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1/ Can intramuscular vaccination induce an immune response that protects against not only disease (#COVID19), but viral infection and transmission of #SARSCoV2 in the local mucosa? In a new preprint by @GeorgieNahass et al we found that saliva may be KEY🧵
medrxiv.org/cgi/content/sh…
2/ Secreted *mucosal* antibodies 💦 protect from infection or spread of infection in the mucosa of the nose 👃 and mouth 👄. *Circulating* antibodies 🩸prevent systemic infection and disease. Which antibodies do we make after vaccination? @SalivaStudy💉
3/ We measured antibodies against the #SARSCoV2 receptor binding domain (RBD) in *plasma* & *saliva* from convalescent or vaccinated individuals and tested their neutralizing potential using a replication competent rVSV-eGFP-SARS-CoV-2.

VIDEO:
#COVID19
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Since I'm a visual communicator, I'll be doing a bit of #sketchbook #scicomm this week, and I encourage you to join me.

Even if you don't think you can draw, a stick figure can often covey something very beautifully. Just look at @xkcd (Randall Munroe)'s beautiful work. Image
Extra kudos and retweets to those who chat with me in visuals this week!
Get uncomfortable, get messy, get simple!

You hear that #sciencetwitter? I believe all scientists should be sketching. Even if only you see it. You can't really draw something if you don't understand it. Image
... and sometimes the act of drawing something highlights areas that we don't understand, and need to figure out! Or communicate.
This rough sketch shows a #virus entering a cell better than many of my more polished art. Remember, our goal is communication, know your audience! virus entering a cell quick...
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1/🧵Human Error in Decision Making and Judgment:
 
For those who loved @NobelPrize Laureate’s book Thinking Fast & Slow, there is a new Kahneman book called Noise reviewed @TheLancet. It’s worthy of a bit of commentary…

bit.ly/3hzD7RR

#MedTwitter #ScienceTwitter
2/In statistics, #NOISE refers to random scatter, ie, variations in our judgment that are NOT caused by individual judgment. #BIAS on the other hand is systematic deviation in judgment.
 
@nataliexdean @EpiEllie @f2harrell – teach us more & did you read Kahneman’s book yet?
3/ Kahneman himself (see quote in @TheLancet review👆) acknowledges that this book is somewhat data-o-penic. We need much more knowledge about “noise”…it’s a limitation in science at this point. In Medicine, he claims #Psychiatry is an extreme noise factory…@APAPsychiatric
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Did you catch our latest episode? It features Dr. James Zimring of @UVA_Pathology, who shares his incredible personal and professional story and how it has shaped his approach to science, medicine, and mentorship. Check it out! #sciencebehindthescenes apple.co/2UMehX7 Behind the microscope logo on a gray background. Photo of Ji
Dr. Zimring completed his undergraduate studies at @EmoryUniversity in @emorycollege, where he first fell in love with science via @EmoryChem. He continued on to @EmoryMedicine, before eventually joining up with the @EmoryMSTP.
@EmoryUniversity @emorycollege @EmoryChem @EmoryMedicine @EmoryMSTP Upon graduation, Dr. Zimring completed his graduate medical education in clinical pathology with @EmoryPathology, and later joined the faculty @EmoryUniversity & @LaneyEDGE, where he started his lab and eventually served as the immunology PhD program director.
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I was just reviewing a colleague's student's CV & it hit home: academia does a horrible job prepping students to write CVs for industry positions. Here are a few pieces of advice based on my experience, but I want to hear from my industry friends!! #ScienceTwitter #lifeadvice 🧵
1) Emphasize what is important "to them". Sure, you care about the N publications you wrote, but a company cares about your technical skills. Put your skills/experience before a list of your pubs.
2) That undergrad job welding that you think isn't important (or whatever similar position)? Maybe it is. Include it. Don't make decisions for other people. Especially about positions that make you unique.
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Networking tips that built my self-efficacy (thanks @midhatf3) a self-reflection and follow-along 🧵

(cc: @InclusiveGradEd @APSphysics)
apparently, MORE than 80% of jobs are found by networking?!! And networking is more than just starting a connection - it is also about maintaining it. I'll just leave some silence to absorb this statistic (looking at you #phdchat) and next up is identifying who's who
Networks and people are continuums... but identifying one or more roles a person in your network serves can *srsly* help you make a bettr elevator pitch.

