Whether you are a student or an established scientist, researcher or engineer, you can learn to be more innovative. In "Innovation Generation," internationally renowned physician and scientist Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H., presents methods for enhancing individual creativity and innovation. Based on a program at The University of Texas, Ness" book provides rigorously tested techniques to expand an individual"s ability to generate original ideas. These tools include analogy, expanding assumptions, pulling questions apart, changing one"s point of view, reversing one"s thinking and getting the most out of multidisciplinary groups, to name a few. The book also explains how to integrate these newly acquired innovative thinking skills with the normal process of scientific thinking.
Ness, a recognized expert in women"s health research, became dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health in November 2008. She also holds the M. David Low Chair in Public Health and is a professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control. In 2011, she began serving as vice president of innovation at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.