Public Health Seminar Series:

Innovative Thinking by Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H.

CO-SPONSOR: UC Irvine Branch of the California Census Research Data Center

Monday, December 8, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Calit2 Auditorium OCW Video Archive
Seminar Abstract

Leaders of global corporations rank creative thinking among the top characteristics they need from their workforce. Yet how many workers feel they are living up to their creative potential? A shocking 2012 study of thousands of employees from the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan shows this to be only 1 in 4. Fully half said they have not been given the tools to be maximally innovative. Yet 40 years of research shows that given a compass, you can find your way to productive originality. Dr. Ness has given invited lectures around the world on how to improve imaginative thinking. Her evidence-based approach is rooted in real-world experiences and hands-on exercises. This novel method improves the ability to frame-shift, a rarely-discussed theme that Dr. Ness has discovered is the essence of creative thinking. Many tools and insights are provided, as previewed in her TED talk found at:;search:roberta%20ness. Yet the course’s clear organization and vivid examples make these easy to understand, remember, and use. Join Dr. Ness for an inspiring and mind-altering experience that is proven to improve performance on that most elusive of skills: innovation.

Speaker Biography - Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H.

Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H.
Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H. Rockwell Professor of Public Health; Vice President for Innovation; The University of Texas School of Public Health
A recognized expert in medicine and public health, Dr. Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH recently stepped down as dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health, one of the largest such Schools in the nation, with over 1300 masters/doctoral students and 500 faculty and staff on six campuses throughout the state of Texas. Dr. Ness holds the Rockwell Endowed Professorship in Public Health and is Vice President for Innovation. She is a tenured professor of medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and epidemiology. Dr. Ness’s international acclaim is demonstrated by membership in the most esteemed professional society in the U.S., the National Academies of Science as well as other prestigious honorary societies including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Delta Omega Honorary, and the American Epidemiologic Society. She is former president of the top two professional societies in her field, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and associate editor or on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals. Other honors include a 1996 Leadership Award from the Family Health Council; 2006 Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians; 2008 Distinguished Professor of Women’s Health from the Society for General Internal Medicine; 2013 Petersdorf Lectureship from the American Association of Medical Colleges; 2013 Snow Award from the American Public Health Association; and 2014 Athena Swan lectureship at Oxford University. In 2011 she was named as a U.S. Presidential appointee to the Mickey Leland Center for Environmental Air Toxicant Research.

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