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  • Deirdre Harris
    The Deloitte Foundation Recipients of 2014 Doctoral...
    news item last edited February 27, 2014 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2014, achievement 

    The Deloitte Foundation Announces Recipients of the 2014 Doctoral Fellowships in Accounting

    $250,000 in grants awarded to 10 Ph.D. candidates

    WILTON, Conn., Feb. 11, 2014—The Deloitte Foundation has awarded $25,000 grants to ten top accounting Ph.D. candidates from the Deloitte Foundation’s annual Doctoral Fellowship program. Given to high performing accounting doctoral students who plan to pursue academic careers upon graduation, the award will support the 2014 recipients’ final year of coursework and the subsequent year to complete their doctoral dissertation.

    This year’s recipients and the institutions they attend are:
    • Jeremiah W. Bentley, Cornell University
    • Nicole L. Cade, University of Washington
    • Cassandra Estep, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
    • Michele Frank, University of Pittsburgh
    • Allison K. Nicoletti, The Ohio State University
    • Kari J. Olsen, University of Southern California
    • Daniel A. Saavedra Lux, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Steven Savoy, University of Iowa
    • Yu Ting (Forester) Wong, Columbia University
    • Christopher G. Yust, University of Texas at Austin

    “Since 1956, the Deloitte Foundation has proudly awarded fellowships to more than 1,000 accounting Ph.D. candidates,” said Carol Lindstrom, president, Deloitte Foundation. “Since the fellows aim for careers in academia, the program plays a crucial role in contributing towards a pipeline of highly-skilled, qualified accounting faculty on campuses to educate our profession’s next generation of talent and leaders. I congratulate all of the 2014 Fellowship recipients.”

    Each year, approximately 100 universities are invited to apply for the Fellowship. Student applicants are nominated by the accounting faculty of their school. A selection committee composed of four eminent accounting educators chose this year’s recipients.

    About the Deloitte Foundation The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization which supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the talent of the future and their influencers and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefitting middle/high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. For more information, please visit the Deloitte Foundation web page at www.deloitte.com/us/df.

    About Deloitte
    As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.
    News Release

  • Deirdre Harris
    Richard G. Brody Elected to ACFE Board of Regents
    news item last edited January 22, 2013 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2013, achievement, general news 
    UNM Accounting Professor Brody Elected to ACFE Board of Regents

     

    The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education, has announced that Richard G. Brody, Ph.D., CFE, CPA, has been elected to the ACFE Board of Regents.

    Brody is the Douglas Minge Brown Professor of Accounting at the University of New Mexico and a Daniels Fund Business Ethics Fellow. He is a prolific author and an expert on fraud, and was honored as the ACFE’s 2012 Educator of the Year.

    Brody and another newly elected regent, Bruce G. Dubinsky, M.S., CFE, CPA, will begin their two-year terms when they take office at the board’s Feb. 19-20, 2013 meeting at the ACFE headquarters in Austin, Texas.

    Elected by Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs) worldwide, members of the ACFE Board of Regents are responsible for setting membership standards that promote professionalism and ensure the future of fraud examination as a whole. They have authority over the admission of members, continuing professional education and ethics requirements, and all other matters necessary to maintain the high standards of the ACFE.

    Brody earned his doctorate in accounting from Arizona State University and previously worked as a staff auditor for Deloitte Haskins + Sells as a cost analyst for Hewlett Packard and as a senior financial reporting analyst for Tandem Computers.

    Brody has authored or co-authored more than 80 refereed publications and has made more than 100 presentations at national and international conferences and seminars. He served on a panel, “It may be legal, but is it ethical?” at the 23rd Annual ACFE Fraud Conference & Exhibition, and has been on the editorial advisory committee for Fraud Magazine since 2007.

    Brody serves as an expert witness and has experience in both civil and criminal cases. He has worked with the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Department of Justice, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in New Mexico.

    About the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

    The ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with nearly 65,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. For more information about the ACFE, visit ACFE.com

  • AAA HQ
    Dave Albrecht Named to AccountingToday's Top 100 Most...
    news item posted September 12, 2012 by Judy Cothern, tagged 2012, achievement 
    AccountingToday Special Issue 2012: The Top 100 People: Always a work in progress

    Each year the Editors of AccountingToday make a list of the people they believe play the biggest roles in the ongoing work that is the accounting profession. This year one of the AAA's members has the honor to be included in that list. Congratulations are in order for Dave Albrecht!

    Dave Albrecht
    Professor of accounting, University of South Carolina Upstate

    Through his blog, “The Summa,” Albrecht has an impact on issues like IFRS and accounting education — but he’s also influencing and promoting the profession’s adoption of social media as a whole.

  • Deirdre Harris
    Richard Brody Named ACFE Educator of the Year
    news item last edited September 5, 2012 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2012, achievement, general news 
    University of New Mexico Professor Richard Brody Honored at ACFE

    The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is hosting its annual conference in Orlando, FL this week.  One of the awards it will be handing out will go to University of New Mexico (UNM) professor Richard Brody who is to receive its Educator of the Year award.

    The award is presented to an ACFE Educator member who has made an outstanding contribution in anti-fraud education.  In a press release from UNM, Dr. Craig White, Chair of the Anderson Accounting Department at UNM said, “He [Brody] has created awareness and excitement among our students on the issue of fraud detection and prevention.”  Brody is preparing tomorrow’s accountants with the tools to not only be investigators of fraud, but also professionals that prevent fraud from occurring int he first place.

    UNM, located in Albuquerque, NM, is situated near the FBI’s Regional Computer Forensic Lab (RCFL).  The lab has proved to be a good learning opportunity for students that are part of the university’s Information Assurance program, a study in the area of computer forensics.  The curriculum, which consists of students from both accounting and management information systems, includes using computer programs to uncover fraud related to money laundering, analyzing digital forensics and developing systems to prevent fraud.

    “I’m all about prevention,” said Professor Brody in a recent interview.  ”At UNM we have a program where our students do an assessment of small non-profit organizations to evaluate their processes.  Our students are intimidated at first but they quickly realize that what they are learning here is applicable to these small operations.”  These nonprofit organizations could not otherwise afford such an in-depth assessment, nor could they afford the consequences of a fraud that could result in significant financial losses.  ”Our students analyze the processes, procedures and the information systems of the non-profit,” Brody said.  ”When they are done, the students feel more confident that they actually helped and the organization feels they received a valuable service.  When we first started the program I could hardly find a non-profit to participate, now we have to put them off for a semester or two until we can get to them.”

    Beyond non-profits, Professor Brody and others at UNM have worked to place their students with the FBI, Secret Service and other governmental agencies that battle white-collar crime.  ”For our accounting majors, it gives them a skill set that other accountants may not have with an accounting degree alone,” Brody explained.  ”Not everyone is cut out to be in law enforcement, but these students will be better equipped to perform audits and dig deeper with their questions when they get into the real world.”

    Some students do have a knack for crime fighting and UNM interns have worked with local and state law enforcement looking for and solving white-collar frauds.

    Congratulations to the University of New Mexico and Professor Brody.

  • David Boynton
    Jeffrey Doyle receives FASB 2012-2013 Research Fellowship
    news item last edited March 28, 2012 by David Boynton, tagged achievement 
    Jeffrey Doyle receives FASB 2012-2013 Research Fellowship

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Doyle, George S. Eccles Chair in Capital Markets Research at Utah State University, has accepted the FASB 2012-2013 Research Fellowship, which will begin in July.  Jef earned his Ph.D. at University of Michigan and previously served on the faculty of University of Utah and as a visiting scholar at Stanford University.  Jef’s research examines factors associated with financial statement analysis, valuation, efficiency of capital markets, and earnings quality.  He has published scholarly articles in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Review of Accounting Studies, and he is the recipient of several awards related to research and teaching.  The FASB is delighted to have Jef on board.

    Each year, the FASB selects a member of the academic community to serve as a research fellow. The Research Fellowship Program began in 2007 and is a one year, in-residence position at the FASB in Norwalk, CT. The research fellow coordinates with the academic board member and staff directors to:

    • Review existing research pertinent to Board projects and mission. 
    • Act as liaison with key constituencies performing research to inform them about standard setting issues.
    • Coordinate sessions inviting lead researchers with cutting edge ideas to present their work to Board and staff.
    • Evaluate circumstances where new research could inform the standard setting process. Act as catalyst to encourage such research by others or to perform research on own.
    • Working with research project teams to facilitate timely completion of relevant research.
    • Report on results of Board-related research activities to key constituents (including FASAC and other advisory bodies) to help frame dialogue with the Board.

