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I'm a little late to this whole #academia conversation / Chronicle turd about publishing in the right journals. I was busy eating knishes and honey cake. And now I'm very full of carbs but also I have thoughts.
1. Any advice column about succeeding in the academy that doesn't acknowledge the precarity that characterizes academia is missing the big picture.
2. I have not time for scholars who want to shore up their ivory towers.
3. Publish wherever you think your work will matter.
4. Some of the most exciting work is being done in venues that are not traditional mediums. I was the managing editor of one of those venues.
5. Apparently, we're damned if we don't speak to the public and damned if we do. Make up your mind, Chronicle.
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Georgetown invited a leader in the ABVP - a hate group that uses violence to silence students and professors, particularly members of minorities - to speak.

Read that sentence again. It is astonishing for a university (a Jesuit one at that) to do this.…
Georgetown never publicized the event. So the university appears to have had some sense, from the get-go, that it was problematic to invite an affiliate of a paramilitary organization with a long history of anti-Muslim and anti-Christian violence to educate students.
It seems to me that Georgetown owes their students a fuller discussion about how this happened in the first place and how they're going to prevent it from happening again. Let's watch to see how this story of Hindutva at Georgetown plays out... #Hindutva #academia
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Interesting. #UnsealEpstein

Former MIT media lab staffer says leadership made it clear Epstein's donations were to be kept secret - CNN…
#Epstein = 'Voldemort'? 🤔 5:5?
#UnsealEpstein MIT has some 'splaining to do...
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#PhD students trying to move out of #academia often struggle with what to put on their non-academic CVs. So here's a list of 6 sets of TRANSFERABLE SKILLS (THREAD)
#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdchat #JobSearch
Here's a link to the full article this thread is based on:…
1.Communication - You are extensively trained in oral presentation & writing. Data visualisation and condensing information with all the details is a valued skill set! And also at listening & improving based on feedback.
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A "worrying analysis":

"18 [#deeplearning] algorithms ... presented at top-level research conferences ... Only 7 of them could be reproduced w/ reasonable effort ... 6 of them can often be outperformed w/ comparably simple heuristic methods."


[Updates worth tweeting]

There is much concern about #reproducibility issues and flawed scientific practices in the #ML community in particular & #academia in general.

Both the issues and the concerns are not new.

Isn't it time to put an end to them?
There are several works that have exposed these and similar problems along the years.

👏👏 again to @Maurizio_fd et al. for sharing their paper and addressing #DL algorithms for recommended systems (1st tweet from this thread).

But there is more, unfortunately:
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This observation by @Yascha_Mounk really touches a nerve with me, and so I'm going to tell a story of #PoliticalScience and #academia in the early 90s as my run-in with this phenomenon. /1
@Yascha_Mounk I began my career by studying Soviet civil-military relations. It required careful textual analysis, in part because we didn't know what was going on in a closed society. We were doing research of *discovery*, not causal analysis, because we didn't have enough *facts*. /2
So I took my dissertation and wrote a research proposal for a book. I talked about it with my new department and some colleagues. They asked formalistic scientific questions like "what's your independent variable?" as if that had meaning in a deep case study. /3
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Folks, let's talk about the difference between academic study versus belief / faith / practice. THREAD #AcademicTwitter #Academia #AcademicChatter #history #religion
This subject doesn't come up so much for me these days because I'm in a history department. I teach, in part, the history of religions. But still, the insider-outsider debate is housed in Religious Studies (a field in which I taught for three years as a postdoc).
I wrote about the insider-outsider issue when I was teaching Indian religions at Stanford University. You can read my short article (along with two others, by two of my colleagues at other institutions) here:…
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Kudos to the co-editors of Israel Studies 👏👏 for defending the #academicfreedom of its contributors & refusing to suppress critiques of anti-#Zionist discourse & “scholarship”, re: the manipulation of language by virulently anti-#Israel academics.
#academicintegrity #academia
It’s the height of #hypocrisy that critics of #WordCrimes who tried so hard to get this special issue retracted & relied on false accusations, smears of the editors & authors to do so, are now whining that the volume threats THEIR academic freedom to “engage in debate” 🤣🤣🤣 1/
In fact, as anyone who read the special issue knows, the contributors critiqued the prevailing terms & concepts used/misused today in many academic disciplines—which actually is hindering free and intellectually-rigorous debate on #Israel 🇮🇱. 2/
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Day 2. Still pre-conference. I must confess that while taking notes today, I sincerely wondered to myself: how will I condense this much information in a way that its essence is not lost? So much was said; so much needs to be done. Oya grab your seat. @LagosStudies #lsa2019
The first panel was the Gender and Academy II. Panelists were Yetunde Zaid, Lynn Schler, Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo, Oyeronke Oyewunmi, Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome (@mojubaolu) and Taibat Lawanson (@TaibatLawanson) The first question shows that mentorship comes in various forms.
Who was your first mentor?:

"My first mentor was my Ph.D. supervisor. He was good @ treating students equally&that gave everyone a sense of confidence when starting out with their career. It distilled any competition that we might have&developed a sense of community.” Schler
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Following a number of those insufferable 'advice for ECRs' threads, here's some entirely unsolicited advice/recommendations for perm and secure staff:

1. pay for dinner and drinks at conferences
2. try to converse with ECRs as if we're not wholly green or stupid.

