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WHY I’M VOTING FOR #SHIVA4SENATE on SEPT 1, 2020 (or during early voting @ Aug 22-28)

1. Dr. SHIVA is the BEST qualified candidate to represent #Massachusetts in the #USSenate (4 degrees from MIT, including PhD in biological engineering; Fulbright Scholar; started 7 companies; Image
working scientist, inventor & entrepreneur).

2. Dr. SHIVA is a quintessential example of the American Dream. Modest immigrant family, no trust funds, no family connections in high places, just honest, merit-based hard work & ingenuity.

3. Dr. SHIVA has been educating people Image
about economy, politics, history, environment, science, medicine, incl. immune health, & other topics, doing incredible #publicservice distilling complex topics to empower us to take care of ourselves & think critically. He's been earning people’s trust & support through Image
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Proposal for a #CitizenScience project:

• Take a mobile CO2 meter with you in various locations
• Post your measurements on Twitter
• Add the hashtag #covidco2
It would be interesting to reach people who, for example, work in a meat processing company (or other typical SSE locations) to participate. Then we finally could find out whether those cooled rooms (or those fitness centers, or classrooms,...) contain too much exhaled air.
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1/3 Almost 11,000 #FluWatchers reporting this week with only 0.09% reporting symptoms of cough and fever.
Every report from you is helping our understanding of #COVID19.
2/3 It is important to keep reporting even if you are healthy! Thank you to all the FluWatchers reporting each week. Keep up the great work! #TogetherApart
3/3 Answering 2 simple Yes/No questions a week can help track COVID-19 activity in your community. Support #publichealth in your community by joining FluWatchers. The more participants in your area, the more accurate the data. #CitizenScience
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@CalgaryResponse Bat houses are helpful in areas where few roosting opportunities exist (i.e., no old trees) esp in combination with good foraging habitat (wetlands, riparian or natural areas).
@CalgaryResponse Joining our #citizenscience project which involves reporting bat roosts, counting bats as they exit and sending us samples of bat guano will help us monitor populations and possibly protect significant colonies.
@CalgaryResponse Research suggests that "fat bats" do better overwinter in the face of white-nose syndrome. So keeping wetlands, ponds and other waterbodies pollution free & productive (especially in late summer) will help foraging bats be more successful & get nice and FAT before winter!
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1/6 #BuildANewAnthropocene

Marine #citizenscience is a promising means of enhancing engagement in #marineconservation

We conducted a global survey of projects to
- Document the extent of #marinecitsci globally
- Outline its (potential) contribution to #marineconservation
2/6 #BuildANewAnthropocene

Figure = Global map of #marinecitsci projects

We identified 74 projects from around the world

These varied in size - small (5) to large (>7,000 active participants)

& scope - beach-cleans, invasive species tracking, marine mammal surveys, etc.
3/6 #BuildANewAnthropocene

Projects are mostly #contributorycitizenscience

> participants are primarily involved in data collection (i.e. less in data analysis)

> easier to conduct, engage large numbers at lower costs

> generate larger #datasets, inform science & #policy
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A new #comet was discovered last month by amateur astronomer Micheal Mattiazzo from Australia. Just, he did not look at the sky to do so. He inspected images from #SOHO, our Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.

