Findings from a paper by Carola Schenone, Patrick Dennis, and Kristopher Gerardi, titled “Common Ownership Does Not Have Anti-Competitive Effects in the Airline Industry,” were featured in a Nov. 14, 2017, Economist article, “Criticism of Index-Tracking Funds Is Ill-Directed.” Their paper was also featured Nov. 21, 2017, in a Bloomberg View opinion piece titled “Should Index Funds Be Illegal?”
Robert Parham sheds light on Bitcoin in a Dec. 15, 2017, UVA Today story titled "Q&A: 9 Things You Need to Know About Bitcoin." He also explains how Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies work in a Dec. 9, 2017, Daily Progress article titled "Local Company Moonlighting Embraces Bitcoin-Esque Currency."
Katie McDermott recently mentored a team of UVA undergrads—Anne-Bradford Bugg, John Hardison, Jason Hershaft, Lucy Krasker, Andrew Nguyen, and Elizabeth Yoss—who participated in Deloitte’s Audit Innovation Campus Challenge in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 14, 2017. After a month of preparing a response to the challenge statement, the team excelled in presenting their audit innovation to a panel of judges, making it to the final round of the competition in North Carolina and earning accolades on their “tremendous” performance from Deloitte partners and recruiters.
Suprateek Sarker was a keynote speaker for the 28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, held in Hobart, Tasmania, Dec. 4-6, 2017. Sarker was sponsored by the University of Sydney.
WUVA News interviewed Mary Middleton for its “Professors are People Too” radio program in September 2017. In July, she attended the Blockchain Conference in Washington, D.C. The event showcased world leaders in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.
A paper co-authored by Jeri Seidman and titled “Taxpayer Behavior Under Audit Certainty” has been conditionally accepted at Contemporary Accounting Research.
Darden Publishing recently published a case study co-authored by Ryan Nelson and Ryan Wright. Titled “The Phoenix Project: Remediation of a Cybersecurity Crisis at the University of Virginia,” the case study was designed to facilitate discussion of how a cyberattack was remediated by a major public university. Students are challenged to think through how to best manage the remediation project, including the application of best practices such as risk management, stakeholder management, communication plans, outsourcing/procurement management, and cyberattack remediation.
Rob Patterson served on a panel titled “The Many Facets of Dallas” at the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 103rd Annual Convention, held in Dallas Nov. 16-19, 2017. Co-sponsored by the NCA’s American Studies and Visual Communication divisions, the panel explored various Dallas sites as rhetorical artifacts (i.e., the ways they’re persuasive or are intended to impress). Panelists attempted to interpret the essences of the Dallas metropolitan area by analyzing its religious, sporting, historical, and commercial sites.
UVA’s Contemplative Sciences Center and Sally Armentrout, Marcia Pentz, David Mick, and Mark White organized the Pickard Contemplative Fellowship and Retreat for McIntire Students, an immersive weekend of learning contemplative practices at the Sevenoaks Retreat Center in Madison County, Va. Thirty-seven students attended the Oct. 13-15, 2017, retreat, which brought a different perspective to the idea of success and leadership through a variety of activities in mindfulness, meditation, group work, and reflective writing.
A study by McIntire’s Center for Business Analytics and Ipsos Public Affairs probing consumer and workplace perspectives of automation that ranged from online banking and self-driving cars to big issues like large-scale job loss, was featured in an Oct. 17, 2017, WIRED article titled “Americans Love Automation, Until It Comes for Their Jobs.” Rick Netemeyer, Ahmed Abbasi, and David Dobolyi worked closely with their Ipsos colleagues to develop a framework for analyzing automation. Using a large representative sample of the U.S. population, the results reveal a tension between automation’s many perceived consumer-side benefits and the belief by the majority of respondents that it destroys more jobs than it creates. Cliff Young, President of Ipsos Public Affairs, first presented the findings at the annual Business Analytics Colloquium held at McIntire in September 2017.