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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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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… doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2… (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

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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. howtowriteanacademicpaper.com/index.html 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. howtowriteanacademicpaper.com/how-to-write-s… /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 howtowriteanacademicpaper.com/getting-the-ti…. (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

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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".'

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor_…

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

xkcd.com/1954/

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

phdcomics.com/comics.php?f=1…

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

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Adventures in academic publishing... a thread about creating my master book proposal template #AcWri #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #ECRchat #postdoc
There are so many resources on writing academic book proposals, so I made a color coded spreadsheet with templates from sample presses and other resources (e.g. @katelyneknox @ProfessorIsIn @tanyaboza @chronicle) to create a master template.
Though different presses/individuals suggest various things, there are some definite trends:
1. Short overview of project (like an intro to a grant proposal)
2. Descriptive table of contents: list of proposed chapters with (sub)headings, and paragragh-length description of each
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Tip 1 if you're applying for a #postdoc (or any job!)

A generic cover letter doesn't help much. Don't tell me you want a job. Show me why you want *this* job.

What interests you about *this job*? Do you understand what we do? How will you contribute? How I can help you grow?
Tip 2 if you're applying for a #postdoc:

Please do attach papers if asked:

a) Hunting for your papers is annoying and time consuming.
b) Beautiful work in papers may help you stand out for the short list.
c) It shows me what you most value in your prior work.
Tip 3 if applying for a #postdoc:

On your CV:

A work "in progress" or "in preparation" is often interpreted to mean "something I hope to write some day."

I suggest you make it real with a preprint. Otherwise, maybe leave it off (looks like CV padding).
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1. PhD thesis 'Modelling BCG vaccination in the UK: What is the impact of changing policy?' submitted and everything is totally normal....

Written with #rstats, #bookdown, and #thesisdown.

Read here: bit.ly/seabbs-thesis

#phdchat #epitwitter #openscience #tuberculosis
2. Thanks to my supervisors @n3113n and @Christensen_H + my funders @HPRU_EI + @PHE_uk for the data.
3. Some results: 'getTBinR: an R package for accessing and summarising the World Health Organisation Tuberculosis data'

Code: github.com/seabbs/getTBinR

Paper: doi.org/10.21105/joss.…

#getTBinR
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Hello, I am Edna Matta. I was born in #Ibague, known as #Colombia’s #CityofMusic. A beautiful place near snow-covered volcanos (Ruiz, Santa Isabel and Tolima), large expanses of paramo forest, lakes and streams where a diverse array of animal and plant species coexist
My story starts with #powerful, #strong #women in my #family. I was the third of 4 children and my mom #firstMentor had to raise us practically alone, since my father had to work in a different city, 20h away by car
My mom is a very #strong #woman that taught me #values, to #workhard and to be #self-sufficient #StrongWomen #StrongFamily
@IWS_Network #VoicesIWS /1
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At our latest @MSU_IBIO postdoc meeting @HelenMcCreery presented her recent paper with @AmandaHund , @LizScordato et al. on the importance of #mentorship in #STEM & how to remediate to the lack of guidance on how to be a good mentor. Thread! 👇 (1/n)

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I loved every bit of that paper! This is something that should really be spread to all institutions and read by grad students, postdocs and PIs alike! Read it, spread it, get discussions started at your department! #AcademicTwitter (2/n)
Starting with a survey of mentors & mentees at US research unis: 70% of mentees experienced breakdowns in mentoring relationships at some point, affecting their #mentalhealth , 39% reported frequent poor mentoring, but 70% of the mentors say that they rarely mentor poorly! (3/n)
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Starting "Voices without Frontiers" #VoicesIWS
A program by @IWS_Network to promote awareness about the challenges & lessons learned by #Immigrant and #International #WomenInScience

I was born & raised in Chicoral, Colombia. A tiny town in the middle of the Andes Cordillera.
I attended Nuestra Señora del Rosario school, located in Espinal, 15Km away from Chicoral. Due to the high heat by noon, all schools start really early back home. This meant, I had to wake up at 5am to attend school every morning since I was 4 years old. #VoicesIWS
I did well in math and science in elementary and high school, so I chose to study clinical microbiology. Although coming from a low-middle income family, I was able to attend university, thanks to my parents’ effort to prioritize education over other commodities. #VoicesIWS
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Let's talk #academiclife relocation as a #postdoc #phdchat

I just moved across the country (Louisiana to California) for a great govt postdoc. Big pay raise, benefits, a real job, etc.

I don't know if I can pay my rent next month. Here's why.
I had to pay $3,000 to move my family and me. We shipped whatever we couldn't sell and drove. We stayed with family to avoid lodging, made our lunches, and had our spending on lock down.

I won't be reimbursed for a penny because my job isn't a permanent position.
Because we couldn't afford to visit first to find housing, we had to go in blind (I interviewed in person at a conference).

To get into a duplex, we had to front another $4,000. Just to sign the lease!!
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So I left #postdoc, and I left #adjunct and went into #industry. There are two things I wish I knew when making this transition, and I hope it may help you...
...I didn’t know what buzzwords to put on my resume to make it reflect, in #industry terms, my skills. For #STEM academics, I’ve learned that a lot of what we do includes systems engineering, and project management...
...now this may be obvious to some of you, esp the E part of #stem, but I didn’t know this. I recommend looking up buzzwords for sys eng and project management...
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