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Hopefully my suggestions help #PhD students and others working on the Discussion section of scientific manuscripts. Happy writing!

#AcademicTwitter #writingtips #WritingHacks #gradschool #phdchat @AcademicChatter Image
I'm so glad people found this helpful! 🙂

Follow me for more tips in the coming weeks on scientific presentations, grant writing, and more 👍
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Hello friends! Before leaving this account, I'd like to share valuable insights & experiences I gained as PhD #student, #postdoc, and #newPI. These are on various aspects of science.

My insights are obviously not universal. Please take them with a 'big grain of salt'.
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#1. NEVER EVER write an email when overwhelmed by emotion. This is especially relevant when the emotion is anger, regardless of whether it is justified or not. When receiving bad / unpleasant news, it's best to let it rest AT LEAST 1-2 days before responding.
#2. In myself and in my scientific team members, I welcome every feeling/state (expressed with respect) EXCEPT BOREDOM.

A person that is bored has lost curiousity, and awareness of how little she/he knows of this AMAZING universe. There is always something great to learn!
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Today is my last Friday before I become #faculty 🤯 and I wanted to take a second to reflect a little on my #postdoc experience. Spoiler alert: yes I grew a lot and met amazing people but no, postdocing wasn’t fun and I wouldn’t want to do that again. #PostdocLife 1/n
First the good - I learned and grew a lot during my postdoc and thanks to that, my career has shifted in exciting new directions. It also taught me not to be scared to try something new! Remember: PhD grads are really good at learning new stuff. #PostdocLife 2/n
What I learned cost me a lot though… being a #postdoc is by definition full of uncertainty and pressure: you don’t know where you’ll be living in 1-2yrs, funding insecurity for some, pressure to do great so you can land your next job, etc… #PostdocLife 3/n
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We’re off: #ECRday2021 is a go! I’d like to thank @QUBelfast & @UKRI_News for the financial support today. I’m hugely grateful to @SophcoCooper's technical support & @QUBPostdoc for wisdom + advice! The programme for today is here:… 🧵 of the day below...
Thanks to @SophcoCooper for the tech assistance today! As well as being a whizz with tech, she's a scholar of the Irish diaspora. She writes on migration, gender, religion and space. See more here: She also runs: #IrishStudies
Our first panel of #ECRday2021 is on ‘Postdoctoral Fellowships on Projects’. We’ll hear from @comyn_scomyn & @AMFoster_ about the challenges, processes and joys of working on group projects as a #postdoc in the arts, humanities & social sciences. #ECRchat #PhDchat #Academia
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Is #exercise before or after hip joint replacement better than usual care or minimal treatment?

#Metaanalysis in @JAMANetworkOpen @JAMA_current…

Led by Tobias, Jochen and Max from @PhysioMeScience

🙏for #collaboration!

#osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of #pain, #disability and healthcare resource usage worldwide.

Total hip replacements (THA below) done per year are expected to grow to ~600k per year by 2030…
Some guidelines (both from 2020) recommend exercises with hip replacement

-pre-op advice only
-post-op inpatient ex ✅, outpatient self-directed exercise only

-pre-op ex ✅for specific patients
-post-op ✅
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Lately I have been talking to some students and friends about various places to look for academic positions. Because there is no ONE-FOR-ALL space to find opportunities, here is a thread summarizing the ones I know of 1/34 #AcademicTwitter #phdchat #phd #internationalPhD
Having said that, I must emphasize that this #database is skewed towards #Asians and #Indians (and other #internationals) to study in #EU #UK or #USA in general and is certainly not exhaustive. I have no info. on #NSF grants for example or grants within India. 2/34
Most importantly, I’m hoping this thread helps #colouredwomeninSTEM & #WomeninSTEM, please feel free to RT. And as a #biologist, I am more aware of databases in #ecology, #wildlife, #evolution and #conservation circles, feel free to add more and share. Let’s dive right in! 3/34
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Thread: grant submission experiences as a #PI vs. trainee…with sides of serious and comical.

#AcademicTwitter @AcademicChatter
This week I worked alongside some of my #EPCHL team members (#postdocs, #PhD students) and colleagues to submit 2 applications (was involved in a 3rd). Same competition, same deadline.
Other #EPCHL staff continued to keep our 7+ other clinical trials running smoothly; they have this, they have superpowers that we don’t praise enough.

This brought up memories of a grant submission during graduate school where the PIs and PhD students.
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1. #phd Vivas are scary, preparation is key. Inspired by a recent pre #viva chat, here are some of the questions I prepped which massively help me during the #Defence, the questions, goal and comments included.

#AcademicTwitter #phdlife #AcademicChatter #phdadvice #phdchat Image
2. Who are your examiners? What's their background, field of initial & #doctoral degree? What have they published? Any special notes on their history? (Industry background, Preference for a specific method).

