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We protect ourselves from #SARSCoV2 with hand-washing & self-isolation. To protect others, we must challenge virulent #misinformation.

“We are all science communicators now: #COVID19 has conscripted us.” My piece today @TheAtlIdeas…
I have no patience with #scicomm advice that says “You’re doing it wrong.” I wrote this piece for friends who feel helpless or overwhelmed.

There is SO MUCH good you can do in fight against #COVID19. It’s part science, part information hygiene, part psychological first aid.
My whole career has been in science communication. I’ve focused on applying the science of #scicomm - research on how people search for information, form judgments, and decide what to do.

There are few easy answers and no magic bullets. But here’s what helps me:
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THREAD🧵--> For weeks, I've been tracking the scientific debate about whether we need masks to prevent transmission of the virus causing #COVID19 and whether it is #airborne. If you're confused, you are not alone. Stick with me here. Let's clear the air. 1/15
On Saturday, the World Health Organization used CAPS to say, "FACT: #COVID19 is NOT airborne." Here is the tweet. But keep reading this thread, because the wording is tricky.
As I wrote about 2 weeks ago, essentially, the word 'airborne' means something traveling in the air. But public health officials rely on a cutoff that any tiny bit of mucus larger than 5 microns in diameter that you cough out is called a 'droplet' 3/15…
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I did an interview with Leah Bedrosian, MPH @goop about #SARSCoV2 #HCoV19 #COVID19 #coronavirus. For all the people about to shout "GOOP?!?!?!", I'd like to say a few things about why I did this interview.…
Historically, I've had a lot of issues with the recommendations that @goop has endorsed (think jade eggs, vaginal steaming, "dusts", cures for emotional vampirism, vitamin B shots, supplements, etc. etc.) Providing pseudoscientific health advice is tremendously harmful.
I've also had major issues with the attacks on experts like @drjengunter who called them out for promoting pseudoscience. Dr. Gunter's expertise in gynecology/obstetrics is beyond reproach and I summarily reject the "both sides" argument used to negate her expertise.
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#COVID19 Testing Made Simple: A Thread

Hello friends, I finally finished it! ☺️ A lot of these are really technical but I tried to make this as simple as possible, inserting key molbio concepts every now and then. Let’s learn something new today ✨ #SciComm
Let’s break it down into FIVE steps, one tweet per step.

1. Sampling & Extraction
2. Primer & Targets
3. Processing
4. Results
5. Errors

Before we start, take time to learn the central dogma of molecular biology first. Move on when you feel you have an idea of the concept 🧬
1️⃣Sampling & Extraction

Our goal is to collect viral samples and to obtain RNA. This is like sweeping… you get everything that is found in the sampling area. 🧹
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Our first-ever CapSciComm Virtual Trivia Night starts at 7:00 p.m. PDT! Join us for a little community fun in this inaugural #CapSciCommLive event. Open to CapSciComm Members and non-members. Instructions:… #StayHome #FlattenTheCurve #KeepScienceSpicy [1/n]
Rules: No limit on how many people to a team--solo, with your family or roommates, or many even virtually with friends over text! Come up with your team name and just have a good time! If you’re tweeting a selfie with your team, be sure to use the hashtag #CapSciCommLive. [2/n]
Instructions: You can read tonight's questions here, or dial in to our conference line. These instructions plus printable + PDF-fillable answer sheets for tonight's virtual pub quiz here:… [#CapSciCommLive 3/n]
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First up is a film from 2002. Halle Berry’s character, Jinx Johnson, is looking to have gene therapy courtesy of Simón Andreu’s character, Dr Alvarez. Any idea what the film is?
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With the ongoing Covid-19 situation, there are some questions repeatedly going around:
-"How did China, Korea etc manage to create a test for a completely novel virus so fast?"
-"Why are rest of the world so slow?"
-"What happened in the US with the first test being faulty?"
I am going to try to explain the test here. Buckle up for some #scicomm

