American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) awards for Quality of Communication and for Publication of Enduring Quality, recognizing contributions in food policy and food demand. Laurian was inducted as a fellow of AAEA in July 2009. Prior to coming to ERS to lead the Food Economics Division, Laurian was on the faculty of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from 1985 to 2008. Laurian received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University and her B.A. in economics from the University of California at Davis.
PAUL VLEK, a Soil Scientist, is Professor and Director of the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn, a federally funded multidisciplinary research and teaching institute concerning sustainable development issues. Prior to accepting this post, he was a Professor and Director at the Institute of Agronomy in the Tropics at Georg-August University in Goettingen. Dr. Vlek is Editor-in-Chief of “Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems,” and Editor of “Applied Botany” and “Basic and Applied Ecology.” Dr. Vlek’s research interests include the world’s soil resources, agricultural use of land, and the evidence of ongoing degradation and desertification of the soil in many food-producing regions.