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Knowledge @Wharton: May 2, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Michael Levy (Associate Professor of Epidemiology, The Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania), Laura Harrington (Professor of Entomology, Cornell University), Marc Hodak (Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics, New York University, Stern School of Business), Jonah Sachs (Co-Founder, Free Range Studios), Herbert Hovenkamp (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Professor of Law at Penn Law; Expert in Antitrust Law and American Legal History, The Wharton School), Charles Elson (Edgar S. Woodlard, Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance; Professor of Finance, Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware), and Hemant Bhargava (Professor of Technology Management, UC Davis) on the Wednesday, May 2, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

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Knowledge @Wharton: May 2, 2018 10:00

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Herbert Hovenkamp, Hemant Bhargava

Knowledge @Wharton: May 2, 2018 10:30

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Michael Levy, Laura Harrington

Knowledge @Wharton: May 2, 2018 11:00

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Marc Hodak, Charles Elson

Knowledge @Wharton: May 2, 2018 11:30

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Jonah Sachs

Featured Guests

Michael Levy

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, The Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Levy works at the interface of epidemiology, ecology and statistics to understand and control vector-borne and other infectious diseases. For the past 13 years he has focused his research on the control of urban Chagas disease transmission in Peru. His research team in Peru conducts epidemiological studies on Chagas disease as well as entomological and ecological research on disease vectors and reservoirs. In addition, his team uses quantitative and qualitative methods to elucidate the factors that have led to the urbanization of a disease traditionally associated with rural poverty.

Dr. Levy’s methodological interests include developing new Bayesian methods to retrace the history of epidemics, and applying techniques from control theory to optimize interventions against infectious diseases. Recently Dr. Levy’s lab has begun to work on the bed bug problem in Philadelphia.
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Laura Harrington

Professor of Entomology, Cornell University


Professor Harrington became interested in global health issues and vector-borne diseases after living and working for several years in rural Thailand. She contracted both dengue and malaria while living abroad and realized the impact these infections have on children and adults in resource poor nations. Her research focuses on the biology, ecology and behavior of mosquitoes that transmit human diseases. Current research projects in her laboratory address the blood feeding and mating behavior of mosquito vectors of dengue fever, Zika, Chikungunya, West Nile virus and malaria. She also studies human and animal-mosquito interactions and the role of climate change and globalization on emerging vector borne diseases. Dr. Harrington studies mosquito biology in the field locally as well as abroad, with past or present field sites in Thailand, Tanzania, and Mexico.
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Marc Hodak

Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics, New York University, Stern School of Business


Marc Hodak is an adjunct Professor of Business Ethics at NYU Stern. He is also the founder of Hodak Value Advisors (HVA), a research and consulting firm advising senior executives and boards on finance and compensation issues with the aim of better aligning managers and owners. HVA research is also used by asset managers in evaluating the alignment of managers and shareholders for investment purposes.

From 1992 to 2001, Professor Hodak led value-based management implementations and related projects for Stern Stewart & Co. at dozens of companies, public and private, in diverse industries such as manufacturing, financial services, real estate, telecommunications, and transportation. He was also a leader in Stern Stewart’s effort to create alternate delivery of intellectual capital to clients, including development of software and computer-based training on value-based management principles and applications used in 17 countries.

Prior to his fifteen years as a consultant, Professor Hodak led a $100 million per year business unit at Conrail, one of the largest U.S. transportation companies. In his role as manager of Conrail’s vehicles distribution business, Professor Hodak implemented a long-term strategy for network operations, terminal placement and expansion, equipment technology, and logistics information systems that profitably grew market share in a mature automotive industry by over 20 percentage points.

Professor Hodak has published numerous articles in various journals on corporate governance, value-based management, transfer pricing, and organizational design. He has also spoken at conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe on managing for shareholder value, and has developed seminars on pricing and investment at Wharton and MIT. In addition to his work at Stern, Professor Hodak currently teaches Corporate Governance at NYU’s School for Professional and Continuing Studies Center for Finance, Law and Taxation, and is a visiting Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Professor Hodak received his M.B.A. in Finance at Wharton in 1986 following a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland in 1982. He passed the Bar exam in Patent Law in 1984.
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Jonah Sachs

Co-Founder, Free Range Studios


Jonah Sachs is an author, speaker and viral marketing trailblazer whose work helped spur the 21st century values revolution. Sachs’ pioneering new approaches to digital media were critical in bringing the ideals of social change—such as equity, empowerment, responsibility, transparency, and advocacy—to the forefront of business and popular culture.
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Herbert Hovenkamp

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Professor of Law at Penn Law; Expert in Antitrust Law and American Legal History, The Wharton School


Herbert Hovenkamp has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s 21st Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, effective July 2.

The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.

A world-renowned scholar of antitrust law and policy, Hovenkamp will be the James G. Dinan University Professor, with joint faculty appointments in the Law School and in the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School.

