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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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Hilo sobre la "#Brecha #salarial" y la "paradoja de la igualdad"
Que se puede resumir en: no hay tal brecha salarial.
Es el problema con el que te encuentras cuando no consideras que 2/3 de la gente que trabaja a tiempo parcial son mujeres, y cuando tampoco consideras que las mujeres no les da la gana de estudiar carreras de ciencias puras o ingenierías en la misma medida que los hombres,
siendo estas las profesiones con mayor remuneración (aunque quizás podríamos forzarlas a estudiarlas, a pesar de que una enorme proporción de su tituladas ni llega a ejercer o lo hace pocos años.)

Video inexcusable sobre le tema
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Attn: grant writers.

Acknowledged or not, #STEM is full of non-neurotypical types. 1/5 of your readers is likely to be dyslexic, and all your readers are likely impaired by fatigue. This is a thread to help readability from a dyslexic’s perspective. (1/9)
1)If the instructions allow, use a san serif font. I personally prefer a softer one like Calibri over Arial which I find results in densely packed heavy-feeling text. (2/9)
2)Do not sacrifice readability for neatness by using right-hand justified text. The lack of visual anchors down the raggedy edge makes tracking harder. REALLY!
I’ve failed in this argument many times, but it is true. (3/9)
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Best software and suggestions to prepare a #poster presentation

my summary of the 80 answers received from @AcademicChatter community for the #sciencetwitter

Prepare popcorn, it's detailed but long 1/9, you can also just read the doc attached
#scicomm #STEM #phdchat
@AcademicChatter Tips 1/2
Set up a slide w/ dimensions you plan print
Keep things simpler than you first imagine
Make sure all writing can be read from no less 3-4 feet away
Use projector to test and final proofread before printing
Best posters can be digested in 2-3 minutes
Add QR code to share
@AcademicChatter Tips 2/2
Ask students for feedback
Ask someone from outside ur field for feedback
Add Twitter handle
Use online template and start adding your stuff
Start from a template that senior members of your lab have used
Submit a week before conference
Give yourself 2-3 days to print
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Estuve en la presentación de Si puede, no vaya al médico. Una crítica a los médicos infundada, excesiva y aplaudida por el numerosísimo público añoso asistente. Abro hilo elperiodico.com/es/opinion/201…
Habló de la práctica de la profesión en busca del lucro y el prestigio. Él que ya los logró y ahora se jubila.
Por qué las nuevas generaciones de médicos y sobre todo médicas, no deben aspirar al lucro y al prestigio? Para eso están las #STEM ?
Dijo que la agenda de los congresos científicos la marca la industria farmacéutica. Con el esfuerzo y dinero que cuesta muchas veces ir. El caso es que a él le patrocinaba La Caixa
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#fetc @BryanLMiller excited for some fun toys and tools today!
#fetc
6 Cs used to evaluate toys for the showcase
#fetc standards for evaluation

