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Wisconsin Economist Is First To Receive National Forestry Awards For Both Teaching And Research

Joseph Buongiorno, a University of Wisconsin-Madison forest economist, will be the first individual to receive the Award in Forest Science from the Society of American Foresters. He will be honored at the group”s 1998 national convention in Traverse City, Mich. on Sept. 20.

In announcing the award, the Society called Buongiorno one of the world”s premier forest economists. The award recognizes distinguished research in any branch of the quantitative, managerial or social sciences.

A member of the Department of Forest Ecology and Management in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for 23 years, Buongiorno will receive the award for his many contributions. These include: new methods for forecasting markets for forest products; systems for modeling forest sectors and international trade; and work in modeling and analyzing forest management for multiple objectives under uncertainty. His studies span topics as diverse as hardwood management in Wisconsin and forest sector planning in Indonesia. Recently Buongiorno and a team completed a project for the United Nations that forecast to the year 2010 the production, consumption, imports and exports of 14 major forest products for 180 countries.

Buongiorno believes research and teaching are mutually supportive and contribute jointly to advancing forest science. In 1988, he was also the first person to receive the Society of American Foresters” Carl Schenk award for achievement in forestry education. He is the only person to receive both awards from the Society, which represents more than 17,000 professional foresters in North America.

Buongiorno has written more than 175 scientific articles, and has served as major professor for 38 doctoral and 20 master”s students. He received a UW-Madison Hilldale Award for outstanding achievements in social studies in 1990, and the Jung Excellence in Teaching Award from the College in 1982.