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Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney
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Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney is an educator and a scientist whose career has spanned academia and the pharmaceutical industry. He serves as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. His news media publications include The Star Ledger, The New York Times as well as regular blogs at NJ Voices and OpEdNews. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds six US patents. His current research is focused on drug discovery and bridging science and human rights. He serves on the Steering Committee of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition.

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Voice Analytics: Stripping Politicians Bare?

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:26 PM

I'm standing in the election booth, ready to select America's next president. It's Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I've been barraged by polling and am sick and tired of it. I've always felt that polls are used when they serve candidate's interests or help boost broadcast ratings.

As I deliberate, I...

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F---ing Love (Hate) This!

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 8:53 PM

Social media, that feral animal, can be vicious, unpredictable, and ravenous, yet it can pull you in. It may be wild and seemingly untamed, but it knows your appetites. I've had a love/hate relationship with this beast for years now, first responding to its siren call for citizen journalists. For...

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Shatter Me, Ignite Me, Read Me!

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Most middle schools and high schools require students to read books regularly so that reading becomes a routine, like brushing teeth or complaining about homework. Igniting that spark can be a struggle, especially given the book choices that most schools offer, typically written in another century, a foreign vernacular. Recently,...

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A Testimony to Congress On Egypt, Snubbed by Fox News

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:43 AM

This post was co-authored with Dr. Morad Abou-Sabe, President of the Arab American League of Voters of New Jersey.

Media can play a myriad of roles in an attempt to reveal truth amidst chaos. Witnesses, including journalists, at the nexus of a torrent of public outcries, images and video from...

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Every Day Should Be Human Rights Day

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 10:31 AM

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Wordle* created using The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


There are a number of under-appreciated holidays, some more serious than others, ranging from National Doughnut Day (June 7th this year) to Universal Children's Day (November 20). My...

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And the Survey Says: Neil deGrasse Tyson Is the Best Living Science Communicator

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 9:01 AM

This post was co-authored with Eric Berger, science writer at The Houston Chronicle.

We recently polled people -- seeking respondents via Twitter, the Houston Chronicle and The Huffington Post -- to determine who is the world's best living science communicator.

We will be the first to...

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Who Is the Next Great Science Communicator?

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 12:30 PM

This post was co-authored with Eric Berger, science writer at The Houston Chronicle.

It's been nearly two decades since Carl Sagan, the great science communicator, died.

Since that time public trust in science has eroded, and no one has emerged as Sagan's clear successor. At the...

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Has a New Era of Academic Warfare Arrived?

(4) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 11:27 AM

This post was co-authored by Ali Arab, Ph.D., an assistant professor of statistics at Georgetown University.

We are living in a global society driven by innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Success depends upon free access to information and unfettered research by scholars. Yet targeted academic boycotts are increasingly common, throwing more...

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From the George W. Bush Shake, the Barack Obama Hug to the Harlem Shake

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 2:56 PM

It was an unexpected journey, from the George W. Bush Shake, the Barack Obama Hug to the Harlem Shake.

Appreciation from the President of the United States is one of the highest honors any American can receive. No, it wasn't me, but the best part is that it was...

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How to Turn $10 into $5,000 in Less Than One Month!

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2013 | 9:46 AM

It is a feeling of unbelievable joy. We have all felt it, at one time or another. For me, it is at its most palpable in a concert or a sports event with tens of thousands of fans. Initially, everyone is milling about, chatting, texting, a thousand unconnected specks....

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Getting Along to Get Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 4:23 PM

What, really, do our children learn in school?

While standardized tests and teacher accountability are the buzzwords of the day, our schools may be missing one of the most important lessons our children must master in order to reach their highest potential: how to get along.

After all,...

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Building Our Future: Interview With a Cranky New Jersey Taxpayer

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 11:00 AM

This article was written with Corina Hernandez, a Public Administration major at Kean University. The "college student" is fictional.

On Election Day, New Jersey voters will be asked:

Do you approve the "Building Our Future Bond Act?" This bond act authorizes the state to issue bonds in the aggregate...

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Supporting Our Children's Future by Grading Teachers

(22) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 4:41 PM

Co-written by Dr. Leila Sadeghi and Dr. Kathe Callahan, Department of Educational Leadership, Kean University

Every parent wants their child to learn in a nurturing, caring environment that is largely dependent on dedicated, passionate teachers. Achieving this ideal requires supporting teachers to reach their potential, and identifying those teachers who...

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Are U.S. Iranian Sanctions Self-Defeating?

(57) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 10:57 AM

This post was co-authored by Natasha Bahrami, a foreign policy researcher, and Ali Arab, Ph.D., an assistant professor of statistics at Georgetown University.

Last month, a young American woman was blocked from purchasing an Apple product at a local store in Alpharetta, Georgia. After overhearing...

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Real Men Don't Love Newsies, Right?

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 6:23 PM

Don't judge me, OK? My daughter and I shared Father's Day this year taking in the buoyant raucous joy of Newsies on Broadway. Real men don't love Newsies, right?

Broadway productions, to me, had brought to mind sanguine, syrupy sweet expressions of heart-felt stories spun with punctuations bursting in...

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Obama Birthers Could Be Right for the Wrong Reasons

(21) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 1:55 PM

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Ko Olina Beach (author's photograph)


Could Donald Trump and the Obama "birther" conspiracists be right? Some claim that President Obama is not an American because he was born outside of the U.S. Some begrudgingly acknowledge that he was born in Hawaii less...

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Class of 2012: You Need to Fail More

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 11:25 AM

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Photo: Kean Commencement

At my Commencement Speech to the Class of 2012 at Carteret High School this Thursday, I will deliver something like this:

Class of 2012: You need to fail more .... take chances .... reach.

Let me explain.

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Global Hunger Games

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 4:40 PM

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Hunger Games - World Food Programme.

The Hunger Games portrays a grim future in which the "bottom 99 percent" must ration its food to reduce the chance that...

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Hidden Beauty in Turboencabulators

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2012 | 12:04 PM

You might ask yourself, "What in the world is this guy in the white lab coat talking about?"

Something potentially very cool, and possibly beautiful -- although mostly fictional -- but it is lost in translation. This is a startling example of why we as scientists must be better communicators!

This scientist is about as effective a communicator as Charlie Brown's teacher:

Thanks, Cara Santa Maria, for sharing!

A version of this article was published at Dean's Corner at...

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Bacterial Ice-9?

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 5:01 PM

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Ice 9 by toastforbrekkie.


The idea of Ice-9, although fictional, has always fascinated me. Its properties are so powerful, so influential, that one "seed crystal" can direct its entire surroundings, freezing oceans. A recent discovery of one component...

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