Bevin Etienne, Garrick Louis from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and Manuel Lerdau from the College of Arts & Sciences are collaborating to evaluate the potential application of an automated, solar-powered rapid-rollout hydroponic system on the island of Dominica to help find long-term solutions to food security.
Dorothy Kelly spoke with "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal on the show's Jan. 23, 2020, broadcast about changes in how FICO scores are calculated, due to go into effect during summer 2020. “The big change is that it’s going to not look at your balances for one month,” she says. “It’s going to look at your balances over 24 months.” Kelly and Curry School Professor Julia Taylor are also collaborating with UVA Community Fellow-in-Residence and The Tax Ladies Owner Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, who is working to create financial literacy programs for elementary and middle school students.
Natasha Zhang Foutz is a recipient of the Best Paper Award at the Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS) 2019. Foutz, along with Meghanath Macha, Beibei Li, and Anindya Ghose, were recognized for their paper, “Perils of Location Tracking? Personalized and Interpretable Privacy Preservation in Consumer Mobile Trajectories.”
Paul Seaborn added a live consulting project to COMM 4660 “Management Consulting and Advisory Services” in fall 2019. Seven teams of students went out into the community (both within UVA and beyond) and found consulting clients to work with on a wide variety of topics. On Dec. 3 and 5, the teams made presentations to the class, summarizing their projects, and then made final presentations with their clients. Seaborn also organized an “Introduction to the Business of Cannabis” session, which took place at McIntire Nov. 5 and featured McIntire alum Gail Rand '95, CEO and Founder of grand consulting. The event attracted more than 20 UVA attendees.
An article co-authored by William Wilhelm, titled "Two Modes of Investment Banking: Technocrats, Relationship Managers, and Conflict," was published in Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.
Tom Bateman chaired the closing plenary panel for the Global Congress for Climate Change & Sustainability Professionals, which took place in Chicago, Dec 9-12, 2020. The session was titled "Overcoming Adversity and Coping with Impossible Missions."
Kenneth R. White has been voted as president-elect of the American Academy of Nursing. White, an endowed professor at both UVA’s School of Nursing and Medical Center who also holds joint academic appointments in the School of Medicine, McIntire School, and Darden School, is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at UVA Health. He will serve as the academy’s president-elect through fall 2021, then assume the two-year presidency from 2021 to 2023. He is the first UVA faculty member to lead the American Academy of Nursing.
In an Oct. 24, 2019, Harvard Business Review article titled "The Risks of AutoML and How to Avoid Them," Ahmed Abbasi and Brent Kitchens and their co-author, Graduate Research Assistant Faizan Ahmad, propose methods for avoiding the hazards of using advanced machine learning methods with large-scale search query data.
David Mick is one of two recipients of the 2020 Fellow in Consumer Behavior Award. The fellowship is the highest honor that the Association for Consumer Research grants in recognition of an individual’s contribution to scholarly work in consumer behavior over an extended period of time. Since the award was instituted almost 40 years ago, only 37 individuals have been bestowed this honor.
A paper by Amanda Cowen and Nicole Votolato Montgomery titled “How Leader Gender Influences External Audience Response to Organizational Failures” has been published in Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The two found that consumers’ trust in, and willingness to support, an organization after a failure varied based on the gender of the organization’s leader and the nature of the failure. Their research was also featured in an Oct. 24, 2019, UVA Today article titled “‘Adam’ vs. ‘Abigail’: How Consumers View Male and Female CEOs Differently.”