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Today's an exciting day!

After many years of work, we're thrilled to report our latest advance in citizen science:…

@Foldit @UWBiochemistry @uwcse @RutgersU @dartmouth @Northeastern @HHMINEWS #citizenscience #proteindesign @nature
Online citizen science projects have largely harnessed human pattern-recognition skills rather than human creativity. We wanted to go much further.

We posed the challenge of de novo protein design in the online protein-folding game @Foldit.
After many iterations of player design, analysis of the top-scoring solutions and subsequent game improvement, Foldit players can now—starting from an extended polypeptide chain—generate a diversity of protein structures and sequences that encode them in silico.
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Stoked to announce @ZooKeys_Journal published our @BatumiRaptors data paper! It explains how our #citizenscience project monitors the autumn #migration of >1.000.000 #raptors in the Eastern Black Sea Flyway, and how to use our #openaccess data @GBIF/@NLBIF! - 1/n

Many #raptors migrate primarily by thermal #soaring. To do so they travel by day and avoid high mtns and open sea. This leads to spectacular raptor aggregations in overland #flyways. One of the world´s largest raptor flyways occurs along the eastern Black Sea coast in SW Georgia.
The Eastern Black Sea Flyway has its narrowest point just north of #Batumi, where the coast and Lesser Caucasus form a clear "bottleneck". The mtns are not extremely high but present a significant barrier for #raptors on #migration due to low and dense cloud cover. @BatumiRaptors
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Spending the morning at the National Press Club for the “Science During a Crisis” event. Interested to hear about the new report and the call to action. #science
Here the agenda
“Science has a key role to play in the immediate hours after a crisis.” - David Oxtoby
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Back in 2008, in @Orion_Magazine, @ssteingraber1 reflected on the curious phenomenon of “environmental amnesia,” which she observed while giving lectures around the US on toxics & pollution. This is one of my favorite essays. A thread. #envhist…
“I’ve noticed two opposing trends,” @ssteingraber1 writes in @Orion_Magazine. One is an 🔺 awareness of toxics & their env-health implications. But the other is that this knowledge pertains to products more than the hazards of production, esp legacy or relic pollution . #envhist
“The location of homes on former orchards (where arsenical pesticides were used) or near old toxic-dump sites (where drums of solvents were buried) — these matters seem blurrier and blurrier to the folks in my audiences.” @ssteingraber1 via @Orion_Magazine #envhist
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HEYYYYY wanna help us learn more about crabeater seals of COURSE YOU DO is where it's at!
Photo (c) Jessica Farrer
@pewenvironment @UCNZscience @UCNZ
Here's the thing

1st I want to tell you about crabeater seals

2nd I want to tell you about the Weddell Sea

3rd I want to bring it together so you can see why YOUR help is needed

Go to any time to see what's up! (1/n)
First things first - crabeater seals are "true" seals (i.e., in Phocid family, "earless" which really just means they don't have ear flaps like fur seals, for e.g.)


They do not eat crabs. THEY EAT KRILL, like this critter here
Pic (c) Stephen Brookes
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Today the last thread of the Twitter marathon on the occasion of our @PNASNews article "Crop variety management for climate adaptation supported by #citizenscience". What about the farmer perspective? What motivates farmers to do this?…
The idea of the #citizenscience methodology behind our paper is that farmers can actively participate in experimentation. Tricot or triadic comparisons of technologies makes participation feasible for several reasons.
Testing only three varieties requires little land. Many previous formats required that at least some of the farmers would grow all the varieties in a common plot. Due to its size, finding a farmer who could provide land was generally difficult and had to be arranged with time.
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Yesterday I promised to write some tweets about our recent article in @PNASNews. A nerdy thread on technical details first! We used a cool model to analyze farmers' crop variety evaluation and test if seasonal climate could explain differences.…
The model is called "Plackett-Luce trees". This model produced the nice graph above. The model splits the dataset in different segments of farmers that each have very different observations on the crop varieties. The example shows bean varieties in Nicaragua.
Our input data consisted of farmers' rankings. We already knew that farmers can easily and very reliably tell which variety does better than another variety in a plot next to it. This is the core principle of our #citizenscience approach. (See…)
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Last year, @NIMH_RDoC @NIMH commissioned a report from us @McLeanHospital (w/ @DanielGDillon @JustinBakerMD @laurenrutterr) re digital cognitive assessments for field test use, from >300k TestMyBrain participants. That report is now available!
Key findings: First, (1) *RELIABILITY IS A MAJOR ISSUE*, particularly for tasks from basic science / experimental traditions, built for detecting within person diffs and where reliability for between person is rarely reported. #psychometrics <- probably not trending
Second, (2) measures of negative valence / emotion (e.g. threat processing) and positive valence (e.g. reward sensitivity) usually not built for large-scale mobile assessment: technically, psychometrically, or re engagement - important for projects like @AllofUsResearch
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What’s that you say? I haven’t tweeted in a few days about this AMAZING JOB w @AutisticaUK & @turinginst that I’d love for you to apply for or share with anyone you know?

GO ON THEN. A thread about our values and project outcomes! 🌟🙌🏿🙌🏾👩🏻‍💻👩🏿‍💻👨🏼‍💻👨🏾‍💻😬🥰💖🥳…
The values are attached as a pdf to the job description linked above. Here’s the direct link:…

Before I dig into them I want to give a quick shout out to Georgia Aitkenhead who wrote the first draft based on our long conversations. THANK YOU Georgia!
The values are only loosely ordered. Don’t read too much into which ones come first etc. They’re ALL important.

