Author Archives: Amy Stanford

2017 Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta KappaThursday, March 30, 2017 – Congratulations to Scott Confer, Jordan Lew, William Patton and Arianna Slate for being offered membership into Virginia Tech’s Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most widely known academic honor society.  Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Virginia Tech was granted a charter in 1977.

Dongwoo Lee – Favorite Faculty

dongwooleeTuesday, April 4, 2017 – Congratulations to Dongwoo Lee, a Graduate Instructor who has been recognized as a Favorite Faculty Member! This award is through Housing and Residence Life within the Division of Student Affairs, it allows students living on campus to acknowledge faculty members who have had a positive impact on them.

Vahidmanesh Honor Society 2017

atiehvahidmaneshFriday, April 7, 2017 – Congratulations to Atiyeh Vahidmanesh, one of our graduate students who defended her dissertation earlier this semester, on her induction into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which was established to recognize and celebrate inclusion and diversity. For more information, please look at today’s news story featuring Atiyeh and the other inductees here.

Richard Ashley – ISCE Grant

ashleyMonday, April 10, 2017 – Congratulations to Professor Richard Ashley, who — in collaboration  with Professors Martha Ann Ball, Angela Scarpa and Julie Dunsmore from Psychology and Professor Cynthia Smith from Human Development — has received a $30,000 Scholars Program grant from the Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) for a pilot study, “Parent-child behavioral and physiological synchrony:  Foundation for children’s developing self-regulation.”

Affiliate – David Bieri

David Bieri

Monday, April 24 – The Department is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. David Bieri as an Affiliate Associate Professor.  Dr. Bieri is also an Associate Professor of Urban Affairs with a joint appointment in the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience.

Shaowen Luo – Dean’s Discovery Fund

Shaowen LUO_thumbnailMonday, May 8 – Congratulations to Dr.Shaowen Luo, Dr. Shyam Ranganathan (Department of Statistics), Dr. Sudipta Sarangi and Dr. Byron Tsang! They have received a one-year Dean’s Discovery Fund from the College of Science for their pilot study, “A Tale of Two Networks: Trade and Financial Linkages in the Global Economy”. The goal of this project is to establish theoretical foundations and examine empirical patterns of the interplay between trade and financial networks.

2017 Graduation

Kevin Neyland

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 59 Economics Degrees were awarded along with 2 PhDs to Dr. Thorsten Matje and Dr. Michael Michaelides. J. Martin Breuer, Erica Hjerpe and Jordan Lew were named as Outstanding Seniors and Ben Chenault and Eliza Stoner were named Outstanding Juniors. Our honored keynote speaker was Kevin Neyland, Class of 2017Principal at Clifton Consulting, LLC in Falls Church, VA, retired Deputy Administrator in the Office of Management & Budget, and a 1975 graduate from our department as well! Watch the keynote address here.  We wish all of our graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors! Click here to see more photos from our ceremony.