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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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I am so glad that researchers are interested in helping extend #STEM opportunities to #tribal students!

But please understand that we #Indigenous academics spend considerable time to cultivate relationships of TRUST. No one should expect automatic access our networks. 1/8 #phd
Some well-intentioned researchers have asked to contact my networks bc they 1) have a #diversity goal (Indigenous people as a ✔️), 2) request a letter of support, or 3) have an idea to "help us". If this is our first communication, understand that we have not yet built trust. 2/8
Know that many #Indigenous academics have been burned by ppl who take the letter of support without honoring their commitments to those who helped obtain the grant or tenureship benchmark. That's extractive, and we do not forget. (Also true for #research community engagement) 3/8
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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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1/So there was lots of talk at @AACNursing #AACNdoc20 re: #Nursing #PhD pipeline, getting folx esp prelicensure students ‘excited’ about #nursingscience & the #BStoPhD

I totally revamped our #nursingresearch & #innovation course @UMassAmherst last fall to do just that

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2/ I told the Asst Dean when I took it on that regardless of the learning objectives for the course I had only 1 GOAL:

That by the end of the semester, these students would be EXCITED!-or at very least, just a little bit CURIOUS-about a career in #nursingscience & #innovation
3/ A note about context: This was a course of ~85 Accel BS students, taught in an urban campus that is geographically ~40mins drive from main @UMassAmherst campus, in the . The classroom assigned had no windows. Class ran 8am-1030am Weds, before more courses. I say this b/c....
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🚨The #Brus Genocide of 1997 #Thread

Bru's were hounded out of Mizoram, a Christian majority state, as they refused to convert

🔸As they constitute a small tribal community their
suffering went unnoticed for decades

🔸The Presbyterian #Church runs #Mizoram
Nearly 97 per cent of Mizos are Christians

Bru (derogatory term for Reang in Mizoram)

Bru's are being persecuted by Mizos since they strongly opposed conversions

Even the Chakmas faced persecution.

As voices against the forcible conversions rose, they were driven away
Bru lady Soninorum said she was forcibly converted
to Christianity as the local Mizo leader told her that else she would be driven out

However this conversion could not save her from the wrath of the Mizo youth

Her wooden house was burnt to ashes
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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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*THREAD* This #RSPBScieConf19 session thread presents advances in @Natures_Voice's goal to champion land well-managed for nature #ornithology #conservationscience
@Natures_Voice Now @Tomfinch89 shows that combining high-yield farmland with natural habitat and low-yield farmland can reconcile conflict between food production and nature conservation @RSPBScience @_BTO @CamZoology @savebutterflies and @NaturalEngland.

*Paper here*…
@Natures_Voice @tomfinch89 @_BTO @CamZoology @savebutterflies @NaturalEngland In the first of a set of #agri-environment talks @pebellamy tests the effectiveness of targeted grants in delivering increases in #woodland birds @ForestryComm @NaturalEngland #RSPBScieConf19
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Thoughts on candidate statements after reading so, so many... curious as to others thoughts. #scholarships #phd #msc
State your career goal clearly at the start. Don’t make reviewers hunt for it, or worse, not mention it at all.
Put your past in that context, steps towards that goal, your journey so far. Including bumps in the road with context of course. Everybody has bumps. Own them.
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Yesterday my @UWSoHE #matcult #childhood seminar visited @HLATC_Textiles to study objects related to #histchild and we connected objects to #childrensrights #humanrights as discussed through #UNCRC @jhcy @shcy Here are a few highlights...
We looked at and compared this lovely, warm Swedish cap with this highly embellished Pakistani hat, both 20thC, and thought about children’s #rights to safety, protection and care #article19 #UNCRC
We examined two amazing samplers, one made by a 10yr old girl in Wisconsin in 1832 and the other a colorful 1898 #darning #sampler, likely initialed by 10 different students, and considered changing ideas about children’s rights to an #education and #community #article28 #UNCRC
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L’université d’été du @medef #LaREF19 accueille une séquence sur le #doctorat « le pari des docteurs : la thèse pour innover » ouverte par le Pdt @Medef_75 puis @UCP_Germinet et avec trois lauréats #mt180 - @ABG_Asso @jeanlucbeylat
Et le débat s’engage avec quatre personnalités d’entreprises dont @jeanlucbeylat Pdt @ABG_Asso
@DDesplan : les grands groupes connaissent les docteurs, mais d’autres entreprises non -> à nous de les convaincre de ce que nous pouvons apporter
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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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New paper out today which explores four different functional hypotheses about why people help look after someone else's child in the Agta.…
We explore the (non-competing) roles of kin selection, reciprocity, learning-to-mother and costly signalling in direct childcare, measured with 1.5 meter proximity
Downside of proximity is that you lose detail about the type of interaction, but using proximity measures meant we had a much larger sample size and (perhaps more importantly) time sample compared to focal follows.
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Some thoughts on the recent @Cloudflare #8Chan decision,
esp their recent blog outlining the decision to cut their services to the site from an #anthro #PhD who studies such #Internet companies:…

