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A few ideas for how to create space for the communication of suffering and other vulnerable emotions, and to connect with students and employees as multi-faceted human beings in synchronous virtual meetings and classes. #compassion #academicchatter #orgcom A thread. 1/13
Arrive a few minutes early w /all your necessary materials prepared. Then, just as participants join, briefly and actively greet them. Just saying "Hello Kali. Good morning Joe" let's people know that they've been recognized. They are not invisible. 2/13
Allow space for (but do not mandate) non-agenda or task driven discussion. One option is by placing folks in 2-3 person break-out rooms for warm-ups and breaks. Folks should feel free to do whatever they'd, check email, tune out, go grab a cup of coffee. cont. 3/13
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To all the new #graduate students starting their #PhD or the ones already in it. It's true that the #journey of a PhD is like #life packed into a few years. You must also understand that it is not your entire life either! Life goes on despite how this journey goes or ends! Thread
I made this #infographic to represent my journey in #gradschool at @UMassChemEng @UMassAmherst. When you're in the thick of things, It will be hard to see the light at the end. Everyone around you will keep telling you that but most of the times it will seem #impossible!
Year 3, 4, and 5, I went through multiple cycles of #depression. I cannot put a finger on anything specific of why that happened. What I realized though, is that every time I came out of that cycle, I found enormous amounts of hidden #energy and #strength.
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What I want in a professor's syllabus (only if they mean it): #AcademicChatter #PhDChat

Accommodations and Disability

I will adhere to all accommodation letters given to me from the Disability Services office. I will not ask students to disclose their disability. 1/3
Please contact me through email or in-person if I am not providing proper accommodations to you as a student with a disability. I will truly try my best to accommodate you. 2/3
Please contact me if you have issues with the attendance policy in this syllabus, particularly regarding your disability. I will try my best to be an advocate for you as a student. 3/3
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*NOW* Benjamin Ginsberg, Chair of Advanced Governmental Studies @JohnsHopkins giving a timely talk on How the Faculty Has Fallen

In the past 50y American colleges have been taken over by professional admin "seagull managers" who see university as a biz venture #AcademicChatter
American universities were founded by professors, not administrators. Daniel Coit Gilman, founder of @JohnsHopkins was a geography professor! #AcademicChatter
We have seen a 300% increase in administrators: deans, deanlets, deanlings and offspring with rude names that I cannot mention online. Administrators now outnumber faculty according to Dr. Ginsberg. #AcademicChatter
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How do measures of social complexity compare? Do bigger groups have a greater number of different relationship types? We studied this in mountain gorillas @ljnbrent @SavingGorillas 📸J.P. Samedi Mucyo, speech bubbles my own…… (1/7)
We compared metrics of social complexity based on relationship diversity with the traditional metric of group size across 13 mountain gorilla groups over 12 years and found that relationship diversity was actually lowest in some of the largest groups (2/7)
There was also considerable variation in the diversity of relationships experienced by individual gorillas within the same group 📸Jordi Galbany (3/7)
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Faculty hiring 2020 is coming. Yes there will be TT jobs available. Yes there will be many fewer than last year. Should you apply this year? Wait it out? Give up altogether? A few thoughts (1/n) #AcademicChatter #phdchat
Now more than ever you need your mentors to help you make this decision. Your PI, PhD committee, other trusted faculty are all great resources but even more - they can put you in contact with dept heads and chairs who can give you more insight. (2/n)
Take stock of your personal life and determine if you can wait a year or if you need to give it a try. Bring that info and your CV to multiple mentors and ask for candid feedback about your preparedness. Also bring a 1 slide overview of your proposed research program (3/n)
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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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A quick and funny story from the lab this week that I think does a nice job encapsulating the day-to-day in experimental work/#phdlife...

