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JOHN DAVIES: Marking a decade of discovering innovators

JOHN DAVIES: Marking a decade of discovering innovators

The late Ralph Braun told the story of being a young man confined to a wheelchair who wanted to get to work. So he built a vehicle wheelchair lift that has given freedom to countless people globally while employing 700 people at Braun Industries in Winamac.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Looking for next generation of pioneers

JOHN DAVIES: Looking for next generation of pioneers

As automakers look at systems that can robotically pilot a car, and Chicago launches digital manufacturing, it may seem silly to ask where the next generation of pioneers will come from.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Center getting to ‘right’ in nursing care

JOHN DAVIES: Center getting to ‘right’ in nursing care

No, this is not about politics! It’s about doing the right thing for the right patient in the right way at the right time. It’s about doing it right and knowing what makes it right!

August 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: Real food meals for tube-fed people

JOHN DAVIES: Real food meals for tube-fed people

Most Americans take for granted the bounty on our tables, but we realize natural foods are better for us.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: Adventures of Task Force Tips napkin

JOHN DAVIES: Adventures of Task Force Tips napkin

When does tradition become an anchor to innovation?

June 08, 2014 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Falk’s secret weapon in pushing frontiers

JOHN DAVIES: Falk’s secret weapon in pushing frontiers

Do you agree an innovative business model in one industry can sometimes be used in another?

May 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: Keller making 'sweet music' on shop floor

JOHN DAVIES: Keller making 'sweet music' on shop floor

Harmony is something we normally associate with music, but Don Keller applies it to the factory floor.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Congratulations

Congratulations

To the 2013– 2014 Members, Fellows and Chanute Prize Recipients in The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana

March 30, 2014 8:40 pm Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: Journey of our Higgs-Boson scientist

JOHN DAVIES: Journey of our Higgs-Boson scientist

Here’s how a Purdue Calumet scientist helped find the Higgs-Boson, or the “God particle.” Remember, it was big news when discovered last year!

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: Red Tails now fighting for area youths

JOHN DAVIES: Red Tails now fighting for area youths

By now, most know that nearly 1,000 black pilots challenged the status quo by their courage and discipline in protecting American B-17s. As bomber escorts, they flew the P-51 planes with red tails made famous in the movie “Red Tails.”

February 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: ‘Car Wars’ and steel’s weight challenge

JOHN DAVIES: ‘Car Wars’ and steel’s weight challenge

In this time of competition for alternate materials for the next generation of automobiles, I ponder if Northwest Indiana is engaged in a great global drama called “Car Wars.”

January 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: In pursuit of Innovation-driven companies

JOHN DAVIES: In pursuit of Innovation-driven companies

As the national economy turns the corner, and employment levels inch upward, Elevate Ventures is seeking “innovation-driven companies” to stimulate equity investment and jobs in Northwest Indiana.

December 08, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: Moving beyond anti-bullying strategies

JOHN DAVIES: Moving beyond anti-bullying strategies

In the face of recent tragic suicides of children from New York to Nevada, at least one educator is urging social innovation to transform current approaches to anti-bullying strategies.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: Innovation is happening all around NWI

JOHN DAVIES: Innovation is happening all around NWI

Is innovation an everyday occurrence in Northwest Indiana?

October 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Wowing kids with wonders of science

Wowing kids with wonders of science

Francisco Ezell, a first-grader at McKinley Elementary School, holds a recycled granite “Pal.”

September 08, 2013 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Wowing kids with wonders of science

JOHN DAVIES: Wowing kids with wonders of science

What happens when first- and second-graders encounter cow eyeballs, pig hearts and granite rocks?

September 08, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: Making ‘light bulbs go off’ for kids

JOHN DAVIES: Making ‘light bulbs go off’ for kids

When you work around creative and innovative people, the conversation inevitably turns to innovation and youth.

August 11, 2013 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: The science of using bugs to solve crimes

JOHN DAVIES: The science of using bugs to solve crimes

Down the hallway from a bumper sticker that reads "Back Off. I’m a Scientist," resides Neal H. Haskell, a world renowned forensic entomologist in the Evans Arts and Sciences Building at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: CIVS provides innovative solutions beyond engineering

JOHN DAVIES: CIVS provides innovative solutions beyond engineering

This is a place where ideas and complexity come to life on the screen from the beauty of intricate French poetry to the grandeur of a massive blast furnace.

April 14, 2013 12:00 am
7 Steps to an Innovative Organization!

7 Steps to an Innovative Organization!

Innovation is what we do naturally in Northwest Indiana.

March 29, 2013 8:49 am Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: Prince's innovation helping girls in Gary

JOHN DAVIES: Prince's innovation helping girls in Gary

Can children be nurtured and yet learn boundaries of behavior? Of course!

March 10, 2013 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Route of innovation includes twists, turns

JOHN DAVIES: Route of innovation includes twists, turns

Are creative entrepreneurs self-taught?

February 10, 2013 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: 'Me and coffee pot' launch model company

JOHN DAVIES: 'Me and coffee pot' launch model company

Like Thomas Edison, Gregg A. VanDusseldorp Sr. got his start in a small incubator of big ideas.

January 13, 2013 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Enough talk; let’s walk our national park

JOHN DAVIES: Enough talk; let’s walk our national park

Those of us who have been around a while think we know our national park.

December 09, 2012 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Gary filmmakers tackle ‘the elephant’

JOHN DAVIES: Gary filmmakers tackle ‘the elephant’

One of the films featured during the Gary International Black Film Festival was called “Goners.”

October 14, 2012 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Visclosky urges NWI to invest in our future

JOHN DAVIES: Visclosky urges NWI to invest in our future

Those of us in Northwest Indiana have a habit of focusing on things not always positive, and sometimes we miss the present.

