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On #academia: Don't believe everything you read on Twitter. It would shock you to know that academic jealousy is a real thing & academics often lie about others in an attempt to block the career of someone they envy. Always ask questions (offline) & draw your own conclusions.
And be mindful that academics know (more than anyone else) how to hide their envy under the guise of "critiques" of one's work. Always ask questions, folks. And go to the source--to the person being accused. Don't believe everything you hear. Gossip is unreliable. The end.
P.s. This has nothing to do w/ #JessicaKrug. She is yesterday's news as far as I am concerned. This has everything to do w/ the shady ways of some academics; the lies they spread & the pain they cause others simply to feel better about themselves. Yet they are still miserable...
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Walking out these doors @UMassIALS @UMassChemEng @UMassAmherst is a weirdly feeling! I left home 13 years ago for the pursuit of happiness. Over the years, I have seen that some people move out of academia neutral 😐, some bitter 😕, and some happy 😀..... contd. @AcademicChatter
However, almost all the time you have to leave for bigger and better things in life.
One thing I’m absolutely sure about is that almost all people move out with a sense of ‘pride’. #phdlife
Pride of witnessing a phenomenon that noone ever had before!
Pride of seeing things develop that sounded utterly crazy as a child!
Pride of developing things that will be enabling for eternity!
Pride of being among that elite group of people on earth 🌎! #pridephd
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On not expecting your trainees to be in perfect mental health, a thread:
I debated disclosing my grades, but because science twitter is so into toxic, over-achiever culture, I'm gonna do it. It's not like I'll ever get into a PhD program so what the hell. I also worry about someone on twitter getting pissed and weaponizing this, but the only
time we seem to talk about grades is to humble-brag. "LoL I oNlY gOt FoUr As ThIs SeMesTeR". So anyway, here are mine, and they're very much a reflection of how I was doing each semester, good or bad.
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"You need to rethink what image you have of your students, and what image you have of professional behavior.

A lot of the qualities that we claim to foster are qualities that contribute to ableism."

@AcademicChatter #HigherEd #Diversity #DisabledInSTEM #AcademicAbleism

1/6 Powerpoint slide: Academic ...
"When we tell students that they need to develop certain skills, we tell students with disability that they are not enough.

We tell students with anxiety issues that they can just "overcome" their anxiety if they want to make a career." 2/6
"We tell students with processing disorders that the world won't wait for them.

We tell students with stutters that they just need more practice.

When we tell students that they shouldn't say um, or like, or they should practice public speaking so they don't flush.."
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It was lunch time in #Brazil on a Saturday in 1990 when I decided it was time to be born! I grew up in a large city in #SãoPaulo called #Guarulhos, which in Tupi (native language) means “eaters” or “big-bellied people”. Here’s the proof I am “Guarulhense”:
@IWS_Network #VoicesIWS ImageImage
Our #family was not wealthy, but my parents made sure I had good #education, even if that meant sacrificing part of their own life. For that I will be forever #grateful. They made sure I learned how to #appreciate everything I had that money could not buy.
@IWS_Network #VoicesIWS ImageImage
I loved learning about #science in school. Not only because it is #fascinating, but also because my biology teacher, Diógenes (@spock_alvo), had great #enthusiasm when teaching it! His motivation would #inspire me to fall in 💜 with the 🧠! #teachinggoals
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#LandAcknowledgements (or Territorial Acknowledgements) have come up quite a few times on Twitter and in person this week, so while it’s fresh I thought I’d share my perspective/practice in relation to #Science and #Academia (a thread 🧵)
I budget time for a personal introduction + land acknowledgment at the start of each talk, seminar, course etc.

I prefer to make this as meaningful as possible, but often we’re so time constrained I’m forced to kept it brief (2-3 min is as ‘brief’ as I’ll go) /2
Since the sciences are not accustomed to intros+ land acknowledgements I often include an explanation as to why we do such things

E.g., significance as Indigenous protocol, importance unsettling settler spaces, process reality of colonialism, value of representation, etc. /3
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@Transman74 @milburn_ted @bridges_walls @Stop_The_EU Yeah

You're one of the rose tinted tin foil hat brigade who think slipping "Socialist" into their name was all a conspiracy theory to trick socialists into joining the Nazi Party…
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| How to overcome Imposter Syndrome |

Without a doubt, this is one of the most prominent issues in #academia. Feeling as if you are not worthy, or don't belong, can have a serious effect on your overall wellbeing.

Hopefully this graphic (+thread) can help!

#phdchat #phdlife
1. Recognise

Awareness of imposter feelings when they emerge is the first step. Track these thoughts, what they are and when they occur.
2. Rewrite

Remind yourself it's normal not to know everything and that you will learn more as you progress. Rewrite this in to your mental programs.
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My day in the lab as a disabled person, a thread (feel free to RT).
I have cerebral palsy, autism (which I normally don't publicly admit), ADD and a learning disability. I'm also profoundly visually impaired. Those involved in #wormgate though it was ok to compare that joke to mocking the disabled.
This is just a form of tokenism from people who have NEVER in all their professional career, lifted so much as a finger to help this community.

