From President Frank’s Weekly Perspective – 11.18.13
Congratulations UNM Student Scholars
I would like to recognize two students whose achievements reflect greatly on the quality of our university. Iric Guthrie and Jake Wellman are finalists for two of the world’s most
prestigious and competitive scholarships the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships. Iric, an Economics major & Foreign Languages minor, is a finalist for the Rhodes scholarship, awarded to only 32 students nationwide. If he is awarded, he will study Medical Anthropology and Public Health at the University of Oxford prior to entering a medical school in the United States. Jake, our former Student Regent, graduated from UNM in May 2013 and is currently working as a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship, which is awarded to only 40 students nationwide. If he is awarded, he will study Environmental Economics and Climate Change at the London School of Economics. Congratulations to both our students for being finalists, and best wishes.
Tunay was awarded the Rhonda Williams Prize at the Annual International Association for Feminist Economics IAFFE conference in Palo Alto, CA for her field paper, Changes in Women's Empowerment in Turkey, Which she presented there.
About the Prize
In memory of Rhonda Williams, associate editor of Feminist Economics from 1994 to 1998, the International Association for Feminist Economics IAFFE has established a prize to help scholars from underrepresented groups in IAFFE, whose work reflects Rhonda Williams' legacy of scholarship and activism, attend the annual IAFFE conference and present a paper.
The location for the 2013 Ecological Economics and Institutional Dynamics Conference was appropriately held in Lille, France. Just as Lille’s economy and identity remains fragile and uncertain after the textile and mining collapses of the 1970s and 1990s, the field of ecological economics (EE) is facing its own identity crisis. As was reiterated throughout the conference, the EE identity crisis can be linked to differences in the definitions of important terms, such as institutionalism and institutions (see Dr. Daniel Bromley’s keynote address) and to differences in epistemology and methodology (e.g. neoclassical versus heterodox economics). However, one thing that ecological economists agree on is the concept of strong sustainability, which argues that man-made capital cannot be seen as a substitute for natural capital that is removed or destroyed.
Strong sustainability requires an interdisciplinary approach to environmental policy-making. The conference was a great example of how individuals from different disciplines can work together to find solutions to diverse environmental problems, including climate change, environmental evaluation, and environmental sustainability. The plethora of plenary speakers and conference attendees included an even mix of economists, political scientists, other social scientists, environmental scientists, and environmental managers. Although our disciplines, definitions, and methodologies may vary, the conference provided a forum for addressing these differences and pushing an environmental policy agenda forward. With regard to this, I believe that future ecological economists should take a lesson from the words of John F. Kennedy, which were as follows:
“Let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity” (American University Commencement Address, June 10th, 1963).
Doctor or Philosophy and Master of Arts Students
From left to right, Laura Robison MA, Benjamin Jones MA, Jeffrey Felardo Ph.D., Christopher Erwin MA, and Kara Walter MA
Bachelor of Arts Students
Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico
New Course & Prerequisite Announcment-ECON 307 Economics Tools
Beginning in Fall 2013, ECON 300-Intermediate Microeconomics and ECON 303-Intermediate Macroeconomics will have an additional pre-requisite: ECON 307-Economics Tools (New course! See below!) OR MATH 180-Elements of Calculus I OR MATH 162-Calculus I. For the 2013-14 academic year, the new requirement will be a co-requisite, meaning you may take the requirement the same semester you take ECON 300 or ECON 303. Beginning Fall 2014, you will need to have completed the requirement before enrolling in ECON 300 and 303.
Coming soon! ECON 307--Economics Tools. This course will equip Economics majors and minors with the math, data analysis, and writing tools that will help them succeed in our upper division courses. Half of the course will be devoted to math for economics and half will be devoted to managing and analyzing data in Excel, and interpreting results using standard scientific report writing. This course will satisfy the new pre-requisite for ECON 300 and ECON 303.