Let's brainstorm & try to categorize our networks. Lets identify the category that needs more ppl. Lets build ntwrks robustly
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Hi #ScienceTwitter fam, delighted to share some new exciting work on #HIV. Where are the cellular reservoirs of HIV? Why are they so hard to eradicate? What are some of the determinants for latency vs transcription in infected cells? Thread alert🔔! biorxiv.org/content/10.110…
A little primer of #HIV and the #AIDS pandemic. Yes, its the OTHER ongoing viral pandemic! Some numbers from @WHO here. >38 million people are living with HIV. Although anti-retroviral therapeutics are great for helping them led a normal-ish life, eradication is still ongoing
Why is eradication so hard? First off, HIV-infected immune cells (such as CD4 T cells and macrophages), infected cells can be in various locations, like lymph nodes, brain or the gut. These are known as tissue reservoirs.
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1/ 🧵 Mentor-Mentee topic: MEANWHILES
 
Mentees often tell me they feel stuck in time with no progress in achieving their goals. This is a Meanwhile. As humans, we want to get through meanwhiles, but they are important times of growth. Don’t rush meanwhiles!

Some thoughts…
2/ When I was in college, a mentor taught me about the 3 major types of meanwhiles.

1. Uneventful Occurrence.
2. Unknowing.
3. Not Yet.

Don’t let fear drive you past the riches of these meanwhiles!

Let’s break them down…
3/ Meanwhiles of Uneventful Occurrence:
 
Tedium is not just OK. It’s necessary. Ordinary times are preparation for fruit to come. Let the grace of your routine establish sustainable balance in your life…one day at a time…in this we grow.
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Welcome to the inaugural #UrbanWildlifeWednesday! Today we're talking about one of my favorite urban adapters, the #Raccoon, AKA #TrashPandas!
#SciComm #ScienceTwitter #UrbanEcology
#Raccoons are incredibly successful in cities, being ubiquitous across North America, and, unfortunately, successfully invading countries where they've been introduced, like Europe and Japan. Raccoon holding onto the ladder on the back of a garbage tru
And we all know that #raccoons are #smart...right? While there's a ton of anecdotal reports of raccoons engaging in what we'd call intelligent behavior, usually in the search for food, we actually don't know how truly smart they are. Raccoon climbing out of trash can with food bag in their mou
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1/ #Sleep & #Dementia: @NatureComms
 
Study of ~8,000 people followed for 25 years! Look at the figures. Sleeping <7 hrs per night chronically increases risk of dementia by 30%.  Get your sleep!

go.nature.com/3tjRxJB

#MedTwitter #MedEd #Geriatrics
2/ Sleep and Dementia Risk: @nytimes

@PamBelluck wrote a great article on this NatureComm paper showing heightened risk of #dementia for “short-sleepers,” defined as <7 hrs of sleep a night.

nyti.ms/3h7KZeV

#Aging #Delirium
3/ What’s the Mechanism?

Our brain’s “trash” clearance (like the body’s Lymphatic system but by brain’s “glial” cells & called Glymphatics) kicks into ⬆️ gear in sleep. So less sleep is like your waste management system going on strike. Kapische??

REF: bit.ly/3eQxtte
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Hello all! @NeuroErinPhD here - I’m thrilled to be curating the feed this week. Here's an intro thread on my journey in science…🧵(1/7)
I'm a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at University College Cork, Ireland @AnatNeuroUCC. My research in the lab of Dr. Olivia O'Leary focuses on sex differences in stress-related psychiatric illness and developing novel therapeutic targets (2/7) The quad at University Coll...
So how did an American neuroscientist get a job in Cork? The power of #sciencetwitter, of course! I saw @oliviafoleary's postdoc ad mentioning stress, sex differences, & adolescence...and I had to reach out! 3 years later, I’m living in Cork doing science with awesome people. 3/7 My advisor, Dr. Olivia O'Le...
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Today, on #TheMisplacedMenagerie -

We report the exotic (for #India) apple #snail, #Pomacea diffusa, also known as the spike topped apple snail, from the #Mumbai region, as part of our ongoing studies on #urbanwildlife, and the #ecology of introduced species, in #India, Mumbai.
The study was officially published in the 'ELA Journal of Forestry and Wildlife' - a peer reviewed #science journal, which is also the official journal of the #Maharashtra State #Forest Department.

