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Nature Abhors a Paywall: Cornell Life Scientists Reflect on Open Science and the Historical Record

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Mann Library, Room 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Across the sciences, primary historical materials can be essential to pioneering work. Yet rapidly spiraling fees charged by private companies to access information are raising ever-higher barriers to the advancement of knowledge. In a special program presented by Mann Library and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), three Cornell scientists--neurobiologist Tom Seeley, mycologist Kathie Hodge, and science historian Karen Penders St. Clair--will highlight the role that the historical scientific record has played in their own research. Join us for a discussion of this important perspective in the contemporary life sciences and a look at current open access efforts like BHL to keep science open for all in a race against the paywall.

Following the presentation and in conjunction with Mann’s newest exhibit: “PolliNation: Artists Crossing Borders with Scientists to Explore the Value of Pollinator Health,” a public reception will take place in the Mann Gallery, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. This program is presented in collaboration with the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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