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Hi, I’m Shaily Rahman. I’m a geochemist and oceanographer. I work in coastal systems. On this project, my focus is studying the reactive silicon cycle.
#DiversityinSTEM #WomenInSTEM #POCinSTEM
#gueSTAAR Shaily Rahman
#Silicon is the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust. It exerts strong controls over the global carbon cycle and many trace element cycles. But we have very few tracers that show how reactive silicon moves around the surface of our planet.
Diatoms, a type of phytoplankton, need dissolved silica to reproduce and to build their shells out of amorphous glass. They're responsible for 15 to 18 % of global oxygen production.
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During my PhD, I got alot of unhelpful advice

Now I'm a PhD supervisor, I know 💯 what I needed to hear

4 things every PhD student should know 🧵

#phdchat @thoughtsofaphd @PhD_Genie @thephdstory @HaPhDsupervisor @Dissertating
1. You're judging yourself way harder than others

People around you may be master writers, thinkers, communicators, teachers

But this was not always the case

There's no secret, no shortcut, no hidden talent. For most, its years of practice.

You can do the same
2. Its normal to feel you're getting nowhere

What's important is how to deal with it

Working harder is usually not the answer

I've never meet a PhD student with a poor work ethic. Just take time to step back and ensure you channel your effort into the right things
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Did you just join #AcademicTwitter ?

Congratulations! 👏🏿 Did tou know there are 385,000 other academics here? 🤯

Here's 7 academic accounts to follow 👌
Hugh Kearns @ithinkwellHugh

Strategies and frameworks for increasing research productivity

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. 🧬Exciting stuff! 🧬
Hope of a genetic-"fix" for youngsters with a rare blood disorder… #bioinformatics #snrtg #scicomm #openscience #technology #biotech #genomics #raredisease
The clinical trial results which prompted extending CRISPR treatment to kids for
🧬 Sickle-cell and Beta-Thalassemia🩸 #openscience #scicomm
🧵(thread 3/3)
...more 🧬✂️DNA-editing hope:
1⃣ Inborn Errors of Immunity :… #bioinformatics #biotech #WomenInSTEM #openscience #scicomm
2⃣ 'CF', ... 🫁 ➕:… #immunology #genomics #raredisease
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. 🦠#COVID19 ⚠️F*CKing⚠️with the
brain🧠and body
of this 15 year-old boy. Real badly.… #WomenInSTEM #openscience #scicomm #snrtg #immunology #neurology
COVID-19 is NOT "just like the flu."
COVID-19 is NOT "just like the flu."
COVID-19 is NOT "just like the flu."
"Cerebellar examination revealed impaired finger to nose, heel to shin, and rapid alternative movements. Gait was ataxic and he could not walk without help."
* in a previously healthy young man
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⚠️Potentially dangerous
new 🦠#COVID19 variants🧬
▪️The pandemic won't end until we prevent this phenomenon
❗️Get💉 vaxxed to shield & protect the immunocompromised… #bioinformatics #WomenInSTEM #openscience #snrtg #immunology #genomics #raredisease
. "NOBODY is safe from the virus until
we are ALL safe from the virus"
~Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus (WHO Director General)
Viruses🦠do strange things when unchallenged for long periods of times in hosts.
Unfortunately mutating🧬is one of those things.
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🧬"Recessive complete deficiencies of typeI IFN immunity may underlie ∼10% of hospitalizations for COVID-19 🦠pneumonia 🫁 in children"
👥It DID in these 12 youngsters
#bioinformatics #openscience #scicomm #WomenInSTEM #immunology #genomics #raredisease Image
Great work as always by Prof Jean-Laurent @casanova_lab & Co in elucidating genetic susceptibility to SarsCov2. Direct link to the paper:…
The current paper continues this line of research:
"Inborn errors of type I IFN immunity in patients
with life-threatening COVID-19"… #openscience #scicomm
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You’re watching two neurons that I saw under the microscope sensing one another + connecting.