Link to paper: researchgate.net/publication/35…

#sciencetwitter #TwitterNatureCommunity
Spiked Topped Apple Snails in #Mumbai (and other parts of #India) are the direct result of the #aquarium trade - either as accidental, or deliberate releases from home aquaria.

#InvasiveSpecies #sciencetwitter #ecology #naturalhistory #urbanwildlife
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Casual conversation has been all but eliminated in the pandemic. Whether you love small talk or hate it, science shows that the lack of it has an impact on your mood and energy—and can contribute to burnout. More here: thewalrus.ca/blah-blah-blah… 1/5 #COVID19
What is “small talk”? Well, it’s all those lighthearted, superficial, polite, and predictable conversations, writes @ahannahseo. It’s rote, it’s a bit boring, but the data show it’s terribly important. Read the full story here: thewalrus.ca/blah-blah-blah… 2/5 #Pandemic #Science
In the world of social distancing, one where public life has largely disappeared, most conversation has been replaced by emails, texts, and an endless queue of scheduled calls. Is the lack of small talk a reason why so many people feel disoriented? thewalrus.ca/blah-blah-blah… 3/5
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1/ #Mentorship 🧵

This woman is my #mentor (pic w perm). Joan W Bennett. She’s in @theNASciences as geneticist & mycologist. Today we are at the Parthenon in Nashville TN where after 35 YEARS, she still provides me council…

bit.ly/3mWqDWN

#MedTwitter #Sciencetwitter
2/ Dr. Bennett taught me that mentorship is not a job w an endpoint. She assumed this role IN my life FOR life. Today we talked as much about parenting as science. We are in each other’s front row. This is the depth of a true mentor-mentee relationship.
 
#MedEd @theNAMedicine
3/ Like any relationship, there must be chemistry & connection. If you don’t have that w a “mentor,” maybe you have the wrong person. Build a relationship not a business arrangement. It’s also NOT just a trajectory to promotion. #Mentorship is “whole” person care & development.
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I would say that society is at fault. The government was not behind Jenny McCarthy, Oprah, Dr. Oz, etc.
#vaccine #VaccinesSaveLives #VaccinesWork #MedTwitter #ScienceTwitter
What the government DID do wrong: “#security” & espionage via vaccines Frankenstein monster unleashed on Muslims

If the US government does do things like this it’s not a “#conspiracy

...all while what led to #CapitolRiots was brewing 🤦🏻‍♀️

@PeterHotez

npr.org/sections/thetw…
If Prius-driving Whole Foods-consuming suburbanites would STOP #misinformation #disinformation to #trauma ridden #refugee populations

(trauma->fear)

the jobs of minority & Muslim doctors would not be so hard

This is lack of *societal* control
of the most privileged
who HARM
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This thread supplementing @GeorgeMonbiot's column is arguably even more compelling.

It shows how bias & protectionism intrude on clinical research, bypassing the peer-review system that is there to protect the public.

Too often eminence, not evidence, carries the day

#mecfs
The "friends-of-friends" network guarantees that influential academic figures can effectively mark their own homework, distorting the scientific record and -- for good measure -- undermining the principle of evidence-based clinical practice

#MEcfs #pwme

thesciencebit.net/2018/11/03/the…
An inherent class system empowers privileged professionals to punch down hard on patients who have the temerity to challenge the quality of their clinical work.

In psych fields, this includes the power to dismiss critics as mentally unwell.

#MEcfs

thesciencebit.net/2019/03/21/if-…
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“QAnon is ...a self-sustaining environment of #disinformation & #misinformation...

.. QAnon hijacks the architecture of social media..

..By controlling acceptable forms of information, QAnon traps its members in a downward spiral of radicalization.”

american.edu/sis/centers/se…
“As P.W. Singer and Emerson Brooking describe in.. book Likewar: The Weaponization of #SocialMedia, this phenomenon of “junk” or “fake news” is not new. In 2016, a similar, but related, conspiracy known as “Pizzagate” resulted in a shooting at a DC area pizza parlor.” #SoMe
Above is not limited to academic articles

There has been an increase in #antiAsianhate crimes
shootings
#xenophobia
targeting of #GOTV by minorities
including this attempt to intimidate me for my GOTV, by armed right wing

There was the #Nashvillebombing (with QAnon beliefs)
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One of those times a #tweetiatrician
entered anti-vaxx space to speak truth to conspiracy

