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1/Dr. Lewis Roberts is giving a really interesting talk at @ACTScience #TS21 that walks us through the art of reviewing and questioning a scientific talk.

We are all pretty familiar with reviewing manuscripts, but I think this is a fresh take!
@EdgeforScholars #phdlife #PhD
This is like a dynamic (real-time) manuscript review. The corollary:
* One key for presenters: strategically repeat yourself
*Tell them what you're going to say (abstract)
*Tell them (introduction, methods, results)
*Tell them what you told them (discussion)
#TS21 @ACTScience
The 40,000 ft view:
*What is the main aim of the study? Should be in the first few minutes of a presentation
*When you are listening, pick out:
-What is the problem they are trying to solve?
-What is the overall hypothesis?
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1/ Dr. Stephen Ekker (@scekker) is speaking my language in his talk about the importance of #scicomm and how effective @Twitter can be for scientists.
#TS21 @EdgeforScholars @ACTScience
2/ Good science communication IS good science ethics!
Effectively communicating our science literally has life-saving implications, and it is VERY important.
#scicomm #TS21 @ACTScience @EdgeforScholars
#phdlife #PhD @CCTSI
3/ Making your own "Scientist Oath" using social media:
If you were making your own platform, what rules would YOU write?
-Be deliberate in thinking about what you share and how you share it
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Reflecting on some career panels I participated in, networking was the buzzword that came up repeatedly. But what IS networking? How/why to do it?

A thread on what/how with some personal examples; I'll get to the why later (1/)

@AcademicChatter #careers #phdlife #altac
Networking, to me, most simply is making new *friends* who will _eventually_ help you *professionally*. It is those you you share something in common professionally (same industry, same kind of work etc) in contrast to personally (went to same college, like same music etc) (2/)
It takes a while to become good friends with someone. It's the same w/ networking - it takes time to build that bond, and need to be patient. One asks favours only from friends they know well - same for your networking connections. Start early, don't wait till you need a job (3/)
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👋Welcome back to the second #tweetorial in an 8 part series on "How to write a paper"

✍️This series is designed to help you improve your academic writing & includes top tips from established academics & journal editors.

THIS WEEK = "How to write a Methods Section"... 🧵👇👇
1/❓Why write a Methods Section at all?

🗣️I like @DrSicchia's articulation of why a Methods Section is important:

🧁Think of your Methods Section like a recipe...

"It should be clear so that readers can see & interrogate exactly what’s been done & how to replicate the study"
2/ The Methods Section is a description of how the study was carried out.

👇It should outline:

➡️Study design
➡️Study setting
➡️What was done to answer the RQs
➡️How the findings were analysed
➡️Resources used

[+ more if relevant]
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👋Welcome to the first #tweetorial in an 8 part series on "How to write a paper"

✍️This series is designed to help you improve your academic writing & includes top tips from established academics and journal editors.

✅We start this week with "How to write an Introduction"...
1/ ⚠️Start your Introduction with a gripping first sentence - spell out why your topic is important!

🗣️ According to @seyeabimbola, Editor of @GlobalHealthBMJ "Academic writing is persuasive writing".

➡️ Let's look at an example of a compelling opening statement 👇👇
2/ ✍️Our exemplar paper for this #tweetorial is called "Social media & vaccine hesitancy"

❗️Note how authors @slloydwilson & @CharlesShey start with an attention grabbing opening sentence, highlighting the importance of their work 👇

📕 Citation:…
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(1/7) Most people don't realize if they have been engaged in academic bullying.

Bullying can consist of passive-aggressive emails, verbal abuse (directly or indirectly) in private or during lab meetings.....

#AcademicChatter #WomenInSTEM #AcademicTwitter
(2/7).....making you share authorship, stealing your authorship, inappropriate authorship position, unreal deadlines, poor salary, long working hours, threatening a job loss, visa cancellation or a bad reco-letter, etc.

#AcademicTwitter #phdlife #phdchat
(3/7) Bullying has caused several students and researchers to quit academia and sadly, some have also committed suicide. This is a loss for academia.

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PhD viva prep - a thread 🧵

Last month I was fortune enough to successfully defend my #PhD at viva (a 2-3 hour oral examination). In the lead up to the viva I did a few things to ensure I felt prepared for the exam. Here I outline these ideas to help those with upcoming exams:
1. 2 weeks pre-viva I made a PowerPoint presentation of my thesis and took the opportunity to present this to my research group. This was a great opportunity to verbally articulate my thesis, summarise it down to its core points and face some challenging questions.
2. I then printed my thesis and went through each chapter, adding small colour coded post-it notes on the key pages for chapters, key figures, key tables and core summary tables. This ensured ease of cross referencing during the exam! #phdchat
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What is the reality of living on a PhD stipend for disabled/chronically ill students?