Because some professors think it's ok to double down, I thought I'd do the sensible thing, and take you through my day in the lab.
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Dear #Academia, can reflect on the wording “what can we learn from #Indigenous Knowledge/people/experience” for a sec?

1) That framing has the danger of being extractive, and it potentially diminishes us as only being of use when we serve non-Indigenous means 1/5
Generalizable knowledge is important. But #academia must reconcile its colonial duality of discrediting our #knowledge systems while also wanting to benefit from it.

It’s time to enact protective and supportive structures if you value our contributions (hint to the NIH) 2/5
2) Requests for our knowledge can seem like a disingenuously guised #diversity #inclusion checkbox ☑️ that resembles “other”-ing, if unexpected.

Building trust is important here. So is not self-proclaiming allyship. If you want us to do the work, then you must work also. 3/5
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Let me share a true 'horror story' of #academia titled #STEMOPT. Imagine being an #internationalstudent in a #globapandemic #COVID19 and finishing a #PhD while navigating this process. read on... Image
In layman terms OPT from #USCIS is required for all #internationalstudents in Masters' and PhD programs to legally work in the US after completing the degree. My application got approved last week amidst the possibility that new OPT approvals might be cancelled for the year. sigh Image
I had to a) give up a dream #postdoc @UTAustin and apologize for it. b) Survive 4 months without financial support waiting 2.5 months. c) Run a household of 2 (wife, a software engineer unable to work in US due to visa restrictions) and finish requirements for my #PhD.
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A tale of 2 reviews: Recently, my book, “Modern Bonds: Redefining Community in Early 20thc. St. Paul,” has been both lauded and panned. Why? Opposing views on racial justice and its history in MN. Let's take a closer look. #academia #publishing #racism 1/12
The negative review critiqued Modern Bonds for its persistent focus on #racism/racial discrimination & the way I challenge positive narratives about midwestern culture especially compared to other parts of the country. That review is here 2/12…
Given current discussions & research @ the nature/history of racial discrimination in MN’s Twin Cities it is surprising that the neg review suggests I *overplay* the presence/impact of structural & overt racism there a century ago. #JimCrow #MidwestHist 3/12
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why i am no longer publishing (my own) #research in #academic journals - a (long) thread 1/38

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #academicpublishing #academicjournals #peerreview #ecrchat #OpenScience #publicationbias

(some references at the end of the thread)
(i still have a few collaborative papers to write and these will be published properly for the benefit of my co-authors)

i will soon publish a paper on a pre-print server, with no intention of submitting to an academic journal. my reasons for this are manifold 2/38
1. #academia is inherently corrupt & the publication model facilitates this:
- unpaid labour (editors, peer-reviewers,& authors [ok, they do get paid by the uni which oft = public funds yet journals privately profit & we see none of this unlike other forms of publishing]) 3/38
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I assume it's syllabus time for some of us in #academia already again. So ICYMI We published this set of key concepts as short accessible articles written by stellar scholars incl @snurb_dot_info @couldrynick @jvdijck @gamespacenl @tpoell @lena_ulbricht. Ideal for teaching! (1/x)
In this series, Ulises Mejias and @couldrynick provide a broad and comprehensive analysis on datafication in a 7p- article w/ a focus on power knowledge:…
@snurb_dot_info discusses and tears apart the infamous notion of the "filter bubble" and provides ample evidence for the actual dynamics at play, providing plentiful references to empirical research in less than 5.000 words.… (3/x)
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Who wants to see the #Diversity data for @STFC_Matters, that was released by @UKRI_News last week?

The full data release is here, so if you want to see anything for yourself, go ahead:…
@STFC_Matters funds research & training into astronomy, particle physics, space & planetary sciences & nuclear physics. This is important because @ukhesa only report STFC as #physics – it’s so much more!

STFC have a #equality & #diversity statement here:…
So, let’s start with @STFC_Matters #ethnicity data.

Worth noting that @UKRI_News collate three categories; ethnic minority, white, not disclosed.

We can’t separate out different ethnicity, which is a problem in itself. Image
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1/ I typically compile a weekly newsletter on how the US uses force abroad. But, given the US government's response to peaceful protesters across the country that's changed a bit.