I tabled this for quick reference to frame any specific questions. Image
3. A key question format learned from the amazing @SMARTlab program was the "Swiss Cheese" question. A question looking to talk about a similar but different area of research!

This is common when examiners are from closely related but different fields. Image
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Doing a #PhD or #Postdoc & want to write #RegisteredReports in a short timeframe?

[🧵THREAD ⬇️based on my personal (positive) experience]

tldr; start writing, learn as you go. 1/n
But first, what are Registered Reports (RRs)? RRs are a publication format used by over 250 journals that prevent various forms of biased inference and reporting. To do that, RRs split the paper into two stages: 2/n
1⃣A stage 1 RR consists of the introduction, method and analysis plan. These elements are peer reviewed and the journal grants in-principle acceptance based on the importance of the research question & the robustness of the methods. 3/n
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My family is transitioning from lower class to lower middle. Like most #Punjabi families, with marriages & the third generation being born, the home language is shifting to Urdu (between siblings, spouses, parents and kids, kids and kids)#sociolinguitics #linguistics #punjabiyat
Even the second generation (=my) siblings speak Urdu or switch b/W Urdu and Punjabi while speaking.
I, however, am an exception who insists on speaking Punjabi for topics that are considered too modern for Punjabi, e.g. technology and business.
Grandparents (mum and dad) to grand kids (my nephews and nieces) communicate in Urdu, only I keep Punjabi on (my niece says 'Shakir mamoo Punjabi boltay hain' Shakir (maternal) uncle speaks Punjabi. And then she laughs sometimes).
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(1/n) W/ morning coffee, my thinking gears are moving a bit faster than usual --> I have a career question: I have a plan in my head of how I eventually want to get to my future research statement plan as a PI (postdoc right now)... But there's a lot of transitions 🧵
(2/n) Undergrad I worked w/ algae/biofuels & interned w/ the EPA looking at coastal eutrophication/eel grass/climate change.... Transitioned during PhD working with anaerobic bacteria/lignin for biofuel/biomaterial applications purposes
(3/n) at the end of my PhD I realized I wanted to eventually shift back to coastal eutrophication/climate change & #eelgrass microbiome ... But I lack the omics skills and my thesis wasn't really ecology... So current postdoc is focusing on what I lacked looking at plant/fungal
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Walking out these doors @UMassIALS @UMassChemEng @UMassAmherst is a weirdly feeling! I left home 13 years ago for the pursuit of happiness. Over the years, I have seen that some people move out of academia neutral 😐, some bitter 😕, and some happy 😀..... contd. @AcademicChatter
However, almost all the time you have to leave for bigger and better things in life.
One thing I’m absolutely sure about is that almost all people move out with a sense of ‘pride’. #phdlife
Pride of witnessing a phenomenon that noone ever had before!
Pride of seeing things develop that sounded utterly crazy as a child!
Pride of developing things that will be enabling for eternity!
Pride of being among that elite group of people on earth 🌎! #pridephd
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(1/) Woke up early for a morning walk, planned my whole day, ready to take on the world... Found the front door had popped open & my eldest indoor cat is no where to be found. Spent morning walking around shaking a treat bag ...
(2/)Eventually we found him. All of a sudden involuntary years came out and my repressed anxiety of what could've happened comes pouring out of me. Walk cancelled and instead have been gripping my tea cup tightly all morning to settle my nerves
(3/) So I can pipette RNA carefully and not screw up my experiments I've worked very hard on. Why am I telling you all of this?
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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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After 6yrs of a roller coaster ride #PhD and 1yr of #jobsearch, #immigration woes, and a #pandemic, I am humbled and happy to officially accept a Postdoctoral Scientist position @abbvie. I owe this to my wife and savior @priyankaitkar9, #parents, #inlaws, and all #familymembers!
Shoutout to kind and supportive people in my life who guided me and kept me sane and positive so I could aggressively go after my dreams @UMassChemEng @IITGuwahati.
I am also #grateful to all the people who offered me #interviews and #postdoc positions. You helped me gain confidence in my abilities and it was emotionally difficult to decline your offers! 🙏🏽
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Let me share a true 'horror story' of #academia titled #STEMOPT. Imagine being an #internationalstudent in a #globapandemic #COVID19 and finishing a #PhD while navigating this process. read on... Image
In layman terms OPT from #USCIS is required for all #internationalstudents in Masters' and PhD programs to legally work in the US after completing the degree. My application got approved last week amidst the possibility that new OPT approvals might be cancelled for the year. sigh Image
I had to a) give up a dream #postdoc @UTAustin and apologize for it. b) Survive 4 months without financial support waiting 2.5 months. c) Run a household of 2 (wife, a software engineer unable to work in US due to visa restrictions) and finish requirements for my #PhD.
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Read about our @NatureEcoEvo comment on how to prepare a growing #postdoc workforce in the @nationalpostdoc #POSTDOCket! The nb of postdocs has doubled in 30 years, but faculty positions nearly not changed. We propose 5 key points to better prepare us for a wide range of careers:
1.Align career development with job markets: a survey found that #STEM PhDs lack skills essential for the current #career landscape. #Postdocs need to be encouraged by advisors & departments to invest time in professional development.
#phdchat #beyondprof…
2. Sustain wellness & work-life balance: a happy worker is a productive worker! No #postdoc should lack access to healthcare, sick leave or parental leave, we need more transparency about benefits & recognition of #mentalhealth consequences of short term contracts & relocation.
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One of my side-projects is a website on how to write better papers, mostly for social scientists. Here is a thread with the posts you can find there #writingcommunity #academicwriting #postdoc #PhDthesis #AcademicTwitter #researchpapers #PhDChat /1
My most-viewed post is the one on how to write simply – how to cut the crap, that is. I was inspired by William Zinsser’s ‘On writing well’ (highly recommended!). A workbook accompanies the post with exercises on how to simplify your own text.… /2
I plan a series of posts on writing different parts of a paper: the abstract, the conclusions, etc. For now, here's a piece on how to get a nice title for your paper…. (Laughed out loud with the terrible titles academics, myself including, come up with..)/3
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1. Vor 10 Tagen habe ich hier gefragt, wie #Hochschulen in der #Coronakrise mit #Lehrverpflichtung umgehen. Ich wollte wissen, ob es Reduktionen oder andere Erleichterungen gab & wenn ja, für wen & unter welchen Bedingungen. Jetzt möchte ich die Rückmeldungen zusammenzufassen.
2. Ich bin keine Bildungswissenschaftlerin. Ich bin Amerikanistin & arbeite gleichzeitig im #Frauenbüro meiner Universität. Normalerweise analysiere ich Gedichte, Romane, Filme & Co. Ich arbeite also nicht empirisch & das ist auch hier nicht mein Anspruch.
3. Fast 40 Personen von 23 Hochschulen aus 12 Bundesländern haben geantwortet; einige davon nicht öffentlich. Die meisten Antworten kamen von befristet angestellten Qualifikant*innen (PhDs & Postdocs). Auch Lehrbeauftragte, Profs & entfristete Lehrende haben geantwortet. Danke!
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I know from personal experience that many academics worry from time to time that they are not qualified for their jobs.

