference or workshop presentations. Those with * were awarded ACE Conference Travel Awards, those with ** also were awarded Graduate College Conference Travel Awards, and those with + were awarded travel funds by the conference organizers.
  • Yizhou Zhang*: “A computational general equilibrium model with disaggregated labor – an analysis of the 2015 Income Tax Adjustment in Illinois.” 55th Meetings of the Southern Regional Science Association. Washington, DC.
  • Andre Fenandes Tomon Avelino*: “The challenge of estimating the impact of disasters: Many approaches, many imitations, and a compromise.” 55th Meetings of the Southern Regional Science Association. Washington, DC.
  • Lokendra Phadera**: “International migration and its effect on labor supply of the left-behind household members: Evidence from Nepal.” Population Association of America. Washington DC.
  • Kashi Kafle+: Invited panelist on “Applied research and interdisciplinary engagement in hunger mitigation” at Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) 11th annual Summit. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • Raul Sanchez*: presentations at the 42th Annual Conference of the Eastern Economics Association, Washington DC, and the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Economic Association , Chicago IL
  • Andre Avelino*: two presentations, “Integrating HAZUS and Input-Output for recovery path analysis: an application to the 2007 Chehalis River Flood (WA) and “The challenge of estimating the impact of disasters: Many approaches, many limitations and a compromise” at the 55th Meetings of the Southern Regional Science Association, Washington DC.
  • Zhepeng Hu: “Linkages between the U.S. and Chinese soybean futures markets.” NCCC-134 Conference on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management.” St. Louis, MO.
  • Lei Yan: “Volatility risk premium in selected agricultural commodity options” and “Identifying financialization impacts in commodity futures markets”, NCCC-134 Conference on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management.” St. Louis, MO.
  • Quanbiao Shang: “The components of the bid-ask spread: Evidence from the corn futures market,” NCCC-134 Conference on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management.” St. Louis, MO.
  • Atul Nepal+: “Impact of the poverty alleviation fund on migration and remittances.” Invited seminar, Eastern Illinois University.
  • Teaching Recognition: The following students were recognized on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students for Fall 2016 (* = instructor ratings were outstanding)
  • Patrese Anderson
  • Andres Ham Gonzalez*
  • Chiyu Niu
  • Guyu Ye*

 

Fall 2015

  • MS student Anna Fairbairn was awarded a prestigious U.S. Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security for her research in Tanzania studying the implications of mineral fertilizer quality on small farmers and markets.
  • PhD student Kashi Kafle won the Elmer Broadbent Award for research in livestock marketing.
  • PhD student Minhong Xu was a finalist for the student-led paper competition at the annual meetings of the North American Regional Science Council.
  • PhD student Renato Schwambach Vieira was chosen for the Lemann Graduate Fellowship.
  • Teaching Recognition: The following students were recognized on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students for Spring 2015 (* = instructor ratings were outstanding)
  • Patrese Anderson
  • Brad Coyle
  • Andres Ham*
  • Sean Hennessy
  • Collin Reeser
  • Olesya Savchenko
  • Aditya Shrinivas
  • Pallavi Shukla*
  • Second-Year PhD Research Papers: A great group of PhD students passed the second year paper requirement and presented in the Research celebration on 12/11. Students and their papers are listed here; * means the paper passed With Distinction, and ** means the paper was awarded the Best Second-Year Paper Award.
  • Zhangliang Chen: Wood pellet dilemma: Green for Europe, brown for the U.S.?
  • Andres Ham**: The effects of minimum wages in dual labor markets with non-compliance: Evidence from Honduras
  • Aparna Howlader:  Consequences of protected areas for forest extraction and human well-being: Evidence from Nepal
  • Lokendra Phadera: International migration and its effect on labor supply of the left-behind household members: Evidence from Nepal
  • Hemant Pullabhotla: Impact of alcohol regulation policies on educational outcomes: Evidence from India
  • Aditya Shrinivas: Risk sharing among caste groups in village India
  • Pallavi Shukla: Impact of access to emergency contraceptives on risk behavior: Evidence from a policy change in India
  • Renato Viera: Efficiency and distributional characteristics of transit fare subsidies in the city of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Minhong Xu*: The effects of the natural gas and oil boom on water use in US counties
  • Conference presentations: The following students gave conference or workshop presentations. Those with * were awarded ACE Conference Travel Awards, those with ** also were awarded Graduate College Conference Travel Awards, and those with + were awarded travel funds by the conference organizers.
  • Xian Fang Bak*: “Housing price diffusion to foreclosure shocks over space and time.” 62nd Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Portland, OR.
  • Andres Ham: “The effects of minimum wages in dual labor markets with non-compliance: Evidence from Honduras,” Labour Market Challenges in Latin America November 26, 2015, Santiago, Chile.
  • Kashi Kafle*: “The impact of livestock donation on poverty and food security in rural Zambia: Does 25 cents make a difference?” 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security, Cornell University.
  • Hemant Pullabhotla+: “Current Status of postharvest loss reducing technology in India”. First PHL Congress, Rome, Italy
  • Atul Nepal**+: “Impact of community institutions on migration and private transfer.” Workshop on Institutional Analysis by Ronald Coase Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Mani Rouhi Rad+: “Implications of well yield limitations for groundwater management.” Water Management Strategies for Addressing Long-Term Drought and Climate Uncertainty Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Raul Sanchez**: “Mothers’ time allocation in fragile families and the effect on child cognitive development.” 85th Annual Conference of the Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Aditya Shrinivas: “Risk sharing among caste groups in village India” 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security, Cornell University.
  • Marin Skidmore: “Whose loss is it anyways?: Incentives to reduce post-harvest loss in Southern Brazil.”Tinker Grant Workshop 2015, Champaign, IL.
  • Minhong Xu**: “The effects of the natural gas and oil boom on water use in US counties.” 62nd Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Portland, OR.