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Five simple ways to stop procrastinating

Find your zone

Schedule specific tasks when specific energy is high.

Eliminate distractions

Its easier for your mind to wander when surrounded by temptation. Eliminate social media, email etc

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Ein #WissKomm|experiment
Der #CircularTweet zum Thema Korrelation versus Kausalität.
Folgt mir durch diese @twitter Experiment zusammen mit @michael_gerloff

Fangen wir mal an mit einem klassiches Beispiel: ...

#Wissenschaftskommunikation #SciComm
Langer 🧵, dabei bleiben 😀
Leute, die häufig Eis essen haben eine höhere Sonnenbrandwahrscheinlichkeit.
Trägt man in ein Diagramm an der x-Achse das eine und an der y-Achse das andere auf, wird man zwar Ausreißer sehen aber trotzdem einen Trend erkennen,
nämlich wenig Eis, seltener Sonnenbrand...

...viel Eis, häufiger Sonnebrand. Ich kann eine Korrelation zwischen den Größen herstellen.
Was ist eine Korrelation? Das ist eine Gleichung, ein mathematisches Modell, mit dem ich möglichst gut meine Messwerte treffen möchte.

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Looking forward to the case study on #OriginOfCovid - how a small group of scientists managed to create a mass illusion of scientific consensus via groupthink and connections with prominent science journalists/writers.
Agreed that the public needs to know that scientific uncertainty prevails for some period while data/evidence is collected.

Surprised during the pandemic that some of our top experts don't seem to know this and try to manufacture scientific certainty.
I'm not sure that #SciComm folks could've predicted that some of the worst misinformation during the pandemic would've come from experts instead of mis/disinformants.
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I mostly showed you #bubbles rising in aqueous systems. Not so often discussed, also in literature, are bubbles rising in organic phases.
Here's an Argon bubble rising in dichloromethane (DCM).
What is the difference?
#fluiddynamics #chemicalEngineering
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#SciComm #WissKomm
Other liquids have different material properties. The density of DCM is larger in comparison to that of water by more than 30%. The viscosity is less than half than that of water, and the surface tension is about 1/3 compared to water.
All of this leads to another rising behavior, rise velocity, shape of the bubbles, rising path, and so on.
In literature, organic phases are less discussed as using these usually leads to much stronger safety precautions.
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You know as a researcher, why do I invest my time in doing other outreach activities?

That's because I am an “Overthinker”...

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#scicomm #phdchat #researcher @PhDVoice @PhD_Genie @PhDspeaks @OpenAcademics @AcademicChatter @ThePhDPlace
I will give a few points which I feel are so important since it helps me overcome my challenges and makes me a better person (at least I think so). I hope this will help you relate to some extent.
1. I can't give my mind idle time to sit and think because otherwise, I will just think of the worst possible circumstances and end up with multiple conclusions about any situation. This made me reach a point where it would become unpleasant and was so discouraging.
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When he says definitively 'it didn't leak from a lab', what he *means* is that he personally hasn't heard a lab leak theory that he thinks is consistent with two unpublished preprints.

Is this #scicomm? ImageImageImage
Definitely not SciComm Image
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📢Thread (version 🇫🇷)
👉Où vont nicher les #vanneaux hivernants en #Vendée ?
Un programme la Direction de la #Recherche et de l’Appui Scientifique l' @OFBiodiversite .
Et toujours un régal de travailler avec mon collègue Emmanuel Joyeux !
#ornithologie #scicom #Chanteloup
👀 En hiver, si vous êtes attentifs, vous pourrez voir dans les champs des groupes plus ou moins grands de vanneaux huppés.
Prenez le temps de les observer, le détail de leur plumage et leur huppe valent le détour !
#ornithologie @OFBiodiversite
Cet hiver, en #Vendée, on a équipé des vanneaux de GPS pour connaître leur utilisation de l’habitat diurne et nocturne en hivernage ainsi que leur futur lieu de nidification. 🪶
👉Avec l'aide de @AudranChenu (en #VSC dans notre équipe)
#migration #tracking @OFBiodiversite
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The Science of Scientific Writing!

I don't have to stress about how much a PhD student has to write. Yet, sometimes we find ourselves in such an apprehensive situation that it becomes difficult to write.

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@PhDVoice @OpenAcademics @AcademicChatter @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie
These points are helping me in a way to become a better scientific writer day by day. I hope it will help you too.