I thought I'd share some of the most interesting commentary I've seen this week:
In @newrepublic, @mbrenes1 and Tim Keogh share what "Defund the Police" can learn from the six-decade effort to radically demilitarize US foreign policy. 2/…
Over at @jacobinmag, Suzanne Gordon and Steve Early explain why disrupting the Army-to-police pipeline is crucial to demilitarizing the police. 3/…
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So I think it’s really important to consider ways in which we can deconstruct racism in #Academia so please feel free to interact and share your thoughts...a thread 🧵 #SharetheMicNowMed @DrAyanaJordan
Some ideas To advocate for structural change within academia to address racism and increase the presence of Black & Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC)
(1) chairs establish Anti-Racism goals that everyone must adhere to for tenure
(2) appoint BIPOC faculty to tenure committees
(3) acknowledge/value community work within the academic dossier
(4) undoing racism seminars funded for all faculty including volunteer faculty
(5) journal clubs throughout all medicine sub specialties highlighting scholarship in this area
(6) GRand rounds on anti-racism
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So @ImHardcory and @EPoe187 have retracted their article. This is a start, but the methodological and data quality issues they cite are jus the tip of the iceberg. The data certainly didn’t limit the racist conclusions they drew from it.
I am sure they will enjoy and reap the benefits of martyrdom within the conservative circles they frequent but neither has any place in #academia. Hopefully @NYUStern will do the right thing. Pretty pathetic of @PsychScience to not be proactive & force this decision themselves.
To be clear, this isn’t a “brave” decision. It’s a cowardly one in an attempt to save face and control the narrative. Their cited reasons for retracting paper reinforce that view. A simple scroll through their collective papers or tweets counters their feigned ignorance.
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I’ve seen a lot of violence & hate towards #police. It’s frustrating to me that I see tweets painting all police officers w same brush. I believe that their are systematic issues that impact POC, women, inds in lower socioeconomic status that are inherent & oppressive 1/
as well as dangerous. I would argue that systematic oppression also exists in #healthcare #academia. Do we, as a society condone the increased violence against nurses & physicians? Is this violence a result of a #brokensystem? Should we eradicate healthcare? I believe that 2/
systems need to be majorly restructured but again to lump all those who are police, or go into healthcare or academia as ‘bad’ ‘racist’ is unfair. Are there inds that go into these fields that are bad? Yes. But I also believe many go into these professions in attempts 3/
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“Deadly Exchange”, a vile campaign being heavily promoted on & off 🇺🇸 campuses by virulently anti-#Israel orgs & activists, traffics in ugly #antisemitic tropes & canards.
Jews should never be scapegoated for societal ills. #GeorgeFloydProtests 😢☹️😩
The BDS movement has long exploited 🇺🇸 racial tensions, blaming #Israel 🇮🇱 for US policing problems. But “Deadly Exchange” comes w/a new, vile twist: @ADL, @AJCGlobal, @jinsadc & other American-Jewish orgs are cast as complicit in this nefarious effort to harm 🇺🇸 minorities 😮 1/
The “Deadly Exchange” propaganda campaign maintains that US policing problems, incl. wrongful deaths by US cops on the beat, are the result of the 1-2 week police 👮‍♀️ counter-terror seminars that American-Jewish orgs host in #Israel for high-level 🇺🇸 law enforcement officials. 2/
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Everyone in #academia knows the struggle of getting a #grant through peer review – but despite how crucial it is to doing research, there’s very little research on how grant applications get funded!

Today we’ll highlight what is known so far.
We know that the funds aren’t distributed equally – @yardenkatz and @umatterdata found that not only do the top 10% of NIH grantees get 40% of the grants, but the ratio has been getting worse over the years.…
It’s not just NIH, the UK’s EPSRC has 8% of grantees getting 50% of the grants, as found by @lincongnito…

The paper we featured by @EmilBargmann & @AagaardKaare found that the top 20% of grantees got 50% of the grants in Denmark…
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Building on the original thread by @BaumannAna ( which presents great background info and asks “What are your "to go" papers for #healthcare #disparities?”

Follow our (#ISCC2019 & @DrRachelShelton) collective thinking in #impsci and #healthequity -

The @AcademyHealth blog ( by Kim Dumont, @allisonjmetz, Beadsie Woo, provides 5 key recommendations:

☯️Align terminology for equal footing

📢Elevate equity concerns

🌾Cultivate relationships

💸Shift funding incentives

➡️⬅️Promote exchange

The chapter on #racial #ethnic minorities in the @rcbrownson textbook (, highlights challenges in pursuing #healthequity focused work in #academia, by Toni Yancey @DrChandraFord LaShawnta Bell-Lewis. Follow Dr. Ford’s work:

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Starting in 10 minutes: Climate Action Task Force Plenary with @KevinClimate: Laggards or Leaders? Academia and its responsibility in delivering on the Paris commitments. Join here: #AAGVirtual #climate
As this public session begins, .@ProfessorJepson introduces @KevinClimate with co-organizers and co-chairs of the Climate Action Task Force @jonevins1 and Patricia Martin of Université de Montréal Join here:
.@ProfessorJepson discussing the Task Force's depth of commitment to transform AAG annual meeting to be less carbon-intensive. This year threw us a significant challenge with #COVID19 and tapped our collective thinking: "So here we are. The planned experiment has been scaled up.
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So this is what I emailed my classes today, during spring break, to talk about where we are going:
"Hi y’all, Well, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, and my thoughts with you and your families and loved ones in this very historic and truly awful pandemic. This is not the semester any of
us wanted it to be, and this is certainly not an event any of us wanted to be experiencing. For my seniors, my deepest condolences about this miserable end to your college career—know that whether or not we get to have a commencement celebration for you, I am proud of all of
your achievements getting to this point. For all of my freshmen, I am sorry that your beginning-of-college experience will include a pandemic and school cancellation. For everyone including those in between, what a weird and awful communal event we are all living through.
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