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I finally went through all my bookmarked tweets to compile a list of resources I want my grad students to have and wanted to (1) thank everyone who posted these resources, and (2) pay it forward and share the compiled list with all of you!
General:
Ten simple rules towards healthier research labs (journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/a…)

Notebook for understanding journal articles (patreon.com/posts/print-yo…)

The importance of stupidity in scientific research (jcs.biologists.org/content/121/11…)
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GOOD MORNING #ScienceTwitter - hold on to your butts, b/c it's the best day of the year: #NationalSeaJellyDay! I did a thread for NSJD last year but that was before I understood how to construct threads so let's do it properly this year (1/24)
Starting off, let's take a look at how cool this alternation of generations in the typical scyphozoan jelly life cycle is: (2/24) PC: Peppermint Narwhal Creative
But why scyphozoan jellyfish - what does that even mean? There are lots of critters in the Phylum Cnidaria, separated into Classes.
Anthozoa: our anemones and corals! Like this aggregating anemone (Anthopleura elegantissima), anthozoans look like upside-down jellies (3/24) PC: South Water Stewards
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What do you get if you merge a maned wolf, cheetah, and a bat-eared fox together? Probably something weird but no, A SERVAL! We are back today after a long hiatus for another #WildcatWednesday right here on #sciencetwitter for this special October edition before HALLOWEEN! 1/
Servals! These springy death monsters, what’s the deal with them? Well similar to cheetahs they are a highly specialized species that utilize much of the Serengeti and the southern region of Africa to exploit open grassland communities! #sciencetwitter /2
While they might not be large being only 15-40 lbs and 24-36 in by length they make up for with their superior hunting technique that makes them one of the most successful feline hunters in the family! A single serval can kill about 4000 mice and 250 snakes in a YEAR! /3
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While it might not be Cinco de Mayo right now Sand cats (Felis margarita) are having a desert party everyday! Tune in for this late night special of #WildcatWednesday as I share the wonderful magnificence and natural history of this alluring species! #sciencetwitter
Cats live in the sand? No!! Of course not... they just repurpose abandoned fox and porcupine burrows! *mutters* These are rather small animals weighing 3-7.5 lbs and only 15-20 inches in length allowing them to fit in small places with ease! #sciencetwitter
When you look at this animal you see a cat perfectly adapted for their environment, they live amongst the sand dunes and rocky outcrops of the Sahara and the Middle East. Their toe hair acts as an insulating pad protecting them from the hot sand! WHAAAT?! #sciencetwitter
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Our lab’s inaugural manuscript is out (PMID: 31424293)!!! First #tweetorial (1/n) #chemtwitter #radonc #academicchatter #newPI #sciencetwitter #livercancer
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We have been exploring molecules that can specifically bind to liver cancer to improve upon existing modalities for diagnosis and surveillance. 2/n
So, why liver cancer? About 800,000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer worldwide, with as many people dying from the disease annually. In the U.S., incidence and mortality appear to be increasing. 3/n
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I use interviews as an educational opportunity—for me and a future #UndergradInTheLab. I start each interview by saying, “You’re already qualified for this position-- after all you’re in college.” Then I focus on learning about them.

@NewPI_Slack
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@NewPI_Slack My interview goals are to determine

1) If the student is genuinely interested in the available research project

2) If they will likely achieve their goals through the overall experience

#ScienceTwitter #AcademicTwitter
@NewPI_Slack Determining these, however, can be complicated. Often, students don’t have a well-defined goal beyond landing an undergrad research position. Or sometimes they have unrealistic expectations of what research will be like & what they’ll accomplish in a semester.

#ECRChat
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*whispers* you know what time it is? A LATE NIGHT EDITION OF #WildcatWednesday!!!! Sorry for the wait everyone I’m sure you were all just roiling over the anticipation but fear not it is time for our second cat this series.. behold pallas’s cat! #ScienceTwitter /1
I know what you’re thinking, Yowlie, that can’t be a real cat right?! But alas my cat loving patrons IT IS!!! This extraordinarily odd feline holds the genus Octocolobus which in Greek language means “ugly-eared”! There has to be a reason for such a name... #ScienceTwitter /2
The Manul cat has the densest fur out of any cat in the WORLD! They inhabit the high-altitude ranges of Asia and the Mongolian Steppe utilizing grasslands and semi-arid areas. They withstand temperatures up to -58 F (-50 C) which is colder than your freezer! #ScienceTwitter /3
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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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My thoughts on the era of pseudo-naturalism in the realm of natural resources. Now this is normally not my usual behavior so I apologize for anyone that might be shocked but I really felt the need to tackle this topic, why? Continue down below and you will see. #ScienceTwitter
A wild baboon or even “tame” one can literally tear your face off, I seriously as an actual wildlife biologist would not recommend any person doing this whatsoever! These are powerful animals that can be very dangerous if provoked. #ScienceTwitter
This is entirely unethical and any real naturalist and nature lover would have given this animal the appropriate space it deserved which is why you got nabbed dude! Some places require immediate euthanasia after animal bites luckily this is not the case here. #ScienceTwitter
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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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Have you ever wondered why some cats purr and other cats roar? Did you know that house cats aren’t the only felines that go “meow”?? Why does this happen?! The answer might be more simple than you realize! Let’s get into it! #ScienceTwitter 1/ 🐾
Cats! Everyone’s favorite machines of predation and cuteness are categorized in two main genera, Felis and Pantheras. Some people acknowledge these categories as the “purring cats” and the “roaring cats”. What separates them though?? #ScienceTwitter 2/ 🐾
One of the major distinctions is in the hyoid bone! This is an ossified structure which rests above the larynx allowing for a higher variation of tongue, pharyngeal, and laryngeal movements! Big cats like lions and tigers have tough cartilage that runs up the sides! #SciComm 3/
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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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Here we go, time for my first thread about a new paper, out today on your local arXiv server! #sciencetwitter #physics #hepph #darkmatter #cosmology #earlyuniverse #plasma arxiv.org/pdf/1902.08623…
1/ Backstory: we've been looking for dark matter for a long, long time and we haven't found it. We're pretty sure it's a particle based on the concordance of evidence from a wide variety of astrophysical environments, but we're not sure what kind of particle it is.
2/ Since we've been looking pretty hard in a couple of particle mass ranges (most notably we've been looking for dark matter particles that are heavier than a proton) and since we haven't found it, folks are starting to wonder if other dark matter masses are possible/interesting
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