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Went to an engaging workshop on Twitter for academics led by the fab @rdmersey, Professor & Assoc dean of research @MedillSchool @NorthwesternU. She grounded the talk in research on media & psychology (👌🏼) & since I still consider myself a twitter noob here were my takeaways:
Consistency of engagement is more important than quantity of engagement. The algorithms reward you for regular logins, regular posts/engagement, regularly following people who share your interests. A minute of checking Twitter every day > bingeing on it once a week 🤳
Think about retweeting like a cocktail party 🍸🍸- connecting people or passing on good info that may be useful to others. Don’t retweet without reading something - RTing can come across as if you are endorsing something (even if you say RT doesn’t equal endorsement in your bio)
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My dissertation explored payment models for high-cost, high-value therapies. In this newly published paper, we simulate the benefits of an installment-based payment model for a possible future #geneTx for congestive heart failure.

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1/6 In our model, we assume a hypothetical gene therapy for CHF which costs $200,000 per patient. Assuming a budget constraint - $1 billion for modeling purposes - we show that deferring payment allows more patients to receive treatment sooner, thus improving clinical #outcomes.
2/6 We model two types of clinical benefits, reduced #readmission and #mortality rates, as well as monetary savings.

By restructuring payment in a relatively simple way, and assuming only about 1 in 6 eligible patients are treated, patients and payers can benefit.
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PSA for funded #PhD students:

If you blindly throw the numbers from your Form 1098-T into tax software or over to a tax preparer, odds are that you are paying TOO MUCH in income tax.

No #gradstudent can afford to do that!

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool

Of course, I can’t say this is true for everyone, but I’ve seen it time and time again for fully funded graduate students, particularly those whose student health fees and insurance premiums are paid on their behalf.

Here’s why:

The IRS allows you to use your “qualified education expenses” (QEEs) e.g., tuition and some fees/expenses, to reduce your tax liability through 1 or 2 education tax benefits.

But what shows up on Form 1098-T in Box 1 is not (necessarily) the sum of your QEEs.

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Read sad story last night about Dr. Bucci, 50 year old Phychology & Brain Sciences Dept. Chairman, at Dartmouth that committed #Suicide 11 months after a lawsuit was filed by graduate #students in his department. He
2/ was NOT accused of sexual misconduct, but named in the suit for knowing about the professors’ inappropriate behavior as the Chair.I share many of the same feelings he expressed to friends and colleagues in his emails before he took his own life like: the case was deeply
3/ personal; reputation had been damaged; physical health diminished; false portrayal of his actions; being blamed unfairly; allegations & process “unfair”; how can they ever undo what they did to me & #wronglyaccused. Similarly, how I had reported the #disability
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Writing tip: To write the intro & conclusion to a chapter or article, reread the body, close that doc, take a 10-minute break, then open a new, blank doc & start typing without looking at the body. Helps you think at a higher level. #amwriting #AcademicTwitter
After that, go back to the body doc and edit it to fit your new framework. At least, this is what works for me.
Special thanks to my 3-week-old son for the occasion to write late night tweets.
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Woke up so ready to get back to writing! I’m definitively finishing this sub-section today, but I would be thrilled to make major progress into the next sub-section too. Knowing how long this main body section (with 3 sub-sections) will be helps figure out the shape of the rest.
Current shape of the chapter is a beefy intro, a big body section with 3 sub-sections & then either a smaller section then a conclusion, or I move the ideas for that smaller section into the book conclusion & go straight into the chapter conclusion when I finish this section.
A lot of folks who have read my first book, #BodymindsReimagined, have commented on how clearly organized/presented the writing & argument is in it. That’s meaningful to me bc I spend A LOT of time working on chapter structure. The order & style of presenting an argument matters!
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I’ve been thinking abt allyship lately & wyte ppl who genuinely want to be/do better. It can sometimes be hard to ask questions. I recently reread Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard to Talk to White People About Racism” & it got me thinking. 1/38
Linked here: Very often I hear that this person/that person are “good” people. It didn’t click until a few years ago that some wyte ppl think being liberal/democrat or being generally “good” people means you are an ally. That’s not how it works. 2/
MLK critiqued the “good” racism of his liberal allies. These types police our words & tactics like you know better what works. Believe me, we have tried all the polite ways & they don’t work.
Another point is, you don’t get to tell me as a POC (or other BIPOC) how we should 3/
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I had a follower DM me asking why I was excited and “Celebrating” having the Elite Title IX attorney’s following my story. Not wanting to get in an argument, I thanked her and said I would spend some time thinking about her question & send a message out in the group sharing my
perspective. My reasons are fairly simple! First, this group of attorneys, accused student warriors and their supportive family members following my #twitterfeed are amazing. This group together BLAZED a TRAIL & SHINED a LIGHT on #Colleges & #Universities denial of #DueProcess &
#UnFairHearings. #HigherEd Schools have been denying students #fundamentalfairness for years. So without these attorney’s, brave student warriors & supportive families determined to prove their #innocence there would be very little protections for me now as I take the next step
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@m_simonephd is submitting a K soon, and I offered to share some of the feedback I got from reviews for my K99 submission. Since some of this might apply to other K mechanisms (and other people!), I thought I'd tweet broadly:
1. Recommendation letters: It is critically important that these letters talk about not just you but also your primary mentors. Even if letter writers don't know your mentor(s) they should express confidence in their skills, mentorship, etc.
2. Letters from mentors: These letters need to look like your mentors sat down together and discussed you and your training plan. They should be coordinated, should mention each other, and really make it seem like you have a cohesive, involved, invested team of mentors.
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#AcademicTwitter - #APA7th is upon us. I am in the mood for a torturous headache so bring it on.
According to Scribbr - noticeable differences include:
1- Publisher location no longer included.