Claiming victim status & “witch hunt!”, Wakefield rallied support via anti-system/science distrust

-> loyal mob of supporters, now cyberbullies (yet who claim to be bullied) #medtwitter
Experience of past medical harm is not itself evidence every doctor is bullying you. As a woman & WOC, in/out of hospitals as a child, there is tons of trauma & medical sexism & racism I have experienced

yet all that is erased/denied by those using one lens vs intersectionality
#tweetiatrician online for decades fighting fear & fake news #MedTwitter

doctors beaten down, made caricature of evil, gotten death threats @NicoleB_MD @DrToddWo

@AmerAcadPeds needs to step up on supporting clinicians vs #cyberbullying

Of online doc-celebs only @ZDoggMD helped
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Here's a thread on how I make scientific illustrations for describing new species of invertebrates #sciencetwitter #art #science #illustration #taxonomy #teaminvert
My favorite way to learn a new group of inverts is to describe & draw a new species. You have to do all this research on known species so you learn a lot. Then you do detailed drawings that ensure you learn each structure. Hard to forget something you spent hours drawing
The end result is a series of drawings like this that show important anatomical structures that are used to identify different species #draw #science #art #scienceillustration
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1/ Dr. Stephen Ekker (@scekker) is speaking my language in his talk about the importance of #scicomm and how effective @Twitter can be for scientists.
#TS21 @EdgeforScholars @ACTScience
2/ Good science communication IS good science ethics!
Effectively communicating our science literally has life-saving implications, and it is VERY important.
#scicomm #TS21 @ACTScience @EdgeforScholars
#phdlife #PhD @CCTSI
3/ Making your own "Scientist Oath" using social media:
If you were making your own platform, what rules would YOU write?
-Be deliberate in thinking about what you share and how you share it
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1/ Scientific Discovery: time & patience
 
Be patient in science. 25 yrs ago, I & others felt we were harming ICU patients by deep sedation & immobility. Our goal: PROVE IT & change culture in #criticalcare.
 
How did we start?

#medtwitter #A2Fbundle #nursetwitter
2/ Scientific Discovery: takes time

There weren’t tools 😤Reluctantly, I had to go “backwards” to validate CAM-ICU & RASS (@JAMA_current X3). A DECADE later we produced studies lightening sedation (MENDS/ABC trials JAMA/@TheLancet). Be patient!

#academictwitter #ScienceTwitter
3/ Scientific Discovery: patience
 
Give yourself space to be creative! Science takes time & Data must lead you. All our 1st grants & papers were rejected for 5 YEARS. NIH said: #Delirium in ICU is not a viable topic or a “thing.” Go away. Persistence paid off for patient safety.
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WOOWWWWW

Check out these images of #PerseveranceRover being dropped from the sky crane (left) and descent with chutes deployed via Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter! Incredible photos!

#Mars2020 #Perseverance #NASAPerseverance #NASA #Mars ImageImage
Folks, we just snapped of a photo of a spacecraft landing (possibly still at supersonic speed) on ANOTHER PLANET from a satellite also orbiting that planet. That is WILD

#NASAPerseverance #NASA #PerseveranceRover #Perseverance #Mars2020 #ScienceTwitter Image
I just can’t believe this image—am I right that we’re seeing some of the dust plume from the retro rockets? This is like a baroque painting Image
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After an amazing response last week, I’m super excited to LAUNCH TODAY my FREE #SciComm #YouTube tutorial series for #Scientists & #researchers across disciplines on how to create your own #animated #videos for #Science #Communication. Pls SUBSCRIBE & RT! 5 videos to start! 1/7 Image
Video 1 - SciComm: #Animation training for Scientists - A brief introduction to this #tutorial series 2/7

Video 2 - SciComm: Animation basics in #aftereffects – Part 1 - setting up, basic shapes, strokes and colours 3/7

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Hot take: twitter threads deserve a place in the academic and scientific setting.
~a thread~
@drlynnchiu calls them “Paper Threads”. They’re an honest, plain-language, narrative-like retelling of an academic paper. To scientists and academics, this is a great way to distribute information to a far wider audience than print can. 1/
Twitter threads have a unique mechanism that f̶o̶r̶c̶e̶s̶ allows the author to build a story using limited space and purposeful pacing. The better the thread, the more likely it’s outreach will be beyond it’s original field. 2/
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