So much of Cloudflare's reasoning is endemic to a number of cultural tendencies I see in my research across "Internet infrastructure providers".

Understanding these is necessary to tackle discussions about the responsibility of tech companies in such tragic events. 2/17
Many smart people like @beccalew @BostonJoan @JessieNYC are discussing the ramifications of the Cloudflare decision.

I will focus on the fact that there is a problem in how these companies see their tech & connect this vision to a sense of corporate responsibility. 3/17
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OK. It's happening, and I can finally talk openly about it (a thread).

I have decided to transfer from my #PhD into a #Masters degree. I'm currently writing my thesis - I'm due to submit in October.

And I want to talk about it, because we don't talk about this enough.
This isn't a decision I've made lightly, or impulsively. It's due to a plethora of factors, including personal, project and professional reasons. It's something I've been thinking about for a long time, and something I should have thought more about before I even started my PhD.
I like studying. I like learning. I loved university, honours was challenging, but a PhD was the next logical step. I took a little time off (not enough)-but getting a scholarship early pretty much confirmed I'm be moving on to the next part of my academic life.
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So excited that the paper that is the culmination of my #PhD came out in @ScienceTM today! As the COVER story! Can't wait to share this 6-yr labor of love with the world. Here are some of the main takeaways from the paper:

#BigDay #HealthTech #PortableMRI #HydrationSensor
MRI is a powerful diagnostic tool but it is too expensive ($1.5M) and time-consuming (10-60min) to use on a regular basis. We developed a portable NMR sensor that can harness the diagnostic power of quantitative MRI at a fraction of the time (<1min) and cost ($1k).
It is not necessary to generate images in order to take quantitative magnetic resonance (relaxometry) measurements. Removing the need to generates images makes the hardware simpler, smaller, and cheaper.

I wrote about this for the @MIT_alumni blog:…
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QUAIS são as 5 coisas que você DEVE endereçar na tentativa de RESOLVER um #PROBLEMA ou -se você estievr escrevendo um #TCC, #MSc, #PhD...- relatar o que você está [pelo menos] tentando fazer?...

1: pra começar, ESTABELEÇA CLARAMENTE qual é o PROBLEMA que você está resolvendo...
2. o que outros que JÁ tentaram resolver o MESMO PROBLEMA ou problemas similares JÁ fizeram e POR QUE você precisa adicionar ALGO de novo ao que JÁ existia?

3. O QUE você [e seu grupo] somaram ao que existia e POR QUE isso VALE A PENA ser considerado como NOVO #CONHECIMENTO...?
4. COMO sua adição FUNCIONOU na PRÁTICA e como ela SE COMPARA com as OUTRAS soluções que já haviam sido PROPOSTAS para o problema [ou classe de problemas] em consideração?

