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Conference organizers planning inaccessible events - really hope you know what message you send by doing this. You send the message that ableism in the academy is permissible. And you send the message that disabled ppl are not welcome and will not be in the future. 1/9
You send the message that it's easier to gaslight us than to invest labor in creating equity. You lash out at us and make us feel like we're asking for TOO MUCH when we asked for what should've already been built into everyday practices. 2/9
You make us question you as colleagues in the profession. If you can't create an accessible event, then how do you approach other professional tasks? Are you equally ableist when it comes to our grant/fellowship apps? Our publications? Our job apps? Our tenure apps? 3/9
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Event organizers keep saying that accessibility would drive costs up SO HIGH that it would just be IMPOSSIBLE to hold hybrid conferences. Like please I've been paying for everyone else to drink and have shitty appetizers for years. 1/6
Here's what I've been paying for for years at conferences:
- food options with no ingredient lists and/or allergy alerts
- walking tours I can't ever take bc I use a cane and cobblestone is a nightmare 2/6
I've been paying to watch everyone:
- stand and mill about networking while I sit at a table on the fringe somewhere bc I can't stand for an hour of small talk (or even 15 min)
- catch up with people they already know and treat the conference as some kind of reunion 3/6
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I have to take a break from rage tweeting about *waves hands wildly* ALL OF THIS to invite you to join my summer academic journal article writing workshop! Pls RT widely! #acwri #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter… Image
If you've been struggling (and really, who hasn't?) to get your article written and submitted, this workshop can help! How? I create structure, accountability, and community to keep you moving forward.
I also help you learn all of the unspoken rules and weird secret handshakes of academic article publishing (and boy howdy, are there ever a lot). The idea is to increase your chances of getting an R and R decision rather than a desk reject or the looooong rejection.
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I’ve been training people in how to peer review today.

Here are the top things they didn’t know before the class that they thought you might find helpful 🧵 #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip
1. Peer reviewing is an essential research skill. And as with any skill it takes tuition, time, practice, respect and accountability to get right. The more you do it the better you’ll be.

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip
2. Peer reviewing doesn’t just benefit the person who’s work you’re checking. The more research proposals and publications you review the better your research will become.
#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip
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Today’s #ResearchTip is if you’re applying for grants remember many funders include on their websites
- instructions for applicants
- details of existing funded projects
- FAQs
- contact person
All of these are for you to use! 😀
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool
Also if you’re seeking funding and aren’t sure what to do, seek out
- training in your uni/organisation
- support from professional bodies
- videos/guides others have shared online
- library services
- reading other people’s successful applications
- grant planning workshops
Sometimes people who’ve successfully applied for funds you are seeking will explain how they managed to get their cash and/or show you their applications. Don’t assume all have the time/energy to do this and ensure you can reciprocate in some way.
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Just me, a disabled scholar, spending another night crying after learning that there are no meaningful remote options for yet another conference I was accepted to. How can I make it in academia when you slam every single door right in my fucking face? 1/8
I am so tired. Everyone wants my intellectual labor. Med schools want me to present on anti-ableist practice, but they won't build disability into their coursework or hire disabled people to design ethical coursework. 2/8
Conferences loooove panels on "disability" or "diversity" but organizers won't actually help disabled scholars network or present their research outside of in-person events. 3/8
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Looking over all the access measure at #DisGaze22 and imagining what it would be like to apply for a conference and just not need to request accommodations, because meaningful access measures were already planned, by design, into the conference from it's outset. 1/3
There are many many moments where I feel like I cannot safely stay in academia. The rampant ableism makes me feel distanced in so, so many spaces. But scholars like @jaivirdi and conferences like #DisGaze22 give me hope. 2/3
Maybe colleagues can plan for me to be here. Maybe it doesn't have to be me performing access labor every single moment I engage with the academy. Maybe we can normalize best practices by just listening and following models set by disabled scholars. 3/3 #AcademicChatter
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It's that time of the year when I cry happy tears because students write stuff like this. 😭😭😭

This cohort, this covid cohort, it's going to be special. Forever. ♥️♥️♥️

I'm gonna cry buckets at this graduation.

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter ImageImageImage
You know the ultimate irony? The most memorable class of my career so far, these young folks I was bonded to through these rough times, I mostly knew as black rectangles and then hair and eyes with masks. I can recognize most of them of course. Currently. But still, I wonder...
I wonder, when I run into them years later and they say "Professor Sabnis! Remember me?", will I still remember their faces, given that I hardly saw their faces in the last 2.5 years?

