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"Fear, the biggest impediment to Innovation" Lecture by Dr. David Pensak

College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology

Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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Dr. David Pensak


"The word innovation has become meaningless from overuse. Its only value now is as politically correct window dressing to get funding to go back and do what you should have been doing in the first place. A check of Google shows approximately 100,000,000 hits. I’m frequently shocked to see how insecure even the top brains of organizations are about their own ability to innovate. There is a mysticism surrounding the concept of innovation that scares even the best of the best from even attempting to follow their dreams. The misconception is that the ability to innovate is selective, magically bestowed upon some lucky few who alone hold the power to change the world. But the mind-power behind innovation is quite basic, extremely logical, and undoubtedly inherent in any human being living and breathing today. It’s scary to realize that all too often the big guys in charge think it is much easier to intimidate than to innovate. These same business executives and academic scholars won’t believe in their own power of innovation because they don’t want to believe in the creative capacities of their subordinates. That’s the beauty of innovation: it comes about in situations all people experience in life, like needing to help a friend. Innovation doesn’t have to happen in a laboratory, during a ‘eureka’ moment in which a mad scientist discovers some radioactive compound. In fact, such moments aren’t examples of innovation at all."

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MLK Jr Student Center, Parlor C, Delaware State University
1200 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE 19901

Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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This lecture is presented as part of the 2013-2014 season of the Dean's Distinguished Lecturer Series (sponsored by the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology (CMNST)). The mission of the lecture series is to make current issues in science and innovation relevant to Everyone. These talks are free and open to the public.  For more information about this series, please visit

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2013-02-24 14:04:02
Dr. Pensak's update:
Startup Open (, a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week, is a competition to identify the 50 most innovative startup ventures from around the world.   It is supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (
I am delighted to report that my latest company - Ubiquishield - has been named to that list for 2012.  Having been similarly honored for my controlled vapor release company - Vaporiety - in 2011, I am the only two time winner of the competition (and, apparently, the oldest winner each time, giving support to the claim that you are never too old to innovate).  The full list of winners is at
Ubiquishield is a family of textiles which are fireproof, waterproof, breathable, and extremely light weight.  They have already found homes in museums and libraries (to protect against damage from sprinkler systems and fire), in hospitals for preventing fires in operating rooms, in apparel (lab coats, chef's jackets),  in construction (as a fire block), and more.
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