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Something is changing about how scientific research is funded.

@Jasonmmast @endpts covers a growing set of science funding experiments:…
These include high-throughput grants (e.g. #Fast, #Impetus), new institutes (@ArcadiaScience, @AltosLabs, @arcinstitute... I guess A is for new beginnings?), and new structures like 'nonprofit startups' (@Convergent_FROs) & @newscienceorg.
As with all experiments, I expect that some of these will disappear and that others will be a central part of science in ten years.
But them happening at all is enough to renew a conversation about how science is funded and conducted.
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I am mentoring a couple of search committees through #academia hiring practices today, and how to hire diverse faculty (which I have been fairly successful doing). It's not hard, but there are some guidelines search committees will want to follow. a thread
Writing the job ad: Everyone puts women and BIPOC are encouraged to apply. Whatever. This sentence does not diversify the pool of candidates. Do you know what does? Creating a job ad that speaks to the research areas of BIPOC and female candidates.
Easy to do. See what diverse leaders in the field are writing about and then search for the next generation of them. Application of field to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, etc communities. Queer applications to field. Social justice movements in specific community.
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Good question. Not everyone in #SciComm is actually equipped either, is the issue, as there is no credentialing, training, or gatekeeping of quality on #science #communication, much of which is #marketing or reputation management for hospitals & for profit #healthcare companies.
In particular, there is a real dearth of credible, reliable #publichealth #communication & #scicomm. Much of what I have seen called as “SciComm” is “personal brand” & #marketing a private practice for revenue goals. Critical thinking or unbiased communication is still lacking.
Keep in mind just how prevalent gossip & smears & vicious rivalries are in #academia. Do we trust *these* people to responsibly #communicate to the public on delicate issues?

Let’s instead train #journalist on #science than other way round. #SciComm…
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This is what targeted racial harassment looks like: nitpicking things like “smiled” or “wore clothes like a celebrity, as a celebrity” or “bought cookware.” It is part of the “gold digger” narrative.
This is common in #healthcare#professionalism” where there is hazing & bullying by racist &/or classist made up non-rules lacking standards…yet people are called “breaking the rules.”

It’s exactly how bullies operate: double standards, mislabel/smear, exclude, marginalize.
In the U.K., “BAME” includes the formerly colonized, thus making race constructs or power different from U.S. as latter had race-based chattel slavery.

Thing is, those formerly colonized have many who have internalized self hate & racism.…
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This makes me so 🤢

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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#antivaxx efforts now even use #deepfake

to target #refugee, Black, religious minority communities

like measles outbreak in Minnesota in 2019: Wakefield was flown in TO spread #misinformation & #disinformation

Now: online fake accounts/fake identities vs #VaccinesWork
What has #healthcare been doing meanwhile?

#Medbikini: Teach (male Asian) med students to make fake accounts to cyberstalk trainees’ personal Facebook for: bikini
or “being political” or “religious” (#BLM)

➡️“model minority” pipeline for “shadow faculty” vs Blck @ayshakhoury
#Medbikini #research got flak for men vs women

BUT was ALSO fake acct #surveillance vs #BLM like drove out @ayshakhoury @uche_blackstock @nhannahjones

While academia has ignored #vaccineequity
➡️ongoing #pandemic & deaths in marginalized targeted by #antivaxx

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This 👇🏽👇🏿👇🏻 This is why #BLM exists & why “implicit bias” is not only real but it kills

Why, when you see it, say something, do something
The system changes not by sharing tweets & hashtags but actions & consequences & removal of toxicity from the system

Follow #BlackTwitter
Above #MedEd #TikTok improvement: #citeblackwomen who lead this work (not only utilized the savior mindset of Black & brown as victims) #Blackexcellence @citeblackwomen center Black women
Send #SoMe traffic to Black creators & activists. #healthcare…
Take #sharethemic initiative. It allowed #Blackexcellence to speak thru #influencer accounts to large followings for a day. I looked at before/after numbers, it did NOT drive any additional traffic to the actual accounts of those voices. Resurfacing this:
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Those of us with immigrant backgrounds have NO idea what debt we owe these women for risking their lives so some of us can shop at Whole Foods with other suburban moms, then drive a Lexus home to ride on a Peloton, & think only our own hard work created this access to success.
Those of us who are Muslim have a partial experience of what it is like to be made the face of threat and danger and vilified.