3. never use the phrase, 'don't worry, things will work out/you'll get a job'; this is extremely invalidating and erases legit fears about the job market.

4. treat ECRs as intellectual equals but remember our structural precarity, marginalisation, and vulnerability. This goes double for ECRs who are women, PoC, trans, disabled, migrants etc. #academia
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Ok. There are a ton of great articles on WHY scholars should join Twitter, but most don’t offer an in-depth HOW-to.

This leads to hesitation and timidness.

So, I present a thread “You’ve joined Twitter. Now what?” #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #SoMe
First, choose a handle you’ll be happy with 5 years from now. I’d regret creating @SarahNEU2013 now that I’ve long since graduated.

#academictwitter #scitwitter #medtwitter
Next, pick a good bio photo. A professional headshot you’ve used in other places (e.g., university directory) is smart.

Because Twitter has paused verification, I see consistent photos across multiple channels as an unofficial way to confirm you are who you say you are.
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[Day6: #ScienceComedy FAQs & hot-takes]

It’s my last day, friends! Let’s talk all things #SciComm Comedy today (standup, comedic storytelling, improv, sketch, humor writing, & more).

I’ll dig into using it for reframing “the expert” & empowering underheard perspectives in #STEM
CALLING ALL #SciComm #STEM #Research #Academia doing #Improv comedy, add yourself in this thread so we can find each other all over the 🌍

eg, some NYC #STEM improv tweeps (more are on insta & FB):
ROLL CALL: #SciComm #STEM #Research #Academia doing #Sketch or #character comedy, add em in this thread so we can find each other all over the 🌍

Some NYC folks I ❤️ who do video sketches:
@shodell’s Your Brain on Blank
@RollieWilliams’s @InconvenientTS

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[Day5: Communicating the Dark Side of #Science]
Let's get to the nitty gritty, intersectional #STEM issues today.

What are your thoughts on #SciComm around the complex, messy, imperfect scientific process & the dark history of Science?
MUST READ Examples: dealing w/ Race & Racism in #Science.

@AngelaDSaini’s #Superior (& #Inferior on gender inequity)

@PhysAnth’s statement on Race & Racism thoughtfully written by an intersectional, diverse committee…
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[Do #Science #Panels work?]

One of my least favorite formats of communicating research w/in #Academia & yet it's everywhere & continues to be the default to pack as many big names as possible onto a stage.

Have you seen it go well? And seriously, why do we keep doing it?
One of the biggest culprits of when #Science #SciComm #Academic panels not working tends to be poor moderation.

My intro to dialogue facilitation/panel moderation came from a journalism prof who emphasized the importance of doing your homework on the panelists & the audience.
As a #science #academic panel moderator, you:

- keep the flow of conversation going
- balance voices & time, being mindful of power imbalances
- be a proxy for your audience

It really doesn't go well when moderators just take over the conversation instead of FACILITATING it.
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To add, I as a US-based researcher w/ #ScienceOutreach experience going into UK #SciComm & #PubEng, it struck me how INTEGRATED #reflectivelearning is to their work culture.

ie, integrating failure-learnings are incentivized

I’m in awe of @LouWoodley for bringing that to @aaas
I cannot stress enough how important Institutional Incentivisation is for not just acknowledging #Failures in #STEM, but also in truly integrating learnings into DAILY practice.

Independent orgs like @GuerillaScience @AcademicStandUp , the incentive is sustainable business.
But what about #Academia? Or individual #scientists #academics #SciComm practitioners where the pressure to produce, publish, & keep grinding...

What are the specific barriers to a regular #reflectivepractice?

And how can your institution/community alleviate it?
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[Day2: Failing Better Together]
Q: What does "failure" mean to you?

For me, my #sciencefails & #SciComm fails fuel my teaching & community-building values:
- Creating spaces to fail better
- Building communities to exchange learnings
- Scaffolded experiences to reframe failure KyleMarian on a microphone with her back to the camera. She's facing the audience and hosting a storytelling show.
#Failure is an important part of #Science & #Comedy, but it wasn't until I got into comedy where I started understanding the impact of being transparent & celebrating failures.

It also got me thinking: does #Academia have an integrated process & outlet for dealing w/ failure?
Do you incorporate #journaling or #reflections into your #SciComm practice?
If you work in teams, do you have regularly-scheduled de-briefs?
As professionals, are you given allotted times in your paid schedule to reflect on project learnings?
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[Day1: Strategic SciComm Through Play]
Often times, when talking #SciComm #SciOut #PubEng #SciEng #SciEdu #SciArt, we spend a lot of discussions on the idea of play + joy + fun for target audiences.

As a practitioner, do use "play" to get better in your practice? If not, why?
Do opportunities & spaces to "PLAY" with your craft/skills in communicating #science even exist for you?

