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The idea that women are automatically “safe” is exactly what creates this “opportunity” for some women to exploit children & monetize their “optics” of “trustworthy” on behalf of predators.

Gender does not predict ethics, integrity, safety.
Why does #GhislaineMaxwellTrial matter to #womeninSTEM?
⬇️federal funding
➡️private donors (Epstein)

“Socialites” open doors to elite spaces, including #academia #science #STEM
Women=“optics” & “reputation management” for these wealthy predator men…
These same connected women, often daughters of powerful businessmen

are on boards of #WomeninSTEM “empowerment” organizations or on #MeToo (TimesUp scandal)

the very women who are predators of young women are given access to women’s “safe spaces”? (!!!)…
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NEW: Omicron Variant report from UKHSA

Technical Briefing 31 - Omicron Variant (VOC-21NOV-01)…

Updated Omicron Risk Assessment…
Firstly, the context of England epi:

Omicron case are rising rapidly.

Latest official count is 696, though the true number of infections is likely to be much higher, as we know Omicron is now ciruclating in many areas.

Omicron cases are rising faster than earlier variants
A vanishingly small number of Omicron cases are in people who recently travelled abroad (any country) or had a known contact with a traveller.

Evidence of 2 things:
1) ongoing community transmission
2) we have effectively interrupted infections entering the country
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December 1st and today starts my traditional Women in STEM advent calendar. Some I have tweeted about before, some are new. Time to open door no 1.

#WomenInSTEM #STEMcalendar #AdventCalendar #STEMedu #STEAM #TechEdu #DandT #DT
Door 1 - Hertha Ayrton. British engineer, mathematician, physicist, inventor. Known for her work with the electric arc + discovery with waves and ripple.

1899, she was the first woman ever to read her own paper before the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE).
#WomenInSTEM Image
Door 2 - Katharine Burr Blodgett. Physicist and chemist. Invented the nonreflective glas. Which improved everything from eyeglasses to the camera on your phone. She was the first woman to receive a PhD in physics from the @Cambridge_Uni
#WomenInSTEM #STEMcalendar #AdventCalendar Image
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Alright, I'm probably gunna regret this, but I'm gunna try to review this book in a long thread as I go. Starting now!
Gould starts with an engaging analogy comparing the structure of evolutionary theory to the Duomo of Milan. Image
Is Darwinism to evolutionary theory as a foundation is to a cathedral--a base upon which a completely new and different edifice may be built? Or...
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Dear @NIHDirector and @NIH,

I'm really worried we're going to lose a huge number of highly-trained scientists, especially women, due to extreme strain from juggling full-time jobs and massive increases in childcare responsibilities due to the pandemic.

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NIH has kept a hard line on NOT allowing reduced effort for PIs or trainees on NIH funding. This policy is NOT inclusive of women, many of whom have substantial care responsibilities.
So what are we hoping will happen?

1. Kids with scientist parents are neglected
2. Scientist mothers multi-task to the point of massive burn-out and psychosocial stress.
3. Scientist mothers quit work - taking years/decades of their training and future brilliant ideas with them.
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#Immunology is wild and I think we have made it justice! Our latest work is now published and I would love everyone who loves Immunobiology to read it. This is perhaps my favorite paper of my career so far. 🧵…
First of all congrats to my team @RyanDHeimroth @EliCas1975 @OBenedicenti and collaborators @chris_amemiya and Pilar Muñoz. This project was true pleasure of discovery, the biology was there, waiting to be unveiled
Every paper builds upon previous work and knowledge. I called that the bible of each of my papers. In this case our Bible was a paper from 1931, by Jordan and Speidel J of Morphology. This paper is amazing and gave us many hints for our work. Mostly that lungfish have
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Thank you @IWS_Network for giving me the opportunity to share my #story 💜 ! This a part of Voices Without Frontiers program… #IWS #WomenInSTEM #VoicesIWS #ecology #conservation #biodiversity
I was born in #saopaulo, #Brazil’s largest city, very different from the #Amazon Rainforest & Rio! See me and a #samauma, the most famous Amazon tree 🌳
Also me & @IsabelaHissa in front of Sao Paulo’s #MASP (Modern Art Museum) & me and my mom in #Rio! #VoiceIWS @IWS_Network Image
I can say I lived in a great #rainforest because Sao Paulo & most of the coast of Brazil are in the Atlantic Forest 🌴🌺🐍. It is one of the 34 world’s #hotspots of #biodiversity, with more than 1500 plant species and 90% of original area loss. #VoiceIWS @IWS_Network Source: https://www.e-educa...
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Today we are thrilled to have @CatrionaNR (aka the singing scientist) from @TheDohertyInst @UniMelbMDHS share what she's excited about for the future of STEM!

In fact, she's an In2science mentor because she wants to support young scientists who will one day take the reins. Catriona in a school science lab holding a beaker. Catriona
One thing @CatrionaNR loves seeing is more creativity being mashed with science. #SciArt is an amazing space and provides great ways to explore and engage more people in STEM - from songs & comedies to images & nerdy tees. She sums up it up in @museumsvictoria's 10s challenge:
More and more #WomeninSTEM are taking a stand 👩‍🔬 Women are poorly represented in the STEMM workforce, comprising <30% of researchers worldwide.

But there are programs that lift #WomeninSTEMM up, and they are banding together to create change.

#WomeninScience @WomenSciAUST 3 Women in white lab coats in a science lab. The first womanA photo of 4 women hugging in a selfie photo
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Permit me to give a bit of (unsolicited) advice for academic scientists. I gave a talk at #ASHG21 and thought I'd post my little quips here. My imposter syndrome says no one will care (but maybe someone will find it helpful?) A 🧵 @Momademia #AcademicChatter #WomenInSTEM
When I was a kid I met a cool physician-scientist named Dr. Bob Guthrie. He discovered which metabolic enzyme was dysfunctional in the brain-damaging disorder PKU. He then spent YEARS developing a test that could be given to all newborns BEFORE they developed brain damage. 2/
'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure' (Ben Franklin, I believe) and I think prevention is what's going to make life healthier for the next generation. It worked for PKU. 3/
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Many thanks to the awesome ladies at @IWS_Network for the chance to share my #immigrant #womanofcolour #womaninscience👩🏽‍🔬story throughout this week as part of their Voices Without Frontiers program!…
#IWSvoices #WomenInSTEM
I was born in #Guyana 🇬🇾
➡️ Amerindian name meaning “Land of Many Waters”.
➡️small in size (<800, 000 people), rich in natural resources
➡️only English-speaking country in South America
➡️Diversity of people with amazing cultural mix @IWS_Network #VoicesIWS #WomenInSTEM ImageKaieteur Falls - world's la...Photo Source: Guyana Times
Genetically I’m Indian - ancestors brought to ‘British Guiana’ from India during colonial times to work on #sugarplantations.

Culturally I’m #Caribbean as #Guyana shares historical and cultural ties with other Anglo-Caribbean countries.

@IWS_Network #VoicesIWS #WomenInSTEM East Woman in the Anglo-Car...
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This little girl had an accident. Whilst riding a rusty old hand-me-down bicycle, she wasn’t strong enough or coordinated enough when going down a hill too fast. She fell off and landed on her face.

#AdaLovelaceDay21 🧵 ImageImage
She knew she lacked coordination. She couldn’t throw or catch a ball very well. She was a slow runner and rubbish at sports. Her muscles were weak and often ached. She was always the last to be picked during PE lessons. She had to stop gymnastics due to random knee dislocations.
She got back on the bike. She kept trying until she found her confidence. When she realised that she enjoyed swimming, roller-skating, ice-skating, dancing (and later, nightclubbing) more than cycling, she chose to do what made her happier. The random knee dislocations continued.
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In our study published today, we show;

1) mRNA vaccines (2 shots) induce robust antibodies & T cells to SARS-CoV-2
2) certain mutations in VOC ⬆️ Ab escape
3) prior infection + 2 mRNA shots produce very high neutralizing Ab against most VOC 🦠(1/)…
If the link above does not work, here is a full text access of our paper. (2/)
For an explanatory thread on this study please see👇🏽

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OK. I'll say it. What are we to conclude from the all male @NobelPrize awards in #STEM these past two weeks?
1st. I'm sure the winners were all deserving. There's nothing to take away from them, and that is not my intention.
2nd. But there are so many deserving #WomenInSTEM, not the least of whom is Katalin Karikó @kkariko.
Imagine your research lays the groundwork for a novel #vaccine that is leading the world out of a once-per-century global pandemic. Surely that is worth at least one if not two @NobelPrize awards?
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In honor of #HispanicHeritageMonth, we wanted to highlight 10 Hispanic and Latino scientists from history who have shaped chemistry as we know it today:

#LatinXChem #LatinXinSTEM
Oswaldo Luiz Alves was among the first Brazilian scientists to develop, research, and teach nanotechnology. He also founded the Solid State Chemistry Laboratory at @unicampoficial. Learn more about him at

#LatinXChem #LatinXinSTEM #HispanicHeritageMonth Picture of Oswaldo Luiz Alves
Sara Borrell Ruiz was one of the first experts on sex hormones in Spain. She worked with the team that was developing the first oral contraceptive. Read more about Borrell at

#LatinXinSTEM #WomenInSTEM #HispanicHeritageMonth Picture of Sara Borrell Ruiz
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I had two research papers accepted today. TWO! And a third was accepted two weeks ago. I am thrilled these projects are going to see the light of day, but I need to be honest about how draining it has been to do so much work in my free time that I am no longer being paid to do.
Academia left me in June 2020, yet I am still finishing out projects from my post-doc. In what other career are you expected to continue doing your old job — unpaid — for months and years after your last day at work? This is an abusive practice, & we need to stop normalizing it.
There should be a clean slate, especially as you transition your career out of academia. But there isn’t. You feel like you have opened the window and begun to crawl out, but one leg is stuck.
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📣Great NEW content featured on @TheLancet homepage - "Advancing women in science & health"

1/ Black #womeninmedicine - rising above invisibility by @onyi_eke @OnyekaOtugo @DrJessIsomMDMPH…
2/ Advancing women in healthcare leadership: systematic review of multi-sector evidence on organisational interventions by @HelenaTeede & colleagues…
Scientific medical conferences can be easily modified to improve female inclusion: a prospective study 👇🏼

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Thank you @IWS_Network for this opportunity to share my story during the week in the Voice Without Frontiers program! #IWSvoices #WomenInSTEM
I was born in Medellin, Colombia as the oldest of three siblings. My family belonged to the low-middle class, so my parents always inculcated school and knowledge as the best opportunity to have a good and successful career and future. #IWSvoices #WomenInSTEM @IWS_Network Image
Since my earlier years I was disciplined, independent and curious and I always had a deep desire for new knowledge. That's why science, biology and philosophy were my favourite courses, and the reason why I would later become a scientist. #IWSvoices #WomenInSTEM @IWS_Network Image
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I'm so proud of the meaningful contributions and change @CCUNESCO Youth Advisory Group members have made to the Commission, it's networks, their communities, and the world.
@saramcgillivray and Haven Rees helped support the development of a working group on culture and #SDGs with @TurveyKat.

#culture4peace #IYD2021 #SDGs
@booksandladders is a champion of the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities and has supported cities and organizations in using @CCUNESCO resources and toolkits to meaningful engage youth and integrate the #SDGs in their work.
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In this new Neuroview in @NeuroCellPress, I discuss "How COVID-19 has transformed my science”. Recounting my personal journey of how I responded to the pandemic, and how the pandemic has transformed the way I do science. Some lessons learned. (1/n)…
Glad to highlight my amazing colleagues who made team science possible. The Yale IMPACT team, Albert Ko, @SaadOmer3 @NathanGrubaugh @ShelFarFar @CharleszYaleMed @EllenFoxman Allison Nelson & many others. @wade_schulz opened my 👀 to the power of data science (2/)
Yale IMPACT team made quite a contribution on our understanding of viral transmission, detection, disease and immunology behind COVID-19. @EricTopol says it best👇🏽 (3/)

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Thank you @IWS_Network for the opportunity to share my story throughout the week in the Voices Without Frontiers (VWF) program #iwsvoices #WomenInSTEM
I am from Colombia, the world's leading source of emeralds and its coffee is world-renown. I grew up with my parents and my brother. I am very close to them and with my brother we grew up playing golf and eating mangos from our backyard. #IWSvoices #WomenInSTEM A collage of 3 pics. Top le...
Growing up my parents were always involved and supportive in our education. My dad being an engineer and me being passionate for medicine was the perfect mix to create very cool projects explaining different body functions #IWSvoices #WomenInSTEM Pic of me with a lab coat i...
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Beyond thrilled to have been awarded a *renewal* for my @NIH_LRP award!!!!!! Story time (on #privilege and #perseverance)

#medtwitter #academictwitter #blackinSTEM 1/
As a first-generation #Kenyan American, raised in #Kenya and very much an #African child (if you know you know), a #doctor is very much what I was going to be from the time I was born. 😋 (thankfully, also a marrying of my love of science and taking care of people!) 2/
So it was to my parents’ incredible delight when I got accepted to #medicalschool, never having... basically... known someone who had done so, in the US anyway. #firstgen #firstgeneration (yes, this story has a comical peak, wait for it...) 3/
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It's a beautiful day to start!@IWS_Network .
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my #story and hope I can do the justice of being part of #IWSVoices
Stay tuned to hear my story!! feel free to pop a question for me!!
#IWS #WomenInSTEM #VoicesIWS #AgriTech #WomeninAg
Hello #Monday!
I would like to re-introduce myself!👩‍🌾 An #agribusiness marketing specialist with experience in leading corporate marketing and internal communication for various #agritech platforms.
💪My journey hasn't been easy but it's worth it."
@IWS_Network On the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, I landed on earth🐣; Born to two #progressive thinkers, a Malayalee by heart but brought up in the milk city of India- #Anand.
Who does'nt love #Amul?? Miss it🍫🍧🍨
#VoiceIWS #WomenInStem @IWS_Network Image
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I wrote this article for my own catharsis. I never expected it to be peer reviewed. When @NEJM accepted it, I experienced my first panic attack. 1/
@WomenInMedicine @WomeninOnc @AMWADoctors @womeninmedchat @WomeninAcademi1
My sudden physiologic reaction took me by surprise and was really embarrassing – I was super tachycardic, diaphoretic, and vasovagal. Then had an intense parasympathetic reaction with acute-onset diarrhea. TMI, sorry. 2/
When I managed to recoup, I realized - how dare this system, this culture, make me feel so panicked about being vulnerable, truthful, and righteously angry? 3/
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