…But “the West “still wants to “save” Muslim women… make us a token or mascot of saviorism & evidence of being a shining city on the hill.
In comparison, the black woman doesn’t have that opportunity to be paraded around as the most recent woman “saved” & celebrated - the tropes are universally harmful & exploitative/pejorative vs Black women in society/media + centuries of economic barriers/being exploited.
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Anybody who says “the #data don’t lie” either is ignorant or manipulative or both. The data are merely a tool that must be used responsibly & ethically to try to approximate “the truth” …some of which is unmeasurable (yet?). There are MANY #datascience methods & varying results
Everybody gets super excited about this new #AI #ML #machinelearning technique or that

You cannot build a RELIABLE house with low #quality bricks

First, look at the building blocks… meaning, how the #data fields are even defined & how the data are obtained

Who defined them?
I can’t tell you how glad I am that I have done coursework at both @MITSloan AND @StanfordGSB - Former immerses you in a ton of hands on analysis & options for analytic techniques useful in a #datascience job. Latter steps back to frame questions, assess missing data, biases.
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Thread for junior #scholars: I evaluated a lot of fellowship applications this semester & want to make a few observations. I won’t name the fellowships, but they’re among the most competitive in the academy. I want junior #scholars to thrive & hope these tips will help. #academia
First, please communicate with your letter writers. There’s something very odd about reading a proposal that is significantly different from the rec letters. If you’re planning to write three chapters on X, tell your letter writers so they don’t say you’re doing research on Y.
Please proofread your materials. We’re all exhausted and I’m guilty of rushing things too, but try to get a friend or an editor to read everything before you submit your materials. Lots of typos & grammatical errors could really hurt your chances of getting the funding you need.
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BDS campaigns against Israel are still happening, but we are now seeing is #Jewish identity being vilified, Jewish-#Zionist students being ostracized and demoralized. While the harassment & intimidation still mostly impacts students, note that Jewish faculty are also impacted ☹️
There’s an uptick of these cases: Jewish faculty facing professional risks for voicing opinions even mildly supportive of #Israel 🇮🇱 & junior, contingent faculty feeling like they have to hide huge chunks of their identity in order to “get along” w/colleagues & keep their jobs 😩
.@TheAENetwork continues to monitor this troubling situation & provides support, guidance to its 800+ faculty within its growing network on over 260 🇺🇸 campuses. #academia
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1/15 Senior academic whose MO was to exploit non-white researchers on low-paid contracts to extract data from 'diverse' communities gets a major fellowship - working for them was infuriating, at times traumatic tbh, and an education on #race in #academia.
2/15 I'm now wary of research groups specialising in migrants/diversity with hardly any non-white people. This senior white scholar claimed a level of expertise they didn't have, but got away with it because so few POCs in academia are in positions to question their authority
3/15 In this case this senior white scholar (SWS) led bizarre tours of migrant neighbourhoods as if they were holiday tours, asking researchers to observe everyday behaviour of 'diverse' people in various settings, as if they were animals in a zoo...
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Tenure is dismantled in Georgia and looks like it will be in South Carolina too.

Imagine a higher education system where every professor is working on 1 semester to 5 year contracts, instead of say, having job security and a stable career trajectory. #AcademicChatter
"Tenure" (as a concept) deserves blame for upholding a lot of bad things (racism/discrimination/harassment/exploitation) in academia. But notice that this dismantling of tenure is happening as #academia shows even the slightest signs of diversifying, and it is led by Republicans.
Many science grad students direct their anger at "tenure." Why organize to protect tenure when it has protected our harassers?

GA, SC, (+ more to come) aren't removing harassers. Their "getting rid of tenure" prevents our generation from ever getting that stability in #academia
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Get ready for #ImmunoDiversity! Let us know anything you learned from this event! We're so excited and ready to build up this thread! #BIIW21 1/
Do we think #Immunology/#STEM stacks up as a welcoming and inclusive field? The general consensus is that #DEI in society is the same in #STEM, but at least we are having conversations around it even if action is slow 2/
Oh, don't forget to follow: @robclayrivers and @danne_phd as they discuss this important topic. 3/
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7 #SciComm Frequently Asked Questions answered in this thread 👇
1. What is SciComm? Why do I need to know about it?
Sci in #Scicomm stands for #science and Comm for #communication. #Scicomm is the easy-to-understand delivery of #scientific results to the layman. It equips people & lawmakers with #ScienceLiteracy to make conscious decisions.
2. What are the types of #SciComm?