To answer these questions, we first need to understand how the test works. It tests whether the genetic material unique to the virus is present in the patient sample.
Coronaviruses, of which Covid-19 is just one kind, all contain RNA just like humans carry DNA in each cell. This RNA is a set of letter A,G,C and U, arranged in a unique sequence. Chinese scientists deciphered this unique sequence for Covid-19 in Jan (
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Apparently @reuters is planning a twitter convo with experts as well as "experts" like @DrEricDing . I urge the real experts who have signed on to pass and use their time to work with a media outlet that has standards.
OK lots of people think this is an intramural tiff. In the sense that we have been working @CCDD_HSPH for a decade and at @HarvardEpi for 25y to establish ID epidemiology as a field of excellence & we don't like a charlatan exploiting a tenuous connection for self-promotion, yes
#scicomm from @DrEricDing is 80% repeating conventional wisdom, 20% promoting wacko pseudoscience, and 100% derivative. He is not trained in infectious disease epidemiology, is making no original contributions to analysis of this epidemic & is laser-focused on self-promotion
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There is a lot of talk about #herdimmunity. Vaccination is the only safe way to achieve it. In the absence of vaccine, we need to practice #SocialDistancing. @BioRender made this amazing infographic to explain how a hypothetical virus spreads through the population. (1/n)
Herd immunity describes indirect protection from infectious disease when a large % of people in a population is immune to the pathogen. The % threshold of immune individuals required for #herdImmunity depends on how contagious (R0) the pathogen is. (2/n)…
#herdimmunity can be achieved either through vaccination or through natural infection. However, vaccination is the only safe way to achieve it. It also depends on how effective & long lasting immune response induced by the vaccine or infection to confer #herdimmunity. (3/n)
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Good(ish) morning! I'd like to share this paper we wrote that came out yesterday in @NatureEnergyJnl . It's one of the proudest moments in my academic life and I think it will change the way we see the world. 1/…
Let's start with credit to first author Yannick Oswald (you want to watch out for this one! it's not so often someone's first paper from their PhD makes it to such an illustrious journal), and to our partner in crime, his co-supervisor @dr_anneowen . 2/…
What did we do in this paper? Quite simply, we measured energy footprints (the energy not just used directly, but embodied in goods & services) over 3 dimensions:
* across 86 countries;
* divided by income classes within these countries;
* and disaggregated by type of product. 4/
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Given skepticism about seriousness of #COVID19 on the right, Newt's msg could have persuasive power.

Several #scicomm studies find that ppl holding views at odds with sci. are more likely to change their minds when told to do so by like-minded sources.

Some examples [THREAD]
This piece from Adam Berinsky finds that politicians who take stances contrary to their partisan interests can convince like-minded partisans to reject misinfo. related to public health.…
And this piece from @SalilBenegal & @condorcetsd on how GOP elites who speak out on climate change can decease the partisan gap in climate change acceptance.…
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Q: Ahhh! I’m abruptly teaching an in-person class remotely with zero prep time or past experience. Help??

A: Ohno. Let’s load you up with survival tactics.

1. Lower your expectations.

Converting classes is a $2.5-$5k, 6-12 month job. It’s substantial labour to do well.
2. Deliver straight lectures? Record them.

PowerPoint > Slideshow > Record lecture to create audio synced with slides.

ProTip: Enable automatic subtitles & image descriptions for greater accessibility. Proof them!

Caution: Clean your “Notes” section.
3. Deliver lectures with frequent questions? Stream them and monitor for text questions.

Software depends on your university licenses, but you can always use YouTube or Twitch as a fallback.

ProTip: Record & upload to mitigate student software crashes.
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The death rate is NOT a biological constant. It is not fixed to a pathogen. It reflects the severity of the disease in a particular context, at a particular time, in a particular population. The probability that one dies from a disease is not only dependent on the disease itself.
It also reflects the social AND individual response to it: the level, quality, AND timing of treatment / care they receive, and the ability of the given individual to recover from it. Remember the epidemiological triangle? #epitwitter #scicomm
There are a number of rates, risk, ratios important in an #outbreak. The fatality rates can decrease or increase over time, and that it can vary by location and by the characteristics of the infected population (age, sex, pre-existing conditions). #scicomm #COVID2019 #COVID19
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Entrepreneurship is an exciting path for anyone looking to turn #SciComm into a career. But it’s not a path we hear a lot about! I’d like to start this week by telling you a little about my journey leaving academia to start a #SciCommBiz [1/7]
I didn’t plan on starting a business. But when I finished my PhD in 2016, I couldn’t find employment as a science communicator. I looked for jobs, postdocs – literally ANY paid position doing #SciComm. What I realize now is the job I was looking for didn’t yet exist. [2/7]
Like many SciCommers, my skillset falls within the cracks of conventional employment. I’m too much scientist to be a creative (e.g. filmmaker or photographer). I’m too much creative to be a scientist (e.g. researcher or technician). I wanted to be both. [3/7]
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I Review Microscope Emojis So You Don't Have To: a thread 🔬
if there's anything high school biology taught us it's that t̶h̶e̶ ̶m̶i̶t̶o̶c̶h̶o̶n̶d̶r̶i̶a̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶w̶e̶r̶h̶o̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶e̶l̶l̶ microscopes help us look at things too small to be seen with the naked eye! it's helped countless biologists for decades.
so many types of microscopes exist for various uses, but the most common one is the light (or optical) microscope. it uses lenses and a light source to magnify an image.
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As the #COVID19 #outbreak evolves, comparisons have been made with #influenza. Both cause respiratory disease but there are important differences between #SARSCoV2 #virus causing COVID-19 & the influenza virus causing the #flu [from WHO COVID situation report 06.03.2020] #scicomm
Similarity #1. Both #COVID19 & the #flu have a similar disease presentation. Both cause respiratory disease, which presents as a wide range of illness from asymptomatic or mild through to severe disease and even death.
Similarity #2. Both #SARSCoV2 & #influenza viruses are transmitted by contact, droplets & fomites so same #publichealth measures (hand hygiene, good respiratory etiquette (coughing into elbow / into a tissue, immediately disposing of the tissue) are important to prevent infection
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#FieldworkFriday features Taylorann Smith, who studies the physical enviro of Kelp Forests. Her research focuses on how attenuated flow can affect transport & cause microplastic accumulation in these ecosystems. Her research interests were inspired by an @EVNautilus internship...
Smith was an Ocean Science intern on the E/V Nautilus in Fall 2019. She was responsible for watching live deep sea footage, documenting discoveries, processing collected samples, and typing up reports of the 30+ hour ROV dives. Smith talks about her experience aboard... #MBGSA
"I felt a lot like the sponges we (Smith & the ROV Crew) were studying, absorbing info from some of the worlds most incredible & kind scientists!" Her time aboard lead her to contemplate what she wanted to research at @csunorthridge with her adviser @kj_nickols .... #scicomm
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Let me just say to my fellow @sacnas members: there was a time when I thought I might leave science and Jenny told me about a workshop at the SACNAS conference that funded my first trip there & changed the game for me. It takes all kinds to help us on this journey. Thanks Jenny.
The number of safety nets I needed was too many — the scientific community is broken. But we are lucky there are people within it who are working to help catch people who can readily get caught in the muck. @JennyKurzweil was one of them for me.
Jenny also assigned me my first ever book review. So, she also helped me on my #scicomm journey!!
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🔥off the press! 👀 our @biorxivpreprint on human 🧠brain @LieberInstitute spatial 🌌🔬transcriptomics data 🧬using Visium @10xGenomics🎉#spatialLIBD