September 09, 2012 12:00 am
FACES OF INNOVATION: Building better mousetrap is only the beginning

FACES OF INNOVATION: Building better mousetrap is only the beginning

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. Right?

August 12, 2012 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Purdue Tech Center evolving with spirit of discovery

JOHN DAVIES: Purdue Tech Center evolving with spirit of discovery

Which best describes the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana?

July 08, 2012 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: IVDiagnostics calls for cancer research center

JOHN DAVIES: IVDiagnostics calls for cancer research center

Is it possible for Northwest Indiana to blaze new trails in the complex medical field of advanced molecular cancer diagnosis and research?

June 10, 2012 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: St. John woman is granite's ‘rock star'

JOHN DAVIES: St. John woman is granite's ‘rock star'

Stone masons split blocks of granite older than the time of dinosaurs to make modern products like counter tops.

May 13, 2012 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Title I school is target for $100,000

JOHN DAVIES: Title I school is target for $100,000

When Principal Angela Hambling of Rolling Prairie Elementary School takes staff out to celebrate, she always orders dessert first!

April 08, 2012 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: A new venture to provide venture capital

JOHN DAVIES: A new venture to provide venture capital

Talk to Charlie McGill, the new "entrepreneur in residence" for Elevate Ventures, and get ready to be inspired about the future for Northwest Indiana.

March 11, 2012 10:16 am
JOHN DAVIES: A 'green shoot' grows IT in NWI

JOHN DAVIES: A 'green shoot' grows IT in NWI

There's a "green shoot" growing in Merrillville that could lead to even more growth in the unlikely field of information technology in Northwest Indiana.

February 12, 2012 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Legends' Compass points the way for children

JOHN DAVIES: Legends' Compass points the way for children

Is it possible the children of Northwest Indiana will discover the immense human treasure that exists in our region?

January 08, 2012 12:00 am Related
JOHN DAVIES: Chambers boost innovation in Northwest Indiana

JOHN DAVIES: Chambers boost innovation in Northwest Indiana

What do the Crossroads Regional Chamber, Gary Chamber, Lakeshore Chamber, Michigan City Area Chamber, Starke County Chamber and the Greater Valparaiso Chamber have in common?

December 11, 2011 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Center helps re-imagine a new Northwest Indiana

JOHN DAVIES: Center helps re-imagine a new Northwest Indiana

Imagine Northwest Indiana as a best-in-class resource for cutting-edge solutions to high-tech problems, from trouble-shooting to "what if" scenarios.

November 13, 2011 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: An annual wake-up call for innovation

JOHN DAVIES: An annual wake-up call for innovation

Sharing his story of being a young man confined to a wheelchair who just wanted to get to work, Ralph Braun invented a vehicle wheelchair lift that has given freedom to thousands worldwide while employing 700 people at Braun Industries.

October 09, 2011 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Inspiration leads to national registry of abusers

JOHN DAVIES: Inspiration leads to national registry of abusers

In this era of a digital revolution, Myra Spearman, of Gary's Miller neighborhood, has launched what is now known as the National Domestic Violence Registry.

September 11, 2011 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Innovation is antidote to lack of competitiveness

JOHN DAVIES: Innovation is antidote to lack of competitiveness

Innovation seems to be growing, and this is good news in a global economy. Why? Innovation is the antidote to a lack of competitiveness.

August 14, 2011 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Pioneering a 'destination' meteorology program

JOHN DAVIES: Pioneering a 'destination' meteorology program

Storm chasing isn't a term of choice for Bart J. Wolf, Ph.D. He'd rather call it a storm field study.

July 10, 2011 12:00 am
JOHN DAVIES: Valpo company is king in RC world

JOHN DAVIES: Valpo company is king in RC world

This company is a supplier to the world of high performance parts that are changing the radio-controlled race car industry.

June 12, 2011 12:00 am

JOHN DAVIES: Sourlis scores 'touch down' with MortarNet

Tom Sourlis is a world-class rugby athlete better known for his philanthropy and business skill as founder of MortarNet.

May 08, 2011 12:00 am

JOHN DAVIES: Innovation against all odds defines Braun

How quickly can mobility be lost. So I wonder if through unforeseen circumstances, we could rise to the courage of Ralph William Braun, CEO of The Braun Corp.

April 10, 2011 12:00 am

JOHN DAVIES: University chancellor led a transformation

Howard Cohen is close enough to the end of his job at Purdue University Calumet to see the beginning of a new "intellectual adventure."

March 13, 2011 12:00 am

JOHN DAVIES: Transforming how students view 'first patients'

Ernest Talarico Jr. always wanted to be a physician.

February 13, 2011 12:00 am

JOHN DAVIES: Targeting industrial innovators of the world

Most of us wouldn't think twice about dropping a small packet of detergent in our dishwashers or laundry machines, but maybe we should.

January 09, 2011 12:00 am

FACES OF INNOVATION: Mission Ocean is challenge for nation's youths

When a nuclear submarine was christened last month in Newport News as the future USS California, dignitaries learned that students back in California were operating a web-based submarine called "Mission Ocean" as part of this event.

December 12, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DAVIES: Survivor helps patients with rare cancer

What are the chances of surviving cancer so rare that the odds of contracting it are only 1 out of 10 million?

November 14, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DAVIES: ArcelorMittal achieves technological marvel

More of us need to know about a global research and development center in East Chicago where the spirit of innovation is strong and the commitment to steelmaking expertise robust.

October 10, 2010 12:00 am

FACES OF INNOVATION: Fair Oaks Farms wins prize for innovation

I have long admired the diversity of our region, from the agricultural bounty in the southern counties to big steel along the lakeshore.

September 12, 2010 12:00 am
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