There are 86 billion neurons in the brain - how do they know how to connect to other neurons?

A thread 👇1/n
#WomenInSTEM @ScienceAU @UTAS_ #science @elonmusk
They use these webbed hand-like structures called “growth cones” that you can see in this video. The finger like projections (called “filopodia”) actively reach out to sense the environment around it.

When we are developing in utero, you’ll find these “growth cones,” at the tip of every single growing neuron, actively searching their way between cells, trying to find the right spot to connect to. When they make their connection, they become resorbed and disappear.

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🦠Sars-Cov-2 severity and mortality has - sadly - been particularly high ⬆️among individuals with Down Syndrome.
Insightful commentary on how and why:… #WomenInSTEM #openscience #itrtg #iot #immunology #scicomm
Some earlier background on vulnerability of individuals with Down Syndrome to life-threatening COVID-19… #openscience #scicomm
Infections and immunodeficiency in Down syndrome…
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New clues as to why
Common Variable Immunodeficiency patients
(like me 👤) may have non-protective #COVID19
immunity, despite being 💉fully-vaxxed… #womeninSTEM single cell #openscience #bigdata #immunology #snrtg
"36% of CVID patients did not produce anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG or IgA antibodies.
Non responders had lower peripheral blood lymphocyte counts, circulating naïve and central memory T-cells, low CD40L expression on the CD4+CD45+RO+ and CD8+CD45+RO+ T-cells, high frequencies of TNFα..."
Fellow Common Variable Immunodeficiency patients:
Vaxxed💉and boosted💉does not necessarily mean
protected from 🦠Sars-Cov2. Wear😷mask.
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THREAD: Hilda Geiringer (1893–1973), also known as Hilda von Mises and Hilda Pollaczek-Geiringer, was an Austrian mathematician. #WomenInSTEM #WomanToday

Geiringer was born in Vienna, Austria into a Jewish family. 1/
While still in high school, Geiringer showed great mathematical ability. Her parents supported her financially so that she could study mathematics at the University of Vienna.

After receiving her first degree, Geiringer continued her study of mathematics in Vienna. 2/
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Vienna in 1917 under the guidance of Wilhelm Wirtinger with a thesis entitled "Trigonometrische Doppelreihen" about Fourier series in two variables. 3/
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THREAD: Dame Margaret Kate Weston, DBE, FMA (1926–2021) was a British museum curator who was the director of the Science Museum, London, between 1973 and 1986. #WomenInSTEM #MuseumMemories #WomanToday 1/ Image
Margaret Weston was born in Oakridge, Gloucestershire, and was educated at Stroud High School. During the war a German bomber crashed in the village and Margaret's father, who was also in the Home Guard, arrested the airman. 2/
Margaret Weston's degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering were from the University of London. She later acknowledged the support she was given in engineering by a neighbour, Walter Gardiner, who used to let her use his workshop and lathe. 3/
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Sars-Cov-2 and the brain:
🧠Encephalopathy and
sudden-onset ⚠️Parkinson's* ⚠️symptoms a 31 year-old man… #WomenInSTEM #iot #snrtg #openscience #scicomm
Not "just like the flu"
Please💉get vaccinated💉
"He was disorientated but able to follow simple
commands. He had involuntary jaw opening with slow rhythmic movements of his lower facial muscles at rest, which also interfered with his speech. He had reduced eye blinking, hypometric horizontal saccade and jerky pursuit."
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I read alot about grant writing & one critical section is rarely discussed

Career disruption statements

7 ways to help reviewers understand career disruptions to review fairly

@AcademicMomLife @Momademia
Note, I believe most reviewers want to assess grants fairly.

This 🧵is about writing clearly to help reviewers do this.

