Associate Professor of Accounting

Monday, March 4, 2019

Winter Presentations

Towards the end of last year, I did a couple of presentations of my paper "The Coordination Role of Stress Tests in Bank Risk Taking ", co-authored with Gaoqing Zhang and Lin Nan. My first stop for these presentations was at Chapman University in Orange County, followed by Washington University (WashU) at St. Louis Missouri, and the last was at Rice University in Houston Texas. I met many colleagues and PhD students on these trips and had a great time presenting and discussing my paper and other research topics with them. Also, I had a bit of time to do some sightseeing and explore these places with Lanie. Check out the snapshots below.


Ayres Hotel Orange - This hotel is a few minutes drive from Chapman University. It's a quiet and picturesque hotel with friendly staff and it's close to The Outlets at Orange which has some really nice shops and restaurants. It was very rainy on the first day that we arrived in Orange County, but then it got really sunny all throughout the rest of our stay. Lanie and I had a great time strolling around, soaking in the California sun. It really reminded me of my days at Stanford. 

Thanks to Professors: Ran Zhao, Timothy Shields, Yashar Barardehi, Jivas Chakravarthy, Jing Liu, Gregory Waymire, Olivia Huseman, Zhi Li, Erik Kimbrough and to the rest of the Accounting Department at the Argyros School of Business and Economics for the warm welcome.


Ritz Carlton

Downtown Clayton

WashU booked us a room at the Ritz Carlton, which is located in Downtown Clayton. This an elegant hotel with spacious rooms and with all-marble wall to floor bathrooms full of luxurious toiletries. The food and the service here are excellent and the hotel itself is located within walking distance to many restaurants in Downtown Clayton. Speaking of Clayton, it has a lot of new buildings in construction, most of them designed to harmonize with the prevailing Victorian style. A very pleasant surprise was that everyone we met at Saint Louis was extremely friendly and willing to help.

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch – Following the good advice of Rich Frankel and his wife Kari, we visited the famous "Gateway to the West", known simply as "The Arch". It is an impressive breathtaking infrastructure and it's also the world's tallest arch. We weren't able to go inside because of the government shutdown at the time, but we had a nice view of the arch from the ground and of the Mississippi River.

Mississippi River

St. Louis Zoo - This is without a doubt a very nice zoo with a very peaceful environment. It’s so spacious that it actually feels more like a park. It's an ideal place to stroll around and spend the afternoon, not only for families but also for everyone. Lanie was so happy to see the penguins.

Happy Feet splashing at us

Apotheosis of Saint Louis

St. Louis Art Museum
St. Louis Art Museum - This is a classical European-style Art Museum with an impressive statue of the Apotheosis of St. Louis (King Louis IX of France, namesake of St. Louis Missouri) at the front. The museum itself is behind the statue which looks very monumental. In front of the St. Louis statue is the magnificent view of the Grand Basin of Forest Park.

Grand Basin of Forest Park


There are two restaurants highlighted on this visit.

BARcelona Tapas Restaurant - This restaurant has very good Tapas at an affordable price. The restaurant's decor and ambiance are very Spanish and the food is superb. The service is also quick and it's about 20-30 minutes walk from the Ritz Carlton. 

Guerrilla Street Food - Lanie wanted to check out this Filipino chain restaurant, which is located just a few-minutes Uber ride from the St. Louis Art Museum. This place has a laid-back feel and has ample seating. The food here is very affordable and the taste is more like a fusion of Filipino and American food, which Lanie described as the next best thing to the food back home, but still not quite like the real deal. Anyway, we're glad to know that there's a restaurant like this in Missouri, unlike Pittsburgh, which currently does not have a single Filipino restaurant. 

St. Louis Galleria - We originally planned to see Plaza Frontenac, but it was about to close. So, instead we came to this mall, which we really liked. It has lots of unique shops, several restaurants, and there's even a giant Christmas tree at the aisle in the midst of January. Besides the Christmas tree there was also a large and hypnotizing fountain.

Special thanks to Rich Frankel and his wife Kari, and also to professors Xiumin Martin, Chad Ham, MaryJane Rabier, Jared Jennings, Kimball Chapman, and to all the Olin Business School Accounting Department Professors as well as to all the PhD students.


The Rice Campus is simply beautiful, wide, and serene. All buildings display a harmonious classic/Victorian architecture, and the campus definitely has a laid-back bucolic vibe emphasized by surrounding majestic old oak trees. It is not uncommon to see professors strolling around with students engaged in research conversations. 

Hotel Zaza

Hermann Park

We stayed at the Hotel Zaza, a boutique hotel close to Rice University. It's also close to Hermann Park, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Rice Village.

Reflection Pool

Cockrell Butterfly Center

Rice Boulevard & Rice Village - Rice University is surrounded by a nice trail, which invites to stroll along Rice Boulevard. It's definitely quite a walk but it's a fun and relaxing one. There were people in their T-shirts walking their dogs in the middle of Winter and the weather was really nice and warm. At the end of the Rice Boulevard trail comes Rice Village which is full of shops and restaurants. It's an enjoyable place to spend some time browsing some shops.

Rice University Trail/Loop

Rice Village

These squirrels are so friendly. They remind of the ones Lanie used to feed cereals to at UT Austin :-)

Lots of thanks to Professors Shiva Sivaramakrishnan, K. Ramesh, Thomas Hemmer, Leila Peyravan, Brian Atkins, Brian Rountree, Patricia Naranjo, Jeff Fleming, and to all the PhD students and Professors of the Jones Graduate School of Business Accounting Department.

Stay tuned for more conferences and presentations this year. Happy Almost Spring!


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