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Roberta Ness

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Updated: April 4, 2013 6:05AM



The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University will host Dr, Roberta Ness, internationally renowned physician and scientist and author of “Innovation Generation: How to Produce Creative and Useful Scientific Ideas.”

Ness will discuss expanding the ability to generate new ideas in a free presentation, “So You Think You Can Innovate?” at 7 p.m. March 7.

Her tools for innovative thinking include analogy, expanding assumptions, pulling questions apart, changing your point of view, reversing your thinking, and getting the most out of multidisciplinary groups.

Since its publication in 2012 by Oxford University Press, “Innovation Generation” has been widely praised for its insights into how to produce creative and useful ideas that can benefit science, business, education, government and the arts.

“Our societal creativity and progress depends on investing in such innovation,” said Linda P. Fried, dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. “This book argues that innovation can be taught, fostered and nurtured as a basis for accelerating innovation. It provides the framework for fostering creativity and a toolbox teaching it. This is an outstanding contribution to our collective success.”

Ness, a recognized expert in women’s health research, holds the M. David Low Chair in Public Health at the University of Texas.

She is a professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control, and vice president for innovation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and past president of the American College of Epidemiology. She also is president of the American Epidemiological Society.

From staff reports



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