    Contact Lynn Rees (llrees@fasb.org, 203-956-3472) to receive more information about the position, including how to apply for the program in the future.

  • Deirdre Harris
    Urton Anderson Chosen for SEC Fellowship
    news item last edited November 2, 2011 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2011, achievement 
    Urton Anderson Chosen for SEC Fellowship

    The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Chief Accountant has announced the selection of Urton Anderson as Academic Accounting Fellow for a one-year term beginning this summer.

    Academic Accounting Fellows serve as research resources for SEC staff by interpreting and communicating research materials as they relate to the agency. The fellows have been assigned to ongoing projects in the Chief Accountant’s office including rulemaking, serving as a liaison with the professional accounting and auditing standards-setting bodies, and consulting with registrants on accounting, auditing, independence and reporting matters.

    “The knowledge and perspective that Urton brings as a fellow from academia, including his auditing and corporate governance experience, will be of great benefit to the Office of the Chief Accountant. But more importantly, his work will benefit U.S. investors,” said James Kroeker, the SEC’s Chief Accountant.

    Mr. Anderson is Clark W. Thompson, Jr., Professor in Accounting at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and his MA and Ph. D from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Anderson teaches internal auditing, introductory auditing, managerial accounting, corporate governance, and ethics/compliance. At McCombs, he also has held the positions of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Chair of the Accounting Department.

    Mr. Anderson’s research has addressed various issues in internal and external auditing – particularly auditor judgment, corporate governance, compliance, enterprise risk management and internal control. He has written four books and is one of the co-authors of the internal auditing textbook Internal Auditing: Assurance and Consulting Services. Several of these books have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. He has been active in the Institute of Internal Auditors and has twice served as Chair of the Internal Auditing Standards Board (2002 to 2003 and 2007 to 2010).

    Mr. Anderson will replace outgoing Academic Accounting Fellows, Shawn Davis and Saurav Dutta. Davis is from Emory University and recently received an SEC Law and Policy Award for her significant contributions on legislative issues related to the Dodd-Frank Act. Dutta is an academic fellow from the University at Albany-SUNY.

  • Judy Cothern
    Gary John Previts and Reed Storey inducted to Hall of Fame
    news item last edited October 27, 2011 by Tracey Sutherland, tagged 2011, achievement, general news 
    The Accounting Hall of Fame Elects Two Distinguished Accountants—August 8, 2011

    Columbus, OH - Two distinguished accountants were inducted into The Accounting Hall of Fame on Monday, August 8, 2011 at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The 2011 inductees are Gary John Previts, E. Mandell de Windt Professor and Distinguished University Professor at Case Western University, and Reed Karl Storey, Director of Accounting Research for the Accounting Principles Board and later Senior Technical Advisor to the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

    Honorees are selected by the Accounting Hall of Fame's international board of electors.  Eighty-eight influential and respected accountants from academe, accounting practice, government and business have been elected to the Accounting Hall of Fame since its establishment in 1950 at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.

  • Deirdre Harris
    Lynn Rees receives FASB 2011-2012 Research Fellowship
    news item last edited October 27, 2011 by Tracey Sutherland, tagged 2011, achievement 
    Lynn Rees Accepts FASB 2011-2012 Research Fellowship

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is pleased to announce that Lynn Rees, Andersen Professor of Accounting in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, has accepted the FASB 2011-2012 Research Fellowship, which will begin in July. Lynn earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University and has previously served on the faculties of Washington State University and the University of Houston.

    Lynn studies factors affecting the quality of accounting information and the role of intermediaries in the interpretation of accounting information for investors in capital markets. He has published his research in many venues, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, and Review of Accounting Studies. Lynn also has consulted with various companies on topics such as employee stock options, security investment strategies, and financial statement analysis. Lynn is also currently the 2011 AAA Annual Meeting Program Chair. The FASB is delighted to have Lynn on board.

