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#AcademicTwitter: I see overwhelming discussion on the downsides of academia. I worry what this does to the hope & inspiration of grad students with ambitions to go into academia. Given that I think #academia is the best job ever, my thoughts on life as an academic.

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(1/11) Autonomy: As an academic (even without tenure), I feel like I have so much autonomy to pursue the scientific ideas that I find to be important. For someone who is internally motivated and feels passionate about certain areas of research, this is a priceless benefit.
(2/11) Never Ending Knowledge Gains: Every single day I go to work and learn new things. Every. Single. Day. The intellectual stimulation that I receive from my colleagues is such a gift. They push me and my science to be better. And I am so thankful.
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Thread about single & separate sex facilities , services, sport etc & #academia. In amongst a lot of bluster Mhairi Hunter, a pro gender-identity (GI) Scottish politician said (in the context of using a problematic, poorly researched paper from a pro GI academic) a valid point
She said "Well tell you what ..., find another academic paper looking at the specific issue that was cited and share it with us." So where are the academic papers on this issue? We know...
1) that as recently as Equality Act 2010, clear that Parliament intended such services, facilities, sport etc to exist(or exemptions wouldnt be have passed). Further if exemption not used or removed, it could be indirect sex discrimination or breach of PSED. So why no challenges?
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@jnlamstudies Forum, “#Shakespeare and #Black America” before the 2020 print publication if you have access to the
@CambridgeCore platform. Just in time for our #RaceB4Race discussions on appropriation! Buckle up--Tweetstorm a' comin' #LitPOC #MedievalTwitter
2/ These essays are short and, not just accessible, but actually enjoyable (IMHO). I’m always tweeting stuff for you to check out, but this time you don’t have to listen to just me. (Although y'all most def should listen to me) + #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race #LitPOC
3/ Look at this referee comment. Now you KNOW you need to read these if you are interested in #appropriation #pedagogy #theater #Activism #archives #BlackHistory! Thanks generous and insightful reviewer!! #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race #LitPOC #ShaxCultApp
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Welcome to #SchizoChat, our weekly forum for discussing a topic about schizo-type illnesses and related topics! I’ll be tweeting a bunch of fun facts about institutions/asylums approximately every 5 minutes for the next two hours, so keep checking in with the thread!
Please feel free to ask me any questions at any point (today or otherwise)—comment or send me a DM! #SchizoChat
As usual, please remember I am not an expert—I study animal development, not schizophrenia or medical history! I’m just a scientist with schizoaffective disorder trying to get folks talking to #EndTheStigma #SchizoChat
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Great thread on strategies for not overloading yourself in #academia.

(Of course, not everyone has the same freedom to say no to various requests, but these strategies are great advice for when you have the choice!)
Sometimes when I’m trying to compose a reply to an e-mail asking me to do a thing I wish I could just copy-paste in a three-second sample of the panicked screaming of my inner voice
I feel like they would understand
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THREAD: #AcademicTwitter in case you're interested, the #ISXX listserv is still 🗑️🔥. #Racism is everywhere in #academia. A key point w/ systemic racism is there's always pushback/resistance. Listen, learn, change. We're witnessing resistance in real time #medievaltwitter 1/16
Here are some of the greatest (and I mean terrible) 1-liners from the listserv so far:

"I am English and have no problem with the use of the term Anglo-Saxon. I therefore cancel my membership."

You're also racist. 2/16
"I suggested no. 7 'International Society for Anglo-saxon Studies' has some continuity with the old name & the acronym, while removing the problematic term "Anglo-Saxon." The society would thus remain recognisably the same org."

The society will remain exclusionary/racist.
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Thread on how #inclusion, or lack thereof, affects #Wellbeing:

⚠️: upcoming #vulnerability moment

Do you ever feel Iike you don’t belong in the spaces you occupy?
I do.
The feeling is isolating & discouraging.

The reasons why are complex, complicated. /1
#medtwitter #burnout
I will confess here that being in #dermatology and in #academia magnifies these feelings.

Being courageous, stepping outside comfort zones, making your voice heard... it’s good, necessary, but the way you’re perceived and received matters. It has impact.

It’s complicated.
The cycle of self-confidence can be a positive or negative one, and often starts early in youth, affected by things such as parental upbringing, privilege, etc.

That cycle can build on itself, and have huge implications for one’s professional and personal wellbeing.

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I'm a little late to this whole #academia conversation / Chronicle turd about publishing in the right journals. I was busy eating knishes and honey cake. And now I'm very full of carbs but also I have thoughts.
1. Any advice column about succeeding in the academy that doesn't acknowledge the precarity that characterizes academia is missing the big picture.
2. I have not time for scholars who want to shore up their ivory towers.
3. Publish wherever you think your work will matter.
4. Some of the most exciting work is being done in venues that are not traditional mediums. I was the managing editor of one of those venues.
5. Apparently, we're damned if we don't speak to the public and damned if we do. Make up your mind, Chronicle.
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Georgetown invited a leader in the ABVP - a hate group that uses violence to silence students and professors, particularly members of minorities - to speak.