A long thread 1/18
Living on a stipend looked like turning down care, leaving meds at the pharmacy counter, prioitizing some health needs above others. It looks like losing countless hours to phone calls with hospital financing and insurance companies. It looks like refusing to go to the ER 2/18
I wonder all the time if it was worth it to lose doctors, care networks, and treatment options all to go to a top ranking program. In terms of income? No. In terms of benefits? No. In terms of future career options? No. 3/18
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"Tesla buys $1.5 billion in bitcoin, plans to accept it as payment". That was the highlight of Feb 08, 2021. We might be asking:
Do cryptocurrencies improve the performance of stocks portfolio? Is it possible to use traditional tools in the cryptocurrency market? (1)🧶#Crypto
Is it possible to obtain gains by applying portfolio selection methodologies to the crypto market?? Ricardo, João Caldeira, and I tried to answer these questions in the following paper. (2) #cryptocurrency #AcademicChatter #phdlife
The paper intended to analyze whether the inclusion of cryptocurrencies improve the performance of the stock portfolios and whether the portfolio selection methodologies would bring gains to the investors of the crypto marketing (3)…
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"Tesla buys $1.5 billion in bitcoin, plans to accept it as payment" e o assunto foi o hype do 08/02/21. Portanto emergem as questões:
Criptomoedas melhoram o desempenho de portfolios de ações? É possível usar ferramentas tradicionais no mercado de criptomoedas? (1) 🧶
Há ganhos em utilizar estratégias de portfólio management para o mercado de criptomoedas? Essas questões Ricardo, João Caldeira e eu tentamos responder nesse Paper. (2)
O paper (link abaixo) analisou se a inclusão de criptomoedas melhora o desempenho dos portfólios de ações e se a aplicação de metodologias de seleção de portfólio traria ganhos para os investidores no mercado de cripto. (3)…
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I’ve been asked for some tips for publishing as a PhD student. So here are 7 things I've learnt. Take what you can use – feel free to add 😊 (thread) #phdchat #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdlife
(1) Seek out co-authors
You learn so much from working with others! Find people you like to work with, have time for the project and pull their weight. Job titles are secondary.
(2) Aim for acceptance, not perfection
We’re all insecure about our work – especially in the beginning. If your co-author, mentor or reviewer is satisfied with your argument, you should be too!
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#Thread about the #design tools that I have found useful during my #phdlife. There is a lot out there so choose what works best for you 😊 As u can tell i probs spend too much time on this 😅
Please add your favourite to this thread as well @OpenAcademics, #AcademicChatter! 😊💙
1) free illustrations that I use for posters/flyers/presentations - @blushdesignapp (my fav!!💜), @madebyabsurd, @icons_8, @BioRender, @twophotonart freebies, @igisci (, humans 3D character, 🥰🥰🥰
2) Icons to lighten up presentations/posters: @ iconmnstr @nounproject (my fav!!!!), @flaticon, @icons_8, @dryicons & @GraphicBurger
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I am gonna document the #52weeks as a #PhDStudent in 2021 in this thread.
Week 1: Small, university-level grant submitted. Inducted as Green Fund Committee member at the university.
Week 2: Accepted a guest lecture invite in the department. Its about #schoolnutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic Inducted as Volunteer Mentor for Student Success at the university. #phdlife #52weeks
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This term I am (hopefully) graduating! Here are some strategies I'm trying out to manage anxiety and overworking 1/9
1. Check fellowships and job postings once a week and once a week only

2. Use printed calendars to map out chapter deadlines and edits 2/9
3. Keep a running "to do" list so I don't feel anxious about forgetting future edits/additions

4. Accept that the defense is about imagining a better manuscript. This is a starting point. It can't be perfect and it won't be. 3/9
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Coming off reviewing grad school applications for two programs at Wake Forest. Here are my PERSONAL opinions on applications in biomedical research if you are prepping for next year . #academictwitter #phdlife

A thread:
As reviewers, we have a checklist for what we look for. Each reviewer is different given our personal bias. Grades matter to some, experience to others. Highlight strengths, but don’t ignore weakness. Address and move on. 1/n
List why you're applying to that school and who you want to work with. Personalize your application to the program, school, and faculty. 2/n
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during my #PhD, i conducted a side project investigating what the barriers are towards making changes to the #academicpublishing system to reduce publication #bias…

this showed me a rather dark side to #academia... 1/8

#AcademicTwitter #phdlife
i got about 50:50 praise and hate for this. weirdly enough, the praise and hate were often about the same thing: the (early) stage of my career.

praise: "it's great you're so keen and have grasped key issues and taken action so early..." 2/8
hate: "you're too early in your career and naïve to understand these issues. you shouldn't be researching this"

more worryingly, whilst i did get a lot of this feedback in person/by email, some of it was BEHIND MY BACK to my colleagues 3/8
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when it comes to engaging #STEM #academics (an essential task in order to gain max momentum to tackle problems like #casualisation), i think 1 difficulty is that #activism uses a lot of logical fallacies. this makes taking action appear irrational 1/15

