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Knowledge@Wharton: September 21, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Gary Althouse (Professor of Swine Health and Reproduction, Penn Vet), Cliff Robb (Associate Professor; Faculty Director, Personal Finance Program, University of Madison-Wisconsin), Tom Parsons (Associate Professor of Swine Production Medicine, Penn Vet), Joan Williams (Professor; Director, Center for WorkLife Law; Author of “White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America”, Hastings College of Law, University of California), Christopher Peterson (John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah), and Serguei Netessine (Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School) on the Friday, September 21, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Cliff Robb and Christopher Peterson

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Cliff Robb, Christopher Peterson

Dr. Tom Parsons and Dr. Gary Althouse

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Gary Althouse, Tom Parsons

Serguei Netessine

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Serguei Netessine

Joan Williams

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Joan Williams

Featured Guests

Gary Althouse

Professor of Swine Health and Reproduction, Penn Vet


Professor of Swine Health and Reproduction, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Marion Dilley and David George Jones Endowed Chair in Animal Reproduction, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

USDA Accredited Veterinarian (Iowa, Pennsylvania)

Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists

State of Illinois Meat Inspector

SPF & Cleanstart Swine Accredited Veterinarian 

Research Areas: Andrology, Comparative Theriogenology, Regenerative medicine, Swine production, Theriogenology, Ultrasonography

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Cliff Robb

Associate Professor; Faculty Director, Personal Finance Program, University of Madison-Wisconsin


Cliff A. Robb is faculty director for the Consumer Finance and Personal Financial Planning programs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Human Ecology. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Consumer Affairs.

Dr. Robb studies consumer financial decision-making, with an emphasis on financial knowledge and capability. He is also interested in the financial decision-making of young adults in particular, with an emphasis on college student debt management and well-being. His research is widely published in a number of peer-reviewed journals.

He holds a PhD from the University of Missouri, a Masters from the University of Alabama, and a BA from The University of the South.


Twitter- @CliffRobb
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Tom Parsons

Associate Professor of Swine Production Medicine, Penn Vet


My laboratory focuses on pre-synaptic mechanisms of neurotransmitter release. Hearing dictates that the inner hair cell of the cochlea must release transmitter for prolonged periods and with exquisite temporal fidelity. Mechanisms of neurotransmitter release are being studied to understand the cellular and molecular specializations utilized by different parts of the nervous system to meet their unique requirements for neurotransmission.

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Joan Williams

Professor; Director, Center for WorkLife Law; Author of “White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America”, Hastings College of Law, University of California


Professor Joan C. Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair, and the Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, J.D., and Master’s Degree in City Planning (1980); Yale University, B.A., History (1974); and Princeton Day School (1970).

Described as having “something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, Williams was awarded the Families and Work Institute Work Life Legacy Award (2014), Hastings Visionary Award (2013), American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006), the Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology (2003), and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000). In recognition of her interdisciplinary work, Williams gave the 2008 Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison. She is the author or co-author of over ninety academic articles and book chapters, along with eight books, most recently What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Every Woman Should Know (NYU Press, 2014) with her daughter, Rachel Dempsey.

Book – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N276AU1/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
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Christopher Peterson

John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah


Christopher Peterson is the John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law where he teaches contracts, commercial law, and consumer protection courses. Professor Peterson was on leave from 2012 to 2016 serving as a Special Advisor in the Office of the Director at the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in the Office of Legal Policy for Personnel and Readiness in the United States Department of Defense, and as Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Enforcement. From 2009-2012 he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Before joining the faculty in 2008, Professor Peterson taught for five years at the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He also worked as a consumer rights attorney for the United States Public Interest Research Group in Washington, D.C. and clerked for the Honorable Wade Brorby on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

A recognized authority on consumer finance, Professor Peterson has frequently testified in Congressional hearings and has presented his research to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and at the White House in both Democratic and Republican administrations. Professor Peterson’s books include the Thompson/West casebook Consumer Law: Cases and Materials and Taming the Sharks: Towards a Cure for the High Cost Credit Market which won the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers’ outstanding book of the year prize.

He is a consumer fellow of the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee. Professor Peterson is a recipient of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators’ Consumer Advocate of the Year award and the Department of Defense’s Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence–both bestowed in recognition of his role in promoting an Act of Congress and subsequent implementing regulations that protect military service members from predatory lending practices.
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Serguei Netessine

Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School


Serguei Netessine is Professor in Operations, Information and Decisions department at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and he was previously Timken Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD. He lived, taught and worked with companies in the USA, Russia, France and Singapore.

Prof. Netessine received BS/MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology and, after working for Motorola and Lucent Technologies, he also received MS/Ph.D. degrees in Operations Management from the University of Rochester. His current research focuses on business model innovation and operational excellence and he worked on these topics with numerous organizations around the world including Federal Aviation Administration (USA), Lockheed Martin, Safeway, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Jo-Ann, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Rolls Royce, Comcast, Expedia, Sberbank, Temasek, Keppel, ABB and US Air Force. He is an active angel-investor in technology startups and he serves on advisory boards of multiple ventures around the world. Professor Netessine is a frequent speaker on innovation at global events including World Knowledge Forum (Seoul) and World Economic Forum (Davos). He recently served on The Future of the Economy Committee of Singapore government.

Professor Netessine has been the recipient of many teaching awards for delivering classes to MBA and Executive MBA students at the Wharton School and INSEAD, and he frequently teaches in Executive Education Programs. Prolific academic writer, professor Netessine holds senior editorial positions at several leading academic journals and he co-authored dozens of publications in prominent management journals, including Management Science, Operations Research, M&SOM, Harvard Business Review etc. His work has received extensive media coverage in CIO Magazine, the Economist, Forbes, Multichannel Merchant, New York Times, US News and Strategy & Business and other media outlets. He is co-author of “The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that Will Define Your Company” (Harvard Business Press, 2014). His full list of publications, media mentions and industry activities can be found at http://www.netessine.com

Twitter – @snetesin
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