Ok. Still looks incomplete though.
2- et al. is back for 3+ authors.

So it went away and now its back. Why couldn't it be left as is in the first place. Myself and colleagues (et al - I don't have to name them now) remember when it was like this. Might save on word count. Mild victory though.
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#AcademicTwitter: I see overwhelming discussion on the downsides of academia. I worry what this does to the hope & inspiration of grad students with ambitions to go into academia. Given that I think #academia is the best job ever, my thoughts on life as an academic.

A thread 👇🏽
(1/11) Autonomy: As an academic (even without tenure), I feel like I have so much autonomy to pursue the scientific ideas that I find to be important. For someone who is internally motivated and feels passionate about certain areas of research, this is a priceless benefit.
(2/11) Never Ending Knowledge Gains: Every single day I go to work and learn new things. Every. Single. Day. The intellectual stimulation that I receive from my colleagues is such a gift. They push me and my science to be better. And I am so thankful.
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Check out our latest paper on @biorxivpreprint!

Phosphorylation of the overlooked #tyrosine 310 regulates the structure, #aggregation, and #microtubule- and #lipid-binding properties of #Tau…

Short #thread!

#AcademicTwitter #biochemistry #threadstory
Tau misfolding and aggregation are implicated in tauopathies such as #Alzheimers and #PSP. Tau is extensively post-translationally modified and aberrant pattern of PTMs are found in disease. Tyrosine PTMs have received the least attention, especially Y310.
Tau has 5 tyrosines, and Y310 is in the crucial position within the aggregation-prone MT- and lipid-binding repeat domain. It compacts and folds into beta-sheet structure. We asked:

How would addition of bulky negatively charged phosphogroups to tyrosines impact Tau properties?
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1/What bothers me the most about medical providers today is not that they aren't intelligent. They most certainly are.

It's that they lack a sense of urgency with patients even when the facts are RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM. Here are some examples:
An 87 year old man with high blood pressure and heart disease has leg pain and non-healing leg ulcers.

Tests show 2 of 3 leg arteries are 100% blocked. The pain is so bad he sleeps sitting up.

He is told to follow up as an outpatient to get ultrasound and cardiac clearance.
A 28 year old man with HIV has a new diagnosis of syphilis, headaches, and blurry vision.

STI guidelines state a new syphilis diagnosis with neurologic/visual symptoms should get spinal tap/eye exam.

He is told he doesn't need that, gets 1 shot penicillin and sent home.
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Our Winter 2019/20 issue is now online!

Read articles by @SheenaGreitens, @ImMyungheeLee, and @emir__yazici, Brendan Rittenhouse Green & Austin Long, @j_r_mcallister, Galen Jackson, and @Andy_J_Payne.

#AcademicTwitter #PolicyTwitter
Articles for Vol. 44, No. 3 include:

"#Counterterrorism and Preventive Repression: #China's Changing Strategy in #Xinjiang" by @SheenaGreitens, @ImMyungheeLee, and @emir__yazici.…

This article is indefinitely *ungated* (free!) thanks to @mitpress!
"Conceal or Reveal? Managing Clandestine #MilitaryCapabilities in Peacetime Competition" by Brendan Rittenhouse Green & Austin Long.…
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And as usual @cjdenial blew my mind at #AHA2020. I will definitely try out the assignment she presented: asking students to write a letter to someone of their own choosing about something they have learned in class. Their letters often turn into powerful argumentative essays. (1)
She then asks students to self assess their letter and give it a grade. Instead of providing written feedback, she holds grading conversations during which she and the students agree on a grade; she also gives them 2 big things to improve. (2)
Lastly, she gives students the opportunity to keep the grade they mutually agreed upon, or to rewrite their letter in order to improve their grade based on the feedback she gave them. Just brilliant all of the way (3)
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The first class is a great opportunity for faculty/instructors to set the tone for the rest of the semester.

