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Spotlights: 2009

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Brenton Sellati Receives the Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction Award

Brenton Sellati was named as the Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction for 2009-2010 in a ceremony held October 28, 2009. Congratulations Brenton!

Brenton Sellati. As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brenton spent his sophomore year abroad in Japan, which was a major turning point in his life and gave him the passion for research and strategy development that he has today. He joined the M.S. program in Resource Economics in 2008 because the applications of the quantitative analysis techniques it provides are flexible and widely adaptable to a nearly unlimited range of topics. Brenton was an outstanding and enthusiastic Teaching Assistant for introductory statistics in 2008-2009, following in Vijay’s footsteps.

The Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction Award

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Brent Dickinson and Kate Rallis Named Carolyn Harper Fellows for 2009-2010

Brent Dickinson and Kate Rallis were named the Carolyn Harper Fellows for 2009-2010 in a ceremony held October 28, 2009. Congratulations Brent and Kate!

Brent Dickinson. Brent attended Albion College but was drawn to the University of Massachusetts' Resource Economics program by his interest in environmental and developmental tradeoffs. He graduated with a degree in Resource Economics in 2008 and began his Master’s program the same year. He is very involved in survival training as well and is becoming adept at living off berries and plants in the woods. His research is focused on the economics of carbon sequestration forests.

Kate Rallis. Kate is a Massachusetts native. She joined the M.S. program in 2008 following graduation from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in economics. Kate was coxswain for the crew at Holy Cross, so she really knows how to keep people in line. She is interested in environmental policy and is focusing her research on identifying factors that have contributed to a decline in visitation to national parks in the United States during the last fifteen years.

Making a contribution to the to the Carolyn Harper Memorial Fellowship

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Dr. Angela de Oliveira joins the Resource Economics department as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Angela de Oliveira completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Dallas in May 2009. She holds a M.S. degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in Applied Economics and a B.S. in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. She is a John Kain Fellow, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. de Oliveira's dissertation focused on factors that influence an individual's willingness to sacrifice self-interest to make the group better off. In addition to these "public goods" situations, Dr. de Oliveira uses experiments to better understand various aspects of individual decision making, including: preferences of low-income individuals, risky environments, patience and savings, charitable giving, and sharing norms. Dr. de Oliveira is teaching Price Theory and Graduate Microeconomics II with the department.

Photo of Dan Arthurton October 2009
Alum Dan Arthurton (MS, 1989) develops entrepreneurship and resource management initiatives in the Eastern Caribbean. >>More
Photo of Michael LeVert October 2009
Michael LeVert (MS, 2007) is Maine's State Economist>>More
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Dr. Sylvia Brandt is awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the Air Quality Management District

NSF Project : Climate Change and Responses in a Coupled Marine System

The National Science Foundation awarded Sylvia Brandt and an interdisciplinary team of researchers $1.19 million to study the effects of climate change on Mid-Atlantic fisheries. Oceans cover over 72% of the world’s surface and are affected by and modify climate change. From the tiniest krill to the largest whales, a multitude of marine species are responding to ocean warming. >>More

AQMD Project: New approaches to estimating cost and burden of traffic-related air pollution

Sylvia Brandt and colleagues at University of Southern California were awarded $326,173 to study the societal costs of traffic-related pollution. Brandt is joining epidemiologists and physicians from the Children's Health Study, which began in 1992 in Southern California. The Children’s Health Study is one of the most extensive studies of the effects of air pollution on children’s respiratory health.

Dr Brandt is also an advisee to two graduate students conducting field research with grants from the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economist Program (LACEEP) >>More

Photo of Jon Vencil March 2009
Alum Jon Vencil (MS, 1989) takes on unusual economic analyses at Market Logics. >>More