Read that sentence again. It is astonishing for a university (a Jesuit one at that) to do this.…
Georgetown never publicized the event. So the university appears to have had some sense, from the get-go, that it was problematic to invite an affiliate of a paramilitary organization with a long history of anti-Muslim and anti-Christian violence to educate students.
It seems to me that Georgetown owes their students a fuller discussion about how this happened in the first place and how they're going to prevent it from happening again. Let's watch to see how this story of Hindutva at Georgetown plays out... #Hindutva #academia
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Interesting. #UnsealEpstein

Former MIT media lab staffer says leadership made it clear Epstein's donations were to be kept secret - CNN…
#Epstein = 'Voldemort'? 🤔 5:5?
#UnsealEpstein MIT has some 'splaining to do...
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#PhD students trying to move out of #academia often struggle with what to put on their non-academic CVs. So here's a list of 6 sets of TRANSFERABLE SKILLS (THREAD)
#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdchat #JobSearch
Here's a link to the full article this thread is based on:…
1.Communication - You are extensively trained in oral presentation & writing. Data visualisation and condensing information with all the details is a valued skill set! And also at listening & improving based on feedback.
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A "worrying analysis":

"18 [#deeplearning] algorithms ... presented at top-level research conferences ... Only 7 of them could be reproduced w/ reasonable effort ... 6 of them can often be outperformed w/ comparably simple heuristic methods."


[Updates worth tweeting]

There is much concern about #reproducibility issues and flawed scientific practices in the #ML community in particular & #academia in general.

Both the issues and the concerns are not new.

Isn't it time to put an end to them?
There are several works that have exposed these and similar problems along the years.

👏👏 again to @Maurizio_fd et al. for sharing their paper and addressing #DL algorithms for recommended systems (1st tweet from this thread).

But there is more, unfortunately:
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This observation by @Yascha_Mounk really touches a nerve with me, and so I'm going to tell a story of #PoliticalScience and #academia in the early 90s as my run-in with this phenomenon. /1
@Yascha_Mounk I began my career by studying Soviet civil-military relations. It required careful textual analysis, in part because we didn't know what was going on in a closed society. We were doing research of *discovery*, not causal analysis, because we didn't have enough *facts*. /2
So I took my dissertation and wrote a research proposal for a book. I talked about it with my new department and some colleagues. They asked formalistic scientific questions like "what's your independent variable?" as if that had meaning in a deep case study. /3
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Folks, let's talk about the difference between academic study versus belief / faith / practice. THREAD #AcademicTwitter #Academia #AcademicChatter #history #religion
This subject doesn't come up so much for me these days because I'm in a history department. I teach, in part, the history of religions. But still, the insider-outsider debate is housed in Religious Studies (a field in which I taught for three years as a postdoc).
I wrote about the insider-outsider issue when I was teaching Indian religions at Stanford University. You can read my short article (along with two others, by two of my colleagues at other institutions) here:…
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Kudos to the co-editors of Israel Studies 👏👏 for defending the #academicfreedom of its contributors & refusing to suppress critiques of anti-#Zionist discourse & “scholarship”, re: the manipulation of language by virulently anti-#Israel academics.
#academicintegrity #academia
It’s the height of #hypocrisy that critics of #WordCrimes who tried so hard to get this special issue retracted & relied on false accusations, smears of the editors & authors to do so, are now whining that the volume threats THEIR academic freedom to “engage in debate” 🤣🤣🤣 1/
In fact, as anyone who read the special issue knows, the contributors critiqued the prevailing terms & concepts used/misused today in many academic disciplines—which actually is hindering free and intellectually-rigorous debate on #Israel 🇮🇱. 2/
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Day 2. Still pre-conference. I must confess that while taking notes today, I sincerely wondered to myself: how will I condense this much information in a way that its essence is not lost? So much was said; so much needs to be done. Oya grab your seat. @LagosStudies #lsa2019
The first panel was the Gender and Academy II. Panelists were Yetunde Zaid, Lynn Schler, Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo, Oyeronke Oyewunmi, Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome (@mojubaolu) and Taibat Lawanson (@TaibatLawanson) The first question shows that mentorship comes in various forms.
Who was your first mentor?:

"My first mentor was my Ph.D. supervisor. He was good @ treating students equally&that gave everyone a sense of confidence when starting out with their career. It distilled any competition that we might have&developed a sense of community.” Schler
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[Day6: #ScienceComedy FAQs & hot-takes]

It’s my last day, friends! Let’s talk all things #SciComm Comedy today (standup, comedic storytelling, improv, sketch, humor writing, & more).

