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During my Fly Lady Writers retreat, we talked about writing practices. I shared that A, I don't have a writing practice, B, writing is my biggest fear and the thing I believe shows I am all smoke and no fire (no substance), and C, is the thing I am most ashamed about academically
I should be a good writer and I am not. I can give a talk but I can't write. Writing scares me. I struggle getting my words and thoughts on paper. I have projects that have languished in my head/file drawer because I can't get them out in a form I can share with the world.
Sharing my fear of writing in my writing group was hard. I felt myself getting choked up thinking of how hard it is for me to do the one thing I need to get tenure. Now my specific tenure milestone is in front of me, I need to figure out my relationship with writing.
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1/6 If you get invited for an interview, then it means that the organization asking to interview you is genuinely interested in you, your skill set, and what you potentially have to offer. So know this going in.

@PhDVoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
2/6 To do well in an interview, you will need to talk about your accomplishments. Talk about your research, what you did that advanced the knowledge of the field, and how you can work well in a team environment.

@PhDVoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
3/6 If you have published, or presented your work, talk about it, and discuss why the research you did was impactful. Do not be afraid to talk about yourself. It’s not boasting. It’s selling yourself and trying to get the job

@PhDVoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
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I missed some red flags when I interviewed for my first grad program a few years ago, so here are some questions I think are worth asking during PhD interviews, a #Thread

#AcademicChatter #PhDLife #AcademicTwitter
1. Ask about housing. Availability, pricing, distance, quality. Worth it.
2. Ask students whether they have friends, and whether their friends are mostly in their program or something else.
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Ok, can we debunk the notion that online learning is inferior to in-person learning at the college/uni level? It's just a *different* way of teaching and learning that requires new pedagogical tools. Some things I like about online teaching are.../1 #academicchatter
1. Multi-modal forms of engagement: some of the best class convos we've had take place through students' use of the chatbox, where they can expand on their thoughts, share GIFs/memes/ and articles/resources. It shows me the limitations of prioritizing talking! /2 #academicchatter
2. The ability to meet students where they are: I've had many students tell me that during 'normal' times, it was hard for them to attend class bc of caring responsibilities, chronic illness, etc. Online learning makes it easier to attend class & participate. /3 #academicchatter
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As many as 3-5% of admitted students at these elite Universities were under-qualified and over-privileged, given spots to leverage fundraising.

Lots of these schools barely have 5% Black students and TT faculty. #AcademicChatter #highereducation #highered
The other 15 universities in the lawsuit are @Brown, Cal Tech, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, #Dartmouth, Emory, Georgetown, #MIT, #Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn, Rice, Vanderbilt and #Yale.

Perhaps economically challenged superstar students will take their talents elsewhere.
I have *never* believed the racial #AffirmativeAction hype they tried to sell—that these alumni admits and full pay, overprivileged AA kids were smarter than we were. Please. Years of teaching affirm that under-resourced students can be so much smarter and more interesting too.
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Peer review and accepting constructive feedback is critical in research; however, criticizing someone's work to everyone BUT them is not peer review. If you don't suspect something strongly enough to tell the author, you shouldn't be saying it. It's unprofessional and toxic.
Whatever our work is, it's not about us, but contributing to something bigger than ourselves. We should want our contribution to be as valuable as possible. Feedback gets you there. Toxic behaviors don't. People can't fix something they can't see. Tell them.
If you have a concern, voice it. Explain your rationale; support it. Don't be vague. "Well, I don't really get it," or "your study has problems," are both useless except for hurting people who have done nothing but try to contribute. That's a vulnerable position. Be better.
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Observations on academia as we move into another term impacted by the pandemic
- everyone is exhausted, lots are fearful about the coming months
- unis are still not attending to student/staff need
- wellbeing isn't understood in terms of work/teaching practices
#AcademicTwitter
- accommodations students and staff are entitled to have still not been met
- the impact of Long Covid is barely recognised
- staff and student concerns about Covid-19 safety are being ignored
- many conflicting messages re: health and safety
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
- because of the legacy of bad academic practices prior to the pandemic and poor management from unis since, trust is very low
- therefore where support is offered students/staff are wary
- where excellent support is available people are too tired to take it
#AcademicTwitter
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If you are presenting at in-person only conferences, which didn't offer accommodations to scholars with children, or scholars with disabilities, or scholars who are high risk right now - you are contributing to academic ableism. 1/4
I really just want non-disabled scholars to acknowledge that some career choices, like in-person conferencing, have an impact on those of us who CAN'T choose to go. Moreover you may be burdening local health sectors with cases that you bring into the new space. 2/4
When you take advantage of opportunities that are not available to all of us in the academy, you actively tell disabled scholars (and many other groups) we don't belong, that our research doesnt matter as much, and that we'll just have to press pause while you speed on ahead. 3/4
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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

theverge.com/2019/9/19/2087…
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”? (!!!)

