The Cleve E. Willis Experimental Economics Lab hosted a Workshop in Experimental and Behavioral Economics on June 8, 2015. Researchers joined us from prestigious institutions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania. These institutions include Smith College, Williams College, Worchester Polytechnic Institute, Westfield State University, UMass Lowell, Middlebury, the University of Connecticut, St. Lawrence University and Lafayette College. Discussions included investigations of Auction institutions, including those to raise money for Charities, Labor Market issues including work under pressure and a Political Economy study focused on Procedural Justice.This workshop allowed us to better understand what other researchers in our field are working on and will help us to identify areas of common interest and potential collaboration.
Congratulations to Julie Caswell who received recognition as a spring 2015 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. The Spotlight Scholar program, launched in the fall of 2010, publicly acknowledges highly-accomplished faculty and their professional achievements. Julie is being recognized for her research, scholarship, and public service contributions to the field of economics of food safety and nutrition. >>More
Sorelle Kevine Chimi Mbakup was selected as one of the 2015 21st Century Leaders. This honor is awarded to 10 graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary standards of achievement, initiative and social awareness. We are very proud that Sorelle earned one of these prestigious awards.
Sorelle came to the U.S. from Cameroon at age 9. She graduated this may with a double major in Resource Economics and Journalism. Her goal is: to improve the living standards of people, especially those in developing nations. Sorelle was attracted to the Resource Economics major by ResEcon 121 – Hunger in a Global Economy. She hopes to enter the Peace Corps with an assignment in Africa. After completing that assignment, she hopes to work for the United Nations, the World Bank, or the African Development Bank.
Sorelle is truly a global citizen and has a strong global perspective: “We live in a globalized world. It is not enough to stay in one country.” She has two study abroad experiences in India and Africa where, in addition to her main study abroad responsibilities, she also volunteered at an orphanage (in India) and helping poor people (Africa).
Sorelle volunteered on campus as President of the Resource Economics Society, as a member of the African Student Union and was a writing tutor to low-income junior and senior high school students in Springfield, Massachusetts. She also wrote for the Daily Campus. We will miss having Sorelle help lead our Department and are grateful to have such a wonderful scholar in our class of 2015. Congratulations Sorelle!
Congratulations to Emily Wang and Angela de Oliveira who have been awarded Flex Grants for teaching and faculty development from the MSP.
Flex Grants are small grants of $500 that are intended to support faculty professional development related to teaching, funded by the campus through the MSP contract. Expenses that can be covered by these grants may include: travel to enhance teaching or area knowledge; membership in professional associations; classes or workshops to enhance teaching or area knowledge; books; software; equipment; catering a meeting or seminar; inviting a speaker to campus; hiring a graduate or undergraduate student; and other resources that enhance professional development related to teaching.
Congratulations to Julie Caswell and Jill Fitzsimmons who presented their research in Naples, Italy, at the European Ag Economics conference: Consumer Behavior in a Changing World: Food, Culture and Society. >>More