University of Kentucky Masters of Accounting student, Brooklyn Heideman has passed the Tableau Desktop Specialist exam on her very first try. An interactive data visualization software company, Tableau Software recommends that those planning to take the exam have at least three months of experience working with Tableau, but Heideman did it in only 2 and a half weeks. 


Brian Bratten presented his paper titled, “The role of Passive Investment in the Quality of Stock Repurchase Activity” at the University of Missouri on February 14. The paper is co-authored with PhD candidate Meng Huang and Jeff Payne.


PhD candidate Jenny Wang presented her paper titled, “Man versus Machine: Complex Estimates and Auditor Reliance on Artificial Intelligence” at the Audit Mid-Year Meeting in Houston, Texas. This paper is co-authored with Benjamin Commerford, Sean Dennis (University of Central Florida), and Jennifer Joe (University of Delaware).


Brian Bratten has been invited to serve on the editorial board of Contemporary Accounting Research commencing in mid-April of 2020.


PhD candidate Valbona Sulcaj presented her paper titled “Overseeing the External Audit Function: Evidence from Audit Committees’ Reported Activities” at the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The paper is co-authored with Brian Bratten and Monika Causholli.


Brian Bratten’s paper titled, “On the Informativeness of Unexpected Exclusions from Street Earnings” was selected by the editors as one of three papers to be presented at the Plenary Session at the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The paper is co-authored with Stephannie Larocque (Mendoza College of Business) and Teri Yohn (Kellogg School of Management). 


Monika Causholli presented her paper titled, “The Role of Assurance in Equity Crowdfunding” at the University of Kansas. The paper is co-authored with Gatton PhD student Evisa Bogdani and Robert Knechel, the University of Florida.


PhD student Chris Pearson’s paper (co-authored with Sean Dennis and Brian Goodson) titled, “Online Worker Fraud and Evolving Threats to the Integrity of MTurk Data: A Discussion of Virtual Private Servers and the Limitations of IP-Based Screening Procedures,” has been accepted for publication in Behavioral Research in Accounting.


Brian Bratten presented his paper (co-authored with Stephannie Larocque and Teri Yohn), "On the Informativeness of Unexpected Exclusions from Street Earnings" at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, on November 6, 2019.


Assistant professor Ben Commerford (second from right) traveled to Washington D.C. this week with his research colleagues to present their paper at the PCAOB Conference on Auditing and Capital Markets. The research that he presented investigates how auditors rely on artificial intelligence when auditing complex accounting estimates. The coauthor team includes Jenny Wang, a current Ph.D.