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter @AcademicChatter #SaturdayThoughts
So we had a subsystem test planned for our hypersonic wind tunnel and as we’re going through the checklist our high-pressure air compressor for some reason won’t turn on. Grad students are baffled. Nothing has changed since the last test!
I ask (seriously) “is everything plugged in? Is everything turned on?” Because trust me I’ve spent hours debugging a problem in the lab only to find out something wasn’t plugged in. So frustrating when it happens. This is the type of insight you get from a PhD 😂
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I've seen this floating around a lot on Twitter and it's frustrating to see science misappropriated like this. It's additionally damaging as many well-meaning folks might see it, think it's credible, and then choose not to wear masks. Well, let's look at the science (1/?). Image
Before I start, I'm not a doctor and this isn't medical advice. If you have a medical emergency, PLEASE GO SEE A DOCTOR. If any doctors or scientists would like to chime in, I'd love to hear your thoughts. I might be wrong and I'm always trying to learn (2/?)
Starting with the first study: (PMID 18500410).
1) The *lowest* recorded pulse oximeter reading was ~96% SpO2, which is in the normal range (95%+) (3/?)
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So much mental distress in academia would be reduced if we taught how and why things work. A few I've spotted today - why your email isn't being answered, when to email a prof, why your paper was rejected, or how to recruit people into a study. #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
If you know how things work or how to do stuff then you can note if things aren't personal, if you could do better, or if things are really unfair (and when/where/how to seek help). Without information expectations are raised, anxieties run high, and confidence plummets.
If we don't explain how to do the basic stuff in academic work we can't be surprised or annoyed if others don't know what to do. A lot of conversations about how awful academia is lack a wider understanding what's going on (some if it is still awful, but not all of it's personal)
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#UndergraduateResearch positions could play a key role in keeping students financially stable during the #covid19 pandemic. Here are a few thoughts to consider: a thread. (1/8)
If you have funds (this can be hard!), set some aside specifically for undergraduate researchers so you can continue paying them even if they lose other jobs or campus shuts down. See if your department can offer work study support.(2/8)
Start making lists of projects that can be done from off campus. Some ideas for Biology are: iNaturalist projects, field surveys, literature searchers for reviews, video and sound file analysis, data management, entering lab notebooks digitally, supporting graduate research (3/8)
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So- you're finishing your PhD in a pandemic....what's next? (while the university sector is in collapse). Geartful for @ResourcefulHDR for organising and @thesiswhisperer for the public service! 🙏 #AcademicChatter
Latest on how #PhD students are feeling #AcademicChatter
Gap in PhD completion and available jobs.
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Hello again #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdchat #phdlife #phdthings #CoronaContract #AntiCasualisation @sheffielduni @sheffielducu

Arresting headline in the article below....

"Sheffield University denies plans to sack 8,000 staff and rehire them on lower pay"

On cursory inspection @sheffielduni make no mention here in the excerpt below nor elsewhere in the article of how many fixed term contract teaching staff - like me - they have already made redundant.

Or indeed that they have made anyone redundant...

Which I found odd since @sheffielduni made redundant 4UTs in my dept. alone.

So thank you again for your (non) recognition as outlined below in the article.

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As a result of #COVID19, academics are working from home, often while simultaneously caring for their children. As clinicians & scientists, @nataliexdean @DrDianaMW & I worry this will lead to a secondary epidemic of lost early career scientists, esp women w children. A thread👇🏾
We published just this paper highlighting the vulnerability early career scientists may face as a result of #COVID19, particularly women w children. We identified strategies academic institutions could implement to attenuate loss of early career faculty:…
Prime reproductive years often overlap with early stage of scientific careers. Even before #COVID19, 43% of women (23% men) left full-time STEM employment after having their 1st child, loss rates that are significantly higher than faculty w/out children.…
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I am not a lawyer. But I am a grad student with an interest in protecting my personal information, so, I did some reading. Want to know about disability accommodation request forms? Read on. 1/ #AcademicChatter #AcademicAbleism #HigherEd
If your Disability/Access Services Office asks for your disability or medical records, that info goes into your educational record and is covered by FERPA. FERPA protects your information ... kind of. 2/
Generally, FERPA protects your educational information from being shared with anyone without your consent. Except, they can share this information with someone who has "legitimate educational interest." 3/
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Better Plots and Presentations

A thread

Look at this scatter plot. Are there two sets of data or three? Well that depends on whether you have color vision deficiency (CVD; "color blindness") or not.

