2020 Sokoloff Dissertation Fellowship: Brian Marein

Brian MareinPhD candidate Brian Marein was awarded the 2020 Sokoloff Dissertation Fellowship from the Economic History Association. The Sokoloff Fellowship ($15,000) is thanks to a generous gift from Ken Sokoloff’s estate and other individual contributions and honors the major contributions of Kenneth Sokoloff to economic history, and in particular his care and concern for the many students he introduced to economic history.


AERE Dissertation Award: Akhil Rao ('19 PhD)

Akhil RaoRecent PhD graduate Akhil Rao was awarded the Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). The Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award is judged by a panel of AERE members on the grounds of originality, quality, clarity and significance. The award was presented at the AERE Winter Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting in San Diego on January 4th, 2020. Akhil’s thesis “The Economics of Orbit Use: Theory, Policy and Measurement” analyzes the use and management of Earth’s orbits, with an emphasis on common property resource dynamics, and was advised by Professors Boileau, Burgess, Hughes, Kaffine (chair), and Kimball. Akhil is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Middlebury College.


CU Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop

The 22nd Annual CU Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop was September 18–19, 2020 at the Lion Square Lodge in Vail, Colorado and was hosted by Nicholas Flores, CU Department of Economics. The workshop provided researchers the opportunity to share their research results and/or ideas in a relaxed, workshop environment. Ample time was allocated for discussion, allowing researchers to get feedback from other workshop participants. Work presented ranged from proposed research to highly polished and completed projects. Graduate students were especially encouraged to participate, call for abstracts due July 15.

In Memoriam: 
Bernard (Bud) Udis, PhD July 18, 1927–August 21, 2018

Bernard Udis died on August 21, 2018, in Albuquerque New Mexico at the age of 91. Bud was born in 1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Lena and Morris Udis.  Bud attended Penn State University where he not only experienced the academic and socially expanding world of college, but also found opportunities to take a stand in support of civil rights. His participation in an organized protest of a segregated barber shop foreshadowed his interest in labor economics...read on

Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award: Xiaodong Liu 

Professor Xiaodong Liu was selected for the Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award. The Award recognizes his outstanding research contributions in econometrics. The annual Provost’s Faculty Achievement Awards are presented to selected faculty members who have offered recent significant publications or creative contributions in their academic fields. Awardees receive a grant in the amount of $1,000 to be used to support their research, scholarship and/or creative work. At Fall Convocation, awardees are also presented with a plaque recognizing their achievement. There are two categories of awards: one to recognize the work and promise of junior faculty, and one to recognize the accomplishments of recently tenured associate professors.