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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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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.

    Lessons of a Salvadoran Refugee’s Path of Success in American Higher Education (with Susana Rivera-Mills, Ph.D., Provost & Executive Vice President, Ball State University)

    Lessons of a Salvadoran Refugee’s Path of Success in American Higher Education (with Susana Rivera-Mills, Ph.D., Provost & Executive Vice President, Ball State University)

    Hard work, family support, and education are often cited as key elements in the success of most of the immigrants to the United States. These hold true for many Hispanics and Dr. Rivera-Mills of Ball State and her experiences and success exemplify that formula. Her success affords evidence to suggest just how Hispanics can achieve similar results.
    We spoke with Dr. Rivera-Mills and asked her to draw on her journey as a first-time Hispanic college attendee as well as her academic and administrative achievements to respond to the following questions: 
    The term “Hispanic” is “stretched” to encompass a multitude of nationalities and cultures of people in the United States. Does the term do justice to the complexity and diversity of persons to whom it is applied? Who is encompassed by the term? How do your experiences as a Hispanic woman compare and relate to what might be typical for today’s Hispanic students? How do Hispanic women fare in American higher education? Except for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the only other federally-designated ethnic or racial higher education institutions are the more than 550 Hispanic-serving institutions in the U.S. How critical a role do these latter colleges and universities play in advancing the educational opportunity and achievement of Hispanic students? If you were an advisor to an American president or state governor and had the opportunity to propose government focus and resources that you believe would accelerate the progress of Hispanic students at any level of education – primary, secondary, postsecondary – what would be your top three recommendations? Dr. Rivera-Mills earned the B.A. and M.A. from the University of Iowa and the Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. She joined the faculty of Oregon State University where she served as a department chair, associate dean, and vice provost. At Ball State, her work focuses on student success for ALL students, and ensuring equitable access to educational opportunities.
    Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search Associates. 
    *The views and opinions shared by the guests on Innovators do not necessarily reflect the views of the interviewee's institution or organization.*

    • 40 min
    A CFO Assesses Impact of Pandemic on an Academic Medical Center (with Brian Burnett, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    A CFO Assesses Impact of Pandemic on an Academic Medical Center (with Brian Burnett, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    Even as the COVID pandemic continues to plague the world, assessments of the effects of the virus and its variants are in order. Healthcare systems have borne some of the brunt of the effects and those associated with the preparation of health professionals have had to adapt “on the fly” to what are sometimes profound changes to the ways they deliver care and conduct education and training.
    Brian Burnett shared his experience and perspective on how COVID impacted the University of Alabama and its healthcare system in answering the following questions:
    What are the ways by which universities involved in the health professions, including medicine, affiliate with or develop the healthcare facilities and experiences needed to educate and train those professionals? How were the human and physical infrastructure of medical schools, clinical facilities, and administrative staff affected by the pandemic? In light of demands placed on healthcare delivery by COVID and its variants and the looming shortage of some physician specialties, new medical schools have been established with more on the way. How do you view this development and what advice would you give to a university, a community, and or a state government considering launching a new medical school? Just how important were remote learning and working to comprehensive universities such as UAB? Do you see these as more or less permanent parts of the landscape? In 10 years, how will the financial and administrative aspects of universities have changed? Brian Burnett joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in 2021 from the University of Maryland where he was interim associate vice president and chief financial officer. He worked in similar posts with the University of Colorado System, the University of Missouri System, and the University of Minnesota.
    Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search Associates. 
    *The views and opinions shared by the guests on Innovators do not necessarily reflect the views of the interviewee's institution or organization.*

    • 26 min
    Digital Health – Technological & Scientific Invention & Innovation in Healthcare (with Dr. Eric Perakslis, Chief Science & Digital Officer, Duke Clinical Research Institute

    Digital Health – Technological & Scientific Invention & Innovation in Healthcare (with Dr. Eric Perakslis, Chief Science & Digital Officer, Duke Clinical Research Institute

