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Knowledge@Wharton: October 3, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Merve Emre (Associate Professor of English, Oxford University), Barbara Van Schewick (Professor of Law, Stanford Law School), Costas Synolakis (Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering, USC), Louise Comfort (Professor of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh), Timothy Hubbard (Assistant Professor of Management, University of Notre Dame), and Michael Useem on the Wednesday, October 3, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Louise Comfort and Costas Synolakis

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Costas Synolakis, Louise Comfort

Barbara Van Schewick

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Barbara Van Schewick

Merve Emre

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Merve Emre

Dr. Timothy Hubbard and Michael Useem

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Timothy Hubbard, Michael Useem

Featured Guests

Merve Emre

Associate Professor of English, Oxford University


Merve Emre is associate professor of English at Oxford University and fellow of Worcester College. She holds a BA from Harvard and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale. She is the author of two books: Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, November 2017); and The Personality Brokers (New York: Doubleday, September 2018), which investigates the strange, secret history of personality testing. Her essays and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in The New YorkerHarper’s MagazineThe New RepublicThe NationThe WalrusBookforumBoston ReviewThe Bafflern+1, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she is senior humanities editor.
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Barbara Van Schewick

Professor of Law, Stanford Law School


Barbara van Schewick is a Professor of Law and Helen L. Crocker Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School, Director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, Associate Professor by courtesy of Electrical Engineering in Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering, and a leading expert on net neutrality.

Van Schewick’s research on the economic, regulatory, and strategic implications of communication networks bridges law, networking and economics. Her book Internet Architecture and Innovation (MIT Press 2010, Paperback 2012) is considered to be the seminal work on the science, economics and policy of network neutrality.

Her research has influenced net neutrality debates in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, and has been cited by academics, stakeholders, regulatory agencies, and other public entities worldwide. The Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 and 2014 Open Internet Orders relied heavily on her work. Her work also shaped the European Union’s recently adopted guidelines implementing the European Union’s net neutrality law, the 2017 Orders on zero-rating by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, and the 2016 Order on zero-rating by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Van Schewick has testified before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and has advised policy makers, legislators, and regulators in the US, Latin America, and Europe. She has submitted White Papers, ex parte letters and comments to network-neutrality-related proceedings in the U.S., Canada, India, and Europe, and co- authored amicus briefs defending the FCC’s Order against Comcast and the FCC’s 2010 and 2014 Open Internet Orders. In 2007, van Schewick was one of three academics who, together with public interest groups, filed the petition that started the FCC’s network neutrality inquiry into Comcast’s blocking of BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer protocols. Her letters to the FCC regarding Verizon Wireless’ blocking of tethering applications and Verizon’s, AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s blocking of Google Wallet received widespread attention and motivated the FCC and members of Congress to formally or informally investigate these cases.

Her work has been discussed by leading print and online publications around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington PostPolitico, the Economist, the BBC, the Times of IndiaSueddeutsche ZeitungDie ZeitBoingBoingWired or Ars Technica, and has been featured on radio and television in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Van Schewick received the Scientific Award 2005 from the German Foundation for Law and Computer Science and the Award in Memory of Dieter Meurer 2006 from the German Association for the Use of Information Technology in Law (“EDV-Gerichtstag”) for her doctoral work. In 2010, she received the Research Prize Technical Communication 2010 from the Alcatel-Lucent Stiftung for Communications Research for her “pioneering work in the area of Internet architecture, innovation and regulation.”

Van Schewick holds a PhD in Computer Science, an MSc in Computer Science, and a BSc in Computer Science, all summa cum laude from Technical University Berlin, the Second State Exam in Law (equivalent of Bar Exam), summa cum laude, from the Higher Regional Court Berlin and the First State Exam in Law (equivalent of J.D.), summa cum laude, from Free University Berlin.
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Costas Synolakis

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering, USC


Costas Synolakis studies the impact of natural hazards, and particularly tsunamis and extreme flooding events on beaches. He has led or participated in about 30 scientific expeditions in twenty one countries, practically in all of the world’s oceans and seas. His work in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Aleutian islands, the Marquesas, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Kenya and Oman was groundbreaking and highly cited.

