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USC Leventhal Professor Wins Accounting Service Award
Thomas Lin Earns American Accounting Association Award
May 8, 2012 • by News at Marshall

Thomas Lin, a professor at the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, has received an Outstanding Service Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA) for his work building ties between AAA, its members and Chinese accounting professors domestically and in China.

"I wanted to provide a vital link between the AAA and its Chinese counterparts," said Lin. "I founded the Chinese Accounting Professors Association of North America in 1976 to help each other, and helped to establish the Chinese Accounting Professors Association (CAPA) in 1995."

Lin has conducted several management accounting research and teaching seminars and invited AAA presidents or outstanding accounting researchers as keynote speakers during CAPA annual conferences. About 350 Chinese accounting professors attended last year’s annual conference in Chongqing, China. In 2008, Lin helped with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the AAA and CAPA to develop academic exchanges and cooperation in teaching and research.

Every year Lin brings around 40 Marshall MBA students to China for a business and cultural visit. "I’m helping our students understand the business and culture of China and how to do business with Chinese firms in the future," said Lin.

The AAA Outstanding Service Award, established in 1991, is designed to recognize outstanding services to the Association other than educational and research contributions. The Outstanding Service Award is intended for a rare events or milestones achieved such as Lin’s contributions to the association.

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