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. He is dedicated to strengthening public appreciation of the beauty and impact of science in our daily lives. He has published more than 350 news media pieces as commentaries, Op-Eds and blog posts, include The Star Ledger,USA Today, The New York Times as well as regular blogs at NJ Voices, OpEdNews and The Huffington Post. He has also published more than 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles and holds six US patents. Recently, he began a video blog series at KeanXchange.

Who is the next great science communicator?

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 same time popular culture is littered with faux science…

Academic Warfare?

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 and more roadblocks on the…

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 one of our students. I have…

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. Then there’s a moment capturing everyone’s…

Universities in the Cloud

Thanks to Muhammad Saleem on OnlineColleges.net for sharing this compelling graphic.

The Big Fake “Fiscal Cliff”

From the moment I learned about the impending “fiscal cliff,” I was skeptical. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) recently wrote in an email blast with a subject line “An Artificial Crisis” something that should be shared widely. Washington and the talk shows are captivated by talk of the “fiscal cliff”: the combination of automatic spending cuts…

Yes, a crisis does bring out the best, and the worst, in people. I consider myself amongst the lucky in New Jersey. Millions of homes were affected by Hurricane Sandy, including damage by severe flooding and fallen trees as well as loss of power and heat. Our home was not damaged, our family was safe,…

Getting Along to Get Ahead

This article was co-authored with Felice Vazquez, Esq., Special Counsel to the President, Kean University. 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…

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 principal of $750 million to provide…

An Olympic Fall

Every four years, I am inspired by the Olympic portrayal of the best of human strength and spirit that brings together nations unlike any other event. Thanks to Canadian sprinter Jenna Martin, I found this astounding example of an Olympic Fall. It is a race emblematic of the value of falls, and failures in our…