bustle.com/entertainment/…
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Fee hikes in college and accessible education - a thread

So I recently wrote an op-ed published in @KalpaIISERPune (link at the bottom of the thread) about some possible unfortunate consequences of Fee hikes at IISER Pune. Here's a thread with some of the key points.
IISER Pune and other IISERs have had one of the most affordable undergraduate programmes when compared to IITs and IIMs. This has played a crucial role in making IISER a diverse place where students from different backgrounds can study regardless of their financial abilities
The MHRD has had a policy of increasing tuition fees for students over the years. Since tuition fees is exempted for PhD students and students from SC/ST backgrounds, the issue had mostly affected students from the General category, OBC-NCL and the EWS section, until recently.
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As 2021 comes to a close, I’ve had some time to reflect on my grad school experiences. Here are 10 nuggets of advice / lessons I’ve learned during PhD-land so far💡. A 🧵:
1: Before joining a lab, talk to every current member one-on-one.

Carve out time to have coffee chats with each person during your rotation. Ask about their experiences, any pain points, and whether they’d join again. You can learn so much from these conversations!
2. During lab meetings, ask those “dumb” questions.

Sometimes, I feel embarrassed to ask a question because I assume everyone else already knows the answer, but chances are, if you’re wondering something, someone else is wondering too.
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I have so much love and support for academics who are leaving higher ed for better jobs But as a disabled person, no career is kind. Capitalism hates me. Eugenics plays out in every field. So when I look at the job market I have to ask "who will murder me first?" 1/3
It's hard to try to think about where I might get accommodations, or where I can plan my schedule, or where I can tweak the job to meet my access needs when accommodations are inevitably denied. I am all for people striking out for better pay, benefits, and work life balance. 2/3
But it also calls up some undertones of grief, and to be honest, jealously. I often feel like I literally cannot afford to consider any other life path. 3/3 #AcademicChatter
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'What else can be done?' asks @hholdenthorp about science communication. Or rather, about 'science communicating scientists'. It's a nice read! Here are some ideas. (1/n)
#scicom #AcademicChatter #phd
science.org/doi/10.1126/sc…
Let's first acknowledge (or agree with Thorp) that Scicom is a serious expertise on its own. But it's more complex than just that. On the one hand, I'm baffled by how much low-hanging fruit there is for scientists to become just a little better at #scicom. On the other.. (2/n)
I'm equally baffled by the expectations that live in organizations about scicom. As if it's just something scientists can all easily do on the side - level of talent not even considered. So we have a weird nuance here. (3/n)
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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 twitter.com/i/lists/122380…
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:

https://t.co/VZ26WWNxRP
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HUGE RESOURCE THREAD INCOMING

I have discovered a multitude of helpful research-related tools over the course of my #PhD - this is a thread with all of them! 🔥

📚 Bookmark this thread and feel free to add more tools in the comments!

#AcademicTwitter #phdlife #AcademicChatter
1) If you don’t know who to suggest as a reviewer or what journal to submit your paper to, check out JANE – the Journal-Author-Name-Estimator.

jane.biosemantics.org Image
2) If you want to know about the review process and manuscript handling, check out the Journal Rater by @PhDVoice. Because “life’s too short to put up with reviewer 2’s”.

phdvoice.org/journalrater/
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Hey all, here is my report (THREAD) about my first #Ungrading semester, part 2 (pt. 1 can be found here: threadreaderapp.com/thread/1449462…) #ContractGrading #Pedagogy #DigPed #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter 1/
The biggest takeaway from this semester how easy it felt. Not ease of work--there was work, but how it helped conversations about student writing, which is literally my job, easier. #Ungrading #AcademicTwitter 2/
Here’s how it worked! Materials: my 1101 syllabus, project rubric, semester “snapshot” template, portfolio assign. sheet, class grade agreement, & list of grade items is here: tinyurl.com/weaverungrade . #Ungrading #AcademicChatter #WritingTeaching 3/
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I want to share an experience this year from my #NoDeadlines class set-up, an example of a student who succeeded because they were able to manage their own deadlines. 🧵1/
#AcademicChatter
This student started the semester behind schedule. She was taking 5 classes, plus raising toddlers, plus pregnant. (Details shared with her permission.) She reached out to me and to the dean.

I really didn't think she would make it. 2/
#NoDeadlines #AcademicChatter
In my classes there is never a penalty for turning in work late. I focus on learning, not when the learning happens. Deadlines are "best by" dates.

