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Thread on sabotage references. There are still (many) academic PIs (and other bosses) who are angry when trainees go to nonacademic jobs (they have to or want to or should, all good reasons). Also bully advisors. Thus, bad references provided
1/n @AcademicChatter #PhDChat
I've seen sabotage references ~14 times. Usually another reference is from a peer in the lab (e.g. postdoc) so the "sabotage" is easy to spot. For some reason in academia, it's thought to be ok that the subject never sees their reference. Bad. Always ask for a written copy...
If you are not allowed to see the reference your PI (or anyone) will provide, I recommend not using them as a reference.
BTW - Ethics of reference giving: if you can't say the candidate is awesome, you should decline to provide a reference, not provide a bad or meh one
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1. PhD thesis 'Modelling BCG vaccination in the UK: What is the impact of changing policy?' submitted and everything is totally normal....

Written with #rstats, #bookdown, and #thesisdown.

Read here:

#phdchat #epitwitter #openscience #tuberculosis
2. Thanks to my supervisors @n3113n and @Christensen_H + my funders @HPRU_EI + @PHE_uk for the data.
3. Some results: 'getTBinR: an R package for accessing and summarising the World Health Organisation Tuberculosis data'



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Mini-thread on writing literature reviews and having them as assignments. I am bewildered by the lack of guidance on "how to conduct a literature review" all over the place. And yes, I've read books that are specifically on the literature review. I think this stems from...
... something I identified in an earlier thread and blog post - our students are EXPECTED to know how to do something, when nobody has taught them explicitly what it looks like, how to do it.… unless you've taught someone how to do a LR, you can't expect it
I have an entire page on Literature Reviews… I also discuss the different scholarly products that you can generate (annotated bibliographies, Conceptual Synthesis Excel Dump tables, banks of rhetorical precis, etc.) each of these is a different product
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THREAD: I’m a scientist and I gained 1K TWITTER FOLLOWERS in FIVE WEEKS. Here’s how I did it. #medtwitter #epitwitter #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdchat
1. I changed my mindset about Twitter. When I first started my account, I thought of it as a personal platform where people yell at each other (true). But it’s more than that. It’s a PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING tool. Use it to find your tribe. I’m looking at you #epitwitter.
2. I made my profile searchable and memorable. Does your bio describe you or does it sound like a canned bio on your employer’s website (or worse: a dating site)? Describe your profession. Add some dimension like #vegetarian #endocrinologist. Give people a reason to follow you.
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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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Some summer tips for young academics!
1) Start writing a paper by preparing the figures preferably in their final format!
#AcademicTwitter #phdchat
2) Use VERY big fonts in your figures (for axes labels, captions, etc). That often allows you to make your figures much smaller and still preserve their readability. Making your lines thicker could help too!

3) Reduce the number of figures. Multi-panel figures with are usually much more efficient and enable you to meet the space requirements of letter journals. We usually limit the number of our figures to 3-4 for letters and 6-10 for full-length articles. #AcademicTwitter
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Well, this is exciting. I am going to be presenting a paper as part of the academic stream of the Historical Novel Society of Australasia Conference. My paper will be on my research to date on the Australian children’s time slip fantasy. #ahnsa #phdchat
The conference theme is History Repeats, which is perfect for the aspect of my thesis that looks at how Australian time slip set outside of cities is primarily interested in how time on Country is iterative rather than chronological.
Many of these books are either overtly or more implicitly interested in how Settler Colonial Australians can forge a relationship with Country. Some of them explicitly address the cost to Aboriginal people of our lives on their Country. Some of them are apologists for that cost.
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Actual question(s) from #male #professor:

"What do I say if I want to tell a #female student or colleague they look nice today? Like if I just want to tell u u look nice w/out sounding creepy or perved?"


