Innovators

Innovators

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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.


The Evolution and Development of Hispanic & Latinx Americans in STEM (with Raquel Tamez, CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)
Nov 29 • 35 min
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.
The Role of the Land Grant University (with Dr. Susan Fritz, the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska)
Nov 15 • 27 min
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…
The Role of the Supply Chain in Food Security (with Dr. Eleftherios Iakovou, Director, Manufacturing and Logistics Innovation Initiatives, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station)
Nov 8 • 38 min
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…
The Importance of Veterinary Medicine in Healthcare (with Dr. Michael Lairmore, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis)
Oct 23 • 29 min
Dr. Michael Lairmore, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, 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…
Attracting International Students to U.S. Engineering Programs (with Dr. Leo Kempel, Dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan State University)
Aug 16 • 30 min
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.
Improving the Student Experience at Drexel University (with Dr. Brian Blake, Provost at Drexel University)
Feb 5 • 23 min
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…
The Importance of Partnerships in Academia and Healthcare (with Dr. Charles Taylor, Provost and EVP of Academic Affairs at the University of North Texas)
Oct 31, 2018 • 27 min
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
The Power of Leadership in Healthcare (with Dave Appino and Joe Mazzenga of NuBrick Partners)
Oct 1, 2018 • 26 min
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.
How Technology Can Impact the Doctor/Patient Experience (with Dr. King Li, dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine)
Sep 19, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Artificial Intelligence and Precision Medicine (with Dr. Douglas Miller, Founder & CEO of Cognitive Diagnosis)
Aug 23, 2018 • 21 min
Dr. Douglas Miller joins Innovators to talk about how artificial intelligence and precision medicine can be used to positively impact the healthcare system.
The Critical Role of Biomedical Informatics (with Dr. Philip Payne, Director of the Institute for Informatics at Washington University in St. Louis)
Aug 7, 2018 • 32 min
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…
The Impact of Academic Health Centers (with Paul Umbach, Founder and Senior Principal at Tripp Umbach)
May 8, 2018 • 30 min
The Founder and Senior Principal at Tripp Umbach, joins Innovators to talk about the impact of academic health centers in the wider healthcare landscape.
Crisis Management and Communication in Higher Education (with Dr. Joseph Brennan, PRSA Fellow and Public Relations Professional)
Apr 9, 2018 • 30 min
Dr. Joseph Brennan joins Innovators to talk about how universities and colleges can more effectively communicate during times of crisis on their campuses and how institutions of higher education must adapt to these challenging times
How to Develop Strong Leadership in Healthcare (with Dr. Ed Funai, Chief Operating Officer, USF Health)
Mar 19, 2018 • 24 min
Dr. Ed Funai, Chief Operating Officer of USF Health, joins Innovators to talk about the importance of well-coordinated teamwork in providing great healthcare to their patients
Overseeing Academic Recruitment: An Institutional View (with Dr. Terry Curry, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources at Michigan State University)
Feb 20, 2018 • 24 min
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,…
How Does a Lack of Diversity Hurt Institutions? (with Dr. Dennis Mitchell, Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion for Columbia University)
Jan 31, 2018 • 18 min
Dr. Dennis Mitchell joins Innovators to talk about the importance of diversity in institutions of higher education
Leading the Research Enterprise (with Dr. Sally Rockey, Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research)
Jan 4, 2018 • 22 min
Dr. Sally Rockey, who became the inaugural Executive Director Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) in 2015, talks to Innovators host Joann Fax about the importance of innovation and the food research enterprise.…
Are Universities Training Students to Meet the Needs of Employers? (with Dr. Christopher T. Jones, Corporate Vice President and President of Northrop Grumman Technology Services)
Dec 22, 2017 • 23 min
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,…
The Chief Diversity Officer and Its Impact in Higher Education (with Dr. Judy Jackson, Chief Diversity Officer at MIT)
Oct 23, 2017 • 35 min
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.
The Role of the Chair in Search Committees (with Danielle Holley-Walker, Dean of the Howard University School of Law)
Oct 9, 2017 • 21 min
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.
Strategic Enrollment Management (with Dr. Pelema Morrice, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Missouri)
Sep 25, 2017 • 21 min
The Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Missouri joins Innovators to talk about how enrollment practices have evolved over the course of the past few decades.
STEM Research and Higher Education’s Role (with Dr. Emily Miller, Associate Vice President of the Association of American Universities)
Sep 4, 2017 • 21 min
Dr. Emily Miller, the associate vice president of the Association of American Universities, joins Innovators to talk about the growth of STEM in schools and higher education’s role in expanding and furthering STEM’s mission
The Evolution and Importance of Research Institutions (with Dr. Stephen Lanier, Vice President for Research at Wayne State University)
Aug 28, 2017 • 16 min
Dr. Stephen Lanier, the vice president for research at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, talks to Rick Skinner about the importance of making research institutions cross-disciplinary instead of siloed. Dr. Lanier talks about how universities…
Building STEM Capacity (with Patricia Woody Reeves, Founder and President of PWR Consulting)
Aug 14, 2017 • 19 min
Patricia Woody Reeves, the founder and president of PWR Consulting, joins Joann Fax to talk about building resources and creating energy around the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The Role of Leadership in Higher Education (with Dr. Lisa Freeman, Interim President of Northern Illinois University)
Aug 11, 2017 • 17 min
Host Joann Fax is joined by Dr. Lisa Freeman, the interim president of Northern Illinois University, to talk about leadership roles for women in higher education and plenty more.
The Research Enterprise in Higher Education (with Dr. Walter Horton)
Aug 7, 2017 • 17 min
In the first episode of Innovators, Joann Fax talks with Dr. Walter Horton, the Associate Vice President for Research at Texas State University, and they explore the role and importance of research in higher education