    Each year, the FASB selects a member of the academic community to serve as a research fellow. The Research Fellowship Program began in 2007 and is a 13-month, in-residence position at the FASB in Norwalk, CT. Unlike some other fellowship programs, the intent of the Research Fellowship Program at the FASB is to bring in an academic researcher to act as a researcher (as opposed to acting primarily in the capacity of a standard setter or regulator). The Research Fellow's charge includes the following:

    --Closing the gap between the academic and policy making communities;
    --Consulting with FASB project teams to identify existing (published and incipient) research that is relevant to the issue at hand;
    --Summarizing and communicating, in non-academic language, papers that come to the attention of Board and Staff or that the Fellow identifies;
    --Making the academic community more aware of current topics of interest to the FASB;
    --Conducting or commissioning new research to provide empirical evidence about assertions made by the FASB or its constituents

    For more information about the Research Fellowship Program, including applying to be a research fellow at the FASB, contact Phil Shane at pbshane@fasb.org or 203-956-5317.

  • Deirdre Harris
    Saurav Dutta and Shawn Davis chosen for SEC Fellowship
    news item last edited October 27, 2011 by Tracey Sutherland, tagged 2010, achievement 
    Office of the Chief Accountant Names Academic Fellows, August 5, 2010

    The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Chief Accountant today announced the selection of Shawn Davis and Saurav Dutta as Academic Accounting Fellows for one-year terms beginning this summer.

    Academic Accounting Fellows serve as research resources for SEC staff by interpreting and communicating research materials as they relate to the agency. In addition, Academic Accounting Fellows have been assigned to ongoing projects in the Chief Accountant’s office that include rulemaking, serving as a liaison with the professional accounting standards-setting bodies, and consulting with registrants on accounting, auditing, independence and reporting matters.

    “The experience that Shawn and Saurav bring as fellows from academia is a great benefit to our Office of the Chief Accountant, but more importantly, their knowledge and perspective will benefit U.S. investors,” said James Kroeker, the SEC’s Chief Accountant.

    Ms. Davis is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Practice of Accounting at Emory University, where she teaches both financial accounting and managerial accounting to undergraduate and graduate students. She earned her Ph.D. from Washington University, MBA and MAS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her BBA from Jackson State University. Her research primarily focuses on how auditing judgment and decision-making affects financial decisions and markets, and has been presented at national and international conferences. Her dissertation examining the disclosure of auditors’ materiality judgments won the 2005 Outstanding Dissertation in Auditing Award from the American Accounting Association.

    Ms. Davis is the recipient of several research grants, including grants from KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She served as an academic researcher for the American Accounting Association Auditing Section’s Research Synthesis Program to examine the auditor’s reporting model. Ms. Davis research employs a variety of methods including experimental economics, decision cases and field experiments, and her work has been published in Accounting Horizons, Behavioral Research in Accounting, and New Zealand Economic Papers. Additionally, she has appeared as a guest speaker for several professional practice conferences and workshops.

    Mr. Dutta is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Accounting and Business Law at the University at Albany-SUNY, New York. He received his B.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Kansas. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and received the Robert Beyer Silver Medal for the second highest total score on the CMA examination in 1989. He was also awarded the National Talent Search Scholarship in 1979 by the Government of India. He has held academic positions at Rutgers University and the City University of New York- Baruch College.

    Mr. Dutta has published extensively in the field of accounting and auditing in various national and international journals. While his earlier work focused on audit quality, risk and materiality, his more recent work is in the area of sustainability, triple-bottom line reporting and forensic accounting. He also has frequently consulted on complex accounting and auditing issues related to derivatives and hedge accounting, mergers and acquisitions, and statistical verification of claims for some of the largest corporate settlements in the U.S.

    Ms. Shawn Davis and Mr. Saurav Dutta will replace the current Academic Accounting Fellows. Jack Krogstad will return to the Creighton University, and Nancy Mangold will return to the California State University, East Bay.

  • Judy Cothern
    G. Peter Wilson earns AICPA's Distinguished Achievement...
    news item last edited October 27, 2011 by Tracey Sutherland, tagged 2010, achievement, general news 
    Wilson Earns AICPA's Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award

    G. Peter Wilson, Carroll School of Management at Boston College, was presented with the AICPA's Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award by Bob Harris, chair of the AICPA, during the Institute’s spring meeting.

    Upon acceptance of the award, Wilson talked about the importance of teaching students how to answer open-ended questions. He noted there is an over-reliance on testing students using multiple choice or true and false questions. “We put the next generation of CPAs at great risk,” he said. “The next generation will run the risk of being outsourced. Teach students to answer open-ended questions and [they] can gain competitive advantage by becoming proficient in this area.”