And yet I feel like I know them better than any students I've known.
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If this is a productive time for you - for research or conferences or publications - that's great. But it's not a productive time for me or other high risk people. So what's going to happen in the coming years? 1/6
What will happen when I'm on the job market and someone says "well they didn't publish much" or "they should've used that time to go to archives" or "they didn't present at the top conferences"? 2/6
Who on any hiring committee or external review board is going to say "I think that's an unfair standard to hold them to, because they were high risk and could not go to all of these in-person events with a pandemic still raging on"? 3/6
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Today’s #ResearchTip is just because you work or study in a uni,doesn’t mean you’ll find friendships, relationships, family, or peers easy. None of us are immune to problems. Don’t put off seeking help because you’re afraid of not seeming perfect #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
IME there’s something about academia that makes us feel everyone working or studying there is somehow either immune to problems or will be very good at solving friendship, relationship or family problems. Whereas the reality is personal problems are very common.
Academics are often poor at comprehension and communication (I know, right! It’s literally our job and yet we’re not great at it). That can make things difficult. Plus there’s pressure to not bring our personal lives to work. Ignoring how academia causes or worsens our problems
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Today's #ResearchTip is referencing is not just for work you are directly quoting. If you've read a book, paper or report, or watched a podcast or someone's talk that is directly informing your work THAT needs citing too! #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat
A lot of academics seem to believe if they're sharing other people's ideas but from their perspective, or they aren't using a quote or image directly, then this does not need crediting. It does! If you're passing off someone else's work as your own it's unfair and dishonest.
It's very much an issue that academics, often those with higher profiles, lift work from minoritised scholars and/or those not working in universities. They get credit for stuff that is not their work while the original authors remain unacknowledged and further sidelined.
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All the time, whenever I ask or complain about access issues, I am framed as "angry" or "excessive" or "bitter" and very often "a bitch." And I know all these things are said behind my back, because it's not hard to find out from friends and acquaintances. 1/6
At the same time, I'm almost always told that if I want to see a change in policies, I need to give my time for free to consult on access issues. And this of course almost always comes from someone with more power, privilege, and security than I have. 2/6
When you tell me I need to build change, and yet you give me no resources to do so, this is what I hear:
- it's not worth my time to learn accessible event planning
- this person is attacking me but it's not my fault things are inaccessible
- they should fix it for me 3/6
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Today’s #ResearchTip is if you’re writing a substantial piece of work (paper, report, book or dissertation) the help of a writing skills workshop or an editor can vastly improve your tone and messaging. #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool #MedEd #HigherEd #PhDChat
A lot of us aren’t taught to write at all. And if we are taught it’s to write to a formula for a specific journal. We don’t often get taught basic writing skills, or learn from those whose job it is to communicate with clarity. Reading widely helps, too.
All of us have strengths with how we communicate our research. That might be in how we write and different styles (theoretical, chatty, persuasive, pragmatic). Or in using other ways to share messages including visual and audio options and co-writing with colleagues
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Watching people post celebratory flight pics about going to conferences and other events is hitting really hard these days. I am so scared for my life every single day. So scared for the lives of my disabled community members. And this is a slap in the face. 1/3
I'm seeing so many in-person conferences/events/programming where the word "disability" features multiple times in advertising and programming but there is clearly no attempt to create meaningful accommodations in the form of fully hybrid or remote options. 2/3
Disability isn't just some vogue term you can co-opt to stay relevant. If you're not thinking about the access politics of your work, you shouldn't be talking about disability. 3/3 #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
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This week in my #DisHist class we talked about the ugly laws and Susan Schweik's excellent book. For those who don't know ugly laws were passed in major cities across the 1800s and 1900s. These laws essentially prevented disabled people from existing freely in public. 1/5
In reality they targeted all minority groups: immigrants, Black and Indigenous people, homeless people, and disabled people. They basically ushered in slum clearing projects and they went hand in hand with institutionalization (in jails, workhouses, almshouses, etc). 2/5
Every single class students comment that time has passed but so little has changed. Disabled people still can't safely exist in public. We still can't rely on public spaces to be safe or accessible for us. 3/5
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Ich hatte gestern auf der Konferenz hier in Turin ein fast 60min-Gespräch 1:1 mit einem Mediziner zu #COVID19-#Reinfektion & #PostCovid-Sport und er hat meine Perspektive vom Kopf auf die Füße gestellt.
Jetzt frage ich mich: War ich vielleicht in einer Bubble?
... war ich gestern einfach zu offen & gierig auf eine andere Perspektive zu meinem persönlichen Risiko, die ich nur allzu gern so hören, verstehen & in meine eigene Handlungsregulation übernehmen wollte/will.
Also, liebe Menschen, die ihr euch mit Corona beschäftigt habt ...
Was würdet IHR mir raten?
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In grad school I was taught to critique. And so I was really surprised when I began writing those same critiques into my dissertation. Because what I didn't understand was: you will be prompted to verbally tear writing apart, but not necessarily ever commit that to the pg. 1/4
And that is something I don't get. I think deeply before I make comments. When I offer critiques, there's no difference between what I'm willing to verbalize vs what I'm willing to write. But that's not how most academics see it. 2/4
If you're not willing to write the critique on the page then why verbalize it at all? I don't like that were taught to critique, but never taught to take responsibility for those statements. Wildly performative, and utterly useless. 3/4
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📄 Here's my take on literature review and note-taking in grad school 🙃 ↓