Our study shows 12 samples from 3 human brain DLPFC neuronal layers + white matter with @10xGenomics's Visium platform. Features📜:

* Largest so far
* Harder to cluster than the example mouse data
* Data is all public
* @Bioconductor #rstats📦
* #shiny web app

2/7 #spatialLIBD
* Assessment of known markers
* Identification of layer-specific markers
* smFISH validation✅
* spatial registration of snRNA-seq data
* Layer-enrichment of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric gene sets
* Data-driven layer-enriched clustering in the DLPFC

3/7 #spatialLIBD
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🧼🚰🙌🏻#Handwashing with soap & water removes germs (i.e. #SARS_CoV_2 that causes #COVID19) from hands. This helps prevent infections because people frequently touch their 👀👃🏻👄without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose, mouth & make us sick.
Germs from unwashed hands can get into food & drinks while people prepare / consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of food / drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick. [h/t Donna Gill Allen] #handwashing #scicomm…
Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands. #handwashing #scicomm [h/t US CDC]
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Went to an engaging workshop on Twitter for academics led by the fab @rdmersey, Professor & Assoc dean of research @MedillSchool @NorthwesternU. She grounded the talk in research on media & psychology (👌🏼) & since I still consider myself a twitter noob here were my takeaways:
Consistency of engagement is more important than quantity of engagement. The algorithms reward you for regular logins, regular posts/engagement, regularly following people who share your interests. A minute of checking Twitter every day > bingeing on it once a week 🤳
Think about retweeting like a cocktail party 🍸🍸- connecting people or passing on good info that may be useful to others. Don’t retweet without reading something - RTing can come across as if you are endorsing something (even if you say RT doesn’t equal endorsement in your bio)
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Having the #AAASMtg #AAAS2020 blues? Don’t! Connect with us @scipolnetwork and join a growing and energized #SciPol community. Buckle in; this thread is going to teach you all that we have to offer 😎 🧵 /1
We have committed & amazing #NSPNmembers in our five (5) committees tackling diff parts of the #scipol spectrum & helping run NSPN:

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Graduate Education
Grants & Finance

#changemakers all of them! 🤩You could be one too /2
Interested in #scicomm, social media, & branding around #scipol? Join the Communications crew which includes @CaitlinAShort @m_pinkert @MeredithSchmehl @MatSciMatt @_sindhu42 @VivaceBelles

Their next virtual meeting is this Wednesday 2/19 at 8 PM ET. Details to follow /3
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Thread abt Media Framing of vaccine legislation that I had threaded wrong... 1/n
Take a look at this photo... Here we go again a la NJ... Yeah signs make them look silly to many, but avg. voter isn't going to show up to these taken-for-granted issues.…
2/n Re: press, presentation very impt: this piece eg: Fairly std presentation... Overview then comments by anti-vax grp (elevates their imptance) *then* details on problem bill seeks to address. Unhelpful. N of 1 but like much NJ coverage, no expert quote…
3/n Or this one that starts w/"Lawmakers are wasting no time seeking public input on a proposal to erase Connecticut’s religious exemption from mandatory vaccinations." Unhelpful as is (usual) amt of word count given to anti-vax grp, which legitimates them…
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Wishing I could be multiple places at #AAASmtg again! Chose this session, stay tuned for summary thread. #scicomm #sciengage
Advocacy = engagement and communication.
Engagement is forever (there's always more).
Practice makes better not perfect. - Daniel Barry
Delivering #science not= connecting science and decision-making. We need a paradigm shift. - @AmySnover
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