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The Innovators podcast, a product of Harris Search Associates, features interesting conversations with global thought leaders in the areas of higher education and research, engineering, technology, and the health sciences and provides our listeners an opportunity to benefit from lessons learned from the national leaders changing the landscape of innovation and discovery.
 
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Dr. David Allison – Dean of the School of Public Health at Indiana University Bloomington – joins Innovators to talk about what perceptions and trust are like today in fields like research, public health, and public safety, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Allison became Dean and Provost Professor at the Indiana University-Bloomington Scho…
 
Very soon, the likelihood is that one or more of the COVID-19 vaccines will be approved for use with children under age 12 and for the first time in the pandemic, children will be afforded the protection provided adults. Listen to a special Innovators podcast of excerpts from three guests — leaders in pediatric research — Dr. Tina Cheng (Chief Medi…
 
Dr. Tina Cheng, Chief Medical Officer at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, joins Innovators to talk about the state of pediatric research, what came before, and what comes next for the field. Dr. Tina Cheng is the BK Rachford Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati; Director of Cincinnati Children’s Research F…
 
Dr. Sarah Stone, Executive Director of the eScience Institute at the University of Washington, and Dr. Jing Liu, Managing Director of the Michigan Institute for Data Science at the University of Michigan, join Innovators to discuss the Burgeoning and Expanding Field of Data Science. Dr. Sarah Stone is the Executive Director of the eScience Institut…
 
Mark Wietecha, CEO of Children's Hospital Association, joins Innovators to talk about the progress made in pediatric research and what he expects from his organization and children's hospitals around the country in the coming years. From the Children's Hospital's website: Mark is CEO of Children's Hospital Association (CHA), representing over 200 c…
 
Dr. Mark Batshaw - Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief at Children's National Medical Center – joins Innovators to talk about the next innovations and breakthroughs in the field of pediatric research. Mark L. Batshaw, M.D., is executive vice president, physician-in-chief, and chief academic officer at Children’s National Hospital, and a…
 
Dr. Jennifer Christner MD, Dean of the School of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, joins Innovators to talk about how to build medical schools and healthcare systems around a more diverse generation of physicians and healthcare professionals. With her creativity in approaching the learning process balanced with her understanding of the requir…
 
Dr. Duane Ireland, Acting Dean of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, joins Innovators to talk about the mission and goals of A&M's student-centered business program, how he measures success, and more. On top of being named Acting Dean of the school in January, Dr. Ireland has served as Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at M…
 
Dr. Cristina Gonzalez, Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, joins Innovators to talk about implicit bias in education and how schools can combat it when selecting and elevating students. In 2011, Dr. Gonzalez's leadership was recognized nationally through the Unified Leadership Training in Diversity Award from the Assoc…
 
Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President of Howard University, joins Innovators to talk about how his institution continues to deliver excellence in many fields, and how Howard is innovating to cope with the ongoing pandemic. Dr. Frederick was named Howard president in 2014, and also serves as the distinguished Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery. Dr. …
 
Dr. Elsa Murano, the former president of Texas A&M and current director of the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, joins Innovators to talk about the world's food production system and how it has been disrupted during the pandemic. Dr. Murano was appointed Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety in the United States Department o…
 
Klara Jelinkova, Vice President for International Operations and IT at Rice University, joins Innovators to talk about how technology influences and can enhance international education at universities of higher education. Jelinkova holds a Master's in Education from Boston University and a Bachelor's in Economics and Slavic Languages from the Unive…
 
Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), joins Innovators to assess the long-term impact of 2020's high-profile protests against systemic racism in the wake of the murders of George Floyd and other unarmed Black Americans. Dr. Lomax also talks about the ongoing pandemic that has claimed the lives of Black Americ…
 
Dr. Caroline Buckee, Associate Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard University, joins Innovators to talk about championing the fight against infectious diseases and what challenges still lie ahead for the world of public health in a post-COVID-19 world. After completing her undergraduate studies, Buckee earned a maste…
 
