Spring 2016 Teaching Award
We are pleased to announce Dr. Lauren Bresnahan as the recipient of our program’s Spring 2016 teaching award. Dr. Bresnahan is an Analyst in the Congressional Budget Office's Macroeconomic Studies Division. She also has experience in the corporate and investment banking sector, and in economic consulting. She has been teaching our program's core macroeconomics course since 2014.
“Lauren Bresnahan's enthusiasm for macroeconomics, and for teaching macroeconomics, has been evident since she joined our faculty. She is gifted with the ability to make students enjoy a rigorous course. Students in her course are held to our program's high standards. They learn a lot and they have fun while doing so. Many students also cite her as a much appreciated source of career advice outside of class.” - Program Director, Dr. John Straub
"Macroeconomics is everywhere, you just need to know where to look. In this class students learn the theory and directly apply it to understand market trends, changes in fiscal and monetary policy, and current macroeconomic debates. By the end of the course, I know I have done my job when students walk in excited about movements in the market and macroeconomic headlines in the news.” – Dr. Lauren Bresnahan, recipient of the Spring 2015 Teaching Award, University of Maryland, Master of Professional Studies in Applied Economics Program.
Jesualdo Enrique Barbosa
Jennifer Allison Bayles
Herman Alfredo Duenas
Adam McBride Lazri
Nishi J Parekh
Stephanie Neomi Turcios
Ducan Le Vo
We are proud of you all, and look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments!
Guest Lectures from Katharine Abraham and Peter Cramton
The Master's in Applied Economics
Program was pleased to welcome Dr. Katharine Abraham as a
guest lecturer in Dr. Steve Landefeld's applied
microeconomics class on June 25th. Dr. Abraham has
been a professor at the University of Maryland since
1987. She discussed the interpretation of economic
data from her unique perspective as a former member of the
President's Council of Economic Advisers (2011-2013) and
commissioner at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (1993-2001).
Dr. Landefeld, who earned his Ph.D. in
economics from the University of Maryland in 1979, brings
his own unique perspective to the class every week. He
began teaching in our program this summer after retiring
from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, where he had served
for almost 20 years as the Director.
like the chance to compare their impressions from 'inside
the bubble' with the views of ... newspapers and blogs aimed
at a general audience."
John Whitesell, Grant Assistant at Laurel Consulting Group
and student in Steve Landefeld's applied microeconomics
We also enjoyed a guest lecture on
July 28th from Dr. Peter Cramton. Dr. Cramton is a
professor of economics at the University of Maryland,
chairman of Market Design, Inc., and founder of Cramton
Associates, LLC. He presented some of his
award-winning research on solutions to problems inherent in
high-frequency trading markets.
Masters in Applied Economics Program Announces New DirectorThe University of Maryland is pleased to announce Dr. John Straub as the new Executive Director of the Master of Professional Studies Program in Applied Economics. Dr. Straub received his Ph. D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 2002, and has done research on charitable giving, labor economics and education policy. Before coming to the University of Maryland in 2011 he taught at Texas A&M and Tufts University. Among other things, Dr. Straub has worked with our undergraduate honors students, serving this past year as director of the department's undergraduate honors program.