Dr. Roberta Ness Discusses Innovation at Governors State University

Roberta Ness
Dr. Roberta Ness. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Chart your course to the future at “So You Think You Can Innovate?” on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Governors State University Center for Performing Arts. Join internationally renowned physician and scientist Roberta Ness, the author of “Innovation Generation,” as she demonstrates how to expand your ability to generate original ideas. The discussion is free and open to the public.

At GSU, Dr. Ness will discuss proven techniques to unlock innovative thinking, many of which came out of an extraordinarily successful program at the University of Texas, where she is Dean of the School of Public Health. That program was the basis for “Innovation Generation.” 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 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.”

Dr. 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 is President of the American Epidemiological Society.

For further information on Dr. Ness’s appearance at Governors State University, contact (708) 534-4130.

Governors State University, the only public university in the Chicago Southland region, serves more than 7,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs. GSU has the most affordable undergraduate tuition in Illinois and is nationally recognized for its innovative Dual Degree Program, providing a quality, seamless pathway from community college to university graduation. In 2014, GSU will become a full-service, four-year university, admitting its first freshman class and introducing apartment and suite style housing.

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois.