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Hey! It’s @science_a_thon where scientists everywhere are sharing their days and raising support for @ESWNtweets and @girlswhocode. Check #dayofscience here on twitter for tons of fun pics, and for more, head to Instagram where you’ll find these amazing women scientists (thread)
Master quilter, geoscientist and pest exterminator extraordinaire Laura Guertin
Dean Martin, otherwise known as #kittydesperateforlove and his hoo-man, biogeochemist Rebecca Barnes #dayofscience
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Also I've been editing a ton of NSF GRFP statements this cycle. I could (should) probably write an entire series re some common writing pitfalls I see but for now I want to share just one thing I've noticed recently: language that disempowers you as an applicant

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❌ "This allowed me to explore xyz"
✅ "I explored xyz"

❌ "I was being trained as"
✅ "I trained in"

❌ "I was able to conduct"
✅ "I conducted"

❌ "I was able to determine"
✅ "I determined"

❌ "The xyz courses available to me"
✅ "I took courses in xyz"
Keep it declarative. Simple. Active. Don't undercut your own accomplishments. Don't sell yourself short. Don't narrate as a passive trainee. Own your story as a scientist. As a professional.

This is not bragging. This is not arrogance. It's owning your actions & accomplishments
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Ok, #dayofscience break time! Let’s talk about research and throwing rocks down hills.

Here’s Carleton undergrad Sara Wall helping me drop 600 lbs of rocks and collect photogrammetry data in the Oregon Coast Range last year.

Why? First, a little backstory...
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When geomorphologists predict how landscapes will erode and evolve, we’re usually averaging over pretty long timescales (>1000s of years) and large areas (>100s of square miles). The equations and models we use are good at capturing changes at these scales!
#dayofscience
But if you zoom in to smaller scales, many of the natural processes that move sediment and cause erosion—like tree throw!—are actually pretty irregular and some just aren’t described accurately by the physics in our model frameworks.
#dayofscience
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I've given feedback on 3 grad school research statements so far this fall. I do this every year for folks in my fields, and every year, I see really similar patterns! Here are a few of them:
Good paragraphs but bad/no overall flow. I tend to think that an application is all about showing exactly why you're a great fit for a program. So every experience is a step in the story of "...and that brings us to right now, me perfectly set up to succeed in this program!"
When people aren't used to writing about their own work experience it often feels very disjointed, big blocks of paragraphs describing separate jobs and no helpful linkage. Make your points explicit: THIS set me up to be a scientist, THIS taught me THIS skill...!
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.@MIT climate symposium #1, on the state of the science, live-streaming now @ClimateMIT
Opening remarks from Prof. Kerry Emanuel and President Rafael Reif
Prof. Susan Solomon: overview of climate science and some key challenges
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1/ Woo! My monster paper with Matt Wilson, "Locomotor and Hippocampal Processing Converge in the Lateral Septum" was just released in @CurrentBiology!! Not only that, but I made a comic to describe my findings!! cell.com/current-biolog…
2/ We used tetrodes to record from CA1 hippocampus and dorsolateral lateral septum, an area innervated by all CA regions of the hippocampus and many regions involved in "motivational" behavior
3/ Some cells in the LS were linearly modulated by the animal's running speed (could be positively or negatively modulated!) and/or by the animal's acceleration (also could be positively or negatively modulated!)
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The start of Season V with the chat on #WomenInSTEM, marks the beginning of a new chapter with new leadership at #LeadersGC.

Read on !!
Please join me in congratulating @stephbell81 on taking on the #LeadersGC helm and her continued dedication to building and expanding the community
First, thanks to @nickfrate for considering me for the #LeadersGC team back in April 2016.

In February 2017, I had the opportunity to lead the team right through the end of Season IV in June & had the privilege to experience working closely with amazing team members and leaders.
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Today, we are at the beautiful campus of @jncasr Bangalore for our #Wikipedia edit a thon for Indian Women in Science
Smita Jain begins the proceedings with an overview of IndiaBioscience and its activities in the area of networking, communication, skill building, resources, data and policy discussions
Shobhana Narasimha begins her talk on "Women in Science - Enigmas, Challenges and Successes" asking people to close their eyes and visualize the picture that comes to mind when they think of "Scientist".
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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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Some of you might remember a brief mention of my undergrad lab partner, Ann Marie Cody, in my National Geographic piece about @chandraxray? Well, in addition to her job @nasa, she's now a Guinness World Record holder! And she dedicated the record to @AAUW's mission: #WomenInSTEM
@chandraxray @NASA @AAUW And yes, Ann Marie is the mother of triplets!
@chandraxray @NASA @AAUW Here's a neat write-up about Ann Marie and her science:
nasa.gov/feature/in-con…
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today is an awesome day to remember some of the amazing women scientists and engineers who were key in the success of #Apollo11!

