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Adelphi Libraries' Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Resources

Lecture Series

University Libraries and the Office of the Provost are launching a new Lecture Series: Critical Knowledge Forum this coming Monday, November 9, 2020. This new lecture series for the Adelphi community aims to highlight how working across sectors, disciplines, and geographies helps us to identify needs and develop solutions to effectively support knowledge production and dissemination. It will explore how we can change the culture of higher education, embrace new opportunities to engage diverse communities in knowledge-making, as well as global knowledge-sharing inaccessible and expedited ways.

Upcoming events


Future Lecture Series (more information to come):

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 1PM


Professor Christopher Aiden-Lee Jackson (he/him)

Chair in Sustainable Geoscience at the University of Manchester

Title: Race, Racism, and Barriers to Participation in the Geological Sciences

Description: In this talk Professor Jackson will discuss the importance of representation for increasing the engagement and participation of racial and ethnic minority groups in geoscience, drawing on examples from his own involvement in several TV productions. He will highlight the barriers and outright hostility towards such representation, specifically with reference to his participation in this year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. He will follow this by outlining why we should focus on diversity and will conclude by focusing on what can be done to tackle these issues.

Bio:  Professor Christopher Jackson is Chair in Sustainable Geoscience at the University of Manchester. Having completed his BSc (1998) and PhD (2002) at the University of Manchester, Chris was employed as an exploration research geologist in the Norsk Hydro (now Equinor) research centre, Bergen, Norway. Since moving to Imperial College in 2004 and then the University of Manchester in 2021, Chris’ research has focused on using traditional fieldwork techniques and seismic reflection data to study the tectono-stratigraphic analysis of sedimentary basins. When not studying rocks and the ways in which they deform, Chris gives geoscience lectures to the general public and in schools, having appeared on several, Earth Science-focused, television productions and podcasts. Chris is actively engaged in efforts to improve equality, diversity, and inclusivity in Earth Science in particular, and Higher Education in general.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1PM

Professor Melissa Haendel, Ph.D., Director, Translational and Integrative Sciences Center

Environmental and Molecular Toxicology | Oregon State University, Linus Pauling Science Center

Title: Facing the pandemic with (a lot) of data: the national COVID Cohort Collaborative

Description: The pandemic raises many difficult questions about COVID-19 as a new disease, such as: who is infectious, who may need hospital care and at what level, what are the key risk factors, what are the best prognostic indicators, what are best practices for ethical resource allocation, and which drugs are the most viable candidates for patients. To address these challenges, the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) and NCATS rapidly created a national enclave to house COVID-19 clinical data: the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C). The regulatory, data, and analytical challenges have been tremendous; as has been the deep collaboration and innovation across the nation. The N3C Enclave houses the largest limited dataset in US history, with over 3M patients in a fully provenanced, reproducible, and attributable collaborative analytical platform. The N3C has already begun to transform how we perform global research as a nation.

Bio: Melissa Haendel is the Director of the Center for Data to Health (CD2H) at Oregon Health & Science University, and the Director of Translational Data Science at Oregon State University. Her background is molecular genetics and developmental biology as well as translational informatics, with a focus over the past decade on open science and semantic engineering. Dr. Haendel’s vision is to weave together healthcare systems, basic science research, and patient generated data through development of data integration technologies and innovative data capture strategies. Dr. Haendel’s research has focused on integration of genotype-phenotype data to improve rare disease diagnosis and mechanism discovery. She also leads and participates in international standards organizations to support improved data sharing and utility worldwide.


Monday, March 8, 2021 1PM

Nicky Agate PhD, Assistant University Librarian for Research Data & Digital Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania

Bio: Nicky Agate leads the library team supporting faculty and students whose research makes intensive use of digital methods and tools, including research data across the disciplines. She is also charged with the development of the Libraries' future Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship--a hub for textual and data analysis, data curation, data visualization, geographic information systems, software creation and management, and web platform design. She is a co-PI on the HuMetricsHSS initiative, a Mellon-funded project to rethink research evaluation in the humanities and social sciences on the basis of shared values rather than abstract value. She chairs the Ivy+ Digital Scholarship Group, serves on the steering committee of the Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Semantic Representation of Scientific Contribution in the Open Research Knowledge Graph

Monday, December 7, 2020 2PM

Professor Sören Auer, Data Science and Digital Libraries at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Director of the TIB

Abstract: Despite improved digital access to scientific publications in the last decades, the fundamental principles of scholarly communication remain unchanged and continue to be largely document-based.