When you apply for the job PLEASE address the values in your cover letter. It’s an essential requirement that you have a commitment to these values.
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To kick off 2019, science & conservation @MortonArboretum has a couple positions we’re recruiting for: (0/3)
I’m looking for a part-time person to help coordinator our #CitizenScience #phenology monitoring program, which is a partnership with @USANPN. Help us communicate with our awesome volunteers and track the life cycles of some fun trees!… (1/3)
We’re also accepting applications for our summer undergrad research program. Lots of cool projects with great scientists available. More info: (2/3)
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I know I'm tweeting up a STORM about this amazing job with @AutisticaUK to be based at @turinginst & working with me!


Here's a little thread of threads so you can keep catching up on all the information I'm sharing on here 💖
In this thread I tell you about my motivations for designing the study in the first place
Here's a thread talking about the #FullStack requirements....and why you DON'T need to know ALL THE THINGS in order to apply!
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Great question from @pandamakes about the @AutisticaUK @turinginst #ResearchAssociate JOB that you should all be applying for (and telling your friends about).…

I'm going to answer it in a little thread 👇🏼
What do I mean by a "fine-grained consent model"? At the highest level it's pretty simple: it means I want to give all the participants control over their data.

What does that mean in practise?
In this #CitizenScience project we'll be collecting experiences about the challenges that #Autistic people have when navigate the environment.

For example, is it very stressful to take the tube? (Yes!) Are there times that are particularly bad? (Yes!) What are the workarounds?
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A wonderful walk in the Lake District today, but just before my pre-dinner nap (this holiday is LOVELY) a little thread about the requirement of “a PhD or equivalent” for the job that I’m SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO APPLY FOR with @AutisticaUK at @turinginst!…
Here’s a little screen grab of the section in the essential requirements of the job description:
I tweeted yesterday about the #FullStack requirements of this job.

It seems pretty silly to require web development skills AND a PhD! They aren’t usually taught together.

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A little thread telling you one of my motivations for this #CitizenScience collaboration between @AutisticaUK and @turinginst.

It’s about how non-autistic folk can adjust our behaviour to make places easier for #autistic people to live and work.

Job ad:…
In 2016 I was selected to attend #OpenCon @open_con - a conference to support #EarlyCareer researchers in #OpenData #OpenAccess and #OpenEducationalResources.

We were asked to watch a couple of videos before arriving in #DC to make sure we were all on the same page.
The video/webinar that stuck with me the most was the one on #Diversity, #Equity and #Inclusion in the #Open community.

And in particular the section by @pennyb which starts around 15:30

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Panel 2, on granting agencies and #citizenscience w/ @mgfortin_rd @NSERC_CRSNG + Ted Hewitt @SSHRC_CRSH + Serge Marchand @FRQS1 + Louise Poissant @FRQSC + Michael Strong @CIHR_IRSC #CSPC2018
#CSPC2018 @mgfortin_rd says #citizenscience and participative science is incredibly important. This isn't only including public in research, it's engaging communities who have knowledge incl #indigenous traditional knowledge.
... Current project ongoing, is a northern community that wants to better document the status of their natural resources (air quality, water) and to analyze the impact of #climatechange & other human impacts on these. There is added value to including these communities. #CSPC2018
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2017 #TotalSolarEclipse Data from homemade Solar-X device:

All the sensors: Temperature, Visible, Infrared, UV and Solar power output registered a dip during the Solar Eclipse with peak dips during Totality.

Visible light dropped: 35%
Infrared: 87.5%
Solar Power Output: 95% Changes in Sensor Readings
Solar Cell Output showed the most variation. It dipped gradually at first and then started dipping drastically as Totality neared.

We concluded that a major portion of the Sun had to be covered by the Moon before human eyes notice any measurable change. Change in Light and Solar Cell Output
Temperature Change during #TotalSolarEclipse:

Temperature prior to Eclipse (first contact) was 34°C. The temperature readings were slowly rising before the eclipse.

But 1h 20 min into the eclipse, it started dipping. At totality, the temperature had dropped 10%, to 30.5°C. Change in Infrared Radiation and Temperature
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Starting from #Asteroids and #Exoplanets where we shared the Research behind our #SpaceRex project (for Asteroid Detection using #ArtificialIntelligence) and #TRAPPIST1 project (where large Resonant Chains which provide stability to this Exoplanetary system), we move to our Sun! SpaceRex project for Asteroid DetectionTrappist-1 project modeled on Harmonic Resonant Chains of the exoplanetary system
We wondered if Astronomers can find planets around stars 1000s of light years using Transit Method (dip in star's brightness because of orbiting planets) could we use this method on our parent Star- the Sun?

A unique opportunity came on 21 Aug 2017- the #TotalSolarEclipse in US Path of 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Solar eclipses happen when Moon's shadow falls on the Earth as it passes between us and the Sun.

On 21 Aug 2017, Moon would pass between Sun and the Earth, appearing to block the Sun for almost 90 mins.

We wanted to measure dip in Sun's Brightness during this Transit Event.
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UP FIRST TONIGHT: everyone's favorite river horse, the 1-seeded PYGMY HIPPO Hexaprotodon (formally Choeropsis) liberiensis, vs. the scrappy 4-seeded brush wolf, COYOTE Canis latrans! #2018MMM
Many minds came together to bring you tonight's first battle, so a quick hat-tip to @AnneWHilborn, @PKurnath, @TCastanea, & @tinkeringprim8. Seriously, the #teamwork has been amazing #Monstars #2018MMM
To reach the #FinalRoar, Hippo crushed star-nosed mole, intimidated both maned rat & Tasmanian devil, & STOMPED the cheetah out of competition #hangryhippo #2018MMM
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