________________________________________________________________________ Dr. Avinash Arya Accounting and Law Dr. Avinash Arya teaches accounting at the Cotsakos College of Business, and holds a PhD in Accounting from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His work straddles the very interesting line between practice and pedagogy; this is reflected in the fact that he publishes both research papers and case studies in a variety of internationally recognized journals. Prof. Arya has a very active research agenda that consists of three streams. The first stream looks at the use of financial information in setting the compensation of managers and how it changes in response to new financial accounting standards. The second stream of research focuses on the ethical behavior of business students and managers. He especially studies stock option backdating scandals in order to motivate students to behave ethically when they reach the corporate workforce. Finally, he is developing instructional materials that contribute to the practice of the profession or to the pedagogical effectiveness. His paper explaining the new regulations introduced by the Financial Accounting Standards Board was published in 2010 at The CPA Journal, a highly acclaimed outlet. That paper also won the prestigious Max Block award for the best article in 2010. Currently, Dr. Arya is working on a comprehensive analysis of the accounting implications of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and its tortuous course through the legal system, ending with the Supreme Court decision in 2009. He is also working on an article on proposed changes in rules relating to lease accounting.