(y’all know you want a thread of #WomenInSTEM: Apollo 11 Edition)
JoAnn Morgan: the first woman senior executive at @NASAKennedy was also the instrumentation controller for #Apollo11 and was the only woman inside the Launch Control Center during liftoff.
.@poppy_northcutt: NASA’s first woman engineer in Mission Control was responsible for ensuring that the ship (and the astronauts inside!) safely returned from lunar orbit back to Earth.
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Actual question(s) from #male #professor:

"What do I say if I want to tell a #female student or colleague they look nice today? Like if I just want to tell u u look nice w/out sounding creepy or perved?"

Thoughts?

#ProfLife #AcademicTwitter #WomenInSTEM #PhDchat
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I’ve been getting a lot of new followers lately, so how about an #epitwitter #ScholarSunday so newcomers can get connected to our lovely community!

Here’s a thread of some of my suggestions for who to follow & why! Add your own in the comments👇🏼
Looking for some academic career advice? Have questions about writing grants? Want tips on making delicious pizza or pie? Head on over to @BillMiller_Epi!
Want support for how to #liveyourbestlife, learn to say ‘no’, or throw an amazing party? You’ll be wanting to follow @lisabodnar!
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2 months ago, I started drawing cartoons w/ women as different types of scientists & different STEM fields. Today, my collection “We are Scientists” has ~20 illustrations. I want to do more... What other STEM fields should I draw to show #WomenInSTEM? Which one represents you?
1/2 Thank you to all the scientists (and non-scientists) folks who have shared their preferred STEM fields. Now, I have a running list of >60 STEM fields and that gives me drawing material for the rest of the year ...
2/2 It is amazing to see and learn all the fields and sub-fields worked and studied by #Women and supporters. Your response to my post is amazing and I am grateful to be part of this community. Thank you! #RepresentationMatters #WomenInSTEM
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Reading some @NASAhistory, and was curious who this was...
Her name is Poppy Northcutt, and she's the first female engineer to work in Mission Control at @NASA_Johnson #Apollo8.
For half a century, pop culture has immortalized a group of quick-thinking, pocket-protected men as the face of NASA’s mission control room during the Apollo program. But amid this sea of men, was one woman: Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, engineer and return-to-Earth specialist #NASA
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Ok. There are a ton of great articles on WHY scholars should join Twitter, but most don’t offer an in-depth HOW-to.

This leads to hesitation and timidness.

So, I present a thread “You’ve joined Twitter. Now what?” #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #SoMe
First, choose a handle you’ll be happy with 5 years from now. I’d regret creating @SarahNEU2013 now that I’ve long since graduated.

#academictwitter #scitwitter #medtwitter
Next, pick a good bio photo. A professional headshot you’ve used in other places (e.g., university directory) is smart.