Professor Synolakis grew up in Athens, then attended the California Institute of Technology, where he did all his professional degrees. In 1985, he was appointed as assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USC. In 1996, he was appointed Professor of Civil, Mechanical, Environmental and Aerospace Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering.

In 1996, Costas Synolakis founded the USC Tsunami Research Center. Its main accomplishments have been : One, the development of MOST, the operational code used by the US-based and Australian based tsunami warning centers for tsunami forecasts, and two, the production of all official State maps for California for evacuation planning. In the aftermath of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, the TRC for three days, held 70% of USC’s went traffic, being then the only university center worldwide focused on tsunamis. In fact, USC shut down the site for a few hours, suspicious that it was subject to a cyber attack – the TRC received 35 million “hits” from people interested in tsunamis, worldwide in three days,

In the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami, Professor Synolakis was appointed in the only Chair in Greek universities at the time, on natural hazard mitigation. The Laboratory which he founded studies extreme events such as earthquakes, tsunamis, fires and the impact of waves on beaches, particularly erosion, as well as wildfire evolution. The results the Laboratory has generated from its nearshore field measurements of wind waves and currents, they are being now exploited in Greece to address the problems of coastal erosion and extreme marine-related floods. He holds this appointment in parallel and teaches at TUC whenever he is on leave from USC.

Professor Synolakis now holds the Chair of Earth Sciences in the Academy of Athens, and since January 2018, he is the President of the Division of Natural Sciences of the Academy.
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Louise Comfort

Professor of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh


Louise K. Comfort is Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director, Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh. She holds a B.A. in political science and philosophy, Macalester College, a M.A. in political science, University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in political science, Yale University. She is a Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration, and author or co-author of six books, including Designing Resilience: Preparing for Extreme Events, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010 and Mega-Crises: Understanding the Prospects, Nature, Characteristics and the Effects of Cataclysmic Events, Charles C. Thomas, 2012. Her primary research interests are in decision making under conditions of uncertainty and rapid change, and the uses of information technology to develop decision support systems for managers operating under urgent conditions. She teaches courses in organizational theory and design, systems thinking, and public policy. She has published articles on information policy, organizational learning, and sociotechnical systems, and is Editor, Safety Science, and Book Review Editor, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.  She has engaged in field studies following nineteen earthquake disasters in fourteen countries, including the EERI reconnaissance study of September 30, 2009 Padang Earthquake, Indonesia, an NSF RAPID response study of the January 12, 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and a recovery study of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Japan.
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Timothy Hubbard

Assistant Professor of Management, University of Notre Dame


Tim Hubbard is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Mendoza College of Business. Tim’s research focuses on strategic leadership, with a particular emphasis on behavioral strategy. He leverages experimental methods to better understand executive behaviors. Some specific topics he researches include CEO personality, CEO dismissal, corporate social responsibility, and firm reputation. Prior to entering academia, Tim worked in a number of positions for Caterpillar and as a Senior Strategy Consultant for IBM, where his clients included General Motors, DuPont, and Royal Dutch Shell—among others. His research appears in top journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Management Studies. His research has been featured in over 40 media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio (NPR), Financial Times, Market Watch, and Fox Business News. Tim teaches undergraduate Strategic Management courses. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and also holds degrees from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the University of Illinois.

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Michael Useem


Professor Michael Useem is the Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School. He teaches MBA and executive-MBA courses on leadership and change management, and offers programs on leadership, teamwork, governance, and decision making for managers in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He has presented programs and seminars on leadership and change with numerous companies and organizations including: American Express, Coca-Cola, Estee Lauder Companies, National Football League, and U.S. Department of Justice. Useem is the author or co-author of several books, including Boards That Lead and The Leader’s Checklist.
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