Department of Food and Resource Economics name change

June 20, 2012 under CANR News

The Department of Food and Resource Economics (FREC) will change its name to the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics (APEC) effective July 1.

Titus Awokuse, chair of APEC, said that the name change was necessary in order to fully encapsulate the department’s wide range of academic programs and scholarly activites, as well as to inform the University of Delaware community which department housed the statistics program. Awokuse also said that the name change follows a national trend showing “movement toward the name ‘applied economics’ because it better captures the comprehensive nature of economics research we do that covers every aspect of the complexities of the  food and fiber industry,  which includes agricultural production issues, local and multinational agribusiness marketing, international trade, and environmental and natural resource policies.”

Continuing, Awokuse said, “I believe the new name will better position our department in the recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students nationally and internationally and help draw more attention to the innovative and multidisciplinary research conduced by our faculty in applied economics and statistics.”