Rod F. Ziemer Lecture

Rod Ziemer lived life to the fullest. He was a man of compassion, energy and enthusiasm.  He was loved by all those who came in contact with him. At the University of Georgia, he was best remembered as an outstanding graduate student. He wrote more articles as a graduate student than any other student in agricultural economics. But, he also influenced the lives of other graduate students, faculty and staff. When faculty members in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences selected him as the College's outstanding graduate student, they remarked that his record was sufficient to be promoted to associate professor.  He received the profession's highest award for a graduate student - the American Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Dissertation Award.

The true mark of an outstanding scholarly program is the enduring quality of the program. Rod Ziemer’s short career, ending over twenty years ago, still has an impact on the advancement of knowledge today. Consider just one of his articles entitled “Recreation Demand Equations: Functional Form and Consumer Surplus.” In this article, Rod was the first to suggest that different functional forms can produce dramatically different consumer surplus estimates. Prior to Rod, researchers were primarily concerned with choice of regressors with little, if any, consideration given to functional form. This discovery launched a new area of research in considering model forms. As stated by Hoch (AJAE, 1984), an implication of Rod’s article for applied agricultural economists is the recommendation of “…presenting additional information on the range of all the results in a particular application to reveal how robust they are.”

Dr. Ziemer is an icon of a truly outstanding scholarly program and for the commitment and effort towards a scholarly program and enjoying every minute of it. To honor his memory, the Rod F. Ziemer lecture was established in 1986. Many of the distinguished lecturers knew Rod personally. The Lecture is designed to kindle a kindred spirit of excellence in future generations of graduate students in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at the University of Georgia.


Past Speakers

  • 2017: Craig Gundersen
  • 2016: John Whitehead
  • 2015: David Just
  • 2014:  Keith Coble
  • 2013: John Hoddinott
  • 2012: Jay Variyam
  • 2011: Catherine Kling
  • 2010: Laurian Unnevehr
  • 2009: Walter Thurman
  • 2008: Nicholas Ahouissoussi      
  • 2007: Barry K. Goodwin
  • 2006: James A. Duffield  
  • 2005: Tommy Irvin
  • 2004: John Baffes 
  • 2003: Ronald D. Lacewell
  • 2002: Jean D. Kinsey        
  • 2001: Andrew Schmitz
  • 2000: Rulon D. Pope        
  • 1999: C. Richard Shumway
  • 1997: Walt Armbruster   
  • 1996: Alan Randall
  • 1994: John M. Antle         
  • 1993: Jim Chalfant
  • 1990: Sandra Batie           
  • 1989: Alex F. McCalla
  • 1988: R. Carter Hill and Oral Capps     
  • 1987: Gordon Rausser and James Houck

Past Award Winners

Year PhD Category MS Category

2016

Pourya Valizadeh

Nicholas Payne

2015

 Xuedong Wu

Aitbek Amatov

2014

Anne Mandich

Grace Melo

2013

2012

Ajita Atreya

Dawit Mekonnen

Tae-Young Pak

Ashley Barfield

2011

Wesley Burnett

Xiaofei Li

2010

Wesley Burnett & Clarisse Ferrer

Mohammed Alhassan

2009

Kavita Sardana & Oleksiy Tokovenko

Florence Santos

2008

Zhibin Zhang

Joseph Price

2007

Yingzhou Yu

Elizabeth Hill

2006

Feng Zhang

Fariz Ahmadov

2005

Dimitry Volinskiy

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2004

Dimitry Volinskiy

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2003

Murali Adhikari & Laxmi Paudel

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2002

Murali Adhikari & Laxmi Paudel

Mawar A. Tresna

2001

Bruno Lanfranco

Vahe Heboyan

2000

Irfan Y. Tareen

Bruno Lanfranco

1999

Ecio F. Costa & Irfan Y. Tareen

Izuchukwu Onunkwo

1998

Renata Elad

Yoshie Saito Lord

1997

Jeff Price

Izuchukwu Onunkwo

1996

Quinghai Wang

Manlio Santillan

1995

Bernard Armah

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1994

Jamal Bin Othman

Ibrahima Yague

1993

Jamal Bin Othman

Sonja Kirby

1992

Tommy L. Shepherd III

Nicolas Ahouissoussi

1990

Huei-Ling Hou

Jamal Bin Othman