    In an extended and extensive interview, Dr. Perakslis drew on his experience in industry, regulatory agencies, and academia as well as his book co-authored with Martin Stanley, Digital Health: Understanding the Benefit-Risk Patient-Provider Framework, to address the following questions: How do we tackle the challenges of the unintended (and undesired) effects of healthcare inventions and innovations for patients? How do the perspectives of leaders of inventors/innovators/developers, regulators, and researchers in healthcare vary from one another in evaluating the importance of the work they oversee? What are the attributes of effective leaders of healthcare organizations that are more or less generic and which are more specific to organizations engaged in drug and device development, in regulating healthcare innovations, and in evaluating the effectiveness and safety of new products and services? Where do you see the newest frontiers for breakthrough developments stemming from digital health? Immediately prior to joining the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Dr. Perakslis was senior vice president and head of the Research & Development Institute of Takeda Pharmaceuticals and that company’s work in oncology, rare diseases, neuroscience, and other fields.  Previously, he also held positions at: Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; U.S. Food and Drug Administration; senior vice president at Johnson & Johnson’s Pharmaceutical R&D Information Technology;  and ArQule, a drug development company acquired by Merck.
    Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search Associates. 
    *The views and opinions shared by the guests on Innovators do not necessarily reflect the views of the interviewee's institution or organization.*

    • 37 min
    Assessing the State of Cancer Research: Insights from an Innovative Clinician-Scientist

    Assessing the State of Cancer Research: Insights from an Innovative Clinician-Scientist

    Dr. Raymond Bergan, Deputy Director at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Center and Professor in both UNMC’s Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and the Division of Oncology and Hematology in the Department of Internal Medicine, joins Innovators to share his assessment of the state of cancer research and what may be reasonably expected within the near future.
     
    Dr. Bergan began his career at Northwestern University where he served as Director of Experimental Therapeutics and Leader of the Prevention Program for the University’s Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition to breakthrough work on early-phase cancer chemo-prevention, he demonstrated a new way for measuring prevention therapy in the individual cancer patient, important steps toward precision medicine and personalized therapy.
    In 2015, Dr. Bergan was recruited to join the Oregon Health & Science University as Head of hematology and oncology and as Associate Director of medical oncology for the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU. There too he led work that enabled individualized patient treatment with greater precision of effectiveness in ways that can change how cancer is treated henceforth. In late 2020, Dr. Bergan joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
    His undergraduate degree is from the State University of New York at Buffalo and he earned the M.D. from the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, where he also completed his internship and residency. He was awarded two fellowships in the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
    Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search Associates. 
    *The views and opinions shared by the guests on Innovators do not necessarily reflect the views of the interviewee's institution or organization.*

    • 47 min
    Healthcare Information Security (with Jack Kufahl, Chief Information Security Officer at Michigan Medicine)

    Healthcare Information Security (with Jack Kufahl, Chief Information Security Officer at Michigan Medicine)

    Jack Kufahl, Chief Information Security Officer at Michigan Medicine, joins Innovators to talk about the world of information security as it relates to healthcare.
    Jack Kufahl is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining the Michigan Medicine information assurance program. He directs all information assurance activity across the academic medical center to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of electronic information and IT/Information Service (IS) resources critical to the tripartite mission of patient care, research, and education at Michigan Medicine.
    Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search Associates. 
    *The views and opinions shared by the guests on Innovators do not necessarily reflect the views of the interviewee's institution or organization.*

    • 44 min
    Cybersecurity Strategy, Policy, and People (with Fred H. Cate, Vice President for Research at Indiana University)

    Cybersecurity Strategy, Policy, and People (with Fred H. Cate, Vice President for Research at Indiana University)

    Fred H. Cate – vice president for research, Distinguished Professor, C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law and adjunct professor of informatics and computing at Indiana University – joins Innovators to talk about the state of cybersecurity and how policies in the cybersecurity world impact people around the globe.
    Professor Cate specializes in information security and privacy law, and he appears regularly before Congress and government agencies on these subjects.
    Professor Cate has served on numerous government, industry, and National Academies committees relating to privacy and information security. His most recent book, "Bulk Collection: Systematic Government Access to Private-Sector Data," was published in 2017. He attended Oxford University and received his J.D. and his A.B. with honors and distinction from Stanford University.
    Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search Associates. 
    *The views and opinions shared by the guests on Innovators do not necessarily reflect the views of the interviewee's institution or organization.*

    • 26 min

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