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Sheldon Wins Quality of Communication Award at the 2012 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting

Aug. 17, 2012

Ian Sheldon, Andersons Professor of International Trade, was awarded the Quality of Communication Award at the 2012 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting held in Seattle, Washington from August 12-14. Sheldon, Colin A. Carter from the University of California, Davis, and GianCarlo Moschini from Iowa State University were awarded for their work on the publication Genetically Modified Food and Global Welfare, which the three co-edited. The 2011 publication is Volume 10 in the Frontiers of Economics and Globalization series published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited. The Quality of Communication Award was given at the meeting's Awards and Fellows Recognition Ceremony on the evening of Monday, August 13th. Sheldon and his colleagues were chosen for the award by a committee of academic peers.

The citation for the award reads: "Genetically Modified Food and Global Welfare brings together fresh insights from several prominent agricultural economists on key economic aspects of agricultural biotechnology. It is motivated by the need to advance our knowledge of the actual and potential benefits of genetically modified products, and of their possible undesirable consequences. It seeks a fuller understanding of the institutional setting of biotechnology innovation and diffusion, the function of public research, the importance of private R&D investments, the role of intellectual property rights, and the scope and nature of both national and international regulations. The book communicates a fresh perspective on these matters and it should help to foster an intellectual discussion conducive to achieving meaningful progress and lasting solutions. The volume is an outstanding example of the professional contribution that members of the AAEA can make regarding the prospects for solving food security issues."

Click here to learn more about Genetically Modified Food and Global Welfare.

In this same category, AEDE emeritus Professor Luther Tweeten was awarded Honorable Mention for his work with Wallace E. Huffman from Iowa State University and George Norton from Virginia Tech University for their paper, "Investing in a Better Future through Public Agricultural Research" (Council on Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Commentary QT2011-1, March 2011).