Dr. Allison Brashear, Dean of the University of California-Davis School of Medicine, joins Innovators to talk about her program’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the pandemic has helped her West Coast medical school expand translational research, topple organizational silos, and embrace a curricular shift to lifelong learning. Dr. Brashea…
 
Donde Plowman, PhD, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee’s flagship Knoxville campus, discusses her institution’s COVID-19 response in the latest installment of Innovators. Chancellor Plowman earned her doctorate in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin, an undergraduate degree with a major in English from Southern Method…
 
Bernadette M. Melnyk, PhD, chief wellness officer at The Ohio State University, analyzes the U.S. healthcare system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the latest installment of Innovators. The outbreak was destined to be a global crisis, Melnyk said. However, in her estimation, it was made far worse by our less-than-ideal response to it. Melnyk…
 
Robert Hinson (USAF, Lt. General (Ret), Executive Director of The National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska, joins Innovators to talk about how he leads NSRI and how UARCs function to protect the nation from a myriad of growing global threats. Hinson joined the University of Nebraska on August 1, 2012, following a n…
 
Santa J. Ono, PhD, a biomedical researcher and president of the University of British Columbia, assesses COVID-19’s impact on higher education —and society as a whole —in the latest edition of the higher education podcast Innovators. Just as COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on the health and wellbeing of some population groups (e.g., seni…
 
Dr. Ajit Yoganathan – The Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Chair in Biomedical Engineering & Regents' Professor at The Georgia Institute of Technology – joins Innovators to talk about his history in biomedical engineering and the background on the field as a field of higher education. Dr. Yoganathan and host Dr. Rick Skinner also conclude t…
 
Dr. Donna Petersen joins Innovators to talk about how the coronavirus has shown a spotlight on the good and the bad of America's public health system. In the early stages of America's battle with COVID-19, Dr. Petersen talks about the public's knowledge and understanding of the country's health system and how state and federal lawmakers and healthc…
 
Dr. Adrianna Kezar, Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California, joins Innovators to examine the state of higher education when viewed against harsh criticism, external factors, and the facts around enrollment, faculty, and the changing workforce. Dr. Kezar and Innovators host Rick Skinner also talk …
 
Dr. Mónica Bugallo, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stonybrook University, joins Innovators to talk about STEM and efforts to improve science and technological learnings. Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search Associates. The show is produced by Grant Burkhardt. *The views and opinions shared by the guests on Innova…
 
Raquel Tamez, the CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), joins Innovators to talk about the importance of the development of hispanic and latinx professionals in America, especially in STEM fields. Tamez talks about SHPE's role in the landscape and the reasons for her to be "cautiously optimistic" about the evolution and tren…
 
Dr. Susan Fritz joins Innovators to talk about the University of Nebraska and other Land Grant institutions across the country, and their role in higher education, policy, and their place in the world. Dr. Fritz is the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska. She recently spent several…
 
Dr. Eleftherios Iakovou joins Innovators to talk about the importance of the global supply chain in the world of food strength and security. Dr. Iakovou and Rick Skinner discuss the need for communication, organization, and transportation – all essential parts of the supply chain – to ensure food safety for the most amount of people worldwide. Dr. …
 
Dr. Michael Lairmore joins Innovators to talk about the important role of veterinary medicine in overall human healthcare. Dr. Lairmore talks about the "One Health" approach, which helps doctors add to the understanding of biology, public health, and places where the lives of animals and humans intersect. Dr. Lairmore started at UC Davis in 2011, a…
 
Dr. Leo Kempel and Rick Skinner talk about immigration, diversity, and how schools like MSU are trying to attract international students to their graduate engineering programs. Dr. Kempel is the Dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan State University since 2013 and got his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1…
 