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdchat #phdlife #phd #gradschool @PhDVoice @NotionHQ
📄 I take my notes on the papers that I'm reading in Notion.

I have a Notion page template that I duplicate each time I read a new paper: Image
The template has some useful metadata: the year of the publication, title, web bookmark to the online version, authors, number of citations or any additional comments that I want to make for myself (e.g. Really cool paper! 🚀).

I also made a couple of tags ready to select: Image
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1/5) Writing my Ph.D. thesis was relatively easy because I always prepared notes/figures/tables on

-protocols I used
-results I obtained
-papers I read

And, in the end, I recycled my notes/figures/tables in the thesis #AcademicChatter
2/5) For example, one of the techniques I used was direct DNA sequencing so for that I processed blood samples, extracted human DNA, performed PCRs, and subjected purified PCR products to sequencing.
3/5) Along with my lab notes, I prepared word documents for each step, noted which salts, buffers, and reagents I used, their quantities, company names, steps for reagent preparation, protocol steps, what I did to troubleshoot, etc.
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I think a lot of people presume that I'm not as sick as I am because I don't fall behind in my work. That's not true. I am just excessively good at overworking and I'm obsessed with working ahead. 1/6
I always have next week's lectures done, I am always on top of grading, I am always saying "well what if I have a week where I'm just out, will this course fall apart?" And no it's not healthy to work like this. 2/6
It means I work every single day, over 40 hours a week, just because I'm always so worried about actually being disabled. Because lots of people embrace my DEI work. 3/6
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Do choirs have accents?
Now I am 3 years into the PhD I have some thoughts I would like to share with you…
Here’s a wee thread🧵#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #SingingResearch #SpheresOfSinging
Over 2 million people sing in choirs every week in the UK.
Everyone has an accent - and accents can differ by many different social factors (incl. region, age, gender, education and more).
Choir directors anecdotally report differences in choir sound by region. And, in musicology, Classical singing technique™ and choral singing has been associated with Received Pronunciation AKA “the Queen’s English”.
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3 story frameworks you can use to make your research presentations 🔥 🧵

1. The Journey
2. The Mystery
3. The Conflict

These 3 frames drive curiosity which will make people want to listen to your talk.

#AcademicChatter #ResearchTalks #ECRChat
1. The Journey

Great for talking about how a project went, reporting or chronological storytelling.

The curiosity driver here is - what we've done/happens next?

#ResearchTalks #PHDChat #ECRChat #Academiclife #PHDLife #Research A sketched image of a path into the sunset. A sign reads &qu
Structurally the journey tends to follow the mountain.

A uphill march towards a goal, with successes and failures along the way.

These ups and downs keep us interested enough to listen to the whole thing.

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #ResearchTalks Simple drawing of a mountain. at the bottom is the start, at
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Ok #AcademicTwitter. This month, I'm entering my 3rd year of PhD! yayy🎉

I was looking through my 1st research journal and found these "tips" I had written for myself. I thought I'll share them here.

So, here's a 🧵of #PhDtips for those starting their PhD!

#PhDlife #PhDchat Image
1. Maintain a #PhDjournal📒
Experiments, results, failures, meetings w/ guide, seminars, weekly plans, proposal brainstorming, talk prep - everything related to your PhD in one notebook.

(coursework & journal notes can be separate, but I used the same note. 1 note/year for me)
2. Read a lot of journal articles. A lot.
It is the best way to take your research forward!

(I wanted to try the #365papersChallenge, but couldn't keep up. I read way fewer papers than I want myself to. This could be my sign from the universe to step up!)
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