The document-oriented workflows in science have reached the limits of adequacy as highlighted by recent discussions on the increasing proliferation of scientific literature, the deficiency of peer-review, and the reproducibility crisis.

We need to represent, analyze, augment, and exploit scholarly communication in a knowledge-based way by expressing and linking scientific contributions and related artifacts through semantically rich, interlinked knowledge graphs. This should be based on deep semantic representation of scientific contributions, their manual, crowd-sourced, and automatic augmentation and finally, the intuitive exploration and interaction employing question answering on the resulting scientific knowledge base. We need to synergistically combine automated extraction and augmentation techniques, with large-scale collaboration. As a result, knowledge-based information flows can facilitate completely new ways of search and exploration. In this talk, we will present the first steps in this direction and present some use cases in the context of our Open Research Knowledge Graph initiative and the ERC ScienceGRAPH project.

Bio: Following stations at the universities of Dresden, Ekaterinburg, Leipzig, Pennsylvania, Bonn and the Fraunhofer Society, Prof. Auer was appointed Professor of Data Science and Digital Libraries at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Director of the TIB in 2017. Prof. Auer has made important contributions to semantic technologies, knowledge engineering and information systems. He is the author (resp. co-author) of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He has received several awards, including an ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council, a SWSA ten-year award, the ESWC 7-year Best Paper Award, and the OpenCourseware Innovation Award. He has led several large collaborative research projects, such as the EU H2020 flagship project BigDataEurope. He is co-founder of high potential research and community projects such as the Wikipedia semantification project DBpedia, the OpenCourseWare authoring platform and the innovative technology start-up Prof. Auer was founding director of the Big Data Value Association, led the semantic data representation in the Industrial/ International Data Space, is an expert for industry, European Commission, W3C and member of the advisory board of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Increasing SNR in Science Communication

Monday, November 23, 2020 1PM

Increasing SNR in Science Communication

Professor Nikola Stikov, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique/University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Abstract: In the 20th century, the academic journals got picked up by big publishers who started charging the public a lot of money to access the science. In the 21st century, it is time to take the science back by making it open. The large amounts of high quality data generated by scientists today can revolutionize the way we practice and communicate science, but in doing so we need to strike the right balance between transparency and privacy. This talk will introduce the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform ( and its efforts to revolutionize academic publishing using open-source Jupyter technology.

Bio: Dr. Nikola Stikov is associate professor of biomedical engineering, a researcher at the Montreal Heart Institute, and co-director of NeuroPoly, the Neuroimaging Research Laboratory at École Polytechnique, University of Montreal. His research runs the gamut of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging, from basic issues of standardization and accuracy, to biophysical modeling, microstructural imaging and clinical applications. In 2014 Dr. Stikov was elected Junior Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, in 2015 he joined the editorial board of the journal Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (MRM), and in 2018 he was elected to lead the society's reproducibility study group. Continuing with his open science activities, in 2019 Dr. Stikov joined the steering committee of the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, leading the platform's publishing efforts.

Decentering the White Gaze of Academic Knowledge Production

Monday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m.  Lecture slides may be found here.

Professor Leslie Chan, Department of Arts, Culture and Media and the Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough

This talk will highlight some key concerns with the growing "platformitization" of academic knowledge infrastructures that are controlled by a small number of multinational publishers. These oligarch publishers hold enormous power, not only over how and where researchers publish, but also over the governance of university as a public institution. Recent debates on open access have tended to focus on the visible problems with access (namely paywalls and licensing barriers), but insufficient attention has been given to the hidden and invisible power imbalance and asymmetry between the infrastructure providers and the users. I argue that much of these invisible and hidden elements that govern the current knowledge production system are deeply rooted in colonial practices and on whiteness. This is why, despite the growing acceptance of open access, racial and other forms of inequities in scholarly production continue to widen. I will provide support to my arguments with case studies, and point to means for collective action for decentering whiteness in knowledge production.

Bio: Leslie Chan is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough. His research centers on the role of openness in the design of inclusive knowledge infrastructure, and the implications for the production and flow of knowledge and their impact on local and international development. He has served as Director of Bioline International, an international collaborative open access platform since 2000. Leslie was the principal investigator for the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet), funded by IDRC in Canada and DFID in the UK, the PI of the Knowledge G.A.P project, and the director of the Knowledge Equity Lab. He serves on the advisory board of the Directory of Open Access Journal, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and he is a steering group member of an international working group on Invest in Open Infrastructure. He has published widely on access to knowledge, open science, knowledge inequalities and scholarly communications.