Check this thread if you want to learn more about the #ImposterSyndrome and how to deal with it.

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #ECRchat #postdoc

Let me first clarify what the imposter syndrome/phenomenon is about:

'Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which one doubts one's accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud".'…

To see the syndrome in action, check this @xkcdComic:

This one by @PHDcomics captures it very well, I think:…

(Plenty more exist. I love these jokes and gladly exchange them with my academic friends. So, please share.)

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May you get that scholarship in May!!!
Scholarships for Master, PhD and Postdoc studies closing in May 2020
Don't stop chasing your goals!

#scholarships #fellowships #graduatestudents #phd #postdoc #postgraduate

Master and PhD students can apply
Value: $2000 per month
Deadline: 15 May…

Excellent students with financial limitations can apply
Value: tuition fee waiver of €16000
Deadline: 16 May…
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Want to know/learn more about the trainees & staff behind the #EPCHL (…) @HeartInstitute? #ProudPI Stay tuned for Q & A with each team member over the next few weeks (hopefully they will indulge in answering my Qs😬... & yours as well!). 1st up ➡️@DrKimWay Image
Q1 @DrKimWay: Where's (was) home for you?, and how did you end up @HeartInstitute?
Q2 @DrKimWay What's the focus of your research program (Twitter pitch 🙌)?
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Looking to hire an enthusiastic #postdoc with an interest in interdisciplinary research involving atmospheric chemistry, environmental microbiome, ocean, climate, human health, & air quality @UCSanDiego and @Scripps_Ocean (1/5) Image
Wondering what that pink stuff in the surf zone is....see (2/5)
A unique opportunity to be involved in cross-disciplinary training thanks to the collaborative centers across @UCSanDiego, including @CAICECCI and @CMIdigest.

Interdisciplinary cross campus Understanding & Protecting the Planet initiative. (3/5)
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Just started as a postdoc, excited, way too many ideas, plans and ongoing projects. Also: working part time and sleepdeprived cause toddler and baby. Where to start? Any tips on how to prioritise, make a plan that works and keeps me sane?#AcademicChatter #postdoc #ecrchat
Thanks! I already use GTD, tijdsurfen principles, usually inbox is almost empty, i track my tasks in lists, plan weeks. But how to strategize: which projects to focus on? Small papers first or investing in very big project? Applying for grants or first develop plans further?
Also, i work at an intersection of different clinical fields, should i focus on 1? And should i try every small grant i know of, or be more selective? Start up how many projects at the same time? I guess my question is: how do you know what to focus on when you have just started?
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