Dr. Brian Blake joins Innovators to talk about how Drexel University has evolved as a technology institution and become one of the most complete universities in the country. Dr. Blake talks about the university's ambitions to be the "most civically engaged university in the country" and what the school is doing to improve the lives of their undergr…
 
Dr. Charles Taylor, Provost and EVP of Academic Affairs at the University of North Texas, joins Innovators to talk about partnerships in healthcare and academia. Dr. Taylor also talks to Innovators host Rick Skinner about the specific features and characteristics of the state of Texas and how that impacts his work. In addition to being the Provost …
 
Dave Appino and Joe Mazzenga of NuBrick Partners join Innovators to talk about the power of leadership and the role of careful alignment in building healthcare teams. Appino is Vice President at NuBrick and directs project management in serving client needs as well as project design and implementation. At NuBrick, Mazzenga focuses on leadership ass…
 
Dr. King Li, the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, joins Innovators to talk about the role of technology in healthcare and how it can improve and change the humanistic nature of the doctor/patient experience. Before being appointed at Illinois, Dr. Li was the senior associate dean for clinical and …
 
Dr. Douglas Miller joins Innovators to talk about how artificial intelligence and precision medicine can be used to positively impact the healthcare system. Dr. Miller is the founder and CEO of Cognitive Diagnosis, a Canadian-based firm that uses artificial intelligence to improve healthcare and the patient experience. He served over a decade as th…
 
Dr. Philip Payne joins Innovators to talk about the crucial role of biomedical informatics in healthcare and in training the next wave of medical professionals. Dr. Payne is the founding director of the Institute for Informatics at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also serves as the Robert J. Terry Professor and Professor of Computer Sc…
 
Paul Umbach - the Founder and Senior Principal at Tripp Umbach, a Pittsburgh, Pa. based consulting firm focused on healthcare, higher education, community health, economic development and real estate development - joins Innovators to talk about the impact of academic health centers in the wider healthcare landscape. He also touches on how medical s…
 
Dr. Joseph Brennan, a public relations professional with a long career working inside colleges and universities, joins Innovators to talk about how institutions of higher education can more effectively communicate through times of crisis on their campuses. In his career, Dr. Brennan served as the Vice President of Communications at the University o…
 
Dr. Ed Funai, the Chief Operating Officer at USF Health - whose academic career includes time at Yale, Ohio State University, and the University of South Florida, among others - joins Innovators to talk about the importance of well-coordinated teamwork in providing great healthcare to their patients. Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Sea…
 
Dr. Terry Curry, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources at Michigan State University, joins Innovators to talk about how recruiting talent in academia and higher education has changed over time due to globalization, the women's movement, and many other factors. Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search…
 
Dr. Dennis Mitchell, Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion for Columbia University, joins Innovators to talk about the importance of diversity in institutions of higher education. Dr. Mitchell talks with Rick Skinner about how complex problems that universities (and societies) face require diversity of background, opinion, and thought. I…
 
Dr. Sally Rockey, who in 2015 became the inaugural Executive Director Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), talks to Innovators host Joann Fax about the importance of innovation and the food research enterprise. She also gives some advice to young people who want to break into and make a difference in the fo…
 
Dr. Christopher T. Jones, the Corporate Vice President and President of Northrop Grumman Technology Services, joins Innovators to talk about the role that universities play (and should play) in training students to enter the workforce. Among other topics, Dr. Jones also talks about the selection of interns and how they ensure diversity in their sel…
 
Dr. Judy "JJ" Jackson, the Chief Diversity Officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joins Innovators to talk about the state of diversity and inclusion in higher education and the role of the Chief Diversity Officer in making change. Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search Associates and is produced by Grant Burkhardt. *The…
 
Danielle Holley-Walker - the Dean of the Howard University School of Law - joins Joann Fax to talk about how universities can more effectively utilize search committees when looking for educators and executives. Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search Associates and is produced by Grant Burkhardt. *The views and opinions shared by guest…
 
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