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Last spring, when the pandemic hit, I've had three conference talks cancelled. This week, I received emails from two of the conferences about resurrecting the program in 2021, and whether I would like the papers submitted in the past to go ahead as they were. 1/

One of the conferences was to be held in a location in Canada. The health district where it would have taken place has a cumulative #COVID19 count of 206 cases and 6 deaths. 2/
The conference organizers are taking the conference online--with apologies to those for whom that's a barrier. I will be able to attend. 3/
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Es esa época del año...
de mandar aplicaciones a posgrados en el extranjero 😎

¿Han escuchado del #GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)?

Acá les dejamos un 🧵, de algunas cosas que necesitan saber sobre este examen :
Requerido para ingresar a algunos de los programas de posgrado en EE.UU. y otros países de habla inglesa.

Se divide en dos partes : razonamiento #verbal y #cuantitativo. Además de medir tus habilidades para pensar y escribir de forma analítica.
Si es obligatorio que lo realices, te recomendamos que pidas en el programa una beca para pagar el examen, (fee waiver).

¡Tan sólo este examen vale más de 3 mil pesos (160 USD)!
Agregando el costo del examen de inglés y la traducción de documentos es un trámite bastante caro… Image
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🌆Good evening and welcome everyone! 💐

We are all set for an In Conversation with Dr. Tessy Thomas #agniputhri #missilewoman Director General (#Aeronautical Systems) @DRDO_India.

Please post your recommendations, comments with #ChatwithTessyThomas

@APJAbdulKalam @mygovindia
The excitement in us has reached the threshold as we get set for an explosion of tweets as part of #ChatwithTessyThomas, In Conversation with series, track 1 #consultations of #STIP2020.

@Ashutos61 @guptaakhilesh63 @adityakaushik00 @Jengovz @nimita_pandey @ChagunBasha
All ready for launch 3⃣2⃣1⃣….. Here we go! with
💫Tessy Thomas, Director General, Aeronautical Systems @DRDO_India
💫@adityakaushik00, Deputy Director, @WatFuture and 💫@Jengovz DST-STI-Post-doctoral Policy fellow @IndiaDST @DSTCPRIISc
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A THREAD on managing expectations in #academia #highereducation (from my own painfully learnt experiences)

So I presented at a webinar @UniversitySA #ECR Work-Life Dynamics on Wednesday (I am not an ECR myself any more 😭😭), and thought it might be worth sharing a few ideas
These are tips that I wish I had learnt earlier - I hope they help a few of you struggling with the many demands of academic life in a #pandemic
(1) This one has been hard. But we need to remember that this is the quintessential Knowledge Industry – you can’t do it tired, you can’t keep sprinting
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Ya viene la XIX Semana Cultural de la #DiversidadSexual, del @INAHmx

¡Conferencias, mesas de debate, conversatorios y presentaciones de libros!

@cnan_inah @YeseniaINAH @cultura_mx
#LGBT #CulturaEnLínea @uanl @FilosofiaUANL Image
La XIX Semana Cultural de la #DiversidadSexual, del @INAHmx se realizará en línea del 7 al 10 de septiembre en FB y YT

@cultura_mx @cnan_inah @YeseniaINAH @uanl
Si desean constancia de asistencia de la XIX Semana Cultural de la #DiversidadSexual del @INAHmx escriban para inscribirse a:

#Sexualidad #México #LGBT #Género #Universidades #Academia
@YeseniaINAH @cnan_inah @uanl @FilosofiaUANL ImageImage
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On #academia: Don't believe everything you read on Twitter. It would shock you to know that academic jealousy is a real thing & academics often lie about others in an attempt to block the career of someone they envy. Always ask questions (offline) & draw your own conclusions.
And be mindful that academics know (more than anyone else) how to hide their envy under the guise of "critiques" of one's work. Always ask questions, folks. And go to the source--to the person being accused. Don't believe everything you hear. Gossip is unreliable. The end.
P.s. This has nothing to do w/ #JessicaKrug. She is yesterday's news as far as I am concerned. This has everything to do w/ the shady ways of some academics; the lies they spread & the pain they cause others simply to feel better about themselves. Yet they are still miserable...
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Walking out these doors @UMassIALS @UMassChemEng @UMassAmherst is a weirdly feeling! I left home 13 years ago for the pursuit of happiness. Over the years, I have seen that some people move out of academia neutral 😐, some bitter 😕, and some happy 😀..... contd. @AcademicChatter
However, almost all the time you have to leave for bigger and better things in life.
One thing I’m absolutely sure about is that almost all people move out with a sense of ‘pride’. #phdlife
Pride of witnessing a phenomenon that noone ever had before!
Pride of seeing things develop that sounded utterly crazy as a child!
Pride of developing things that will be enabling for eternity!
Pride of being among that elite group of people on earth 🌎! #pridephd
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On not expecting your trainees to be in perfect mental health, a thread:
I debated disclosing my grades, but because science twitter is so into toxic, over-achiever culture, I'm gonna do it. It's not like I'll ever get into a PhD program so what the hell. I also worry about someone on twitter getting pissed and weaponizing this, but the only
time we seem to talk about grades is to humble-brag. "LoL I oNlY gOt FoUr As ThIs SeMesTeR". So anyway, here are mine, and they're very much a reflection of how I was doing each semester, good or bad.
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"You need to rethink what image you have of your students, and what image you have of professional behavior.

