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All my #PhD #fieldwork is done.

I’ve been looking into Icelandic Whimbrels annual cycle and spent the breeding season in Iceland since 2015. While writing up I often miss my study sites. Decided to make a short thread summarising my #fieldwork there #phdlife #shorebirds #waders
Survey the breeding sites

Whimbrels are site faithful and territorial. I start the season by checking the area to see who’s back.
Here two males fight where their territories touch (I think; 10 MAY) #PhD #fieldwork #ornithology #waders #shorebirds #phdlife
Finding nests

As most #waders, Whimbrels usually lay 4 eggs. There is some colour variation between and within clutches (10 JUN; #Eyjafjallajökull in the background) #PhD #fieldwork #ornithology #oology #phdlife #shorebirds
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I'm currently writing about Patricia Wrightson's last novel, Shadows of Time. #phdlife There are two child protagonists; one white, one Aboriginal. Wrightson doesn't give the male Aboriginal child a name, because he won't share his true with the white girl.
So she (the girl child) calls him Boy, refusing to use the alternative name her offers her. Now, we all know about the pejorative use of the word Boy when applied to black males, and even if (BIG if) Wrightson wasn't aware of it in the mid 90s, I'm stuck with having to use it.
So now, in attempting to write a PhD that addresses the privileging of white experience in children's books, I am snookered into calling him Boy because it's the only name he's given. Even just using it with a lower case as a generic noun doesn't make it feel any better.
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#THREAD #concertphotography
Rétrospective de 2018, version concerts.
Les photos commencent au mois de mai :)

@DownloadFestFR (@therattlesnakes) - Brétigny-sur-Orge (17/06/18)
@solidays (@01Mademoisellek, @mura_masa_ , @TheKills) - Paris (21-22/06/18)
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Are you struggling to shave words off of your writing?

I am weirdly good at this, so let me share some of my tricks. #AcademicTwitter #phdlife #gradstudent
1. Make things plural to omit articles. They can add up.

Ex: "The teacher needs to know..." --> "Teachers need to know...."
2. Turn some prepositional phrases into adjectives.

Ex: "Schools in urban communities" --> "Urban schools"
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Hi you can get paid $35,000+ to do research on the brain for 5 or 6 whole years of your life.

If you're low income you can apply to grad school for free, if the schools dont require GRE 😊
Stipends vary at different institutions and in different fields but almost every biomedical research PhD program in the US will pay YOU to get your PhD.

You dont need a master's beforehand either.
People get mad at me every time I tweet this, but you can totally apply to PhD programs as a backup plan.

If you've done research and love it but don't know if you wanna do it for the rest of your life, you can still apply and see if it's something you're into.
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Ok, let’s talk about Trump’s cavalier, dangerous, and uniformed comments (the ones he made today) threatening to intensify the nuclear arms race.


(also, FFS, I have grading to do, can we chill out a bit?).


First off:

United States has about 45% of the nuclear weapons in the world.

Russia has about 45%. The other 9 countries with nukes have about 10%.

In what world does US increasing its # of nukes (& BMD deployments) encourage China to decrease its arsenal?


Second Off:

Trump is talking about crucifying the American public, indeed the world, on a cross of plutonium.

The $$$ is not endless. The genius and labor of our people is not infinite.

And the Summer of Global Warming is no longer coming. It has begun to arrive.
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✂️🐟🎉🏀 Hey everyone, @Science_Baller here! I'll be the guest host today talking about all things #STEMed #scioutreach #scicomm and #CRISPR today! Jump with questions at any time and I'll try to answer them! It's going to be a #zebrafishparty and I'm pumped! 😎
A little about myself: I am a new lecturer in Biological Sciences @VanderbiltU . I teach a section of Introductory Bio (220 students) and 3 sections of Intro Bio Lab (16 students/each). What's the biggest course you have had to teach? #STEMed #AcademicTwitter #phdlife #phdchat
I graduated with my Ph.D. in Biochemistry in May from @RiceUniversity . My research focused on #zebrafish genetics using #CRISPR mutagenesis. My big paper discussed a new #CRISPR tool that we developed which has an increased mutation rate+longer deletions…
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This is time of year when most new PhD students embark on their journey into academia and #PhDlife. I’m three-years into mine (eight-months left 😐), and here are ten things I wish I’d known before I started. (Disclaimer: this advice is dubious at best!) (1/12)
1. It’s okay not to know what the heck you’re doing when you first start. It took me a good six-twelve months to properly get my head around exactly what my project would involve. There will be lots of reading, and that’s okay. Your project will probably change a lot, too. (2/12)
2. Every PhD is very different, so don’t judge your progress by the amount of progress your peers are making. It’s okay to be aware of what other people are doing and take cues, but keep your eye on your own ball. (3/12)
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No, nuking Japan was neither necessary nor sufficient to end WWII in the pacific (unless you’re from the US in which case THIS IS AN ARTICLE OF FAITH).