Because Twitter has paused verification, I see consistent photos across multiple channels as an unofficial way to confirm you are who you say you are.
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Finally got to watch @apollo11movie and was curious who this was...
Her name is JoAnn Morgan, and she was the only woman inside the control room at the historic launch of #Apollo11 in 1969. A glimpse of her is seen in this documentary, but that’s only the beginning of her story.
At the time, JoAnn was a 28-year-old instrumentation controller and the first woman permitted to be inside the firing room (where all personnel were locked in 30 minutes before blastoff) during an Apollo launch. #Apollo11
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The end of another semester of engaging students with @WikiEducation at @MissouriSandT @sandtcasb in #HistSCI means another tweet thread about this super fun project.
49 students, 32 articles, 40K words added, +285K views so far. I love their work! Take a look!
I'm going to group them. First group-- #WomenInSTEM #WomeninHistory
Students found that, uh oh, it's HARD to find reliable sources on women in science! This didn't stop them, though. They pushed through and learned some new research skills.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_S._… is 1 product.
Tycho's sister, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_Br… was another article that needed work. The women who worked on this one had to find all sources on Tycho then sift through for the 2-3 pages about Sophia. Thank goodness for good #librarians at S&T who were patient and helpful!
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It’s May, which means it’s also Asian American & Pacific Island Heritage Month. This is the @TwitterMoments I compiled from my tweets last May. #AAPIHM #AAPI twitter.com/i/moments/9945…
Another May, another daily thread to celebrate #AAPIHM. Sessue Hayakawa, silent film star & Hollywood’s first sex symbol, partied with Fairbanks, launched Valentino’s career, fought in the French Resistance, & played COL Saito in Bridge on the River Kwai. thevintagenews.com/2017/11/30/ses…
One of my favorite authors today for the #AAPIHM thread. @AmyTan’s Joy Luck Club, which I first read 30 years ago, showed me that fiction need not be full of white people’s stories. She showed the world that our stories mattered.
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Just launched, the @OpticalSociety & @SPIEtweets Professional Conduct @WomenInResIE joint report on Assessing and Addressing The Level of Harassment at Scientific Meetings #STEM #womeninstem #womeninoptics #scicomm #optics #photonics spie.org/about-spie/adv…
Some interesting stats, which are not very surprising "over 9% of respondents say they experienced harassment at meetings or events hosted by the scientific societies. Of those who experienced harassment, 63% were women." #womeninstem #womeninoptics #LGBTinSTEM #optics #photonics
I've just had a quick read but the thing that struck me most, more than the stats was the personal stories in Appendix I - sadly these are stories I've heard from friends & colleagues who have attended scientific meetings & conferences. #womeninSTEM #womeninoptics #LGBTinSTEM
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Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of noted phycologist Dr. Isabella Aiona Abbott.

She was the first Native Hawai’ian woman to earn a PhD in science and became a renowned expert on Pacific #algae.
Known as the "First Lady of Limu*", Abbott first started learning about edible seaweeds from her mother and spent hours collecting them from the beaches of Maui.

She even wrote a book about how to cook seaweeds!

*limu is Hawaiian for seaweed
She began teaching classes at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station in 1960.

She then went on to become the first female full professor in Stanford’s biology department, as well as the first minority full professor in 1972.
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08/03 is the International Day of Women's Rights.
Some #fiercewomen did not have the rights we have today, but they went ahead & challenged the society by doing #science!
⤵️15 profiles of women from the card game by @cunterview fierce-women.net #WomensRights #STEM #IWD2019
Hypathia was a philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in the 4th century BC in Alexandria. The first documented woman mathematician, she may have been the first "witch" to have been executed because of her intellectual endeavor. #WomenInSTEM bbvaopenmind.com/en/science/mat…
Maria Gaetana Agnesi was a mathematician, philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian, who lived in Milan in the 18th century.
She was the first woman to write a mathematics handbook and be appointed as a mathematics professor at a university! #WomenInSTEM scientificamerican.com/article/maria-…
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What happens when women speak up against harassment in scientific institutions? The latest in a long string of retaliation stories, Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin @McLNeuro may lose her job on Feb 28, absent a last-minute reprieve from Vanderbilt University sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/n…
This week, we wrote a letter to @NicholasZeppos showing our support for @McLNeuro #metooSTEM founder, MIT Disobedience Awardee, slayer of the Rate My Professor chili pepper, advocate for safety in science, teller of uncomfortable truths, and accountability bloodhound.
We and thousands of others support Dr. McLaughlin as a scientist but also as a spokeswoman against harassment and assault in science #metooSTEM
change.org/p/vanderbilt-d…
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Confessions of a bipolar professor (1/5): #hypomania sounds like it is a wonderful thing - increased energy fueling creativity and good times! What's not to like? But for me, I'm in the midst of dysmorphic hypomania. And it just plain sucks.

#bipolar #highered #AcademicTwitter
(2/5) my brain, which has been rigorously trained for decades, suddenly believes that 1 + 1 = blue. I know I am not thinking rationally, but my head is also telling me to do all sorts of crazy things!

#bipolar #hypomania #AcademicTwitter
(3/5) brain: let's destroy relationships! Let's yell at everybody and go down in the flames of angry glory! Let's run away and purchase a house in Spain! Let's be the worst version of ourself!

Rational brain: wait a second....

#bipolar #hypomania #AcademicTwitter
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