Author Archives: Peter J. Taylor

About Peter J. Taylor

Peter Taylor teaches and directs programs on critical thinking, reflective practice, and science-in-society at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He studies the complexity of environmental and health sciences in their social context as well as innovation in teaching, group process, and interdisciplinary collaboration (see He is especially interested in conversations with others who are, in diverse ways, "troubled by heterogeneity" (

statements or questions after the workshop introductions

“After all the intros, extract from our sheets of connections 5 statements or questions” (feel free to contribute more statements or questions) How can we engage people earlier on to introduce public health careers – like epi and biostats ­– … Continue reading

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Gathered thoughts from 9/9/12 workshop, shared

1. Name one incident/comment/reaction/quote that stands out from this project as a whole. ask the people being measured what measures are important to them common thread to help educate colleagues–junior & senior and non-epidemiologists — on what epi can do … Continue reading

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Program for 4-hour workshop on Creativity & Innovation in Epidemiologic Research

Workshop, American College of Epidemiology, 8am-12.15pm, 9/9/12 led by Peter J. Taylor Graduate track in Science in a Changing World University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA 02125, USA. Assisted by: Nancy Kreiger, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of … Continue reading

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Creativity in epidemiology research, education and practice (ACE task force)

From ACE newsletter, August 2012 Sandy Sulsky Over the course of some half dozen meetings, a task force of ACE Members and Fellows (Melinda Aldrich, Robert Hiatt, Nancy Kreiger, Richard Rothenberg, and I, as chair) attempted to identify existing barriers … Continue reading

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Purpose of the blog

This blog has been initiated to extend a series of workshops that explore ways to open up new directions in epidemiological thinking and research.  In the workshops participants are introduced to tools and processes for individual reflection and group interaction … Continue reading

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Tools for Innovative Thinking in Epidemiology

Roberta B. Ness, Dean, University of Texas School of Public Health, has a recent article, “Tools for Innovative Thinking in Epidemiology,” Am. J. Epidemiol. (2012) 175 (8): 733-738.  The abstract: Innovation is the engine of scientific progress. Concern has been … Continue reading

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“no longer possible to simply continue along previous lines”

To be interested in creative thinking in epidemiology is to accept that it is “no longer possible to simply continue along previous lines” (to quote a foreign participant in a past workshop). Now, it makes good sense to continue along … Continue reading

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