Allow me to suggest some readings that I have compiled FOR JUST THIS OCCASION: A Thread!



1st up:

@WardHayesWilson's incisive foreign policy piece:
Wilson, Ward. “The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan...Stalin Did.” 2013.…

I appreciate that Ward's work asks reader to consider atomic bombings in relation to a summer of city bombings/destruction.

2nd up: Kirby's Five Volume Official UK History of World War II. Pape (1993: 157) was kind enough to highlight one of the more relevant portions from Volume Five (1969) about the Japanese Surrender for us:

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The B52-B at nuclear museum never went to SAC- it went straight into nuclear weapons test program, hence the insignia WHICH I FINALLY GOT PICS OF.

This B52 dropped Redwing Cherokee test device, 3.8MT first airdropped US dry thermonuclear weapon design.

Repost but new pic and I love it.

Civil Defense sanitation bucket!

Fifty people, two weeks!

Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab including some contents.…
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On this date 1946, US detonated at Bilini Atoll, Shot Baker in Operations Crossroads.

1st underwater (90ft) nuclear detonation; had flotilla of naval ships; & involved non-consensual “relocating” of Marshallese.

I will be tweeting about Baker throughout day.



Any discussion of Crossroads nuclear tests has to start with US nuclear colonialism.

The US coerced the Marshallese to leave their homes and then we nuked them 67 times with 108 megatons.…

Operation Crossroads (1946) was a Post WWII test/demo of Fat Man devices against naval targets (inter-service rivalry, what?).

Also allowed for further characterization of detonation effects & to posture for world.

Shot Able, 20kt, airdropped June 30, 1946
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It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek so I thought I'd lay out some personal truths based on my experience of nearly a decade as a PhD student, part-time worker, and academic early career researcher (ECR). Let's talk stress, anxiety and depression. #phdchat #ecrchat #phdlife (thread)
First off the disclaimer: I'm playing life on its easy setting, I'm white, male, a British citizen, cisgendered, roughly middle class. I make no claims to authority on the topics I'm about the talk about, nor that my experiences are exceptional. I am privileged in many ways.
(second disclaimer: I haven't really given this much thought beyond the decision to do it, so there's no guarantee anything here is going to be worth reading, but I think - I hope - it might be useful for someone to get a sense of "it's not just me", which might help)
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I thanked my favourite band in my PhD dissertation acknowledgements. Who, or what, did you thank that is perhaps surprising? #phdlife #phdchat
What a fun thread this is!
This thread! ❤❤❤❤❤
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I'm somewhat well-known for the #organization system I use to coordinate all of the various projects I'm working on. Here, I present a "how to" and provide a link to a template for anyone who would like to use the system! 1/n #phdlife
With just a glance, I can see the status of each manuscript I am working on and what I need to do to push each along. The spreadsheet is broken down into the main steps in writing and submitting a manuscript / grant application 2/n
The spreadsheet is color-coded. Green are steps that are done. Yellow are steps I am responsible for. Purple are steps others are responsible for. Blue are projects are for manuscripts that are submitted. 3/n
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Academic Twitter friends: can you provide a tweet worth of advice to PhD students? Things you wish you knew when you were in the midst of your own PhD? Things you wish you told yourself?

Should I attempt to do a thematic analysis of the 600+ replies and create a summary?

What originally made me send out this tweet was an email with advice for grad students from a prof in my department, Dr. Derek Besner (…).

He's since given permission for it to be put online. Helpful advice for psych grad students:…
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Jesus fucking christ, we are all going go die.
This is just fucking unbelievable.

POTUS having a nuclear dick-measuring contest with Kim Jong Un on Twitter.


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