#ProfLife #AcademicTwitter #WomenInSTEM #PhDchat
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I just volunteered for the #ACL2019 mentoring program. Thanks to @radamihalcea, Robert Frederking, and @arnaik19 for organizing this opportunity to welcome newcomers. Remembering my first major #NLProc conference ten years ago, I'm glad to help improve the experience. (1/thread)
In 2009, as a student, I attended my first ACL. I registered late and received no information about mentorship. I was the first person from my lab to go to an #NLProc conference, and I had no one to introduce me to people. Nobody had heard of my advisor, who didn’t work in NLP.
It's difficult being an outsider at a conference. Here are some observations I can pass along to students who feel like they’re starting from the same place I was, i.e., attending your first conference in a community where you have few (if any) contacts. #phdchat
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Let me tell you about the time I rage quit a tech study because it was #toorapey

we're going to call this the rapey noise study™

what's the rapey noise study™, you ask? great question!

it's a (not good) study about interacting with a computer using your brain by focusing on a noise while other noises are playing.... [look ma, no hands!...]

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Yesterday I offered to share some writing advice that has worked for me, & it garnered a lot of interest! So I'm going to share it here in a thread instead of individually by email because we can all agree that academic writing is HARD! So here we go #phdchat #AcademicTwitter
2-I find that it helps a lot to understand WHY I struggle to write. This graphic was the first thing that really helped me understand why writing my dissertation, in particular, was SUPER difficult. So reasons:
3-Writing your dissertation or a manuscript is hard because no one has ever been where you are. No one has ever written about it in the way you're going to. It's literally the edge of our collective knowledge or else you wouldn't be writing it.…
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1. New (first) paper now available: Exploring the effects of BCG #vaccination in patients diagnosed with #tuberculosis: Observational study using the Enhanced Tuberculosis Surveillance system


#phdchat #rstats
2. Highlights

Evidence of an association between BCG vaccination and reduced all-cause mortality in TB cases.

Weaker evidence of an association between BCG vaccination and reduced repeat TB episodes in TB cases.

Little evidence of an association with other TB outcomes.
3. Background: Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) is one of the most widely-used vaccines worldwide. BCG primarily reduces the progression from infection to disease, however, there is evidence that BCG may provide additional benefits.
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What to do if your mentee isn't meeting your expectations. A #MentoringMonday thread
@AcademicChatter #sciencetwitter #phdchat #ecrchat
1) Ensure your expectations are realistic. Talk to colleagues, take a workshop, do something to check your current expectations against outside sources (not just one). If it turns out you had unrealistic expectations this is an easy change: just adjust them!
2) If the expectation is fair, prepare for the possibility that you were not clear about it. Don't assume "any good scientist would know to do Y". You would be shocked if you really knew how differently people approach problems, prioritize work, interpret conversations.
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A #thread about promoting scientific literature in graduate students, while having fun, and generating results. I hope this is helpful for some, and feel free to Retweet. #WSUEntomology #sciencetwitter #scicomm #scichat #phdlife #phdchat #GradSchool #readingcommunity #science
Many faculty are often frustrated that students seem to have a poor understanding of the literature, or are surprised when students don’t know the “big names" in their field. However, one must realize it is easy to get “pigeon-holed” while you are focusing on your MS/PhD
Reading groups are one way to address this issue – meet weekly or bi-weekly and read literature in a given field. However, too often reading groups are dominated by faculty/postdocs with more experience and students are afraid to speak up for fear of ridicule or embarrassment.
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Hey all, let us have a look at some basics of optics and light science today! #phdchat #Physics #optics
Let us look at some common objects that can be used to understand the nature of light rays. This includes mirrors and lenses. #phdchat #physics #optics
Light travels in a straight line. It is the most fundamental property of light. An obstruction on the path may only change its direction, else it travels in a straight line. #phdchat #optics #light
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Today I hand in my thesis for the Second Time after undertaking a year of corrections. This is what I have learned. #phdchat #acwri
What I call “pure stubborn will”, others call “strident determination and perseverance”. Reassess your self-talk, give yourself the props you deserve.
A year is both forever and not very long at all. It probably took me about 7 months to fully overcome my grief and gain the perspective I needed to reassess and rework my thesis. In that time I have found a new job, moved city, made new friends and improved my mental health.
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So, I work parttime as a writing consultant @uclaGWC, and we just finished having a staff meeting about dissertation writing and helping others with it. In light of the recent becoming of the @GradWriteSlack, let me share some of what we talked about: #academicchatter #phdchat
DISCLAIMER: The things I am sharing are by no means my original thoughts or exercises. They are content produced by @uclaGWC and the resources therein; I just want to share with all of you what I have learned and the resources that have been shared with me.
A great way to be a productive writer is the be self-aware of your own research and writing process. Here is a worksheet (one blank, one filled out by a STEM student).
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I'm often asked by academics how to use Twitter. Rather than repeat the same stuff on different occasions, I decided to create a thread.
This is just my own personal experience so PLEASE join in, add your own thoughts/suggestions & ask questions!
1. Decide your purpose
Why are you using Twitter? What do you want out of it? If it's purely to read up on other people's work, find new research & catch the latest news, that's totally fine.
A good way to curate your feed is to create Twitter Lists…
2. Audience
If you want to go beyond reading to post your own content, decide on who you want to target. Who is interested in reading your tweets? Who do you want to get the attention of and why?
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I have the best advisor—Dr. Daisy Machado—who while pushing me academically has also been extremely strategic with me to ensure I can finish my PhD swiftly and set myself up well for when I’m done.

