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Future Tense Podcast featured Dyson Professor Anne Toomey in "Reinventing research – Part Two: Impact, outputs, and the US National Research Cloud"

09/29/2020

Future Tense Podcast featured Dyson Professor Anne Toomey in "Reinventing research – Part Two: Impact, outputs, and the US National Research Cloud"

There’s bipartisan support in the United States for the establishment of a national AI research cloud. So, how would academics benefit and what role would big tech play in its operations? Also, problems with academic inclusivity in the developing world, and could alternative channels of distribution soon rival the primacy of peer-reviewed journals? Guests: Assistant Professor Anne Toomey – Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University; Dr Catriona Manville – Research Leader, RAND Europe; Professor John Etchemendy – Co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University.

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ABC National Radio mentioned Dyson Professor Anne Toomey and her colleagues’ research in "Reinventing research – Part Two: Impact, outputs, and the US National Research Cloud"

09/14/2020

ABC National Radio mentioned Dyson Professor Anne Toomey and her colleagues’ research in "Reinventing research – Part Two: Impact, outputs, and the US National Research Cloud"

There’s bipartisan support in the United States for the establishment of a national AI research cloud. So, how would academics benefit and what role would big tech would play in its operations?

Also, problems with academic inclusivity in the developing world, and could alternative channels of distribution soon rival the primacy of peer-reviewed journals?

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Assistant Professor Anne Toomey – Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University

Dr Catriona Manville – Research Leader, RAND Europe

Professor John Etchemendy – Co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University

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Patch featured Dyson Professors Anne Toomey and Monica Palta in "Pace U Researchers Champion Call to Protect Scientific Diversity"

07/01/2020

Patch featured Dyson Professors Anne Toomey and Monica Palta in "Pace U Researchers Champion Call to Protect Scientific Diversity"

International scientists call on leadership to actively support a diversity, equity, and inclusion focus into all COVID-19-recovery efforts

A team of international scientists coordinated by Pace University and the University of Vienna in an article published recently in Nature Ecology & Evolution called for a collective effort by the entire scientific community, especially those in leadership positions, to actively support the retention and diversity of early-career scientists during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The article's authors emphasize the consequences this crisis will have on early-career scientists, especially those from communities historically underrepresented in the fields of environmental sciences, including minorities, women, researchers from the Global South, and persons with disabilities. This is particularly relevant in the current moment, as longstanding racial health and social inequities in the United States lead to worse health outcomes for African Americans and other minority groups during epidemics, placing additional burdens on scientists from these communities as they grapple with additional emotional and financial stress.

"It is important that we keep in mind the life perspective and diversity of scientists," says Bea Maas, PhD, University of Vienna, lead author of the article.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses major challenges for all sectors of society, including scientists faced with abrupt disruptions and redirections of research and higher education in general.

"Coping with the current and long-term consequences of the pandemic for underrepresented communities requires courageous and communal action from the entire scientific community," says co-author Anne Toomey, PhD, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University.

The team identifies key actions for scientific workplaces, communities and broader policy to show clearly what can be done to support early-career scientists during and after the crisis.

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Press Release: Pace University Researchers Champion Call to Protect Scientific Diversity

06/30/2020

Press Release: Pace University Researchers Champion Call to Protect Scientific Diversity

International scientists call on the scientific leadership to actively support a diversity, equity, and inclusion focus into all COVID-19-related recovery efforts

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 30, 2020- A team of international scientists coordinated by Pace University and the University of Vienna in an article published recently in Nature Ecology & Evolution called for a collective effort by the entire scientific community, especially those in leadership positions, to actively support the retention and diversity of early-career scientists during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The article’s authors emphasize the consequences this crisis will have on early-career scientists, especially those from communities historically underrepresented in the fields of environmental sciences, including minorities, women, researchers from the Global South, and persons with disabilities. This is particularly relevant in the current moment, as longstanding racial health and social inequities in the United States lead to worse health outcomes for African Americans and other minority groups during epidemics, placing additional burdens on scientists from these communities as they grapple with additional emotional and financial stress.

“It is important that we keep in mind the life perspective and diversity of scientists,” says Bea Maas, PhD, University of Vienna, lead author of the article.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses major challenges for all sectors of society, including scientists faced with abrupt disruptions and redirections of research and higher education in general.

“Coping with the current and long-term consequences of the pandemic for underrepresented communities requires courageous and communal action from the entire scientific community,” says co-author Anne Toomey, PhD, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University.

The team identifies key actions for scientific workplaces, communities and broader policy to show clearly what can be done to support early-career scientists during and after the crisis.

“Our collective recovery in the scientific community to this crisis will depend on maintaining and supporting a diverse membership,”says co-author Monica Palta, PhD, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University.

The authors emphasize that overcoming the acute and long-term challenges of this pandemic calls for a strong international scientific community that understands that diversity and equity are key factors in promoting healthy, resilient ecosystems as the cornerstones of human health and well-being.

Read the full article here.

Questions should be addressed to the lead author, Bea Maas (beamaas@gmx.at).

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Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as many courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on our news website: .

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Massive Science featured Dyson assistant professor Anne Toomey in "Scientists are producing data without sharing it with people who actually need it"

05/26/2020

Massive Science featured Dyson assistant professor Anne Toomey in "Scientists are producing data without sharing it with people who actually need it"

This study, published by Anne Toomey, assistant professor at Pace University, María Eugenia Copa Alvaro from the Colección Boliviana de Fauna in Bolivia, and colleagues, reveals the disconnect between the potential impacts of a project and who learns about its results. In the last 10 years, 83 percent of the studies conducted in Madidi indicated that their project had definite or potential implications for the area’s management from local to nationwide levels. Yet, the majority of researchers were publishing their results in peer-reviewed academic journals, which are often inaccessible to local (or even national) stakeholders due to “paywalls” and other barriers to access.

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"Science Daily" featured Dyson Assistant Professor Anne Toomey in "Applying biodiversity conservation research in practice"

11/13/2019

"Science Daily" featured Dyson Assistant Professor Anne Toomey in "Applying biodiversity conservation research in practice"

The world's population is growing -- and with it the need for natural resources. This calls for consistent action to protect biodiversity. "The rapidly ongoing extinction of numerous animal and plant species threatens the health of our environment, as well as valuable resources and services linked to our well-being," says Bea Maas of the Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research. Despite comprehensive scientific evidence and solutions, there is often a lack of practical implementation. "There is a misconception among many scientists that if enough evidence is generated and put in the hands of policy-makers, the problem will be solved," says co-lead author and co-editor Anne Toomey of Pace University. "But we know from behavioral science that translating research into practice is not quite that simple."

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