For academics, the lack of opportunity to learn+practice+play w/ public speaking significantly impacts careers, like favoritism of "charismatic ppl" to bad teaching habits.
In the #Arts + #SciArt, rehearsals + practice time is crucial in honing your craft.
In #MuseumEd & #projectdevelopment, there are stages for prototyping, focus grouping, beta-testing to "play".

In #Academia, prof dev workshops exist, but do you have a space for practice?
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1. Como as universidades públicas são financiadas no Brasil e como os cortes e contingenciamentos sucessivos têm nos afetado? Um fio longo e com cerol.

#universidades #pesquisa #ciência #academia #educação #ensino #conhecimento #tecnologia #desenvolvimento #fomento #crise
2. Resolvi escrever sobre isso, porque o tema é complexo e tenho visto muita desinformação por todos os lados. Em tempos polarizados, as pessoas se esquecem de que, numa democracia, quem pensa diferente não é inimigo, mas adversário. Discordância é oxigênio social.
3. O financiamento das universidades é um mosaico com diversas receitas e despesas variáveis de diferentes tipos. Um verdadeiro pesadelo contábil. Quem já ocupou cargos administrativos sabe bem do que estou falando. Resumi muita coisa, então me corrijam, se for o caso.
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1. Vivemos tempos surreais em que as universidades foram escolhidas como inimigo público. Pessoas que nunca sequer pisaram numa delas se acham no direito de fazer críticas e ataques. Vamos então tecer um fio para explicar as coisas.

#ciência #academia #pesquisa #ensino #extensão
2. O que diferencia uma universidade de outros tipos de instituições educacionais é a integração entre pesquisa, ensino e extensão. Além disso, só em uma boa universidade você encontra em um mesmo lugar ciência, filosofia, arte, religião e esporte.…
3. O principal serviço que as universidades prestam à sociedade é a produção do conhecimento científico. Mais de 90% das pesquisas básicas e aplicadas no Brasil são feitas nas universidades públicas.…
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1. A ciência de redes está por toda parte, inclusive na Ecologia. Você gostaria de aprender mais sobre essa abordagem e como ela pode lhe ajudar em seus projetos de pesquisa? Então siga o fio!

#ciência #academia #networkscience #redesecológicas #ecologia #análisesquantitativas
2. Comece lendo o famoso livro de divulgação científica do Barabási, que é muito gostoso de ler. Dá para devorá-lo em uma tarde! Nele você vai descobrir o que são redes complexas, de onde elas vieram e para que servem.
3. Depois dessa suave introdução ao tema, parta para o livro técnico do mesmo autor. Ele também é muito didático, mas já entra a fundo na teoria e nas análises. E esse livro tem uma versão online gratuita!
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I am a #SocialScientist but I can 100% relate. The #OCD episode that led 2 my diagnosis was centred on ethics protocols 4 working w human subjects. Strict adherence is a necessary part of research but my OCD took "making sure everything is done right" next level in a bad way. 1/4
I became consumed with details and risk scenarios to an extent that was counter productive. Completing an ethics application was so triggering it was near impossible. That's when I took medical leave from my #PhD program. #OCD #MentalHealth #PhDLife #SickNotWeak #PhDChat 2/4
#OCD is esp good at playing on strengths & turning them against us. It capitalizes on assets like responsibility, meticulousness, diligence- traits rewarded in #academia. I believe this is why I didn't recognise my struggle 4 so long. OCD masqueraded as being a good academic. 3/4
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It’s tough to challenge orthodoxies in scholarly discourses these days. If you do, be prepared to be attacked, to face wild & false accusations of misconduct, publication irregularities, hysterical calls for retraction ☹️ FYI @HdxAcademy @CathyYoung63 @CHSommers @LegInsurrection
@HdxAcademy @CathyYoung63 @CHSommers @LegInsurrection Another disturbing case here of professional opprobrium & threats being issued to kill a journal article (in this case a set of articles) 😩 FYI @liel @marksjo1 #academicfreedom 1/
@HdxAcademy @CathyYoung63 @CHSommers @LegInsurrection @liel @marksjo1 Instead of grounding dissent in arguments & evidence (great!) we get overreactions—a noisy campaign to censor the publications & scrub them from the scholarly record (not OK!). It legitimizes threats as a way to get controversial journal articles revoked ☹️ @insidehighered 2/
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Academics w disabilities so often face such ludicrous misconceptions re equal opps in their work environment (conferences, job market, teaching etc) it makes me want to attach this pic to my email signature. It shouldn't need explaining! @cat_oakley @AcademicAbleism @acaprecariat
And let me be clear: the situation is not very dissimilar for academics with children, those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds etc.
So much time&money is spent on outreach telling these groups academia is for them-only to be made not to work for them when they're there
The narrative of those with disabilities "seeking an unfair advantage" by insisting on the support they are not only legally entitled to, but that indeed creates a level playing field in the first place (and often not even that) absolutely needs to stop!
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