April 6th, 2:00 p.m.
Library Viewing Room, William Howard Doane Library
Dr. Bruce Rogers, Augustana College
Where do new and innovative ideas come from? Do new ideas generate from a single scholar working in isolation or from a network of scholars applying their individual expertise in a team setting?
History tends to privilege the individual discoverer, but practice suggests that ideas manifest from a network of individuals. Contemporary problems are too complex for an individual to comprehend in their entirety. For example, finding a cure for cancer or feeding nine billion people are beyond the abilities of any single individual. Networks of researchers and scholars will be needed to solve these large-scale problems.
In this talk, Dr. Rogers will discuss the important role of diversity and weak ties in breakthrough and innovation, and how innovation and invention should be a natural outcome of a liberal arts education.
Dr. Bruce Rogers is a fellow at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He holds a PhD in Mathematics from Arizona State University and recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) at Duke University. His work has appeared in Journal of Natural Resources, the Social Science Research Network, and in the IEEE Proceedings on Decision and Control.