"Outward-facing” & “inward-facing." Outward-facing SciComm educates people on underappreciated aspects of science. Inward-facing SciComm is used by scientists to communicate with each other. Explore these types:
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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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In the spirit of normalizing burnout and encouraging breaks in #academia and #parenting, I’m happy to share that my husband and I have taken 4 days off to escape all of our responsibilities. We’re doing a hotel staycation and it has been bliss. But reactions have been…mixed. 🧵
For the most part people have been cool, but there have also been a lot of passive-aggressive, guilt-inducing comments like, “How do you have the time for that”, “My kids would lose their shit if I left for that long”, “I wish I could do that but I have way too much work”.
These kinds of thoughts and comments are what has sustained a culture of performative overwork in both of these domains for way too long. Breaks and rest boost productivity over the long term, and you can’t do quality scholarship or parenting if you’re exhausted and checked out.
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Thank you all for holding space and sharing your stories. We are not alone in the trauma that we have dealt with, the impacts are not just on our academic career - it could be emotional too. My self esteem has been low & it stays there, all of the ableism almost confirms
not having as much value, maybe I deserved it, and I could be at blame since I am the common denominator in all the abuse. It is like being who I am is not okay and that is not okay. This society is toxic to exist as a disabled person compounding onto whatever we each manage 2/
every day for our health. I am the one who will go out of my way to support others and I have. I am CEO and co-founder here, I am a founder of @JADEdisjustice, a board member with @HealthAdvocateX, a social media manager for @academicvoices, co-founder of @dismhmatters, and
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I fully support #CripTime and it almost took me a full day to reply to the #DEHEMChat this week. I think that this also applies here for this topic about trauma to think of the impact intersectionality and identity has on how we experience our disabilities. I think that if I
was not Black, a lot of the trauma that I experienced would not be my story. I may have felt more supported in #Academia. I might have a balance with more privileges rather than a crippling amount of barriers that hit me in the classroom, in the clinic, and in my life. Having
invisible disability that are dynamic with infrequent cane use, I sometimes feel #ableism from within our disability community. With that here is a thread of all of the #DEHEMChat questions, if you haven’t answer yet feel more than free to answer during my takeover and I will
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A4: No, not right now. I feel disability is a legal issue only about accommodations in #academia. Racism is clearly wrong, but ableism is condoned becoming a traumatic event. I wish #AcademicTwitter and #HigherEd would listen to Disabled researchers and to partner with us in 1/
calling for change. Being disabled, we only have so many spoons. There is only so much each disability advocate can do and it should not be disabled scholars brought into toxic environments forced to change them. My free labor of disability advocacy needs to end leading to 2/
paying disability advocate and Disability Cultural Centers not being built on the backs of the blood, sweat, tears, and spoons of disability advocates. Every institution that mentions disability in their DEI statement needs to take a good hard look at if an equitable amount of 3/
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Venga que ya empieza #ConversacionesConANECA dedicado al cambio de modelo en evaluación de la investigación. De momento pinta bien.
@ANECAinfo se adhiere al #LeidenManifesto desde hoy. Primer notición. Ahora a aplicarlo.
Hablan de incorporar otras métricas además del #ImpactFactor y también evaluación cualitativa. Ahora veremos...
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Let's discuss the absurdity of #academia promotions. I'm going to do a thread of every level of 'approval' required for someone to get a promotion in #academia, just to point out how ridiculous & burdensome the process is.
But first, before the approvals, an extensive application must be written, that takes hrs & hrs of an academic's time. After that, it gets sent off for the first approval...
Approval 1: the head of school or dept. This is not a mere 'signing off'- the HoS/D must also complete an extensive amount of the form, incl apparently knowing all of the candidate's publication stats (thus, this ends up being done by the candidate anyway).
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In #Academia there are some common ‘good practice’ mentoring things. But we can do more – much more – than the basics, without it taking a ton of time. Here are some of the more unique mentoring things I do.
Get more out of group meetings. Like many labs, we meet each week. But we rotate what we do, each in approximately equal measure: standard journal article discussion, discussion of a research article on Equity/Diversity/Inclusion (EDI), “Slide Improv”, and Fact or Fiction.
Equity (EDI) articles are chosen on a rotating basis by students. They are usually primary research articles. We conscientiously choose papers from diverse areas of EDI. These discussions have been fantastic, and have led to changes in how we do and discuss things.
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🟠10 things I learned from authoring 100 papers in science/medicine, hope you find them helpful:

#academia #AcademicChatter #phdlife #scicomm #AcademicTwitter
1. You are telling a story. The story must be clear and easy to follow. Do not make the reader work needlessly.

2. A paper is not for you to show off your knowledge, it is for your peers to learn a piece of information. Write for them.
3. Clarity in titles. Not “uncovering the relationship between X and Y in advance maternal age” but “X is associated with Y in women older than 35”.
If I am interested, I will read further, if I am not, I will still retain the message.
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