February 14, 2014
Appointments, honors and activities
• Faculty and staff honors:
- Nicole Olynk Widmar, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, has received an Emerging Scholar award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. The award is designed to highlight the work of high-performing assistant professors with 3-5 years of experience. Much of Widmar's research and teaching focus on the measurement and incorporation of outside forces (in particular, consumer preferences and changing legislation) in on-farm decision-making. She received the award at the association's annual meeting earlier this month in Dallas.
- Xiaoyan Zhang, an associate professor of finance in Krannert School of Management, has been named one of the 40 most outstanding business school professors under age 40 in the world by Poets and Quants, a website about MBA programs. Zhang's research focuses on portfolio management, short-selling and international finance. Her primary teaching interests include financial derivatives and risk management. More information on the honor is available at http://poetsandquants.com/2014/02/12/the-40-best-b-school-profs-under-40/
- Purdue Theatre and the Elliott Hall of Music were ranked fifth by Best College Reviews for the 25 Most Amazing College Campus Theaters. The selected top 25 theaters celebrate large spaces, history, unique architecture, impressive interiors and innovative designs. More information is available at http://www.bestcollegereviews.org/features/most-amazing-college-campus-theaters/ Purdue Theater is housed in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, and performances are featured on The Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre and The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in the Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. The school is part of Purdue's College of Liberal Arts. Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music, which opened in 1940, seats 6,005 on three levels and is one of the largest proscenium theatres in the United States.
- Purdue's Financial Counseling and Planning Program, a part of the Department of Consumer Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences, was named one of the top 30 schools for financial planning by Financial Planning magazine. Schools were chosen based on interviews with planning industry leaders and educators. More information can be found at