LAURELS: 2 Honored for ‘Publication of Enduring Quality’



  • James N. Sanchirico, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • James E. Wilen, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Transportation Services, Finance, Operations and Administration
  • Pamela Wu, UC Davis Health
  • Chris Nelson, UC Davis Health
  • Josh Hubbard, Graduate School of Management

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Award recipients James E. Wilen, left, and James N. Sanchirico, center, are pictured with William Wheeler of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who presented their award.

James N. Sanchirico and James E. Wilen are the recipients of the 2023 Publication of Enduring Quality Award from the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. The award presentation took place during the association’s summer conference in Portland, Maine.

Sanchirico is a professor in the Department of Environmental Policy and Research, and Wilen is a professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Both departments are part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Their honored paper, “Bioeconomics of Spatial Exploitation in a Patchy Environment,” published in the Journal of Environmental Economics Management in 1999, was from Sanchirico’s dissertation, which he completed in the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in 1998, with Wilen as his adviser.

“This paper is a transformative contribution that changed the way economists and others see the world,” the award committee said. “It did this by laying out a new framework for understanding the role played by space and spatial mechanisms in systems of living organisms. This new framework, in turn, allowed economists to tackle questions about spatial policy issues that had not been addressed before with existing nonspatial paradigms.

“The paper is notable for the cascade of papers that followed that elaborated and extended the original ideas, applied the framework to other resource systems, and motivated generalizations leading to a new body of theory of spatial-dynamic systems. It is easy to argue that this paper is one of the most significant contributions to emerge in natural resource economics over the last several decades.”

According to Sanchirico’s Googler Scholar page, the 1999 paper has been cited more than 560 times.

The International Parking and Mobility Institute has granted accreditation to Transportation Services, recognizing it for achieving a comprehensive standard of excellence in such areas as customer service, professional development, sustainability and transportation demand management, and safety and security.

An article on the Transportation Services website says the designation puts the department in the top 30% of municipal, university and airport parking operations nationwide.

“Starting with the operational pivot to daily choice and the department’s commitment to innovative and sustainable programming, Transportation Services has helped to improve campus facilities with new technologies and reduce the number of drive-alone campus commuters,” the article says.

“Operational pivot to daily choice” refers to the switch to ParkMobile, whereby people pay daily parking fees as opposed to buying a monthly pass that goes unused when you are working from home.

“Accreditation is a tribute to each team member’s hard work and adherence to a set of high standards adopted by our industry,” said Perry Eggleston, executive director of Transportation Services.

Pamela Wu, director of the UC Davis Health Office of Public Affairs and Marketing, and Chris Nelson, staff videographer, earned Northern California Emmy Awards last Saturday (June 3) for “The CuRe Trial: Searching for a Spina Bifida Cure” documentary.

Wu served as producer and reporter, and Nelson as producer, writer and videographer on the project, which was honored in the category of Health/Medical-News or Long Form Content.


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An MBA student also received a 2023 Northern California Emmy Award:

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