National awards


Christopher W. Zobel

Christopher Zobel

Christopher W. Zobel, R.B. Pamplin Professor of Business Information Technology, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to study disaster resilience. He will spend three months in the spring of 2015 at the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Disaster resilience is generally considered to be the ability to bounce back from the effects of a disaster, Zobel says.

Zobel plans to use his Fulbright award to develop new, more effective approaches for measuring and monitoring the resilience and sustainability of critical infrastructure systems.

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Greg Jenkins

Greg Jenkins

Greg Jenkins, professor of accounting and information systems, is one of three researchers who received the 2014 AAA/Deloitte Foundation Wildman Medal Award for their study on how brainstorming meetings can help auditors detect fraud.

Jenkins received the award, along with co–authors Joseph F. Brazel, of North Carolina State University, and Tina D. Carpenter, of the University of Georgia, for their article, Auditors’ Use of Brainstorming in the Consideration of Fraud: Reports from the Field, published in the July 2010 issue of The Accounting Review.

The award, sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation, was established in honor of a former partner of the firm and to encourage and recognize excellence in research that is relevant to accounting practice. This year’s medal was presented to Jenkins and his co–authors at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association in August.

Jenkins, who holds the Curling and William S. Gay fellowships, has authored or co–authored articles in numerous academic and professional publications as well as textbooks and other course materials. He serves as co–editor of Current Issues in Auditing. His recent professional activities include serving on a practice monitoring task force of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and chairing the Virginia Accounting and Auditing Conference.

He has led a task force of the American Accounting Association that assisted the PCAOB with research related to auditor independence and mandatory audit firm rotation and served on an earlier task force that assisted the board with research related to revisions of quality control standards. Before joining academe, Jenkins worked as an auditor with Ernst & Young and McGladrey. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University.

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