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Published: March 09, 2018

UT Ethics Hot Seat Featuring Anthony Menendez March 15

On Thursday, March 15, Anthony Menendez, perhaps best known as the "Accountant Who Beat Halliburton," will be on the hot seat at The University of Tampa's Ethics Hot Seat Speaker Series hosted by the UT Center for Ethics. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Crescent Club on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center, and is free and open to the public (registration required).

Menendez is widely recognized for his decade-long legal battle with Halliburton as a corporate whistleblower under Sarbanes-Oxley. Despite having no formal legal training, he represented himself during the appeals process and ultimately prevailed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling has had a positive impact on that body of law, resulting in significantly increased protections for corporate whistleblowers.

Dan Verreault, director of the UT Center for Ethics, and Robert Marley, associate director of the UT Center for Ethics, with join Menendez for an interactive discussion on "Whistleblowing: He Fought Halliburton and Won." Refreshments will be served.

Register at www.ethicshotseat_menendez.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact the Center for Ethics at ethics@ut.edu.


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UT Research Finds Language Learning at UT is Equal Ground in Battle of the Sexes

While Mackenzie Harrington ’19 is in the female minority in her calculus class, it’s the complete opposite situation in her language and linguistics courses for her Spanish major.

“There are a lot of stereotypes and studies that say boys aren’t as good in second language acquisition as females,” said Harrington, who worked with Assistant Professor Andrew DeMil on the research project, “Gender differences in Spanish Language Learning: Speaking Exams,” which they presented at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in February and to the UT Board of Trustees March 22.

“We wanted to do a study of our own here at UT. In the previous year (DeMil) had studied reading comprehension of girls versus boys, so we wanted to study speaking this year,” said Harrington, of Maple Grove, MN. “The results were the same though. The boys aren’t any worse, if not the same, as females. They are just extremely underrepresented.”