A lot of the qualities that we claim to foster are qualities that contribute to ableism."

@AcademicChatter #HigherEd #Diversity #DisabledInSTEM #AcademicAbleism

1/6 Powerpoint slide: Academic ...
"When we tell students that they need to develop certain skills, we tell students with disability that they are not enough.

We tell students with anxiety issues that they can just "overcome" their anxiety if they want to make a career." 2/6
"We tell students with processing disorders that the world won't wait for them.

We tell students with stutters that they just need more practice.

When we tell students that they shouldn't say um, or like, or they should practice public speaking so they don't flush.."
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It was lunch time in #Brazil on a Saturday in 1990 when I decided it was time to be born! I grew up in a large city in #SãoPaulo called #Guarulhos, which in Tupi (native language) means “eaters” or “big-bellied people”. Here’s the proof I am “Guarulhense”:
@IWS_Network #VoicesIWS ImageImage
Our #family was not wealthy, but my parents made sure I had good #education, even if that meant sacrificing part of their own life. For that I will be forever #grateful. They made sure I learned how to #appreciate everything I had that money could not buy.
@IWS_Network #VoicesIWS ImageImage
I loved learning about #science in school. Not only because it is #fascinating, but also because my biology teacher, Diógenes (@spock_alvo), had great #enthusiasm when teaching it! His motivation would #inspire me to fall in 💜 with the 🧠! #teachinggoals
@IWS_Network #IWSVoices Image
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My experiences on #MedTwitter, ostensibly a place for activism & public health - at least as is the approach of a #tweetiatrician

affirmed that


we FIX
culture of #medicine
change perverse incentives

until then

#healthcare will continue to fail

even be source of harm
When will we start caring more about problems than petty fights?

When will we spend our energy on #creativity and #problemsolving rather than stalking, blocking, hiding & deleting tweets?

This is not limited to #MedTwitter
It replicates what happens in #hospitals and #academia
Faculty need to step up and keep other faculty in check.

#Safespace is not just a hashtag.

Am grateful I trained under Dr. Ralph Feigin @bcmhouston. He fiercely defended trainees. There are important ways he created safe spaces.

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#LandAcknowledgements (or Territorial Acknowledgements) have come up quite a few times on Twitter and in person this week, so while it’s fresh I thought I’d share my perspective/practice in relation to #Science and #Academia (a thread 🧵)
I budget time for a personal introduction + land acknowledgment at the start of each talk, seminar, course etc.

I prefer to make this as meaningful as possible, but often we’re so time constrained I’m forced to kept it brief (2-3 min is as ‘brief’ as I’ll go) /2
Since the sciences are not accustomed to intros+ land acknowledgements I often include an explanation as to why we do such things

E.g., significance as Indigenous protocol, importance unsettling settler spaces, process reality of colonialism, value of representation, etc. /3
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@Transman74 @milburn_ted @bridges_walls @Stop_The_EU Yeah

You're one of the rose tinted tin foil hat brigade who think slipping "Socialist" into their name was all a conspiracy theory to trick socialists into joining the Nazi Party…
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| How to overcome Imposter Syndrome |

Without a doubt, this is one of the most prominent issues in #academia. Feeling as if you are not worthy, or don't belong, can have a serious effect on your overall wellbeing.

Hopefully this graphic (+thread) can help!

#phdchat #phdlife
1. Recognise

Awareness of imposter feelings when they emerge is the first step. Track these thoughts, what they are and when they occur.
2. Rewrite

Remind yourself it's normal not to know everything and that you will learn more as you progress. Rewrite this in to your mental programs.
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My day in the lab as a disabled person, a thread (feel free to RT).
I have cerebral palsy, autism (which I normally don't publicly admit), ADD and a learning disability. I'm also profoundly visually impaired. Those involved in #wormgate though it was ok to compare that joke to mocking the disabled.
This is just a form of tokenism from people who have NEVER in all their professional career, lifted so much as a finger to help this community.