For folks starting their PhD’s I want to share some of her strategies.

For context: I’m a historian of religion who chose to study as an inter religious seminary with access to an Ivy League. And at my institution students write their comprehensive exam questions/bibliographies with their readers.

Nonetheless I think the strategies connect broadly.
First Strategy: Make sure you’re grounded outside the academy, especially if you’re a minoritized scholar. As a system, the academy can be a harsh and unhealthy place. Who is your community of accountability? Who are you writing for/with? Who [literally] feeds you?
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Authorship ❓❓

Make all figures, edit exitsting code, write new code and contribute to the overall design. Not contributing substantially to the text, but the manuscript isn't finished yet. Is this authorship?

#AcademicTwitter @AcademicChatter #phdchat
I guess this is a scenario that tends to happen a lot with stats/ R experts and I don't have clear guidelines. It all starts as the "I have a quick question and it's probably super easy for you"... Turns out it is not quick nor easy. 1/n
You get involved, fix stuff, write stuff, usually make figures and edit. The quick thing becomes days or weeks of collaboration and sometimes it all just flows. They offer authorship and we all work together happy 2/n
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20 years ago today (!), I defended my dissertation. To celebrate this anniversary, let me offer up 10 thoughts/opinions about being a PhD student and 10 about being an advisor. #phdlife #AcademicTwiiter #PhdChat
Student 1/10: Your dissertation is not your life’s work. It is an opportunity to learn and a means to an end. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Graduate.
Student 2/10: Ask for help. You are here to learn, and not all learning happens on your own. Spending 3 months flailing isn’t a learning experience. It’s lost time.
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This micro-thread is for #PhDChat graduate students, and those struggling with #AcWri (academic writing). I do not, and cannot recommend ONE particular book on #AcWri - every book has a different and specific contribution. I can suggest a couple to start, though.
The six ones I suggested here (by @WendyLBelcher @jbernoff Zinsser, Van Maanen, Sword and @jolijensen)… are particularly useful in qualitative research contexts. I have read many others, and you can find those specific to the PhD journey on my blog.
I volunteer my already very scarce time to write blog posts and Twitter threads, which means - no, I can't write a blog post about EVERY book I have ever read. I do, however, remember which threads I've written on a few books. For example, for STEM researchers, I have suggestions
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Thread on #networking that extends beyond Hollywood to academics too. The thing I see grad students forget most is lateral networking. Find ppl you like in your field, ppl you can hang w/ at the annual conference & shit. When you all graduate you can support each others’ careers.
Some of my closest academic friends & I met at Society for Disability Studies or @nwsa as grad students at panels or, let’s be honest, events with free food/booze. Now we coauthor, invite each other to our campuses for talks, & support one another on the job market or TT.
Don’t just network to meet the people whose books you read in coursework. Network to meet the people whose new books you’ll assign in your own classes in a few years. Make friends. Academic is too bleak otherwise. #AcademicTwitter #PhDChat
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