I’ll dig into using it for reframing “the expert” & empowering underheard perspectives in #STEM
CALLING ALL #SciComm #STEM #Research #Academia doing #Improv comedy, add yourself in this thread so we can find each other all over the 🌍

eg, some NYC #STEM improv tweeps (more are on insta & FB):
ROLL CALL: #SciComm #STEM #Research #Academia doing #Sketch or #character comedy, add em in this thread so we can find each other all over the 🌍

Some NYC folks I ❤️ who do video sketches:
@shodell’s Your Brain on Blank
@RollieWilliams’s @InconvenientTS

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[Day5: Communicating the Dark Side of #Science]
Let's get to the nitty gritty, intersectional #STEM issues today.

What are your thoughts on #SciComm around the complex, messy, imperfect scientific process & the dark history of Science?
MUST READ Examples: dealing w/ Race & Racism in #Science.

@AngelaDSaini’s #Superior (& #Inferior on gender inequity)

@PhysAnth’s statement on Race & Racism thoughtfully written by an intersectional, diverse committee…
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[Do #Science #Panels work?]

One of my least favorite formats of communicating research w/in #Academia & yet it's everywhere & continues to be the default to pack as many big names as possible onto a stage.

Have you seen it go well? And seriously, why do we keep doing it?
One of the biggest culprits of when #Science #SciComm #Academic panels not working tends to be poor moderation.

My intro to dialogue facilitation/panel moderation came from a journalism prof who emphasized the importance of doing your homework on the panelists & the audience.
As a #science #academic panel moderator, you:

- keep the flow of conversation going
- balance voices & time, being mindful of power imbalances
- be a proxy for your audience

It really doesn't go well when moderators just take over the conversation instead of FACILITATING it.
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To add, I as a US-based researcher w/ #ScienceOutreach experience going into UK #SciComm & #PubEng, it struck me how INTEGRATED #reflectivelearning is to their work culture.

ie, integrating failure-learnings are incentivized

I’m in awe of @LouWoodley for bringing that to @aaas
I cannot stress enough how important Institutional Incentivisation is for not just acknowledging #Failures in #STEM, but also in truly integrating learnings into DAILY practice.

Independent orgs like @GuerillaScience @AcademicStandUp , the incentive is sustainable business.
But what about #Academia? Or individual #scientists #academics #SciComm practitioners where the pressure to produce, publish, & keep grinding...

What are the specific barriers to a regular #reflectivepractice?

And how can your institution/community alleviate it?
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[Day2: Failing Better Together]
Q: What does "failure" mean to you?

For me, my #sciencefails & #SciComm fails fuel my teaching & community-building values:
- Creating spaces to fail better
- Building communities to exchange learnings
- Scaffolded experiences to reframe failure KyleMarian on a microphone with her back to the camera. She's facing the audience and hosting a storytelling show.
#Failure is an important part of #Science & #Comedy, but it wasn't until I got into comedy where I started understanding the impact of being transparent & celebrating failures.

It also got me thinking: does #Academia have an integrated process & outlet for dealing w/ failure?
Do you incorporate #journaling or #reflections into your #SciComm practice?
If you work in teams, do you have regularly-scheduled de-briefs?
As professionals, are you given allotted times in your paid schedule to reflect on project learnings?
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[Day1: Strategic SciComm Through Play]
Often times, when talking #SciComm #SciOut #PubEng #SciEng #SciEdu #SciArt, we spend a lot of discussions on the idea of play + joy + fun for target audiences.

As a practitioner, do use "play" to get better in your practice? If not, why?
Do opportunities & spaces to "PLAY" with your craft/skills in communicating #science even exist for you?

For academics, the lack of opportunity to learn+practice+play w/ public speaking significantly impacts careers, like favoritism of "charismatic ppl" to bad teaching habits.
In the #Arts + #SciArt, rehearsals + practice time is crucial in honing your craft.
In #MuseumEd & #projectdevelopment, there are stages for prototyping, focus grouping, beta-testing to "play".

In #Academia, prof dev workshops exist, but do you have a space for practice?
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1. Como as universidades públicas são financiadas no Brasil e como os cortes e contingenciamentos sucessivos têm nos afetado? Um fio longo e com cerol.

#universidades #pesquisa #ciência #academia #educação #ensino #conhecimento #tecnologia #desenvolvimento #fomento #crise
2. Resolvi escrever sobre isso, porque o tema é complexo e tenho visto muita desinformação por todos os lados. Em tempos polarizados, as pessoas se esquecem de que, numa democracia, quem pensa diferente não é inimigo, mas adversário. Discordância é oxigênio social.
3. O financiamento das universidades é um mosaico com diversas receitas e despesas variáveis de diferentes tipos. Um verdadeiro pesadelo contábil. Quem já ocupou cargos administrativos sabe bem do que estou falando. Resumi muita coisa, então me corrijam, se for o caso.
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