#STEM #Science #Scicomm #AcademicChatter #DisabledinSTEM #onlinelearning ImageImage
This default excel theme fails the color contrast test as well. Color contrast is important for making online content accessible for those with visual impairments, including CVD. Tools like this can help you see if your work passes the test.… Image
Some color combinations are better than others. Sites like this can show you what your color theme will look like to someone with CVD and also suggests color combinations.…
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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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1/ Let's do the math of the cost of applying to graduate school in the US: A THREAD.

Graduate school applications usually involve:
1. Application Fee
2. Taking the GRE
3. Taking the TOEFL
4. Sending GRE and TOEFL scores
5. Occasionally, a hard copy of the previous transcript
2/ I come from India, and $1 = 75 INR.

According to the internet, the average application fee is $43 but the most common is $50. For the benefit of doubt, let's consider $43, which equals 3225 INR.
3/ Taking the GRE costs $190 outside the US, which equals 14250 INR. To put this into perspective: this is 2000 INR more than what a friend of mine earned in her first job as an architect who graduated from one of the best colleges in India.
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Productivity as wave. We often think people are doing much better than us. Spoiler alert⚠️: they aren't - their wave is probably out of phase of our own.

We need to make sure to be kind to ourselves, and not compare ourselves with others.

#AcademicMentalHealth #AcademicChatter
When we are in a trough, we really need to look after our own wellbeing. We can divide tasks into easy tasks for this time period, and save the bigger tasks for when we are feeling most productive. 2/
When we are at a peak - we also need to look after our wellbeing (YUP - mental health is super important). That way we can sustain at the peak for a longer period of time. 3/
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It's disability pride month so here's a list of some of the ableist practices I hear in the academy all the time/have dealt with:
My grad school wouldn't postpone my enrollment for a year even though I was having brain surgery. So I enrolled in my PhD program 6 mo after (1/14)
My family moved me to school knowing I was still ridiculously sick and not fully independent after a decompression and a fusion. When I got there I had no stipend and no access to Grounds bc the uni forgot I was coming. (2/14)
I wrote the only guide to accessible teaching and pedagogy available to TAs at my uni. It was supposed to empower TAs to guarantee ADA accommodations. In it I explicitly stated it's a legal obligation to provide these (3/14)
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Humility is driven into you as a trainee. I tempered my expertise for so long that I didn't even tweet until after my postdoc.

Well, dagnabbit, I AM AN EXPERT on #racism, #BlackMentalHealth, + #TheTalk, and of my 40+ (!!!) media appearances last month, here are my #TopTen faves:
And what about police tactics worsening #PublicHealth during the protests? Check out my commentary here in this @FastCompany piece:…
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Just finished reading the Preface of Property by Colin Mayer from @OxfordSBS. Sounds like the central premise is corporations should focus on their purpose first and use profit to further the purpose. It brings to mind the Bondholders Vs. BCE case in Canada.#AcademicChatter #book Image
Chapter 1 briefly introduces the 6 stages of corporatiions (from merchant trading companies to intellectual capital driven corporations) and sets up the 7th phase the trusted corporation.
Chapter 2 is setting up later chapters, the chapter emphasizes the value in different corporate forms for fostering innovation.
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The Personal Statement (PS) is the most important ingredient in a graduate school application that gives you the opportunity to sell yourself. Recommend this to anyone who is aspiring to go to Grad school that you know. See the thread below #AcademicChatter
1.Your PS is not a time to prove your English language complexity. Do not strain your readers' comprehension by using “Complex” words. Be simple and stick to technical jargon related to your Study.
2.You must address what drives your choice of continuing to grad school. It could be a problem, experience, lecture, summer classes, internship, etc that is related to what you want to study.
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Here's how I got my PhD funded and you can too! A #Tweetorial on NIH Diversity Supplements for the advisor/PI and the candidate. #FridayFunding #PhdLife #GradLife #EpiTwitter #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #BlackEpiMatters #BlackInSTEM (1/n)
The gist?!
You (PI and Candidate) write a grant to supplement an existing, eligible, parent award. The grant should (1) propose research that is a part of the ongoing research of the parent award and, (2) discuss research career development of the candidate (2/n)
If you have a trainee from an underrepresented group, you should:
(1) apply for NIH diversity supplement funding to help fund their education! (2) have an active and eligible grant or cooperative agreement from a participating government funding agency... (3/n)
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