The worse thing we can do is buy these things only tonrealizevit take 6bhrs to charge or 20 aa batteries @BryanLMiller
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Getting ready for my favorite keynotenevery year at #FETC #techsharelive ... I will tweet my favorite tools in this thread! #edtech
@adambellow begins #techsharelive with his parody #fave
#fetc queen
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To build the workforce of the future, we need to revolutionize how we learn
» weforum.org/agenda/2019/09…
We've entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We're living in a world in which it's predicted that 20-50% of tasks will be replaced by machines and #AI.
“If we do not change the way we teach, we’re going to be in trouble”. Ma
The knowledge-based approach of “200 years ago”, would "fail our kids", who would never be able to compete with machines. Children should be taught “#softskills” like independent thinking, values & teamwork.
Currently around 63% of students withdrawal. Scott Bolland explores the science of learning, the mismatch with how we teach, and the important role that #ArtificialIntelligence (#AI) could take in addressing the limitations in our current education system.
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General tips from my experience in obtaining biomedical sciences research #fellowships/funding as a computational/mathematical scientist, and having gone through hundreds of applications as committee member @wellcometrust, @TheBHF, @NC3Rs, @The_MRC, #STEM, #WomenInSTEM:
1. Success generally comes after failure. Every time I've been awarded a fellowship, I had a painful rejection first. Analyse the rejection and act to overcome it. You will need advice and clear thinking (and some time to recover).
2. Ask yourself why you really want a fellowship and remember this reason through the ups and downs of the process. Fellowships are a very good way to combine a scientific career and a young family, for example.
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I take a different perspective, "Scientists owe it to the public to ensure their results are effectively communicated back to society." This approach requires scientists to take responsibility for dissemination of their work, but it doesn't require them to be the vehicle. (1/2)
Few dispute that some scientists just aren't equipped to communicate with the public and, therefore, shouldn't. There are more effective/trained communicators who can spread the message. And, in terms of strategic comms, the primary investigator may not be the best messenger.
Having said that, scientists can no longer afford to rely on academic publications, especially paywalled journals, or journalists to disseminate their work. The should be required to tell the world about their results and they should be rewarded for getting it done effectively.
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Posted slides from my talk for the @ucdavis "2019 ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium" - talk was about #microbiomes #manels and the people who have inspired me to work on #STEMDiversity slideshare.net/phylogenomics/… #ucdavis #STEMDiversity 1/n
Also made a Wakelet of some of the Tweets from the Symposium - see wakelet.com/wake/2698e152-… #ucdavis #STEMDiversity 2/n
I thought I had recorded my talk using @camtasia but the audio part seems to have failed so I am going to go through my talk here by annotating some of my slides #ucdavis #STEMDiversity 3/n
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How do we re-imagine our Educational Institutions?

History is important...#PostcardsFromALAIGBO

An old but very relevant piece by Obi Nwakanma

1/ "As a result of Azikiwe’s own ideas of the university, he pushed for the establishment of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka,.."
2/ "Zik passed the charter of the University through the Eastern Nigeria House in 1955. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka was established in 1955, but it opened its gates for the first 280 students on Oct 7, 1960, just one week on the attainment of Nigeria’s independence..."
3/ "Aside from Azikiwe, the next most important figure in the establishment of University of Nigeria was Dr. I.U. Akpabio, Minister for education in the government Azikiwe led in the East. Akpabio & Zik traveled around seeking funds across the world for the proper establishment."
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.@FSCDems Subcomm on Diversity & Inclusion's Race & Gender-Based Wealth Gaps Hrg:

Chairwoman @RepBeatty (D-OH-3)'s Opening Stmt, where she referenced Richard Rothstein's #ColorOfLaw. @EconomicPolicy @TMI_LDF #RacialWealthGap
epi.org/publication/th…

c-span.org/video/?c481930…
.@FinancialCmte Subcomm on Diversity & Inclusion's Race & Gender-Based Wealth Gaps Hrg:

Ranking Member @RepAnnWagner (R-MO-2)'s Opening Stmt.

@payscale 2018 #GenderPayGap
payscale.com/hr/gender-pay-…

@RepStefanik #HR1935 #WageEquity
govtrack.us/congress/bills…

c-span.org/video/?c481931…
.@FinancialCmte Subcomm on Diversity & Inclusion's Race & Gender-Based Wealth Gaps Hrg:

Ranking Member @PatrickMcHenry (R-NC-10)'s Opening Stmt.

McHenry supports financial literacy training, FMLA changes, childcare policies & higher STEM participation.
c-span.org/video/?c481931…
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#ClearTheLists is making an impact on teaching — and #Classcraft is HERE for it! Follow us + drop the link to your list below + retweet this post. We'll pick one teacher’s list to shop for EVERY school day until Sept 30! Winners posted below.🍀@support_a_teach #ClearTheList
@support_a_teach Congrats @readingin6th, you're our 1st #clearthelists! Thanks for being an awesome educator! We ordered 7 items off your list, we hope you & your students have an amazing year❤️ Let's clear 29 more lists! Drop your list below & if you already shared, you’re automatically entered!
@support_a_teach Thanks for being an awesome educator, @mrsvonitter!❤️ We got 7 items off your list, we hope it helps you & your students to have an amazing year!  