Meet C2020/F8, aka Comet SWAN 👇👍
Details 👉…
Here is a photo of the comet from 2 May 👇
Today, it reached its closest approach to Earth at around 85 million km, and it is headed towards its closest point to the Sun on 27 May. It is now faintly visible to the naked eye. Will it become brighter?
It can be extremely difficult to predict the behaviour of comets, but scientists are hopeful that Comet SWAN will remain bright enough to see as it continues its journey. If it survives, star gazers should look for it near the bright star Capella in the constellation of Auriga ☄️
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We need some inspiration. Join us to celebrate people fighting for our planet w/#30EarthMonthHeroes. The rules: 1⃣Tag a person who does great things to protect the environment 2⃣tag+thread another the next day 3⃣Repeat thru April. Explainer via @TaotaoTasi…
1) One of our #30EarthMonthHeroes is our previous president @brooke2cents. Beyond the leadership she provided us, Brooke trains conservationists on how to design outreach plans that motivate action. Check out her work on sustainable fishing in Mongolia:…
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Ever shattered an orange using liquid nitrogen? That's how we get DNA out of ticks in our new @FrontiersIn article… @UMassMedical @broadinstitute @karlssonlab
We have a lot of ticks. 1000s & 1000s of ticks. People send them to us as part of our #citizenScience #tick disease study The problem? getting the DNA out.
We want to use high-throughput #DNA sequencing to find out everything we can about each individual #tick - its species, its intestinal #microbiome (they have one too!), and if it carries dangerous pathogens.
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Se liguem nesse #ABCdaDC sobre #cienciacidada (CC) #citizenscience O termo é polissêmico e as aplicações também, então vou começar falando sobre o que NÃO é CC e dps apresentar como funciona, alguns dos benefícios e riscos. Não vou esgotar o assunto, mas segue o fio.
Bem, vamos lá! CC não é pesquisa participante, pesquisa-ação ou etnografia. Esses são métodos usados pelas ciências sociais (geralmente) para fazer pesquisa com pessoas. Tbm não é consultoria. [2]
CC não é exclusivamente divulgação científica. Falo 'exclusivamente", pq pratica e requer DC. E tb não é pesquisa em que pessoas são "objeto de estudo" apenas. [3]
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*THREAD* Second session today at #RSPBScieConf19 features @Natures_Voice work on "Saving Nature Through People" #conservationscience #socialscience
@Natures_Voice First up: @tomswinfield on tropical forest restoration🌴🌳 Private sector restoration concessions must be profitable if they are to be a scaleable restoration option. An enabling regulatory environment is needed. @hutan_harapan @ICRAF @BurungIndonesia #RSPBScieConf19
@Natures_Voice @Tomswinfield @hutan_harapan @ICRAF @BurungIndonesia Next, Sierra Leone: Reconciling #biodiversity and #livelihoods in high biodiversity developing world settings is a perennial problem. New @Darwin_Defra project seeks to achieve this goal in greater #Gola landscape @FionaJSanderson
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Seen from space, Berlin is still divided by street lighting. 30 years after the fall of the #BerlinWall, the former division between the East and West parts of the city is noticeable from the International @Space_Station. Can you spot the difference?
📸: @astro_tim Kopra, 2016.
@Space_Station @astro_tim @ESA_de @esa @ESA_History @ISS_Research @cities4tnight @pmisson @ESA_EO The yellow lights correspond to East Berlin, where orange sodium lamps lit most of the streets today. The white glow comes from the brighter LED lamps in West Berlin. #BerlinWall30
📸: @astro_andre, 2012.
@Space_Station @astro_tim @ESA_de @esa @ESA_History @ISS_Research @cities4tnight @pmisson @ESA_EO @astro_andre 🤔 What will your city look like from space in 30 years? #BerlinWall30

Look at more beautiful night-time pictures of cities to pass the time, and help #citizenscience project ‘Lost at night’ compare cities light pollution over time!…
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Today's an exciting day!

After many years of work, we're thrilled to report our latest advance in citizen science:…

@Foldit @UWBiochemistry @uwcse @RutgersU @dartmouth @Northeastern @HHMINEWS #citizenscience #proteindesign @nature
Online citizen science projects have largely harnessed human pattern-recognition skills rather than human creativity. We wanted to go much further.

We posed the challenge of de novo protein design in the online protein-folding game @Foldit.
After many iterations of player design, analysis of the top-scoring solutions and subsequent game improvement, Foldit players can now—starting from an extended polypeptide chain—generate a diversity of protein structures and sequences that encode them in silico.
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Stoked to announce @ZooKeys_Journal published our @BatumiRaptors data paper! It explains how our #citizenscience project monitors the autumn #migration of >1.000.000 #raptors in the Eastern Black Sea Flyway, and how to use our #openaccess data @GBIF/@NLBIF! - 1/n

Many #raptors migrate primarily by thermal #soaring. To do so they travel by day and avoid high mtns and open sea. This leads to spectacular raptor aggregations in overland #flyways. One of the world´s largest raptor flyways occurs along the eastern Black Sea coast in SW Georgia.
The Eastern Black Sea Flyway has its narrowest point just north of #Batumi, where the coast and Lesser Caucasus form a clear "bottleneck". The mtns are not extremely high but present a significant barrier for #raptors on #migration due to low and dense cloud cover. @BatumiRaptors
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Spending the morning at the National Press Club for the “Science During a Crisis” event. Interested to hear about the new report and the call to action. #science
Here the agenda
“Science has a key role to play in the immediate hours after a crisis.” - David Oxtoby
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Back in 2008, in @Orion_Magazine, @ssteingraber1 reflected on the curious phenomenon of “environmental amnesia,” which she observed while giving lectures around the US on toxics & pollution. This is one of my favorite essays. A thread. #envhist…
“I’ve noticed two opposing trends,” @ssteingraber1 writes in @Orion_Magazine. One is an 🔺 awareness of toxics & their env-health implications. But the other is that this knowledge pertains to products more than the hazards of production, esp legacy or relic pollution . #envhist
“The location of homes on former orchards (where arsenical pesticides were used) or near old toxic-dump sites (where drums of solvents were buried) — these matters seem blurrier and blurrier to the folks in my audiences.” @ssteingraber1 via @Orion_Magazine #envhist
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HEYYYYY wanna help us learn more about crabeater seals of COURSE YOU DO is where it's at!
Photo (c) Jessica Farrer
@pewenvironment @UCNZscience @UCNZ
Here's the thing

1st I want to tell you about crabeater seals

2nd I want to tell you about the Weddell Sea

3rd I want to bring it together so you can see why YOUR help is needed

Go to any time to see what's up! (1/n)
First things first - crabeater seals are "true" seals (i.e., in Phocid family, "earless" which really just means they don't have ear flaps like fur seals, for e.g.)