Its not magic bullet.
But telling our stories clearly is a small step to a system that acknowledges everyone's opportunity.
1. Be specific with time

I include the month and year so reviewers cannot miscalculate the length of my disruption

❌️"I was on leave from 2020 - 2021" (reviewer might assume 1 year off)

✅️"I was on leave from Feb 2020 to Dec 2021" (reviewer knows its almost 2 years)
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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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#WomenInSTEM deserve to be taken very seriously.
This INDIGENOUS scientist is crying.
It’s done in the lab with government funding. What more does an indigenous she/her scientist need to know?
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If you are a physics prof & a woman up for tenure, & this sounds like it may refer to your portfolio, I have his whole thread in which he quotes & mocks it. Someone on your committee should be kicked off. Get in touch if you think it's yours. #WomenInSTEM #Physics #tenure Douchebag insulting a "female physics prof" for in
Everyone, THANK YOU! What an amazing and supportive family of folks in STEM & academia. With your diligent help, I think we may have found the person. I've emailed her. If I get confirmation or not, I'll let you know.
You're all so wonderful!
I just heard back from the person and it is definitely her work. Thanks again to everyone! She's going to pursue it through the appropriate channels, which probably means fewer pitchforks & torches than I'd like but is a smart move for a tenure candidate.
Have a good night!
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Manuscript drafts 📝
Peer reviews 📑
Emails 📧

Academia is notorious for being late

How to stick to a writing deadline
A thread🧵

@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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“Physics isn’t something that girls tend to fancy. They don’t want to do it. They don’t like it… There’s a lot of hard maths in there that they don’t want to do.” 🤦🏻‍♀️ @Miss_Snuffy, UK Government Social Mobility Commission Chair #WomenInSTEM…
“We’re certainly not out there campaigning for more girls to do physics. I wouldn’t do that, and I don’t want to do that, because I don’t mind that girls make up only 16% of students taking the subject.”
Great choice for social mobility, @GOVUK. Please watch the select committee recording @DrJessicaHamer @rowsonjessica @charlesmtracy @rhys_raeng
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Over the moon to share @danzhanghappy et al’s #preprint “Opposite polarity programs regulate asymmetric subsidiary cell divisions in grasses” - we identified a novel, distal polarity domain formed by the POLAR homolog in #Brachypodium @biorxiv_plants…🧵/1
We transcriptionally profiled the unique bdmute phenotype–viable but no stomatal subsidiary cells (SCs)–to identify genes associated with SC formation -> 4th most downregulated gene = BdPOLAR!! /2
CRISPRed bdpolar mutants showed defective SC divisions, much like classical polarity mutants that affect subsidiary mother cell (SMC) polarity factors like PANGLOSS1 homologs. Indeed, also bdpan1 mutants show this defect and double (polar;pan1) has 80% (!) defective SCs /3
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Every journal has a textbox asking peer reviewers for "Confidential comments to the editor"

What should you write here?

A thread 🧵

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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Grants 💰
Job applications 📝
Award nominations 🏅

They can all hinge on a great recommendation letter

But no one tells you how to write one

Writing a winning recommendation letter, a thread 🧵

@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics
Confirm you're appropriate

Recommendations reflect your relationship with the applicant. Before you write, make sure they know your view this

❌️ I’ll write you a letter

✅️ I'll write you a letter but it will only comment on your clinical work. Is that ok?
Define your relationship

Specify the type and length your relationship in the letter. This shows you have the authority to make recommendations

❌️ I work with person X

✅️ I've known person X for 5 years: as their PhD supervisor from 2018-20 then mentor from 2020 to now.
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Let me tell you all a little story about how I got doxxed and cancelled last year and how I dealt with it.

Last year this time I was at University in the first year of my PhD program in Neuroscience and I was already feeling a little disillusioned from academia. 1/
Ever since I had seen some woman talk about how she had spent her career studying the receptors related to fruit fly sex…I could not take any of this work seriously. The eyes of the post docs were dead inside. I consoled myself that I’d become a cute lil science professor 👩🏻‍🏫
As the veils of modern science and academia fell away faster and faster due to the Covid narrative, other things were happening. Something we here on twitter call E girls, decided they did not like my opinions so much they wanted to ruin my life.
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