My major inspiration to write these points is from this article:… which my supervisor suggested.
And I wish, I should have read this many years back. Anyways, you're never too late to learn anything.

Note: If you know these points already, I hope it turns out to be a reminder for you. Happy reading!
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Manuscript drafts 📝
Peer reviews 📑
Emails 📧

Academia is notorious for being late

How to stick to a writing deadline
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@AcademicChatter @PhD_Genie @OpenAcademics
1. Make it hyper-specific

It's hard to meet a deadline if you don't know what or when it is. Define the exact time and deliverable

❌️ I'll finish the manuscript before next term

✅️ I'll complete a first draft of the manuscript introduction by Friday morning
2. Make it attractive

Its human nature to prioritise things that bring satisfaction. Make deadlines result in pleasurable outcomes

❌️ I need to write the meeting minutes today

✅️ I'll write the meeting minutes by midday then take a 15min walk after as a reward
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Lots of chatter in my feed & my DMs this AM about Paxlovid & “rebound.” Let’s be mindful of the diff ways this term is getting used & interpreted, #MedTwitter. Some are referring to return of symptoms after feeling better, others to triggering more severe symptoms… /1
Others are using “rebound” to mean going from rapid test neg (not contagious) back to positive (contagious) again; still others are using it to mean increased short-term risk of new infection w/ same #Covidvariant. People are suggesting alt dosing, duration. Stop, stop, stop. /2
Learn from #pandemic yr 1&2. This conversation has gotten way ahead of the data. We risk inadvertent #publichealth harm from the mis/dis-info machinery if we speak/act imprecisely here, esp without data. Next tweet has an article w/ a good summary of what we do & don’t know. /3
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Monsanto’s Ghostwriting to Influence Science and Media…
While most ghostwriting scandals in science involve physicians, #Monsanto ran a unique and sophisticated campaign to promote GMO technology and attack critics /1 Image
When the World Health Organisation was going to find the herbicide #glyphosate linked to cancer, #Monsanto started a ghostwriting campaign to counter.

Monsanto's William Heydens “Manuscript to be initiated by [Monsanto] as ghost writers." /2 Image
Documents uncovering this corruption became available through Freedom of Information FOIA and litigation, and were later publicised.
Thanks: @baumhedlund @USRightToKnow @garyruskin @careygillam @industrydocs @GMWatch @EXPOSEDbyCMD /3
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En este hilo les hablaré sobre ÁLGEBRA, su aprendizaje, sobre el desarrollo del razonamiento algebraico y también responderemos a otra pregunta:

¿Se puede enseñar álgebra en la enseñanza básica (primaria)?

Hilo va! 🧵
#Scicomm #PendsamientoMatemático #Matemáticas #Algebra
El álgebra en general está relacionada con la aritmética, por lo que se le define como una "aritmética generalizada", esto presenta problemas a la hora de entender los cambios en los símbolos de la aritmética al álgebra.
El álgebra también puede entenderse como un instrumento para resolver problemas tanto intramatematicos como extramatematicos.
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Sharing “April” tweets and threads regarding PhD resources that I wrote. So that it's all in one place. I think it will help me too to find everything together.

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@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics @PhD_Genie @ThePhDPlace @PhDVoice #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #phdchat
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Cognitive distortions are common thinking errors that can contribute to anxiety and depression.

A 🧵of some of the most common cognitive distortions (with AI-generated art created using wombo):

#SciComm #CBTWorks
all-or-nothing thinking:

thinking in extremes; something is either perfect or it’s terrible
discounting the positives:

ignoring positive comments, feedback, or information, and instead only focusing on the negatives
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PhD students: Check these points in your CV when you apply for any awards.

You may be already familiar with some points but still, it's worth reading (I guess)!


@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics @PhD_Genie @ThePhDPlace @PhDVoice #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #phdchat
I recently had a chance to review some applications for a certain type of award and here are some points I hope can be helpful to you.

The selection process for any awards still depends on many factors but if you think these points may improve your chance then best wishes.
1. Make it simple: A simple and easy to follow CV will provide more insights, stick to one colour and make use of “BOLD” or “italics” wherever necessary.
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A *brutal* snapshot of #COVID19
in cancer patients
⚠️75 of 416 patients died
*⃣ 61.3% of these deaths were due to
COVID-related complications… #scicomm #snrtg #openscience #immunology #oncology #immunocompromised
Please 💉get vaccinated💉
to protect yourself
AND the immunocompromised
from Sars-Cov-2.
The immunocompromised, immunosuppressed, and immunodeficient are taking a beating from this virus.
A f-cking beating.
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A PhD student checklist to keep track of!