5. O QUE você não tentou [AINDA], e PORQUE... e qual e sua VISAO de FUTURO pra essa classe de problemas?...
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It’s time for another #ORNITHOLODAY! Tweeting today are @hemmingsnicola1, members of her @sheffieldAPS team including @fay_morland, and collaborators @ZSLScience @kikaB8 & @Belfast_Ash9 (we’ll introduce ourselves properly shortly!) #ornithology #teamegg
We’ll be delivering dozens of amazing egg facts throughout the day (08:00-15:00 UTC) #ORNITHOLODAY #teamegg
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25 Full scholarships available for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Please check our list and apply. Kindly retweet for others who are looking to study abroad. #scholarships #masters #PhD #studyabroad #freetuition #WednesdayMotivation #WednesdayWisdom
1. Western Sydney University
Range of scholarships available for international students seeking admission to postgraduate programs. Scholarships valued at $7,500 or $5,000 and 50% of tuition fees are awarded on academic merit.…
2. NYU school of law
All students admitted to the JSD program receive a scholarship equal to the amount of tuition & fees in addition to a stipend of $25,000.00 USD per year for 3 years.…
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Many academics find sitting down at the computer and starting to write to be the most difficult challenge facing them. One of the reasons for this, as one of my students put it so well, is that “if I never start, then I never fail.”
#AcWri #PhD
Another reason academics can't get started writing is getting out of the habit of writing–or never having had a writing habit.
While tough to overcome, this obstacle does have some straightforward solutions.
Here are ten (10) solutions.
#acwri #PhD
1. Make other tasks contingent on writing
An excellent way of dealing with the difficulty of getting started is to make a preferred task contingent on a nonpreferred task, as the behavior management experts put it (Boice 1983).
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1/6 What is the usefulness of inflammatory markers such as CRP, ESR and PV in #primarycare? My #PhD findings may make you think carefully about doing these tests. A thread 👇…
2/6 Inflammatory markers have an overall sensitivity of <50% so are not a useful 'rule out' test:
3/3 1000 inflammatory marker tests generates:
236 false-positives ...resulting in an additional
710 GP appointments
229 phlebotomy appointments
and 24 referrals the following 6 months
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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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Today is the 6th anniversary of my #PhD viva. I note it in some way every year. This year is a little different. Over recent months I've been facing up to the fact that I may not be able to stay in academia for the 7th anniversary. This is a thread on why.
Before starting on this though, a few thoughts first. As a white middle-class man I have never had to deal with any number of issues or obstacles that many of my friends, colleagues, or peers have. I can only imagine how hard it must be to deal with systemic obstructions too /2
Probably the last thing academia needs is another person who looks like me. That doesn't mean I want to leave, but we need to acknowledge the heavily uneven playing field that is in effect. If departments are already populated with people who look like me; it's time to ask why /3
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Hi #AcademicTwitter, and especially #PhD students and advisors--have y'all had a real discussion with each other and prospectives about the demographic declines of 18 year olds going to college that has already started and is going to be catastrophic as of 2025?
Lots of sources for this:… and… are two of the first I saw today but it's a known thing.
And have you had the very, very serious conversation about how this will impact the job market and academia as a whole? That most small private liberal arts schools are going to be fighting for their survival and many of the tuition-driven ones won't make it?
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Unser Beitrag zur #Wahlrechtsreform im Auftrag des @Wahlleiter_Bund:
Objektiv und rechtlich optimierte Einteilungen Deutschlands in z.B. 250, 200 und 125 Wahlkreise. Mit Mathematik!

Interaktive Ergebnisse: 🗺️

Bei Absenkung der Wahlkreisanzahl, kann Neuzuschnitt mit Methoden der mathematischen Optimierung und lediglich basierend auf den rechtlichen Vorgaben (Wahlgleichheit etc.) objektiv & parteipolitisch unabhängig durchgeführt werden!

📄 Forschungsergebnisse sind nun veröffentlicht.
Wie deutsche Bundestagswahlkreise auszusehen haben, geben das Gesetz und Rechtsprechungen vor:
1⃣ Gleichheit der Wahl => jeder Wahlkreis möglichst gleiche Bevölkerungsanzahl
2⃣ Administrative Konformität => Wahlkreise möglichst an Landkreisen, kreisfreien Städten u.ä. orientieren
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