#AcademicChatter #ucu
people going on #strike = potential bandwagon fallacy

stories of injustice = anecdote, appeal to emotion

statistics = potentially cherry picked

calling out management = potential ad hominem

quoting/critiquing management = potential strawman
identifying an issue (e.g. casualisation) and claiming it impacts other issues (e.g. mental health problems) = potential false cause, and/or hasty generalisation fallacy

making broad statements (e.g. gender pay gap is a real problem) = ambiguity fallacy
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Some of my best students used to choke during timed-writing events in class. There's no substitute for clear, effective writing, but here are some tips I gave them on how to write well while under the clock. A thread.
10 Tips for Timed Writing Events
1. Use the 5 paragraph template (Intro, Point 1, Point 2, Point 3, Conclusion). It works for a reason. Expand from there if you have time.
2. Read the prompt. Read it again. Seriously.
3. Outline your essay w/ a thesis and 3 points to support it.
4. Write your intro w/ thesis statement. Your thesis should take a stance or make an argument.
5. Write the conclusion (b/f your support paragraphs), so if you run out of time you won't have an abrupt ending.
6. Write the topic sentence (sub-argument) of each support paragraph.
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Having trouble getting started writing your Statement of Purpose for #PhD programs?
Don't worry! Talking about yourself is ✨hard✨

Here's a thread 🧵 outlining what mine* looked like:

*I applied for biosci programs.

@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics #phdchat #phdvoice

Attention-getting first sentence that centers a connection between me and [broad field]. Three sentences on a personal anecdote about how my background and life has shaped my critical analysis and creativity skills in the sciences.

Pursuing my interests in XXX at the XXX, I began by studying [most general description of my first research project].

4-7 sentences on my first research experience, including:
- How I specifically contributed (I isolated… I led… I developed…)

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“X papers accepted at Y”
~ What people don’t tell about paper acceptances! ~ A thread #AcademicChatter #phdlife
1/N Many papers that you see accepted now would have been very likely a second or a third submission! That doesn’t mean they are not worthy instead they actually took a lot more work including feedback from multiple reviewers, revisions, skilled rebuttals & perseverance!
2/N Yes, many would have made it in first attempt! They are likely the result of dedicated collaborations with some including structured teams! Again not a bad thing, but don’t feel bad because you are comparing this to you toiling the night oil all by yourself+advisor!
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Hi everyone! I didn’t expect such a response from PhD community! I’m so happy to hear from you all and I’m working through the messages! Because of the interest in a PhD support group I’m working on creating a forum for “PhD students by PhD students”! #phdchat #AcademicChatter
This forum will be dedicated to you all wonderful PhD students. You will be able to get advice, post publicly, ask questions and give answers, engage with fellow students and ask for help. I hope it will be a safe space for everyone to enjoy! #AcademicChatter #phdchat #phd
I will get the forum ready and going in the next few hours so please bare with me! I promise I haven’t forgotten and I want to help every single one of you with this forum! If you are still interested can you let me know by commenting bellow. @AcademicChatter #phdchat #support
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#NVHOW20 Introducing Alice Tofts @AliceTofts2 @I_W_M @CDPConnect ‘An affective and reflective approach to studying Holocaust memory and photographs’ - the challenges implicit in managing emotional reactions to harrowing subjects #holocaustmemory #heuristicresearch #PhDlife
1 #NVHOW20 Few would deny that war and conflict is inherently upsetting and traumatic to experience and witness. But we rarely question what it means to study it? How do traumatic pasts impact those who investigate them and what does this mean for historical enquiry?
2 #NVHOW20 My research investigates the meaning and memories evoked and imbued by personal photographs of Holocaust survivors and Jewish refugees whose stories have been collected and told by the Imperial war Museum (IWM).
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As undergrad, I struggled immensely with this: reading and omg understanding papers.

Especially as non-native English speaker.

I did develop a system that helped me back then.

Bear with me it is pretty...mundane. 1/n

#reading #PhDLife #PDlife #undergradlife #papers #science
I printed each paper. And while reading I used a yellow, a green, and a pink highlighter.

When reading, I labeled every first mention of an abbreviation in green.

This helped me to find their meaning quickly again when deep into the text.

In pink, I labeled key questions and take-home messages.

If done correctly, you can look at pink sentences alone and recap the whole paper.

Peo-rip: first and last sentences of paragraphs often are pink sentences.

Pro-tip 2: write papers that have pink sentences.

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After 6 weeks of Army schools by day and PhD dissertation by night, here are 5 tips to improve your communication skills that apply to both professions.

1. Instead of trying to sound smart, seek to be understood. Avoid big words unless they are necessary to communicate point.
2. The best communicators are clear and concise. There is truth in the old adage, "I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." But brevity is a skillset that comes with practice. The investment is worth it.
3. Remember the rhetorical triangle. Ethos, pathos, and logos (appeals to ethics, emotion, and logic) combine to make a compelling argument. If it worked for Aristotle, it'll work for you.
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