Let's #clearthelists 28 more times! 😎 Add your list to our 📌post! If you already shared, you’re still entered!
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It's women's month in South Africa and as such, we will be celebrating different women in #STEM to put some light on their achievements and impact- first is PROF @Nicky_Mulder who's a PI for @H3ABioNet B2 rated scholar: cbio.uct.ac.za/profile-nicola… #womansmonth #Africa #Bioinformatics
@Nicky_Mulder @UCTIDM @embl @NIH @Fogarty_NIH @AASciences @AAS_AESA A computer scientist by background, Dr @AmelGhouila earned her PhD in Bioinformatics & a bioinformatician working @H3ABioNet supporting researchers and their projects while developing African bioinformatics capacity
More:amelgh.github.io/about/ #WomenInSTEM #WomasMonth
@Nicky_Mulder @UCTIDM @embl @NIH @Fogarty_NIH @AASciences @AAS_AESA @AmelGhouila @Pasteur_Tunis @RUBi_news @mgen_africa Dr Michelle Skelton currently @H3Africa Project Manager did her undergraduate training at @UWConline . After completing her Master's degree, she was employed as a Research Officer at @WitsUniversity, in the Department of Molecular Hepatology. #WomenInSTEM #WomansMonth
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Learning Theory: Constructionism;

1. Learning is not a result of teaching. Learning is as a result of perception and understanding.

2. Knowledge is not information but an experience that is deliberately constructed through interactions with the world.

#Thread
3. Learners must be encouraged to explore, expand, exchange and express.

Learners can create a path to knowledge for themselves, they only need to equipped and empowered.
Magic happens when this is combined with Connectivism which describes learning as being distributed across a network of connections.

This uses the community of nodes; Internet enabled devices, platforms, forums, applications etc. to form a pattern through which knowledge gotten.
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Do you think we earn this: 21st Century skills intervention & Technical/Vocational Education Intervention as #NGO in schools?
If yes:
Nominate here: tepcentre.com/awards/
Use #TeamYowamca as Name of Implementing Organisation
Email: yowamca@gmail.com
Facebook: O'star Yowamca
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[Day6: #ScienceComedy FAQs & hot-takes]

It’s my last day, friends! Let’s talk all things #SciComm Comedy today (standup, comedic storytelling, improv, sketch, humor writing, & more).

I’ll dig into using it for reframing “the expert” & empowering underheard perspectives in #STEM
CALLING ALL #SciComm #STEM #Research #Academia doing #Improv comedy, add yourself in this thread so we can find each other all over the 🌍

eg, some NYC #STEM improv tweeps (more are on insta & FB):
@kylemarian
@shodell
@LiftLaughPi
@noanaaman
@IndianOrMexican
ROLL CALL: #SciComm #STEM #Research #Academia doing #Sketch or #character comedy, add em in this thread so we can find each other all over the 🌍

Some NYC folks I ❤️ who do video sketches:
@shodell’s Your Brain on Blank
@RollieWilliams’s @InconvenientTS

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[Day5: Communicating the Dark Side of #Science]
Let's get to the nitty gritty, intersectional #STEM issues today.

What are your thoughts on #SciComm around the complex, messy, imperfect scientific process & the dark history of Science?
MUST READ Examples: dealing w/ Race & Racism in #Science.

@AngelaDSaini’s #Superior (& #Inferior on gender inequity)

@PhysAnth’s statement on Race & Racism thoughtfully written by an intersectional, diverse committee
physanth.org/about/position…
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[Day4: Strengths & Limits of #SciComm forms, media, & spaces]
It's theory vs practice day!