They do not eat crabs. THEY EAT KRILL, like this critter here
Pic (c) Stephen Brookes
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Today the last thread of the Twitter marathon on the occasion of our @PNASNews article "Crop variety management for climate adaptation supported by #citizenscience". What about the farmer perspective? What motivates farmers to do this?…
The idea of the #citizenscience methodology behind our paper is that farmers can actively participate in experimentation. Tricot or triadic comparisons of technologies makes participation feasible for several reasons.
Testing only three varieties requires little land. Many previous formats required that at least some of the farmers would grow all the varieties in a common plot. Due to its size, finding a farmer who could provide land was generally difficult and had to be arranged with time.
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Yesterday I promised to write some tweets about our recent article in @PNASNews. A nerdy thread on technical details first! We used a cool model to analyze farmers' crop variety evaluation and test if seasonal climate could explain differences.…
The model is called "Plackett-Luce trees". This model produced the nice graph above. The model splits the dataset in different segments of farmers that each have very different observations on the crop varieties. The example shows bean varieties in Nicaragua.
Our input data consisted of farmers' rankings. We already knew that farmers can easily and very reliably tell which variety does better than another variety in a plot next to it. This is the core principle of our #citizenscience approach. (See…)
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Last year, @NIMH_RDoC @NIMH commissioned a report from us @McLeanHospital (w/ @DanielGDillon @JustinBakerMD @laurenrutterr) re digital cognitive assessments for field test use, from >300k TestMyBrain participants. That report is now available!
Key findings: First, (1) *RELIABILITY IS A MAJOR ISSUE*, particularly for tasks from basic science / experimental traditions, built for detecting within person diffs and where reliability for between person is rarely reported. #psychometrics <- probably not trending
Second, (2) measures of negative valence / emotion (e.g. threat processing) and positive valence (e.g. reward sensitivity) usually not built for large-scale mobile assessment: technically, psychometrically, or re engagement - important for projects like @AllofUsResearch
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What’s that you say? I haven’t tweeted in a few days about this AMAZING JOB w @AutisticaUK & @turinginst that I’d love for you to apply for or share with anyone you know?

GO ON THEN. A thread about our values and project outcomes! 🌟🙌🏿🙌🏾👩🏻‍💻👩🏿‍💻👨🏼‍💻👨🏾‍💻😬🥰💖🥳…
The values are attached as a pdf to the job description linked above. Here’s the direct link:…

Before I dig into them I want to give a quick shout out to Georgia Aitkenhead who wrote the first draft based on our long conversations. THANK YOU Georgia!
The values are only loosely ordered. Don’t read too much into which ones come first etc. They’re ALL important.

When you apply for the job PLEASE address the values in your cover letter. It’s an essential requirement that you have a commitment to these values.
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To kick off 2019, science & conservation @MortonArboretum has a couple positions we’re recruiting for: (0/3)
I’m looking for a part-time person to help coordinator our #CitizenScience #phenology monitoring program, which is a partnership with @USANPN. Help us communicate with our awesome volunteers and track the life cycles of some fun trees!… (1/3)
We’re also accepting applications for our summer undergrad research program. Lots of cool projects with great scientists available. More info: (2/3)
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I know I'm tweeting up a STORM about this amazing job with @AutisticaUK to be based at @turinginst & working with me!


Here's a little thread of threads so you can keep catching up on all the information I'm sharing on here 💖
In this thread I tell you about my motivations for designing the study in the first place
Here's a thread talking about the #FullStack requirements....and why you DON'T need to know ALL THE THINGS in order to apply!
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Great question from @pandamakes about the @AutisticaUK @turinginst #ResearchAssociate JOB that you should all be applying for (and telling your friends about).…

I'm going to answer it in a little thread 👇🏼
What do I mean by a "fine-grained consent model"? At the highest level it's pretty simple: it means I want to give all the participants control over their data.

What does that mean in practise?
In this #CitizenScience project we'll be collecting experiences about the challenges that #Autistic people have when navigate the environment.

For example, is it very stressful to take the tube? (Yes!) Are there times that are particularly bad? (Yes!) What are the workarounds?
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A wonderful walk in the Lake District today, but just before my pre-dinner nap (this holiday is LOVELY) a little thread about the requirement of “a PhD or equivalent” for the job that I’m SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO APPLY FOR with @AutisticaUK at @turinginst!…
Here’s a little screen grab of the section in the essential requirements of the job description:
I tweeted yesterday about the #FullStack requirements of this job.

It seems pretty silly to require web development skills AND a PhD! They aren’t usually taught together.

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