Here are some suggestions for creating a welcoming, positive environment. 1/12

@AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #TeachingHigherEd
1. Show up to class early. Get set up and then use the remaining time to individually introduce yourself to students. Shake hands, tell them your name, ask their name, and tell them you are happy to have them in the class. Repeat for as many students as time permits. 2/12
2. Start the class by conveying your enthusiasm for the subject and their presence in the class. Pose a question about *why* the subject matters and have students have a paired 2 minute chat about the answer. Call on a few students to respond. Ask and then use their names. 3/12
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OK this may seem weird but it’s actually really important.

#PhD-specific tax info coming your way!

@AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter

@AcademicChatter This thread is for any US citizen/resident #PhD trainee on a 1-year+ external #fellowship (e.g., #NSFGRFP, #NDSEG), training grant (e.g., #NIH), internal fellowship, etc.

@AcademicChatter If your #stipend or salary is not reported on a W-2 at tax time…

(most universities use the term “fellowship” this way, but there are exceptions)

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It’s such a privilege and honour to teach. Here are some things I’ve learned over the years that really work, in the environments in which I teach (undergraduates, class size max 50). Sharing for #AcademicTwitter. Happy to explain further if interested (1/15)
1. ten-minute in-class writing assignments (reading comprehension, feedback, or opinion/reaction). Collect and use for a bunch of purposes, including taking attendance.
2. 5-6 person reading groups, based on Cherry & Parrott in Teaching Sociology 39(4): 354-370, 2011. h/t George Pavlich. Students overwhelmingly praise these groups for improving their reading skills
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1/ A dear friend called me yesterday to talk how he had anal sex without a condom 24 hours earlier. He wanted advice on if he should be worried.

He used phrases like:

"I did something stupid"
"I know I'm being paranoid"
"I know I'm a hypochondriac"
2/ I asked if he had enjoyed the sexual and intimate experience he had - his first in 9 months of self-imposed celibacy.

"Hell yeah!" he responded. "It was nice."

I asked about his HIV status.

He was negative. The sexual partner said he was negative when asked directly.
3/ "But, you never know..." he added.

I understood. People lie.

He was worried. He goes for STI check ups regularly when he is active. The last health care provider he saw didnt even know what pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was.
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Have you reserved your copy of Demagogue for President yet? Links:………
Here is the TOC: I focus on how Trump took advantage of pre-existing distrust, polarization, and frustration to attack America in 2016. He's been doing the same thing ever since.
I explain how he ran explicitly as a demagogue, appealing to his base using three strategies:
1. Ad populum: appeals to popularity/the people
2. American exceptionalism: America should be winning/great
3. Paralipsis: I'm not saying; I'm just saying
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This is going to be a thread. A long thread. I need to process out a whole bunch of things that happened today.

Topics: #science #highered #gened #nonmajors #ungrading #reflections #noexams #OpenPedagogy #OER #oep #AcademicTwitter
So context: I teach non-majors. I have done this exclusively for 12 years. For many science faculty, this is the worst thing ever - and when I started I wasn't too thrilled - but over the years I've come to embrace it and *LOVE* it.
Stus often come into my classes with high science anxiety. They either have had bad experiences with science teachers, or they think they can't learn science because they were never really taught it in a way that makes sense to them. The hardcore focus on facts drives them away
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Academic writing - a thread

This fall I have taken a course in academic writing. I have learnt a lot and to synthesize some of my lessons I have made a manifesto - ideals to live by and points to remember.

@AcademicChatter #academicwriting #AcademicTwitter #phdchat This is my manifesto presented in graphic form. All the points in the thread are listed here. Read the whole thread to read all the points in this image.
1. Write every morning until 10. Then reward yourself with a 10-minute break. Yes, even the days you don’t really want to.
2. Start writing, even though you feel you need to read more. You’ll know better what you need to read, once you start writing.
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Let’s be clear: discussion of so-called discrimination without attention to contextual power dynamics & histories of oppression is meaningless & counter-productive.
Asking privileged folks to be aware of their privilege & to be responsible for their guests’ behavior in a space for marginalized people is not discrimination. It is asking folks to attend to & be accountable for power dynamics & histories of oppression that benefit them.
Further, someone being made to feel uncomfortable is not inherently discrimination. Accountability is uncomfortable. Being made aware of (let alone relinquishing some) of your privilege is uncomfortable. One’s feelings of discomfort are not facts/evidence of discrimination.
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On Monday, the premier of Alberta attacked me by name to undermine my credentials, research, and academic freedom on the floor of #ableg.

It's Wednesday, and the press secretary for the Minister of Advanced Ed has decided to argue that this simply = free speech
The thing is, when profs in #cdnpoli teach the Charter and its rights, the most crucial point is to identify the relationship the constitution defines: it's between us as citizens and the state or government. Most rights are typically framed in that relationship
So, when we talk about Canadians having free expression, it means we are free to express, within reasonable limits, without state or government sanction
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