There are loads of resources out there for #BestPractices. Today, let's discuss the strengths & limitations YOU've found in trying #STEM #storytelling, #comedy, #SciArt, #digital, & more!
I'll start w/ my favorite resources: @edbeltane & @OliverEscobar's "Public Dialogue & Delibration" & #WendyFaulkner's "Dialogue in #PublicEngagement" handbooks.

How do participant #communication styles impede/help your purpose, eg. #dialogue vs #debate?
beltanenetwork.org/DialogueTheory…
These have been crucial in my understanding of #experiencedesign when creating events or experiences for diverse #scicomm audiences & participants.

There's a purpose for panels and debates. But also a reason why they fail in "changing minds" or creating power-balanced convos.
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[Day3: Creating & Sustaining Spaces of Practice]
Q: Have you created or been part of initiatives for #Science #STEM #STEAM #SciComm practice? Are you considering creating one yourself?

Today we'll discuss "safe spaces to fail" and scaffolded experiences to build up your skills!
Why do I care?
As a former academic & now in my work to spread adaptable skills in #scicomm through #comedy, it strikes me how little prep we get to teach or give strategic talks as we make the shift from undergrad to grad levels

How many bad habits do we accumulate b/c of this?
What are some bad communication habits in #Science #STEM you've seen, experienced, or are still working to overcome?

Here's where I used to struggle:
- preparing talks the night before
- going over time
- imagining the audience wasn't even there
- bad PPTs
- STAGE FRIGHT
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To add, I as a US-based researcher w/ #ScienceOutreach experience going into UK #SciComm & #PubEng, it struck me how INTEGRATED #reflectivelearning is to their work culture.

ie, integrating failure-learnings are incentivized

I’m in awe of @LouWoodley for bringing that to @aaas
I cannot stress enough how important Institutional Incentivisation is for not just acknowledging #Failures in #STEM, but also in truly integrating learnings into DAILY practice.

Independent orgs like @GuerillaScience @AcademicStandUp , the incentive is sustainable business.
But what about #Academia? Or individual #scientists #academics #SciComm practitioners where the pressure to produce, publish, & keep grinding...

What are the specific barriers to a regular #reflectivepractice?

And how can your institution/community alleviate it?
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[Day2: Failing Better Together]
Q: What does "failure" mean to you?

For me, my #sciencefails & #SciComm fails fuel my teaching & community-building values:
- Creating spaces to fail better
- Building communities to exchange learnings
- Scaffolded experiences to reframe failure KyleMarian on a microphone with her back to the camera. She's facing the audience and hosting a storytelling show.
#Failure is an important part of #Science & #Comedy, but it wasn't until I got into comedy where I started understanding the impact of being transparent & celebrating failures.

It also got me thinking: does #Academia have an integrated process & outlet for dealing w/ failure?
Do you incorporate #journaling or #reflections into your #SciComm practice?
If you work in teams, do you have regularly-scheduled de-briefs?
As professionals, are you given allotted times in your paid schedule to reflect on project learnings?
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[Day1: Strategic SciComm Through Play]
Often times, when talking #SciComm #SciOut #PubEng #SciEng #SciEdu #SciArt, we spend a lot of discussions on the idea of play + joy + fun for target audiences.

As a practitioner, do use "play" to get better in your practice? If not, why?
Do opportunities & spaces to "PLAY" with your craft/skills in communicating #science even exist for you?

For academics, the lack of opportunity to learn+practice+play w/ public speaking significantly impacts careers, like favoritism of "charismatic ppl" to bad teaching habits.
In the #Arts + #SciArt, rehearsals + practice time is crucial in honing your craft.
In #MuseumEd & #projectdevelopment, there are stages for prototyping, focus grouping, beta-testing to "play".

In #Academia, prof dev workshops exist, but do you have a space for practice?
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