Because some professors think it's ok to double down, I thought I'd do the sensible thing, and take you through my day in the lab.
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Keep in mind these kinds of ethical violations (& more) were what Andrew Wakefield had been allowed to get away with resulting in two decades of vaccine refusal & disease outbreaks. Yes, @VascularSVS, the is the right thing to do - accessing a database w/out permission is not ok
When people talk of "privilege" it is exactly this. Who bypasses ethical standards typically enforced by an IRB (I am a former IRB chair, as is @DrvanTilburg). There were med students & trainees on the paper being taught/incentivized (named on publication) this. #AcademicTwitter
This is much, much bigger than one paper. This is cultural. The journal has acknowledged and taken definitive action very matter of factly. Why do I make over 100 revisions and other get a pass? Why disparity in #MedEd #education publications? #MedTwitter
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Dear #Academia, can reflect on the wording “what can we learn from #Indigenous Knowledge/people/experience” for a sec?

1) That framing has the danger of being extractive, and it potentially diminishes us as only being of use when we serve non-Indigenous means 1/5
Generalizable knowledge is important. But #academia must reconcile its colonial duality of discrediting our #knowledge systems while also wanting to benefit from it.

It’s time to enact protective and supportive structures if you value our contributions (hint to the NIH) 2/5
2) Requests for our knowledge can seem like a disingenuously guised #diversity #inclusion checkbox ☑️ that resembles “other”-ing, if unexpected.

Building trust is important here. So is not self-proclaiming allyship. If you want us to do the work, then you must work also. 3/5
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What if the money 💰💰💰 spent by #academia & #hospitals on hiring people to spy on #SoMe, to police & shame nurses & doctors (even getting some fired for speaking up on #PPE shortage), this policing disproportionately affecting BIPOC, instead spent on hiring BIPOC & on pay gap
This is pay gap I am talking about. What kind of “#professionalism” accepts that Black women must work 7 extra months for same pay?

Professionalism on “you wore..” is used in sinister ways against Black women in particular

#blackintheivory #MedTwitter…
Puritanism in #medicine, being taught to med students who are given middle author status on a publication conceived and supported by senior faculty and junior editors, is part of this harm. Many Black girls are criminalized & punished for natural hair.…
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Let me share a true 'horror story' of #academia titled #STEMOPT. Imagine being an #internationalstudent in a #globapandemic #COVID19 and finishing a #PhD while navigating this process. read on... Image
In layman terms OPT from #USCIS is required for all #internationalstudents in Masters' and PhD programs to legally work in the US after completing the degree. My application got approved last week amidst the possibility that new OPT approvals might be cancelled for the year. sigh Image
I had to a) give up a dream #postdoc @UTAustin and apologize for it. b) Survive 4 months without financial support waiting 2.5 months. c) Run a household of 2 (wife, a software engineer unable to work in US due to visa restrictions) and finish requirements for my #PhD.
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A tale of 2 reviews: Recently, my book, “Modern Bonds: Redefining Community in Early 20thc. St. Paul,” has been both lauded and panned. Why? Opposing views on racial justice and its history in MN. Let's take a closer look. #academia #publishing #racism 1/12
The negative review critiqued Modern Bonds for its persistent focus on #racism/racial discrimination & the way I challenge positive narratives about midwestern culture especially compared to other parts of the country. That review is here 2/12…
Given current discussions & research @ the nature/history of racial discrimination in MN’s Twin Cities it is surprising that the neg review suggests I *overplay* the presence/impact of structural & overt racism there a century ago. #JimCrow #MidwestHist 3/12
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why i am no longer publishing (my own) #research in #academic journals - a (long) thread 1/38

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #academicpublishing #academicjournals #peerreview #ecrchat #OpenScience #publicationbias

(some references at the end of the thread)
(i still have a few collaborative papers to write and these will be published properly for the benefit of my co-authors)

i will soon publish a paper on a pre-print server, with no intention of submitting to an academic journal. my reasons for this are manifold 2/38
1. #academia is inherently corrupt & the publication model facilitates this:
- unpaid labour (editors, peer-reviewers,& authors [ok, they do get paid by the uni which oft = public funds yet journals privately profit & we see none of this unlike other forms of publishing]) 3/38
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