When I started this policy, I worried students would flake and put everything off to the end. 3/
#NoDeadlines #AcademicChatter
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To everyone writing "sadly we couldnt convene" for whatever conference/program/lecture - please stop. Why are we not celebrating what we have achieved together? Why is there this overlay of remorse and regret? 1/4
I want to see "thank you everyone for attending our programming virtually this year. We:
- reduced our carbon costs by x
- made programming more accessible for caregivers, disabled individuals, parents, academics outside the academy, and the public
- decreased costs by x 2/4
- limited food waste
- increased our use of access tools like real time captioning
- recorded our work to increase accessibility and impact
- Created an archive that can sustain conversations
- saved our attendees x costs" 3/4
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7 Google Search tricks and techniques to make your searches more effective! 😉

A thread!

#PhdChat #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #SciComm

@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics
1. Limit your search to a particular website or domain

Include search term and “site:” and the domain (e.g. .ac.uk, .edu, .gov. , .org) or website name

E.g., PhD scholarships site:.ac.uk, covid 19 rules site:gov. uk
2. Limit your search to specific file types

Include search term and “filetype:” and the filetype (e.g., pdf, pptx, docx)

E.g., materials science presentation filetype:pdf, 3d printing filetype:pptx
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I submitted my official withdrawal from my PhD program today.

I intended to wait until the dust settled before trying to put words to the feelings I’m experiencing, but some things just cannot wait. I have so much to say & I’m not sure where to start. I suppose I’ll begin here—
This decision has been one of the more difficult of my life, but I’ve come to have no reservations in trusting that it is the right one. I have dreamt of obtaining my PhD all my life, but the circumstances that both life and academia have presented me with have led me to conclude
that the time is not right to pursue such a dream. After a difficult year tainted by emotional lows and tough relapses in recovery from an eating disorder that I’ve yet to free myself from, I grew fearful and doubtful of my potential to reach a full enough recovery that would
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This is evidence why “optics matter” crowd are often full of implicit bias.

This photo does not match/appeal to people’s assumptions or biases, results in fewer clicks, less ad revenue

..so business/media types do not promote such stories. This is how business reinforces bias
To be clear the “optics matter” business/branding mindset is also in #healthcare & #MedEd as #professionslism. It contributes to #blackintheivory & -isms in medicine.

ssir.org/articles/entry…
#AcademicChatter loves to condescend & snark from a position of intellectual superiority …but those whose monetize “expertise” & sell “certainty” as experts, are actually more biased:

insidehighered.com/blogs/technolo…

As academia is non-diverse, especially higher ranks, “justify” this.
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Hi all 👋 today I would like to talk about #CV tips. Did you know you can create your CV in #rstats? There are so many cool 📦 out there!
I personally use {vitae} with a good range of eye-catching templates to choose from, I highly recommend it!
What I like the most about building my CV in R is that I can organize everything in an R-project, I push to GitHub which gives me track changes and I can use the great advantages of #rmarkdown and #latex. Here is the repo of my #vitae CV github.com/loreabad6/R-CV
I had to modify a bit the .csl file to adapt certain details to my taste, and I included a 🗺️ of my journey which has had some nice feedback, as it serves as a visual presentation card 💃 A preview of my CV made with the vitae R package
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Some thoughts about living with invisible illness and academia... 🧵

#AcademicTwitter @AcademicChatter #AcademicChatter #phdchat #phdlife #MultipleSclerosis
I've lived with autoimmune disease for two decades. I have always felt it was something I needed to hide in my career - a sign of weakness, something that might make people not want to work with me or give me opportunities. (I blame The West Wing, but that is another story). 2/🧵
This year I started my #AcademiaMadeEasier newsletter, with ideas to make academic work a bit easier with small steps to promote productivity & protect work-life balance. From the start, I was very open about the fact that I live with chronic disease. 3/🧵
loleen.substack.com/p/academia-mad…
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I (mistakenly) thought that I could make myself valuable enough to society by tacking on degree after degree, but the disappointing thing is that my accomplishments won't ever negate or dispel the overwhelming force of ableism and eugenics. 1/3
No matter what I achieve, I will always have to fear a medical system that devalues my life. I will always have to fear an insurance program that finds my care too costly. I will always face a work environment that finds accommodating me to be bothersome. 2/3
It doesn't matter at all that I teach hundreds of students each term. My publications don't matter, nor my advocacy, nor my service, when it comes to the mathematics of eugenics. Under a capitalist framework, no matter what I produce, it will not be enough. 3/3 #AcademicChatter
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