It helps me be efficient enough to keep moving ahead in my program. I expect this will help you too!

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@PhDVoice @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie @PhDspeaks @CouragePhD @AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics #phdchat #scicomm @PhDForum
1. Weekly summary report: My supervisor has made a point to submit a weekly summary report before every meeting. This has been a game-changer for sure because it helps you keep a track of what you did and what goals to have to set forth.
Here's the weekly summary report format (if you need it).

> Previous Meeting Highlights
> Activities (What you did/accomplished)
> Difficulties (Problems that cropped up / things that stumped you)
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🦠#COVID19 infection
*⃣ and reinfection *⃣
in a young⚠️immunocompromised ⚠️boy
fighting rare cancer
A 4⃣5⃣0⃣ battle for survival - he died… #bioinformatics #openscience #snrtg #scicomm #immunology #raredisease Image
Immunocompromised patients,
- like kids fighting cancer,
are depending on *you* for protection.
Please💉get vaccinated💉
I meant to write a '450 DAY' battle for survival.
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In a 100% vaccinated population, 100% of COVID deaths will be in vaccinated people. 🚨🚨🚨 statements like the one below might drive thousands of visitors to your Patreon/Substack, but on their own they tell you magnificently little about vaccine efficacy.
Many countries prioritize vaccination & boosters for the most susceptible citizens. The lives of the elderly, infirm, & immune suppressed are as precious as anyone else’s. But sadly, more of them will die of breakthrough infections. We must to do more to protect them. But …
… it’s really bogus to use decontextualized data on vaccine breakthrough deaths to present a tale wherein vaccines aren’t the astounding success that they are. Such fearmongering can lead to vaccine hesitancy… and you guessed it: vaccine preventable deaths.
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Tools for your PhD Journey...

I have found a list of “22” things which I have found quite helpful over the years as a researcher, writer and designer.

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@PhDVoice @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie @PhDspeaks @CouragePhD @AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics #phdchat #scicomm @PhDForum
1. Digital notebooks like @Labstep and a physical notebook: To write your experiments, short and long-term goals, updates etc.

2. Portable reading tools like @AmazonKindle or iPad. It's easy to carry (anywhere), read, highlight, and jot down notes.
3. Bibliography manager: Not a secret anymore! You can use @zotero and @mendeley_com. Also, @ConnectedPapers to build a graph of similar papers.

4. @unpaywall to access the full text of scholarly articles.
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Every journal has a textbox asking peer reviewers for "Confidential comments to the editor"

What should you write here?

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Issues with scope/format

Editors check papers fit the journal requirements before sending out to peer review.

If you think the paper is outside scope or a type not published by the journal, notify the editor so they can closely rereview
Ethical issues

Similarly, editors check author disclosures, COIs and study ethics prior to peer review.

If you think a COI affects study integrity or a study is not ethical, notify the editor so they can investigate.
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🧵Had the pleasure of attending a talk by the inimitable @edyong209 at @UBCJournalism @ubcSPPGA. He’s a superb journalist and just as good a speaker. His insights about #journalism, science and pandemics are remarkable too. #PandemicJournalism /1
Many of our standard modes of operation, like reporting today's news without context, have failed us during the pandemic. "Sense-making is important," said @edyong209. "It's not just about telling people what happened, it's helping them understand." #PandemicJournalism /2
We make the mistake of treating some doctors as all-knowing. "Expertise is very deep and narrow. For our work to deep and broad we need to speak to many people with different expertise" - clinicians, social scientists, epidemiologists, nurses, patients... #PandemicJournalism /3
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Wow I am overwhelmed by the amount of thoughts and emotions I have after watching @edyong209's talk at #Lind22, and I don't think I could express any of them as eloquently as Ed can. So grateful for your time tonight.
A few likely incoherent takeaways:

- #ScienceJournalism now, and especially during the pandemic, interplay of science and everything else
- Science journalism is not telling people what is happening, but helping them *make sense* of what is happening
- Science isn't just question ➡️ answer, nor a series of facts; it exists in a social framework because it exists within society
- People perhaps know more science facts now, like mRNA, but does not mean you know science as a *process*
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