“Herb Hovenkamp is an exceptionally influential scholar of international renown who brings wide-ranging expertise at the intersection of law and business to Penn,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “He is a prolific highly-cited author whose work informs key decisions in antitrust law and policy. His unique command of complex issues at the global interaction of law, business, patents and innovation will bolster Penn’s acknowledged leadership in these areas, presenting wonderful new opportunities to foster collaboration and integrate knowledge across disciplines. Professor Hovenkamp epitomizes the uniquely collaborative and multidisciplinary skill sets of our PIK professors, and we are thrilled he is joining Penn’s eminent faculty.”

Called “the dean of American antitrust law” by The New York Times in 2011, Hovenkamp received the John Sherman Award from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in 2008, awarded a few times a decade for “outstanding achievement in antitrust law, contributing to the protection of American consumers and to the preservation of economic liberty.” He is currently Ben and Dorothy Willie Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, where he has taught since 1986, and coauthor of the landmark 21-volume Antitrust Law, which has been cited more than 50 times by the Supreme Court and more than 1,000 times by federal courts.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Hovenkamp has been a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies at Harvard Law School, Presidential Lecturer at the University of Iowa and the recipient of the University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award. Among more than a hundred articles and a dozen books, his Enterprise and American Law, 1836-1937 (Harvard University Press, 1991) received the Littleton-Griswold Prize of the American Historical Association, and Science and Religion in America, 1800-1860 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1978) received the Choice Award. He earned a J.D., Ph.D. in American Civilization and M.A. in American literature from the University of Texas following a B.A. from Calvin College and taught from 1980 to 1985 at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

“Herb Hovenkamp will be a tremendous catalyst for our eminence in antitrust and patent law,” Price said. “He is not only a globally acclaimed scholar but also a renowned teacher and mentor. I am confident that his expertise will have a major impact on our students in law, in business and across the University.”

The Penn Integrates Knowledge program was launched by Gutmann in 2005 as a University-wide initiative to recruit exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines and who are appointed in at least two schools at Penn.

The James G. Dinan University Professorship is the gift of James G. Dinan, a 1981 graduate of the Wharton School of the University. Dinan founded York Capital Management, a New York-based investment firm in September 1991 and is the chairman, the chief executive officer and a managing Partner of the firm. He is a University trustee and a member of the Wharton Board of Overseers.
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Charles Elson

Edgar S. Woodlard, Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance; Professor of Finance, Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware


Charles M. Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is also consultant to the law firm of Holland & Knight.

He formerly served as a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1990 until 2001. His fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School, and has served as a law clerk to Judges J. Harvie Wilkinson III and Elbert P. Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, the Cornell Law School and the University of Maryland School of Law, was a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Elson has written extensively on the subject of boards of directors. He is a frequent contributor on corporate governance issues to various scholarly and popular publications. He served on the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Commissions on Director Compensation, Director Professionalism, CEO Succession, Audit Committees, Strategic Planning, Director Evaluation, Risk Governance, Effective Lead Director, Board Diversity, Talent Development, Strategy Development, the Compensation Committee and Long-Term Value Creation, and was a member of its Best Practices Council on Coping With Fraud and Other Illegal Activity. He served as well on that organization’s Advisory Council. He is vice chairman of the ABA Business Law Section’s Committee on Corporate Governance and was a member of its Committee on Corporate Laws. He is also a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Additionally, Professor Elson served as an adviser and consultant to Towers Perrin, the international human resource management consultants. He also served on the board of directors of Sunbeam Corporation, the consumer products manufacturer; Nuevo Energy Company, an independent oil and natural gas producer; the Investor Responsibility Research Center, a non-profit corporate governance research organization; Alderwoods Group, an international death care services provider, AutoZone, Inc., the national automobile parts retailer, Circon Corporation, a medical products maker, and Bob Evans Farms Inc., a restaurant and food products company.

He is presently a member of the board of directors of HealthSouth Corporation, a healthcare services provider. He has served as trustee of the Big Apple Circus, the Museum of American Finance, Talledega College, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Delaware Museum of Natural History. He is presently a trustee of the Hagley Museum and Library, the Delaware Art Museum and Tower Hill School. He has been included in the list of the “100 most influential players in corporate governance” of Directorship, the “100 most influential people in finance” of Treasury & Risk Management, the list of top 10 governance “stars” of Global Proxy Watch, and Ethisphere’s “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” in 2014.


J.D., University of Virginia

A.B., Harvard University
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Hemant Bhargava

Professor of Technology Management, UC Davis


Hemant Bhargava is the Jerome and Elsie Suran Professor in Technology Management at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He joined UC Davis in July 2003, and served as Associate Dean from 2010 to 2013. He has previously been on the faculty at Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business Administration, and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and with visiting appointments at Carnegie Mellon University, Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany) and the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands). Dr. Bhargava received a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1990. He also holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, and a B.S. (Honors) in Mathematics from Delhi University.

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